Vertress Conference

The Vertress Conference (Japanese: イッシュリーグ・ヒガキ大会 Isshu League Higaki Conference) is the Unova League general championship competition. All Pokémon Trainers who have earned eight Gym Badges from the Unova region are eligible to enter.

The setting for the competition

It is held annually in Vertress City. Competing Trainers are housed in lodgings in small villages similar to previous League locations. In Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!, Jervis informed Ash about the tournament. It took place from Curtain Up, Unova League! to A Unova League Evolution!.

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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.


Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, which consists of Single Battles, Trainers must use only one Pokémon. All 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

Virgil, the winner, with the Vertress Championship Trophy
Trainer Place
Virgil Winner
Dino Runner-Up
Cameron Top 4
Ramone Top 4
Russet Top 8
Antonio Top 8
Katharine Top 8
Ash Top 8
Manning Top 16
Kenton Top 16
Flora Top 16
Stephan Top 16
Geraldo Top 32 or Top 64
Emmanuel Top 32 or Top 64
Bianca Top 64
Trip Top 128
Kendrick Top 128
Ultimo Top 128
Mikael Top 128
Radley Top 128

In the games

The You Challenge the Unova 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.


  • This is the only Pokémon League Conference where:
    • Ash regresses in his placement through the anime, placing in the Top 8 after having previously placed in the Top 4.
    • The Team Rocket trio is not featured, due to them having returned to Kanto at the time of the Conference.
  • This is the shortest Pokémon League Conference to date, lasting only six episodes.
  • This is the first Pokémon League Conference where:
    • Themed battlefields aren't used.
    • Charles Goodshow does not appear.
    • The Top 8 consists entirely of named contestants.
    • The winning Trainer was introduced before Ash and his friends' arrival at the tournament site.
  • Freddy O'Martian's entrance by parachute at the opening ceremony may be a reference to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in which stunt doubles for Daniel Craig (in character as James Bond) and Queen Elizabeth II made their entrance by parachute.

In other languages

Language Title
  French Conférence de Verteresse
  German Einall-Liga
  Italian Lega di Unima
  Brazilian Portuguese Conferência de Vertress
  Spanish Liga Unova
Liga de Teselia
  The Pokémon League  
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Regional Pokémon Leagues
Unova (BB) • KalosAlolaGalarPaldea
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean CaveArea Zero
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)
Kanto Aura Guardian FestivalBeach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
Kanto Grand FestivalMagikarp High Jump CompetitionP1 Grand PrixPokémon Grand Eating ContestPokémon Orienteering
Queen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep FestivalPokémon Balloon Race
Pokémon Beauty ContestRock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros CompetitionRunning of the Tauros
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 Pigton Town Tag BattlePokémon Catch Race

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