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Pokkén Tournament
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Pokkén Tournament North American boxart
Pokkén Tournament DX
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Pokkén Tournament DX North American boxart
Basic info
Platform: Arcade, Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Category: Fighting
Players: 1-2
Connectivity: None
Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment (Arcade)
The Pokémon Company (Consoles; Japan)
Nintendo (Consoles; International)
Part of: Generation VI and VII spin off
ESRB: E10+
GSRR: 6+
Release dates
Japan: July 16, 2015 (Arcade)
March 18, 2016 (Wii U)
September 22, 2017 (Switch)
North America: September 24, 2015 (Arcade)
March 18, 2016 (Wii U)
September 22, 2017 (Switch)
Australia: March 19, 2016 (Wii U)
September 22, 2017 (Switch)
Europe: March 18, 2016 (Wii U)
September 22, 2017 (Switch)
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: September 22, 2017 (Switch)
Taiwan: December 1, 2017 (Switch)
Japanese: Official website
Pokémon.co.jp (Wii U)
Pokémon.co.jp (Switch)
English: Official website (Wii U)
Official website (Switch)
Pokemon.com (Wii U)
Pokemon.com (Switch)
Nintendo.com (Wii U)
Nintendo.com (Switch/US)
Nintendo.com (Switch/UK)
Japanese boxart
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Pokkén Tournament Japanese boxart
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Pokkén Tournament DX Japanese boxart
Rendering of a Pokkén Tournament arcade cabinet
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Pokkén Tournament (Japanese: ポッ拳 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Pokkén: Pokkén Tournament) is a Pokémon arcade fighting game heavily based on the Tekken series gameplay style. Bandai Namco Entertainment, the owners of the Tekken intellectual property, developed the game under license from The Pokémon Company, and are responsible for distributing arcade cabinets in Japan.

After a limited demo run at a few locations, the full game became widely available at various public arcades in Japan starting from July 16, 2015. On July 22, 2015, a Dave & Buster's representative stated on Reddit that the arcade game would be tested at D&B locations, and became available at the Times Square Dave & Buster's on September 24, 2015 for a limited time.

On August 21, 2015, a Wii U port of Pokkén Tournament was revealed. The Wii U port was released in Japan, North America, and Europe on March 18, 2016 and in Australia on March 19, 2016, and it features Pikachu Libre, Braixen, Garchomp and Mewtwo as playable characters. The Wii U port works with regular Wii U controllers, as well as the Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad made by HORI. The Pro Pad controllers must be attached by a wired USB connection, and resemble the controllers on the original arcade cabinets. Official tournaments for Pokkén also require the use of the Pro Pad specifically.

On June 6, 2017, an enhanced Nintendo Switch port of Pokkén Tournament, titled Pokkén Tournament DX (Japanese: ポッ拳 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT DX Pokkén: Pokkén Tournament DX) was revealed. It was released in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong on September 22, 2017 and Taiwan on December 1, 2017. A demo was released on the Nintendo eShop on August 24, 2017 that allowed players 15 battles in either Single Battle or Local Battle. Characters were limited to Pikachu, Charizard, or Empoleon and the only Support Pokémon pairs were Snivy/Lapras and Reshiram/Cresselia.


Wii U

Command your Pokémon with intuitive controls!
Battle with various Support Pokémon!
An all-new Pokémon battle experience
Earn the title of champion in Ferrum League!
Compete with players around the world in Online Battle!
Master your moves in Practice Mode!
Two-Player local battle!


Choose your favorite fighter from 21 Battle Pokémon!
Get help from Support Pokémon!
Many ways to test your skills!
Online 3-VS-3 Team Battles
Aim for Ferrum League competition!


Taking place in Ferrum, the game combines the gameplay of the Tekken series with the playable Pokémon characters known as Battle Pokémon (Japanese: バトルポケモン).


Pokkén Tournament is a fighting game that takes elements from both traditional 2D and 3D fighters. Battles have two different phases which will often change during battle. Battles begin in Field Phase (Japanese: フィールドフェイズ), where players can move about freely in a circular 3D environment in a 3D battlefield. If either player lands a certain type of move, a Phase Change (Japanese: フェイズチェンジ) occurs, putting the battle into Duel Phase (Japanese: デュエルフェイズ), placing players into a 2D battlefield. Controls also change in this form of play.

Every Battle Pokémon in this game sports different HP values, which have similar function to the core series games. Battle Pokémon have three kinds of attacks collectively known as the Attack Triangle (Japanese: 3すくみ): Normal Attacks (Japanese: 通常攻撃), Grab Attacks (Japanese: つかみ攻撃), and Counter Attacks (Japanese: ブロック攻撃), with each of them relating to each other like rock-paper-scissors. Battle Pokémon also have unique properties in Duel Phase known as Stance (Japanese: 構え), which gives Pokémon access to different control of their attacks or variety of effects when changing their posture slightly.

Each Battle Pokémon also have a gauge that fills up as the battle progresses called the Synergy Gauge (Japanese: 共鳴ゲージ), which allows them to activate Synergy Burst (Japanese: 共鳴バースト) when it is full. When Synergy Burst is active, the Pokémon's attributes are greatly powered up. Synergy Burst raises their attack and defense temporarily and regenerates their HP slightly. A Battle Pokémon that has a Mega Evolution form will also Mega Evolve. While Synergy Burst is active, Pokémon can use their own Burst Attack (Japanese: バーストアタック). Burst Attack is a powerful attack that can only be used once during Synergy Burst.

