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A poster advertising the Pancake Race
The Pokémon Pancake Race (Japanese: ポケモンパンケーキレース Pokémon Pancake Race) is an anime-exclusive competition that is held annually on Melemele Island. It was featured in Racing to a Big Event!. The competition is a relay race that involves Trainers and one of their Pokémon carrying a plate stacked with several Alola pancakes around the border of Melemele Island. The race is hosted by an announcer.
Meowth and Wobbuffet disguised as a Bewear
There are three sections to the race. In the first section, Trainers must carry a stack of pancakes towards the first stop on the race. At the first stop, the Trainers give their pancakes to their Pokémon to hold, which are in a wagon, for the Trainers to carry towards the second and final stop. On the next stop, each Pokémon takes the pancakes and races towards the finish line and the first one to cross the line is declared the winner.
Trainers and Pokémon who drop their pancakes are eliminated from the competition. During the race, Pokémon cannot use any moves, being disqualified if they do so. The winner receives an all-you-can-eat supply of Alola pancakes for a full year.
During the competition, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles were disqualified for dropping the pancakes, while Kiawe did not finish the race due to Turtonator being too heavy for him to carry in the second section. Jessie and James were also disqualified; the former due to Mimikyu using Shadow Ball and the latter for competing with Meowth and Wobbuffet disguised as a Bewear, which was exposed by a real Bewear. Ash tied with Nina, the winner of the previous year's competition, as his Pikachu and her Alolan Raichu reached the finish line at the same time, while Samson Oak was declared the big winner together with his Komala.
Pokémon used in the tournament