Unplugged 2017 Leader Reveals 3: the Final Wave

The last in our line of Leaders, we have someone fishy, someone shadowy, and someone who can hear the voices beyond the grave! Remember, you need 6 badges to challenge our Champ! Can you find and defeat these Gym Leaders before PAX Unplugged ends?


Mayor Karp, the Fishy Mayor!

Strategy:  Jumping over the competition by fishing up what he needs!

Leader’s Pokemon: Do these Pokemon seem fishy to you?

Leader’s Message:  “Oh! Looks like you’re causing quite the Splash!”

Badge:  Splashy Badge


Undefined, the Shadowy Silhouette!

Strategy:  Hide in the shadows.

Leader’s Pokemon: Legendary Pokemon with a darker feel!

Leader’s Message:  “You may feel lost in the shadows during this duel, but find the light to conquer the darkness  and you’ll emerge with the Shadow Badge!”

Badge:  Shadow Badge


Maxwell Graves, Diviner of the Discard!

Strategy:  Gaining power by discarding!

Leader’s Pokemon: Just as dangerous in any zone!

Leader’s Message:  “Huh, and all these years I’ve just been using cards to tell fortunes…”

Badge:  The Seven Star Badge



Later tonight: the Champion reveal!

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Unplugged 2017 Leader Reveals 2: the Search for More Badges

The next set of Gym Leaders is here! Tonight we’ve got a flashback to the 90’s and not one, but two dragon Leaders—wait, is that Kaiba?! He knows we’re not playing Yu-Gi-Oh, right?


Seto Kaiba, the Dragon Duelist!

Strategy:  Overwhelm the the opponent with the most powerful attacks ever seen!

Leader’s Pokemon: The first fire breathing dragon!

Leader’s Message:  “Nobody will stand in my way when I claim my title as the true King of Games!”

Badge:  Believe in the Heart of the Cards, and you might prove yourself worthy of the Duelist Badge!


Udrys, the Dragon Fanatic!

Strategy: Show you the true heart of his Dragon cards!

Leader’s Pokemon: The brothers and sister of his Dragon Family!

Leader’s Message:  “I will teach you the bond of my Mighty Family!”

Badge:  Show me the strength in your heart to become part of my family by earning the Family Badge!


Classic Sean, the Leader from the Past!

Strategy:  A classic Pokemon battle!

Leader’s Pokemon: A look at what the 90’s had!

Leader’s Message:  “Back from the past!”

Badge:  90’s Badge



Hmm, Classic Sean appears to be using old WotC cards, I wonder how those will hold up in 2017? That’s it for today, check back tomorrow for the rest of our Leader Reveals!

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Meet your Unplugged 2017 Gym Leaders!

Our Gym Leaders have been hard at work tuning their decks for this weekend. You’ll need to find and defeat six of them in order to challenge our Champ! PAX Unplugged is just a few days away, so with great pride we present the first Leaders on your quest to become the very best!


Prof. Hardwood, the TCG Researcher!

Strategy: Stay a while and listen…

Leader’s Pokemon: Simple and clean.

Leader’s Message: “To be the best, you  must first understand the basics!”

Badge: Toot Oriole Badge


Crazy Carl, the Milling Maniac!

Strategy: Your Discard Pile will soon be larger than your deck!

Leader’s Pokemon: They just love making your cards disappear.

Leader’s Message: “Wooooo-WEE! Time to throw out them garbage deck, y’all! Let’s git sum!”

Badge: Recycle Badge


Faegan, the Fairy Fanboy!

Strategy: Flaunt your Fabulous and Faithful Friends!

Leader’s Pokemon: The Finest and most Fantastic of the Fey.

Leader’s Message: “My Ferocious Fairies will never Fail!”

Badge: Finish the Fearsome Faegan to Find yourself the Fantastic Fairy Badge!


That’s all for now, but check back later today for the next round of leader reveals!

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PPL East is looking for an artist.

We are in need of an artist to help us with leader art for PPL East ’18.  If you are an artist and may be able to take on a commission, check out this forum post for more details:



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PPL East 2018 Leader Applications!

Applications to be a gym leader at PAX East 2018 are now open!  They will be open through November 30th so if you would like to wait until after Ultra Sun and Moon come out you have time.  When you are ready to apply, here is the application!


A few notes of importance:

  • With PAX East extending to 4 days, Thursday will be optional.  If you are there for Thursday you may take challengers, but if not you can start on Friday.
  • Save your application link!  After submitting your app, click the button to edit your response and save the link at the top of that page.  This will allow you to go back and edit it at any time.
    • If you submit your app before PAX badges go on sale, please go back and make sure to update what days you will be attending.
    • If you do not save the link and want to change your app you can create a new one, but only your latest app will be considered for acceptance.
  • Leaders will likely be required to use Ultra Sun or Moon.  Once the games come out and we know how compatible they are with Sun and Moon we will be able to say for sure.

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Time to meet our Champion for Aus 2017, Rai the Rain Guy!

