Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament

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A poster advertising the event
This article is about the tournament in Sinnoh. For the tournament in Alola, see Pokémon Ping-Pong tournament.

The Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament (Japanese: ポケモンピンポン大会 Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament) is an anime-exclusive sports competition that is held in Sandalstraw Town, Sinnoh. It takes place in a giant dome that has ping pong tables located outside for entrants to practice.

It was first mentioned in Stopped in the Name of Love!, when Barry showed Ash and his friends a poster advertising the competition and revealed his plans of participating. The tournament itself was featured in To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!.

The Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament is one of two events known for attracting a large number of visitors to Sandalstraw Town, along with its Pokémon Contest.


The Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament is an event where Pokémon and Trainer form a pair and compete in a game of ping pong. The 32 Trainers use a paddle while the partner Pokémon uses any part of its body to hit the ball. Pokémon are not allowed to use their moves and doing so will result in disqualification. The prize for winning the competition are six golden ping pong balls and a runner-up reward is a year's supply of special Pokémon food.

Ash, Dawn, Barry, Jessie, Halverson, Wilkinson, and O competed in the tournament with Pikachu, Ambipom, Empoleon, Meowth, Marowak, Farfetch'd, and Shiftry, respectively. During Dawn and O's match, Dawn's paddle was broken, forcing Ambipom to continue alone. Though she fought hard, Ambipom eventually lost to O in the semifinals, who later went on to win the tournament by defeating Theodore in the finals.


Exterior Interior
Sandalstraw Town dome.png DP124 tournament.png

Known competitors

Trainer Place
O Winner
Theodore Runner-up
Dawn Top 4
Barry Top 8
Halverson Top 8
Wilkinson Top 16
Ash Top 32
Scientist Top 32
Jessielinlin Disqualified

Pokémon used in the tournament


Ash Pikachu.png


Dawn Ambipom.png


Barry Empoleon.png


Meowth Team Rocket.png


O Shiftry.png




Wilkinson Farfetch'd.png


Halverson Marowak.png


Scientist Alakazam.png

Other competitors' Pokémon

Ping Pong Tournament Grovyle.png
Ping Pong Tournament Hariyama Hitmontop.png
Ping Pong Tournament Hariyama Hitmontop.png
Ping Pong Tournament Chikorita Machamp.png
Ping Pong Tournament Chikorita Machamp.png

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神奇寶貝乒乓大會 Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-pingisturnaus
France Flag.png French Tournoi de ping-pong Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Tischtennis-Turnier
Italy Flag.png Italian Torneo Pokémon di Ping Pong
Poland Flag.png Polish Turniej Pokémon Ping Ponga
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Competição de Ping Pong Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Torneo de ping pong Pokémon

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Marine Athletic RaceTrick House Contest
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Iceberg RacePokémon Ping Pong Tournament
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Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Alola Bread FestivalCharjabug raceManalo Conference‎‎Pokémon Catch Adventure RacePokémon Pancake Race
Pokémon Ping-Pong tournamentPokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
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