Pokémon Super Contest

This article is about the contests held in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. For the contests in Generation III, VI, and the anime, see Pokémon Contest.

Lucas and Dawn participating in a Super Contest Show
The Super Contest Hall

Pokémon Super Contests (Japanese: ポケモンスーパーコンテスト Pokémon Super Contest) are an expanded format of the Pokémon Contests for the Generation IV games, specifically in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, and in their Generation VIII remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl under the name Super Contest Shows (Japanese: スーパーコンテストショー! Super Contest Show!). In it, Pokémon are rated on their appearance and performance, rather than strength. They are different from the previous generation's competitions in that not only do they have more rounds, but rounds from the earlier games have been altered. They come in four rankings in the same five categories as Generation III: Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, or Toughness.

Super Contests of all ranks are held at the Super Contest Hall in Hearthome City.

Competitions

Visual Competition

 
Lucas wins the Super Contest
Main article: Visual Competition

The Visual Competition is where players dress up their Pokémon depending on a theme. The Visual Competition score consists of two parts: the condition portion and the dress-up portion. The score from the Visual Competition is the total number of hearts given from both portions.

Dance Competition

Main article: Dance Competition

In the next round, all four Pokémon dance on the stage. Competitors control their Pokémon with four buttons: Left, Right, Front, and Jump. The dancer in front chooses up to three steps in the Normal Rank and Great RankDP, and four in the Great RankPt, Ultra Rank and Master Rank, matching the beat as closely as possible. Then the backup dancers try to match the lead dancer's moves. Each Pokémon will lead for two measures (a measure is the time it takes for the lead dancer to make its moves and the backup dancers to follow), and each measure will contain 16 beats for both halves in the Normal and Great Ranks and 24 beats in the other ranks.

At the bottom of the top screen, a simple music staff shows the steps with a bouncing Jigglypuff on top of it keeping the beat.

A Pokémon earns 1 point for each step judged as "Good", and 2 points for each step judged as "Excellent". A step judged as a "Miss" does not score. The maximum score for the Dance Competition is thus 48 points in Contests with 3 steps, and 64 points in Contests with 4 steps.

Acting Competition

Main article: Appeal

This is the equivalent of the second round of Pokémon Contests in Generation III. Pokémon perform moves for one of the three Contest Judges, Jordan, Dexter, or Keira, to earn Appeal Points. At the end of each round, judges award extra points to the Pokémon: 3 points if only one Pokémon performed to them, 2 points each if two Pokémon performed to them, 1 point apiece if three Pokémon performed to them, and none if all Pokémon performed to them. This competition has four rounds, rather than the five rounds found in Generation III. The Pokémon, contrary to the Hoenn Contests, get their position by their scoring in reverse. The best scorer goes last and the worst scorer goes first. Performing a Contest-specific move (i.e. a Tough move in a Tough Contest) to any judge causes their Voltage to go up by 1, however, an incompatible move (such as a Smart move in a Cool Contest) causes the Voltage to go down by 1. The Pokémon who fills the Voltage meter will receive a bonus from the judge they performed to: Keira and Jordan give +5, Dexter (as the head judge) gives +8.

Unlike in Generation III, the most a Pokémon can use any move in succession is two times. Most moves can only be used once, while specific moves, such as Outrage or Arm Thrust, may be used twice in a row. If a Pokémon only has one move, it may not enter a Super Contest (including Visual and Dance practice sessions). This makes it impossible for Unown and Ditto to legitimately have any Super Contest Ribbons.

The number of points earned from the Acting Competition is 10 times the number of hearts received.

Results

 
Winning a Super Contest

To compute a Pokémon's final score, the scores from each competition are first scaled such that the Pokémon with the best score in the competition is given 33 points, and the other Pokémon are given scores proportional to this score. This score is then scaled again such that the best score is given 64 points, and the other Pokémon are given scores proportional to this score. The final score of a Pokémon is the sum of the Pokémon's scores from each of the competitions, and the Pokémon with the highest final score wins. If there is a tie for highest score, a winner among the tied players is randomly chosen.

Awards

The winning Pokémon will receive a Ribbon for the Contest condition and rank. They will also receive a special Accessory the first time the Contest is completed successfully.

Accessory prizes

Category Accessories
Normal Rank Great Rank Ultra Rank Master Rank
Cool
Contests
       
Red Barrette Red Balloons Top Hat Gold Pedestal
Beauty
Contests
       
Blue Barrette Blue Balloons Silk Veil Glass Stage
Cute
Contests
       
Pink Barrette Pink Balloon Lace Headress Flower Stage
Smart
Contests
       
Green Barrette Green Balloons Professor Hat Cube Stage
Tough
Contests
       
Yellow Barrette Yellow Balloon Heroic Headband Award Podium
 

Notable contestants

Main article: List of Contest opponents (Generation IV)

There are several contestants that are also encountered throughout the storylines of the games. They are only encountered in the Master Rank after the player has entered the Hall of Fame.

Fantina

 Fantina is a Gym Leader, from Hearthome City. She competes with her Drifblim, named Loony, and appears in Cool, Beauty, Smart, and Tough contests.

 
Types:
Ghost Flying
Loony
Focus Energy
Cool
Appeal:
0  
Ominous Wind
Smart
Appeal:
0  
Constrict
Tough
Appeal:
0  
Explosion
Beauty
Appeal:
0  

Johanna

 Johanna is the player's mother. She competes with her Kangaskhan, named Jumpy, and appears in Cool, Cute, and Tough contests. She seems to be well acquainted with the Judge Keira.

