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(c) Dan Stanyon (chaomaster4000 on GameFAQs) 2009/2010.

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0. Copyrights and Legal Jazz
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Firstly, this FAQ is my work and therefore all credit should go to
me. I don't mind if you use this on any other site, but please let me
know if you do (my email is danstanyon21[at]hotmail.com). Secondly,
you may not print this FAQ off and sell it for profit, and that is
copyright infringement; STEALING.

The latest version of this FAQ will always be on www.gamefaqs.com.

To my knowledge, this FAQ is hosted on these sites only:

www.gamefaqs.com
www.neoseeker.com
www.supercheats.com
www.cheats.de
http://pokedream.com

If you see this FAQ on another site, let me know so I can add it to
the list. If you see this FAQ on another site without credit to me,
then let me know too, so I can contact them about it.

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1.0 Contents
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Use CTRL + F to find a certain section of this FAQ.

1.0 Contents

2.0 Updates

3.0 Introduction

4.0 Ribbon List
--- 4.1 4th Generation Ribbons
--- 4.2 HeartGold / Soulsilver Only Ribbons
--- 4.3 3rd Gen Only Ribbons
--- 4.4 Ribbons only available through hacking

5.0 Strategies for 10 Ribbons
--- 5.1 Strategies that require Migrating
--- 5.2 Strategies using only one Game Card

6.0 FAQs

7.0 Contact Me

8.0 Credits


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2.0 Updates
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16th Oct 2010 - Updated the Premier Ribbon details since the Event
                Mew has now been released in the US/Europe.
                (Version 2.4)

19th Sept 2010 - Added http://pokedream.com to the list of sites
                 hosting this guide. (Version 2.31)

19th Aug 2010 - Added a strategy for getting 10 ribbons. Also
                re-arranged two sections to make more chronological
                sense. (Version 2.3)

17th Aug 2010 - A far-too-belated update, regarding all the info
                about the weekday ribbon-givers in HG/SS, with
                thanks to David Chen for providing me with all of
                the information. (Version 2.2)

15th Mar 2010 - Updated contact information since I recently changed
                my email address. (Version 2.1)

13th Dec 2009 - HUGE update.
                Realised how I'd missed out all the as-of-yet
                unobtainable ribbons thanks to Serebii. Added all of
                these in under a new section. Made a new section
                for the newly-obtainable ribbons in HG/SS, and added
                in the HG/SS locations for the existing ribbons
                section. Some other smaller corrections made too.
                (Version 2.0)

19th Sept 2009 - Recieved an email from Andrew Clapp. Updated
                 Classic Ribbon Info accordingly. (Version 1.31)

15th Sept 2009 - Updated some info on the Classic Ribbon due to an
                 email from a Chris Macdonald. Also added cheats.de
                 to the list of websites hosting this guide.
                 (Version 1.3)

1st Sept 2009 - Again, minor update; added supercheats.com to the 
                list of websites hosting this guide. (Version 1.22)

1st Sept 2009 - Very minor update; Got an e-mail from neoseeker
                asking to use my guide. Updated the list of websites
                to include neoseeker.com. (Version 1.21)

31st Aug 2009 - FAQ accepted! Corrected World Ability Ribbon
                description with thanks to relkaw. Added Earth Ribbon
                which I realised I had missed upon going through my
                friend's Sapphire. (Version 1.2)

31st Aug 2009 - Pulled FAQ from queue - realised I'd made a huge
                mistake regarding the emotion ribbons. Very
                relieved it hadn't been published on the site. Fixed
                this major error. Edited a few spelling mistakes
                before resubmitting the FAQ. (Version 1.1)

30th Aug 2009 - Finished Entire FAQ! (Version 1.0)

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3.0 Introduction
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While trying to complete the Pokedex in Platinum in the summer of
2009, I learnt about the club in the Resort Area that allows you to
get a second massage for your Pokemon, and so evolve Pokemon that
evolve by happiness twice as fast. However I knew you needed 10 
ribbons to get into this club, so I looked for an FAQ to give me a 
list of ribbons so I would know which were the easiest to get.
However, I couldn't find one. So, after patrolling through Sinnoh
trying to find all the ribbons, I decided to make the FAQ myself.

I hope you find this FAQ helpful and useful. If you find any
mistakes, please email me (see the Contact Me section) and I will 
edit this FAQ and add you to the credits.

