Pokémon Showcase

A Pokémon Showcase (Japanese: トライポカロン TriPokalon) is an anime-exclusive, girls-only competition held in the Kalos region. Trainers participating in them are called Pokémon Performers.

A Pokémon Showcase


The Freestyle Performance section

Pokémon Showcases are performance tournaments that take place in various locations throughout Kalos. Contestants are allowed to use up to six Pokémon. In essence, they are similar to real-world beauty pageants. There are two classes of Pokémon Showcases, the Rookie Class and the Master Class. Every Performer may compete in the Rookie Class, but only those who have collected at least three Princess Keys can enter the Master Class.

Rookie Class tournaments are divided in two sections. The first is called the Theme Performance (Japanese: テーマパフォーマンス Theme Performance) and can encompass different activities. The activity of the Theme Performance depends on the specific Showcase tournament. This section usually takes place in multiple rounds, with three contestants per round facing off against each other, though only the winner of each round will move on to the next section. However, as the Theme Performance varies between tournaments, the criteria for winning them also differs.

The second section is called the Freestyle Performance (Japanese: フリーパフォーマンス Free Performance), which is the same in each Pokémon Showcase. The Performer and her Pokémon perform together on stage, making full use of the Pokémon's capabilities. It is similar to the Performance Stage of a Pokémon Contest. However, unlike Coordinators, Performers must be involved in an active part of the performance, since Showcase performances also focus on the Trainers and their ability to perform alongside their Pokémon, whereas in Pokémon Contests the Pokémon are always the main attraction.

In the Freestyle Performance, contestants are judged by the audience. Each Performer gets a heart-shaped key used to receive votes from the audience. Each person in the audience can bring out one vote on a special voting device called the Glow Caster (Japanese: ポケリウム Poké Lume), which sends out small luminous balls of light that connect to the keys of the participants according to the color of their key. The participant with the key that absorbs the most lights is decided the winner.

The crowd using the Glow Caster to vote

The Master Class is the Showcase equivalent for the Pokémon League Conference of the Pokémon League and the Grand Festival of the Pokémon Contests. The contestants have to deliver Freestyle Performances from the very beginning as there are no Theme Performance rounds. The competing Performers are divided into trios and whoever receives the highest number of votes is declared the winner of their group and advances to the next round. In rounds prior to the semifinals, each Performer gets a turn performing individually before the three of them perform at the same time. They must perform with a single Pokémon and they are allowed to affect the performances of each other.

During the semifinals, Performers are called on stage one at a time and they have to perform using two Pokémon. The winning Performer advances to the final round, where the current Kalos Queen awaits. As the winner of the previous Master Class competition, the Kalos Queen has a guaranteed spot in the final round, where she must defend her title. Performers are allowed to use up to six Pokémon in the finals. One notable difference between the Rookie Class and the Master Class is the voting system; while in the Rookie Class only the Glow Caster can be used to vote, in the Master Class people all over the Kalos region are able to vote by using devices similar to smartphones.

Rookie Class winners receive a Princess Key, and the Master Class winner receives the title of Kalos Queen. Pokémon Showcases are hosted by Monsieur Pierre.

Themes and stages

Screenshot Theme Stage
  Pokémon Styling: Performers must dress up one of their Pokémon in a unique style using the materials given within the time limit and present their partner to the audience. Contestants are judged by the audience.  
  Poké Puff Baking: Performers must collaborate with their Pokémon and bake Poké Puffs within the time limit. The Poké Puffs are evaluated by a panel of judges.  
  Pokémon Quiz: Performers must answer trivia questions. To answer a question, one of their Pokémon must complete a task. The first to answer three questions correctly advances to the second section.  
  Poké Puff Performance: Performers and their Pokémon bake a Poké Puff but with a synchronized dance performance. Contestants are judged by the audience.  
  Rhyhorn Herding: Performers and their Pokémon must beckon the most Rhyhorn over to their side of the stage using any means necessary. Performers can also thieve Rhyhorn to their side from other Performers.  

Showcase locations

Screenshot Location Winner
Rookie Class
  Lagoon Town N/A
  Coumarine City Shauna
  Dendemille Town Serena
  Anistar City Serena
  Couriway Town Jessie
  Fleurrh City Serena
Master Class
  Gloire City Aria


Name origin

The Japanese name TryPokaron may be derived from the word triathlon, Pokémon, Kalos, and salon (French for exhibition). The first part of its name also sounds similar to the prefix tri- (three), referring to how three Princess Keys are needed to compete in the Master Class.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 三冠衛星賽 Sāamgun Waihsīngchoi
Mandarin 三冠衛星賽 / 三冠卫星赛 Sānguān Wèixīngsài
  Danish Pokémon-udstilling
  Dutch Pokémon-show
  Finnish Pokémon-esittely
  French Salon Pokémon
  German Pokémon-Showcase
  Italian Varietà Pokémon
  Korean 트라이포카론 TryPokaron
  Norwegian Pokémon-show
  Polish Wystawa Pokémonów
  Portuguese Exibição Pokémon
  Russian Демонстрация покемонов Demonstratsiya Pokémonov
Spanish   Latin America Exhibición Pokémon
  Spain Gran espectáculo Pokémon
  Swedish Pokémon-uppvisning
  Vietnamese Cuộc thi trình diễn Pokémon

See also

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
World Coronation Series (Masters Eight Tournament)
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 Catch Adventure RacePokémon Pancake Race
Pokémon Ping-Pong tournamentPokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Galar All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge
Unknown Pigton Town Tag BattlePokémon Catch Race

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