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Battle Frontier バトルフロンティア
Battle Frontier
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Battle Frontier GenIV.png
Map description: The Battle Frontier--where the best of the best Trainers gather to test their skills--is located here. Pt

A place where people from all over come to show off their strength. HGSS

Location: Battle Zone (Sinnoh)
Route 40 (Johto)
Region: Sinnoh
Generations: IV
Sinnoh Battle Park Map.png
Location of Battle Frontier in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

The Battle Frontier (Japanese: バトルフロンティア Battle Frontier) is a special post-Pokémon League area featured in the Generation IV games, Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver. It is similar to the Battle Frontier featured in Pokémon Emerald, the Hoenn Battle Frontier. The key difference is the number of facilities and the challenges they hold.

Battle Frontier location in Johto

This Frontier is found in two regions, Sinnoh and Johto; each region's Frontier is identical in facilities and appearance. The Sinnoh Frontier is located north of the Fight Area in the place of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl's Battle Park. The Johto Frontier is located west of Olivine City, where Pokémon Crystal's Battle Tower was located. Access to Johto's Frontier is through the Frontier Access. Each of the facilities in the Battle Frontier has a leader, the Frontier Brain, who may be challenged after certain winning streaks have been made through their respective facilities. Defeating the Frontier Brains will earn the player commemorative prints.

Only two of the facilities had been featured in Pokémon games prior to the Battle Frontier's debut in Platinum. The Battle Tower and Battle Factory were both present in Emerald; the Battle Tower has been in every game since its debut in Crystal, excluding FireRed and LeafGreen, which featured a similar facility called Trainer Tower.

Overview

Overview of the Battle Frontier

Upon the player's first entry into the Battle Frontier, their Vs. Recorder will be upgraded with a Frontier Record by a woman at the entrance. The Vs. Recorder keeps the amount of Battle Points the players has. It also contains the commemorative prints obtained from the Battle Frontier. One battle from within one of the facilities may be recorded and stored on the Frontier Record, which may be watched or overwritten with another at any time.

On winning through a set amount of battles in any given facility, Battle Points, or BP, will be awarded, usually in small amounts, but gradually growing through each consecutive streak. Defeating the Frontier Brain of a given facility for the first time awards the silver commemorative print of that facility, while the second defeat of the same Brain gives the commemorative print a golden color. They are the equivalent of a Badge, and equivalent to the Symbols from Hoenn's Battle Frontier. The Frontier Brain will only appear in single battle mode. Also, defeating a Brain will always yield a 20BP reward. Battles conducted here do not award experience or money. Also, Pokémon seen in the battles will not be added to the Pokédex.

The center of the Battle Frontier, with a map showing the five battle facilities

There are usually three forms of challenges. The first of these challenges is the standard single battle in which the challenger must engage in seven three on three battles in a row. Winning a set of seven battles earns the player Battle Points. The second of these challenges follows the same layout as the standard single battle but are rather conducted as Double Battles. Each facility also offers Multi Battles that two players can participate in, using the Nintendo DS's Wireless Connection, to increase their record. The Battle Frontier also allows players from around the world connect together using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to take part in multi Battles in any of the Battle Frontier facilities. This can be done by going to the Wi-Fi Club on the basement floor of any Pokémon Center, and selecting the Battle Frontier function. However, both players must have entered the Hall of Fame and visited the Battle Frontier at least once.

Regardless of what challenge is taken, the following Pokémon are not allowed:

Mewtwo Mewtwo Mew Mew Lugia Lugia Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Celebi Celebi Kyogre Kyogre Groudon Groudon
Rayquaza Rayquaza Jirachi Jirachi Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
Rotom Heat
Rotom*
Rotom Wash
Rotom*
Rotom Frost
Rotom*
Rotom Fan
Rotom*
Rotom Mow
Rotom*
Dialga Dialga Palkia Palkia Giratina Giratina
Altered Forme
Giratina Giratina
Origin Forme
Phione Phione Manaphy Manaphy Darkrai Darkrai Shaymin Shaymin
Land Forme
Shaymin Shaymin
Sky Forme
Arceus Arceus
Pichu Spiky-eared
Pichu
Egg Egg ManaphyEgg Manaphy
Egg

