Academy Ace Tournament | Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (SV)

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Academy Ace Tournament
Grind for EXP, money, and rare Apriballs with at the Academy Ace Tournament in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet (SV). Here's our guide on how to unlock the Academy Ace Tournament, all opponents, teams & rewards.

Academy Ace Tournament Walkthrough

PokeballClear the main story and defeat the Gym Leaders once more to unlock Academy Ace Tournament.

PokeballThe opponents for the first tournament are set.

PokeballPokemon cannot be switched once the tournament begins.

PokeballYour Tera Orb is recharged at the end of each battle.

PokeballYour Pokemon are healed at the end of each battle.

The Academy Ace Tournament is 4-round tournament where you can battle faculty, and students to determine the school champion. Although you cannot change your party once you decide to beign the tournament, your Pokemon's health as well as your Tera Orb will be restored between battles.

Complete the Main Story and Defeat the Gym Leaders Again to Unlock

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After beating the game you'll be tasked to inspect all 8 gyms again on behalf of the Pokemon League. After defeating all 8 Gym Leaders again the Academy Ace Tournament will be unlocked.

Story Walkthrough

First Tournament Opponents are Set

The first time you enter the Academy Ace Tournament, the opponents you will face are fixed. After the first try, each subsequent tournament will pit you against 4 different trainers.

Jump to a Trainer
Arven Jacq Dendra Geeta

Round One: Arven

Pokemon Type Moveset
Greedent ImageGreedent lv.67 Pokemon Normal Type Icon • Bullet Seed
• Body Slam
• Psychic Fangs
• Earthquake
Toedscruel ImageToedscruel lv.67 Pokemon Grass Type Icon Pokemon Ground Type Icon • Power Whip
• Earth Power
• Spore
• Sludge Bomb
Scovillain ImageScovillain lv.67 Pokemon Fire Type Icon Pokemon Grass Type Icon • Fire Blast
• Energy Ball
• Zen Headbutt
• Crunch
Garganacl ImageGarganacl lv.67 Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Earthquake
• Stone Edge
• Body Press
• Sludge Bomb
Cloyster ImageCloyster lv.67 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Ice Type Icon • Rock Blast
• Icicle Spear
• Liquidation
• Light Screen
Mabosstiff ImageMabosstiff lv.68 Pokemon Dark Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Dark Type Icon
• Crunch
• Psychic Fangs
• Play Rough
• Fire Fang

Round Two: Jacq

Pokemon Type Moveset
Arcanine ImageArcanine lv.65 Pokemon Fire Type Icon • Flare Blitz
• Play Rough
• Psychic Fangs
• Close Combat
Mudsdale ImageMudsdale lv.65 Pokemon Ground Type Icon • Earthquake
• Heavy Slam
• Stone Edge
• Close Combat
Slowbro ImageSlowbro lv.65 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Psychic
• Surf
• Flamethrower
• Light Screen
Lurantis ImageLurantis lv.65 Pokemon Grass Type Icon • Leaf Blade
• Leech Life
• Night Slash
• Brick Break
Swalot ImageSwalot lv.65 Pokemon Poison Type Icon • Fire Punch
• Toxic
• Protect
• Ice Punch
Farigiraf ImageFarigiraf lv.66 Pokemon Normal Type Icon Pokemon Psychic Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Psychic Type Icon
• Thunderbolt
• Psychic
• Energy Ball
• Shadow Ball

Round Three: Dendra

Pokemon Type Moveset
Falinks ImageFalinks lv.65 Pokemon Fighting Type Icon • Close Combat
• Smart Strike
• Zen Headbutt
• First Impression
Paldean Tauros Fire TypeTauros lv.65 Pokemon Fire Type Icon Pokemon Fighting Type Icon • Raging Bull
• Earthquake
• Zen Headbutt
• Close Combat
Paldean Tauros Water TypeTauros lv.65 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Fighting Type Icon • Raging Bull
• Close Combat
• Rock Slide
• Aqua Jet
Medicham ImageMedicham lv.65 Pokemon Fighting Type Icon Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Axe Kick
• Zen Headbutt
• Ice Punch
• Thunder Punch
Hawlucha ImageHawlucha lv.65 Pokemon Fighting Type Icon Pokemon Flying Type Icon • Flying Press
• Rock Tomb
• X-Scissort
• Iron Head
Hariyama ImageHariyama lv.66 Pokemon Fighting Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Fighting Type Icon
• Close Combat
• Stone Edge
• Earthquake
• Heavy Slam

