Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition

The setting for the competition

The Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition (Japanese: タッグバトル大会 Tag Battle Tournament) is an anime-exclusive tournament consisting of Tag Battles that is held in a large stadium in Hearthome City, Sinnoh. It is one of the city's biggest attractions, along with its Pokémon Contest and the fashion show promoted by the Poké Chic magazine.

The competition is broadcast on television and hosted by Enta. It was first mentioned in Dawn's Early Night! and it took place from Tag! We're It...! to Smells Like Team Spirit!. Ash and Brock decided to enter the tournament after learning about it from Nando, while Dawn was registered as per Zoey's suggestion following her failed Double Performance in the Hearthome Contest.

The Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition is notable for a number of important events, such as the group's first encounter with Conway and the release of Paul's Chimchar, something which allowed the Chimp Pokémon to join Ash's party. It was referenced in many later episodes as well, including Arriving in Style! and Dawn of a Royal Day!.

Competition

The Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition accepted 32 registrations. When registering for the tournament, each Trainer was given an entry card with a number on its front. During the opening ceremony, a computer shuffled all the cards, randomly pairing up two numbers and forming 16 different teams. After that, Trainers started looking for the person holding the card whose number was matched with the number on their card.

With the teams formed, the tournament began with the Tag Battles taking place one at a time. All battles were observed by a referee. The prize is two Soothe Bells, one for each winner.

Known participants

 
Ash holding the Soothe Bell he won
Trainers Place
Ash and Paul Winners
Dawn and Conway Runners-up
Brock and Holly Top 4
A Psychic and a Black Belt Top 8
A Scientist and Ace Trainer Top 16
Giant and unnamed Trainer Top 16


Pokémon used in competition

Ash

 
Pikachu
 
Turtwig
 
Staravia
 
Chimchar

After Paul released Chimchar in Glory Blaze!, it joined Ash's team and was used in the final battle.

Dawn

 
Piplup
 
Pachirisu
 
Buneary
 
Buizel

Brock

 
Sudowoodo
 
Croagunk

Paul

 
Chimchar
 
Torterra
 
Elekid → Electabuzz

Conway

 
Slowking
 
Aggron
 
Heracross

Holly

 
Wingull
 
Nosepass
 
Farfetch'd

Giant

 
Koffing

Pokémon used by other Trainers

 
Scyther
 
Magmar
 
Yanma
 
Bagon
 
Rhydon
 
Tauros
 
Granbull
 
Hitmonchan
 
Furret
 
Metagross
 
Zangoose

In other languages

Language Title
  Dutch Hearthome City Koppelgevecht Competitie
  Finnish Hearthome Cityn Tag-ottelukilpailu
  French Tournoi en double d'Unionpolis
  German Herzhofen-Zweiermatch
  Italian Torneo a doppi incontri di Cuoripoli
  Polish Zawody Dwuwalk Miasta Hearthome
  Brazilian Portuguese Competição de Batalhas em Dupla da Cidade de Hearthome
Spanish   Latin America Batalla Corazonada
  Spain Combate Corazón
  Swedish Hearthome City parstridtävlingen



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Kanto Grand FestivalMagikarp High Jump CompetitionP1 Grand PrixPokémon Grand Eating ContestPokémon Orienteering
Queen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep FestivalPokémon Balloon Race
Pokémon Beauty ContestRock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros CompetitionRunning of the Tauros
Seaking Catching CompetitionSilver ConferenceSumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Battle Frontier Flute CupCrossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceFriendship FestivalHoenn Grand Festival
Marine Athletic RaceTrick House 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 BattleClubsplosionEindoak Harvest FestivalPokémon 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 Catching Adventure RacePokémon Pancake Race
Pokémon Ping-Pong tournamentPokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Galar Alcremie-ful Decoration Tournament
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race


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