With PAXAUS starting tomorrow, there’s only one secret left to unveil, and that’s your new Champion for 2017! And one final reminder to stop by the HandHeld Lounge where the PPL is most plentiful, especially during Leader Swarms, occurring 2pm daily!

Rai, the Rain Guy

After his defeat to Champion Hugh last year, Rai was looking forward to a revenge match with the title of Champion once again at stake. However, Hugh mysteriously disappeared from the country after the conclusion of PAX last year. Rai sailed the seven seas in search of him, but to no avail. With a stormy cloud in his heart, he dons the Champion title this year and awaits the day he can meet Hugh again in battle.

Until then, it’d be up to you guys to distract Rai from his troubles with an exciting Double Battle! Defeat his newly acquired Water Pokémon, and the Rain Badge will slip out of his hands into yours… as well as the opportunity to obtain the Secret Rain Badge!?

Secret Rain Badge

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Beware Challengers, Sith stalk the halls

Darth Nihilus, Lord of Hunger

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Darth Nihilus was a Sith Lord, the Dark Lord of Hunger. He fed on the Force, draining the life from entire planets, such was his power. But even the greatest of Sith fall. Consumed by his hunger, Darth Nihilus was defeated. But he did not die. The wound in the Force was so great, that Darth Nihilus fell through it, to a new universe. One filled with strange creatures called Pokemon. Now he has a team of new apprentices. Apprentices he has taught his Hunger. Taught them to feed. Taught them to drain the life of those they face in combat. How can you win, when your opponent takes your life to replenish their own?

The Hunger Badge is the Badge you are looking for.

Hunger Badge

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Introducing Kirky, the Quicky Archeologist and Green, the Obvious Fake

PPLAUS is a scant few days away! Want another peek at what we have in store for you this year? Look no further

Kirky, the Quirky Archaeologist

Kirky’s origin is mostly unknown, seemingly even to himself as he will regularly change his backstory when asked. He is currently based in Australia attempting to prove his wild conspiracy theories through his background in archeology and for this reason has structured his team both for fierce combat and assisting him in surviving harsh wasteland environments. While he isn’t much of a people person due to his isolated nature, he will never turn down a Pokemon battle. Approach with caution and be prepared.

Battle in the harsh conditions that seem to follow him to earn the Fissure Badge!

Fissure Badge


Green, the Obvious Fake

Green was raised among a family of performing mimic trainers but left in shame as he wasn’t so good at the mimicry always get the details wrong. So he started his Pokémon journey to perfect his team and his mimicry skills. Despite everyone seeing through his disguises Green became a great trainer and then Gym Leader. Now Green has come to PAX Australia to see if he can fool unsuspecting trainers.

If you can spot and defeat the fake you’ll receive the Counterfeit Badge!

Counterfeit Badge

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More Gym Leaders?? More?! More!!

Why we’ve got so many Leaders you’ll be wondering when the Victory Road will finish being built in Victoria. Time to fully introduce two young and coming Gym Leaders, Charlie and Wyvern!

Charlie, The Cheerful Chu Companion

When the sky is bleak and grey and you can smell rain in the air, that’s when you’ll find Charlie and his team training hard on the nearest beach. He loves to watch the storms roll in, unafraid in the slightest of the thunder and lightning. He’ll dance in the rain with his beloved pokemon, all of them relishing in weather that would send most running for cover.

Never seen without at least one Pikachu (or Pikachu lookalike) by his side, Charlie has travelled the world to hone his mastery of electric-type pokemon, determined to be the greatest trainer he can, with the ultimate goal of becoming a gym leader some day. When he heard about the formation of the PAX Pokemon League, he leapt at the chance to live his dreams, keen to prove himself just as competent an electric-type leader as legends such as Lt. Surge and Wattson, his childhood heros.

If you’re not spooked by a little thunder and lightning, come try your hand at winning the Stormchaser Badge!

Stormchaser Badge


Wyvern, the Confused Dragon Tamer

Wyvern has always loved dragons and pokemon, because of that he always idolised the dragon trainers, Lance, Drake, Cynthia, Iris and Alder and he dreamed to become the greatest dragon pokemon tamer ever. The only problem is he doesn’t know his types.

Show you know your Pokemon by challenging Damon and taking home the Wyvern Badge!

Wyvern Badge

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Switch, the Dance Dance Revolutionary

Switch, the Dance Dance Revolutionary

After spending the past year, “stranded” in the tropical paradise of Alola, with no recourse but to hang out with the local pokemon professors (drinking Mai Tais and Long Island Alola Iced Teas) all whilst hanging 10 off the back of a Mantine. Switch has repaired his ship for the long voyage back to Kanto, pirate flag raised, garish labcoat fluttering in the wind switch shimmies and shakes his booty as he hops port to port, stopping in Melbourne to see his friends and battle excited challengers.

Do you care to tango with this chilled out cat? Or will you mambo away from a chance to cha-cha-challenge Switch for your own Moonwalker Badge?

Moonwalker Badge

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