Players also have to bring a Support Pokémon (Japanese: サポートポケモン) set and choose a Cheer Skill (Japanese: 応援スキル) before the battle begins. A Support Pokémon set contains two Pokémon that either support allies or disrupt opponents, and one of these two may be brought into battle each round. Support Pokémon that inflict damage are unable to knock out a Pokémon, leaving it with 1 HP. Support Pokémon can be only summoned when the Support Gauge (Japanese: サポートゲージ) is full as the battle progresses. Cheer Skills are additional aides that activate between rounds and can be only activated once. Cheer Skills focus only on Synergy Gauge and Support Gauge.

Players may be able to raise their Battle Pokémon's Skill Level or SLv. (Japanese: スキルレベル), as well as Skill Points (Japanese: スキルポイント), which include Attack (Japanese: 攻撃), Defense (Japanese: 防御), Synergy (Japanese: 共鳴), and Strategy (Japanese: 戦略). The Attack and Defense skills work similarly to the core series games, but they affect Pokémon's stats slightly. Synergy boosts Pokémon's Attack and Defense during Synergy Burst and makes the duration of Synergy Burst longer. Strategy boosts the damage inflicted by Support Pokémon and shortens the charge time of Support Pokémon. Both positive and negative statuses can affect these stats in the battle under the specific effect, but they last a short period of time and can have up to two applied to a Battle Pokémon at once.

There are three types of battle rules:

  • Basic Battle (Japanese: ベーシックバトル) - A classic fighting-style battle in three rounds. The player that knocks out opponent's Pokémon in two rounds first is the winner.
  • Extra Battle (Japanese: エクストラバトル) - A three-round battle (just like Basic Battle) that includes collectible orbs that spawn on the stage that could either boost or hinder Pokémon's stats and abilities. The player that knocks out opponent's Pokémon in two rounds first is the winner.
  • Team Battle (Japanese: チームバトル) - A battle exclusively in Pokkén Tournament DX, where each player chooses three different Pokémon and fights to see which team will be the last one standing. Similar to the core series games, the player sends out one of their remaining Pokémon when their Pokémon is defeated in a round. At the end of the round, the HP and Synergy Gauge of the winning Pokémon carries over. The winner is the player's team that knocks out all three opponent's Pokémon first.


  • Practice - In Techne City, players can participate in a tutorial on how to play the game and play practice battles using any rules. Players can also access the Action Dojo and the Combo Dojo.
  • Single Battle - Tellur Town is the home of single battles. Once the CPU's Pokémon and level are set, battle begins.
  • Local Battle - Selen Island is where two players playing on the same system go to battle.
  • Online Battle - Neos City is the portal to battle on the Internet. Players may also check out the global rankings here.
  • Ferrum League - Players battle here to become the Ferrum League Champion. There are four different levels of league play that players can participate in; each league consists of league matches to find the top 8 in the league. Those eight face off in an elimination bracket to determine the league champion. This is a single-player mode.
  • My Town - Old Ferrum Town is the player's hometown and is where players can change settings such as their character profile and avatar, Battle Pokémon, and Support Pokémon set. Players can also see their battle record in this area.

Ferrum League

The Ferrum League is the place where trainers go to try to become the Champion. The goal is to get into the top eight trainers, as which point players may vie for the championship. There are four modes of play here:

  • League Match - Initially the only mode available, this is where players begin their journey to the top of the league by battling other league participants in a set of five matches. When five matches are completed, players are assigned a new rank based on their performance and returned to the Ferrum League menu.
  • Tournament - When players make it into the top eight, they are allowed to enter the bracketed tournament where the winner becomes Ferrum League Champion. (Locked until a player is in the Top 8.)
  • Promotion Test - Once a player is Champion of a division in the Ferrum League, it's possible to participate in a battle against the League Master. Winning this battle gains access to the next league. (Locked until the player becomes Champion of its respective League.)
  • Free Battle - Players may battle in matches against league participants. Battles are against a random member of the respective League.
  • Mission Panels - In Pokkén Tournament DX, there is a new mission panel board for its respective League. Rewards such as galleries and avatar items can be obtained by unlocking the requirements.

Official Group Matches

From 2017 to 2019, The Pokémon Company held Group Matches that offered unique titles to participants. Each match was themed after a specific playable Pokémon, with the group match itself being named after their Burst Attack.

Only matches taking place between 11:00 am and 3:00 am UTC counted towards placements. All players who completed a match received a participation reward after the event's conclusion, while players who placed within the top 100 of the group also received a title based on their placement:

  • 1st - 10th: Chroma League Master
  • 11th - 30th: Red League Master
  • 31st - 60th: Blue League Master
  • 61st - 100th: Green League Master

Those who had already obtained a Group Match's participation title and qualified for it again in a rerun would receive 10,000 Poké Gold instead.

