Pokémon Musical

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The Pokémon Musical (Japanese: ポケモンミュージカル Pokémon Musical) is a feature in the Generation V games Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2. Like Pokémon Contests, Pokémon Super Contests, and the Pokéathlon from previous games, this feature provides Trainers with an alternative to battling.

Pokémon Musicals feature a modified version of the Visual Competition in the Super Contests of Generation IV. Just like in Super Contests, contestants have to dress up their Pokémon in different Props. In the competition round, Pokémon compete by dancing on the theater stage with the other entrants. Similar to Pokémon Contests and the Pokéathlon, there are four Trainers allowed to participate at once.

In the games

The Musical Theater

Musical Theater

Pokémon Musicals are held in the Musical Theater (Japanese: ミュージカルホール Musical Hall), a large brightly-colored building located in northern Nimbasa City.


Item Location Games
Prop Case Prop Case From the Musical Theater owner upon entering for the first time  B  W  B2  W2 
TM Normal TM49 (Echoed Voice) From the Lady next to the reception counter  B  W  B2  W2 
Prop Case Various Props From various audience members after participating in a Musical  B  W  B2  W2 
None Toy Cake From the owner on the player's birthday  B  W  B2  W2 
None Tiara From the owner after participating in a Musical with another player  B  W  B2  W2 
None Crown From the owner after winning 5 Musicals (doesn't have to be in a row)  B  W  B2  W2 
None Winner's Belt From the owner after winning 10 Musicals (doesn't have to be in a row)  B  W  B2  W2 


See also: List of Pokémon Global Link promotions → Musical shows

There are four categories of Pokémon Musical shows: Cool (Japanese: クール Cool), Cute (Japanese: キュート Cute), Elegant (Japanese: エレガント Elegant), and Quirky (Japanese: ユニーク Unique). Each category has its own target audience.

The player starts with four shows: Stardom, Forest Stroll, A Sweet Soirée, and Exciting Nimbasa. Additional shows can be obtained by participating in the Pokémon Global Link promotions. Much like C-Gear and Pokédex skins, only one additional show can be stored in a Generation V game at a time. The player first selects one Pokémon from their party, then selects a show to participate in. Black Kyurem, White Kyurem, all Therian Formes, and Keldeo's Resolute Form, which did not exist in Black and White, are not allowed to participate in musicals.

Show Category Audience
Stardom Cool Men
Forest Stroll Cute Girls
A Sweet Soirée Elegant Women
Exciting Nimbasa Quirky Boys
Additional shows
Charming Munna Varies Varies
Pokémon Smash! Varies Varies
Carnival Pokémon Cute Girls
MELOETTAAA!!! Varies Varies
Carnival Ludicolo! Quirky Boys

Dress Up

Minccino, Swanna, Klink, and Blitzle participating in a Musical
Main article: Prop

The first part of the Pokémon Musical involves dressing up the Pokémon by putting Props onto it. Props can be obtained from loitering audience members after performances, and are placed in the Prop Case. Each Prop has a trait, as does each Musical number, and the Prop costume must appease the target audience as well as garner attention.

When in the Dress Up room, the order of the items can be auto-changed when a body part of the participating Pokémon is tapped directly. This immediately brings to the forefront Props of the body type that has been tapped, explaining which type on the upper screen of the Nintendo DS. Tapping the same body part again will reset the props to the default order.

Not all Pokémon have all of the body points, so some Pokémon cannot be dressed up in certain Props.


After the player finishes dressing their Pokémon, it is time to perform with music. The player cannot influence the Musical itself beyond when to use held Props, so the dressing up and timing must be near perfect to impress the crowd. At any time, a Prop that is held in an arm slot (but not Props in any other slot) may be used to get the audience's attention, indicated by a spotlight, by tapping its icon on the lower screen. However, if a Pokémon uses a Prop, they risk being overshadowed by another dancer using their own. The spotlight switches to the last Pokémon who uses a Prop, meaning that is whom the audience will respond more to.

During each performance is one time when the Pokémon is given a short solo that showcases them specifically. This spotlight can also be stolen by a competitor, or even prolonged if using a Prop right before a Pokémon's solo ends, effectively stealing it from the next dancer on the right. The last chance for spotlight focus is right before the song ends.

If a Pokémon manages to complete their appeal with an arm Prop without having the spotlight stolen from them, the audience will break out in a round of applause. This applause ranges from unenthusiastic to excited, giving a gauge to the reception of the competitor or overall performance. The better the applause, the more they like the Pokémon standing out.

At the end of the show, a picture of the four Pokémon on stage will be taken, including the Props they were dressed up in, and the name and date of the show. The Pokémon that got the best overall reaction, or possibly multiple Pokémon in the event of a tie, will be shown jumping above the others, with its spotlight higher in the picture. The player then has the option to save this picture on the wall of the Musical Theater, but doing so will replace any previous picture of a musical that was saved.


After the Musical, the theater owner tells the player and other participants how well they did, in what category and to what degree. His review goes in order from the lowest performance to highest performance (spoken to first means the Pokémon did the least well; spoken to last means the Pokémon showed off the best), and will be evaluated as either: cool, cute, elegant, unique, quirky, or balanced.

