Unlocked when the Pokémon World Tournament is first visited, this tournament has many Trainers, with eighteen different competitors. All Pokémon are able to battle in this tournament. The first time it is entered, only Hugh, Cheren, and Colress can be battled, exclusively using level 25 Pokémon. The player, however, may battle with Pokémon of higher levels without being reduced. All entries from the second onward have different Trainers, with the additional restriction of all Pokémon being reduced to level 25.
The player will receive rental Pokémon to use during battle. Three rental Pokémon will be chosen out of a choice of six for all opponents. All Pokémon will be at level 50. This is unlocked after the Driftveil Tournament has been won once.
The opponents and their teams are the same as the ones from the Driftveil Tournament; however, Pokémon are set to level 50 instead. Additionally, Trainers will choose one Pokémon from each other's teams to be swapped before battle. All Pokémon are able to battle in this tournament. This is unlocked after the Driftveil Tournament has been won once.
"Download Tournament is a tournament that you can download from the black PC next to me. The rules are different for each tournament. Please check the detailed rules before participating. The winner will be rewarded with a little more BP than usual. Good luck!"
Several tournaments can only be downloaded via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Only data for three download tournaments can be saved at a time. Since May 20, 2014, due to the closure of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, tournaments can no longer be downloaded.
The opponents consist of Gym Leaders from all five regions, along with Bianca and former Gym Leaders Cilan, Chili, Cress, Lenora, and Brycen. This is unlocked after winning the Unova, Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh Leaders Tournaments.
The rules are the same as those of the Rental Tournament, except all rental Pokémon will be fully evolved, with the exception of Porygon2. Opponents will consist of those of the World Leaders tournament, but their rental Pokémon will vary regardless of the Trainer. This is unlocked after winning the Driftveil, Rental, Unova Leaders, Kanto Leaders, Johto Leaders, Hoenn Leaders, and Sinnoh Leaders Tournaments once.
The rules are the same as those of the Mix Tournament, except that Pokémon of the same species are not allowed, Soul Dew and Sky Drop are banned, and the Pokémon listed below are banned. Opponents consist of only Gym Leaders from Black 2 and White 2 and Bianca, and they will use the same teams from the World Leaders tournament. This is unlocked after winning the Driftveil, Mix, Unova Leaders, Kanto Leaders, Johto Leaders, Hoenn Leaders, and Sinnoh Leaders Tournaments once.
These battles focus on a specific type, which both the player and opponents must exclusively use. This is unlocked after winning the Driftveil, Unova Leaders, Kanto Leaders, Johto Leaders, Hoenn Leaders, and Sinnoh Leaders Tournaments once.
On the player's first visit, Hugh, Cheren, and Colress are the only notable participants in the Driftveil Tournament. On subsequent visits, Hugh and Colress cannot appear, but any of the notable Trainers listed below may appear.
The actual Pokémon World Tournament was mentioned in JN012, where Lance was revealed to have won it.
In the manga
The Pokémon World Tournament in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
The Pokémon World Tournament first appeared in Colress Machine. After exiting the Relic Passage, Blake arrived at the PWT building's construction site in his search of a mysterious cold air emanating from the abandoned Cold Storage. There, he found Zinzolin lying unconscious in front of the Cold Storage after being defeated by Colress.
The construction site reappeared in PS545, where Leo and Hugh's sister also exited the Relic Passage there. They encountered Elesa upon arrival, and were soon also joined by Skyla and Looker. All five subsequently boarded Skyla's plane and headed to Undella Town.
Related cards Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format. Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Iris is the only character to have been Champion at the time of the release of Black 2 and White 2 to be absent from the tournament, and one of only two Gym Leaders to be absent from it, the other being Koga.
Also, though Blue and Wallace have both been Gym Leaders, they do not take part in a Leader Tournament, instead taking part in the Champions Tournament.
Bianca is the only participant of Unova Leaders and World Leaders who is not a Gym Leader.
The Champions Tournament is the only tournament that does not play the track ＰＷＴ決勝戦！ PWT Final Battle! during its final match, playing the battle theme of the respective Champion instead.
Unlike other battle facilities, such as the Battle Frontier and Battle Subway, the Pokémon World Tournament is not streak-based, nor does it force the player to save their game at any point before, during, or after their challenge.
It is explicitly stated that the world's best Trainers gather at the Pokémon World Tournament; however, no members of any Elite Four appear except Lance (who has also been a Champion).
The in-game maps show the Pokémon World Tournament facility to be on the mainland of Unova. However, the facility is actually on an island.
If a Pokémon caught in the Cold Storage is traded to Black 2 or White 2, its status screen will say it was caught at the "PWT". This is due to the Cold Storage and the PWT being at the same codepoint (0x0024) on the location list.