Name Dates Format Participation Titles
FSBC Aura Blast Cup November 17 - 20, 2017 Basic Battle Aura Blast
October 19 - 21, 2018 Team Battle
FSBC Shining Feather Cup November 24 - 27, 2017 Team Battle Shining Feather
November 2 - 4, 2018 Basic Battle
FSBC Iron Meteor Dive Cup December 8 - 11, 2017 Basic Battle Iron Meteor Dive
November 16 - 18, 2018 Team Battle
FSBC Thunderclap Press Cup December 22 - 31, 2017 Team Battle Thunderclap Press
December 7 - 9, 2018 Basic Battle
FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup January 1 - 8, 2018
April 25 - May 3, 2018
Basic Battle Volt Shock Fist
December 21, 2018 - January 3, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Dynamic Fury Cup January 19 - 21, 2018 Team Battle Dynamic Fury
January 4 - 6, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup February 9 - 12, 2018 Basic Battle Psyfirecracker
January 18 - 20, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Underworld Ruler Cup February 23 - 25, 2018 Team Battle Underworld Ruler
February 8 - 10, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Forest's Flash Cup March 9 - 11, 2018 Basic Battle Forest's Flash
February 22 - 24, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Destructive Cannon Cup March 23 - 25, 2018 Team Battle Destructive Cannon
March 8 - 10, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Searing Blaze Cup April 6 - 8, 2018 Basic Battle Searing Blaze
March 22 - 24, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Outrage Smasher Cup April 20 - 22, 2018 Team Battle Outrage Smasher
April 5 - 7, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Sonic Slash Cup May 4 - 6, 2018 Basic Battle Sonic Slash
April 19 - 21, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Infinite Eclipse Cup May 18 - 20, 2018 Team Battle Infinite Eclipse
May 3 - 5, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC True Sheer Cold Cup June 1 - 3, 2018 Basic Battle True Sheer Cold
May 17 - 19, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Alter Ego Army Cup June 15 - 17, 2018 Team Battle Alter Ego Army
June 7 - 9, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Final Flicker Cup July 6 - 8, 2018 Basic Battle Final Flicker
June 21 - 23, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Gatling Flame Kicks Cup July 20 - 22, 2018 Team Battle Gatling Flame Kicks
July 12 - 14, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Deep Blue Monarch Cup August 3 - 5, 2018 Basic Battle Deep Blue Monarch
July 26 - 28, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Psydisaster Cup August 12 - 19, 2018 Team Battle Psydisaster
August 9 - 18, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Shadow Drop Cup September 7 - 9, 2018 Basic Battle Shadow Drop
August 23 - 25, 2019 Team Battle
FSBC Fairy Tempest Cup September 21 - 23, 2018 Team Battle Fairy Tempest
September 6 - 8, 2019 Basic Battle
FSBC Dark Nova Cup October 5 - 7, 2018 Basic Battle Dark Nova
September 20 - 22, 2019 Team Battle


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

In the Ferrum region, where competitions known as Ferrum Battles are held, the player takes control of a character who aims to rise to the top of the Ferrum League. After creating the avatar, the player meets Nia, their guide to the Ferrum League. With their partner Pokémon, the player enters the first rank of the Ferrum League and battles their way to the Promotion Test, which allows entry into the next rank. However, the player is ambushed by a mysterious young woman with a strange black Mewtwo, whom they are forced to fight.

Regardless of the outcome of the fight against the black Mewtwo, the player progresses to the next rank. The black Mewtwo and mysterious woman appear again and challenge the player once more. As the player continues to rise in the Ferrum League, other competitors begin gossiping about the Mewtwo—now dubbed Shadow Mewtwo—and a strange phenomenon in which Gaia, the energy that allows Synergy Stones to bond the humans and Pokémon in Ferrum, appears to be draining away.

After the player clears the third rank, the Ferrum League is put on hold as a result of the draining of Gaia energy. The mysterious woman introduces herself as Anne and explains the events that are occurring. Shadow Mewtwo is a normal Mewtwo, corrupted by the Shadow Synergy Stone embedded in its shoulder; when Anne was a child, the Shadow Synergy Stone endangered her, and to protect her from its influence, Mewtwo sacrificed itself to take her place. Mewtwo is now being consumed by the Shadow Synergy Stone, which is forcing it to fight opponents throughout Ferrum to gain greater power. The Shadow Synergy Stone's power is causing Gaia energy to drain as well. Anne hopes to save Mewtwo by purifying the Shadow Synergy Stone using a special brooch containing a Synergy Stone, separating the two so Mewtwo can return to a peaceful existence while Anne returns the purified stone to her people. Anne guides the player and Nia to the Regi Ruins, where she introduces Walter, the elder of her people, who reveals that the brooch is currently lacking the power to purify the Shadow Synergy Stone. This can be repaired by the brooch being exposed to the Synergy Power of high-level battles, so Walter challenges the player, then directs them to fight three others scattered throughout the region. However, after the second fight of the three, Anne realizes time has run out and Shadow Mewtwo must be dealt with immediately.

With support from Nia and Anne, the player ventures deep into the woods of northern Ferrum, where Shadow Mewtwo's hideout is finally located. Though unable to use Synergy Burst due to the severe drainage of Gaia, the player engages in a final battle with Shadow Mewtwo. The Shadow Synergy Stone's power fluctuates throughout the fight, forcing a 1-1 tie between the player and Shadow Mewtwo. For the final round, Anne's prayers manage to focus enough Gaia to allow the player to use a permanent Synergy Burst. Once defeated, Shadow Mewtwo collapses and the Shadow Synergy Stone begins overloading, but Anne's brooch overwhelms and finally purifies it. The stone separates from Shadow Mewtwo, returning it to its normal form. Though saddened by the fact that the brooch broke during use, Anne expresses gratitude for the player saving Mewtwo, whom she asks the player to take care of — unlocking Mewtwo as a playable character — while she returns the purified Shadow Synergy Stone to the safety of her people's care.

