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Bolin, the Pro Earthbender Enters the Ring!

Bolin, the Pro Earthbender


Bolin has a background in pro-earthbending, but is relatively inexperienced at Pokemon battling. His choice in Pokemon reflect his earth and lavabending abilities. You’ll be between rocks and a hard place when you go up against this leader! Dodge the rocks and lava and you’ll earn yourself the Earthbending Badge!


Earthbending Badge

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Alt. Palette Mina, The Painter Captain makes her debut!

Alt. Palette Mina, The Painter Captain

You may have already shown me your Pokemon might on Route 8 or on the Poni Gauntlet. Honestly though, battling isn’t my game, but drawing IS. So my challenge is a little bit different this time. Instead of ignoring you for art, I want you to make me art. Brush up on your art skills and be prepare to show me your best work! Pass Mina’s drawing challenge, with your art chops to earn the Crayon Pikachu Badge!

Crayon Pikachu Badge 

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Introducing the First Leader of PAX West 2017: Surface Cat, the Curious and Tricky!

Surface Cat, the Curious and Tricky!

Surface Cat was born in a back alley in Nagano, Japan. She grew up snowboarding in Hakuba and was raised by snow monkeys. She loves to go in hot springs (Onsen). One day, she was chilling in the onsen and in jumped Lucario who introduced her to the world of Pokemon. With Lucario, she developed a knowledge of traditional fighting tactics and worked with Lucario and other Pokemon to develop sophisticated battle moves. Her easy-going nature attracts a wide variety of Pokemon who are willing to fight for her. 

It might take nine lives to defeat Surface Cat and gain the Aura Badge!

The Aura Badge

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Applications for PPL West 2017 Gym Leaders is now open!

Hello all aspiring gym leaders! Now is your chance to sign up and become a Gym Leader for the West 2017 cycle! We will have applications open until June 1st and will send out confirmation emails starting on June 2nd. I know that tickets aren’t released yet for West 2017 but unfortunately due to the time constraints we have to keep things going. We are so excited to see what everyone comes up with this year!

Link to the application is HERE

If you have any questions feel free to contact either Frances or Ryan on the forums.

For a quick response feel free to email me at


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The Hall of Fame for the PAX Pokemon League West 2016!

Congratulations to this year’s League Champions!

(Hover over Pokemon for Nicknames if any! Some Champions may not have teams posted.)

League Champion: Alex!



League Champion: Jonathan!



League Champion: Evan!


League Champion: Rashe!


League Champion: Emre!



League Champion: Chris!


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League Champion: Sam!


League Champion: Ryan!



League Champion: Blaine!



League Champion: Patrick!



League Champion: David!


League Champion: M. Tatrin!



League Champion: Steven!


League Champion: damekage!



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League Champion: Kendahl!


League Champion: Ehx!


League Champion: Skurk!


Thank you to all our champions and those who participated!



 We can’t wait to be back at PAX West next year!



 This will be the last post of for PPL West 2016. If you were a champion who’s team did not get included please email us at


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Introducing our Champion of the Evil League of Evil: Dr.Horrible!!!

Our Champion: 

Dr.Horrible, PhD in Horribleness!


 After becoming a member of the Evil League of Evil, Dr. Horrible has come to rule the PAX Pokemon League. Can you knock him off his pedestal and win the PAX Pokemon League West 2016?!

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Some quick thank yous!

Our Artist: CypressPhoenix!


All of the leader portraits you see this year for the PAX Pokemon League at PAX West 2016 (and 2015!) were done by our wonderful artist Lilia! (CypressPhoenix)

Follow her tumblr for commision information and her artwork:

We’d also like to thank:


Who helped us print out our trainer cards this year which help all our challengers navigate the PPL with ease. Thanks so much!

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The Last Three Elites are Revealed: Cupcake Capone, Evans, and Travis Touchdown!

Cupcake Capone the Fairy Godfather!


At the center of the most prominent crime family of the Kalos region sits “Cupcake” Capone, the fairy godfather. Rising to notoriety by defeating some of the most dangerous and fearsome crime bosses in battle, Capone’s distinct use of fairy types quickly trumped the dark type Pokemon commonly used by other crime bosses and earned him the moniker “Fairy Godfather.” Make him an offer he can’t refuse to take the Wish Badge!


