Northwest of the Unova region, Knyte City is the city of dreams, a thriving metropolis of the future. Home to just under a million people, it is the envy of people the world over, with thousands of tourists coming from every region to admire it. Barely half a century old, it was designed to be the most beautiful city in the world. Though originally an independent settlement founded by Unova emigrants, after decades of relative isolation, Knyte City has thrown its gates open to the world. Day by day, the city grows larger, with all sorts of people hoping to build a bright new future in the city of dreams.
More importantly, the influx of Trainers has placed Knyte City on the map. Already, the Pokemon League looks to open up a new regional League there; three Gyms have already been established. With the Pokemon League comes a new branch of the Battle Frontier, offering a more difficult and intense challenge to the people of Knyte City. And within the past five years the prestigious Centra Academy has opened its doors in the heart of the city, offering a top notch education for Trainers of all kinds, isolated from the hustle and bustle of a larger region.
Yet, though Knyte City aspires to achieving utopia, becoming a shining example for the world, a hint of something darker lurks beneath. Though the tourists have no hope of seeing it, and even watchful Trainers hear only the barest scraps of rumors, Knyte City hosts the most secretive challenge of all, beyond even the Battle Frontier: the Noctis League. Open only to residents of the city, and then only by invitation, the Noctis League is an underground league, disposing of the formalities adopted by the Pokemon League, unleashing the raw, visceral experience of true combat. More than a Trainer’s skill and strategy is at stake; for the competitors, a battle in the Noctis League places everything on the line.
Of course, even in the darkest depths of the Noctis League goodwill and the spirit of honest sportsmanship remain. Even here, most Trainers battle out of a true desire to test their limits, not out of cruelty. But by its secretive, clandestine nature, the Noctis League naturally attracts the worst sort of Trainer. A new wave of competitors seeks to push the limits of the Noctis League, more than simply having the Trainers participate as well. They seek the use of weapons, of blood combat, of even horrific mutations to their Pokemon—to push battling in a way the world above has never seen.
The Noctis League has banned such radical measures, citing safety concerns; the seeming hypocrisy has split the community in two, between those who simply wish to battle alongside their Pokemon and those who wish to push that battling to unseen heights. And into the midst of this confusion and chaos, this conflict of adrenaline and bloodlust, a mysterious benefactor has stepped forth, and announced a Tournament of the Abyss, a tournament the likes of which the Noctis League—or Knyte City, or the rest of the world for that matter—has never seen.
Knyte City embodies the future, the shining city and the nightmarish pit of battle. What will you decide? How will you shape the future? And what will you find lurking in the depths of the abyss?