Pokémon Contest Spectacular

Originally introduced in the original Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Contests are making a return, as the Pokémon Contest Spectacular. This time, the Pokémon Contests have been fleshed out even further than ever before, with more features being added onto the existing template.

In the game, you will encounter the Contest Idol of the Hoenn Region, Lisia. She will give you tips on Pokémon Contests, as well as clothing for you to participate. After you enter your first contest, you also get given a special Cosplay Pikachu.

Like the battles have specific types and stats, Pokémon Contests also have their own types. There are five different types of contest to participate in: Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness and each Contest has got several ranks: Normal Rank, Super Rank, Hyper Rank, and Master Rank and you can only participate in one rank if you have completed the previous one.

Preparing your Pokémon

As Contests have their own type, you will have to improve your Pokémon's stats to focus on the type of contest you want. This is done by using PokéBlocks. PokéBlocks are a special type of Pokémon food, created from the berries, that will boost your Pokémon's stat in a specific type. The higher the stat, the better. The full mechanics of creating PokéBlocks in this game is not currently known.

Like in Generations III and IV, this also now opens up Feebas' original evolution method. Now, if it has maximum Beauty and it levels up, it will evolve as well as being able to if you make it hold a Prism Scale while trading.

Introduction Round

Like the original, the first part of the Pokémon Contests is the Introduction Round. This is where your Pokémon is judged based solely upon the condition of the specific Contest stat which you have entered. This can be augmented through the improvement of the stats or the addition of certain hold items.

After the introduction round, you move onto the main portion of the Pokémon Contests.

Talent Round

The Talent Round is the main part of contests and involve you using specific Pokémon moves in order to gain appeal of the judges and crowd, and boost your excite meter. There are just five turns in which to perform these moves, so you have to pick carefully. Each move in the game has got a specific move type and its own effect based solely upon contests, so you can't just use any move. If you try to use a move that doesn't match the contest, it will not go over well and if you repeat the same move over and over, you will not get as many points.

A core aspect of the Pokémon Contests is to use the moves to jeapordise the rounds of your opponent, but you can also create special combos of moves across your turns, such as using Focus Energy and then Stone Edge. This goes over with the audience more, giving you more points in the long run. If you manage to max the Excite Meter in your appeal, you will get a special bonus, as well.

Mega Evolution

If you are using a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, then when the Excite Meter is full, the Pokémon will Mega Evolve and create a stunning display that will captivate the audience, giving you even more points than before.

Photo Taking

When you are participating in a contest, while your Pokémon is performing, there may be a camera button that will appear on the bottom screen. If you touch this, you will be able to take a picture of your Pokémon performing in the Contest. However, there's even more to that. If you speak to one of the attendants in the Contest Hall, he will offer the possibility of using the Nintendo 3DS camera so you can pose yourself with your Pokémon as it appeals.


As you progress through the Pokémon Contest Spectacular, you will soon discover that you build up a wide assortment of NPC fans. These fans will offer words of encouragement for your Contest appeals and even give you special items, such as berries, which can be utilised to create PokéBlocks. The better your Pokémon does in the contests, the more fans you will gain

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