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Rank (Contest)

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In the core series Pokémon games, Contests and Super Contests are separated into four different ranks (Japanese: ランク rank). A Pokémon must win a contest in each previous rank in the same category to participate in a higher rank.

In the games

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Contests of each rank are spread around Hoenn. However, in Pokémon Emerald, they all take place in Lilycove City, and in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Contest Spectaculars of any rank can take place at any Contest Hall. In the Generation III games, a Trainer star will be granted if a Master Rank contest in each of the five categories are won.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, all Super Contests take place in Hearthome City. If a Master Rank contest of any of the five categories is won, a Trainer star will be granted.

Rank Achievement
English Japanese
Normal ノーマル
Unlocked at the start
Super スーパー
Beat Normal Rank
Hyper ハイパー
Beat Super Rank
Master マスター
Beat Hyper Rank
Normal ノーマル
Unlocked at the start
Great グレート
Beat Normal Rank
Ultra ウルトラ
Beat Great Rank
Master マスター
Beat Ultra Rank

In the anime

A poster for the R1 Rubello Contest

In the Pokémon anime, there is no ranking system in place. Instead, Pokémon Contests are represented as being at the same level as one another. Additionally, much like how eight Gym Badges are required to enter the Pokémon League Conference, a total of five Ribbons must be collected to qualify for the Grand Festival.

A class of Pokémon Contests was revealed to exist in A Fan with a Plan, where May discovered that the Rubello Contest was a Class R1 event, meaning that only Pokémon Coordinators who had earned at least one Ribbon were allowed to participate. The competition was also unique in the fact that it was the only Pokémon Contest in the Hoenn region where contestants had to use one Pokémon for the Appeals Round and another for the Contest Battles.

May, Drew, and Savannah all entered the Rubello Contest in Cruisin' for a Losin'. Jessie also tried to enter, but was denied access for not having a Ribbon. During the event, May and her Bulbasaur lost to Savannah and her Lairon. Later, Drew managed to defeat Savannah, winning his fourth Contest Ribbon. Since then, no other R1 Contest has been held.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Pokémon Contests follow the formula established in the games closely, having the same four ranks.

In the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, Ruby went on a journey to conquer all the Hoenn Contest Ribbons. He raised one Pokémon for each of the five categories and was able to win in all four ranks, beating the Normal Rank in Mind-Boggling with Medicham, the Super Rank in I More Than Like You, Luvdisc I, the Hyper Rank in Always Keep Whiscash on You for Emergencies, and the Master Rank in It All Ends Now VIII.

In the Diamond & Pearl chapter, Platinum entered a Pokémon Super Contest in Perturbed by Pachirisu. She competed in the Normal Rank Coolness Contest with her Prinplup and, with the help of her friends Diamond and Pearl, managed to win the competition, earning herself a Ribbon.


The Japanese Pokémon Contest ranks are named after four of the Generation I Poké Balls. In Japanese, the Great Ball is called the スーパーボール Super Ball and the Ultra Ball is called the ハイパーボール Hyper Ball. The English versions chose to directly translate the Japanese Pokémon Contest ranks, so there was no obvious correlation between the contest ranks and the Poké Ball names for English-speaking players.

However, the Japanese Super Contest ranks are named after the English-version names of these Poké Balls. The second level is called グレートランク Great Rank which corresponds to the Great Ball and the third level is called ウルトラランク Ultra Rank which corresponds to the Ultra Ball. Once again, the English version directly translated the Japanese rank names, but since the Japanese versions had already used the English names of the Poké Balls, the relationship between rank and Poké Ball type was more clear for English-speaking players.

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Necessary Spoils
Contest Categories
ContestSuper Contest
CoordinatorContest HallContest Pass
Grand Festivals
Combinations • Opponents (IIIIVVI) • Double PerformanceJamming
Ribbons (List) • Ribbon CupSealsBall CapsulesRanks

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