Starting with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, you can adorn your monsters with “Ribbons” for completing certain quests and contests. One person endeavored to put all of the available Ribbons from every game on the worst Pokémon possible, recording his months-long journey in a hilarious Ribbon collecting guide.
Ribbons are purely cosmetic markers that show whether or not a Pokémon has completed a certain quest or mini-game. Pokémon get Ribbons for beating the Elite 4, or for doing well in mini-games. But prior to Mockturne’s Ribbon collecting guide, there wasn’t much information on how to collect all 36 currently Ribbons, especially if you wanted to see if a single Pokémon could get all of them. “The only resources I found were lists of ribbons,” Mockturne said, “but it looked like no one had detailed how to gather as many as possible onto a single Pokémon, from start to finish.”
[Clarification: Prior to the fifth generation of Pokémon games, Black and White, there were 82 available Ribbons. During those games, some of the previous Ribbons were consolidated, so while Mockturne’s Ribbon collection appears, at a glance, to only have 36 Ribbons, he’s definitely collected all the previous ones.]
Mockturne said he started on his quest to get every ribbon for a couple of reasons. Two years ago, he found a backpacker in Pokémon X and Y who was coy about their region of origin. At the time, Mockturne believed the NPC was a part of a secret quest of sorts, that could unlock under the right conditions: specifically, by showing them a Pokémon with Ribbons from Orre, the region that only appears in the two Pokémon games on the Nintendo GameCube. “Since there was no clearly defined path, I thought I’d chronicle it,” he said.
Over the course of a few months, he’d played all the then available games, detailing his process in a seven page guide, with an eighth page recently added for the Alola region in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Mockturne decided to try Delibird as his Ribbon Master, which he nicknamed Oswald.
“Se Jun Park had won the 2014 Pokémon World Championships with a Pachirisu, a Pokémon that many people had written off as non-viable competitively,” he said. “...if Pachirisu could suddenly become a world champion, why not another Pokémon that everyone had chalked up as useless?”
Unfortunately, Delibird is no Pachirisu. In his guide, Mockturne writes, “There is no untapped potential here. No magic secret waiting to be unlocked. … Please, pick another Pokémon. God, he sucks so hard. Don’t do this to yourself.”