Side note, I am playing the European version of Platinum. I am 99
percent sure that there are no differences in the ribbon descriptions
between the EU and the NA versions of the game, but if there are,
feel free to let me know that too.


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4.0 Ribbon List
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I will list the Ribbons in chronological order - that is, the order
in which they become available to you in the game.

They are listed using this format:

No. 0
Name:
In-Game Description:
How to Get:
Additional Notes: (If I feel extra information needs to be added.)

Fairly self explanatory. =) The numbers are there purely so you don't
accidentally lose your place; the ribbons aren't numbered in the
games.

The first section lists all the ribbons available in 4th gen
(Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver) while the
second lists the ones found only in 3rd Gen (Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed,
LeafGreen and Emerald on the GBA and Colloseum and XD on the
Gamecube.). Some ribbons, like the Effort Ribbon, are the same in
both Hoenn and Sinnoh - that is, if you get it in Hoenn, it will
appear exactly the same on your Pokemon as if you got it in Sinnoh.
You can, therefore, only get it once on each Pokemon.

Also, the first 20 Ribbons in each list will be the Contest Ribbons.
I know that 99 out of 100 users will already know how to get them,
but for the sake of this being a complete list, I've included them.
So you can skip them easily, I have put a line saying END OF SINNOH
CONTEST RIBBONS after the contest ribbons, so you can ctrl+c that
phrase, ctrl+f, ctrl+v and enter, and you've skipped them.

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4.1 4th Generation Ribbons
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No. 1
Name: Cool Ribbon
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cool Category Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Normal Rank Cool Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 2
Name: Cool Ribbon Great
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cool Category Great Rank winner! 
How to Get: Win a Great Rank Cool Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 3
Name: Cool Ribbon Ultra
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cool Category Ultra Rank winner!
How to Get: Win an Ultra Rank Cool Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 4
Name: Cool Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cool Category Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Master Rank Cool Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 5
Name: Beauty Ribbon
In-Game Description: Super Contest Beauty Category Normal Rank
                     winner!
How to Get: Win a Normal Rank Beauty Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 6
Name: Beauty Ribbon Great
In-Game Description: Super Contest Beauty Category Great Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Great Rank Beauty Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 7
Name: Beauty Ribbon Ultra
In-Game Description: Super Contest Beauty Category Ultra Rank winner!
How to Get: Win an Ultra Rank Beauty Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 8
Name: Beauty Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Super Contest Beauty Category Master Rank
                     winner!
How to Get: Win a Master Rank Beauty Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 9
Name: Cute Ribbon
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cute Category Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Normal Rank Cute Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 10
Name: Cute Ribbon Great
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cute Category Great Rank winner! 
How to Get: Win a Great Rank Cute Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 11
Name: Cute Ribbon Ultra
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cute Category Ultra Rank winner!
How to Get: Win an Ultra Rank Cute Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 12
Name: Cute Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Super Contest Cute Category Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Master Rank Cute Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 13
Name: Smart Ribbon
In-Game Description: Super Contest Smart Category Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Normal Rank Smart Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 14
Name: Smart Ribbon Great
In-Game Description: Super Contest Smart Category Great Rank winner! 
How to Get: Win a Great Rank Smart Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 15
Name: Smart Ribbon Ultra
In-Game Description: Super Contest Smart Category Ultra Rank winner!
How to Get: Win an Ultra Rank Smart Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 16
Name: Smart Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Super Contest Smart Category Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Master Rank Smart Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 17
Name: Tough Ribbon
In-Game Description: Super Contest Tough Category Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Normal Rank Tough Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 18
Name: Tough Ribbon Great
In-Game Description: Super Contest Tough Category Great Rank winner! 
How to Get: Win a Great Rank Tough Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 19
Name: Tough Ribbon Ultra
In-Game Description: Super Contest Tough Category Ultra Rank winner!
How to Get: Win an Ultra Rank Tough Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

No. 20
Name: Tough Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Super Contest Tough Category Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Win a Master Rank Tough Contest at the Contest Hall in
            Hearthome City.

END OF SINNOH CONTEST RIBBONS

(Finally, the interesting ones.)

No. 21
Name: Footprint Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded to a Pokemon deemed to have a
                     top-quality footprint.
How to Get: Go East of Pastoria City until you see the house on the
            sand. The man in this house will "read" the footprint of
            the lead Pokemon in your party. If your Pokemon trusts
            you (ie. it has two small hearts on the happiness checker
            app) then he will give that Pokemon this ribbon.
Additional Note: Even if your lead Pokemon doesn't trust you enough,
                 the footprint doctor will still "read" your
                 Pokemon's footprint. You just won't get the ribbon.

