Contest Hall

Artwork from the TCG

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.

In Pokémon Emerald, all Pokémon Contests take place in Lilycove City, as the Contest Halls from Verdanturf Town, Fallarbor Town, and Slateport City were replaced by Battle Tents.

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.


Item Location Games
  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.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Gift Pokémon
Rock Star
20 One
Pop Star
20 One
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.


Generation III

Version Exterior Lobby
Verdanturf, Fallarbor, and Slateport
Verdanturf, Fallarbor, and Slateport

Generation IV

Version Exterior Lobby Stage

Generation VI

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Reason: Interior layouts
Version Exterior Lobby Stage Green room
Omega Ruby        
Alpha Sapphire

Generation VIII

Version Exterior Lobby
Brilliant Diamond    
Shining Pearl

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Artwork depicting a Contest Hall is seen in Lisia's mindscape.

Lisia & Altaria

In the anime

Fennel Valley's Contest Hall

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.

Food and merchandise stalls lined up outside the Jubilife City Contest Hall

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



The following is a list of cities and towns known to host Pokémon Contests in the Hoenn region:

Location Picture
Exterior Interior
Rustboro City    
Slateport City    
Fallarbor Town    
Verdanturf Town    
Rubello Town    
Lilycove City    
Purika City    
Pacifidlog Town    


The following is a list of cities and towns known to host Pokémon Contests in the Kanto region:

Location Picture
Exterior Interior
Saffron City    
Silver Town    
Wisteria Town    
Chrysanthemum Island    
Gardenia Town    
Mulberry City    
Terracotta Town    


The following is a list of cities and towns known to host Pokémon Contests in the Sinnoh region:

Location Picture
Exterior Interior
Jubilife City    
Floaroma Town    
Alamos Town    
Hearthome City    
Solaceon Town    
Lake Valor    
Celestic Town    
Majolica Town    
Chocovine Town    
Sandalstraw Town    
Lilypad Town    
Brussel Town    
Daybreak Town    
Neighborly Town    
Arrowroot Town    

Mentioned only
Location Notes
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 Goodbye, Junior Cup—Hello, Adventure!, Dawn headed to compete in the Wallace Cup again, this time held in Johto. She had also participated in Johto Contests, as revealed in Nightfall? Nightmares!.


In Nightfall? Nightmares!, Dawn revealed that there are Pokémon Contests held in the Unova region.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A Contest Hall in Pokémon Adventures

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.

Ruby & Sapphire arc

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.

Diamond & Pearl arc

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 Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia V, the Hearthome City Contest Hall appeared briefly due to the distortion of time and space caused by Dialga and Palkia's battle at the Spear Pillar.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

In PS599, Lisia discussed about Ruby at the Slateport City Contest Hall with Chaz, introducing him to the concepts of Cosplay Pikachu and Contest Costumes that Ruby had invented.

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.

Related cards
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.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
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

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 華麗大賽會場 Wàhlaih Daaihchoi Wúichèuhng
Mandarin 華麗大賽會場 / 华丽大赛会场 Huálì Dàsài Huìchǎng
  French Centre de Concours
  German Wettbewerbshalle
  Italian Arena delle VirtùDPPtORAS
Sede GaraRSE
  Korean 콘테스트회장 Konteseuteu Hoejang
  Polish Arena Pokazów
  Spanish Auditorio
  Vietnamese Hội trường Hội trình diễn Pokémon

See also

  Pokémon Contests  
Necessary Spoils
Contest Categories
ContestSuper ContestContest Show
CoordinatorContest HallContest Pass
The Grand Festival
Top CoordinatorRibbon Cup
Combinations • Opponents (IIIIVVIVIII) • Double PerformanceJamming
Ribbons (list) • StickersBall CapsulesRanksJudgesAnnouncersWallace Cup

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See also

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