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Reason: co-op, stage battles.
The Main Story of Pokémon Masters consists of multiple chapters, with the next chapter unlocked once the previous one is completed. Co-op mode is also available from Interlude 1.
The game starts with Blue introducing the player, a new Trainer in Pasio, to the Pokémon Masters League, or PML for short. The player registers for the PML at the Pokémon Center, and Trista introduces the player to Brock and Misty who are looking for a Trainer to join their team for the PML.
Chapter 1: New Adventure, New Goal
Brock, Misty and the player head to Centra City to find Trainers to join their PML team. After hearing some commotion, Brock spots Rosa and Cynthia. Rosa defends Cynthia who is not willing to battle a Punk Girl and Street Thug as she would like her Pokémon to rest. Brock and Misty try to cut the argument and end up battling them.
Brock introduces the player to Rosa. Cynthia greets them and thanks them for their help. She remarks that she senses a great deal of potential in the player and then leaves.
The player battles Rosa to convince her to join their PML team. After they win, Rosa decides to join the team. She wants to introduce the team to Barry.
Chapter 2: New Friends, New Foes
The team head to the beach to find Barry. On the way, they battle Team Break who attempt to steal their partner Pokémon.
Barry then comes and mistakes them for Team Break and the player ends up battling Barry. After the battle, Barry finally recognizes Rosa and then apologizes for his mistake. The player decides to help Barry out who agrees to join after Team Break is defeated.
At a nearby cave hideout, they find and battle more Team Break thugs. They soon discover Paulo who has also come to defeat Team Break. After defeating more groups of Team Break, Barry asks Paulo to join their PML team. Paulo declines the offer as he plans to form his own team. He informs them that the volcano area is a popular location for Trainers and might be a good place to recruit more Trainers.
The player then enters the Pokémon Center and runs into Lear who insults the player as being an eyesore for his shoddy hat. Lear introduces himself and declares he will be the PML champion.
Chapter 3: Rise Beyond the Flames
The team arrive at a volcano and meet Flannery and Blaine who are in the midst of training. Blaine requests the player to battle their way up the volcano to find and battle Flannery at the peak.
After several battles, Blaine meets the player and explains that he asked them of this favor so that Flannery could learn to depend on others through team battles.
At the summit, the player battles Flannery and wins. Blaine remarks that although Flannery is a powerful trainer, she has tunnel vision due to her status as a Gym Leader and that she needs friends she can trust. Blaine then challenges Flannery to join the player's team and participate in the PML, and Flannery accepts. To her surprise, Blaine states he will be making his own PML team.
The team head off to find Erika to earn their first Badge.
Chapter 4: From Bud to Blossom
The team head to the forest where Erika and many of her admirers are. They are stopped by a Pokémon Ranger who attempts to block others from bothering with her. After the battle, the Ranger realizes they are friends of Erika and apologizes.
They find Erika dozing in the deep parts of the forest. They battle to earn the Tranquility Badge. Despite being a PML Leader, Erika joins the player's team, stating that leaders are free to participate in any way they like and that there are other leaders in charge of giving out the same badge.
Chapter 5: The High-Flying Girl
The team head to a mountain to find Skyla. Once they locate Skyla, they find that Lear has beaten Skyla to earn a badge. Lear ridicules Skyla for commending her Pokémon despite the loss and remarks that battles are all about winning and not about having fun.
Lear is exasperated to find out that the player is entering the PML. He uses his Krookodile for a one-on-one battle against the player and wins.
After Lear leaves, the player has a quick break before battling Skyla. After winning, Skyla hands over the Freedom Badge and decides to join the player's team.
Chapter 6: A Telling Aura
Rosa is preoccupied by Lear and is determined to get stronger. With Skyla's recommendation, the team sets off to visit the Evolution fighter for further training. The team spots Korrina who skates up to them and agrees to train with them.
On the way, they also meet Brendan who wants to join in with the training.
After a few battles, Korrina's Lucario seems to have taken a liking of the team due to their strong bond with their Pokémon.
They end the training session with a battle against Korrina. Korrina joins the player's team after the battle.
Chapter 7: Bravery is Half the Victory
Brendan wants to introduce the team to his father, Norman, who is camped out in the mountains. On the way, they battle Team Break who again try to steal their Pokémon.
At the summit, they find Paulo who has just lost to Norman. The team meet Norman and win a battle against him. Paulo is frustrated that he is falling behind, although Norman disagrees stating that Paulo has true skills and pushed him during the battle.
Norman is about to give the player the badge when they spot Team Break making a commotion outside a cave. They decide to go and stop them.
As they enter the cave, Team Break blocks off the entrance and leaves. Norman and the player's team find another way out and battle multiple groups of Team Break on the way.
As they exit, Team Break reappears and explains their intention was to get rid of Norman as he would be a barrier to their plans in sabotaging the PML.
After defeating Team Break one more time, Norman gives the player the Patience Badge and also hands one to Paulo as he showed mental aptitude in face of fearsome opposition. Norman decides to join the player's team.
Chapter 8: A Cold, Harsh Winter
At a glacier, the team meet Pryce, a PML Leader. Barry and Flannery bicker about who should battle.
