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Crossgate PokéRinger

The setting for the competition

The Crossgate PokéRinger (Japanese: クロスゲートポケリンガ Crossgate PokéRinger) is an anime-exclusive PokéRinger competition held annually in Crossgate Town, Hoenn. It was featured in That's Just Swellow.



At the beginning of the competition, a screen shows all of the past champions of Crossgate's PokéRinger tournament. According to Shane, several winners have been first-time competitors.

During the competition, the participating Trainers, also called PokéRingers, are randomly grouped by a computer into blocks of four teams each. The teams consist of a Trainer and a single Pokémon that is able to fly. The arena where the matches are conducted has four corners. In the first round, the four Trainers of a block are each placed on a corner from where their Pokémon-shaped hot air balloon is released. In order to win, a contestant needs to best the three other Trainers in the block, commanding their Pokémon to grab the ring and deliver it to the goalpost located at the center of the battlefield.

Once each block has elected a winner, the competition moves into the semifinal round, where contestants are randomly paired up to face each other in one-on-one matches. Those succeeding in the semifinals advance to the final round, and the overall winner becomes an honorary citizen of Crossgate Town.

Ash, May, and James competed with Taillow, Beautifly, and Dustox, respectively. May was defeated in the group stage, but Ash and James both made it to the finals, despite Ash facing Volt, the winner of the previous year's tournament. During the final match, Taillow evolved into Swellow and won.

According to James, the competition allows Trainers to combine their talents with their Pokémon's ability to create an artistic and winning battle style. James revealed that, in his younger years, he trained under a renowned PokéRinger Master—the first PokéRinger champion in history—who thought he had what it took to be a champion. However, when James joined Team Rocket, he gave up his training.

Known competitors

Ash after winning
Trainer Pokémon Place
Ash TaillowSwellow Taillow → Swellow Winner
James Dustox Dustox Runner-up
Shane Swablu Swablu Top 4
May Beautifly Beautifly Group stage
Volt Volbeat Volbeat Group stage

Pokémon used in tournament

Ash Ketchum

Ash Swellow.png
Taillow → Swellow


May Beautifly.png


Jessie Dustox.png


Shane Swablu.png


Volt Volbeat.png

Other Pokémon entered

Crossgate PokéRinger Crobat Skarmory.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Golbat Ninjask.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Spearow Beedrill.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Crobat Skarmory.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Spearow Beedrill.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Hoppip.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Skiploom.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Jumpluff.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Golbat Ninjask.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Wingull.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Pelipper Yanma.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Pelipper Yanma.png

Trainers in PokéRinger competitions
Crossgate VoltMayShaneJamesAsh
Squallville TaylorProvoJamesStevelandPaulAsh

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
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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
Pokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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