Round Four: Geeta

Pokemon Type Moveset
Espathra ImageEspathra lv.69 Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Lumina Crash
• Dazzling Gleam
• Quick Attack
• Reflect
Gogoat ImageGogoat lv.69 Pokemon Grass Type Icon • Horn Leech
• Zen Headbutt
• Play Rough
• Bulk Up
Veluza ImageVeluza lv.69 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Aqua Jet
• Liquidation
• Psycho Cut
• Ice Fang
Avalugg ImageAvalugg lv.69 Pokemon Ice Type Icon • Avalanche
• Crunch
• Earthquake
• Body Press
Kingambit ImageKingambit lv.69 Pokemon Dark Type Icon Pokemon Steel Type Icon • Iron Head
• Zen Headbutt
• Kowtow Cleave
• Stone Edge
Glimmora ImageGlimmora lv.70 Pokemon Poison Type Icon Pokemon Rock Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Rock Type Icon
• Tera Blast
• Sludge Wave
• Earth Power
• Dazzling Gleam

Recommended Party For The First Tournament

Best Party For the First Tournament
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Pokemon Ground Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon Tinkaton ImageTinkaton Pokemon Steel Type Icon Pokemon Fairy Type Icon Gyarados ImageGyarados Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Flying Type Icon
Annihilape ImageAnnihilape Pokemon Fighting Type Icon Pokemon Ghost Type Icon Any Pokemon of your choice Any Pokemon of your choice

Bring a Garchomp for Excellent Coverage

Pokemon Type Moves
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Pokemon Ground Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon
Tera Pokemon Water Type Icon
・Earthquake
・Outrage
・Stone Edge
・Liquidation

Regardless of who you choose for your party, we recommended having a Garchomp in your team for the first tournament. A Garchomp with the Tera type and moveset listed above will allow coverage for the various types of Pokemon that appear in the game, and due to its high base stats, you can often ignore type resistances if you raise its level high enough.

Academy Ace Tournament Rewards

Pokeball IconRandom Item Rewards (with a small chance of receiving Apriballs)

Pokeball IconGreat for Money Farming (Each fight earns you 13,200₽

Pokeball IconA good way to farm EXP

Pokeball Iconthe only way to fight certain teachers

List of All Item Rewards

Item Number received
1
1
3
1
1
1
3
1~3
1
1~10
1~3
1

Ability Patch is a Very Rare Reward

You have a small chance of getting an Ability Patch as a reward every time you compete in the Academy Ace Tournament. Keep participating and you may receive one as a reward!

Small Chance to Also Get Apriballs

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Starting from the second tournament, you can receive as a reward. Although the chances of receiving them are rather low, other methods for obtaining these Pokeballs are few in number, making them a great reason for participating multiple times.

List of Apriballs (Apricorn Balls) and How to Get

Best Pokemon for Money Farming (Single Poke: Mash A to Profit)

Pokemon Description
Sylveon ImageSylveon Nature: Modest
EV: Defense, Special Attack, Agility
Held Item: Amulet Coin
Move to Use: Hyper Voice
Sylveon is a good alternative for Flutter Mane, who is a Scarlet-exclusive Paradox Pokemon, or the Legendary Chi-Yu. Its hidden ability, Pixilate, can turn its Normal-type moves into Fairy-type to capitalize on its strength.
Chi-Yu ImageChi-Yu Nature: Modest
EV: Defense, Special Attack
Held Item: Amulet Coin
Move to Use: Dark Pulse
Chi-Yu's Dark Pulse is a recommended move to farm the Academy Ace Tournament as it can flinch enemies, allowing you to attack consistently without taking damage.
Flutter Mane ImageFlutter Mane
(Scarlet Exclusive)
Nature: Modest
EV: HP, Special Attack
Held Item: Amulet Coin
Move to Use: Moonblast
Should you own Pokemon Scarlet or have managed to trade a Flutter Mane, using its Level 84 learned move Moonblast can wipe out foes quickly.
Koraidon ImageKoraidon
(Scarlet Exclusive)
Nature: Adamant
EV: HP, Attack
Held Item: Choice Band
Move to Use: Iron Head
Though not naturally learned, teaching Koraidon Iron Head is recommended as flinched foes can easily be defeated especially with Koraidon's high Attack stat.
Miraidon ImageMiraidon
(Violet Exclusive)
Nature: Modest
EV: HP, Special Attack
Held Item: Wise Glasses
Move to Use: Flash Cannon
Giving Miraidon Wise Glasses as well as teaching it Flash Cannon can increase Miraidon's Special Attack while lowering the Special Defense of foes, knocking them out fast.