With the disaster averted and Gaia restored, the Ferrum League reopens, allowing the player to resume their quest to reach the top by winning the Chroma League. Once the player accomplishes the championship, Shadow Mewtwo is unlocked as a playable character from that point forward. Additionally, a secret Ferrum League rank—the Iron League—becomes accessible, and the player may freely replay a number of the Shadow Mewtwo story events.


Battle Pokémon

All versions
Pokkén Lucario.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 600
Moves: Aura Sphere, Bone Rush, Force Palm, Extreme Speed
Burst Attack: Aura Blast (Japanese: 波動ブラスト Aura Blast)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Pikachu.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 570
Moves: Thunderbolt, Nuzzle, Electro Ball, Thunder, Volt Tackle, Iron Tail
Burst Attack: Volt Shock Fist (Japanese: ボルテッ Voltekken)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Machamp.png Battle Style: Power HP: 660
Moves: Bulk Up, Submission, Karate Chop, Wake-Up Slap,
Scary Face, Heavy Slam, Close Combat, Cross Chop
Burst Attack: Dynamic Fury (Japanese: 爆裂ラッシュ Dynamite Rush)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Gardevoir.png Battle Style: Technical HP: 540
Moves: Psyshock, Stored Power, Calm Mind, Dazzling Gleam,
Energy Ball, Psychic, Teleport, Moonblast, Magical Leaf, Future Sight
Burst Attack: Fairy Tempest (Japanese: フェアリーテンペスト Fairy Tempest)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Weavile.png Battle Style: Speed HP: 540
Moves: Agility, Fury Swipes, Fake Out, Knock Off, Night Slash, Icicle Crash, Ice Punch, Taunt
Burst Attack: Sonic Slash (Japanese: 無影スラッシュ Shadowless Slash)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Suicune.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 630
Moves: Aurora Beam, Icy Wind, Hydro Pump, Mirror Coat, Blizzard, Hail
Burst Attack: True Sheer Cold (Japanese: 超・絶対零度 Super Sheer Cold)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Charizard.png Battle Style: Power HP: 600
Moves: Flamethrower, Fire Punch, Inferno, Flare Blitz, Seismic Toss, Air Slash, Dragon Claw
Burst Attack: Searing Blaze (Japanese: 煉獄ブレイズ Purgatory Blaze)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Gengar.png Battle Style: Technical HP: 510
Moves: Shadow Ball, Hypnosis, Shadow Punch, Sludge Bomb, Astonish, Curse
Burst Attack: Shadow Drop (Japanese: 奈落落とし Drag into Hell)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Blaziken.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 600
Moves: Heat Wave, Blaze Kick, Flare Blitz, Brave Bird, High Jump Kick, Sky Uppercut
Burst Attack: Gatling Flame Kicks (Japanese: バーニング閃烈脚 Burning Flash Kick)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Pikachu Libre.png Battle Style: Speed HP: 570
Moves: Double Team, Quick Attack, Discharge, Electroweb, Spark, Flying Press, Wild Charge
Burst Attack: Thunderclap Press (Japanese: フライング雷迅プレス Flying Thunderclap Press)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pikachu Libre
Pokkén Sceptile.png Battle Style: Speed HP: 570
Moves: Bullet Seed, Leaf Blade, Dragon Breath, Detect, Leech Seed, Leaf Storm, Giga Drain
Burst Attack: Forest's Flash (Japanese: 夢想・樹海新生 Unrivaled Forest Rebirth)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Chandelure.png Battle Style: Power HP: 510
Moves: Will-O-Wisp, Smog, Flame Burst, Incinerate, Minimize, Overheat, Hex
Burst Attack: Final Flicker (Japanese: 最期の一灯 Flicker of Death)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Mewtwo.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 600
Moves: Psycho Cut, Hyper Beam, Teleport, Barrier, Confusion, Telekinesis
Drain Punch, Focus Blast, Psystrike, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch
Burst Attack: Psydisaster (Japanese: サイコディザスター Psycho Disaster)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Shadow Mewtwo.png Battle Style: Technical HP: 480
Moves: Psywave, Teleport, Zen Headbutt, Miracle Eye,
Recover, Reflect, Flamethrower, Thunder, Earthquake, Psystrike
Burst Attack: Dark Nova (Japanese: ダークエンドノヴァ Dark End Nova)
Details on StrategyWiki
Shadow Mewtwo
Pokkén Garchomp.png Battle Style: Power HP: 660
Moves: Dragon Claw, Dig, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Dragon Rush, Sand Tomb
Burst Attack: Outrage Smasher (Japanese: 大逆鱗クラッシュ Great Outrage Crash)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Braixen.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 540
Moves: Psybeam, Fire Spin, Fire Blast, Sunny Day, Flame Charge, Flamethrower, Light Screen
Burst Attack: Psyfirecracker (Japanese: マジカルファイアータクト Magical Fire Tact)
Details on StrategyWiki

The only two unlockable fighters (in the Wii U version) are Mewtwo and Shadow Mewtwo. Mewtwo is unlocked by clearing the Red League and defeating Shadow Mewtwo. Shadow Mewtwo can be temporarily unlocked by using the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card each time the game is started, or permanently unlocked by clearing the Chroma League.

