The Wallace Cup in Sinnoh was announced in Our Cup Runneth Over! on Sinnoh Now, where Dawn found out about it and became excited. Eventually, she, Ash, and Brock ran into Wallace himself, who was relaxing with his Milotic in a lake; Ash was convinced to enter the Contest with his Buizel, which he used in the three rounds he competed in before losing.
The Wallace Cup is a special Pokémon Contest that is hosted at various locations throughout the Pokémon world, with the prize being the Aqua Ribbon, a unique Contest Ribbon that counts towards any region's Grand Festival, not merely that of the region it is won in. For this reason, Pokémon Coordinators migrate from all around the nation to compete in it.
In the Sinnoh region, the Wallace Cup was held in the Contest Hall located at Lake Valor. The competition started in Staging a Heroes' Welcome! and ended in Strategy with a Smile!. Like all Sinnoh Pokémon Contests, Marian was the announcer. Jessadia also hosted the Wallace Cup with Marian, interviewing the contestants in between rounds.
Just like regular Contests, the first round is the appeals stage. Coordinators have their Pokémon perform various moves in order to impress the judges. Once everyone had appealed, the 16 top scoring Coordinators progressed to the second round.
The second stage marks the beginning of the Wallace Cup's battle rounds and shows how skilled Coordinators and their Pokémon are when put into battle. All Coordinators are matched-up randomly by computer up to the semi-finals, which is the last round that computer will choose a random match-up. Coordinators who ran out of points, had their Pokémon knocked out or had the least amount of points once the time ran out were eliminated from the Wallace Cup.
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