These Pokemon are meant to complete the Academy Ace Tournament as quickly as possible while holding a Amulet Coin to maximize money received. Having this setup aims to defeat opponents in one blow, allowing you to farm the tournament and rack up money along the way.

Note that the Koraidon and Miraidon's setup does not have them hold the Amulet Coin, which may be less efficient compared to the other three when it comes to money gained. Instead, their setup is geared towards beating the tournament as quickly as possible for farming.

Solo Farming Tips & Recommendations

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Having one Pokemon in your party as well has having the recommended move as the top option in battle removes the prompt of having to switch Pokemon after beating an enemy Pokemon, allowing you to just mash the A button repeatedly until you've completed the entire tournament.

Academy Ace Tournament Teams & Trainers

Jump to a Trainer
Miriam Hassel Raifort
Saguaro Salvatore Tyme
Penny Nemona Clavell

Miriam

Pokemon Type Moveset
Hypno ImageHypno lv.69 Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Hypnosis
• Zen Headbutt
• Drain Punch
• Reflect
Pincurchin ImagePincurchin lv.69 Pokemon Electric Type Icon • Zing Zap
• Poison Jab
• Toxic Spikes
• Spikes
Sawsbuck ImageSawsbuck lv.69 Pokemon Normal Type Icon Pokemon Grass Type Icon • Horn Leech
• Megahorn
• Zen Headbutt
• Play Rough
Glalie ImageGlalie lv.69 Pokemon Ice Type Icon • Ice Shard
• Crunch
• Freeze-Dry
• Iron Head
Eelektross ImageEelektross lv.69 Pokemon Electric Type Icon • Thunder Punch
• Drain Punch
• Liquidation
• Coil
Toxapex ImageToxapex lv.70 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Poison Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Rock Type Icon
• Toxic
• Venoshock
• Liquidation
• Recover

Hassel

Pokemon Type Moveset
Noivern ImageNoivern lv.69 Pokemon Flying Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Air Slash
• Dragon Pulse
• Super Fang
• Boomburst
Dragalge ImageDragalge lv.69 Pokemon Poison Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Sludge Bomb
• Dragon Pulse
• Hydro Pump
• Thunder Bolt
Haxorus ImageHaxorus lv.69 Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Dragon Claw
• Crunch
• Iron Head
• Rock Tomb
Flapple ImageFlapple lv.69 Pokemon Grass Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Dragon Rush
• Seed Bomb
• Aerial Ace
• Leech Seed
Dragonite ImageDragonite lv.69 Pokemon Flying Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Extreme Speed
• Dragon Rush
• Fire Punch
• Stone Edge
Baxcalibur ImageBaxcalibur lv.70 Pokemon Ice Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Dragon Type Icon
• Icicle Crash
• Brick Break
• Glaive Rush
• Ice Shard

Raifort

Pokemon Type Moveset
Zoroark ImageZoroark lv.65 Pokemon Dark Type Icon • Night Daze
• Sludge Bomb
• Psychic
• Flamethrower
Seviper ImageSeviper lv.65 Pokemon Poison Type Icon • Glare
• Gunk Shot
• Psychic Fangs
• Crunch
Grumpig ImageGrumpig lv.65 Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Psychic
• Power Gem
• Steel Cannon
• Earth Power
Lumineon ImageLumineon lv.65 Pokemon Water Type Icon • Dazzling Gleam
• Whirlpool
• Air Slash
• Ice Beam
Scizor ImageScizor lv.65 Pokemon Bug Type Icon Pokemon Steel Type Icon • X-Scizzor
• Aerial Ace
• Thief
• Bullet Punch
Gengar ImageGengar lv.66 Pokemon Poison Type Icon Pokemon Ghost Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Ghost Type Icon
• Shadow Ball
• Sucker Punch
• Sludge Bomb
• Fire Punch

Saguaro

Pokemon Type Moveset
Pachirisu ImagePachirisu lv.65 n Pokemon Electric Type Icon • Super Fang
• Nuzzle
• Quick Attack
• Thunder
Froslass ImageFroslass lv.65 Pokemon Ice Type Icon Pokemon Ghost Type Icon • Blizzard
• Hex
• Will-O-Wisp
• Ice Shard]
Alomomola ImageAlomomola lv.65 Pokemon Water Type Icon • Light Screen
• Aqua Jet
• Liquidation
• Body Slam
Vespiquen ImageVespiquen lv.65 Pokemon Flying Type Icon Pokemon Bug Type Icon • Attack Order
• Power Gem
• Air Slash
• Sludge Bomb
Goodra ImageGoodra lv.65 Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Muddy Water
• Power Whip
• Dragon Breath
• Sludge Bomb
Hatterene ImageHatterene lv.66 Pokemon Psychic Type Icon Pokemon Fairy Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Fairy Type Icon
• Psychic
• Dazzling Gleam
• Shadow Ball
• Magic Powder

