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2023 Pokémon World Championships Closing Ceremonies Recap

Look back at the reveals made for the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon UNITE, and The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero as the 2023 Pokémon World Championships come to an end.

The 2023 Pokémon World Championships have come and gone, but not before Tsunekazu Ishihara, President of The Pokémon Company, shared some exciting news during the event’s closing ceremonies. In addition to announcing the return of a classic Pokémon Trading Card Game mechanic, exciting Pokémon coming to Aeos Island in Pokémon UNITE, and an update on The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC for the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games, Mr. Ishihara also revealed the location of the 2024 Pokémon World Championships!

Paradox Pokémon are shrouded in mystery, but we now know that their Ancient and Future powers will be making their Pokémon TCG debut in fall 2023 as part of an upcoming expansion. Not only that, but the Scarlet & Violet era of the Pokémon TCG will continue its trend of bringing back old mechanics with the return of ACE SPEC cards, a powerful class of Trainer cards that are limited to a single copy per deck.


TCG Trailer

More Pokémon are joining the fray in Pokémon UNITE! Blaziken, Mimikyu, and Meowscarada are the next Pokémon slated to show off their skills on Aeos Island. Look forward to seeing how these Pokémon change the landscape of each match!


UNITE Trailer

If you’re itching to get into more battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, you’ll be pleased to know that further details were announced for the upcoming The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC. Part 2: The Indigo Disk will feature new Pokémon, new moves, and a brand-new Tera Type—all of which are certain to shake up the Battle Stadium.


Scarlet Violet Trailer

The location of the 2024 Pokémon World Championships was also announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday evening. Trainers from around the world can look forward to the next exciting Pokémon World Championships to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires in Hawai’i,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of Premier Events at The Pokémon Company International. “Our immediate priority is to aid children, families, and their affected communities. To support relief efforts, The Pokémon Company International is making an immediate monetary donation of $200,000 to its partner at GlobalGiving through its Hawai’i Wildfire Relief Fund.”

To learn more about GlobalGiving’s local relief efforts and to join in supporting, please visit globalgiving.org/pokemon/.

In addition, The Pokémon Company International will also be matching employee donations dedicated to Hawai’i wildfire relief efforts.

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