The Grand Festival is the final challenge for all coordinators. In order to enter the grand festival, a coordinator must earn five contest ribbons. The winner of the grand festival wins the ribbon cup.
Preliminary Appeal round (Double Performance or Single Performance)
270 Coordinators must produce impressive appeals with their Pokémon: Only the best 64 progress through the main appeal round the next day
Main Appeal round (Double Performance or Single Performance)
64 Coordinators must produce impressive appeals with their Pokémon: Only the best 16 coordinators go through to the Double Battle Round the next day
Double Battle round
The double battle round is the round in a Pokémon Contest Grand Festival. The purpose of the round is to have the Pokémon battle each other while still making their moves look beautiful. Each round is five minutes long, except for Sudden Death, which has no time limit.
Each contestant begins with a fixed number of points.
These points are lost when
- An opponent's move hits their Pokémon,
- Their move misses,
- Their move doesn't look beautiful,
- Or the contestant is issued a yellow card.
Additionally, contestants can be disqualified upon
- Being found cheating,
- Being issued a second yellow card,
- Or presumably being issued a red card
A winner in the double battle round is determined by one or all of three criteria;
- Whoever has more points when time runs out
- Whoever loses all their points first
- Or if two of the Pokémon of one team faints
If there is a tie upon time running out, the double battle goes into Sudden Death.
Sudden Death is an extension of the double battle if there is a tie at the end of five minutes.
There is no time limit in Sudden Death. The round ends when one person runs out of points.