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For the Ribbons in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, see Sun Ribbon and Lunar Ribbon.

A Ribbon (Japanese: リボン Ribbon) is a special item that can be awarded to a Pokémon for a variety of reasons. Ribbons stay on a Pokémon permanently even across generations and can be checked on the summary screen in most games.

In the games

Ribbons were first introduced in Generation III. In Generation III, the large majority were obtained by competing in and winning Pokémon Contests, but in later generations, a larger variety of Ribbons have been added. Besides competing in Contests, some Ribbons are awarded for conquering special battle facilities like the Battle Tower, others are obtainable from various NPCs in-game, and some are only distributed on event Pokémon. In Generation III, Ribbons also had no names, they only had unique icons and descriptions.

In the Generation V games, there are no ways to earn any Ribbons in-game, but Pokémon distributed through events could have Ribbons, and Pokémon transferred from a previous generation also retained their Ribbons.

Prior to Generation VI, Ribbons were only added (and a few changed), and if a Pokémon had Ribbons and was transferred to a later generation, all of its Ribbons would be retained and could be viewed on its status screen. Generation VI, however, reduced the total number of Ribbons from 80 to 46 (48 counting different versions of the Contest/Battle Memory Ribbons) by consolidating the Contest and Tower Ribbons from previous generations. If a Pokémon with Contest or Tower Ribbons is transferred from Generation V to VI or VII through Poké Transporter, all of its Contest and Tower Ribbons are replaced by a Contest Memory Ribbon or a Battle Memory Ribbon.

Ribbons are not present in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, any single Ribbon that a Pokémon has earned can be equipped to it. When sent into battle (except when Pokémon from different Trainers are sent out simultaneously during a Multi Battle), the Pokémon will have a special title added after their name based on the Ribbon that is equipped.

Checking Ribbons

Since Generation IV, a Pokémon's Ribbons can be viewed in a designated page on its summary screen, but in Generation III, Ribbons could only be viewed on the PokéNav in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and could not be viewed at all in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (though the data would still be safely retained if a Pokémon had any Ribbons). In Generation V, the summary screen normally has only two pages, but a third page for ribbons will appear if a Pokémon has any. In Pokémon HOME, the list of Ribbons cannot be seen in the Nintendo Switch version, but it can be seen in the mobile version by scrolling down beneath the met data.

Ribbon III.png Ribbon Colo.png Ribbon IV.png Ribbon HGSS.png
Ribbon V.png Ribbon XY.png Ribbon ORAS.png Ribbon SM.png Ribbon USUM.png
Generation V XY ORAS SM USUM
Ribbon HOME.png Ribbon SwSh.png Ribbon BDSP.jpg
Home SwSh BDSP


The Generation V games introduced categories for the Ribbons, dividing them into League, Contest, Tower, Memorial, and Gift Ribbons.

League Ribbons

Main article: List of Ribbons in the games → League Ribbons

League Ribbons (Japanese: リーグリボン League Ribbons) are awarded to every Pokémon in the player's current party when they enter the Hall of Fame in most games. Different Ribbons are awarded for this in Generation III, in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, in Pokémon X and Y, in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. All of these Ribbons are retained if a Pokémon that has them is transferred to a later generation.

Contest Ribbons

Main article: List of Ribbons in the games → Contest Ribbons

Contest Ribbons (Japanese: コンテストリボン Contest Ribbons) are awarded to the winning Pokémon in Pokémon Contests or Pokémon Super Contests. Different Ribbons are awarded for each of the five different Contest categories. In Generations III and IV, different Ribbons are also awarded for each of the four different ranks therein, but in Generation VI, a Ribbon is only earned after winning a Master Rank Contest. A Ribbon for winning all Master Rank Contests is also granted in Generation VI.

Any Contest Ribbons obtained in Generation III are retained if a Pokémon that has them is transferred to Generation IV or Generation V, and any Contest Ribbons earned in Generation IV are retained into Generation V, but if a Pokémon with any Contest Ribbons is transferred from Generation V to Generation VI through Poké Transporter, the Ribbons will be consolidated into a Contest Memory Ribbon.

Contest Ribbons are the only type of Ribbons found in the games to be featured in the anime.

Tower Ribbons

Main article: List of Ribbons in the games → Tower Ribbons

Tower Ribbons (Japanese: タワーリボン Tower Ribbons) are awarded to Pokémon that have been used to conquer various challenges in certain battle facilities.

In the Generation III Battle Tower in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, two Ribbons are awarded for clearing the Level 50 Battle Tower and the Level 100RS/Open LevelE Battle Tower. Ribbons are awarded to party Pokémon upon completion of the eighth consecutive Battle Tower challenge (defeating 56 Trainers in a row) and for completion of any challenge thereafter if a Pokémon does not already have a Ribbon.

