Lily of the Valley Conference
The Lily of the Valley Conference (Japanese: シンオウリーグ・スズラン大会 Sinnoh League Suzuran Conference) is the Sinnoh League general championship competition. All Pokémon Trainers who have earned eight Gym Badges from the Sinnoh region are eligible to enter. It is held annually on Lily of the Valley Island. Competing Trainers are housed in hotels in small villages similar to previous League locations. It took place from An Old Family Blend! to The Semi-Final Frontier!.
It was the first League Conference where a connection was made between the tournament itself and the Champion League, which was stated by Lucian in The Elite Meet and Greet!. Although Elite Four members and Champions had appeared before that, it was during the Diamond & Pearl series that conference winners were revealed to earn the right to challenge the Elite Four and Champion.
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Although they aren't shown in full detail, the opening ceremonies include a fireworks show and the lighting of the League torch.
Although not shown, it is assumed that there are some sort of screening rounds as there were many Trainers seen registering for the competition in An Old Family Blend!, but not seen in the actual battle round match-ups shown later in the episode, an example being Jeffrey.
The Top 64 Trainers proceeded to the actual tournament. The first three rounds feature three-on-three matches. The first two rounds are held in the three small arenas of the venue, while the Top 16 matches are held in the main arena. The battles take place on either a Rock, Grass, Water, or Ice field. When all three Pokémon are unable to battle, the Trainer is knocked out of the tournament.
After shuffling the match-ups, the Top 8 Trainers then compete in the center arena in a series of Full Battles. When either Trainer has lost their six Pokémon, they are knocked out of the tournament. Beginning in this league, breaks were not given out to any of the Trainers whose three Pokémon were knocked out.
Trainers here participated in the conference before the conference Ash participated in.
- It was shown multiple times that the use of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon is allowed in this tournament, which may be a reference to the change in rules in the 2010 Video Game World Championships. However, the real-life championship's rules does not allow Mythical Pokémon, meaning that Tobias's Darkrai would not be permitted.
- This is the final conference to date that Charles Goodshow appears in.
- This is the only Pokémon League Conference in which Ash places in the Top 4.
- There are seven named contestants, less than any other League Conference.
|The Pokémon League|
Trainer • Battle • Gym Leaders
Gyms • Badges • Referee
Elite Four • Orange League
Pokémon League Conferences
Indigo • Silver • Ever Grande • Lily of the Valley
Vertress • Lumiose • Manalo
| Regional Pokémon Leagues|
Indigo • Orange* • Johto • Hoenn • Sinnoh
Unova • Kalos • Alola • Galar
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception Gate • Hall of Fame
Palace of Victory • Cerulean Cave
Pokémon Inspection Agency
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