Some of the world’s most skilled Pokémon players have gathered in Japan for the prestigious Pokémon World Championships, the largest and most significant Pokémon tournament. This event attracts top trainers from around the globe who compete to become the ultimate world champion.
Taking place from August 11th to August 13th in Yokohama, near Tokyo, the Championships have drawn thousands of enthusiastic Pokémon fans. Newsround will be on-site to provide all the latest updates from the tournament, so be on the lookout for special reports and exciting Pokémon action coverage.
This year’s World Championships hold special significance as it is being hosted in Japan, the birthplace of the Pokémon franchise. The 2023 event is set to unfold at the Pacifico Yokohama convention centre.
For fans, there are public viewing areas available to watch the Championships, along with various festivals and parades in Yokohama to celebrate all things Pokémon.
The competition includes both Trading Card Game tournaments and video game battles. Participants will engage in matches using Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, as well as the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon UNITE.
In both the Trading Card Game and Video Game Championships, players compete in separate age categories: Junior (12 years old or under), Senior (ages 12-16), and Masters (ages 16 and up).