Before facing either of its gym leaders, trainers must first go through the Ballonlea scavenger hunt!
This mission drops challengers into an enclosed part of a Glimwood Tangle, where fairy-type illusions and mist make seeing even a few feet in front of you impossible. The task is simple: find the silver soothe bell hidden somewhere in the area, and bring it back to the entrance. But beware… you’re not just racing against time, but against a Pokemon as well! That’s right, a greedy little Impidimp will also be released into the forest with you, and it will try its darndest to tail you and steal that bell from right under your nose. Be on the lookout for it, and try not to get lost in the tangle of trees and fog!
Located in the heart of the forest and village, the Ballonlea Stadium is quite special: both Misty and Psychic terrains are active at all times, covering the battlefield in a thin layer of mist and aura. Status effects and priority moves are ineffective here, and challengers will be forced to direct offense in order to overcome this challenge. The format is 1 versus 1, and gym leaders each choose two Pokemon out of their three.
Bede serves as the first gym leader of the Ballonlea stadium and is the recent successor to Opal, the fairy-type specialist who dominated the gym for almost 50 years. Bede has been hard at work in legitimizing Ballonlea Stadium and cleaning out the marks left by ex-chairman Rose and Opal, and regaining the people’s trust. He is a serious but passionate individual, often expecting the best from his opponents and gym trainers, and is prone to anger if things don’t go the way he wants. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and could be deemed unapproachable - if not for his ability to wow audiences with his beautiful battles.
Bede’s battling style is calculated, ruthless yet elegant, and utilizes every part of the fairy-type’s natural strengths to eliminate his opponents swiftly and with dazzling beauty. As a former psychic-type specialist, Bede is an expert at psyching out his opponents, using mind games to outsmart challengers and give them a proper test of wit as well as strength. He alternates between Pokemon depending on his opponents’ overall Defense or Special Defense - Mawile is a physical fighter, while Hatterene is more special-focused, and his Rapidash excels in both. He is most likely to bring out Hatterene as his ace Pokemon.
Dark Pulse | Mystical Fire | Dazzling Gleam
Magic Powder | Psycho Cut | Misty Explosion
Ability: Magic Bounce
Megahorn | Psychic | Dazzling Gleam
Low Kick | Healing Wish | Misty Explosion
Iron Head | Crunch | Play Rough
Ice Beam | Psychic Fangs | Misty Explosion
Following intense training at Mustard’s famed Isle of Armour dojo, Avery has since gone to represent the psychic-type gym in the major Pokemon league and established himself as a gym leader in Ballonlea stadium. This psychic is known for his impressive telekinetic skills, which he often entertains the crowd with before a match. Avery is a proud and sometimes arrogant man, but is quite lighthearted once you get to know him. He is fond of psychic-type-themed wordplay.
As a psychic-type specialist, Avery is aware that battles are won not just on the battlefield, but in the mind as well - and his strategy reflects that. This gym leader relies heavily on setups and subterfuge to outsmart, and ultimately outpower his opponents. He uses psychic terrain expertly, and his Pokemon’s attunement to it will give challengers a run for their money. Avery switches between Swoobat and Alakazam depending on his opponents’ reliance on physical or special moves, in order to set up Reflect or Light Screen, and usually falls back on Slowking as his final Pokemon.
Sludge Bomb | Eerie Spell | Expanding Force
Power Gem | Foul Play | Surf
Ability: Curious Medicine
Tri Attack | Shadow Ball | Expanding Force
Reflect | Signal Beam | Calm Mind
Ability: Inner Focus
Heart Stamp | Air Slash | Expanding Force
Light Screen | Giga Drain | U-Turn
★3: Various television and movie directors are lined up to participate and help film their next production: The next Contest, set in Ballonlea! What sort of rules and special circumstances await our Coordinators? What will the stage be like this time? Lights… Camera... Action!
