In the games
In Pokémon Emerald, a Contest Pass is not needed; instead, only a Pokéblock Case is required. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, all that is required to participate in Pokémon Super Contests is something formal to wear, given to the player by Johanna on entering the Contest Hall for the first time.
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.
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 the manga
In other languages
Pokéblocks • Poffins
Cool • Beautiful • Cute • Clever • Tough
Appeal • Battle • Dance • Visual
Contest • Super Contest
Coordinator • Contest Hall • Contest Pass
The Grand Festival
Kanto • Hoenn • Sinnoh
Top Coordinator • Ribbon Cup
Combinations • Opponents (III • IV • VI) • Double Performance • Jamming
Ribbons (list) • Seals • Ball Capsules • Ranks • Judges • Announcers • Wallace Cup
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