Contest Halls (Japanese: コンテストホール Contest Hall) are buildings where Pokémon Contests, Pokémon Super Contests, Pokémon Contest Spectaculars, and Super Contest Shows are held and the workplace of Pokémon Contest judges and announcers.
In the core series games
Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, there is a Contest Hall for each of the four ranks. The Pokémon Contest circuit starts in Verdanturf Town, which is where players may register their Contest Passes and participate in Normal Rank competitions. If successful here, players can challenge the Super Rank in Fallarbor Town, then the Hyper Rank in Slateport City, and lastly the Master Rank in Lilycove City.
In these buildings, there is one reception counter (two in the Lilycove City Contest Hall) and Berry Blenders for making Pokéblocks with friends through the use of a Game Link Cable or with the assistance of non-player characters. There are also framed photos of the winning Pokémon.
Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, all Super Contests take place at the Super Contest Hall in Hearthome City. In addition to the main reception counter, two counters can be found in this building: one for linked Super Contests and another for practice sessions. The Berry Blenders are gone, as Pokéblocks were replaced by Poffins.
During their first visit to the Contest Hall, players will receive a Glitter Powder from Contest Judge Keira and a tuxedo or dress (dependent on gender) from the Master Rank Coordinator Johanna. Another Super Contest Judge, Jordan, gives the player a Mild Poffin (level 60, smooth 40) after they have obtained the Poffin Case.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Contest Halls can again be found in Verdanturf Town, Fallarbor Town, Slateport City, and Lilycove City. This time around however, the player may challenge all four different ranks in a single Contest Hall.
Players can switch costumes of their Cosplay Pikachu by talking to the Pokémon Breeder in the green room. This Breeder can also remove the costume. Each first time the player wins one of the four ranks, they will be able to encounter Contest Spectacular idol Lisia in the green room. Her friend Chaz can often be found there as well.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, all Super Contest Shows again take place at the Super Contest Hall in Hearthome City. In addition to the main reception counter, two counters can be found in this building: one for linked Super Contests Shows and another for practice sessions.
During their first visit to the Contest Hall, players will receive a Ethereal Sticker C from Contest Judge Keira and a tuxedo or dress (dependent on gender) from the Master Rank Coordinator Johanna. Another Super Contest Judge, Jordan, gives the player a Mild Poffin (level 60, smoothness 40) after they have obtained the Poffin Case.
|TM41 (Torment)||From a Sailor (Slateport City)||R S OR AS|
|Pokéblock Case||From a little girl (Slateport City)||R S|
|Pokéblock Case||From the left receptionist (Lilycove City)||E|
|TM45 (Attract)||From a womanRS or a LassORAS (Verdanturf Town)||R S OR AS|
|Contest Pass||From the receptionist (Verdanturf Town)||R S|
|Luxury Ball||Prize for winning a Contest with a Pokémon that has won a Master Rank Contest before and already has a Ribbon of the won category and rank (at any Contest Hall)||R S E|
|Glitter Powder||From Keira||D P Pt|
|Ethereal Sticker C||From Keira||BD SP|
|Tuxedo||From Johanna if the player is a boy||D P Pt BD SP|
|Dress||From Johanna if the player is a girl||D P Pt BD SP|
|Mild Poffin||From Jordan (requires Poffin Case)||D P Pt BD SP|
|Berry Blender||From an old man in the lobby (Fallarbor Town)||OR AS|
|Contest Costume||From Lisia upon approaching the reception counter for the first time (at any Contest Hall)||OR AS|
|Star Light||From Lisia after defeating her in a Master Rank Contest (at any Contest Hall)||OR AS|
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the player will be given a Cosplay Pikachu after competing in a Pokémon Contest Spectacular for the first time. This special female Pikachu can be received at any Contest Hall. When obtained, Cosplay Pikachu will be wearing a costume that matches the player's own Contest Costume; she will be in her Rock Star costume if the player is male or her Pop Star costume if the player is female. Cosplay Pikachu will always have Pikachu's Hidden Ability of Lightning Rod, and are coded never to appear as Shiny.
|A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.|
Verdanturf, Fallarbor, and Slateport
Verdanturf, Fallarbor, and Slateport
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In the spin-off games
Artwork depicting a Contest Hall is seen in Lisia's mindscape.
In the anime
In the anime, Contest Halls can be found in a number of cities and towns that do not host Pokémon Contests in the games, such as Rustboro City in Hoenn and Celestic Town in Sinnoh, as well as in multiple anime-exclusive locations. Additionally, Kanto, Johto and Unova are known to have Contest Halls, despite the absence of Pokémon Contests in these regions within the games.
