Theme skill

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A Skill Sphere used for upgrading theme skills

A theme skill (Japanese: チームスキル Team Skill) are a type of skill in Pokémon Masters EX. Theme skills are activated when two or more sync pairs with the same theme are placed in a team in a single-player battle, providing some kind of strength bonus to all of the team's members.

Version 1.12.0 introduced type skills (Japanese: タイプスキル Type Skill), which provided a bonus to all members of the team only when two or more sync pairs with the same sync move type were placed on a team. In version 2.4.0, type skills were incorporated into the broader category of theme skills.

Initially, theme skills only provided bonuses based on Theme skill icon type.png type, Theme skill icon region.png region, and Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trainer group. In version 2.6.0, categories for Theme skill icon fashion.png fashion and Theme skill icon other.png other theme skills were added. Currently, all theme skills fall into one of these five categories.

Additional theme skills have been added to these categories over time; for example, the Theme skill icon region.png Galar, Theme skill icon other.png Alola Adventurer, and Theme skill icon fashion.png Special Costume theme skills were all added after their respective categories were added.

Normally, a sync pair can only receive new theme skills when the pair is released or when a new theme skill is added. The only case of a previously-released sync pair retroactively receiving a previously-released theme skill was when Gloria (Summer 2021) & Inteleon, Marnie (Summer 2021) & Grimmsnarl, and Bede & Hatterene all received the theme skill Theme skill icon other.png Galar Adventurer on July 14, 2022, almost a full year after the skill's release. This was done to coincide with the release of Gloria (Dojo Uniform) & Urshifu, who also received the theme skill.

Mechanics

Every sync pair has at least two theme skills, up to a maximum of five. Each theme skill corresponds to one of the following five categories, and a sync pair may have multiple theme skills from a single category or none at all. Not every theme skill that applies to a sync pair will be given to that sync pair, and a character's theme skills will change depending on their costume.

Theme skill icon type.png Type theme skills

These theme skills correspond to the type of the sync pair's sync move. As such, every sync pair has a type theme skill, and no sync pair has more than one type theme skill.

Theme skill icon region.png Region theme skills

Almost all sync pairs have a region theme skill, which indicates what region they come from. Each sync pair has at most one region theme skill, even if they have ties to multiple regions. For example, Anabel was introduced in the Hoenn region, but she has the Theme skill icon region.png Alola theme skill due to her role in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. A sync pair's region theme skill may change between their costumes; for example, Grimsley normally has the Theme skill icon region.png Unova theme skill, but while in his Kimono form, he has the Theme skill icon region.png Alola theme skill.

The only sync pairs that do not have a region theme skill are characters that were introduced in Pokémon Masters EX, such as Lear, Scottie, and Bettie.

Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trainer group theme skills

Another common theme skill category is the Trainer group theme skill. These designate Trainers who hold a specific role in the Pokémon world. They can be in-universe designations, such as Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Gym Leader or Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Elite Four, or out-of-universe designations, such as Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Main Character. A sync pair can have multiple Trainer group theme skills or none at all.

When a character receives an alternate outfit, their Trainer group theme skill—or one of them, if they have multiple—is usually replaced with a different theme skill.

Theme skill icon fashion.png Fashion theme skills

These theme skills are based on a Trainer's outfit, accessories, or hairstyle. Since those elements often differ between costumes, these theme skills are most likely to be outfit-specific. A sync pair can have multiple fashion theme skills or none at all. Since these theme skills are less common, they provide a slightly greater bonus to sync pair stats than region and Trainer group theme skills.

A character having a certain accessory does not guarantee that they will have the corresponding fashion theme skill; for example, Leon does not have the Theme skill icon fashion.png Cape theme skill, despite his cape being a significant aspect of his design. Additionally, a character with the Theme skill icon fashion.png Pigtails theme skill—the only fashion theme skill based on a character's hairstyle—may lose the theme skill between different costumes, even if their hairstyle does not change.

The only fashion theme skills that are given to sync pairs consistently are the ones based on a Trainer's outfit: Theme skill icon fashion.png Sygna Suit, Theme skill icon fashion.png Special Costume, and Theme skill icon fashion.png Seasonal Outfit. These are given to sync pairs who receive a sygna suit, special costume, or outfit in a seasonal event, respectively. In addition, sync pairs released to specifically to celebrate an anniversary (e.g. Steven (Anniversary 2021)) receive the Theme skill icon fashion.png Seasonal Outfit theme skill.

