Video Game / Pokkén Tournament

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Gotta beat 'em all!

Pokkén Tournament is a Fighting Game Spin-Off of the popular Pokémon series. It is being developed by the team at Namco Bandai that produced the popular Tekken series.

Despite what the name suggests and the genre of the game, Pokkén fights differently from Tekken, using an arena-based fighting that shifts perspective depending on your distance to the enemy, going from a Tekken-based type of combat at close range to something more in-line with the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi games at far range. Although it sounds like this is a game made for fully-evolved Fighting-type Pokémon, other types and un-evolved/not-fully-evolved Pokémon are also included. The game was released in Japanese arcades on July 16, 2015, with more Pokémon to be added later. This version is only readily available in Japan, with its overseas release restricted to a very limited "test run" at select Dave & Buster's locations in the United States of America starting in July of 2015.

The title was announced for a Wii U simultaneous worldwide release on March 18th, 2016, in the regions of Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia.

The game takes place in a far-off region called Ferrum, and the battles are called Ferrum Battles.

There are numerous trailers available: Initial teaser snippet, First Look!, Wii U announcement, Shadow Mewtwo Revealed, More Footage (including Shadow Mewtwo). There are also official websites for the game (Japanese; English). The official Japanese Twitter account can be visited here.

Visit Pokkén Tournament's character page for tropes that are geared towards the fighters themselves.

    Pokémon currently confirmed to appear 

Battle Pokémon - The main fighters are as follows:

  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Blaziken
  • Suicune
  • Gardevoir
  • Pikachu
  • Gengar
  • Charizard
  • Weavile
  • Pikachu Libre (Cosplay Pikachu with a luchador costume)
  • Sceptile
  • Mewtwo (both normally and as Shadow Mewtwo)
  • Garchomp
  • Braixen
  • Chandelure

Support Pokémon - Players can choose from the following sets of other Pokémon as support members:

  • Lapras and Snivy
  • Emolga and Fennekin
  • Eevee and Frogadier
  • Jirachi and Whimsicott
  • Ninetales and Mismagius
  • Farfetch'd and Electrode
  • Rotom and Togekiss
  • Dragonite and Victini
  • Croagunk and Sylveon
  • Pachirisu and Magikarp
  • Cubone and Diglett
  • Magneton and Quagsire
  • Espeon and Umbreon
  • Yveltal and Latios
  • Reshiram and Cresselia


