Pokémon Sky Relay

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An overhead view of the competition.

The Pokémon Sky Relay (Japanese: ポケモンスカイリレー Pokémon Sky Relay) is an anime-exclusive competition that is held annually in a valley at Kalos Route 15. It was featured in A Relay in the Sky!. Ash entered with his Fletchinder, Hawlucha and Noibat, and was able to become second, behind Orson.


The competition is identical to a regular relay race. It consists of three legs and Trainers enter with three Pokémon that are able to either fly or float. The Pokémon that is flying carries a ribbon it has to hand over to the next Pokémon. Participants command their Pokémon from hot air balloons.

The Pokémon Sky Relay starts in an open area. The first leg goes through a forest and ends at the end of the forest. The Pokémon in the second leg make a circle through the valley, and then pass through a field of towering rocks. At the end of this, the third leg starts. The third leg is straight and relatively easy, allowing inexperienced Pokémon to be able to compete as well. However, it does pass through a valley with strong wind currents. The finish is at the same place as the start. The winner receives a cup.

Known competitors

Trainer Place
Orson Winner
Ash Runner-up
"Team R" Disqualified

Pokémon used in the tournament

Ash Ketchum

Ash Fletchinder.png
Ash Hawlucha.png
Ash Noibat.png

"Team R"

Jessie Pumpkaboo.png
Meowth Pelipper.png
James Inkay.png


Orson Staravia.png
Orson Staraptor.png
Orson Starly.png

Unknown Trainer

Sky Relay Ninjask.png
Sky Relay Skarmory Masquerain.png
Sky Relay Vibrava Swellow Swoobat.png

Unknown Trainer

Sky Relay Honchkrow Emolga Swanna.png
Sky Relay Honchkrow Emolga Swanna.png
Sky Relay Honchkrow Emolga Swanna.png

Unknown Trainer

Sky Relay Hydreigon.png
Sky Relay Masquerain.png
Sky Relay Crobat Butterfree.png

Unknown Trainer

Sky Relay Ledyba.png
Sky Relay Pidgeotto Shedinja Hoppip.png

Unknown Trainer

Sky Relay Altaria.png

Unknown Trainer

Sky Relay Combee.png

Other competitors

Sky Relay Crobat Butterfree.png
Sky Relay Vibrava Swellow Swoobat.png
Sky Relay Vibrava Swellow Swoobat.png
Sky Relay Pidgeotto Shedinja Hoppip.png
Sky Relay Skarmory Masquerain.png

In other languages

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Pokémon-luftstafet
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Pokémon Luchtestafette
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-lentoviesti
France Flag.png French Relais Aérien Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Staffetta Aerea Pokémon
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 스카이릴레이 Pokémon Sky Relay
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Pokémon-luftstafett
Poland Flag.png Polish Podniebna Sztafeta Pokémonów
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Revezamento Aéreo Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Carrera aérea de relevos Pokémon
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Pokémon-staffetlopp i luften

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
World Coronation Series (Masters Eight Tournament)
Kanto Aura Guardian FestivalBeach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
Kanto Grand FestivalMagikarp High Jump CompetitionP1 Grand PrixPokémon Grand Eating ContestPokémon Orienteering
Queen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep FestivalPokémon Balloon Race
Pokémon Beauty ContestRock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros CompetitionRunning of the Tauros
Seaking Catching CompetitionSilver ConferenceSumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Battle Frontier Flute CupCrossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceFriendship FestivalHoenn Grand Festival
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
Pokémon Summer AcademyPokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionEindoak Harvest FestivalPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Pokéstar Studios Film CompetitionSubway Bosses' Stamp RallyVertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
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
Galar All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge
Unknown Pigton Town Tag BattlePokémon Catch Race

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