Story event

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Story events[note 1] (Japanese: エピソードイベント Episode Event) are a type of limited-time event in Pokémon Masters EX. They feature a storyline that focuses on one specific or multiple specific sync pairs, and new area info for the story is unlocked by completing single-player battles. They originally featured co-op battles that rewarded the player with vouchers that could be exchanged in the shop for items, but these were dropped by July 2020 in favor of earning event items from single-player battles.

Story events have been presented in three different formats, featuring either an exchange shop, event maps, or the Prize Box.

Some specific types of story events include seasonal events, costume events, and Neo Champions events[note 2].


Most story events feature a limited-time exchange menu in the shop. Players can earn event items by completing battles, which can then be exchanged for rewards in the shop. Most story events have only one kind of event item that can be earned, but some story events have two, three, or even four different types of items to collect. In most of these cases, different items are obtained by completing different battles of equal difficulty.

Shining Star introduced event maps, in which players earned travel tokens from battles that allowed them to travel to different spaces on the event map, collecting items and new area info for the story. This event format was dropped after July 2021, with reruns of events that previously used event maps utilizing a shop exchange or a Prize Box instead.

The Prize Box, which was introduced in the legendary event Pure Hearts and Rainbow Wings, was introduced to story events with The Star of the Contest. In this format, players earned Prize Coins from battles which were used to make pulls in the Prize Box, with its prizes including new area info for the story. While less common than shop exchanges, this format is still occasionally used for story events.

Seasonal events

A common type of story event is the seasonal event (Japanese: 季節限定のイベント Seasonal Limited Event). These events are held every year around certain holidays or times of the year, and they feature two sync pairs wearing special outfits to celebrate the occasion. Currently, there have been sync pairs released for six different seasonal celebrations:

Occasion Time of year Years a new event was held
New Year's Early January 2021, 2022, 2023
Palentine's Day Early February 2021, 2022, 2023
Spring Early April 2021
Summer July/August 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Fall Late October 2020, 2021, 2022
Holiday Mid-December 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

While sync pairs released to commemorate anniversaries have the Theme skill icon fashion.png Seasonal Outfit theme skill, their events do not rerun annually and are not considered seasonal events.