Tropes that apply to Pokkén Tournament

  • 2˝D: The game alternates between a full-range three-dimensional movement field as seen in fighters like the Gundam Vs Series, and a slightly more traditional field similar to Tekken.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: After battles you can earn a Lucky Bonus, which earns you things like titles and avatar items.
  • Art Shift: The Pokémon are rendered with more detailed skin and fur than in other games while still keeping their original shapes and proportions mostly intact.note  For instance, the crest on Suicune's head is actually made of crystal this time.
  • Assist Character: In addition to the playable fighters, you can choose a set of two Support Pokémon to help you out in different ways. Some go and directly attack the opponent, like Snivy or Lapras, while others can help you defend yourself, like Fennekin.
  • A Winner Is You: Beating Shadow Mewtwo results in a nice cinematic, closing the chapter of that Pokemon's story arc. Beating the Chroma League plays the staff roll and unlocks the final challenge, the Iron League. Beating the Iron League, however, just has the game praise you as usual, and then suggest you take your Pokemon online and challenge real players.
  • Background Music Override: The background music changes whenever a Pokémon enters a Synergy Burst.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Ferrum Battles are the name of the in-story battling format featured in Pokkén. Ferrum is Latin for "iron," and the Japanese term Tekken translates to "Iron Fist" in English.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one of its win poses, Gengar directly looks at the win banner and the results screen.
  • Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": The near universal fighting game mechanic of Counter Hits (an attack that hits an opponent in the middle of their own attack animation that causes extra damage and/or has extra properties that typically favor the offender) are called Critical Hits here, possibly to tie it closer thematically with the core Pokemon games.
  • Call Back: When the Wii U announcement trailer was released, it started by showcasing Blaziken and Lucario fighting in a street arena... which is the exact same set-up they used for the game's very first 10-second teaser trailer.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Zigzagged. According to an interview with the developers, Mr. Ishihara from The Pokemon Company originally envisioned Pokken as having only fighting-type Pokemon. The development team knew the fans would want to see a variety of Pokemon and they also didn't want to limit what kind of fighters they could put in the game. Hence, this trope. This still doesn't stop the game from using two pairs of characters who are near identical visually, however.
  • Charged Attack: Every Pokémon has at least two attacks that can be charged: the last hit of their homing attack, and their regular counterattack.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Normal attacks are red, grabs are green, and defending or counterattacks are blue. Anything but the most basic of attacks (which are colorless but count as normals) cause the Pokemon using it to glow one of these colors, making it easy to know which Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors attribute a move has.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: In the event of the mirror match, the second player is given a red, blue, or green palette swap, and a band somewhere on their body.
  • Combo Breaker:
    • Magikarp can be used to interrupt an opponent's attack, ending combos.
    • One of the purposes of the Phase Shift system is to give an automatic one. The phase shifts automatically after a certain amount of damage is dealt, preventing combos that're too long.
  • Comeback Mechanic: Some cheer skills work like this. For example, the standard skill's effect is greater if you lose a round, and the pressure focused skill only activates in the final round.
  • Continuity Cameo : In addition to the numerous Pocket Monsters that litter each stage, the Dojo stage also have multiple Mokujin piled against the wall parallel to the Substitute Dolls.
  • Counterattack: Available to all Pokémon, the move lets them take normal hits without damage and retaliate with their own attack. Grab attacks beat it, though. There's also a brief moment between the counterattack charging and actually hitting an opponent where a normal attack can hit the opponent.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The Ferrum League's final challenge isn't beating the Chroma League, it's beating the Iron League that shows up after you win the Chroma League. Now what does "Ferrum" stand for?
  • Double Unlock: You unlock more avatar items by completing leagues; however, you then have to purchase them in order to use them. Other things like cheer skills and assist Pokémon sets can be used right away. You can still unlock them if you get a Lucky Bonus at the end of a match though, but your odds of getting what you want are very slim.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Averted. There are no type advantages or disadvantages in this game.
  • Fixed Floor Fighting: The Duel Phase of a battle has the Pokémon fight on one plane.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The Pokédex entries of Machampnote  and Chandelurenote  are integrated as their Burst attacks.
  • Immune to Flinching:
    • During a Synergy Burst, Pokémon can take some light hits without flinching.
    • While charging a counter attack, Pokémon can take some hits without being knocked out of it. Though grabs or overly powerful attacks will break through.
  • Impact Silhouette: Some poor shmuck ended up leaving this behind as they got knocked through the outer stone wall of the Ferrum Dojo.
  • Limit Break: Burst Attacks, which can be used only during a Synergy Burst, are cinematic super moves that can deal massive damage to an opponent.
  • Market-Based Title: Pokkén Tournament is used in all regions... except in Germany, where it is called Pokémon Tekken. It's because Pokkén is identical in pronunciation to "Pocken" (the German Word for smallpox).
  • Modesty Shorts: The female 'Battle Jacket Set' has these.
  • Mons: The many creatures of the Pokémon franchise.
  • Moving the Goalposts: "Yeah! I just beat the Ferrum League Champion! I'm the best of the best, baby! Wait, what do you mean, 'Iron League'!?"
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The stage shown in the first trailer is based on Pallet Town, appropriately enough, being the starting point for the series.
    • Blue Dome features Lugia within its waters, and Slowking is a spectator to the fight at hand. Though it could just be coincidence, think about the last time we saw those two together.
    • For the Tekken side of things, the Magikarp Festival stage is literally a Pokken styled version of the Bountiful Sea stage from Tekken Tag Tournament 2. It even has a Hariyama standing on the bow waving a flag, like Ganryu.
    • The Dragon's Nest stage is almost an exact duplicate of the stage of the same name from Tekken 5, with the dragon statue replaced with a Rayquaza statue.
    • Most of the Pokémon share a few poses and even attacks with certain Tekken fighters: Pikachu has several animations taken from Kazuya and Heihachi, Garchomp imitates Bryan's laugh, Weavile has Lei's sleeping pose, etc.
    • Here's a general list of homages to both the Tekken and Soul Series.
    • Psydisaster has similar transition to the one legendaries use in X and Y.
    • Upon beating the Tournament portion of the Iron League, Nia will speculate that you the player "might just end up being the very best, like no one ever was."
    • One of the available comments for Ferrum League opponents is "Yo! Champ in the making!"
