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The Aura Guardian Festival
The setting for the tournament

The Aura Guardian Festival is an anime-exclusive annual event that takes place in Rota, in the Kanto region. It was featured in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

The festival celebrates the heroic acts and spirit of the legendary Sir Aaron, an Aura Guardian who protected Rota from a war centuries ago. All attendees wear traditional clothing, and period costumes are also available for rental.

A Battle Contest is held to determine the next honorary Aura Guardian of the Year. Up to 32 competitors face off in a series of elimination one-on-one battles. Ash and Pikachu proved victorious after defeating Kidd Summers and her Weavile in the grand final round.

Following the Contest, guests are invited inside Cameran Palace for a large dance takes place in Aura Guardian of the Year's honor. Ash was granted the privilege of holding Sir Aaron's own staff for the night as well by Queen Ilene. Ash later assumed the "Pose of the Guardian", holding the staff over his head in Sir Aaron's signature pose, giving the signal for the fireworks display to begin. However, while everyone, including his friends were enjoying the food and ballroom dancing, Ash was made to abide by tradition and remain seated in his throne.

Notable competitors

Trainer Pokémon Place
Ash Pikachu Pikachu Winner
Kidd Summers Weavile Weavile Runner-up


Anime-exclusive festivals and holidays
Multiregional ChristmasJohto FestivalKid's Day
Kanto Aura Guardian FestivalPrincess FestivalSummer Festival
Orange Archipelago Legend Festival
Johto Mareep FestivalParade of the ChinchouPokémon Exhibition
Pokémon Street Performer FestivalPokémon Swap Meet
Sunflora FestivalWobbuffet Festival
Hoenn Feather CarnivalMay FestivalMillennium Festival
Sinnoh Pastoria Croagunk FestivalTwinleaf Festival
Unova Eindoak Harvest FestivalKanto FairWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Grand Harvest Festival
Kalos Camphrier Harvest FestivalCoumarine City Festival
Gadget FestivalZapdos Festival
Alola Manalo FestivalWela Fire Festival
Unknown Wind Festival

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace CupWorld Coronation Series
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau ConferenceKanto Grand Festival
Magikarp High Jump TournamentP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestSeaking Catching CompetitionSilver Conference
Sumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Battle Frontier Flute CupCrossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand Festival
Water-type Pokémon Friendship Contest
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Iceberg RacePokémon Ping Pong Tournament
Pokémon Summer AcademyPokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Pokéstar Studios Film CompetitionSubway Bosses' Stamp RallyVertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Alola Bread FestivalCharjabug raceManalo Conference‎‎Pokémon Pancake RacePokémon Ping-Pong
tournament
Pokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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