No. 22
Name: Effort Ribbon
In-Game Description: Ribbon awarded for being an exceptionally hard
                     worker.
How to Get: Talk to the woman on the left in Sunyshore Market, and
            she will give this ribbon to the lead Pokemon in your
            party if it has accumulated all 510 EVs.
How to Get in HG/SS: Same as in D/P/Pt, but the woman is in
                     Blackthorn City. She is in the house to the
                     north-east of the Pokemon Centre, on the right
                     side of the table. (The one on the left wants to
                     trade a Dodrio for a Dragonair.)
Additional Note: This ribbon can also be obtained in Hoenn, from a
                 woman in Slateport City Market. It counts as the
                 same ribbon - you can't get it once from Hoenn then
                 once more from Sinnoh.
2nd Additional Note: If you do not know what EVs are, see this FAQ:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/ds/file/946308/56146


No. 23

Name: Alert Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling an invigorating event
                     that created life energy.
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Monday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Monica on the beach on Route 40 
                     (appears on Mondays). Upon talking to her for 
                     the first time, she will give you a Sharp Beak.
Additional Note: In D/P/Pt, It doesn't matter what you respond to the
                 girl with, she will give you the ribbon whatever you
                 say. Same goes for all the "emotion" ribbons 
                 (ribbons no. 23 through 29).
2nd Additional Note: In HG/SS, a person giving out these ribbons
                     will appear on a certain route on each day of
                     the week. However, the first time you talk to 
                     them, they will give you an item instead (and 
                     you have to wait until next week for them to 
                     give out the ribbon).

No. 24
Name: Shock Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling an event that made life
                     more exciting.
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Tuesday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Tuscany in Route 29 (appears on 
                     Tuesdays). Upon talking to her for the first 
                     time, she will give you a TwistedSpoon.

No. 25
Name: Downcast Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling feelings of sadness that
                     added spice to life.
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Wednesday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Wesley at the Lake of Rage (appears on 
                     Wednesdays). Upon talking to him for the first
                     time, he will give you a Black Belt.
                     
                     David Chen, the guy who provided me with the 
                     information on the weekday ribbon-givers in 
                     HG/SS, says this about the location of Wesley:

                     "When it's low tide, enter at hidden entrance 
                     on the left side and go all the way to the end 
                     of the maze-like area. When it's High tide, 
                     he is near the Fish Guru's house."

No. 26
Name: Careless Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling a careless error that
                     helped steer life decisions. 
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Thursday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Arthur on Route 36 on a Thursday. Upon
                     talking to him for the first time, he will give
                     you a Hard Stone.

No. 27
Name: Relax Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling a refreshing event that
                     added sparkle to life.
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Friday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Freida on Route 32 on a Friday. Upon
                     talking to her for the first time, she will give
                     you a Poison Barb. She is difficult to find,
                     behind a group of trees behind the Pokemon
                     Centre near Union Cave.

No. 28
Name: Snooze Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling a deep slumber that made
                     life soothing.
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Saturday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Santos in Blackthorn City on a 
                     Saturday. Upon talking to him for the first
                     time, he will give you a Soft Sand. He is just
                     behind the Pokemon Centre.

No. 29
Name: Smile Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon for recalling that smiles enrich the
                     quality of life.
How to Get: Talk to the woman in the most north-western house in
            Sunyshore city on a Sunday.
How to Get in HG/SS: Talk to Sunny on Route 37 on a Sunday. Upon
                     talking to him for the first time, he will give
                     you a Magnet. He is near three apricorn trees.

No. 30
Name: Sinnoh Champ Ribbon
In-Game Description: Ribbon awarded for beating the Sinnoh Champion
                     and entering the Hall of Fame.
How to Get: Beat the Pokemon League, and every Pokemon in your party
            will be awarded this ribbon.

No. 31
Name: Ability Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for defeating the Tower Tycoon
                     at the Battle Tower.
How to Get: Win 20 battles in a row in the Single room at the battle
            tower to battle Palmer. Beat him, and the three Pokemon
            you used to win receive this ribbon.
Additional Note: For all the Battle Tower Ribbons, only the Pokemon
                 you're using at the time of completing the
                 requirements recieve this ribbon, even if you hadn't
                 used them before completing the streak; in this
                 case, if you use the same Pokemon for the first 14
                 battles then change them for battles 15-21, only
                 those you are currently using will recieve the
                 ribbon.
2nd Additional Note: The BT Ribbons are available in HG/SS also,
                     through the exact same methods.
No. 32
Name: Great Ability Ribbon

In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for defeating the Tower Tycoon
                     at the battle tower.
How to Get: This time, win 48 battles in a row in the Single room at
            the battle tower to battle Palmer a second time. Beat him
            (he's difficult!) and the three Pokemon you used recieve
             this ribbon.

