World Coronation Series

The Pokémon World Coronation Series (Japanese: ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス Pokémon World Championships) is an anime-exclusive tournament. It is a competition held to determine the strongest Trainer in the world. It first appeared in Flash of the Titans!, where the previous annual championship season ended. The latest season started in Destination: Coronation! and concluded in Partners in Time!.

The World Coronation Series logo


To compete in the tournament, participants must register themselves online first. The latest season received more than 10,000 entrants.

Each entrant generates a profile and a score according to the registration position.


WCS ranks

Trainers are divided into four classes based on their win/loss ratio. Each class is represented by a different type of Poké Ball:

  • Normal Class (ノーマルクラス Normal Class)
  • Great Class (スーパークラス Super Class)
  • Ultra Class (ハイパークラス Hyper Class)
  • Master Class (マスタークラス Master Class)

The battles are all judged by the Drone Rotom, which updates the rankings after each battle. In the event of a draw, no change happens, regardless of the difference between the contestants' rankings.

Trainers can usually only battle against other Trainers in the same class. However, the top-ranked Trainer of the Ultra Class can only advance to the Master Class by defeating the lowest-ranked member of the Masters Eight for their position in a special entrance battle (Japanese: 入れ替え戦 Promotion Match).

On occasion, one-day events called Battle Festival Challenges (Japanese: バトルフェス Battle Festivals) are held where many participants can gather to compete with each other at will. These events are held at stadiums and other such venues, and are open for the public to watch.

Normal Class

The scoreboard used during World Coronation Series matches

All first-time participants are automatically put into this class, regardless of any previous championships or statuses. The challenger must seek out opposing Trainers in nearby areas, and both must agree to battle.

Battles in Normal Class follow the following rules.

  • Both challengers must be of the same class.
  • Both challengers must send out their first Pokémon at the same time.
  • It consists of battles with one or two Pokémon for each Trainer.
  • Both challengers can switch their Pokémon at any time.

The class is represented by a normal Poké Ball.

Great Class

The venue of the Shalour City Battle Festival Challenge

Trainers reach this class after Normal Class. They must be between 999th and 100th place to advance to Great Class. The battle rules remain the same as in the Normal Class.

The class is represented by a Great Ball.

Ultra Class

Trainers reach this class after Great Class. They must be between 99th and ninth place to advance to Ultra Class. Unlike in the two previous classes, battles in Ultra Class are pre-scheduled, and each participant's opponent is decided for them. Battles in Ultra Class are usually broadcast worldwide, held in stadiums and other such venues, and have commentators apart from the evaluation of the Drone Rotom.

Battles in Ultra Class follow the following rules:

  • Both challengers must be of the same class.
  • Both challengers must send out their first Pokémon at the same time.
  • It consists of battles with one to three Pokémon for each Trainer.
  • Both challengers can switch their Pokémon at any time.
  • Each challenger can only use one of the following techniques per match: Mega Evolution, Z-Moves, or Dynamax.

The class is represented by an Ultra Ball.

The highest ranked Trainer of this class must defeat the lowest ranked member of the Masters Eight for their position in the Master Class.

Master Class

Wyndon Stadium

The Master Class consists of the eight Trainers who are at the top of the world ranking. They are called the Masters Eight (Japanese: マスターズエイト Masters Eight) and are certified by the Pokémon Battle Commission (Japanese: ポケモン・バトル・コミッション Pokémon Battle Commission). Commission members are responsible for evaluating and accepting any temporary changes to the rules of an official battle that is agreed between both Trainers.

They battle each other at the end of the season in a single-elimination tournament called the Masters Eight Tournament, where the winner becomes the Monarch (Japanese: 王者 Monarch). The tournament is held at the Wyndon Stadium. During the tournament, battles are refereed by Dan as opposed to Drone Rotom.

Outside the Masters Eight Tournament, a member of the Masters Eight may request a battle against other members in the same class. The battle rules remain the same as in the Ultra Class.

The class is represented by a Master Ball.


Profile of a registered Trainer

The following is a list of named participants in the latest season of the World Coronation Series by ranking as of Partners in Time!. The Master Class is ordered by the results of the Masters Eight Tournament:

↓ - Indicates an unspecified rank drop due to a loss.

Trainer Class Ranking Additional note
Ash Master 8* Monarch.
Leon Master 1* Runner-Up - Lost against Ash.
Cynthia Master 2* Top 4 - Lost against Ash.
Diantha Master 5* Top 4 - Lost against Leon.
Steven Stone Master 3* Top 8 - Lost against Ash.
Lance Master 4* Top 8 - Lost against Diantha.
Alain Master 6* Top 8 - Lost against Leon.
Iris Master 7* Top 8 - Lost against Cynthia.
Raihan Ultra 9 Rank swapped with Ash after losing an entrance battle.
Drasna Ultra 12↓
Volkner Ultra 27↓
Marnie Ultra 29↓
Bea Ultra 30↓
Flint Ultra Unknown↓ Knocked out of the Masters Eight off-screen.
Kricketina Great 895↓
Rinto Great Unknown↓
Dozer Great Unknown↓
Tony Great Unknown↓
Korrina Normal 1,001↓
Hayden Normal 1,024↓
Visquez Normal 2,109↓
Lob Normal Unknown↓
Oliver Normal Unknown↓

Masters Eight

The current Masters Eight
Main article: Masters Eight Tournament

This group consists of the eight best Pokémon Trainers in the world. It consists of Elite Trainers who have won other championships and competitions around the world.