In the Generation IV Battle Tower, one Ribbon is awarded for defeating Palmer the first time in a challenge, and one for defeating him the second time. Three additional Ribbons are rewarded for winning 50 times in a row in Double Battles, Multi Battles against the CPU, or Multi Battles with someone, and another Ribbon is awarded for reaching Rank 5 in the Wi-Fi mode.

In Generation VI, two Ribbons are rewarded for defeating a Battle Chatelaine in either a normal battle or a super battle at the Battle Maison. In Generation VII, two Ribbons are awarded for winning against a Battle Legend in the Battle Tree.

Any Tower Ribbons obtained in Generation III are retained if a Pokémon that has them is transferred to Generation IV or Generation V, and any Tower Ribbons earned in Generation IV are retained into Generation V, but if a Pokémon with any Tower Ribbons is transferred from Generation V to Generation VI through Poké Transporter, the Ribbons will be consolidated into a Battle Memory Ribbon.

Memorial Ribbons

Main article: List of Ribbons in the games → Memorial Ribbons

Memorial Ribbons (Japanese: メモリーリボン Memory Ribbons) are usually awarded for an in-game achievement, but some require nothing more than talking to the correct NPC at the correct time. They are often awarded only to the first Pokémon in the player's party, but some are awarded to all members of the player's party.

Gift Ribbons

Main article: List of Ribbons in the games → Gift Ribbons

Gift Ribbons (Japanese: プレゼントリボン Present Ribbons), in contrast to all other types, cannot be obtained in-game in core series Pokémon games. Most are found on event Pokémon. The National Ribbon and the Earth Ribbon can be earned in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Some Gift Ribbons prohibit Pokémon with them from being traded over the GTS or through Wonder Trade.

Gift Ribbon descriptions
Main article: List of Ribbons in the games/Gift Ribbon descriptions

By participating in certain Pokémon activities, (such as the Regional, National, and Global tournaments for 2003, 2004, and 2005) Ribbon descriptions would be associated with certain Gift Ribbons distributed, based on the event itself.

These variable descriptions were removed in the Generation V games.

In the anime

Dawn being awarded a Ribbon

In the anime, Ribbons are not attached to individual Pokémon like in the games. Instead, they can be compared to Badges received from Gym Leaders in that they are considered proof that a Pokémon Coordinator has won a Pokémon Contest. In contrast with Gym Badges, Coordinators only get one chance of earning a particular Ribbon in a certain Pokémon Contest within a specific time period. They also must compete with other Coordinators to earn it.

Ribbons are awarded by the Chief of the Pokémon Activities Committee, Raoul Contesta, and once a Coordinator collects five Ribbons, they are able to enter the Grand Festival and compete for the title of Top Coordinator. Ribbons do not expire, and multiple years can be used to collect the five needed for the Grand Festival. However, after being used to enter the competition, the five Ribbons cannot be used again. In addition, Ribbons can only be used in the Grand Festival of the region where they were earned, with the notable exception of the Aqua Ribbon.

Hoenn Ribbons

Ribbon Episode Location Owner Details
Janet ribbons.png All Things Bright and Beautifly! Unknown Janet.png
Janet's two Hoenn Ribbons
Rustboro Ribbon.png
Rustboro Ribbon
All Things Bright and Beautifly! Rustboro Contest Hall.png
Rustboro City
Janet Rustboro Ribbon.png
Janet's third Hoenn Ribbon
Slateport Ribbon.png
Slateport Ribbon
Win, Lose or Drew! Slateport Contest Hall.png
Slateport City
Robert Slateport Ribbon.png
Fallarbor Ribbon.png
Fallarbor Ribbon
Come What May! Fallarbor Contest Hall.png
Fallarbor Town
May Fallarbor Ribbon.png
May's first Hoenn Ribbon
Verdanturf Ribbon.png
Verdanturf Ribbon
Disguise Da Limit Verdanturf Contest Hall.png
Verdanturf Town
May Verdanturf Ribbon.png
May's second Hoenn Ribbon
Savannah Ribbon.png
Rubello Ribbon
A Fan with a Plan Unknown Savannah.png
Rubello Ribbon.png
Rubello Ribbon
Cruisin' for a Losin' Rubello Contest Hall.png
Rubello Town
Drew Rubello Ribbon.png
Drew's fourth Hoenn Ribbon
Lilycove Ribbon.png
Lilycove Ribbon
Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry
Lessons in Lilycove
Lilycove Contest Hall.png
Lilycove City
May Lilycove Ribbon.png
May's third Hoenn Ribbon
Purika Ribbon.png
Purika Ribbon
A Cacturne for the Worse Purika Contest Hall.png
Purika City
May Purika Ribbon.png
May's fourth Hoenn Ribbon
Drew Hoenn Ribbons.png Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut? Unknown Drew.png
Rest of Drew's Hoenn Ribbons
Pacifidlog Ribbon.png
Pacifidlog Ribbon
Mean With Envy
Pacifidlog Jam
Pacifidlog Contest Hall.png
Pacifidlog Town
May Pacifidlog Ribbon.png
May and Erica/Joshua
May's fifth Hoenn Ribbon; Erica and Joshua share two halves of this Ribbon

