Tropical Mega Battle

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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. 1st place prize that year was an invite to which replaced the Tropical Mega Battle 2002, the final Tropical Mega Battle to take place, with it's legacy being replaced by the formalized Worlds. However, because of license disputes between Wizards and Nintendo, there was neither Worlds nor Tropical Mega Battle in 2003.

A battle mat from the 2000 Tropical Mega Battle


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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