Pokémon Swap Meet

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An overview of various stands at the Swap Meet

The Pokémon Swap Meet (Japanese: ポケモンこうかんかい Pokémon Swap Meet) is an event featured in Tricks of the Trade.

Ash and his friends were visiting Palmpona at the time of the annual event, which was a part of a broader week-long festival that includes the "Running of the Tauros", a Tauros-only battle competition. It allows Pokémon Trainers to meet and trade Pokémon they may no longer want. Hopefuls groom their Pokémon and set up makeshift stalls in the hope of attracting interest. Great communication, bartering skills, and a sales pitch are required to entice another Trainer to trade their Pokémon. All trades are officially processed using a trade machine with a referee to watch out for any deception.

The group tried to find a trade partner for Benny, though his Wobbuffet proved a hard sell. He eventually traded his Wobbuffet to Jessie, who was accidentally knocked down and traded away her Lickitung in the process.

Running of the Tauros

The Tauros running through the streets of Palmpona

The Running of the Tauros is an event that is part of the same festival as the Pokémon Swap Meet. Tauros are sent running through the streets of Palmpona, ending at the battle stadium. Anyone may enter this stage, with the aim being to be the first to touch a Tauros horn to win a trophy. The dangerous challenge, however, often leads to injury.

Rock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros Competition

Two Tauros engaged in a tough battle of strength

The Tauros-exclusive Rock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros Competition is another event that is part of the same festival as the Pokémon Swap Meet. Tauros engage in tough matches of strength, only using their horns to charge and hold off an opponent. Once a Tauros is tossed to the ground, the round ends. Anyone with a Tauros can enter the event at any time, where the last Trainer standing will be the victor. Ash was a late entrant with his own Tauros, and won the competition after defeating Fernando, who had accumulated a ten match streak.

Known competitors in the Rock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros Competition

Trainer Place
Ash Overall winner
Fernando 10 wins


In other languages

Language Title
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Pokémoní výměnný bazar
Italy Flag.png Italian Fiera del Baratto di Pokémon
Poland Flag.png Polish Targi Pokémon
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Feira de Trocas Pokémon

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