World Coronation Series

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The Pokémon World Coronation Series (Japanese: ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス Pokémon World Championships) is an anime-exclusive tournament. It is a competition held to determine the strongest Trainer in the world. It first appeared in Flash of the Titans!, where the previous annual championship season ended. The latest season started in Destination: Coronation! and concluded in Partners in Time!.


To compete in the tournament, participants must register themselves online first. The latest season received more than 10,000 entrants.

Each entrant generates a profile and a score according to the registration position.


WCS ranks

Trainers are divided into four classes based on their win/loss ratio. Each class is represented by a different type of Poké Ball:

  • Normal Class (ノーマルクラス Normal Class)
  • Great Class (スーパークラス Super Class)
  • Ultra Class (ハイパークラス Hyper Class)
  • Master Class (マスタークラス Master Class)

The battles are all judged by the Drone Rotom, which updates the rankings after each battle. In the event of a draw, no change happens, regardless of the difference between the contestants' rankings.

Trainers can usually only battle against other Trainers in the same class. However, the top-ranked Trainer of the Ultra Class can only advance to the Master Class by defeating the lowest-ranked member of the Masters Eight for their position in a special entrance battle (Japanese: 入れ替え戦 Promotion Match).

On occasion, one-day events called Battle Festival Challenges (Japanese: バトルフェス Battle Festivals) are held where many participants can gather to compete with each other at will. These events are held at stadiums and other such venues, and are open for the public to watch.

Normal Class

The scoreboard used during World Coronation Series matches

All first-time participants are automatically put into this class, regardless of any previous championships or statuses. The challenger must seek out opposing Trainers in nearby areas, and both must agree to battle.

Battles in Normal Class follow the following rules.

  • Both challengers must be of the same class.
  • Both challengers must send out their first Pokémon at the same time.
  • It consists of battles with one or two Pokémon for each Trainer.
  • Both challengers can switch their Pokémon at any time.

The class is represented by a normal Poké Ball.

Great Class

The venue of the Shalour City Battle Festival Challenge

Trainers reach this class after Normal Class. They must be between 999th and 100th place to advance to Great Class. The battle rules remain the same as in the Normal Class.

The class is represented by a Great Ball.

Ultra Class

Trainers reach this class after Great Class. They must be between 99th and ninth place to advance to Ultra Class. Unlike in the two previous classes, battles in Ultra Class are pre-scheduled, and each participant's opponent is decided for them. Battles in Ultra Class are usually broadcast worldwide, held in stadiums and other such venues, and have commentators apart from the evaluation of the Drone Rotom.

Battles in Ultra Class follow the following rules:

  • Both challengers must be of the same class.
  • Both challengers must send out their first Pokémon at the same time.
  • It consists of battles with one to three Pokémon for each Trainer.
  • Both challengers can switch their Pokémon at any time.
  • Each challenger can only use one of the following techniques per match: Mega Evolution, Z-Moves, or Dynamax.

The class is represented by an Ultra Ball.

The highest ranked Trainer of this class must defeat the lowest ranked member of the Masters Eight for their position in the Master Class.

Master Class

Wyndon Stadium

The Master Class consists of the eight Trainers who are at the top of the world ranking. They are called the Masters Eight (Japanese: マスターズエイト Masters Eight) and are certified by the Pokémon Battle Commission (Japanese: ポケモン・バトル・コミッション Pokémon Battle Commission). Commission members are responsible for evaluating and accepting any temporary changes to the rules of an official battle that is agreed between both Trainers.

They battle each other at the end of the season in a single-elimination tournament called the Masters Eight Tournament, where the winner becomes the Monarch (Japanese: 王者 Monarch). The tournament is held at the Wyndon Stadium. During the tournament, battles are refereed by Dan as opposed to Drone Rotom.

Outside the Masters Eight Tournament, a member of the Masters Eight may request a battle against other members in the same class. The battle rules remain the same as in the Ultra Class.

The class is represented by a Master Ball.


Profile of a registered Trainer

The following is a list of named participants in the latest season of the World Coronation Series by ranking as of Partners in Time!. The Master Class is ordered by the results of the Masters Eight Tournament:

↓ - Indicates an unspecified rank drop due to a loss.

Trainer Class Ranking Additional note
Ash Master 8* Monarch.
Leon Master 1* Runner-Up - Lost against Ash.
Cynthia Master 2* Top 4 - Lost against Ash.
Diantha Master 5* Top 4 - Lost against Leon.
Steven Master 3* Top 8 - Lost against Ash.
Lance Master 4* Top 8 - Lost against Diantha.
Alain Master 6* Top 8 - Lost against Leon.
Iris Master 7* Top 8 - Lost against Cynthia.
Raihan Ultra 9 Rank swapped with Ash after losing an entrance battle.
Drasna Ultra 12↓
Volkner Ultra 27↓
Marnie Ultra 29↓
Bea Ultra 30↓
Flint Ultra Unknown↓ Knocked out of the Masters Eight off-screen.
Kricketina Great 895↓
Rinto Great Unknown↓
Dozer Great Unknown↓
Tony Great Unknown↓
Korrina Normal 1,001↓
Hayden Normal 1,024↓
Visquez Normal 2,109↓
Lob Normal Unknown↓
Oliver Normal Unknown↓

Masters Eight

The current Masters Eight
Main article: Masters Eight Tournament

This group consists of the eight best Pokémon Trainers in the world. It consists of Elite Trainers who have won other championships and competitions around the world.