In addition, the following held items are not allowed:

Soul Dew Soul Dew

Facilities

Battle Tower

Battle Tower
バトルタワー Battle Tower
Battle Tower IV.jpg
"Never Lose! Keep Winning!"
Battles per round
7
Participating Pokémon
Single
3
Double
4
Battle Points obtained
Normal
Tower Tycoon Palmer
Tower Tycoon Palmer
Commemorative print
Silver print
Commemorative print
Gold print
Wins to obtain a commemorative print
Silver
21
Gold
49

The Battle Tower (Japanese: バトルタワー Battle Tower) is identical to the Battle Tower in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. It is the northernmost facility in the Battle Frontier, and has a direct path to it from the entrance. It is on a large, glass platform that elevates above all the other facilities, making it the head of the Battle Frontier. The same small boy who stands in front of the Battle Tower in Hoenn's Battle Frontier, is also standing outside this one.

The player battles seven Trainers consecutively in a simple knock-out, progressively becoming more difficult. Before entering, Trainers will choose three Pokémon to battle, their level reduced to 50. Players are not allowed to bring Pokémon with the same items here. Consumed items, such as Berries, will be replaced after each battle. The player's Pokémon will also be healed completely after each battle. Players will then have the option to continue, rest, retire, or get their most recent battle recorded on their Vs. Recorder. The difficulty of battles here is based on how many rounds the player endures; the first round features fast opponents, the second round has opponent's Pokémon holding items, and starting in the third round, opponents begin to use strategic battle combinations. 

There are also a number of other challenges in the Battle Tower that other facilities don't have. Multi battles can be conducted, following the format found in the other two challenges. Before the challenge begins, players can choose one among Riley, Cheryl, Buck, Mira, and Marley as their partner, though in Platinum, they must be met in certain areas before they will appear in the Tower. Each partner specializes in a different Pokémon stat, and different Pokémon. There is also another feature that allows the player to randomly download a team using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which will then begin to appear in the player's Battle Tower challenges. One can also upload their team to the database to be downloaded by another player.

Palmer is the Frontier Brain for the Battle Tower. He can be challenged after 20 consecutive battles. His first lineup is filled with fully evolved Pokémon, with high stats to match. Once defeated, he will give away the silver commemorative print. Palmer can be challenged again after 49 consecutive battles, and will give away the gold commemorative print when defeated. He uses different Pokémon during the second match, battling with three legendary Pokémon.

Awards

Unlike the other facilities at the Battle Frontier, the Battle Tower awards the player Goods and Ribbons for meeting certain conditions. Not only are there prizes for single battle, but also for winning consecutive Double Battles or multi battle in the Wi-Fi battle room.

Goods
Good Achievement
Bronze Trophy Win 20 consecutive Single Battles
Silver Trophy Win 50 consecutive Single Battles
Gold Trophy Win 100 consecutive Single Battles

Commemorative Ribbons
Ribbon Achievement
Ability Ribbon Defeat Tower Tycoon Palmer in Single Battle for the first time.
Great Ability Ribbon Defeat Tower Tycoon Palmer in Single Battle for the second time.
Double Ability Ribbon Win 50 consecutive Double Battles
Multi Ability Ribbon Win 50 consecutive Multi Battles
Pair Ability Ribbon Win 50 consecutive Multi Battles with two players
World Ability Ribbon Attain Rank 5 at the Wi-Fi Battle Room

Gallery

Battle Tower exterior DP.png Battle Tower Pt.png VS Palmer.png
Outside the Battle Tower Inside the Battle Tower's lobby Before battle in the Battle Tower


Battle Factory

Battle Factory
バトルファクトリー Battle Factory
Battle Factory IV.jpg
"Win Consecutively with Rental Pokémon"
Battles per round
7
Participating Pokémon
Single
3
Double
3
Battle Points obtained
Many
Factory Head Thorton
Factory Head Thorton
Commemorative print
Silver print
Commemorative print
Gold print
Wins to obtain a commemorative print
Silver
21
Gold
49

The Battle Factory (Japanese: バトルファクトリー Battle Factory) is another battle venue in the Generation IV Battle Frontier, having basically the same rules as Hoenn's Battle Frontier's Battle Factory. It is located on the northeast corner of the Battle Frontier. The blue building itself is much like a factory, with exhaust fans, and pipes. There is a long, glass panel on the floor of the building that transfers information around. There are Poké Balls containing rental Pokémon in glass storage panels inside, and there is an electronic battle ground that lights up before a battle begins. Like Hoenn's Battle Factory, it is more dedicated to research than the other facilities, and the subject of the scientists' research is the abilities of Trainers when using random Pokémon in battle.