No. 33
Name: Double Ability Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for completing the Sinnoh
                     Battle Tower Double Challenge.
How to Get: Win 50 battles in a row in the Double room of the Battle
            Tower. The four Pokemon you use when passing the 50-win
            mark recieve this ribbon.

No. 34
Name: Multi Ability Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for completing the Sinnoh
                     Battle Tower Multi Challenge.
How to Get: Win 50 Battles in a row in the Multi room of the Battle
            Tower with one of the in-game trainers. The two Pokemon
            you use when passing the 50-win mark receive this ribbon.

No. 35
Name: Pair Ability Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for completing the Sinnoh
                     Battle Tower Multi Challenge with a friend.
How to Get: Win 50 Battles in a row in the Multi room of the Battle
            Tower with a friend, either by local connection or Wi-Fi.
            Both your and your friend's Pokemon will receive this
            ribbon after passing the 50-win mark.

No. 36
Name: World Ability Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for completing the Sinnoh Wi-Fi
                     Battle Tower challenge.
How to Get: I haven't got this ribbon myself yet; I find the Wi-Fi
            room of the Battle Tower very difficult. My friend
            recieved this Ribbon but he says he doesn't know after
            how many battles he recieved it. I would assume 50,
            judging by the other Battle Tower Ribbons, but if I'm
            wrong feel free to correct me. Or if I'm right, let me
            know for sure. :)

            EDIT: relkaw on the Platinum board confirmed that I was
            wrong; you have to reach Rank 5 in the Wi-Fi room to get
            this ribbon. It doesn't matter if you change your team,
            as always. This is his description:

            "You rank up every time you win 7 in a row and you rank
            down every time you lose three sessions before getting to
            the next rank. you don't have to win every single battle
            up to the 35 battles to get to rank five. In other words,
            you won't start at rank one if you lost a match when you
            were rank 4. You have to lose three times in that rank
            before you get ranked down, and even then you are only
            ranked down one rank.



No. 37
Name: Gorgeous Ribbon
In-Game Description: An extraordinarily gorgeous and extravagant
                     Ribbon.
How to Get: Once you've got into the Resort Area Ribbon Club, you can
            go to the man at the counter and he'll sell this to you
            for 10,000 pokedollars.

No. 38
Name: Royal Ribbon
In-Game Description: An incredibly regal Ribbon with an air of
                     nobility.
How to Get: Talk to the same man you got the Gorgeous Ribbon from,
            with a Pokemon with a Gorgeous Ribbon at the front of
            your party. He'll offer to sell you this for 100,000
            pokedollars.

No. 39
Name: Gorgeous Royal Ribbon
In-Game Description: A gorgeous and regal Ribbon that is the peak of 
                     fabulous.
How to Get: Same guy as the Gorgeous and Royal Ribbons. Talk to him
            with a Pokemon with the Royal Ribbon at the front of your
            party, and he'll offer to sell you this for 999,999
            pokedollars.
Additional Note: 999,999 POKEDOLLARS?! It's the Rolex of the Pokemon
                 World!

No. 40
Name: Classic Ribbon
In-Game Description: A commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.
How to Get: This Ribbon is automatically attached to most Event
            Pokemon; Almia Darkrai, Movie11 Shaymin, TRU Manaphy etc.
            It cannot be obtained any other way.
Additional Note: This Ribbon has three different descriptions. In
                 my EU Platinum, it gives the description shown
                 above. In my EU Diamond, it gives the description
                 "A commemorative ribbon obtained at a mystery
                 location." However, I am also aware it has the
                 description "A Ribbon that proclaims love for a
                 Pokemon." My assumption is that this is the
                 description given by NA D/P/Pt copies, however, this
                 is just my speculation; could someone who has the NA
                 version of Platinum confirm / deny this?

                 EDIT: A Mr Andrew Clapp emailed me on the 19th Sept,
                 telling me that he has NA Platinum and he gets the
                 "proclaims love" description on his game. Looks
                 like I was right, yay. =P
2nd Additional Note: Any Pokemon with this Ribbon cannot be traded on
                     the GTS.