Kanto Ribbons

Ribbon Episode Location Owner Details
Saffron Ribbon.png
Saffron Ribbon
A Hurdle for Squirtle Saffron Contest Hall.png
Saffron City
May Saffron Ribbon.png
May's first Kanto Ribbon
Drew ribbon AG139.png On Cloud Arcanine Unknown Drew.png
Drew's first Kanto Ribbon
Silver Ribbon.png
Silver Ribbon
Weekend Warrior Silver Town Kanto.png
Silver Town
May Silver Ribbon.png
May's second Kanto Ribbon
Harley Wisteria Ribbon.png
Wisteria Ribbon
Harley Rides Again Wisteria Contest Hall.png
Wisteria Town
Harley Wisteria Ribbon.png
Harley's fourth Kanto Ribbon
Chrysanthemum Ribbon.png
Chrysanthemum Ribbon
Spontaneous Combusken! Chrysanthemum Contest Hall.png
Chrysanthemum Island
May Chrysanthemum Ribbon.png
May's third Kanto Ribbon
Gardenia Ribbon.png
Gardenia Ribbon
What I Did for Love! Gardenia Town.png
Gardenia Town
May Gardenia Ribbon.png
May's fourth Kanto Ribbon
Harley Kanto Ribbons 5.png New Plot, Odd Lot!
Going for Choke!
Unknown Harley.png
Rest of Harley's Kanto Ribbons
Mulberry Ribbon.png
Mulberry Ribbon
New Plot, Odd Lot!
Going for Choke!
Mulberry Contest Hall.png
Mulberry Town
May Mulberry Ribbon.png
May's fifth Kanto Ribbon
Terracotta Ribbon.png
Terracotta Medal
Once More With Reeling!
Home is Where the Start Is!
Terracotta Contest Hall.png
Terracotta Town
Ash May Terracotta Ribbon.png
Referred to as a "Medal", it is an unofficial Ribbon and cannot be used to enter the Grand Festival. Ash and May agree to share the halves of the Medal.