As an NPC, Shadow Mewtwo has notable differences compared to the playable one. At the start of the battle, this Shadow Mewtwo will Mega Evolve into Shadow Mega Mewtwo X. It also has a few additional attacks, such as Mewtwo's Fire Punch, Thunder Punch, and Ice Punch combo attacks and Suicune's Blizzard.

Garchomp, Braixen, and Mewtwo were originally exclusive to the Wii U version, but were later added to the arcade version on July 20, 2016.

Arcade and Switch-only
Pokkén Darkrai.png Battle Style: Technical HP: 540
Moves: Dark Pulse, Dark Void, Nasty Plot, Shadow Claw, Nightmare, Dream Eater
Burst Attack: Infinite Eclipse (Japanese: 無限エクリプス Infinite Eclipse)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Scizor.png Battle Style: Power HP: 600
Moves: Swords Dance, Metal Claw, U-turn, Aerial Ace, Bullet Punch, X-Scissor, Bug Bite
Burst Attack: Iron Meteor Dive (Japanese: オーロラメテオダイブ Aurora Meteor Dive)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Croagunk.png Battle Style: Speed HP: 540
Moves: Poison Sting, Poison Jab, Thief, Acupressure, Gunk Shot, Foul Play, Venoshock
Burst Attack: Alter Ego Army (Japanese: 極楽影分身 Double Team Parade)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Empoleon.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 630
Moves: Aqua Jet, Ice Beam, Defog, Steel Wing,
Drill Peck, Cut, Waterfall, Rock Smash, Surf
Burst Attack: Deep Blue Monarch (Japanese: ディープブルーカイザー Deep Blue Kaiser)
Details on StrategyWiki

The arcade version received a number of additional characters through updates:

  • Darkrai was released on July 20, 2016.
  • Scizor was released on October 20, 2016.
  • Croagunk was released on November 10, 2016.
  • Empoleon was released on December 15, 2016.
Pokkén Decidueye.png Battle Style: Standard HP: 570
Moves: Spirit Shackle, Fury Attack, Razor Leaf, Leaf Blade,
Frenzy Plant, Feather Dance, Sucker Punch, Smack Down, Acrobatics
Burst Attack: Shining Feather (Japanese: シャイニングフェザー Shining Feather)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Aegislash.png Battle Style: Technical HP: 510
Moves: Fury Cutter, Iron Head, King's Shield, Gyro Ball, Shadow Sneak, Flash Cannon, Sacred Sword
Burst Attack: Underworld Ruler (Japanese: 冥界覇王斬 Underworld Conqueror Slash)
Details on StrategyWiki
Pokkén Blastoise.png Battle Style: Power HP: 660
Moves: Water Gun, Aura Sphere, Dark Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Rapid Spin
Water Spout, Withdraw, Bubble, Hydro Pump, Water Pulse
Burst Attack: Destructive Cannon (Japanese: 豪砲デストラクション Strong Cannon of Destruction)
Details on StrategyWiki
  • Aegislash was released on January 31, 2018 as Battle Pack DLC.
  • Blastoise was released on March 23, 2018 as Battle Pack DLC.

Support Pokémon

All versions
Pokkén Emolga.png
Uses Shock Wave to shock the opponent and temporarily decrease its speed. Pokkén Fennekin.png
Uses Ember to surround itself with fire, creating a trap.
Pokkén Snivy.png
Uses Leaf Tornado to perform an anti-air attack and send the opponent flying. Pokkén Lapras.png
Uses Surf as it enters the stage, damaging the enemy with a wave of water.
Pokkén Frogadier.png
Uses Water Pulse to attack from a distance by firing water bullets. Effective when striking from long distance. Pokkén Eevee.png
Uses Helping Hand to heal the user and temporarily increase their attack power.
Pokkén Jirachi.png
Uses Wish to restore the Synergy Gauge and temporarily strengthen the user's attack power during Synergy Burst. Pokkén Whimsicott.png
Uses Substitute to render attacks from opponents useless and heal the user.
Pokkén Ninetales.png
Uses Will-O-Wisp to send small flames in front of the user. Enemy's attack power decreased temporarily when contacted. Pokkén Mismagius.png
Uses Ominous Wind to attack the opponent and temporarily increase the user's attack power.
Pokkén Farfetch'd.png
Uses Fury Cutter to perform a flurry of attacks toward the opponent. Pokkén Electrode.png
Uses Explosion to counter an opponent's attack upon defending.
Pokkén Rotom.png
Uses Thunder Shock to target enemies in the air and temporarily decrease their speed. Pokkén Togekiss.png
Uses Tailwind to temporarily increase the user's speed and recover some health.
Pokkén Dragonite.png
Uses Draco Meteor to attack multiple times over a wide area. Pokkén Victini.png
Uses V-create to temporarily make the user's attacks critical hits, restores some of the user's health, and increases the user's Synergy Gauge. Unlike other Enhance Pokémon, Victini can actually damage the foe if they're above it when flying off the screen.
Pokkén Croagunk Support.png
Uses Toxic to attack opponent and temporarily decrease its defense. Pokkén Sylveon.png
Uses Reflect to heal user and temporarily increase their defense.
Pokkén Pachirisu.png
Uses Follow Me to eliminate long distance attacks. Effective when get in close. Pokkén Magikarp.png
Uses Bounce to disrupt the enemy's attack when hit by an opponent. Effective for interrupting combos.
Pokkén Cubone.png
Uses Bonemerang to attack from a distance and can pull an enemy in. Pokkén Diglett.png
Uses Dig to attack from below, making easy to aim for a combo.
Pokkén Magneton.png
Uses Tri Attack to attack from a distance diagonally upward and inflict two random negative statuses. Pokkén Quagsire.png
Uses Mud Bomb to attack opponent on the ground, even when blocked.
Pokkén Espeon.png
Uses Morning Sun to remove any statuses and recover health, with more health recovered with less time remaining in the round. Pokkén Umbreon.png
Uses Snarl to absorb an opponent's Synergy Gauge and prevent them from performing any critical hits.
Pokkén Reshiram.png
Uses Blue Flare to attack straight forward with a powerful flame. In the DX version, it can only be called once per round. Pokkén Cresselia.png
Uses Lunar Dance to heal the user of any negative status, recovers health and Synergy Gauge, but can only be used once per round.
Pokkén Yveltal.png
Uses Oblivion Wing to attack from the sky and seal off the opponent's Synergy Burst. In the DX version, it can only be called once per round. Pokkén Latios.png
Uses Luster Purge to place attacks around the enemy in order to restrict their movements. In the DX version, it can only be called once per round.
Pokkén Litten.png
Uses Fire Fang to attack toward the enemy. Damage increases when the player's at lower HP. Pokkén Popplio.png
Uses Bubble Beam to temporarily increase attack and grant a double jump while in midair.
Mega Rayquaza Pokkén.png
Mega Rayquaza
Uses Dragon Ascent to attack from a distance at tremendous speed. It also consumes the user's Synergy Gauge. It can only be called once per round. Mimikyu Pokkén.png
Uses Play Rough to attack continuously from behind and inflict double negative status.
Pokkén Mew.png
Uses Miraculous Power (Japanese: ミラクルパワー Miracle Power) to randomly increase the user's Synergy Gauge, temporarily makes the user's attacks critical hits, and/or gives the user additional random positive status. Pokkén Celebi.png
Uses Time Travel (Japanese: ときわたり Time Travel) to switch between Phases at almost any given moment, even when enemy guards an attack.
  • The Mega Rayquaza/Mimikyu set was released on January 31, 2018 as Battle Pack DLC.
  • The Mew/Celebi set was released on March 23, 2018 as Battle Pack DLC.