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4.2 HeartGold / SoulSilver Only Ribbons
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With the release of HG/SS, some previously unobtainable ribbons 
became obtainable. This may be the case for some more once there are 
more events for these games.

No. 1
Name: Legend Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for setting a legendary record.
How to Get: Defeat Red in Mt. Silver, and all your party Pokemon will
            be awarded this ribbon.

No. 2
Name: Premier Ribbon
In-Game Description: Special Holiday Ribbon
How to Get: There was a Wi-Fi event in Japan for a 10th Anniversary
            Mew, and this Ribbon was attached to it. The event is
            over now, although they may do still do a US event for 
            it.
            So at the moment, if you see this Ribbon attached to any
            Pokemon other than a Japanese Mew, that Pokemon is
            hacked (or has been edited with a hacking device).
            EDIT: As of 15/10/10, this event Mew has been released in
            the US and Europe as well. English Mew holding the
            Premier Ribbon can now be legitimately obtained. 


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4.3 3rd Gen Only Ribbons
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Starting with the Hoenn Contest Ribbons; I've put END OF HOENN
CONTEST RIBBONS after these too, so ctrl+f that for easy skipping.
Also, I'm aware that the descriptions for these are different in the 
GBA games (obviously, in R/S/E, they would not have had to put
"in Hoenn" after each description) but since this is a Pokemon
Platinum guide, I have put only the in-game descriptions that appear
in Platinum Version.

No. 1
Name: Cool Ribbon
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cool Contest Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Normal Rank Cool Contest in Hoenn.

No. 2
Name: Cool Ribbon Super
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cool Contest Super Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Super Rank Cool Contest in Hoenn.

No. 3
Name: Cool Ribbon Hyper
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cool Contest Hyper Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Hyper Rank Cool Contest in Hoenn.

No. 4
Name: Cool Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cool Contest Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Master Rank Cool Contest in Hoenn.

No. 5
Name: Beauty Ribbon
In-Game Description: Hoenn Beauty Contest Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Normal Rank Beauty Contest in Hoenn.

No. 6
Name: Beauty Ribbon Super
In-Game Description: Hoenn Beauty Contest Super Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Super Rank Beauty Contest in Hoenn.

No. 7
Name: Beauty Ribbon Hyper
In-Game Description: Hoenn Beauty Contest Hyper Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Hyper Rank Beauty Contest in Hoenn.

No. 8
Name: Beauty Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Hoenn Beauty Contest Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Master Rank Beauty Contest in Hoenn.

No. 9
Name: Cute Ribbon
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cute Contest Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Normal Rank Cute Contest in Hoenn.

No. 10
Name: Cute Ribbon Super
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cute Contest Super Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Super Rank Cute Contest in Hoenn.

No. 11
Name: Cute Ribbon Hyper
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cute Contest Hyper Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Hyper Rank Cute Contest in Hoenn.

No. 12
Name: Cute Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Hoenn Cute Contest Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Master Rank Cute Contest in Hoenn.

No. 13
Name: Smart Ribbon
In-Game Description: Hoenn Smart Contest Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Normal Rank Smart Contest in Hoenn.

No. 14
Name: Smart Ribbon Super
In-Game Description: Hoenn Smart Contest Super Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Super Rank Smart Contest in Hoenn.

No. 15
Name: Smart Ribbon Hyper
In-Game Description: Hoenn Smart Contest Hyper Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Hyper Rank Smart Contest in Hoenn.

No. 16
Name: Smart Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Hoenn Smart Contest Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Master Rank Smart Contest in Hoenn.	

No. 17
Name: Tough Ribbon
In-Game Description: Hoenn Tough Contest Normal Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Normal Rank Tough Contest in Hoenn.

No. 18
Name: Tough Ribbon Super
In-Game Description: Hoenn Tough Contest Super Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Super Rank Tough Contest in Hoenn.

No. 19
Name: Tough Ribbon Hyper
In-Game Description: Hoenn Tough Contest Hyper Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Hyper Rank Tough Contest in Hoenn.

No. 20
Name: Tough Ribbon Master
In-Game Description: Hoenn Tough Contest Master Rank winner!
How to Get: Beat the Master Rank Tough Contest in Hoenn.