Theme skill icon other.png Other theme skills

Any theme skills that do not fit into any of the above categories are put into the other category. Other theme skills can be anything from a shared interest, such as Theme skill icon other.png Rock Lover, to an out-of-universe attribute, such as Theme skill icon other.png Battle Partner. A sync pair can have multiple other theme skills or none at all. Like fashion theme skills, they provide a slightly greater bonus to sync pair stats than region and Trainer group theme skills.

All paired theme skills fall into the other category.

Paired theme skills

Certain other theme skills are specifically designed to note the relationship between two particular Trainers. As a result, these skills are only given to two specific sync pairs, and they are never given to any other sync pairs formed by either Trainer. The following table lists all paired theme skills and the specific sync pairs who have them:

Theme skill Sync pairs
Theme skill icon other.png Complicated Family VSGiovanni Masters.pngMastersIcon0150.png
Giovanni & Mewtwo
VSSilver Masters.pngMastersIcon0250.png
Silver & Ho-Oh
Theme skill icon other.png Dragon Cousin VSClair Masters.pngMastersIcon0230.png
Clair & Kingdra
VSLance Masters.pngMastersIcon0149.png
Lance & Dragonite
Theme skill icon other.png Hoenn Family VSBrendan Masters.pngMastersIcon0254.png
Brendan & Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile
VSNorman Masters.pngMastersIcon0289.png
Norman & Slaking
Theme skill icon other.png Kalos Neighbors VSCalem Masters.pngMastersIcon0678.png
Calem & Espurr/Meowstic
VSSerena Masters.pngMastersIcon0655.png
Serena & Fennekin/Braixen/Delphox
Theme skill icon other.png Melemele Family VSHau Masters.pngMastersIcon0026A.png
Hau & Raichu
VSHala Masters.pngMastersIcon0740.png
Hala & Crabominable
Theme skill icon other.png Ninja Family VSJanine Masters.pngMastersIcon0168.png
Janine & Ariados
VSKoga Masters.pngMastersIcon0169.png
Koga & Crobat
Theme skill icon other.png Observatory Cousin VSSophocles Masters.pngMastersIcon0777.png
Sophocles & Togedemaru
VSMolayne Masters.pngMastersIcon0051A.png
Molayne & Dugtrio
Theme skill icon other.png Old-Timer VSAgatha Masters.pngMastersIcon0094.png
Agatha & Gengar
VSOak Masters.pngMastersIcon0151.png
Professor Oak & Mew
Theme skill icon other.png Old Colleagues VSLysandre Masters.pngMastersIcon0717.png
Lysandre & Yveltal
VSSycamore Masters.pngMastersIcon0716.png
Professor Sycamore & Xerneas
Theme skill icon other.png Sinnoh Bros VSFlint Masters.pngMastersIcon0392.png
Flint & Infernape
VSVolkner Masters.pngMastersIcon0405.png
Volkner & Luxray
Theme skill icon other.png Team Rocket Forever VSJessie Masters.pngMastersIcon0024.png
Jessie & Arbok
VSJames Masters.pngMastersIcon0110.png
James & Weezing
Theme skill icon other.png Unova Gym Besties VSSkyla Masters.pngMastersIcon0581.png
Skyla & Swanna
VSElesa Sygna Masters.pngMastersIcon0479.png
Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom

Effect

Each theme skill can come in five versions, one for each role, which provide different bonuses to the team when activated. The effect of theme skills can be upgraded using Skill Spheres.