HEARTHOME CITY GYM LEADER - FANTINA
Fantina is an energetic, yet sophisticated Gym Leader and coordinator from Sinnoh. As an expert of Pokemon Contests, she’s competed with the best of the best, showcasing her dazzling and mesmerising Ghost-type Pokemon. She often travels to various regions, finding more coordinators and Pokemon to inspire her, and now, as the guest judge in the Ballonlea Contest Hall, she seeks to find Coordinators who will bring out the most of their Pokemon, doing the most amazing and dazzling performances they can do. As she would say, this contest will surely be très fantastique!
The stage this time will be like a set of a movie, very similar to the ones from Unova’s PokeStar Studios. Various cameras are pointed right directly towards the stage, and there are hordes of seats for a live studio audience.
For this performance, all coordinators are tasked with making their own magical shoujo styled performance, in front of a televised production! You can use up to three Pokemon
for this! This magical performance can include: a transformation, a special attack, or generally something you can think of to wow the crowd!
IMPORTANT FOR COORDINATORS:
Contests are expected to occur with all participants posting their routines at around the same time, with all other contest centric posts happening at around that time as well. As such it is extremely important
that you have your performance ready and prepared when the contest begins. Later in January (the date will be announced!)
, the contest will begin with an announcement in the discord and you'll have 24 hours to post your performance. If it's not
posted during this time your performance will not be counted! So make sure you have your piece ready!
Several locals have been complaining that the air around their house has been much more humid than normal, and is making sleep unbearable. It can only be the work of one Pokemon: Galarian Weezing, known to absorb unclean air and release steam once purified. Shoo away this floating humidifier back into the woods.
Reward: Weezing catch chance + TR Dazzling Gleam
A Pokemon research organization from Unova has been studying the relationship between the Glimwood Tangle’s local monkey-Pokemon population and the three elemental monkeys, Panpour, Pansear and Pansage. They have concluded their research, and are now looking to rehome these three Pokemon to loving trainers. Plus, there’s a little TR incentive.
Reward: Panpour/Pansear/Pansage (pick one) + TR Grass/Water/Fire Pledge (pick two)
Recently a group of wild Smeargles have been found wandering around the town at night, though nobody really knows where they came from or what they are doing. Observers have noted that the Pokemon seem to be wandering around aimlessly, scribbling things on their bodies at times, but it’s unclear if they’re really dangerous or not…
Reward: Smeargle with Confide + 5 Sketch moves
Henry McFlamesman, an artist from Ballonlea, infamous for setting his paintings (and nearby trees) on fire during his art shows, is obsessed with the idea of captivating the ‘burning spirit’ of people and Pokemon. After finding his muse from a mysterious trainer a few years ago, he has announced his newest project: Slugma art.
Reward: Slugma catch chance + TR Overheat
A new television show is now in production: Baking with Jigglypuff!
But they are looking for a certain someone, hopefully a cute someone, to fill the role of Jigglypuff’s cooking assistant! As one, you are tasked with baking a variety of treats and sweets for the audience watching! Loads of singing and dancing are also in store, so if you’re enthusiastic, if you love baking, then please sign up!
Reward: TR Sing
The relentless and always journeying Karate Master is back, and this time, he’s developed a teaching session, helping to tutor new moves for pokemon! Do your pokemon have what it takes to learn his moves?
Reward: Tutor move: Thunder Punch OR Ice Punch OR Fire Punch
Another anime production is in the works: Sailor Guardian, Gardevoir
. This was an anime that had quite the following over a decade ago, but now the anime is being remastered! With the pilot episode coming, the production is looking for able people to voice act as the characters: Gardevoir, Lopunny, Medicham, Milotic, Tsareena, or any other roles seen fit. Will you be part of the show?
Reward: TR Moonblast OR TR Baton Pass
Project Mew is a special research project in which different Trainers are recruited from around the Pokémon world to find Mew and collect genes of various Pokémon. A helicraft of theirs has been seen around the area, and now, they’re looking for new members. Do you have what it takes to be part of the team?
Reward: Project Mew token