PokéRinger (Japanese: ポケリンガ PokéRinger) is an anime-exclusive competition featuring Pokémon that can fly. It is known to take place once a year in at least two regions in the Pokémon world, namely Hoenn and Sinnoh. The winner is granted honorary citizenship of the hosting location. Participating Trainers are called PokéRingers.
The PokéRinger is a competitive sport where a Trainer and their Pokémon compete together as a team. The competition provides Trainers with a unique battle variation and tests how well they cooperate with their Pokémon. At the start of each match, a hot air balloon is released containing a ring hanging from it. The competing Pokémon must retrieve the ring before its opponent and hang it on one of three hooks on the goalpost located at the center of the battlefield.
For the competition, Trainers enter a single Pokémon capable of flying, which they must use in all matches. Trainers are expected to read air currents and wind patterns to assist their Pokémon in grabbing the ring and delivering it to the goalpost. Whichever team first completes that task is declared the winner. During a PokéRinger match, Trainers stay on a hot air balloon from where they give commands to their Pokémon. While battling midair, the Pokémon are allowed to use their moves to prevent their opponents from delivering the ring. As such, a Pokémon may end up fainting during a match, thus a victory by knock out is also a possibility.
In Hoenn, the competition is held in Crossgate Town, while in Sinnoh, it takes place in Squallville. In both regions, the winning Trainer obtains honorary citizenship of the hosting town. The PokéRinger is a traditional event in these locations and has made them popular in their respective regions for hosting it.
List of PokéRinger tournaments
|Region||PokéRinger||Location||Episode||Winner||Other notable contestants|
|Hoenn||Crossgate PokéRinger||Crossgate Town
|That's Just Swellow
That's Just Swellow
Shane (Top 4)
May (Round 1)
Volt (Round 1)
|Pursuing a Lofty Goal!
Pursuing a Lofty Goal!
Steveland (Top 4)
Provo (Round 1)
"Jamus" (Round 1)
- PokéRinger is referred to as Pokélinga on the Pokémon official site for Asia.
- Both times Ash competed in the PokéRinger competition, he won with his participating Pokémon evolving into its final stage.
- Both times James entered, he borrowed Jessie's Bug-type Pokémon of the time.
- Both times, the defending champion did not make it in the Top 4.
In other languages
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