The theater owner uses the following comments and they are ranked from the highest scoring to the lowest:

  • "In this musical, it's not an overstatement to say that <player>'s Pokémon was the lead role."
  • "The Pokémon used Props to convey such abundant expression, just as if they were actors!"
  • "Watching your Pokémon's sharp moves, I also felt <trait>!"
  • "Your Pokémon played its role very well."
  • "It looked like your Pokémon was making an effort to live up to your expectations. I will support your Pokémon on the side!"
  • "It was not highly noticeable... But I liked it! Keep it up!"

Receiving Props

After a performance has ended, the player may talk to the audience members gathered outside the reception area to receive Props. The better the performance, the more Props the player will tend to receive. Note that certain Props are given out only by certain Musical categories.

There are some Props that cannot be obtained by performing in the Musical alone and are only given out by certain characters. Preston the Musician will give the player the Electric Guitar Prop, while a man in Opelucid City will give out four Santa Claus-related Props once a day. The owner himself will give out the Crown and Winner's Belt Props when certain conditions are met, the Tiara Prop for performing in a Musical with a friend, and the Toy Cake Prop on the player's birthday.

In Black and White, obtaining all 100 Props is a requirement for upgrading a Trainer Card. It is not a requirement in Black 2 and White 2, likely due to the fact that players can get all the Props via the Memory Link feature.

In the anime

The Musical Theater in the anime

In Lost at the Stamp Rally!, Ash and Iris went to the Musical Theater to watch a Musical show. During the show, Oshawott popped out of his Poké Ball and became fascinated with all the Pokémon dancing on stage. Just when Ash was trying to take him away from the stage, a Gothitelle used Telekinesis to lift them onto the stage, dressing them up in different Props in the process. After that, Ash, Pikachu, and Oshawott started dancing with the Pokémon and their performance was well received by the audience members.

In A Maractus Musical!, Ash and his friends met Toby and his trio of Maractus. They helped him to prepare for the Pokémon Musical after Toby revealed he was having some trouble to perfect the "Over the Rainbow" routine, which he made up for his Pokémon to perform at a Musical show. In the end, the Maractus Trio was able to successfully perform the routine during the Pokémon Performance Competition.

In Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!, Dawn revealed that she had visited Nimbasa City where she, together with her Piplup, watched a Musical show to get some new ideas for future Pokémon Contests.

In the manga

Pokémon performing at a Musical show

Pokémon Adventures

Musical Theater in Pokémon Adventures

Black & White chapter

In Battle at the Museum, in the middle of a meeting for an idea for a new public entertainment facility to increase visitors to Nimbasa City, White accidentally came up with the idea for the Pokémon Musical, as a way for entertain people as well as to advertise the BW Agency.

The project began with the theater and started as soon as White and Black arrived in the city in To Make a Musical. White then proposed every idea she had for the Musical; the case of Props along with the style of each, the four main songs, and the photo taken at the end of it.

In Special Delivery, on the day of its release, the Musical featured the participation of Elesa, who explained its rules, quickly earning the approval of the public. However, due to complications with the Driftveil Drawbridge, the 200 Prop Cases meant to be distributed couldn't be delivered to the public at the end of the performance. White then enlisted the help of Skyla, who successfully delivered them on time and the business proved successful.

In other languages

Pokémon Musical

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 小精靈音樂劇 Síujīnglìhng Yām'ngohkkehk
Mandarin 宝可梦音乐剧 Pokémon Yīnyuèjù *
神奇寶貝音樂劇 Shénqí Bǎobèi Yīnyuèjù *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-musikaali
France Flag.png French Music-Hall
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon-Musical
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Musical
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 뮤지컬 Pokémon Musical
Poland Flag.png Polish Musical Pokémonów
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Musical Pokémon
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Musical Pokémon*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Musical Pokémon
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nhạc kịch Pokémon

Musical Theater

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Musicals
Finland Flag.png Finnish Musiikkiteatteri
France Flag.png French Music-Hall
Germany Flag.png German Musiktheater
Italy Flag.png Italian Teatro Musical
South Korea Flag.png Korean 뮤지컬홀 Musical Hall
Poland Flag.png Polish Teatr Muzyczny*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Teatro Musical
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Teatro Musical*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Teatro Musical
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Musikalteater
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nhà hát kịch


Language Title
France Flag.png French Cool
Germany Flag.png German Cool
Italy Flag.png Italian Attraente
South Korea Flag.png Korean Cool
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Descolado
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Fixe*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Chulo


Language Title
France Flag.png French Mignonne
Germany Flag.png German Drollig
Italy Flag.png Italian Dolce
South Korea Flag.png Korean 큐트 Cute
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Fofo
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Adorável*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Adorable
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Dễ thương


Language Title
France Flag.png French Élégante
Germany Flag.png German Schick
Italy Flag.png Italian Elegante
South Korea Flag.png Korean 엘레강트 Elegant
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Elegante
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Elegante*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Elegante
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Thanh lịch


Language Title
France Flag.png French Spéciale
Germany Flag.png German Speziell
Italy Flag.png Italian Unico
South Korea Flag.png Korean 유니크 Unique
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Único
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Original
Spain Flag.png Spanish Inimitable
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cá tính

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