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Staraptor and Honchkrow competing for the ring

PokéRinger (Japanese: ポケリンガ PokéRinger) is an anime competition featuring Pokémon that can fly. A hot air balloon is released containing a ring hanging from it. The Pokémon try to retrieve the ring before the others and deliver it to a target on the ground. On doing so, the word "GOAL!" would flash on the screen set up for the competition.

The competition was first featured in That's Just Swellow where it was held in Crossgate Town. Ash and James competed with Taillow and Dustox, respectively. Both made it to the finals, and during the match, Taillow evolved into Swellow and won. The prize for the contest was obtaining honorary citizenship of the town.

It was featured again in Pursuing a Lofty Goal! where it was held in Squallville. Ash and Paul participated with their Staravia and Honchkrow, respectively. James also entered with Jessie's Yanmega but lost in the very first round. Ash and Paul both made it to the finals, and during the match, Ash's Staravia evolved into Staraptor and won the tournament. The prize for the competition is a certificate granting honorary citizenship of the town and a lot of food.

Known competitors

Hoenn PokéRinger (Crossgate Town)

Trainer Pokémon Place
Volt 313 Volbeat N/A
May 267 Beautifly N/A
Shane 333 Swablu N/A
James 269 Dustox Runner-up
Ash 276277 Taillow → Swellow Winner

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
Skiploom anime.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Jumpluff.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Golbat Ninjask.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Wingull.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Pelipper Yanma.png
Crossgate PokéRinger Pelipper Yanma.png

Sinnoh PokéRinger (Squallville)

Trainer Pokémon Place
Taylor 227 Skarmory N/A
Provo 149 Dragonite N/A
James 469 Yanmega N/A
Steveland 188 Skiploom Top 4
Paul 430 Honchkrow Runner-up
Ash 397398 Staravia → Staraptor Winner

Other Pokémon entered

Squallville PokéRinger Swellow.png
Squallville PokéRinger Wingull.png
Squallville PokéRinger Swablu.png


  • Both times Ash competed in the PokéRinger competition, he won with his participating Pokémon evolving into its final stage.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pokévolanneau
Germany Flag.png German PokéRing-Wettbewerb
Italy Flag.png Italian PokéRinger
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America PokéAro
Spain Flag.png Spain PokéAnilla

Trainers in PokéRinger competitions
Crossgate Town: VoltMayShaneJamesAsh
Squallville: TaylorProvoJamesStevelandPaulAsh

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