Before entering the Battle Factory, the player will be asked to hand over their current party in exchange for rental Pokémon. The player will then be able to choose three out of six random Pokémon to rent and battle other Trainers; these Pokémon will be either level 50 or 100, depending on whether competing in the level 50 or level 100 competition. After winning a battle, the player's Pokémon will be healed completely, and the player will have the option to continue, rest, retire, or get their most recent battle recorded on their Vs. Recorder. If the player continues, they will get the offer to trade one of the rental Pokémon for their opponent's rental Pokémon, but they may not see the Pokémon's status before trading. A scientist will tell the player what Pokémon their opponent will be using before every battle, but after the player progresses through consecutive battles, the scientist will tell less and less.

Thorton is the Frontier Brain for the Battle Factory. He can be challenged after 20 consecutive battles. Thorton is subject to the same rules in the Battle Factory; he must use rental Pokémon as well, so his team will not be known until he is encountered. He could have anything except for the Pokémon that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier. Once defeated, he will give away the silver commemorative print. Thorton can be challenged again after 49 consecutive battles, and will give away the gold commemorative print when defeated.

Staff information

The Battle Factory scientist staff member will hint about the next Pokémon or move the player will face. But after the player progresses through rounds, the scientist will hint less information than last round. The player should use the data to decide which Pokémon to rent and form a strategy based around it. 

Single Battle
Round Information
1 Name of all 3 Pokémon
2 Name of 2 of the 3 Pokémon
3 Name of the lead Pokémon and one of its moves
4 One of the lead Pokémon's moves
5+ The most common type of the 3 Pokémon

Double Battle
Round Information
1 Name of all 3 Pokémon
2 Name of 2 of the 3 Pokémon
3 Name of the 2 lead Pokémon and one of their moves
4 One of the 2 lead Pokémon's moves
5+ The most common type of the 3 Pokémon

Gallery

Battle Factory exterior PtHGSS.png Battle Factory interior PtHGSS.png VS Thorton.png
Outside the Battle Factory Inside the Battle Factory Before battle in the Battle Factory


Battle Arcade

Battle Arcade
バトルルーレット Battle Roulette
Battle Roulette.jpg
"Where Events Sway Outcomes"
Battles per round
7
Participating Pokémon
Single
3
Double
3
Battle Points obtained
Few
Arcade Star Dahlia
Arcade Star Dahlia
Commemorative print
Silver print
Commemorative print
Gold print
Wins to obtain a commemorative print
Silver
21
Gold
49

The Battle Arcade (Japanese: バトルルーレット Battle Roulette) is a new facility located in the southeastern corner of the Battle Frontier. The building itself looks like a large tent, with articular domes, much like Saint Basil's Cathedral. Inside the Arcade, it is dark with strange patterns on the walls and floors like a circus tent. In the stadium room, there is a large screen called the Game Board that most of the game is displayed on.

The player battles seven Trainers consecutively in a knock-out, much like all other facilities in the Battle Frontier. Before entering, Trainers will choose three Pokémon to battle, having their level reduced to 50. Prior to battles, all items equipped on the Pokémon used are removed. Battles in the Battle Arcade are 3 vs 3. Upon entering, the player's Pokémon will be seen on the Game Board. The foe's Pokémon will also be seen when they enter the field.

