Pokémon Dress-Up Contest

The setting for the competition

The Pokémon Dress-Up Contest (Japanese: ポケモンなりきり大会 Pokémon Cosplay Convention) is an anime-exclusive event that is held annually in the Sinnoh region. It is organized by the Pokémon Fan Club and it was featured in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!.


The panel of judges

The Pokémon Dress-Up Contest is a competition where Pokémon are judged on how well they can imitate other Pokémon, either by dressing up or by doing impressions. The key to achieve victory is to stay in character, replicating another Pokémon's behavior as closely as possible. The winning Trainer is awarded with a Pokémon Egg.

The event is organized by the members of the Pokémon Fan Club. Rhonda serves as the announcer while Mr. Sukizo, Officer Jenny, and Nurse Joy act as the judges. According to Dawn, the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest is so popular it ends up ranking #1 in the ratings every season. It is covered by the Sinnoh Now crew and is sponsored by the Pokétch Company.

For the competition, Rhonda wore a Cherrim costume while Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy dressed up as Growlithe and Chansey, respectively.


The finalists

Ash and his Pikachu, Brock and his Croagunk, Jessie and Meowth, James and his Mime Jr., and the last year's winner and his Chatot all advanced to the finals. Dawn and her Piplup, however, failed to move on because Piplup had used Bubble Beam, a move Weedle cannot learn, during his imitation in the first round.

In the final round, Jessie and Meowth stole the prize Egg. For this reason, the competition had to be interrupted. Together with Officer Jenny, the group chased after Team Rocket to try and get the Egg back. After the Egg was recovered, the judges announced the results, declaring Brock's Croagunk as the big winner because he was able to stay in character the whole time, even during all the commotion that Team Rocket had caused. As a result, Brock received the Pokémon Egg.

List of imitations

Ash and Pikachu

Notable contestants

Trainer Pokémon Imitation
Ash   Pikachu Seviper, Wobbuffet, Buneary,
Mudkip, Lotad and Loudred
Dawn   Piplup Weedle
Brock   Croagunk Politoed
Jessie   Meowth Weavile and Sunflora
James   Mime Jr. Claydol and Chikorita

Other contestants

Previous year


Dawn's Piplup ♂
Brock's Croagunk ♂
Meowth ♂

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神奇寶貝扮演大會 Pokémon Cosplay Convention
  Finnish Pokémon-matkimiskilpa
  German Pokémon-Imitations-Wettbewerb
  Italian Gara di Cosplay Pokémon
  Polish Konkurs Naśladowania Pokémonów
  Portuguese Torneio Pokémon de Imitações
  Spanish Concurso de Disfraces Pokémon
  Thai โปเกมอนเดรสอัพคอนเทสต์ Pokémon Dress Up Contest

See also

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace CupWorld Coronation Series
Kanto Aura Guardian FestivalBeach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
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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