Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: Contest Spectaculars Guide

Everything you need to know about Pokemon Contests in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are right in this guide!

Pokémon Contests are back with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This time they are called Pokémon Contest Spectaculars. They are very similar to the original, but there are some changes. If you want a change of pace from battling, Contest Spectactulars are one of the ways to do it. It also lets you raise Pokémon a different way than you would for battling.

I'll help you understand the ins and outs of these contests, how to start, and tips on doing them. For help with anything else, be sure to visit my Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - Guide to New Features.

This guide will go over everything about Contest Spectactulars including:

  • How to Unlock Contests - Where you unlock the ability to do contests.
  • Contests Types and Details - How contest works and the 5 different kinds.
  • Costume Pikachu - How to receive this rare Pokémon.
  • Contest Tips - Tips for winning contests.

How to Unlock Contests

You first unlock contests in Slateport City. After that you can do them there and in Verdanturf Town, Lilycove City, and Fallarbor Town.

  • After completing the story events there, try to leave the town by the north route.
  • When you do this, someone will say that a famous idol, Lisia, is in town. 
  • Watch the events and you will receive a Costume and Contest Pass to compete.

Contest Types and Details

A Contest Spectacular is like a talent show for Pokémon. It consists of 2 stages:

  • Introduction Round - Judges rate Pokémon on appearance depending on the contest type.
  • Talent Round - A 5 turn round where you choose moves for your Pokémon to use.

There are 5 types of contests based on traits:

  • Coolness
  • Beauty
  • Cuteness
  • Cleverness
  • Toughness

This time around, you can also take pictures during the contest, and even compete with friends.

If you look at the summary of your Pokémon, then go to the 2nd page, you'll see info on contest traits. The top screen shows how much of a particular trait they have. You raise this by using Pokeblocks.


You get a Pokeblock Case when you first meet Lisia. This lets you mix berries into Pokeblocks. Mixing will give you a Pokeblock of one color which you can feed to Pokémon. The color determines which trait it increases.

  • Red - Coolness
  • Blue - Beauty
  • Pink - Cuteness
  • Green - Cleverness
  • Yellow - Toughness.

When mixing, the berries display which trait they are. Mixing different types will still result in either one type, or a rainbow block. Rainbow Blocks increase all 5 traits at once.

You can also get + blocks. These increase a trait more than the normal versions. Raising a trait will give you a higher score in the Introduction round, so try to focus on one trait to max.


Natures also have an effect on contests. Just like a Pokemon's battle stats, their contest traits are affected. Some natures benefit or hinder certain trait. Here is the list of each trait and th natures that affect them:

  • Coolness - Benefits from Naughty, Adamant, Lonely, and Brave. Hindered by Calm, Modest, Bold, and Timid.
  • Beauty - Benefits from Rash, Mild, Modest, and Quiet. Hindered by Adamant, Impish, Jolly, and Careful.
  • Cuteness - Benefits from Jolly, Timid, Hasty, and Naive. Hindered by Relaxed, Brave, Quiet, and Sassy.
  • Cleverness - Benefits from Gentle, Sassy, Calm, and Careful. Hindered by Lax, Naive, Naughty, and Rash.
  • Toughness - Benefits from Impish, Relaxed, Bold, and Lax. Hindered by Mild, Hasty, Lonely, and Gentle.


It is important to plan your Pokemon's moves in a contest, just like a battle. At your Pokemon's summary, the bottom screen shows your moves. the second page shows what they do in a contest and which trait they are.

You'll want to focus on getting moves of one trait. For example, if you want to compete in the Coolness contest, get moves that say Cool on them.

  • During the talent round, you choose which moves to do and the audience lets you know how much they like it. You gain "Appeal" when you do this.
  • Using the same move twice or more in row will get less appeal, you might even lose some.
  • Moves can also have an effect or jamming. Jamming is a stat that takes away another Pokemon's appeal. Effects can do things like protect you from jamming.
  • After 5 rounds, the judges add up the Appeal with the introduction round and whoever has the highest, wins.

Be sure to check the contest info on each moves because they might have condition that make them better depending on when it is used.

For example, Electro Ball excites the audience a lot if you use it when you are the first Pokémon in the round.

Excitement Gauge

There is a 5 star excitement gauge during the talent round.

  • When the audience gets excited enough my a move, one of the stars will fill up.
  • Whoever fills up the 5th star gets a bonus move after their turn. These are special moves that are only in the contest.
  • If a Pokémon can mega evolve, they will do it during this time as well.
  • Filling up the excitement gauge on your turn gives more appeal.

Costume Pikachu

You get a special Pikachu after completing a contest for the first time. This Pikachu can change into 5 different costumes for each contest trait.

You can change the costume by going to an NPC at the Contest Halls. Each costume also changes Pikachu's last move.

  • Cool - Meteor Mash
  • Beautiful - Icicle Crash
  • Cute - Draining Kiss
  • Clever - Electric Terrain
  • Tough - Flying Press

It also comes with high stats in each contest trait. You can also have no costume if you choose.

Contest Tips

If you want to be successful in Pokémon contests, you have to raise your Pokémon specifically for them. The same effort that goes into battling, must go into contests.

  • If you can, breed a Pokémon with a beneficial nature for whichever contest you want to enter.
  • Feed it plenty of Pokeblocks to max out their contest trait.
  • Pay attention to their moves, some moves can combo or are better to use at certain times.
  • Jam other Pokémon if you can, especially if they are setting up for a combo, it makes them lose a lot of appeal.
  • It's best to raise Pokémon specifically for contests and different ones for battle because moves all have different contest traits.

There are 4 ranks of contests, with Master being the highest. If you have a very high trait, an NPC at the Pokémon Fan Club in Slateport City will give you a scarf for that trait.

These scarves are held items that raise the trait when held. For example, a Red Scarf raises the Coolness trait, and helps in the Introduction round.

If you complete Master Rank for each trait, Lisia will enter the next Master Rank contest. Beating her gets you a Lucarionite Mega Stone.

That's it for me Contest Spectaculars Guide for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in comments. For help with anything else, check out my Guide to New Features.

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2F97BrR) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/synzergaming).

Published Sep. 15th 2017
  • Sean_6805
    I noticed on the second floor of the Lilycove museum that you get a painting/picture of the Pokemon you used to win master rank for each trait. There's 3 frames for each trait, so do you get anything for filling up the museum?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Interesting, I don't know. I never knew that. If I find out, I'll let you know, or let me know if you find out first.
  • Seven_6361
    That said, the contest Pikachu still has a unique tail. Female Pikachu tails are heart-shaped, but only the contest Pikachu has the black heart-shaped mark.
  • Goodra
    Good article, but actually all female pikachu's in gen 6 have a heart shaped tail, not just contest pikachu
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Ah, thanks, I'll change it.

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