How to Pass the Champion Assessment in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

It is not unusual to get to a point in JRPGs where you need to say the right thing to a certain NPC. This seems to happen quite often in Pokémon.

The champion assessment is basically a bunch of questions that you have to answer correctly. If you get it wrong, you are kicked.

Seeing a questionnaire as an obstacle in the game makes me feel like Pokémon Scarlet & Violet was certainly not as innovative as Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Either way, we have all the answers you need. Here’s how to pass the champion assessment in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

How to Answer the Champion Assessment

This is how to pass the Champion Assessment in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. You need to answer all the questions correctly.

As mentioned above, you will meet an NPC, Rika, and will have to answer all the questions correctly. As with any test, this is very easy as long as you know the answers. Check below.

Question: How did you get here today? 
Answer: The available answers here are: I walked, I rode my Pokemon, and I came by Flying Taxi. They can all be correct depending on how you got there.

Question: Tell tell me the name of the school you are enrolled in.
Answer: Naranja Academy if you are playing Scarlet, or Uva Academy if you are playing Violet.

Question: So, what brings you to the Pokémon League today? 
Answer: I came to become a champion.

Question: Now, what do you intend to do if and when you become a Champion? 
Answer: The available answers here are I want to become even stronger, I want to battle Nemona, and I want to find treasure. They’re all fine. However, make sure you remember the answer you provided. You will have to answer the same thing again at the end of the champion assessment.

Question: Tell me: Which of the 8 Gyms gave you the most difficulty?
Answer: You can actually choose any of the gyms here. It’ll be fine even if you choose the first gym. For immersion’s sake, pick the one you had the most trouble with. However, if you just want to pass on the assessment test, make sure to pick a gym whose leader you remember. You need their name for the next question.

Question: And what was the name of the Gym Leader you faced there?
Answer: the answer here is the name of the Gym Leader that you chose in the previous question.

Question: But do you remember which type of Pokemon the Gym Leader (The Gym Leader you Selected) used?
Answer: The answer here is the Pokémon type used by the selected Gym Leader. You can check that below.

Question: What was the category of the Pokémon you chose to be your first partner?
Answer: the answer will, obviously, depend on your first Pokémon. The answers are The Grass Cat, The Fire Croc, and the Water Duckling. Pick the one you started with.

Question: Remind me, what do you intend to do if you and when you become a Champion?
Answer: This is a trick question to catch those who were not paying attention to the champion assessment. You have to go with the exact same answer you provided previously. So make sure you remember the option you chose; otherwise, you might fail the test and have to start it all over again.

Question: Do you like Pokémon?
Answer: The answer here is obviously yes. This question is so weird that it makes no sense to be here. Who would answer something different? Even if it was true, why would you say that to someone examining you? Whatever the reasoning behind this question might be, just pick yes.

What Happens After the Champion Assessment

After you answer all these questions correctly, you should pass the champion assessment.

At this point, you should be ready to fight the Elite Four. This is not going to be an easy task, so make sure you’ve chosen strong Pokémon and learned all their Strengths and Weaknesses.

The champion assessment test is somewhat annoying, and if you don’t know what to do here, you might get kicked out over and over again.

Although the idea behind it is a bit interesting, I can’t shake the feeling that it was so poorly executed. 

Things could have been more entertaining if there had been fewer right or wrong questions and more personal ones.

I get that the Elite Four won’t just face anyone, but having to guess the correct answers over and over again so you can finally fight them is a buzz kill.

There is also a good chance you might have some trouble with the first question. Make sure to walk from a Pokémon Center all the way to where Rika will interview you to increase your chances of having “I walked” as the correct answer.

If you have any trouble choosing a gym and remembering the gym leader’s name, check the list below to make sure you won’t spend more time than needed answering Rika’s questions.

List of all Gyms and their respective leaders:

Medali Gym: Larry (Normal)

Cortondo Gym: Katy (Bug)

Artazon Gym: Brassius (Grass)

Glaseado Gym: Grusha (Ice)

Levincia Gym: Iono (Electric)

Cascarrafa Gym: Kofu (Water)

Montenevera Gym: Ryme (Ghost)

Alfornada Gym: Tulip (Psychic)

What to Do Next

Your next task after passing the Champion Assessment is to beat the Elite Four. Make sure that your team is leveled up and ready to go, and stock up on any extra items that you might need during the battle.

Make sure to check the Friendship levels for each of your Pokemon before heading to the Elite Four, too. It may seem insignificant but having Pokemon with high Friendship levels can make a real difference in tricky battles.