Thousands of fans of the popular Pokemon trading card game and video game fled to DC for a chance to battle for the highly coveted Pokemon prize.
A chance to participate in the invitation-only 2014 Pokemon World Championships and the opportunity to be a true Pokemon master.
"We have people competing in both Pokemon video game and Pokemon trading card game, as world champion they get a Pikachu trophy, they also earn scholarships, we've awarded over 2 million dollars in scholarships since the first world championship in 2004," said Rob Novickas, Spokesperson for Pokemon Co. International.
More than 500 elite Pokemon competitors from around the world converged on the Walter E. Washington Convention center for intense battles of Pokemon trading card games and video games.
Returning champions of the competition were excited for the shot at another world title.
"I personally like that this it's really challenging and I am a competitive person so I like to work a lot and try to do my best when the competition starts, it's always thrilling you know," said Arash Ommati, returning Pokemon Champion.
Supporters also played a role dressed in character of the famed trading card game for Pokemon cosplay.
The final showdown takes place on Sunday in Washington.
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