List of story events

Event Name Start Date End Date Featured Sync Pair(s) Banner
Reach for the Top September 3, 2019 September 30, 2019 Blue and Pidgeot Masters Reach for the Top banner.png
The Girl in Black and White September 30, 2019
September 3, 2021
October 17, 2019
September 17, 2021
Hilda and Tepig Masters The Girl in Black and White banner.png
The Importance of Elegance October 31, 2019
June 18, 2020
November 14, 2019
July 2, 2020
Caitlin and Reuniclus Masters The Importance of Elegance banner.png
Rosa's Party December 12, 2019 January 1, 2020 Rosa and Delibird
Siebold and Octillery
Masters Rosa's Party banner.png
A Special Present December 24, 2019 December 25, 2019 Rosa and Delibird Masters A Special Present banner.png
Two Champions December 26, 2019
May 25, 2021
January 22, 2020
June 8, 2021
Lance and Dragonite
Cynthia and Garchomp
Masters Two Champions banner.png
The Strongest There Is February 14, 2020 March 16, 2020 Steven and Metagross Masters The Strongest There Is banner.png
Shining Star February 28, 2020 March 16, 2020 Elesa and Rotom Masters Shining Star banner.png
Team Skull Crash Course March 27, 2020
January 17, 2022
April 14, 2020
February 3, 2022
Guzma and Golisopod
Plumeria and Salazzle
Masters Team Skull Crash Course banner.png
The Star of the Contest May 28, 2020
June 24, 2021
June 11, 2020
July 8, 2021
Dawn and Turtwig Masters The Star of the Contest banner.png
Serena's Dessert Party June 30, 2020
March 22, 2022
July 21, 2020
April 4, 2022
Serena and Fennekin Masters Serena's Dessert Party banner.png
Summer Superstars July 31, 2020
July 20, 2021
August 16, 2020
August 3, 2021
Steven and Sandslash
Lyra and Jigglypuff
Masters Summer Superstars banner.png
Family Ties September 10, 2020
September 7, 2021
September 30, 2020
September 17, 2021
Lusamine and Pheromosa
Gladion and Silvally
Lillie and Clefairy
Masters Family Ties banner.png
The Eccentric Electrician September 30, 2020
September 9, 2021
October 14, 2020
September 17, 2021
Volkner and Luxray Masters The Eccentric Electrician banner.png
Fight or Fright October 15, 2020
October 20, 2021
November 1, 2020
November 4, 2021
Acerola and Mimikyu
Hilbert and Mightyena
Masters Fight or Fright banner.png
Dazzling Dizzying Battle Stage October 30, 2020
September 11, 2021
November 11, 2020
September 17, 2021
Lisia and Altaria Masters Dazzling Dizzying Battle Stage banner.png
Deck the Halls December 10, 2020
December 22, 2021
December 31, 2020
January 5, 2022
Skyla and Togekiss
Erika and Comfey
Masters Deck the Halls banner.png
The Ideal Formula December 24, 2020
September 13, 2021
November 7, 2022
January 12, 2021
September 17, 2021
November 21, 2022
N and Zekrom Masters The Ideal Formula banner.png
Season's Greetings January 1, 2021
January 4, 2022
January 14, 2021
January 18, 2022
Lance and Gyarados
Lillie and Ribombee
Masters Season's Greetings banner.png
Baking Buddies January 29, 2021
February 5, 2022
February 19, 2021
February 19, 2022
Dawn and Alcremie
Serena and Whimsicott
Masters Baking Buddies banner.png
Champion Time February 26, 2021
February 18, 2023
March 18, 2021
March 11, 2023
Leon and Charizard
Marnie and Morpeko
Masters Champion Time banner.png
Shining Heart of Dragons March 18, 2021
March 10, 2022
April 2, 2021
March 24, 2022
Iris and Hydreigon Masters Shining Heart of Dragons banner.png
Pasio Eggsplorers April 2, 2021
April 4, 2022
April 6, 2023
April 16, 2021
April 18, 2022
April 20, 2023
May and Lopunny
Burgh and Togepi
Masters Pasio Eggsplorers banner.png
Trials on the Isle April 15, 2021
April 18, 2022
May 16, 2023
May 2, 2021
May 2, 2022
June 2, 2023
Selene and Rowlet
Elio and Popplio
Masters Trials on the Isle banner.png
Masters of Land and Sea May 31, 2021 June 14, 2021 Archie and Kyogre
Maxie and Groudon
Masters of Land and Sea Masters banner.png
All Aboard the Victory Train June 30, 2021
July 21, 2022
July 15, 2021
August 4, 2022
Ingo and Excadrill
Emmet and Archeops
Masters All Aboard the Victory Train banner.png
Beachside Rivalry July 15, 2021
July 4, 2022
July 31, 2021
July 18, 2022
Gloria and Inteleon
Marnie and Grimmsnarl
Masters Beachside Rivalry banner.png
Hearts United August 28, 2021
December 26, 2022
September 30, 2021
January 11, 2023
Lillie and Lunala
N and Reshiram
Steven and Rayquaza
Masters Hearts United banner.png
Midnight Spookfest
Midnight Battle Ball
October 14, 2021
October 24, 2022
November 5, 2021
November 10, 2022
Morty and Banette
Caitlin and Sableye
Masters Midnight Battle Ball banner.png
The Light Devourer November 30, 2021 December 16, 2021 Lusamine and Necrozma Masters The Light Devourer banner.png
Winter Wishes December 16, 2021
December 19, 2022
January 1, 2022
January 5, 2023
Leon and Calyrex
Nessa and Eiscue
Masters Winter Wishes banner.png
New Year and New Friends January 1, 2022
January 4, 2023
January 18, 2022
January 18, 2023
Volkner and Electivire
Sabrina and Chingling
Masters New Year and New Friends banner.png
Sweet Shenanigans January 31, 2022
February 6, 2023
February 19, 2022
February 23, 2023
Marnie and Mawile
Bea and Vanilluxe
Masters Sweet Shenanigans banner.png
Pasio Friendiversary February 28, 2022 March 17, 2022 May and Latias
Skyla and Tornadus
Raihan and Flygon
Masters Pasio Friendiversary banner.png
Verdant Guardian March 17, 2022 March 31, 2022 Serena and Zygarde Masters Verdant Guardian banner.png
A Golden Future April 28, 2022
June 8, 2023
May 12, 2022
July 2, 2023
Morty and Ho-Oh Masters A Golden Future banner.png
Revel in Rivalry June 16, 2022
January 23, 2023
July 4, 2022
February 6, 2023
Bede and Hatterene Masters Revel in Rivalry banner.png
Summer Nights & Wishing Stars June 30, 2022
July 6, 2023
July 17, 2022
July 20, 2023
N and Zoroark
Hilda and Grapploct
Masters Summer Nights and Wishing Stars banner.png
Threads of Strength August 30, 2022 October 3, 2022 Cynthia and Lucario
Red and Pikachu
Masters Threads of Strength banner.png
Melancholy Wally September 28, 2022
July 26, 2023
October 17, 2022
August 9, 2023
Wally and Gardevoir Masters Melancholy Wally banner.png
Otherworldly Encounter October 17, 2022 November 3, 2022 Iris and Naganadel
Allister and Gourgeist
Helena and Haunter
Masters Otherworldly Encounter banner.png
Shine a Gentle Light December 14, 2022 January 1, 2023 Jasmine and Ampharos
Whitney and Sawsbuck
Masters Shine a Gentle Light banner.png
Gather Up! Dream Duo! January 1, 2023 January 18, 2023 Dawn and Oricorio
Lisia and Rapidash
Kali and Azumarill
Masters Gather Up! Dream Duo! banner.png
Chef's Heartful Delivery January 31, 2023 February 21, 2023 Mallow and Appletun
Elesa and Togetic
Masters Chef's Heartful Delivery banner.png
Galar's Poké Ball Enthusiast March 21, 2023 April 7, 2023 Ball Guy and Amoonguss Masters Galar's Poké Ball Enthusiast banner.png
Travelers from a Distant Past May 31, 2023 June 17, 2023 Adaman and Leafeon
Irida and Glaceon
Masters Travelers from a Distant Past banner.png
Chase the Northern Wind June 15, 2023 July 2, 2023 Eusine and Suicune
Silver and Sneasel
Masters Chase the Northern Wind banner.png
Twin Stars Far Apart June 30, 2023 July 17, 2023 Tate and Jirachi
Liza and Celesteela
Masters Twin Stars Far Apart banner.png
We Should Battle! August 8, 2023* August 28, 2023 Nemona and Pawmot Masters We Should Battle banner.png