amiibo are usable within the game to unlock otherwise-unobtainable avatar costume items and titles via a "Special Bonus". Up to five amiibo may be scanned per day, each individual amiibo can only be scanned once, and any amiibo may be used (not just Pokémon amiibo). The Special Bonus reward received is random, and does not depend on the specific amiibo used. Sometimes, the reward will simply be in-game currency.

The Shadow Mewtwo promotional card packaged with first-run copies of Pokkén Tournament for Wii U immediately unlocks Shadow Mewtwo for use, prior to completing the story. However, Shadow Mewtwo will be locked again if the game is closed, so the card will need to be re-scanned each time the game is opened. Also, Shadow Mewtwo cannot be used as the partner Pokémon (which means it can't be used in the Ferrum League) until unlocked the normal way. After Shadow Mewtwo has been permanently unlocked, the card acts the same as any other amiibo.

In Pokkén Tournament DX, since Shadow Mewtwo is available by default, the Shadow Mewtwo card acts like a normal amiibo at all times.


In Pokkén Tournament DX, several avatar items and titles can be unlocked by entering the following codes at the Special Code menu, which can be found on the map screen. The rewards obtained through these codes are not available through any other method.

Item Code
Male Female
Old Leather Jacket Set 6GSSALLDM9RL NQLMEMRGX37X
Hamburger Hat & Short Bob/Medium Hair H5D9YZFETCQZ USBXKG8X4GLG
Holiday Ornament QRRZ7LBS4TDV
Holiday Title 5W6LEN4TNVF5

Version history

Wii U

Version Release date Changes
1.0 March 18, 2016
  • Initial release
1.1[1] March 18, 2016
  • Introduces additional enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment.
1.2[2] April 13, 2016
  • Fixes an issue wherein Shadow Mewtwo could force opponents to continually block by repeatedly using certain moves.
  • Adjustments to Mewtwo's battle balance.
  • Adjustments to reduce the effect of the Support Pokémon Reshiram.
  • Fixes for several bugs that affected battles.
  • Introduces additional enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment.
1.3[3] June 15, 2016
  • Repairs to resolve a situation where players could use Mewtwo to create a sequence of moves that is difficult to escape.
  • Adjustments to the battle balance of Mewtwo, Shadow Mewtwo, Braixen and Charizard.
  • Adjustments to the Support Pokémon Diglett and Latios.
  • Repaired issues for Mewtwo, Shadow Mewtwo, Braixen and Chandelure.
  • Repaired an issue for the Support Pokémon Croagunk.

