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Pokemon World Championship 2024 Location, New DLC Information & More!

The closing ceremony for the 2023 Pokémon World Championship was packed with announcements that made the Pokémon Community excited for what is to come.

It was a big night for Pokemon as the 2023 World Championship came to a close. But immediately fans began to look toward the new year as The Pokemon Company rolled out a slate of announcements including that the 2024 Pokemon World Championship will be held in Honolulu.

Pokémon UNITE

Fans of the mobile Pokémon MOBA were the first to receive news from Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, President & CEO of The Pokémon Company. Although already leaked a day earlier Mr. Ishihara announced the addition of three new Pokémon to the UNITE roster: Blaziken, Mimikyu, and Meowscarada.

The announcement was accompanied by a short video showcasing all three Pokémon moves and a glimpse of their play style. Similar to other starters Pokémon already in UNITE, Meowscarada will feature both of its pre-evolutions throughout the game. Although Mimikyu and Meowscarada’s release dates have not been announced yet Blaziken has been confirmed to be available for players worldwide on the 14th of September 2023.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Collectors and players of TCG received two important announcements:

First, The Pokémon Company showcased some card examples of the new set being released later this year. This set will contain Paradox Pokémon from the 9th generation, and these cards contain the “Ancient” and “Future” labels on the top right - these cards are set to release in the Fall of 2023.

Ace Specs are back, if you are new to TCG this might not mean much but if you are a veteran you already know what we are talking about. Ace Spec is the classification of a specific type of card that was introduced in the Boundaries Crossed expansion. These cards are known for being powerful Item cards containing a special drawback and before this release only 13 of them existed. They are set to return in 2024.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

The first news delivered for the latest installment of the main line of the Pokémon franchise was the reintroduction of all starters from past generations, although specifics have not been confirmed it does seem like these Pokémon will be able to be captured natively in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s soon-to-be-released DLCs.

Fans also got to see new moves that will be released with the introduction of the DLC, here is the full list of moves showcased:

  • Psychic Noise, a psychic damage-dealing move with the secondary effect of preventing the target from getting healed by any means.
  • Upper Hand, a damage-dealing move that is only successful if done to a Pokémon using a priority move, this move will move before the target’s priority move. The typing of this move is yet to be confirmed.
  • Thunder Clap, a priority electric move that can only be used by Raging Bolt, the Paradox electric/dragon DLC exclusive Pokémon based on Raikou.
  • Tachyon Cutter, a multi-hit steel move that can only be used by Iron Crown, the Paradox steel/psychic DLC exclusive Pokémon based on Miraidon.

At the very end of the video showcase, TPC also teased the new tera-type which seems to be connected to Terapagos, the legendary Pokémon being released on the second part of the DLC later this year.

Where is 2024 Pokémon World Championship Location?

Each edition of Worlds is hosted in a new location, the 2023 Pokémon World Championship happened in Yokohama, Japan and it was the first time the event took place in Asia. As of 2023, the only regions which hosted the World Championship have been North America with 16 consecutive events (2004-2019), Europe (2022), and of course, Asia (2013) - unfortunately the 2020 and 2021 editions had to be canceled to the to COVID-19 pandemic.

Saving the best for last Mr. Ishihara announced that the city which will host the 2024 Pokémon World Championship will be Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii. Simultaneously, on Twitter, the official Play Pokémon page announced that TPC would be donating $200,000 in order to help with local relief efforts battling against the consequences of the devastating wildfires happening in Hawaii.