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The payout of a Pokémon Trainer is the amount of money that a Trainer pays out at the end of a battle.
In the games, a Trainer pays out money based on a formula:
Where Base is the base payout of the Trainer class, and Level is the level of the last Pokémon in the Trainer's party. Note that the last Pokémon is not always the highest level Pokémon - for example, in Generation II, Red pays out 7700 even though there is a level 81 Pikachu in his party, because the last Pokémon he has is his level 77 Blastoise, and in Generation IV, he pays out 16,800 despite the level 88 Pikachu because, again, the last Pokémon in his party is his Level 84 Blastoise.
In tag battles, the total payout is simply the sum of the payouts of the two Trainers if they had separate parties. For example, in Generation IV, battling a Camper with a level 26 Spearow at the end of the party at the same time as a Champion with a level 78 Garchomp at the end of the party would earn the player 416 + 15,600 = 16,016. Taking on two Roughnecks with a Level 53 and Level 67 Koffing respectively would earn the player 1272 + 1608 = 2880.
Base payout table
Below is a table of the base payouts of each trainer class, by generation.
- ↑ PKMN Trainer is the title given to the rival in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- ↑ In HGSS, Red's base payout, when he holds this title, is 200.
In FireRed and LeafGreen and the Generation IV games, the money lost when a player blacks out is calculated using the same formula for the NPC trainers. Unlike the NPC trainers, however, Level is the highest level of any Pokémon in the player's party instead of simply the level of the last one - this is probably to prevent players from simply inserting a low-level Pokémon at the end of the party to minimize money loss.
Base Payout is looked up using the following table:
*In FireRed and LeafGreen, this is 100.
For example, if the player loses to another trainer with a Level 96 Venusaur in your party when (s)he has seven badges, the player will lose 9600.
If the Trainer is currently holding less money than the amount calculated, (s)he will simply lose all his or her money and black out.