Pokémon Dress-Up Contest

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The Pokémon Dress-Up Contest (Japanese: ポケモンなりきり大会 Pokémon Cosplay Convention) is an anime-exclusive event that is held annually in the Sinnoh region. It was featured in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!.


The panel of judges

The Pokémon Dress-Up Contest is a competition where Pokémon are judged on how well they can imitate other Pokémon, either by dressing up or by doing impressions. The key to achieve victory is to stay in character, replicating another Pokémon's behavior as closely as possible. The winning Trainer is awarded with a Pokémon Egg.

The event is organized by the members of the Pokémon Fan Club. Rhonda serves as the announcer while Mr. Sukizo, Officer Jenny, and Nurse Joy act as the judges. According to Dawn, the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest is so popular it ends up ranking #1 in the ratings every season. It is covered by the Sinnoh Now crew and is sponsored by the Pokétch Company.

For the competition, Rhonda wore a Cherrim costume while Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy dressed up as Growlithe and Chansey, respectively.


Ash and his Pikachu, Brock and his Croagunk, Jessie and Meowth, James and his Mime Jr., and the last year's winner and his Chatot all advanced to the finals. Dawn and her Piplup, however, failed to move on because Piplup had used Bubble Beam, a move Weedle cannot learn, during his imitation in the first round.

In the final round, Jessie and Meowth stole the prize Egg. For this reason, the competition had to be interrupted. Together with Officer Jenny, the group chased after Team Rocket to try and get the Egg back. After the Egg was recovered, the judges announced the results, declaring Brock's Croagunk as the big winner because he was able to stay in character the whole time, even during all the commotion that Team Rocket had caused. As a result, Brock received the Pokémon Egg.

List of imitations

Ash and Pikachu

Notable contestants

Trainer Pokémon Imitation
Ash Pikachu Pikachu Seviper, Wobbuffet, Buneary,
Mudkip, Lotad and Loudred
Dawn Piplup Piplup Weedle
Brock Croagunk Croagunk Politoed
Jessie Meowth Meowth Weavile and Sunflora
James Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Claydol and Chikorita

Other contestants


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Dawn's Piplup ♂
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Brock's Croagunk ♂
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Meowth ♂
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In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神奇寶貝扮演大會 Pokémon Cosplay Convention
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-matkimiskilpa
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon-Imitations-Wettbewerb
Italy Flag.png Italian Gara di Cosplay Pokémon
Poland Flag.png Polish Konkurs naśladowania Pokémonów
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Torneio Pokémon de Imitações
Spain Flag.png Spanish Concurso de Disfraces Pokémon
Thailand Flag.png Thai โปเกมอนเดรสอัพคอนเทสต์ Pokémon Dress Up Contest

See also

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceCameran Palace Pokémon Competition
Indigo Plateau ConferenceKanto Grand FestivalP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestRock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros Competition
Seaking Catching DaySilver ConferenceSumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Ever Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand FestivalTrick House Contest
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome CollectionLily of the Valley Conference
Pokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Ping Pong TournamentPokémon Summer Academy
Sinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleTwinleaf Festival Battle Challenge
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionHarvest Festival Battle CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Pokéstar Studios Filmmaking CompetitionVertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Charjabug RacePokémon Pancake Race

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