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Pokémon Musical

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The Pokémon Musical (Japanese: ポケモンミュージカル Pokémon Musical) is a feature in the Generation V games Pokémon Black and White and Black 2 and White 2. Like Pokémon Contests, Pokémon Super Contests, and the Pokéathlon from previous games, this feature provides Trainers with an alternative to battling.

Pokémon Musicals feature a modified version of the appeals round in the Super Contests of Generation IV. Just like in Super Contests, Trainers have to dress up their Pokémon in different Props. In the competition round, Pokémon compete by dancing on the theater stage with the other entrants. Similar to Pokémon Contests and the Pokéathlon, there are four Trainers allowed to participate at once.

In the games

The Musical Theater

Location

Pokémon Musicals are found in northern Nimbasa City in the Unova region, held in a large, brightly colored hall called the Musical Theater.

Shows

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See also: List of promotional Musical shows

There are four categories of Musical shows. Also, each show has its own target audience. The player starts with four Musical shows: Stardom, Forest Stroll, A Sweet Soirée, and Exciting Nimbasa. Additional Musical shows can be obtained by participating in the Pokémon Global Link promotions. Much like C-Gear and Pokédex skins, only one additional Musical show can be stored in a Black or White game.

Show Category Audience
Stardom Cool Men
Forest Stroll Cute Girls
A Sweet Soirée Elegant Women
Exciting Nimbasa Quirky Boys
Charming Munna Elegant Women
Pokémon Smash!
Carnival Pokemon Quirky Girls

Dress Up

Minccino, Swanna, Klink, and Blitzle participating in a Musical
Main article: Prop

The first part of the Pokémon Musical involves dressing up the Pokémon by putting Props onto it. Props can be obtained by loitering audience members after performances, and are placed in the Prop Case. Each Prop has a trait, as does each Musical number, and the Prop costume must appease the target audience as well to garner attention.

When in the Dress Up room, the order of the items can be auto-changed when the participating Pokémon is tapped directly. This immediately brings to the forefront Props of a certain body type at random, explaining which type on the upper screen of the Nintendo DS. Also at random, the Props will reset to the default order.

Not all Pokémon have all of the body points, so some Pokémon cannot be dressed up in certain Props.

Dancing

The player cannot influence the Musical itself beyond when to use held Props, so the dressing up and timing must be near perfect to impress the crowd. When Pokémon are dressed, it is time to perform with the music. At any time, a held Prop may be used to get the audience's attention, indicated by a spotlight. However, if a Pokémon uses a Prop, they risk being overshadowed by another dancer using their own. The spotlight switches to the last Pokémon who uses a Prop, meaning that is who the audience will respond more to.

During each performance is one time when the Pokémon is given a short solo that showcases them specifically. This spotlight can also be stolen by a competitor, or even prolonged if using a Prop right before a Pokémon's solo ends, effectively stealing it from the next dancer on the right. The last chance for spotlight focus is right before the song ends.

Two times during the performance will the audience applaud: to the Pokémon who has the spotlight not stolen from them and right before the curtain falls. The applause ranges from unenthusiastic to excited, giving a gauge to the reception of the competitor or overall performance. The better the applause, the more they like the Pokémon standing out.

If the audience likes the player's Pokémon, they will be in the lobby afterward, waiting to give new Props to the player as gifts. Additional Musical shows can be downloaded from the Global Link.

Review

After the Musical, the theater owner tells the player and other participants how well they did, in what category and to what degree. His review goes in order from the lowest performance to highest performance (spoken to first means the Pokémon did the least well; spoken to last means the Pokémon showed off the best), and will be evaluated as either: cool, cute, elegant, unique, quirky, or balanced.

The theater owner uses the following comments and they are ranked from the highest scoring to the lowest:

  • "In this musical, it's not an overstatement to say that <player>'s Pokémon was the lead role."
  • "The Pokémon used Props to convey such abundant expression, just as if they were actors!"
  • "Watching your Pokémon's sharp moves, I also felt <trait>!"
  • "Your Pokémon played its role very well."
  • "It looked like your Pokémon was making an effort to live up to your expectations. I will support your Pokémon on the side!"
  • "It was not highly noticeable... But I liked it! Keep it up!"

Receiving Props

After a performance has ended, the player may talk to the audience members gathered outside the reception area to receive Props. The better the performance, the more Props the player will tend to receive. Note that certain Props are given out only by certain Musical categories.

There are some Props that cannot be obtained by performing in the Musical alone and are only given out by certain characters. Preston the Musician will give the player the Electric Guitar Prop, while a man in Opelucid City will give out four Santa Claus-related Props once a day. The owner himself will give out the Crown and Winner's Belt Props when certain conditions are met, the Tiara Prop for performing in a Musical with a friend, and the Toy Cake Prop on the player's birthday.

In Black and White, obtaining all 100 Props is a requirement for upgrading a Trainer Card. It is not a requirement in Black 2 and White 2, likely due to the fact that players can get all the Props via the Memory Link feature.

In the anime

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The Pokémon Musical building in the anime

Pokémon Musicals made their anime debut in Lost at the Stamp Rally!.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

The Pokémon Musical in Pokémon Adventures

White came up with the idea for the Pokémon Musical when the mayor of Nimbasa City asked her for an idea for a new public entertainment facility to increase visitors to the city, as well as to advertise the BW Agency.