2023 Pokémon Trainers Cup Final Round

EventPokémon Trainers Cup 2023 Final Round
LocationKOR Seoul, South Korea
Date3–4 June 2023
AttendanceTournament cancelled (MA)
4 qualified players (SR and JR)
VideogamePokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
Season2023 Season – VGC Regulation Set C (before HOME ver. 3.0.0)
FormatBo3 single-elimination bracket
Open team lists, but with closed Tera Types
Players only can check team lists before the match
OrganizerPokémon Korea

Table of Contents

Teams and results

112-2CANAbdullah Mohayyuddin
200 CP
Great TuskLilligantTorkoalKingambitFlutter ManeDragonite
211-3CANRyan Loseto
160 CP
Great TuskKingambitArcanineIron BundleFlutter ManeCorviknight
311-3USADylan Salvanera
130 CP
Sandy ShocksAmoongussTauros Paldea BlazeIron BundleBaxcaliburRoaring Moon
411-3USAAaron Zheng
130 CP
Great TuskBrute BonnetTalonflameIron BundleFlutter ManeBaxcalibur
512-2USAZackary Thornberg
100 CP
SylveonGlimmoraCeruledgeDondozoTatsugiri CurlyFlutter Mane
611-3CANNeil Patel
100 CP
Great TuskGlimmoraIron BundleDondozoTatsugiri CurlyDragonite
711-3USAGavin Michaels
100 CP
Iron HandsBrute BonnetVolcaronaAzumarillMimikyuPelipper
811-3CANDemitrios Kaguras
100 CP
Great TuskAmoongussTalonflameIron BundleFlutter ManeTyranitar

The Masters Division tournament was cancelled after all 4 participating players were disqualified.

Check here to see the seeds for top cut from the Day 2 Swiss standings!

1057-3Ian Roberts (76)40 CP
Iron HandsAmoongussArcaninePalafinFlutter ManeGothitelle


This event was recorded and later streamed, only featuring the Senior and Junior Divisions:

  • Junior Division: stream starts on 17 June 2023 at 08:00 UTC
  • Senior Division: stream starts on 17 June 2023 at 10:00 UTC

Senior Division

Junior Division

Participating players

The Final Round of the 2023 Pokémon Trainers Cup is open only to the players that qualified through the following criteria:

NOTE: 1st place Seunghoon Cha‘s participation in the Final Round was revoked by Pokémon Korea. 5th place Hyungyu Ko was invited in his place.

That tournament was also invite-only: players needed to qualify to it by placing top 50 amongst the players in South Korea in Global Challenges III or III.

NOTE: Initially, the invites to the Final Round were going to be awarded to the top 4 players in the Pokémon Trainers Cup 14 May tournament. However, the anomalies experienced in that tournament forced to repeat it. As a result, the 28 May tournament was announced and the results from 14 May were voided, giving the best 16 players an invite to the 2024 Pokémon Trainers Cup as compensation.

Qualified players need to sign up to an invite-only Online Competition (Poké Portal → Battle Stadium → Online competitions → Search for a competition) and as a form of team submission as per the indications sent to them by email (even though this event is not played as a ladder competition). The newly available items and Egg Moves are banned to maintain the format of the qualifiers events.

Venue and schedule

The tournament is held in a recording studio in Seoul, with Juniors and Seniors players playing on 3 June 2023. Masters players were scheduled to play on 4 June 2023 before they were disqualified the previous day. Information about location has only been released to the participating players.

The players will face in a best-of-3 single-elimination bracket. The event will feature open team lists, except Tera Types, which will be closed. Additionally, during the tournament’s player meeting, players were told they could only check out their opponent’s team list before the match, not being able to take any notes.


This event is an official tournament and is part of the 2023 official circuit in South Korea.

All participants are guaranteed a Day 2 invite to the 2023 World Championships, but the highest-placed players earn different kinds of Travel Awards and other prizes, as well as a set of Pokémon Trainers Cup goodies.

PlacementWorldsTravel AwardOther
WinnerWorlds Day 2 inviteFlight + accommodationNintendo Switch OLED (Scarlet & Violet edition)
Runner-upWorlds Day 2 inviteFlight
SemifinalistsWorlds Day 2 inviteAccommodation

Qualified players from the main stage must participate in this event to confirm their Worlds Day 2 invite.


The Pokémon Trainers Cup is the most important VGC competition for players in South Korea, where Pokémon Korea is responsible for the circuit, and is the only tournament through which players in South Korea can earn invites to the World Championships.

It is the fourth edition of the Pokémon Trainers Cup, which has been the major tournament in South Korea since the Korean points system with Leagues and a National was abandoned in the 2020 season. See the previous editions:

Previous editions of the Pokémon Trainers Cup have always been open to any player in South Korea and played in a double-elimination format, with the main stage played online and the top 4 being played in-person and streamed live. The 2023 edition’s main stage is the first to require qualifying (through a high standing at the Global Challenges) and being played in an in-game ladder format, and the Final Round (top 4) is the first to be played in a single-elimination format.

The ruleset is VGC Regulation Set C, with open team lists except Tera Types, which will be closed. This is the first time an official tournament has been held with such a rule on team lists!

A little bit of history

South Korea has been a part of the official Pokémon Korea circuit since the first years of VGC, running in parallel to the TPC and TPCI circuits. It has hosted multiple major events, including Korean Leagues, Trainers Cups and old-era National Championships. South Korea’s greatest VGC success was the iconic victory achieved by Sejun Park at the 2014 World Championships. Juyoung Hong also achieved this feat in the Senior Division at the 2017 World Championships.

The last time the Pokémon Trainers Cup was held was the 2022 edition, with the finals hosted in Seoul, South Korea, and played in Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield with the VGC Series 12 ruleset in May and June 2022. The finals saw 2021 Trainers Cup champion Wonseok Jung defeat fellow countryman Jeongso Lee to renew his title in a rematch from the 2021 finals.

American James Evans, the 2018 Senior Division World Champion, defeated Brazilian Gabriel Agati in the NAIC finals.

Victory Road