 
Type:
Normal Unknown
Jumpy
Fake Out
Cute
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Endure
Tough
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Reversal
Cool
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Dizzy Punch
Cool
Appeal:
0  

Jasmine

 Jasmine is a Gym Leader, from Olivine City, in Johto. She competes with her Steelix, named Rusty, and appears in Beauty, Cute, Smart, and Tough contests.

 
Types:
Steel Ground
Rusty
Screech
Smart
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Fire Fang
Beauty
Appeal:
3 ♥♥♥
Stone Edge
Tough
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Mud Sport
Cute
Appeal:
2 ♥♥

Kristin

 Kristin is a Reporter (presumably the one who interviews the player after a contest). She competes with her Magneton, named Jolt, and appears in Beauty and Smart contests.

 
Types:
Electric Steel
Jolt
Supersonic
Smart
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Gyro Ball
Beauty
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Metal Sound
Smart
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Magnet Rise
Cute
Appeal:
2 ♥♥

Casey

 Casey is a Pokémon Center Nurse (presumably Hearthome's). She competes with her Chansey, named Pinky, and appears in Cute and Tough contests.

 
Type:
Normal Unknown
Pinky
Double-Edge
Tough
Appeal:
0  
Minimize
Cute
Appeal:
2 ♥♥
Healing Wish
Cute
Appeal:
0  
Fling
Tough
Appeal:
1

In the manga

 
The Super Contest Hall in Pocket Monsters DP

Pocket Monsters DP

In Super Contest Opens!!, Red's Clefairy participated in a Pokémon Super Contest. He went up against a Carnivine, but ended up slacking off at the last minute, baking and eating Poffins.

 
The Super Contest Hall in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Booying with Buneary, after wandering into the Super Contest Hall, Platinum was accidentally whisked to the stage. When she failed to perform, the audience saw her expensive jewelry and assumed she had tried to win just by being rich. Wanting to defend the name of her family, Platinum registered for the next day's Normal Rank Coolness Contest.

Platinum's Super Contest took place in Perturbed by Pachirisu. During it, other contestants sought to sabotage Platinum by disorganizing her Fashion Case and having their Pokémon bump into Prinplup during the Dance Competition. These setbacks made Platinum feel dejected, but Diamond managed to cheer her up and remind her that Contests were all about having fun. With these encouragements, Platinum was able to overcome her dejection and give it her all during the Acting Competition. Her performance enthralled both the audience and the judges, allowing her to win the Contest.

 
The Super Contest Hall in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

In Beauty Contest: The Pokémon Super Contest!!, after arriving in Hearthome City, Hareta learned about Pokémon Super Contests and, along with Mitsumi and Jun, decided to participate in one. Hareta and Jun participated in a Normal Rank Super Contest, but only succeeded in getting themselves disqualified for their poor performances. Mitsumi participated in a Master Rank Super Contest, but went overboard as her Infernape accidentally burned down the Contest Hall's dome with Fire Spin. Afterwards, a man introducing himself as Mitsumi's friend asked Hareta to tell her that her performance was great.

Trivia

  • The Super Contest ranks are named after the original Kanto Poké Balls (Normal, Great, Ultra, and Master).
  • Pokémon that have Ribbons earned in Pokémon Contests in Generation III do not have any advantage when entering a Super Contest; they must go through all four ranks no matter what.
  • Pokémon back sprites are often flipped in the Acting Competition, but there are exceptions for noticeably asymmetrical Pokémon, such as Togekiss and Budew.
    • In spite of this, Weezing's sprite is flipped, despite its obviously asymmetrical appearance.
  • There appears to be a formal or semi-formal dress code for Super Contest entrants—in the Generation IV games, players are given a tuxedo or dress (dependent on gender) by Johanna prior to their debut, and anime characters usually dress up for Sinnoh Pokémon Contests (though Ash did not do so in the Jubilife Contest).
  • In Pokémon Platinum, the Pokémon keep their sprite from Diamond and Pearl during the Visual and Dance Competitions.
    • The main reason for this is to provide compatibility for multiplayer Super Contests, as the winner of the most recent Super Contest would have a photo of itself in its dressed-up state displayed in front of the reception desks in the Contest Hall.

In other languages

Pokémon Super Contest

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 華麗大賽 Wàhlàih-daaihchoi
Mandarin 華麗大賽 / 华丽大赛 Huálì-dàsài
宝可梦超级华丽大赛 Pokémon Chāojí Huálì-dàsài *
神奇寶貝超級華麗大賽 Shénqí-bǎobèi Chāojí Huálì-dàsài *
  Dutch Superwedstrijd*
  Finnish Superkilpailu
  French Super Concours Pokémon
  German Pokémon Wettbewerb
  Italian Super Gara Pokémon
  Korean 포켓몬 슈퍼 콘테스트 Pokémon Super Contest
  Portuguese Super Concurso Pokémon*
  Spanish Súper Concurso Pokémon
  Vietnamese Hội trình diễn cao cấp

Super Contest Show

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 超級華麗大賽 Chīukāp Wàhlàih-daaihchoi
Mandarin 超級華麗大賽 / 超级华丽大赛 Chāojí Huálì-dàsài
  French Super Show Concours
  German Super-Wettbewerbs-Show
  Italian Super Gara-show
  Korean 슈퍼 콘테스트 쇼! Super Contest Show!
  Russian Шоу Суперконкурс Shou Superkonkurs
  Spanish Gala Superconcurso


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