Contest Pass

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Contest Pass
Contest Pass
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Contest Pass
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Introduced in Generation III
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A Contest Pass (Japanese: コンテストパス Contest Pass) is a Key Item that allows players to participate in Pokémon Contests. It has a drawing of an award Ribbon on its front.

In the core series games


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Passive effect

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, a Contest Pass is required for entering Pokémon Contests.

In Pokémon Emerald, a Contest Pass is not needed; instead, only a Pokéblock Case is required. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, all that is required to participate in Pokémon Super ContestsDPPt/Super Contest ShowsBDSP is something formal to wear, given to the player by Johanna on entering the Contest Hall for the first time.


Games Description
RSE The pass required for entering Pokémon Contests.
FRLG The pass required for entering Pokémon Contests. It has a drawing of an award ribbon on it.
The pass required for entering Pokémon Contests. It has a drawing of an award ribbon on it.
A pass required for entering Pokémon Contests. It has a drawing of an award ribbon on its front.


Games Method
RS Verdanturf Town Contest Hall
ORAS Slateport City (after delivering the Devon Parts to Captain Stern)

In the anime

Contest Passes in the anime

In the anime, Contest Passes serve the same purpose as they do in the games, being required to participate in Pokémon Contests. In this canon, a Coordinator may register for a Contest Pass at any Contest Hall. It should be noted that a Contest Pass can only be used to enter events in the region in which it was obtained. In addition, Contest Passes will become invalid after a time, needing to be renewed. In competitions not sanctioned by the Pokémon Activities Committee, such as the Terracotta Contest, Contest Passes are not required.

Contest Passes first appeared in All Things Bright and Beautifly!, where Jessie was seen trying to enter the Rustboro Contest with an expired Contest Pass. Jessie was shocked when she heard that her Pass was invalid, but the receptionist informed her that she could renew it. With her Pass renewed, Jessie grabbed the last entry in the competition. Later, when Ash, May, and Brock appeared wishing to compete as well, the attendant said the competition had already reached the maximum number of contestants allowed, but still issued Contest Passes for them.

Ash and Dawn with their Sinnoh Contest Passes

May obtained a Contest Pass for the Kanto region in The Saffron Con along with a Ribbon case.

In What I Did for Love!, Brock obtained his Kanto Contest Pass after meeting Yuma, a fellow Pokémon Breeder and a former Grand Festival winner. Brock became infatuated by her, and when she told him that he should enter the Gardenia Contest, he hurried to the reception desk to register for the tournament.

In Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, Dawn was practicing to make her stage debut when she noticed that Ash's Aipom had developed an interest in Pokémon Contests and wanted to participate as well. She convinced Ash to enter the competition, and Brock mentioned that Ash should rush to the registration as the Jubilife Contest would take place soon. At that moment, Dawn realized she had forgotten to sign up for the event. After that, Ash and Dawn ran towards the Contest Hall to obtain their Contest Passes and sign up. Along with the Pass, they received a rule book, a Ribbon case, a Ball Capsule, and an envelope full of Seals.

In Reuniting for the First Time!, Chloe received a Hoenn Contest Pass from Lisia after she had scouted her for a potential performance at the Lilycove City Contest Spectacular.

In the manga

A Contest Pass in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Ruby obtained his Hoenn Contest Pass in Mind-Boggling with Medicham.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 華麗大賽參加證 Fālàih-daaihchoi Chāamgājing *
Mandarin 華麗大賽參加證 / 华丽大赛参加证 Huálì-dàsài Cānjiāzhèng *
華麗大賽通行證 Huálì Dàsài Tōngxíngzhèng *
華麗大賽通行券 Huálì-dàsài Tōngxíngquàn *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Soutěžní průkaz (JN105)
Soutěžní pas (DP011)
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kisapassi
France Flag.png European French Passeconcour
Germany Flag.png German Wettb.-Karte
Italy Flag.png Italian Tessera Gare
South Korea Flag.png Korean 콘테스트패스 Contest Pass
Poland Flag.png Polish Bilet Wejściowy*
Karta Wstępu*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Passaporte de Concurso (manga)
Passe do Torneio
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Pase Concurso
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Giấy thông qua

See also

Contest Star Ribbon VIII.png Pokémon Contests Twinkling Star Ribbon VIII.png
Necessary Spoils
Contest Categories
ContestSuper ContestContest Show
CoordinatorContest HallContest Pass
The Grand Festival
Top CoordinatorRibbon Cup
Combinations • Opponents (IIIIVVIVIII) • Double PerformanceJamming
Ribbons (list) • StickersBall CapsulesRanksJudgesAnnouncersWallace Cup

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