Despite their win against Pryce, Pryce refuses to hand over the badge as the team is missing something. Norman agrees and asks the team to think of the answer before battling Pryce again.
After some thinking, Barry apologizes to Flannery for rushing for no reason and for thinking he could do it all himself. Flannery also apologizes for panicking as she was trying to live up to her title as Gym Leader. The two realize they were out of sync during the battle and decide to work together.
They battle Pryce and this time he is pleased at their teamwork. He hands them the Harmony Badge and decides to join the team.
Chapter 9: The Beauty of Friendship
At Centra City, Rosa introduces Iris to the team. They spot Team Break who are claiming the city as theirs. The player's team fight the Team Break members away.
Lear comes after hearing news of Team Break and is disappointed to find that it was only a bunch of amateurs fighting against them. After Lear insults the player as being pathetic, Iris defends the player. Iris and Lear eventually battle. Despite the support of Rachel and Sawyer, Lear states they are mere retainers, not friends. While the battle is neck and neck, Lear leaves without finishing the battle.
Iris then battles the player to try out the new three-on-three battle system, and ends up joining the team afterwards.
Chapter 10: A Matter of Pride
The team set off to earn their last badge. They meet Hapu and Paulo who has just lost a battle to Hapu. Hapu reassures Paulo that he has real strength but that he needs more self-confidence.
The team ask Hapu for a battle, but Hapu declines, stating that her Pokémon is tired from the previous battle.
Team Break appear and claim that more associates are on the way. Paulo runs ahead to scope out the area and the player chases after him. They eventually find Paulo who has lost another battle to Team Break. After the player's team defeats Team Break, Hapu admonishes Paulo for rashly running ahead on his own, however, commends the player for defending Paulo when his pride was insulted.
The team rests while Hapu heads off to prepare for the battle. Paulo leaves and ruminates about Hapu's suggestion of self-confidence.
The team meets up with Hapu who hands them the Pride Badge before the battle even begins, remarking that she has seen enough to know the player is worthy of the badge. After the battle, Hapu decides to join the team.
Brock states that the player reminds him of Red and Blue and then heads off on his own to clear his mind.
Interlude 1: Brock's Grit
Back at Centra City, they meet Brock who has changed into his sygna suit. Brock states that while he has been a mentor for the player so far, the player has grown so much that he now wants to be part of the team as a proper teammate. The player battles Brock and his new partner Pokémon, Tyranitar.
At the stadium, Lear hosts the opening ceremony to the PML tournament. After the ceremony, Lear approaches the team and ridicules them again. Lear admits he is crankier than usual as he saw Red at the ceremony and seeks to defeat him.
After Lear leaves, the Rosa spots Paulo who has also grown much stronger and successfully earned five badges to get into PML tournament.
Chapter 11: Alola's Rising Stars
The player's first opponent in the PML tournament is Sophocles and Hau.
After defeating Sophocles and Hau, Hau strives to become stronger. Sophocles then suggests that Hau could get stronger by joining the player's team. Hau joins the player's team.
Chapter 12: Candle and Flame
Flint has been left without a team as Blaine has left. He overhears Shauntal reading from a book and realizes she is also looking to join a team. The two agree to form a team.
The player meets their second opponent, Flint and Shauntal, at the stadium. Flint comments that he has heard much about this new and upcoming Trainer.
After the battle, Shauntal asks the player if Flint could join their PML team so that his inner flame could keep on burning. Flint joins the team while Shauntal states she will take a step back to write her book.
Chapter 13: Cold Confidence
Clair tries to convince Iris to join her team along with Lorelei. However, Iris declines, preferring to stay with her current team with the player. Clair and Lorelei, down one team member, decide to train rather than use their time to complete their team.
The player then meets Clair and Lorelei at the stadium. After defeating the pair, Clair decides to join the player's team to continue bringing her energy into the competition.
Chapter 14: Bug Experts
As Viola takes snaps of Bugsy and Beedrill, Bugsy asks when they can start training for the battle tomorrow. Viola finally takes a photo she is happy with and they start training so they can show how strong Bug-type Pokémon are.
The player meets Viola and Bugsy at the PML tournament. Viola takes a photo of the player and Bugsy apologises for her eagerness to take a photo without permission.
After the battle, Bugsy commemorates the battle by having a photo taken with the player. Viola joins the player's team to take more photos of smiling Trainers and Pokémon, while Bugsy is keen to train with other Bug-type Trainers in Pasio.
Chapter 15: Dubious Duo
As Dark-type Trainers, Nanu and Grimsley have so far advanced through the tournament with cheap tricks and bluffs. However, Grimsley remarks that this is unlikely to work this time as these Trainers are sincere and earnest.
After the battle, Nanu asks if the player has run into Team Break and asks to join the team. After player leaves, Nanu tells Grimsley that he thinks Team Break is up to something and wants to find out what it is. Nanu recommends Grimsley to form another team with Trainers of other types, and invites him to the Sushi High Roller in Alola.
Chapter 16: Ninja Kin
When the player meets Koga and Janine, Koga claims to have mastered the ninja art of espionage and has already found out everything about player.
