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Battle Flow

Vincent Lau

Most of the time you pick "Fight", but the other options are important too.

Pokemon battles are an crucial element of the Pokemon world. If you intend to go anywhere in Alola, you’ll undoubtedly need to pave a way through wild Pokemon staking their turf and other Pokemon trainers who seek the thrills of battle.

This is all easy enough for battle-seasoned Pokemon trainers to deal with, but for those you new to Pokemon battling, we’ve got your backs!

Basics of Battles

Whether you’re matched up against a wild Pokemon or a rival trainer’s Pokemon, the battle mechanics are the same for both. For the majority of the time, battles will be between two Pokemon–yours and the opponent’s.

The Pokemon that you send out will be the first Pokemon in your party–the one in the top-left corner. If that Pokemon is out of commission (i.e. fainted), you will send out the next available one instead.

Once a battle is underway, you can choose from the following options:

Choosing your Moves

After selecting “Fight”, you can then pick one of your Pokemon’s moves.

Each Pokemon can have up to 4 moves at their disposal. Moves can be learned via Level Up, evolution, by using TM items or other means. If a Pokemon tries to learn a new move when they have 4 already, you will be asked to delete an old move or give up learning the new one.

Moves can have a variety of effects; most deal damage to the opposing Pokemon, but others may cause status effects or a combination of both. Each move has a PP (Power Point) value, which determines how many times the Pokemon can use the move before it needs replenishing.

The final thing to note is that each Pokemon and each move has a characteristic Type (and some Pokemon can have two Types). These Types range Normal, Fire, Grass, all the way to Dark, Steel and Fairy. Types are very important as they greatly influence the amount of damage dealt.

See our Type Match-Up page just ahead for the full scoop!

Battle Outcomes

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Having selected a move, the Pokemon with the higher Speed stat will execute their move first, followed by the other Pokemon. If a Pokemon uses a damage-dealing move, it may reduce the opposing Pokemon’s HP. Once a Pokemon falls to 0 HP, it will faint and be removed from battle.

If you manage to successfully faint a Pokemon (or catch a wild Pokemon), your Pokemon will gain experience and eventually Level Up , improving their stats and occasionally gaining new moves or even evolving into a stronger creature.

Defeating or capturing a wild Pokemon immediately ends the battle. However, if you’re facing another Pokemon trainer, they may send out another Pokemon to continue the battle. Just like you, other trainers can have up to 6 Pokemon, although most rarely have more than 3.

The battle ends once either trainer has exhausted all of their Pokemon–and the victor is the trainer with at least one Pokemon still standing. In addition to earning valuable experience, you will also be rewarded with Poke Dollars (money) for besting a fellow trainer.


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    12 December 2016
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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Welcome to Alola, a region of tropical islands, filled with gorgeous natural beauty and Pokemon never seen before. Having recently moved to Alola, your journey begins soon afterwards. Your adventures will be filled with fascinating and colorful people with quirky island traditions and of course Pokémon. Delight in the mysteries of the brand new Alola region as your travels take you the length and breadth of the region and the secrets of the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala are finally unveiled.

Our massive and comprehensive guide includes the following:

  • A full route and trial battle guide covering your journey from Pokémon novice to eventual Champion.

  • All dungeons and Rite of the Island challenges covered.

  • Detailed breeding and capture guide, including locations for every Pokémon as well as information on the new Alolan forms.

  • Gameplay strategies to maximise your team potential as well as details on Hyper Training.

  • Minigames and secrets uncovered.

  • An explanation of the brand new Rotom Pokédex and loads more!

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