The previous season's Masters Eight Tournament ended in Flash of the Titans!; the latest season's tournament began in Curtain Up! Fight the Fights! and ended in Partners in Time!.



  • In Japanese, the World Coronation Series shares its name with a real life event.
  • The ranking and progression system of the competition is similar to the operation of the Battle Tower and Battle Stadium in Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
  • The Trainers' profiles follow a visual pattern similar to that of Pokémon GO.
  • Ash's first battles in the Normal, Great, and Ultra Classes were all against Electric-type users.
  • Hoenn and Alola are the only regions to not have featured any World Coronation Series battles onscreen.
    • While Ash represents the Alola region as its regional Champion, no Trainers actually native to said region are known to have participated in the World Coronation Series.
  • Ash is the only known competitor in the World Coronation Series shown to use Z-Moves.
  • In regard to the members of the current Masters Eight:

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 寶可夢世界錦標賽 Bǎokěmèng Shìjiè Jǐnbiāosài
  Danish Verden's Kroning Serien
  Finnish Maailman Kruunajaissarja
  French Tournoi du Couronnement Mondial
  German Krönungs-Weltmeisterschaften
  Indonesian Kejuaraan Dunia Pokémon
  Italian Torneo Mondiale per l'Incoronazione
  Korean 포켓몬 월드 챔피언십 Pokémon World Championship
  Norwegian Kroningsverdenscupen
  Polish Światowa Korona Bitew
  Portuguese Campeonato da Coroação Mundial
  Russian Кубок Коронаций
  Spanish Serie Mundial de Coronación
  Swedish Kröningsvärldscupen
  Turkish Dünya Taç Giyme Serisi
  Vietnamese Giải vô địch Pokémon Thế giới

Battle Festival Challenge

Language Title
  Danish Kamp Festival Udfordringen
  Finnish Ottelujuhlahaaste
  French Festival des Combats
  German Kampf-Festival-Herausforderung
  Italian Festival delle sfide Pokémon
  Polish Wyzwanie Festiwalu Bitew
Portuguese   Brazil Desafio do Festival de Batalhas
  Portugal Desafio do Festival de Combates
Spanish   Latin America Reto del Festival de Batallas
  Spain Festival Desafío de Combate

Pokémon Battle Commission

Language Title
  Danish Pokémon Kamp Provision
  Finnish Pokémon-ottelukomissio
  French Commission des Combats Pokémon
  German Pokémon Kampf Kommission
  Indonesian Komisi Pertarungan Pokémon
  Italian Commissione Lotte Pokémon
  Polish Komisja Bitew Pokémonów
Portuguese   Brazil Comissão de Batalha Pokémon
  Portugal Comissão de Combates Pokémon
Spanish   Latin America Comisión de Batallas Pokémon
  Spain Comité de Combates Pokémon

Normal Class

Language Title
  Danish Normal Klassen
  Finnish Perusluokka
  French Normal Class
  German Regulärklasse
  Indonesian Kelas Normal
  Italian Classe Base
  Polish Klasa Podstawowa
  Portuguese Classe Normal
  Spanish Clase Normal
  Turkish Normal Sınıf

Great Class

Language Title
  Danish Great Klassen
  Finnish Teholuokka
  French Super Class
  German Superklasse
  Indonesian Kelas Super
  Italian Classe Mega
  Polish Superklasa
  Portuguese Classe Grande
Spanish   Latin America Clase Superior
  Spain Clase Excelente
  Turkish Harika Sınıf

Ultra Class

Language Title
  Danish Ultra Klassen
  Finnish Ultraluokka
  French Hyper Class
  German Hyperklasse
  Indonesian Kelas Ultra
  Italian Classe Ultra
  Polish Ultraklasa
  Portuguese Classe Ultra
Spanish   Latin America Clase Ultra
  Spain Clase Superior
  Turkish Ultra Sınıf

Master Class

Language Title
  Danish Mester Klassen
  Finnish Mestariluokka
  French Master Class
  German Meisterklasse
  Indonesian Kelas Master
  Italian Classe Master
  Polish Klasa Mistrzów
Portuguese   Brazil Classe Mestre
  Portugal Classe Mestra
  Spanish Clase Maestra
  Turkish Usta Sınıf

Masters Eight

Language Title
  Danish De Otte Mestre
  Finnish Mestarikahdeksikko
  French Huit Maîtres
  German Acht Meister
  Indonesian Delapan Master
  Italian Otto Professionisti
  Polish Mistrzowska Ósemka
Portuguese   Brazil Oito Mestres
  Portugal Oito Magistrais
  Spanish Ocho Maestros
  Turkish Usta Sekizli


Language Title
  Danish Monark
  Finnish Monarkki
  French Monarque
  German Monarchen
  Italian Monarca
  Norwegian Monark
  Polish Monarcha
  Portuguese Monarca
  Spanish Monarca
  Turkish Hükümdar

See also

  The Pokémon League  
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the Valley
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean Cave
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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