In this canon, Contest Halls are shown to be very large buildings that may also be used to host different Pokémon competitions. For instance, the Hearthome City Contest Hall was the setting of the Hearthome Collection, a fashion show for Stylists and their Pokémon. Additionally, some other buildings may have an area designed to offer the same experience of a Contest Hall. The Alamos Town Pokémon Contest takes place at the Space-Time Towers, and the Pokémon Center in Fennel Valley was shown to have a room complete with a stage, a scoreboard, the judges' desk, and the audience seats.
Unlike regular Trainers who can register to a region's Pokémon League at any Pokémon Center, Coordinators can only register to obtain a Contest Pass at a Contest Hall. When doing so, they will typically receive a guidebook and a Ribbon case. Additionally in the Sinnoh region, Coordinators will receive one Ball Capsule and a small envelope with a few Seals.
Due to the large number of people attending Pokémon Contests, either as contestants or spectators, vendors usually gather around Contest Halls to sell goods and food. Some of their merchandise, such as pictures and stickers, feature Coordinators who have gained notability.
Although Contest Halls vary in size and appearance, the structure of each building is similar. They usually have a lobby where Pokémon Coordinators can sign up, multiple changing rooms where they can change clothes, and a waiting room where contestants stay until they are called on stage. Many Contest Halls have retractable roofs to offer an open-air experience as well as protection from rough weather if needed.
In the lobby, there are several videophones which contestants can use to place a call to their family and friends, and the waiting room will have a large widescreen TV or several smaller TVs so the competing Coordinators can watch the performances and battles of the other contestants and see the results of the Performance Stage. The waiting room is also the place to where Coordinators must return to after performing or battling.
|Lobby||Changing room||Waiting room|
- Mentioned only
|Sage Town||Reported by Marian in Throwing the Track Switch.|
|Gerbera Town||Reported by Marian in A Breed Stampede!.|
|Eterna City||Mentioned by Johanna in Nightfall? Nightmares!.|
In The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!, Drew and Harley announced that they, along with Solidad, were heading to Johto to participate in Pokémon Contests there, and May decided to follow suit in Home is Where the Start Is!.
In A Full Course Tag Battle!, May was revealed to have been participating in Johto Contests along with her rivals, having already won three Ribbons. She returned to Johto following the end of the Wallace Cup in Strategy with a Smile! to continue competing in Contests there.
In the manga
Like in the games, only two regions – Hoenn and Sinnoh – have been shown to have Contest Halls. However, it has been implied that there might be Contest Halls in other regions as well, since Ruby had participated in Pokémon Contests prior to moving to Hoenn. The known Contest Halls are located in the same places as in the games.
In It All Ends Now VIII, it was revealed that the Contest Halls of Slateport City, Verdanturf Town, and Fallarbor Town were destroyed during the crisis involving Groudon and Kyogre. They were rebuilt as Battle Tents, although they still maintain the function of holding Pokémon Contests.
The Hearthome City Contest Hall first appeared Boogying with Buneary, where Platinum decided to participate in Normal Rank Coolness Contest. She did so in the next chapter and managed to win, despite the sabotage attempts by the other competitors.
In Omega Alpha Adventure 21, Ruby and Sapphire performed together in a Contest Spectacular at the Slateport City Contest Hall, with Ruby showcasing his new innovation of utilizing Mega Evolution during an Appeal.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
The Hearthome City Super Contest Hall appeared in Beauty Contest: The Pokémon Super Contest!!, where Hareta, Jun, and Mitsumi decided to participate in a Super Contest. Hareta and Jun participated in a Normal Rank Super Contest, but only succeeded in getting themselves disqualified for their poor performances. Mitsumi participated in a Master Rank Super Contest, but went overboard as her Infernape accidentally burned down the Contest Hall's dome with Fire Spin.
In the TCG
The following is a list of cards named Pokémon Contest Hall.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Pokémon Contest Hall||St||Rising Rivals||93/111||Bonds to the End of Time||083/090|
|Conceptual artwork of the Fallarbor Town Contest Hall|
from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
In other languages
Pokéblocks • Poffins
Cool • Beautiful • Cute • Clever • Tough
Appeal • Battle • Dance • Visual
Contest • Super Contest • Contest Show
Coordinator • Contest Hall • Contest Pass
The Grand Festival
Kanto • Hoenn • Sinnoh
Top Coordinator • Ribbon Cup
Combinations • Opponents (III • IV • VI • VIII) • Double Performance • Jamming
Ribbons (list) • Stickers • Ball Capsules • Ranks • Judges • Announcers • Wallace Cup
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