Before a battle begins, the player must play the game board to determine the condition of the battle. The game board is a massive roulette machine that will scroll quickly through a grid of small boxes, known as Events. Landing on a dark purple box affects the player while landing on a red box affects the foe. Gray boxes, on the other hand, affect both foes. Each event will have a different effect; some may lower the opponent's HP, poison the opponent's Pokémon, or speed up the game board. The choice may affect the player's Pokémon, the opponent's, or even the field. The board may land on status ailments, weather changes, level changes, Berries and more. It may even land on nothing. The status ailments appear to be based on moves with certain types. This means that Steel-type Pokémon are immune to poisoning. Every battle is called a game; for example, the first battle is known as Game No. 1. After winning a battle, the player's Pokémon will be healed completely, and the player will have the option to continue, rest, retire, or get their most recent battle recorded on their Vs. Recorder.

Dahlia is the Frontier Brain for the Battle Arcade. She can be challenged after 21 consecutive battles. Once defeated, she will give away the silver commemorative print. Dahlia can be challenged again after 49 consecutive battles, and will give away the gold commemorative print when defeated.

Roulette events

Event Target Effect Duration
Lowers foes' HP Foe Lowers Pokémon's HP by 20% 1 battle
Poisons foes Foe Poisons Pokémon 1 battle
Paralyzes foes Foe Paralyzes Pokémon 1 battle
Burns foes Foe Burns Pokémon 1 battle
Puts foe to sleep Foe Puts one Pokémon to sleep 1 battle
Freezes foe Foe Freezes one Pokémon 1 battle
Foes get Berries Foe All Pokémon gain a Berry 1 battle
Foes get items Foe All Pokémon gain a held item 1 battle
Foes level up Foe All Pokémon gain 3 levels 1 battle
Lowers allies' HP Ally Lowers Pokémon's HP by 20% 1 battle
Poisons allies Ally Poisons Pokémon 1 battle
Paralyzes allies Ally Paralyzes Pokémon 1 battle
Burns allies Ally Burns Pokémon 1 battle
Puts ally to sleep Ally Puts one Pokémon to sleep 1 battle
Freezes ally Ally Freezes one Pokémon 1 battle
Allies get Berries Ally All Pokémon gain a Berry Remainder of the round
Allies get items Ally All Pokémon gain a held item Remainder of the round
Allies level up Ally All Pokémon gain 3 levels 1 battle
Sunny - Battle in Sunny weather 1 battle
Rain - Battle in Rainy weather 1 battle
Sandstorm - Battle in Sandstorm weather 1 battle
Hail - Battle in Hail weather 1 battle
Fog - Battle in thick fog 1 battle
Trick Room - Battle in Trick Room conditions 1 battle
Pokémon swap - Battle after swapping all Pokémon with foe 1 battle
Speed Up - Increase the speed of subsequent roulette flashes by 1 Remainder of the round
Speed Down - Decrease the speed of subsequent roulette flashes by 1 Remainder of the round
Random - Makes subsequent roulette flashes non-sequential Next roulette game
Get 1BP - Get 1BP and battle with no other event 1 battle
No battle - Move onto the next Trainer without battling 1 battle
No Event - Battle with no event 1 battle
Get 3BP - Get 3BP and battle with no other event 1 battle

Nullify events

Some events that include poisoning, paralyzing, freezing, and burning Pokémon can be negated by certain Abilities and types. The status ailments appear to be based on moves with certain types; Steel-type Pokémon are immune to poisoning.

Poison Freeze Burn Sleep Paralysis
Ability
Immunity
Type
Steel, Poison
Ability
Magma Armor
Type
Ice
Ability
Water Veil
Type
Fire
Ability
Insomnia
Vital Spirit

Ability
Limber
Type
Ground

Gallery

Battle Arcade exterior PtHGSS.png Battle Arcade interior PtHGSS.png VS Dahlia.png
Outside the Battle Arcade Inside the Battle Arcade Before battle in the Battle Arcade


Battle Castle

Battle Castle
バトルキャッスル Battle Castle
Battle Castle.png
"Manage Battles with Castle Points"
Battles per round
7
Participating Pokémon
Single
3
Double
3
Battle Points obtained
Normal
Castle Valet Darach
Castle Valet Darach
Commemorative print
Silver print
Commemorative print
Gold print
Wins to obtain a commemorative print
Silver
21
Gold
49

The Battle Castle (Japanese: バトルキャッスル Battle Castle) is another new facility located in the southwestern corner of the Battle Frontier. The Battle Castle, as its name suggests, is a huge castle, with elegant furniture on the floor and sparkling jewels on the wall. There is a golden carpet from the entrance to the battle ground. In the stadium itself, Lady Caitlin, the princess of the castle, sits on her throne atop a platform, watching down on battles. Her butler, Darach, directs people to their battle, handing out prizes to people after victory.