  • No Fair Cheating: Rage Quits from online Player Versus Player matches are punished by a deduction of in-game money.
  • Non-Dubbed Grunts: All the Pokémon use their Japanese voices in other languages. While the two Pikachu are the only ones with cries easily identifiable as Pokémon Speak, the other Pokémon either grunt/growl or say parts of their Japanese names.
  • Play Every Day: If you have amiibo, you can scan five different ones each day to receive special bonuses, which include exclusive titles and avatar items. This rule does NOT include the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that comes with the game, which unlocks him as a playable character for the remainder of your playtime for that day.
  • Pokémon Speak: The two playable Pikachu have their signature anime-styled cries, while the other playable Pokémon either use animalistic grunts or undubbed Japanese Pokémon Speak.
  • Punched Across the Room: What tends to trigger a phase shift, especially from Duel back to Field mode.
  • Remote Body: It's implied that the thing that sets apart the Ferrum Battles compared to that of the standard battle types featured within other Pokémon media is that the Pokémon and their Trainer literally fight as one, with the latter controlling the former in a manner similar to this concept. This implement apparently gives the Pokémon the ability to guard themselves without the usage of defensive moves and use attacks that aren't Pokémon moves. (They can still use moves originating from the main series as Special Attacks, if they want to. As with other canons, each playable Pokémon can use up to four unique moves within battlesnote ).
  • Series Mascot: Lucario is the face of the game, appearing before even the Pokémon franchise mascot, Pikachu. Somewhat justified in that Lucario is a Fighting-type Pokémon. As such, the other Fighting-type Pokémon - Machamp, Blaziken, Mega Mewtwo X and Shadow Mega Mewtwo X - become The Rival. Eventually, however, advertisements began to regular feature Pikachu Libre as another mascot alongside Lucario, mostly using her to promote the console version of the game.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Almost all of the Pokemon's various win animations mimic those from characters of the Tekken franchise.
    • The Old Ferrum Town (Winter) stage features giant snow sculptures of Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, and Mega Swampert. This is a reference to the annual Hokkaido Snow Festival that takes place in Japan every year, where giant snow sculptures are made.
    • One of the various premade comments for players to choose from in the Profile menu is "Show me your moves!"
    • Mega Gardevoir's Fairy Tempest resembles a Magical Girl version of Data Drain from the .hack series.
    • One of the unlockable Titles is called "Absolutely Flawless", the graphic for which is on a background of music notes, suggesting it's supposed to be sung. Seems that someone at Nintendo is a fan of George Michael (or at least Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Abridged Series )
    • A comment you can choose to make is "Speed and weight!", Tekken vet (and all rotund, speedy guy) Bob's motto.
  • Skill Point Reset: An option in My Town lets you reallocate your Pokémon's skill points. It can be used freely and without consequences.
  • Super Mode: All Pokémon can invoke a Synergy Burst after building up the Burst Meter, and it's only then they can use their respective Limit Break. Pokémon that can Mega Evolve will do so, as shown by Lucario, Gardevoir, and Charizard. Pokémon that don't, like Pikachu, Machamp, and Suicune, gain unique transformations in their stead, like Pikachu gaining an electric aura or Machamp turning red.
  • Surprisingly Good English: For no real reason, all the stages have short descriptions in-game in flawless English, even in the Japanese version.
  • Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: While the elemental version of this trope has been excluded, there is a sort of attack-triangle incorporated into this game. (Think of it like Rock-Paper-Scissors or the Weapon Triangle.) Normal attacks are beaten by counter attacks, counter attacks are beaten by grabs, and grabs are beaten by normal attacks. If two attacks collide, the stronger one goes through while the weaker gets cancelled out (for example, a normal attack will go right through a grab, but deals no damage while a counter attack is readied, leaving the attacker wide-open for the counter-strike). In fact, this trope is Lampshaded in the tutorial, where Nia explains that the three attack types are exactly like rock-paper-scissors in that regard.
  • Unblockable Attack: Some attacks have a property called "Counter Pierce" that allows them to hit through an enemy's counterattack. The last hit of a Homing Attack can break through counterattacks and shields if it's fully charged.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Nia, Travis, Keith, and Erin wear clothes that resembles their Pokemon of choice: Weavile, Garchomp, Suicune, and Braixen, respectively.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Of all the Legendary Pokémon, who would have thought the the first one shown would be the quadrupedal Suicune? Suicune's role as the mascot of Pokémon Crystal might've helped a bit, though.
    • Machamp is another one; although in hindsight, it makes sense, what with Machamp being one of the most iconic Fighting-types of the original Pokémon generation, Machamp's serious lack of love and spotlight over the years made its inclusion an unexpected, but welcomed surprise.
    • Weavile as well. Being a relatively popular Pokémon, but one that hasn't received much attention from Game Freak over the years, definitely made its entrance into Pokkén Tournament a very pleasant surprise.
    • Pikachu Libre wasn't expected because there was already a Pikachu on the roster and the Masked Luchador theme was done by Hawlucha first.
    • Who else was expecting Mewtwo, let alone "Shadow Mewtwo" to appear as both a boss and a playable character?
    • Given the focus on Pokémon from Generation 4 and earlier, Braixen's reveal was a pleasant surprise. This is doubly unexpected due to the fact Braixen is the un-evolved form of Delphox, when most fighters so far are fully evolved (Pikachu is also in the same boat, but it is generally considered to get a free pass for being the Series Mascot of Pokémon).
    • Chandelure: Of all of the Generation 5-debuting Pokémon, a non-humanoid, object-based Pokémon was not expected. In addition, prior to Chandelure's reveal, it was teased that the next officially revealed fighter would be a Pokémon with the character "ラ (ra)" in its Japanese name, which includes many more anticipated choices with Mega Evolutions to choose from, including Swampert, Heracross, and Kangaskhan.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: You choose your gender and basic appearance of your trainer at the start of the game. Through the daily use of Amiibos, triggering random bonus rewards while fighting, and earning Poke Gold from matches, you can earn new clothes and accessories to customize your appearance. Nia's outfit can also be changed, albeit without quite as much freedom of choice as the player charaacter's.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While going around in the story mode trying to recharge Anne's special gem to combat the Shadow Synergy Stone, it's said a couple times that you must find and fight four important trainers. After fighting the third, though, Shadow Mewtwo's power increases drastically and there's no time left, so you head off to fight it immediately. The "fourth trainer" is never mentioned again or even seen.

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