Pokémon League Conference

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A Pokémon League Conference (Japanese: ポケモンリーグの大会 Pokémon League Tournament) is an anime-exclusive championship tournament that is hosted seemingly annually in several regions in the Pokémon world.


The general structure of most League Conferences is similar: Pokémon Trainers must register for the region's Pokémon League, something which they can do at seemingly any Pokémon Center or with a Pokémon Professor, and then must win at least eight of the region's Gym Badges in order to be able to register for the competition. In addition to this method, the Indigo Plateau Conference is known to accept entrants who have passed the Pokémon League Admissions Exam or graduated from Pokémon Tech.

The tournament competition itself has an opening and closing ceremony. In some regions, there is a torch with the flame of Moltres or Ho-Oh that burns for the duration of the tournament, a reference to the real world's Olympic Games.

The day after the ceremonial torch has been lit, in some of the regional Leagues the qualifying rounds begin so as to weed out Trainers who have gotten the required eight Badges, but are not yet skilled enough to continue, and those who survive move on to the preliminary rounds. In other regional Leagues, instead, the preliminary rounds will begin right away, and will continue for several days until the top sixteen Trainers have been decided. At this point, there is a short break in the competition so that the Trainers and their Pokémon may rest, followed by the start of the final rounds.

In the final rounds, most, if not all, battles are usually Full Battles. All battles are conducted in the main stadium, and Trainers move up the tournament tree in single-elimination style. The winning contestant matchups are shuffled between rounds, as opposed to using traditional ladder seeding. The winning Trainer, upon defeat of their opponent, is awarded a trophy and earns the right to enter the Champion League to officially challenge the Elite Four and Champion of that region.

In Alola, due to the lack of Gyms in the region and the fact that its Pokémon League was only established recently, no specific conditions need to be met in order to enter its League Conference, and its winner was directly declared as the first-ever Champion of Alola. The newly-crowned Champion subsequently faced the League's founder, Professor Kukui (originally intended to appear as the Masked Royal), in an exhibition match.

Most Leagues use various types of fields during Pokémon battles. While the Vertress and Manalo Conferences uses only a standard dirt battlefield, every other Conference has held battles on various different battlefields, like icy, rocky, forested, grassy, and water to name a few. A standard rule for the Conferences with a myriad of battlefields, is that during the Full Battle stage in the tournament, once one side loses three Pokémon, there is a short break, during which a field change occurs.

List of League Conferences

Region Conference Location Starting episode Final episode Winner Other notable contestants
Kanto Indigo Plateau Conference Indigo Plateau
Indigo Plateau
All Fired Up!
All Fired Up!
Friends to the End
Friends to the End
Unknown winner
Ritchie (Top 8)
Ash (Top 16)
Gary (Top 32)
Johto Silver Conference Silver Town
Silver Town
Pop Goes the Sneasel
A Claim to Flame!
Johto Photo Finish
Johto Photo Finish
Jon Dickson
Jon Dickson
Harrison (Top 4)
Ash (Top 8)
Gary (Top 16)
Hoenn Ever Grande Conference Ever Grande City
Ever Grande City
Saved by the Beldum
Saved by the Beldum
At the End of the Fray
At the End of the Fray
Ash (Top 8)
Morrison (Top 16)
Katie (Top 32)
Sinnoh Lily of the Valley Conference Lily of the Valley Island
Lily of the Valley Island
An Old Family Blend!
An Old Family Blend!
The Semi-Final Frontier!
The Semi-Final Frontier!
Ash (Top 4)
Paul (Top 8)
Barry (Top 16)
Unova Vertress Conference Vertress City
Vertress City
Curtain Up, Unova League!
Curtain Up, Unova League!
A Unova League Evolution!
A Unova League Evolution!
Cameron (Top 4)
Ash (Top 8)
Stephan (Top 16)
Kalos Lumiose Conference Lumiose City
Lumiose City
A League of His Own!
A League of His Own!
Down to the Fiery Finish!
Down to the Fiery Finish!
Ash (Runner-up)
Sawyer (Top 4)
Tierno (Top 8)
Alola Manalo Conference Manalo Stadium
Manalo Stadium
Battle Royal 151!
Battle Royal 151!
From Z to Shining Z!
Gladion (Runner-up)
Guzma (Top 4)
Kiawe (Top 4)

In other languages

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-liigaturnaus
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Liga Konferenz
Italy Flag.png Italian Conferenza della Lega Pokémon
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Pokémon League Turneringen
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Conferência da Liga Pokémon
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Conferencia de la liga Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spain Congreso de la liga Pokémon
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Pokémonligatävlingen

See also

NateChallenge.png The Pokémon League VSCaitlin.png
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the Valley
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean Cave
Pokémon Association
Pokémon Inspection Agency

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
Kanto Grand FestivalP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestSeaking Catching CompetitionSilver Conference
Sumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Battle Frontier Flute CupCrossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand Festival
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Drift Ice RacePokémon Ping Pong Tournament
Pokémon Summer AcademyPokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Pokéstar Studios Film CompetitionSubway Bosses's Stamp RallyVertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Alola Bread FestivalCharjabug raceManalo Conference‎‎Pokémon Pancake RacePokémon Ping-Pong
Pokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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