Category Role Effect Value
Lv. 1 Lv. 2 Lv. 3 Lv. 4
Theme skill icon type.png Type Masters Physical Strike.png Masters Special Strike.png Strike Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk when using attacks of the same type 15 20 25 30
Masters Tech.png Tech Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk when using attacks of the same type
Raises the maximum HP of all allied sync pairs
12
12
16
16
20
20
24
24
Masters Support.png Support Raises the maximum HP of allied sync pairs 30 40 50 60
Masters Sprint.png Sprint Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk when using attacks of the same type
Raises the Speed of all allied sync pairs
12
12
16
16
20
20
24
24
Masters Field.png Field Raises the maximum HP of all allied sync pairs
Raises the Speed of all allied sync pairs
12
12
16
16
20
20
24
24
Theme skill icon region.png Region
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trainer group
Masters Physical Strike.png Masters Special Strike.png Strike Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk 2 4 6 8
Masters Tech.png Tech Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk
Raises the maximum HP of allied sync pairs
1
1
2
3
3
5
4
7
Masters Support.png Support Raises the maximum HP of allied sync pairs 4 7 10 13
Masters Sprint.png Sprint Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk
Raises the Speed of allied sync pairs
1
1
2
3
3
5
4
7
Masters Field.png Field Raises the maximum HP of all allied sync pairs
Raises the Speed of all allied sync pairs
1
1
3
3
5
5
7
7
Theme skill icon fashion.png Fashion
Theme skill icon other.png Other
Masters Physical Strike.png Masters Special Strike.png Strike Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk 3 5 7 9
Masters Tech.png Tech Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk
Raises the maximum HP of allied sync pairs
2
2
3
4
4
6
5
8
Masters Support.png Support Raises the maximum HP of allied sync pairs 6 9 12 15
Masters Sprint.png Sprint Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk
Raises the Speed of allied sync pairs
2
2
3
4
4
6
5
8
Masters Field.png Field Raises the maximum HP of all allied sync pairs
Raises the Speed of all allied sync pairs
2
2
4
4
6
6
8
8

The number of Skill Spheres needed to upgrade a theme skill increases with each level, as shown in the following table. In total, it takes 60 Skill Spheres to fully upgrade a single theme skill.

Raise in theme skill level Masters Skill Sphere.pngSkill Spheres required
1 → 2 10
2 → 3 20
3 → 4 30

Release dates

The following Theme skill icon type.png type skills were all released in version 1.12.0 (July 29, 2020) and reclassified as theme skills in version 2.4.0 (December 21, 2020):

  • NormalIC Masters.png Normal
  • FireIC Masters.png Fire
  • WaterIC Masters.png Water
  • ElectricIC Masters.png Electric
  • GrassIC Masters.png Grass
  • IceIC Masters.png Ice
  • FightingIC Masters.png Fighting
  • PoisonIC Masters.png Poison
  • GroundIC Masters.png Ground
  • FlyingIC Masters.png Flying
  • PsychicIC Masters.png Psychic
  • BugIC Masters.png Bug
  • RockIC Masters.png Rock
  • GhostIC Masters.png Ghost
  • DragonIC Masters.png Dragon
  • DarkIC Masters.png Dark
  • SteelIC Masters.png Steel
  • FairyIC Masters.png Fairy

The following table lists all other theme skills and the date they were released:

Date Theme skills introduced
Theme skill icon region.png Region Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trainer group Theme skill icon fashion.png Fashion Theme skill icon other.png Other
December 21, 2020 Theme skill icon region.png Kanto
Theme skill icon region.png Johto
Theme skill icon region.png Hoenn
Theme skill icon region.png Sinnoh
Theme skill icon region.png Unova
Theme skill icon region.png Kalos
Theme skill icon region.png Alola
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Main Character
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Elite Four
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Gym Leader
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Champion
- -
February 26, 2021 Theme skill icon region.png Galar Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Rival
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Villain
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trial Giver
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Battle Facility Foe
Theme skill icon fashion.png Sygna Suit
Theme skill icon fashion.png Sunglasses
Theme skill icon fashion.png Glasses
Theme skill icon fashion.png Cape
Theme skill icon fashion.png Scarf
Theme skill icon fashion.png Seasonal Outfit
Theme skill icon fashion.png Pigtails
Theme skill icon other.png Grown Woman
Theme skill icon other.png Body Builder
Theme skill icon other.png Rock Lover
Theme skill icon other.png Undella Town
Theme skill icon other.png Pallet Town
Theme skill icon other.png Veteran Trainer
Theme skill icon other.png Battle Partner
Theme skill icon other.png Dragon Cousin
Theme skill icon other.png Knowledgeable
Theme skill icon other.png Ninja Family
Theme skill icon other.png Fancy Lady
Theme skill icon other.png Cook
Theme skill icon other.png Complicated Family
Theme skill icon other.png Contest Lover
Theme skill icon other.png Observatory Cousin
Theme skill icon other.png Old-Timer
Theme skill icon other.png Researcher
Theme skill icon other.png Pokéathlete
Theme skill icon other.png Kalos Neighbors
Theme skill icon other.png Unova Adventurer
Theme skill icon other.png Sinnoh Bros
Theme skill icon other.png Nature Lover
Theme skill icon other.png Hoenn Family
Theme skill icon other.png Artistic
Theme skill icon other.png Battleground Foe
Theme skill icon other.png Supernatural
Theme skill icon other.png Gadgeteer
Theme skill icon other.png Sweet Tooth
Theme skill icon other.png Passionate Spirit
Theme skill icon other.png Space Cadet
Theme skill icon other.png Unova Gym Besties
Theme skill icon other.png Free Spirit
Theme skill icon other.png Old Colleagues
Theme skill icon other.png Team Rocket Forever
May 28, 2021 - - - Theme skill icon other.png Alola Adventurer
June 15, 2021 - - - Theme skill icon other.png Melemele Family
June 17, 2021 - - Theme skill icon fashion.png Masked -
August 12, 2021 - - - Theme skill icon other.png Galar Adventurer
November 18, 2021 - - Theme skill icon fashion.png Special Costume -
February 28, 2024 Theme skill icon region.png Paldea - -

