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Rank (Contest)

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In the core series Pokémon games and Pokémon Adventures, 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.

Rank Japanese Obtained
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


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 Japanese Obtained
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 manga

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Reason: Pokémon Adventures info.


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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