Sinnoh Ribbons

Ribbon Episode Location Owner Details
Jubilife Ribbon.png
Jubilife Ribbon
Mounting a Coordinator Assault!
Arrival of a Rival!
Jubilife Contest Hall.png
Jubilife City
Zoey Jubilife Ribbon.png
Zoey's second Sinnoh Ribbon
Floaroma Ribbon.png
Floaroma Ribbon
Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!
Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
Floaroma Contest Hall.png
Floaroma Town
Dawn Floaroma Ribbon.png
Dawn's first Sinnoh Ribbon
Alamos Ribbon.png
Alamos Ribbon
The Rise of Darkrai
(end credits)
Alamos Town Contest Hall.png
Alamos Town
Allegra Alamos Ribbon.png
Shown only during the end credits
Hearthome Ribbon.png
Hearthome Ribbon
Dawn's Early Night! Hearthome Contest Hall.png
Hearthome City
Nando Hearthome.png
Nando's second Sinnoh Ribbon
Kenny Sage Ribbon.png
Sage Ribbon
Throwing the Track Switch Sage Town.png
Sage Town
Kenny Sage Ribbon.png
Kenny's second Sinnoh Ribbon
Solaceon Ribbon.png
Solaceon Ribbon
Team Shocker! Solaceon Contest Hall.png
Solaceon Town
Jessilina Solaceon Ribbon.png
Jessilina's first Sinnoh Ribbon
Aqua Ribbon.png
Aqua Ribbon
Staging a Heroes' Welcome!
Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Strategy with a Smile!
Lake Valor Contest Hall.png
Lake Valor
Dawn Aqua Ribbon.png
Prize given to the winner of the Wallace Cup; can be used for entering every known Grand Festival; Dawn's second Sinnoh Ribbon
Celestic Ribbon.png
Celestic Ribbon
Battling The Generation Gap! Celestic Contest Hall.png
Celestic Town
Dawn Celestic Ribbon.png
Dawn's third Sinnoh Ribbon
Majolica Ribbon.png
Majolica Ribbon
Shield with a Twist! Majolica Contest Hall.png
Majolica Town
Jessilina Majolica Ribbon.png
Jessilina's second Sinnoh Ribbon
Kenny Gerbera Ribbon.png
Gerbera Ribbon
A Breed Stampede! Gerbera Town.png
Gerbera Town
Kenny Gerbera Ribbon.png
Kenny's third Sinnoh Ribbon
Nando Beach Rose Ribbon.png
Beach Rose Ribbon
A Breed Stampede! Beach Rose Town.png
Beach Rose Town
Nando Beach Rose Ribbon.png
Nando's fourth Sinnoh Ribbon
Chocovine Ribbon.png
Chocovine Ribbon
Another One Gabites the Dust! Chocovine Contest Hall.png
Chocovine Town
Dawn Chocovine Ribbon.png
Dawn's fourth Sinnoh Ribbon
Sandalstraw Ribbon.png
Sandalstraw Ribbon
Old Rivals, New Tricks! Sandalstraw Contest Hall.png
Sandalstraw Town
Kenny Sandalstraw Contest.png
Kenny's fourth Sinnoh Ribbon
Zoey ribbons DP126.png Old Rivals, New Tricks! Unknown Zoey.png
Zoey's first four Sinnoh Ribbons
Lilypad Ribbon.png
Lilypad Ribbon
Dressed for Jess Success! Lilypad Contest Hall.png
Lilypad Town
Jessilina Lilypad Ribbon.png
won by James in disguise; Jessilina's third Sinnoh Ribbon
Brussel Ribbon.png
Brussel Ribbon
Double-Time Battle Training! Brussel Contest Hall.png
Brussel Town
Zoey Brussel Contest.png
Zoey's fifth Sinnoh Ribbon
Daybreak Ribbon.png
Daybreak Ribbon
Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!
Playing the Performance Encore!
Daybreak Contest Hall.png
Daybreak Town
Dawn Daybreak Ribbon.png
Dawn's fifth Sinnoh Ribbon
Jessilina Neighborly Ribbon.png
Neighborly Ribbon
Teaching the Student Teacher! Neighborly Town Contest Hall.png
Neighborly Town
Jessilina Neighborly Ribbon.png
Jessilina's fourth Sinnoh ribbon
Arrowroot Ribbon.png
Arrowroot Ribbon
Dawn of a Royal Day! Arrowroot Contest Hall.png
Arrowroot Town
Jessilina Arrowroot Ribbon.png
Won by Princess Salvia disguised as Dawn; gave up the Ribbon to Jessilina; Jessilina's fifth Sinnoh Ribbon

Johto Ribbons

Ribbon Episode Location Owner Details
May Johto ribbons.png
A Full Course Tag Battle! Unknown May shopping bags.png
May's three Johto Ribbons

Other Ribbons

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby's Pokémon with their Contest Ribbons in Pokémon Adventures

Two Pokédex holders, Ruby and Platinum, have obtained Ribbons, although only Ruby has actively collected them. In addition to the main characters, some other characters have been seen with Ribbons in their possession.

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Over the course of the chapter, Ruby obtained the 20 Hoenn Pokémon Contest Ribbons as a part of a bet with Sapphire. He had also obtained eleven unknown Ribbons outside of Hoenn prior to the events of the chapter.

Courtney was seen burning a Ribbon in Going to Eleven with Loudred and Exploud I.

A Champion Ribbon appeared in a fantasy in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIII.

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Perturbed by Pachirisu, Platinum won herself a Normal Rank Cool Ribbon.

In Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune II, Dr. Footstep gave Platinum, as well as Diamond and Pearl, a Footprint Ribbon as a sign of the bond between them and their Pokémon.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 獎章 Jéungjēung *
緞帶聖章 Dyuhndáai Singjēung *
Mandarin 獎章 / 奖章 Jiǎngzhāng *
緞帶徽章 Duàndài Huīzhāng *
緞帶勳章 Duàndài Xūnzhāng *
緞帶 Duàndài *
绶带 Shòudài *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Ribbon
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ruusuke*
France Flag.png European French Ruban
Germany Flag.png German Bänder
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Pita
Italy Flag.png Italian Fiocchi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 리본 Ribbon
Poland Flag.png Polish Wstążka*
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Fita
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Listón
Spain Flag.png Spain Cinta
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Band*
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Ruy-băng

See also

DawnChallenge.png Pokémon Contests VSFantina.png
Necessary Spoils
Contest Categories
ContestSuper ContestContest Show
CoordinatorContest HallContest Pass
The Grand Festival
Top CoordinatorRibbon Cup
Combinations • Opponents (IIIIVVIVIII) • Double PerformanceJamming
Ribbons (list) • StickersBall CapsulesRanksJudgesAnnouncersWallace Cup

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