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The setting for the competition

The Vertress Conference (Japanese: ヒガキ大会 Higaki Conference) is the Unova League general championship competition. The conference is held in Vertress City. Competing Trainers are housed in lodgings in small villages similar to previous Leagues.

In Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!, Jervis informed Ash about the tournament. The conference took place from Curtain Up, Unova League! to A Unova League Evolution!.

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Contents

Competition

The preliminary round match-ups
The scoreboard for the Full Battles

Opening ceremonies

The opening ceremony consists of Freddy O'Martian jumping down from a helicopter and Officer Jenny lighting the Pokémon League torch.

Rounds

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, which consists of Single Battles, Trainers must use only one Pokémon. All the 128 competitors are randomly matched up by a computer. The 64 winning Trainers move on to the qualifying rounds.

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying rounds are divided in three portions consisting of Single Battles. In the first two, the competing Trainers must use two Pokémon, while in the third portion they have to use three Pokémon. Trainers are knocked out of the tournament when all of their Pokémon are left unable to battle. The winning Trainers proceed to the final rounds.

Final rounds

The final rounds are a series of Full Battles with the Top 8 Trainers participating. The Trainer who wins all of the final rounds is declared the winner of the Vertress Conference, earning the chance to participate in Unova's Champion League.

Known contestants

In the games

The You Challenge the Isshu League Too! in the Pokémon World Tournament is based on the Vertress Conference. This tournament was downloadable for the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 games from December 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013 and featured Trip, Stephan, Cameron, and Virgil as the opponents in the tournament.

Trivia

  • This is the only League where Ash regresses in his placement, placing in the Top 8 after having previously placed in the Top 4.
  • This is the shortest Pokémon League Conference to date, lasting only six episodes.
  • This is the only League which does not feature the Team Rocket trio, due to them having returned to Kanto.
  • This is the only League in which Ash was not shown battling a female Trainer.
  • This is the only conference that does not have themed battlefields.
  • This is the first League in which Charles Goodshow did not appear.


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Participation
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Championship matches
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Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver Grande
Lily of the ValleyVertressLumiose
Regional Pokémon Leagues
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Others
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Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
Kanto Grand FestivalP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestSeaking Catching DaySilver Conference
Sumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Crossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand Festival
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Ping Pong TournamentPokémon Summer
Academy
Pokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Vertress 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 racePokémon Pancake RacePokémon Ping-Pong tournament
Pokémon Sled Jump Games
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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