A Contest Pass (Japanese: コンテストパス Contest Pass) is a Key Item that allows players to participate in Pokémon Contests. It has a drawing of an award Ribbon on its front.
In the games
In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, a Contest Pass is required for entering Pokémon Contests.
In Pokémon Emerald, a Contest Pass is not needed; instead, only a Pokéblock Case is required. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, all that is required to participate in Pokémon Super ContestsDPPt/Super Contest ShowsBDSP is something formal to wear, given to the player by Johanna on entering the Contest Hall for the first time.
In the anime
In the anime, Contest Passes serve the same purpose as they do in the games, being required to participate in Pokémon Contests. In this canon, a Coordinator may register for a Contest Pass at any Contest Hall. It should be noted that a Contest Pass can only be used to enter events in the region in which it was obtained. In addition, Contest Passes will become invalid after a time, needing to be renewed. In competitions not sanctioned by the Pokémon Activities Committee, such as the Terracotta Contest, Contest Passes are not required.
Contest Passes first appeared in All Things Bright and Beautifly!, where Jessie was seen trying to enter the Rustboro Contest with an expired Contest Pass. Jessie was shocked when she heard that her Pass was invalid, but the receptionist informed her that she could renew it. With her Pass renewed, Jessie grabbed the last entry in the competition. Later, when Ash, May, and Brock appeared wishing to compete as well, the attendant said the competition had already reached the maximum number of contestants allowed, but still issued Contest Passes for them.
May obtained a Contest Pass for the Kanto region in The Saffron Con along with a Ribbon case.
In What I Did for Love!, Brock obtained his Kanto Contest Pass after meeting Yuma, a fellow Pokémon Breeder and a former Grand Festival winner. Brock became infatuated by her, and when she told him that he should enter the Gardenia Contest, he hurried to the reception desk to register for the tournament.
In Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, Dawn was practicing to make her stage debut when she noticed that Ash's Aipom had developed an interest in Pokémon Contests and wanted to participate as well. She convinced Ash to enter the competition, and Brock mentioned that Ash should rush to the registration as the Jubilife Contest would take place soon. At that moment, Dawn realized she had forgotten to sign up for the event. After that, Ash and Dawn ran towards the Contest Hall to obtain their Contest Passes and sign up. Along with the Pass, they received a rule book, a Ribbon case, a Ball Capsule, and an envelope full of Seals.
In Reuniting for the First Time!, Chloe received a Hoenn Contest Pass from Lisia after she had scouted her for a potential performance at the Lilycove City Contest Spectacular.
In the manga
Ruby & Sapphire chapter
Ruby obtained his Hoenn Contest Pass in Mind-Boggling with Medicham.
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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