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The setting for the competition
The logo of the competition
The Alola Pokémon League (Japanese: アローラポケモンリーグ Alola Pokémon League), referred to by fans as the Manalo Conference (Japanese: アローラリーグ・マナーロ大会 Alola League Manalo Conference), is the Alola League general championship competition founded by Professor Kukui. It is intended to be a replacement for an old, abandoned part of the island challenge ritual in which trial-goers battled at the peak of Mount Lanakila.
It was officially unveiled in The Dealer of Destruction! during a press conference held on Aether Paradise. The tournament is held at the recently completed Manalo Stadium, and is sponsored in part by the four Island Kahunas of Alola and Lusamine, the president of the Aether Foundation.
Unlike previous League tournaments, in which Trainers were required to collect a given number of Gym Badges in order to sign up, the Manalo Conference has no entry requirements, meaning that any willing Trainer is allowed to enter.
The tournament began in Battle Royal 151! and concluded in Enter the Champion!, with the award ceremony being interrupted by the appearance of three Guzzlord. The winner was declared as the first Champion of Alola. Originally, the winner was meant to battle the Masked Royal in an exhibition match afterwards, but when the Masked Royal's true identity was exposed to the public, Professor Kukui became the Champion's opponent in the exhibition match instead. The exhibition match started in Exhibition Unmasked! and concluded in From Z to Shining Z!, bringing the Manalo Conference to an end.
Before the competition starts, a party is held where contestants can interact with one another. Professor Kukui welcomes the participants and shows a video of Masked Royal explaining how the preliminary round works.
All of the participating Trainers compete in a Battle Royal. Only the last 16 whose Pokémon remain standing at the end advance to the next round. The battles are refereed by the four Island Kahunas of Alola—Hala, Olivia, Nanu, and Hapu.
The 16 contestants in the first round
The first round consists of one-on-one Single Battles. The 16 Trainers are randomly matched up by a computer. The winners advance to the quarterfinals. Each of the Island Kahunas referees two consecutive battles.
The quarterfinals consist of one-on-one Single Battles. The eight Trainers are randomly matched up by a computer. The winners advance to the semifinals. Each of the Island Kahunas referees one of the battles.
The semifinals consist of two-on-two Single Battles. The four Trainers are randomly matched up by a computer. The winners advance to the finals. A random Island Kahuna is selected before each battle to referee it.
The scoreboard used during the Exhibition Match
The finals consist of a three-on-three Single Battle refereed by Professor Kukui. The winner will be declared the winner of the Manalo Conference and is allowed to have an exhibition battle with the Masked Royal.
The exhibition battle consists of a Full Battle between the newly-crowned Champion and Professor Kukui (originally planned to be a one-on-one with Kukui appearing as the Masked Royal), refereed by Hala. The result of the battle has no bearing on the winner's status.
Ash, the winner, with the Manalo Championship Trophy
- This is the only Pokémon League Conference where:
- The Manalo Conference is the League Conference where Ash has placed the highest, ranking as the winner. This surpasses his preceding runner-up position in the Lumiose Conference.
- This tournament has 27 named contestants, more than any other Pokémon League Conference.
- The Manalo Conference having a total of 151 competitors could be a reference to the original 151 Pokémon of Generation I.
- This is the longest Pokémon League Conference to date, lasting 16 episodes (11 if the post-finals episodes aren't counted).
- The exhibition match against Professor Kukui is a reference to the Champion battle from Pokémon Sun and Moon, where Professor Kukui serves as the player's final opponent at the Pokémon League. Also, Tapu Koko's participation in the battle could be a reference to the battle against it in the same games.
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