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese エピソードイベント
Mandarin Chinese 劇情活動
France Flag.png French Évènement secondaire
Germany Flag.png German Episodenevent
Italy Flag.png Italian Episodio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 에피소드 이벤트
Spain Flag.png Spanish Evento episódico


  1. Capitalized as "story event" in official newsletters used in-game. " innovative and new type of story event called Neo Champions: Leaders of a New Era will begin!" "As we mentioned in a previous message, a new type of story event–a Costume Event–will start on October 29, 2021." "Starting at the end of October, we’ll present a story event in a new way." "Beginning September 3, 2021, various story events will start returning." "The Shining Heart of Dragons story event will begin on March 18, 2021." "This story event is unique in that you’ll be able to acquire Eggs that hatch Pokémon."
  2. See the above excerpts from in-game newsletters.

See also

Subtypes: Costume eventsNeo Champions
Holiday events: Rosa's PartyA Special PresentDeck the HallsWinter WishesShine a Gentle Light
Summer events: Summer SuperstarsBeachside RivalrySummer Nights & Wishing StarsTwin Stars Far Apart
Fall events: Fight or FrightMidnight SpookfestOtherworldly Encounter
New Year's events: Season's GreetingsNew Year and New FriendsGather Up! Dream Duo!
Palentine's events: Baking BuddiesSweet ShenanigansChef's Heartful Delivery
Spring events: Pasio Eggsplorers
2019 debut: Reach for the TopThe Girl in Black and WhiteThe Importance of EleganceTwo Champions
2020 debut: The Strongest There IsShining StarTeam Skull Crash CourseThe Star of the ContestSerena's Dessert PartyFamily TiesThe Eccentric ElectricianDazzling Dizzying Battle StageThe Ideal Formula
2021 debut: Champion TimeShining Heart of DragonsTrials on the IsleMasters of Land and SeaAll Aboard the Victory TrainHearts UnitedThe Light Devourer
2022 debut: Pasio FriendiversaryVerdant GuardianA Golden FutureRevel in RivalryThreads of StrengthMelancholy Wally
2023 debut: Galar's Poké Ball EnthusiastTravelers from a Distant PastChase the Northern WindWe Should Battle!

Unique events: Blissful Bonanza!Prestige eventBattle Point ChallengeDaily Type RotationPokémon Masters DayLegendary GauntletMusic Coin ChallengeBattle with PalsFind the Ditto impostors!Riddle eventAnime CollaborationRun-Up to Three Special BattlesEevee Day CelebrationExpedition event
Non-unique events: Story eventsTraining eventsSpecial eventsLegendary eventsSolo eventsEgg eventsTime trial eventsExtreme battle eventsGear eventsSpecial sync pair eventsDaily BattlesVillain eventsCostume eventsThrowback ChallengesSpecial battle eventsNeo ChampionsTrainer FilesHigh score events

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