END OF HOENN CONTEST RIBBONS

No. 21
Name: Artist Ribbon
In-Game Description: Ribbon awarded for being chosen as a super
                     sketch model in Hoenn.
How to Get: BEFORE competing in any Master-rank contest, go to the
            museum in Lilycove city and talk to the curator. Next,
            go beat any Master-rank contest. There will be an artist
            waiting for you when you come out of the contest. Answer
            yes to his question, and he will put a sketch of your
            Pokemon on the 2nd floor of the museum, and your Pokemon
            will be awarded this ribbon. There can be five sketches
            in the museum at any one time; one for each category.
Additional Note: Even if you already have a sketch of a Pokemon in
                 the category you just won, you can answer yes to the
                 artist again upon winning the contest; this will
                 replace the sketch of the Pokemon in that category
                 that was there before, and likewise, your Pokemon
                 will get the Artist Ribbon.

No. 22
Name: Champion Ribbon
In-Game Description: Ribbon for clearing the Pokemon League and
                     entering the Hall of Fame in another region.
How to Get: Beat the Pokemon League in either Ruby, Sapphire,
            Firered, Leafgreen or Emerald.
Additional Note: Some useless trivia for you; the Champion Ribbon is
                 the only ribbon obtainable in FR/LG.

No. 23
Name: Winning Ribbon
In-Game Description: Ribbon awarded for clearing the Hoenn Battle
                     Tower's Lv. 50 challenge.
How to Get: After winning 49 battles at the Battle Tower in Lvl 50
            mode, every Pokemon that you use to beat more 7-streak
            wins will recieve this ribbon. (So all the Pokemon that
            you use to beat the 56th battle will recieve this, and
            the same for the 62nd battle, and so on.)

No. 24
Name: Victory Ribbon
In-Game Description: Ribbon awarded for clearing the Hoenn Battle
                     Tower's Lv. 100 challenge.
How to Get: Same as Winning Ribbon, but in Lvl 100 mode.

No. 25
Name: National Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for overcoming all difficult
                     challenges. 
How to Get: Automatically attached to all purified Shadow Pokemon
            from Colosseum and XD. The ribbon can only be attached to
            the Pokemon that could be caught in those games, and
            there is currently no other way to obtain it.

No.26
Name: Earth Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for winning 100 matches in a
                     row.
How to Get: Beat Mount Battle in either Colosseum or XD without
            changing your team to recieve this ribbon on all your
            Pokemon.


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4.4 Ribbons available only through hacking
------------------------------------------

These Ribbons are programmed into the games, but as of yet, have no
method of obtaining other than using a hacking device.

The first five of these ribbons were programmed into the 3rd gen 
games as well. The In-Game Descriptions are that of the 4th gen 
games, although I doubt they were any different in the 3rd gen.
These are unlikely to ever be legitimately obtainable;

No. 1
Name: Marine Ribbon
In-Game Description: 2005 National Tournament Runner-up Ribbon

No. 2
Name: Land Ribbon
In-Game Description: 2003 National Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon

No. 3
Name: Sky Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.

No. 4
Name: Country Ribbon
In-Game Description: Pokemon League Champion Ribbon

No. 5
Name: World Ribbon
In-Game Description: Pokemon League Champion Ribbon


The rest of these ribbons were introduced with the 4th gen. We may
see some of these become obtainable with the Wi-Fi events of HG/SS.


No. 6
Name: Record Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for setting an incredible
                     record.

No. 7
Name: History Ribbon
In-Game Description: A Ribbon awarded for setting a historical 
                     record.

No. 8
Name: Red Ribbon
In-Game Description: A commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.

No. 9
Name: Green Ribbon
In-Game Description: A commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.

No. 10
Name: Blue Ribbon
In-Game Description: A commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.

No. 11
Name: Festival Ribbon
In-Game Description: A commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.

No. 12
Name: Carnival Ribbon
In-Game Description: A commemorative Ribbon obtained in a Mystery
                     Zone.

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5.0 Strategies for 10 Ribbons
-----------------------------

One of the main reasons you may have visited this FAQ is to find out
the easiest Ribbons to get so you can get into the Resort Area Ribbon
Club. For those who don't know, the Ribbon Club allows you to massage
Pokemon which increases happiness, meaning you can massage Pokemon
twice a day as opposed to only once, halving the time it takes to
evolve Pokemon that evolve by happiness.
(The Ribbon Club also allows you to buy the Gorgeous, Royal, and
Gorgeous Royal Ribbons.)
In this section I will list some strategies to get 10 Ribbons as
easily and quickly as possible. For each, I'll list the time it takes
and an effort rating out of five. I will assume you haven't already
got the once-daily emotion ribbon each time, and have money/berries
to get pokeblocks/poffins.