List of theme skills by sync pair

All sync pairs formed with a Trainer in the same outfit have the same Theme skill icon region.png region, Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trainer group, and Theme skill icon fashion.png fashion theme skills, varying only by role. They also have the same Theme skill icon other.png other theme skills unless the character has a paired theme skill, in which case other sync pairs they form in that outfit will not have the paired theme skill.

Type

Scottie/Bettie can have any type theme skill by forming sync pairs with Egg Pokémon. The pairs listed in this table are all the sync pairs that Scottie/Bettie can form that are not Egg Pokémon.

Theme Skill Characters
Theme skill icon type.png Normal
Theme skill icon type.png Fire
Theme skill icon type.png Water
Theme skill icon type.png Electric
Theme skill icon type.png Grass
Theme skill icon type.png Ice
Theme skill icon type.png Fighting
Theme skill icon type.png Poison
Theme skill icon type.png Ground
Theme skill icon type.png Flying
Theme skill icon type.png Psychic
Theme skill icon type.png Bug
Theme skill icon type.png Rock
Theme skill icon type.png Ghost
Theme skill icon type.png Dragon
Theme skill icon type.png Dark
Theme skill icon type.png Steel
Theme skill icon type.png Fairy


Region

Theme Skill Characters
Theme skill icon region.png Kanto
Theme skill icon region.png Johto
Theme skill icon region.png Hoenn
Theme skill icon region.png Sinnoh
Theme skill icon region.png Unova
Theme skill icon region.png Kalos
Theme skill icon region.png Alola
Theme skill icon region.png Galar
Theme skill icon region.png Paldea


Trainer group

Theme Skill Characters
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Gym Leader
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Elite Four
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Champion
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Main Character
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Rival
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Villain
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Trial Giver
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Battle Facility Foe


Fashion

Theme Skill Characters
Theme skill icon fashion.png Sygna Suit
Theme skill icon fashion.png Sunglasses
Theme skill icon fashion.png Glasses
Theme skill icon fashion.png Masked
Theme skill icon fashion.png Cape
Theme skill icon fashion.png Scarf
Theme skill icon fashion.png Seasonal Outfit
Theme skill icon fashion.png Pigtails
Theme skill icon fashion.png Special Costume


Other

Theme Skill Characters
Theme skill icon other.png Alola Adventurer
Theme skill icon other.png Artistic
Theme skill icon other.png Battleground Foe
Theme skill icon other.png Battle Partner
Theme skill icon other.png Body Builder
Theme skill icon other.png Complicated Family
Theme skill icon other.png Contest Lover
Theme skill icon other.png Cook
Theme skill icon other.png Dragon Cousin
Theme skill icon other.png Fancy Lady
Theme skill icon other.png Free Spirit
Theme skill icon other.png Gadgeteer
Theme skill icon other.png Galar Adventurer
Theme skill icon other.png Grown Woman
Theme skill icon other.png Hoenn Family
Theme skill icon other.png Kalos Neighbors
Theme skill icon other.png Knowledgeable