Tropical Mega Battle

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A battle mat from the 2000 Tropical Mega Battle

The Pokémon Tropical Mega Battle was a TCG tournament that took place every year between 1999 through 2001 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. This event was a battle between the best players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan. Approximately 50 players attended the event each year. A tournament structure was adopted in mid-2001 which lead to the first of what become the annual World Championships, which replaced the Tropical Mega Battle in 2002.


As this was an invite-only event, players had to win in a local event. In the United States, Trainer Showdowns were held across the country. The top player(s) of each tournament got invitations to the Tropical Mega Battle in Hawaii.

Day 1

Gym Leader Challenge

Location: Mid-Pacific Conference Center
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For this event, the players were separated into multiple groups, each having players from at least 2 different countries. The challenge involved players battling each Gym (Brock's Gym, Misty's Gym, etc.) with a 60-card deck.

Day 2

Opening activities

Location: Mid-Pacific Conference Center/outside
Time: Began at 8:30 a.m.

Before beginning the day's activities, players took a group photo in front of the conference center. A number of Hawaiian government officials gave some remarks before the big events.


Location: Mid-Pacific Conference Center
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

World Communication Match (WCM)

Location: Tapa Tower
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The World Communication Match was the main event at the competition. Players were given the same 90 cards, out of which they were to make a 40-card deck.

Harbor cruise

Location: Cruise ship
Time: After 5 p.m.

After the match, players went on a boat cruise for refreshments and the awards ceremony. Japanese musician and Trading Card Game artist Imakuni? was on the boat to entertain players and give out signatures.

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