Masters Eight Tournament

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Artwork for the Masters Eight from Pokémon Journeys: The Series
The setting for the competition

The Masters Eight Tournament (Japanese: マスターズトーナメント Masters Tournament) is a tournament held at the end of a World Coronation Series ranking season, where the top eight ranked competitors, known as the Masters Eight, face off to determine the most powerful Pokémon Trainer in the world, known as the Monarch.

The second-latest tournament ended in Flash of the Titans!. The most recent tournament began in Curtain Up! Fight the Fights! and concluded in Partners in Time!. Both editions so far have utilized the single-elimination format.

The event is held at Wyndon Stadium in the Galar region.


The tournament table
The scoreboard for the Full Battles

Opening ceremony

During the opening ceremony, each member of the Masters Eight is introduced one by one, after which the match-ups of the first round are chosen by random seeding.


In this tournament, each Trainer can only use techniques such as Dynamax/Gigantamax, Z-Moves, or Mega Evolution once per match. Both challengers must send out their first Pokémon at the same time and may switch their Pokémon at any time. There is no time limit for any of the matches. The battlefield used for all matches is a standard dirt field.


The quarterfinals are 3-on-3 matches. The winners here move on to the semifinals.


The semifinals are Full Battles. The winners here move on to the finals.


The final match is a 1-on-1 match or a Full Battle. The winner here is crowned Monarch, a title that is carried over to the next season. At Leon's request, an exception was made in his battle against Ash to allow each Trainer to use every technique at their disposal.

Most recent season


Ash, the winner, holding the World Championship Trophy
Trainer Place
Ash Winner
Leon Runner-Up
Cynthia Top 4
Diantha Top 4
Steven Top 8
Iris Top 8
Lance Top 8
Alain Top 8


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
1  Leon RillaboomLeon's CharizardXYLoading  
6  Alain ChesnaughtAlain's CharizardMalamar  
    1  Leon DragapultRillaboomLeon's Charizard
    5  Diantha HawluchaTyrantrumAurorus
GourgeistGoodraDiantha's Gardevoir
4  Lance Lance's DragoniteLance's GyaradosHydreigon
5  Diantha AurorusGourgeistDiantha's Gardevoir  
    1  Leon CinderaceInteleonMr. Rime
DragapultRillaboomLeon's Charizard
    8  Ash Ash's Pikachu/Ash's PikachuAsh's GengarAsh's Sirfetch'd
Ash's LucarioAsh's DracovishAsh's Dragonite
2  Cynthia GastrodonMiloticCynthia's Garchomp  
7  Iris Iris's ExcadrillIris's DragoniteIris's Haxorus  
    2  Cynthia SpiritombRoseradeTogekiss
GastrodonCynthia's GarchompMilotic
    8  Ash Ash's DragoniteAsh's GengarAsh's Pikachu
Ash's DracovishAsh's Sirfetch'dAsh's Lucario
3  Steven Steven's MetagrossAggronCradily
8  Ash Ash's DracovishAsh's GengarAsh's Pikachu  

Second-latest season

Trainer Place
Leon Winner
Lance Runner-Up
Trainer Pokémon Result
Leon Leon's Charizard Win
Lance Lance's Gyarados Loss


  • The English name of the tournament was first mentioned by Ash during The Classic Thunderbolt special event in Pokémon Masters EX.
  • The structure of this tournament is similar to the Champions Tournament of the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2.
  • This is the first major tournament in the anime to have its arc interrupted by episodes that do not take place at the tournament's location.
  • The Masters Eight Tournament appeared in Pokémon Mezastar as an event that ran from October 27 to November 21, 2022.[1]
  • James's Morpeko keeps eating in Hangry Mode until the conclusion of the tournament, when it turns into Full Belly Mode.
    • In most episodes, Morpeko is seen eating food items related to various characters or elements in the episode from the regions they were introduced in.
  • Ash is the only competitor shown to have used a non-fully evolved Pokémon in the tournament.
  • As stated in a caption in JN121, Ash's Pikachu is the first Pokémon to be brought to the opening ceremony of the tournament.
  • The most common Pokémon throughout the Masters Eight Tournament is Dragonite, as Lance, Iris, and Ash used theirs at least once.
  • No Pokémon from Generations II and VII were used in the latest tournament.
  • Iris was the only competitor from the latest tournament to not utilize Mega Evolution, Z-Moves, or Dynamax/Gigantamax.
    • Ash and Cynthia were the only competitors from the latest tournament to utilize more than one technique, with Cynthia using Mega Evolution and Dynamax and Ash using all three.
  • All participants in the most recent Masters Eight tournament had at least one Pokémon with a quadruple weakness.
  • All matches in the tournament featured at least one Mega Evolved Pokémon.
  • Leon is the only participant in the tournament to win a battle without sending out the maximum amount of Pokémon that he was allowed to use in the battle, beating Alain with two of his three allowed Pokémon and Diantha with three of his six allowed Pokémon.
  • Ash and Cynthia's battle in the semifinals is the only battle in the anime where at least one move of every type was used.
  • According to the eye-catches, these are the stats of the Top 4 competitors where 1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest for each stat (In order of Attack, Defense, Speed, Strategy, Experience and Unpredictability)
    • Ash: 5, 3, 5, 2, 2, 5
    • Cynthia: 5, 5, 4, 5, 5, 3
    • Leon: 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4
    • Diantha: 4, 5, 4, 5, 4, 4

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 大師錦標賽 Daaihsī Gámbīuchoi
Mandarin 大師錦標賽 Dàshī Jǐnbiāosài
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestarikahdeksikkoturnaus
France Flag.png French Tournoi des Huit Maîtres
Germany Flag.png German Turnier der Acht Meister
Italy Flag.png Italian Torneo degli Otto Professionisti
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마스터즈 토너먼트 Masters Tournament
Poland Flag.png Polish Turniej Mistrzowskiej Ósemki
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Torneio dos Oito Mestres
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Torneio dos Oito Magistrais
Spain Flag.png Spanish Torneo de los Ocho Maestros
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Åtta mästarnas turnering

See also


Pokémon League logo.png The Pokémon League Paldea Gym Logo.png
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the Valley
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Unova (BB) • KalosAlolaGalarPaldea
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean CaveArea Zero
Pokémon AssociationPIA
World Coronation Series
(Masters Eight Tournament)

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Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
World Coronation Series (Masters Eight Tournament)
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