After the battle, Janine blames herself for the loss. Koga reassures that they are equals on the team and that they both share the loss. Janine decides to go on a journey to get stronger and leaves. Koga decides to join player's team to ensure that Janine isn't stronger than he is when she returns.
Chapter 17: Ghostly Trio
Before the battle, Agatha prepares the team for the battle. Acerola is confident as they are all Elite Four, but Agatha scolds her that individual titles don't matter in team battles.
The player meets Acerola, Agatha and Phoebe who want to show how strong Ghost-type Pokémon are.
Both Acerola and Phoebe are upset after losing the battle, and Agatha requests if Acerola and Phoebe could join the player's team to experience more battles and meet new friends. Agatha remarks that she will start from scratch and sit back to watch the tournament and learn more about team battles. Acerola decides to join the player's team while Phoebe states she wants to join Agatha to learn more about team battles.
Chapter 18: Team Unova
Cheren and Hilbert reflect that despite their strong team they will now face Champion level trainers in the tournament. Cheren remarks that they need to battle while helping each other. Hilbert laughs and comments that Cheren has grown much since the start of his journey around Unova. Hilbert asks if Hilda could join their team as they have all had similar journeys across Unova which might help them get in sync as a team.
After the battle with the player, Cheren thanks the player for battle. Both Hilbert and Hilda realize that Cheren wants to join the player's team, and Cheren eventually joins the player's team.
Interlude 2: A Stubborn Obstacle
With the fist half of the tournament over, Misty and Brock are confident of winning. Lear interjects and states that they have been lucky so far. He cannot understand how working in a team can lead them to victory and remarks that the only way to true strength is to train hard by yourself without relying on others. Lear then challenges them to a battle. If they are refuse or lose he will revoke their right to compete in the tournament.
Chapter 19: Rematch vs. Lear!
Lear, Sawyer and Rachel come to battle the player. Lear will battle with Staraptor and has released his Krookodile as it was too weak to defeat Iris' Haxorus.
After Lear loses the battle, he remains in denial that he is stronger and reflects that this is his second loss (the first being his defeat to Red). Brock agrees that Lear is strong but that the player has capacity to have fun in battle, have real friendship and have a real bond with Pokémon. Cheren notices that Lear is unable to use sync moves as he has no bond with his Pokémon.
Rachel and Sawyer continue to support Lear as he is strong enough to win without sync moves. Lear states that he founded the PML to prove that the power of one man is stronger than bond. However, Lear seems to have his mind on something and the three leave to give him space.
Sawyer reassures Lear that the king promised to name him the heir to the throne if the PML was a success. At that moment, Sawyer receives a phone call alerting him that some thieves have entered the royal manor and stolen "it".
Chapter 20: Shifting Shadows
As people await the PML finals, the player has become recognizable in Centra City. Calem also recognizes the player as Cynthia has told him much about the player and asks for a battle.
After the battle, Calem informs the player that Team Break have been stealing Pokemon again. He had planned to infiltrate their hideout when Cynthia recommended to ask the player for assistance.
They head to Team Break's hideout and battle groups of Team Break. The player eventually catches up with Calem who again runs ahead on his own. Misty is concerned Team Break appear to be getting stronger.
Once they find Calem again, the player helps Calem defeat Team Break. Team Break state that they can now call up strong Pokémon to battle whenever they want. After defeating the thugs, Team Break remark that the player has fallen into their trap. However, when the Masked Man gives a signal, no Team Break members come. Cynthia walks in and says she has apprehended all the other members. Calem joins team at the end of the Chapter.
Chapter 21: Face the Fight!
The player's team has made it to the opening ceremony just in time. Before the ceremony, they notice that Paulo has also made it to the finals.
Sawyer runs the opening ceremony to the PML finals. Brock and Rosa wonder why Lear is not present but decide to focus on their first opponent.
The chapter showcases how Marshal initially formed the PML team. He had come to Pasio to take martial arts to new heights but was disappointed that nothing had changed. He recognized Bruno's voice from afar and joined Bruno in training. Brawly then walked in after a surf and noticed that while their upper body muscles were refined, Marshal and Bruno could train their lower body more. Brawly recommended surfing, although Bruno thought surfing was too extreme. However, Marshal had a new idea and decided to form a team for the PML.
At the PML tournament, the player defeats the martial arts team in battle. Brock and Rosa are surprised to have been matched up with them so early in the tournament. When the next opponents are announced, they are all shocked by who they are up against.
Interlude 3: The Truth about Pasio
Rachel finds the Team Break hideout empty as it was previously cleared by Cynthia. Lear is mad that they haven't found "it" yet and had ditched the opening ceremony to find his "secret friend".
An eavesdropping Cheren is noticed by them and admits that he followed Sawyer once he realized Lear wasn't at the opening ceremony. Cheren states the rumours that some Trainers have been transported to Pasio by a mysterious ring, him being one of them. Lear admits that he has been using Hoopa to bring sync pairs but defends himself saying that Hoopa was willing to help after some donuts and that Trainers were sent back if they were not willing to stay. Cheren realizes that Lear will need help if Team Break now have Hoopa, but Lear is adamant that he can handle it alone.