The previous season's Masters Eight Tournament ended in Flash of the Titans!; the latest season's tournament began in Curtain Up! Fight the Fights! and ended in Partners in Time!.



  • In Japanese, the World Coronation Series shares its name with a real life event.
  • The ranking and progression system of the competition is similar to the operation of the Battle Tower and Battle Stadium in Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's Poké Portal.
  • The Trainers' profiles follow a visual pattern similar to that of Pokémon GO.
  • Ash's first battles in the Normal, Great, and Ultra Classes were all against Electric-type users.
  • Hoenn and Alola are the only regions to not have featured any World Coronation Series battles onscreen.
    • While Ash represents the Alola region as its regional Champion, no Trainers actually native to said region are known to have participated in the World Coronation Series.
  • Ash is the only known competitor in the World Coronation Series shown to use Z-Moves.
  • In regard to the members of the current Masters Eight:

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 寶可夢世界錦標賽 Bǎokěmèng Shìjiè Jǐnbiāosài
Denmark Flag.png Danish Verden's Kroning Serien
Finland Flag.png Finnish Maailman Kruunajaissarja
France Flag.png French Tournoi du Couronnement Mondial
Germany Flag.png German Krönungs-Weltmeisterschaften
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kejuaraan Dunia Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Torneo Mondiale per l'Incoronazione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 월드 챔피언십 Pokémon World Championship
Poland Flag.png Polish Światowa Korona Bitew
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Campeonato da Coroação Mundial
Russia Flag.png Russian Кубок Коронаций
Spain Flag.png Spanish Serie Mundial de Coronación
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Kröningsvärldscupen
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Dünya Taç Giyme Serisi
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Giải vô địch Pokémon Thế giới

Battle Festival Challenge

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Kamp Festival Udfordringen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ottelujuhlahaaste
France Flag.png French Festival des Combats
Germany Flag.png German Kampf-Festival-Herausforderung
Italy Flag.png Italian Festival delle sfide Pokémon
Poland Flag.png Polish Wyzwanie Festiwalu Bitew
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Desafio do Festival de Batalhas
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Desafio do Festival de Combates
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Reto del Festival de Batallas
Spain Flag.png Spain Festival Desafío de Combate

Pokémon Battle Commission

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Pokémon Kamp Provision
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-ottelukomissio
France Flag.png French Commission des Combats Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Kampf Kommission
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Komisi Pertarungan Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Commissione Lotte Pokémon
Poland Flag.png Polish Komisja Bitew Pokémonów
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Comissão de Batalha Pokémon
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Comissão de Combates Pokémon
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Comisión de Batallas Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spain Comité de Combates Pokémon

Normal Class

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Normal Klassen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Perusluokka
France Flag.png French Normal Class
Germany Flag.png German Regulärklasse
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kelas Normal
Italy Flag.png Italian Classe Base
Poland Flag.png Polish Klasa Podstawowa
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Classe Normal
Spain Flag.png Spanish Clase Normal
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Normal Sınıf

Great Class

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Great Klassen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Teholuokka
France Flag.png French Super Class
Germany Flag.png German Superklasse
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kelas Super
Italy Flag.png Italian Classe Mega
Poland Flag.png Polish Superklasa
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Classe Grande
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Clase Superior
Spain Flag.png Spain Clase Excelente
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Harika Sınıf

Ultra Class

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Ultra Klassen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ultraluokka
France Flag.png French Hyper Class
Germany Flag.png German Hyperklasse
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kelas Ultra
Italy Flag.png Italian Classe Ultra
Poland Flag.png Polish Ultraklasa
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Classe Ultra
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Clase Ultra
Spain Flag.png Spain Clase Superior
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Ultra Sınıf

Master Class

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Mester Klassen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestariluokka
France Flag.png French Master Class
Germany Flag.png German Meisterklasse
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kelas Master
Italy Flag.png Italian Classe Master
Poland Flag.png Polish Klasa Mistrzów
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Classe Mestre
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Classe Mestra
Spain Flag.png Spanish Clase Maestra
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Usta Sınıf

Masters Eight

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish De Otte Mestre
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestarikahdeksikko
France Flag.png French Huit Maîtres
Germany Flag.png German Acht Meister
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Delapan Master
Italy Flag.png Italian Otto Professionisti
Poland Flag.png Polish Mistrzowska Ósemka
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Oito Mestres
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Oito Magistrais
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ocho Maestros
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Usta Sekizli


Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Monark
Finland Flag.png Finnish Monarkki
France Flag.png French Monarque
Germany Flag.png German Monarchen
Italy Flag.png Italian Monarca
Poland Flag.png Polish Monarcha
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Monarca
Spain Flag.png Spanish Monarca
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Hükümdar

See also

LucasChallenge.png The Pokémon League VSLucian.png
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the Valley
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean Cave
Pokémon AssociationPIA
World Coronation Series
(Masters Eight Tournament)

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
World Coronation Series (Masters Eight Tournament)
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Seaking Catching CompetitionSilver ConferenceSumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Battle Frontier Flute CupCrossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceFriendship FestivalHoenn Grand Festival
Marine Athletic RaceTrick House Contest
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Iceberg RacePokémon Ping Pong Tournament
Pokémon Summer AcademyPokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionEindoak Harvest FestivalPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Pokéstar Studios Film CompetitionSubway Bosses' Stamp RallyVertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Alola Bread FestivalCharjabug raceManalo Conference‎‎Pokémon Catch Adventure RacePokémon Pancake Race
Pokémon Ping-Pong tournamentPokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Galar All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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