Nintendo Switch

Version Release date Changes
1.0 September 22, 2017
  • Initial release
1.0.1[4] September 22, 2017
  • Introduces additional enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment.
1.1.0[5] November 15, 2017
  • Players can now participate in online Team Battles.
  • A recording feature has been added to Free Training in Practice Mode.
  • Players can get special titles based on their ranking in Official Group Matches.
    • Official Group Matches are groups held officially for Pokkén Tournament DX. Rewards are only available for certain Official Group Matches.
  • It is now possible to change how battle records are displayed.
  • Battle records will be displayed when players enter a group.
  • Team Battles are now available in Event Mode.
  • Adjustments have been made to some Pokémon and attacks.[6]
1.2.0[7] January 31, 2018
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack Wave 1 compatibility has been added.
  • Video capture compatibility added. Hold the Capture Button to capture up to 30 seconds of the previous footage.
    • The system must be updated to Ver 4.0.0 or higher to use this feature.
  • Adjustments have been made to some Pokémon and attacks.[8]
1.3.0[9] March 23, 2018
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack Wave 2 compatibility has been added.
  • Adjustments have been made to some Pokémon and attacks.[10]
1.3.1[11][12] May 16, 2018
  • This distribution has adjusted the balance of some of the Pokémon added from Ver. 1.2.0 onward.
  • Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
1.3.2[13][14] July 11, 2018
  • This version contains different adjustments for the Pokémon, including the addition of some brand-new actions.
  • Other adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
1.3.3[15][16] September 26, 2018
  • Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
  • Adjustments have been made to some Pokémon and attacks.


Main article: Staff of Pokkén Tournament
Main article: Staff of Pokkén Tournament DX


Nia Ananda Jacobs Nia Marina Inoue ニア 井上麻里奈
Anne Jenny Shima Anne Yui Ishikawa アン 石川由依
Alyssa Tomomi Shimada Alyssa Mayumi Iizuka アリッサ 飯塚雅弓
Glenn Charles Glover Glenn Kensuke Sato グレン 佐藤健輔
Travis Michael Wattley Travis Tarusuke Shingaki トラヴィス 新垣樽助
Keith Brett Coleman Keith Kenta Ohkuma キース 大隈健太
Elinn Aniella Sanchez Elinn Karin Nanami エリン 奈波果林
Walter Walter Roberts Walter Minoru Inaba ウォルター 稲葉実
Nora Rachel Walzer Nora Romi Park ノーラ 朴ロ美
Jake Peter von Gomm Jake Masaki Terasoma ジェイク てらそままさき
Nicholas Jovette Rivera Nicholas Kazuhiro Fusegawa ニコラス 布施川一寛
Chloe Rumiko Varnes Chloe Chinatsu Akasaki クロエ 赤﨑千夏
Ryan Vinay Murthy Ryan Chiharu Shigematsu ライアン 重松千晴
Maya Tomomi Shimada Maya Saaya Nohara マヤ 野原さあや


Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokkén Tournament a score of 34 out of 40.[17] IGN rated both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions a "Great" 8.0/10.[18][19] Pokkén Tournament and Pokkén Tournament DX hold a rating of 76%[20] and 79%,[21] respectively, on Metacritic.


Pokkén Tournament sold over 1 million units worldwide.[22] As of March 31, 2018, Pokkén Tournament DX has sold 1.16 million copies outside of Japan.[23]

Japanese sales

Pokkén Tournament sold 69,675 units on its first week on the Japanese market, with a sell-through of 36.65%.[24] By December 30, 2018, the end of its 146th week, it had sold 182,190 copies.[25]

Pokkén Tournament DX sold 53,395 units on its first week, with a sell-through of 41.39%.[26] By January 3, 2021, the end of its 172nd week, it had sold 366,777 copies.[27]

Pokkén Tournament

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 March 20, 2016 1st 69,675 69,675
2 March 27, 2016 5th 28,331 98,007
3 April 3, 2016 5th 14,295 112,302
4 April 10, 2016 7th 8,065 120,366
5 April 17, 2016 11th 4,348 124,715
6 April 24, 2016 26th - -
7 May 1, 2016 23rd - -
8 May 8, 2016 16th 5,029 136,478
9 May 15, 2016 23rd - -
10 May 22, 2016 27th - -
11 May 29, 2016 30th - -
12 June 5, 2016 25th - -
13 June 12, 2016 29th - -
14 June 19, 2016 39th - -
15 June 26, 2016 46th - -
42 January 1, 2017 - - 169,043
94 December 31, 2017 - - 181,529
146 December 30, 2018 - - 182,190

Pokkén Tournament DX

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 September 24, 2017 1st 53,395 53,395
2 October 1, 2017 5th 23,543 76,938
3 October 8, 2017 6th 11,831 88,768
4 October 15, 2017 5th 8,367 97,135
5 October 22, 2017 11th 5,224 102,359
6 October 29, 2017 16th 4,588 106,947
7 November 5, 2017 14th 4,882 111,829
8 November 12, 2017 18th 3,862 115,691
9 November 19, 2017 12th 6,642 122,333
10 November 26, 2017 17th 4,197 126,530
11 December 3, 2017 21st - -
12 December 10, 2017 17th 8,362 139,637
13 December 17, 2017 18th 11,144 150,782
14 December 24, 2017 8th 27,053 177,835
15 December 31, 2017 11th 13,650 191,485
16 January 7, 2018 14th 12,553 204,038
17 January 14, 2018 43rd - -
18 January 21, 2018 17th 4,311 209,965
19 January 28, 2018 13th 4,765 214,730
20 February 4, 2018 15th 3,731 218,461
67 December 30, 2018 - - 316,688
119 December 29, 2019 - - 346,172
172 January 3, 2021 - - 366,777


A brief snippet of footage from the game featuring Lucario and Blaziken first appeared at the end of a retrospective at the Pokémon Game Show, which was held in Tokyo on August 17 and 18, 2013. Later that month, the game's title was discovered as a trademark registered in Japan and the United States, although the connection between the title and the footage was not confirmed until the game's formal announcement. The game was officially announced on a NicoNico livestream that was held by The Pokémon Company on August 26, 2014, which showed Lucario (which Mega Evolved into Mega Lucario) fighting Machamp. The English Pokémon site also mentioned the announcement, and uploaded the debuting teaser trailer for the game on their YouTube channel.