-------------------------------------
5.1 Strategies that require Migrating
-------------------------------------

The job of getting 10 ribbons on one Pokemon is made a lot quicker if
you have either Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald. If you have Colosseum or 
XD it will help too as you can get the National Ribbon with no
effort at all.

Strategy 1: The Two-Region Contest Strategy
-------------------------------------------

Time: 1-2 hours (depends how good you are at contests)
Effort: 4/5

Fairly straightforward; win all the ranks of a certain category or
contest in Hoenn, get the Artist Ribbon, then migrate over and win
all the ranks of that same category (although the moves' contest
effects will have changed, as far as I'm aware they stay the same
category) and get one emotion ribbon. If you can't win the Sinnoh
Master Rank contest, then you could get the Effort Ribbon, or the
Sinnoh Champ Ribbon instead, as these are relatively easy to get. If
of course you win the contests with a Pokemon from Colosseum or XD
then the National Ribbon will make up that last ribbon.
You could also miss out the Hoenn Master Rank contest and replace
with Champion Ribbon, and then go for the Footprint Ribbon, but if
you find Hoenn master rank contests easy then you may as well do that
since you get both the Master Rank Ribbon and the Artist Ribbon from
doing so.

Strategy 2: The Normal-Rank-Contest-Only Strategy
-------------------------------------------------

Time: 1-2 Hours
Effort: 3/5 (less focus on the contests, but you'll pretty much have
        to visit the move tutor at least twice, or put TMs to waste)

Like above, but instead, only win the Normal Rank contests of each
category, as opposed to all the ranks of a specefic category. Feed
your Pokemon assorted Pokeblocks to boost appeal in all areas, enough
to beat the other contestants on visual appeal, the just use two
moves that fit with the category you're in and you're very, very
likely to win, since the normal rank contests in both Hoenn and
Sinnoh are mind-numbingly easy. Feel free to miss out some and
replace with an emotion ribbon, the Footprint Ribbon, Champion Ribbon
or the Effort Ribbon. I suggest missing out the Sinnoh contests since
they require more concentration due to the dance section.
The only snag with this is that it means a lot of heart scales/TMs
go to waste as you have to constantly change the moves to fit the
category. You're almost guaranteed to win if you have moves in the
right category, and pretty much every pokemon can learn at least one
move for each, but if you don't have moves in the right category it
does become harder.
Of course, this strategy takes a lot longer and requires a lot more
effort if you need to get heart scales...


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5.2 Strategies using only one Game Card
---------------------------------------

Strategy 1: The Two-Contest Strategy
------------------------------------

Time: 2-3 Hours
Effort: 5/5 (Damn Sinnoh Contests!)

Win all the ranks of the contests in TWO categories. Yep, it hurts.
This is how I did it: first, get a Rhydon. 2nd, buy 15 of the spicy-
sour poffins from the basement of the department store. (This only
appears in Platinum; in D/P, you'll have to make the poffins
yourself) Feed Rhydon all these Poffins to max out his Cool and Tough
stats, and then teach it Scary Face, Earthquake, Hammer Arm and
Megahorn. Scary Face and Hammer Arm make Rhydon go last, Earthquake
and Megahorn earn double score if they go last. Simple contest
strategy, but it worked for me (Scary Face and Earthquake are Tough
moves, while Hammer Arm and Megahorn are Cool). I was able to beat
all ranks of the Cool and Tough contests with this Rhydon despite
having next to no accessories for the visual appeal. However there is
a contest FAQ too so look at that for better contest strategies.
Obviously for the last two ribbons you can do what you like; an
emotion ribbon and the Sinnoh Champ Ribbon are probably the easiest
two to get. Add in the Effort Ribbon and Footprint ribbon if you
are struggling with the two Master rank contests.


Strategy 2: The Whole-Week-Long Strategy
----------------------------------------

Time: 7 Days
Effort: 1/5

Every day, go to the ribbon girl and get an emotion ribbon. Then do
whatever you like for the last 3. Win contests, beat the league, etc.
It's a long process, since you can't just change the DS date (there
is a way of doing it, but it's very tedious, it's not just a simple
case of switching to the next day). This is by far the easiest, and I
suppose less time consuming strategy (it doesn't take long to talk to
that girl once a day) but since it takes a week you may want to opt
for another strategy. I'm impatient, so I don't like this one.