The Wish Badge

Evans the Paranormal Professional!


When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Evans, the Pokemon Ghostbuster! Using the latest in patented Ghostbusting tech, he’s locked up all sorts of monsters, sprites and spooks troubling Kanto. But now, if you want his badge, you’ll have to face them all! Show Evans you ain’t afraid a no ghost to earn the Buster Badge!


The Buster Badge!

Travis Touchdown, the Crownless King!


Shortly after the assassination of his best friend Bishop at the hands of Jasper Batt. Jr and the ensuing revenge, Travis receives an unmarked envelope slid under his door with only the following inside:
“Jasper made an excellent puppet.
Just like you.”
After three years of tracking down ‘D.H.’ to the PPL, Travis returns to climb the ranks of the PPL in search of the real man responsible for his friend’s death and is prepared to strike down anyone in his way. Emerge as the last man standing to earn the Deathmatch Badge!


The Deathmatch Badge!

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Three Elites Revealed! Benedict, Chara and PAL 9000!

Benedict the Steampunk Fortune Teller!


Benedict is master of his own fate. While he uses his cards to guide him and provide clarity, he knows the future is not set in stone but rather a complex machine made countless gears and cogs. This year the cards have lead The Steam Punk Fortune Teller to PAX West and into the PPL. Can you master your own fate and defeat Benedict to earn the Scrying Emblem?



The Scrying Emblem

Chara the Fallen Child!


Chara was the first child to fall into the land of monsters after they escaped the rest of humanity. Chara lived quite happily in the underground but their hatred of humanity was always in the back of their mind. Challenge Chara to save humanity or die trying. Stay determined and win the No Mercy Emblem!



The No Mercy Emblem

PAL 9000 the Pokeprogrammed ALgorithmic computer!


The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error. I’m completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.
I never gave these stories of your successes much credence, but particularly in view of some of other things that have happened,it can only be attributable to human error.
Let me put it this way, Dave. Are you sure you’re making the right decision to challenge me and win the Odyssey Emblem!


The Odyssey Emblem!



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The Last Three Leaders Revealed: Deimer, Alexander and Pending!

Deimer the Toxic Rancher!


Deimir is among the latest generation of Pokemon breeders from a family with a long history of raising some of the greatest Grass-type Pokemon in the region. Tragically, a toxic spill caused by Silph Co two years ago destroyed his family’s land. Undeterred by this turn of events, Deimir raised a final generation of Pokemon before the ranch was condemned. Though today he is still learning his way through the intricacies of Pokemon battling, the sheer quality of his Pokemon’s training and abilities has seen him through thick and thin, eventually rising so far as to become his own Gym Leader. Now he battles not only to uphold his family’s reputation from the past, but to forge a new one for their future as true Pokemon Masters. Fight through his draining waves of poison to win the Pin badge!


Pin Badge

Alexander the Dazzling Marvel!


Alexander is a true patron of the arts. One would call him cosmopolitan as he travels the world searching for new and developing talent. These efforts allow him to curate a magnificent collections which can be seen at many museums around the globe. Recently he has been on a quest to fill rooms with the most exquisite jewels imaginable. Be sure to challenge Alexander to a battle should you cross paths with him in your travels. His team will certainly be a sight to behold. Outshine him in battle and claim a Radiant Badge for your own collection!



The Radiant Badge

Pending the Rogue Tactician!


Hailing from Veilstone City, Pending dreamed of becoming the greatest martial artist and fighting type master in Sinnoh. At the beginning of his journey, Pending was in search of the perfect alias to match his future title. During his early bouts, still undecided, he put [pending] under the name slot. Slowly, he became a recognized and feared contender at tournaments not just in Sinnoh but the world over, though it took a while before he could secure a title with a first place victory. Only after he finally gained the title of Arena Master by surpassing hundreds of others in the 3v3 arena championships did he realize what he had done. The commentators had been calling him “Pending”, round after round, in front of thousands of fans, and it was too late to change! Enter the ring with the master and emerge victorious to earn the Pending Badge!


The Pending Badge

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