Bandai Namco Games, the game's developer, asked for fighter suggestions. Japanese residents could Tweet at @pokken_official with the Pokémon they would like to see using the hashtag #ポッ拳 in order to make a suggestion. Due to having the most requests, Gengar was confirmed as a fighter in April 2015.


POKKÉN TOURNAMENT: First Look! (First teaser trailer)
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Pokkén Tournament Arrives on Wii U in Spring 2016! (Wii U announcement trailer)
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Shadow Mewtwo Revealed in Pokkén Tournament!
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More Footage from Pokkén Tournament! (additional Shadow Mewtwo footage)
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  • The codename of Pokkén is Ferrum, the same name of the region it takes place in.
  • This is the only Pokémon game to use its Japanese logo in international releases.
  • In the trailer announcing the game coming to Wii U in spring of 2016, the scene where Mega Lucario charges up an Aura Sphere could possibly be a reference to the opening of Super Street Fighter II, in which Ryu charges and fires off a Hadouken.
  • The German version of this game is the only one that does not utilize the portmanteau Pokkén, instead opting for a title with the separated terms "Pokémon Tekken".
    • This may be due to the fact that the German word Pocken, meaning smallpox, has a similar pronunciation to the term Pokkén.
    • Despite the title change, the German logo still includes the Japanese text for "Pokkén".
  • None of the playable characters or support Pokémon are Rock-type.
  • Although the icon for the face in the shop has a mustache, none of the options have any facial hair at all.
  • Substitute dolls and Mokujin training dummies can be seen in the background of the Ferrum Dojo stage.
  • A Hex Maniac can be seen in the background of the Haunted House stage, frantically trying to open a locked door.
  • In Tellur Town, there is a Trainer with a Volcarona, riding a Bicycle. This may be a reference to the fact that in the core series games, Eggs hatch more quickly when a Pokémon with Flame Body, such as Volcarona, is in the player's party.
  • Four of the game's equippable titles list their unlock condition as "Obtained by Special Code"; however, only the "Happy Holidays!' title's code was ever released, leaving the remaining three titles unobtainable. These titles are named "Synergy Burst!", "Burst Attack!" and "Halloween Party"[28]
  • Pokkén Tournament DX is the first Pokémon game released on a Nintendo console to not carry the Nintendo logo on its U.S. boxart. This is due to the boxart for Nintendo-published Switch games not carrying the Nintendo logo (the logo is on the box's spine instead).
  • Pokkén Tournament was the last Pokémon game released for the Wii U, while Pokkén Tournament DX was the first Pokémon game released for the Nintendo Switch.

In other languages

Pokkén Tournament

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポッ拳 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Pokkén: Pokkén Tournament
France Flag.png French Pokkén Tournament
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Tekken
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokkén Tournament
South Korea Flag.png Korean POKKÉN TOURNAMENT
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokkén Tournament

Pokkén Tournament DX

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポッ拳 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT DX Pokkén: Pokkén Tournament DX
France Flag.png French Pokkén Tournament DX
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Tekken DX
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokkén Tournament DX
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokkén Tournament DX

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  1. Software update: March 18th 2016 | Wii U | Support | Nintendo
  2. Software update: April 13th 2016 | Wii U | Support | Nintendo
  3. Software update: June 15th 2016 | Wii U | Support | Nintendo
  4. Software update: September 21st 2017 | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  5. Software update: November 15th 2017 | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  6. Pokkén Tournament DX Ver1.1.0 (Japanese)
  7. Software update: January 31st 2018 | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  8. Pokkén Tournament DX Ver1.2.0 (Japanese)
  9. Software update: March 23rd 2018 | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  10. Pokkén Tournament DX Ver1.3.0 (Japanese)
  11. Software update: May 16th 2018 | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  12. Pokkén Tournament DX Ver1.3.1 (Japanese)
  13. Software update: July 11th 2018 | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  14. Pokkén Tournament DX Ver1.3.2 (Japanese)
  15. How to Update Pokkén Tournament DX | Nintendo Switch | Support | Nintendo
  16. Pokkén Tournament DX Ver1.3.3 (Japanese)
  17. Famitsu review scores (3/29/16) - Nintendo Everything
  18. Pokkén Tournament Review - IGN
  19. Pokkén Tournament DX Review - IGN
  20. Pokkén Tournament for Wii U Reviews - Metacritic
  21. Pokkén Tournament DX for Switch Reviews - Metacritic
  22. Wii Uソフト『ポッ拳』が世界累計出荷本数100万本を突破!!
  23. Nintendo Co., Ltd. - Earnings Release for Fiscal Year Ended March 2018
  24. Media Create Sales: CY 2016 (2016 Jan 04 - 2017 Jan 01) | NeoGAF
  25. Media Create Sales: CY 2018 (2018 Jan 01 - 2018 Dec 30) | ResetEra
  26. Media Create Sales: CY 2017 (2017 Jan 02 - 2017 Dec 31) | ResetEra
  27. Media Create Sales: CY 2020 (2019 Dec 30 - 2021 Jan 03) Sales | ResetEra
  28. "Demystifying the 3 "Special Code" Only Titles." - Twitter

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