Salvatore

Pokemon Type Moveset
Honchkrow ImageHonchkrow lv.65 Pokemon Flying Type Icon Pokemon Dark Type Icon • Sucker Punch
• Hurricane
• Psychic
• Heat Wave
Persian ImagePersian lv.65 Pokemon Normal Type Icon • Fake Out
• Snarl
• Aerial Ace
• Play Rough
Palossand ImagePalossand lv.65 Pokemon Ground Type Icon Pokemon Ghost Type Icon • Earth Power
• Shadow Ball
• Sludge Bomb
• Giga Drain
Glaceon ImageGlaceon lv.65 Pokemon Ice Type Icon • Freeze-Dry
• Mud Shot
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• Ice Shard
Gothitelle ImageGothitelle lv.65 Pokemon Psychic Type Icon • Psychic
• Grass Knot
• Reflect
• Shadow Ball
Raichu ImageRaichu lv.66 Pokemon Electric Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Electric Type Icon
• Thunder
• Grass Knot
• Focus Blast
• Quick Attack

Tyme

Pokemon Type Moveset
Lycanroc (Midday Form) ImageLycanroc (Midday Form) lv.69 Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Accelerock
• Stone Edge
• Stealth Rock
• Crunch
Lycanroc (Midnight Form) ImageLycanroc (Midnight Form) lv.69 Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Stone Edge
• Crunch
• Fire Punch
• Thunder Punch
Drednaw ImageDrednaw lv.69 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Ice Fang
• Rock Blast
• Razor Shell
• Jaw Lock
Stonjourner ImageStonjourner lv.69 Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Heavy Slam
• Body Press
• Stone Edge
• Earthquake
Coalossal ImageCoalossal lv.69 Pokemon Fire Type Icon Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Heat Crash
• Heavy Slam
• Body Press
• Stone Edge
Garganacl ImageGarganacl lv.70 Pokemon Rock Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Rock Type Icon
• Stone Edge
• Fire Punch
• Ice Punch
• Thunder Punch

Penny

Pokemon Type Moveset
Umbreon ImageUmbreon lv.69 Pokemon Dark Type Icon • Dark Pulse
• Quick Attack
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• Psychic
Vaporeon ImageVaporeon lv.69 Pokemon Water Type Icon • Hydro Pump
• Quick Attack
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• Aurora Beam
Jolteon ImageJolteon lv.69 Pokemon Electric Type Icon • Thunder
• Quick Attack
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• Pin Missile
Flareon ImageFlareon lv.69 Pokemon Fire Type Icon • Flare Blitz
• Quick Attack
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• Fire Spin
Leafeon ImageLeafeon lv.69 Pokemon Grass Type Icon • Leaf Blade
• Quick Attack
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• X-Scissor
Sylveon ImageSylveon lv.70 Pokemon Fairy Type Icon
Tera
Pokemon Fairy Type Icon
• Moonblast
• Quick Attack
• Baby-Doll Eyes
• Shadow Ball

Nemona

Pokemon Type Moveset
Lycanroc (Midday Form) ImageLycanroc (Midday Form) lv.71 Pokemon Rock Type Icon • Drill Run
• Stone Edge
• Accelerock
• Stealth Rock
Goodra ImageGoodra lv.69 Pokemon Dragon Type Icon • Dragon Pulse
• Sludge Bomb
• Ice Beam
• Muddy Water
Dudunsparce ImageDudunsparce lv.69 Pokemon Normal Type Icon • Hyper Drill
• Drill Run
• Dragon Rush
• Coil
Orthworm ImageOrthworm lv.69 Pokemon Steel Type Icon • Iron Tail
• Body Press
• Earthquake
• Rock Blast
Pawmot ImagePawmot lv.69 Pokemon Electric Type Icon Pokemon Fighting Type Icon • Double Shock
• Close Combat
• Ice Punch
• Quick Attack
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Skeledirge ImageSkeledirge lv.70 Pokemon Fire Type Icon Pokemon Ghost Type Icon Tera Type
Pokemon Fire Type Icon
Meowscarada ImageMeowscarada lv.70 Pokemon Grass Type Icon Pokemon Dark Type Icon Tera Type
Pokemon Grass Type Icon
Quaquaval ImageQuaquaval lv.70 Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Fighting Type Icon Tera Type
Pokemon Water Type Icon

Clavell

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