EDIT: I've had quite a few emails telling me about the switching-the-
      clock method, so I figure I should probably put it here. This
      method involves "time-travelling" so I'd avise not to use it
      if you play games like Animal Crossing Wild World that punish
      you for doing so, heh. Also, while I'm not 100% sure of this,
      I think the game will stop your berries growing, swarms
      changing, and all other day-by-day events rolling over for a
      full 24-hours if you do this strategy wrong, so use at your
      own risk. Here it is:

Strategy 3: Time Traveller!
---------------------------

Time: 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Effort: 3/5

Save in front of the ribbon girl in Sunyshore City. Get the ribbon
from her for that day, then save. Turn off the game. Turn on DS and
before loading up the game go onto DS settings. Change the clock to
23:58 (Or 23:59 if you think you're quick enough to load the game in
less than a minute). Load up the game, making sure the time does not
hit 00:00. Once you've loaded up the game (as in, to the point where
you are controlling your character) let the clock roll over to 00:00.
Now, when you talk to the ribbon girl again, she should give you the
next day's ribbon. Rinse and repeat for all the weekday ribbons, in
under an hour. The last 3 ribbons shouldn't be too hard to get.
Although I haven't tested, there's no reason this strategy shouldn't
work with HG/SS, although it'll take longer since you have to fly
to all the different locations.
A couple of things to note: simply changing the date on the DS
calender DOES NOT WORK. Although I don't know the science behind it,
the game knows when it's out of synch with the DS clock so stops
all the events happening if it finds that it is. For some reason,
if the the clock rolls over to the next day while you're playing
in-game, everything works as normal. That's why you have to change
the time to just before midnight, and let it roll over.
Also, when you're doing this, make sure to not change the date back
to the current day until you've got all the ribbons. So if you'd
made the game roll over to the 25th May, don't change it back to the
24th until you've got all the ribbons you want. Let it advance to the
26th to get the next one, then the 27th to get the next one, etc.
because I'm fairly sure that if you replay the same date in-game, 
the game stops all day-by-day events working for 24 hours since it 
knows you're time travelling. So just keep changing the clock and 
advancing the date, then change the date back (after this, it will 
take a full 24 hours before the events start working again).

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6.0 FAQs
--------

Q: You missed out / made an error in the description for ____ Ribbon!
A: Okay, contact me by email (see 7.0) or make a topic for me on the
   Pokemon Platinum boards. If you're right, I'll add the correction
   and your name to the credits here.

Q: You made a spelling/grammatical mistake!
A: I did spellcheck, but okay, if you're bothered enough to email me
   about it, I'll change it. Don't think you're getting credit for
   it though.

Q: I have a better strategy for 10 ribbons than the ones you listed!
A: Email me that strategy, if I think it's decent, I'll put it
   up with credit to you.

Q: I talked to the ribbon girl in Sunyshore and she refused to give
   my Pokemon a ribbon! What have I done wrong?
A: Yes, no-one really asked this, but this was a mistake I made. The
   emotion ribbons are assigned to each day and if you talk to the
   girl when your lead Pokemon already has the ribbon assigned to the
   current day, she will say that she has more ribbons to give so
   come back with a different Pokemon. I hadn't realised my Garchomp
   had got the Smile Ribbon, I thought it had the Relax ribbon
   (which my Rhyperior turned out to have instead) which led me to
   believe you could only get one emotion ribbon per Pokemon, since
   I talked to her on a Sunday.


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7.0 Contact Me
--------------

If you have have a correction for me or just wish to say the FAQ 
was good then feel free to email me at:

danstanyon21[at]hotmail.com

In the subject of the email, please put "Ribbon FAQ Correction" or
something along those lines. If I don't see that, I'll delete it.
I'll write back once I've read your email to tell you that I've made
the update.
And please, no hate mail. That doesn't make me feel good inside.


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8.0 Credits
-----------

You - For taking the time to read my FAQ.

GameFAQs and SBAllen - for hosting this FAQ and being/running the
best game site I know.

Serebii.net - Very user-friendly comprehensive site, I found out 
              about the hack-only ribbons here.

David Chen - Provided me with all the information regarding the
             emotion ribbon givers in HG/SS. 

Chris Macdonald and Andrew Clapp - Helped me out with some info on
the Classic Ribbon.

relkaw - Gave me the proper requirements of the World Ability Ribbon.

Users of the Pokemon Platinum Board - They helped me out with some
minor details. They're nice chaps there. :D

(c) Dan Stanyon (chaomaster4000) 2009/2010.

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