In the Battle Castle, players must fight seven opponents in a row. Like in the Battle Arcade, all held items are removed prior to battling. Before entering, Trainers will choose three Pokémon to battle, having their level reduced to 50. After entering, the player will meet Castle Valet Darach in the hallway, and he will give 10 Castle Points, or CP, to the player, and will lead them to the battles.

Castle Points are the currency within the Battle Castle — special things must be done to gain them, but they can be exchanged for certain benefits. Winning allows players to receive Castle Points, which are used in multiple ways. The Castle Points can allow players to heal their Pokémon's HP, PP, both, or buy items for use inside the Battle Castle, such as Berries. It can also allow players to see their opponents' Pokémon and even increase or decrease their levels by five. Unlike other facilities in the Battle Frontier, in the Battle Castle, Pokémon will not be healed automatically after a battle.

At first, the player will be limited to what they can do with their CP, but if they save up enough, they can rank up and unlock more abilities, such as increasing the selection of items they can buy for their Pokémon, or increasing the amount of information the player can get on the opponent. After winning a battle, the player will have the option to continue, rest, retire, or get their most recent battle recorded on their Vs. Recorder. If the player chooses to continue, they will be able to get the chance to exchange CP for advantages. In Multi Battle mode, both players keep their own individual CP and ranks, but can also spend their CP for their teammate's Pokémon's benefit, such as buying an item that their teammate cannot currently afford.

Lady Caitlin and her valet, Darach are the Frontier Brains for the Battle Castle. Darach is challenged after 21 consecutive battles. The Pokémon that he uses in his first match are unique. They use powerful attacks that burn and paralyze Pokémon. Once defeated, he will give away the silver commemorative print. He is battled again after 49 consecutive battles, and will give away the gold commemorative print when defeated.

Receiving CP

Castle Points or CP is used as currency in the Battle Castle. The player automatically receives 10CP on the first entry of a streak. Winning battles allows players to receive Castle Points, which are used in multiple ways. There are certain conditions the player can try to meet for more CP.

Condition CP
Number of Pokémon that have not fainted No. ×3CP
Number of Pokémon with full HP No. ×3CP
Number of Pokémon with more than half HP remaining No. ×2CP
Number of Pokémon with less than half HP remaining No. ×1CP
Number of Pokémon with no status ailments No. ×1CP
Under 5 PP used in battle 8CP
Under 10 PP used in battle 6CP
Under 15 PP used in battle 4CP
Number of opponent's Pokémon that gained 5 levels No. ×7CP

Spending CP

The Castle Points can allow players to heal their Pokémon's HP, PP, both, or buy items for use inside the Battle Castle, such as Berries. It can also allow players to see their opponents' Pokémon and even increase or decrease their levels by five. This can only be done by exchanging CP earned in battles, before every battle. CP can also be used to rank up certain actions, so instead of renting the normal eight Berries, the player can increase the rank to level 2 so it is possible to rent 8 kinds of Berries and 12 kinds of items. Some advantages can be ranked up twice to level 3 for more advantages. The player will keep all the CP and upgrades accumulated if all the Trainers are beaten successfully; however, if a match is lost or abandoned, the upgrades and CP will be lost as well, and the player must restart with the base 10 CP.

Advantage
Action Rank CP used
Examine/identify Level 1 1CP
+5 LV Level 1 1CP
-5 LV Level 1 15CP
Strength/Stats Level 1 2CP
Move Level 2 5CP
HP Recovery Level 1 10CP
PP Recovery Level 2 8CP
Full Recovery Level 3 12CP
Pass Level 1 50CP
Cheri Berry Level 1 2CP
Chesto Berry Level 1 2CP
Pecha Berry Level 1 2CP
Rawst Berry Level 1 2CP
Aspear Berry Level 1 2CP
Persim Berry Level 1 2CP
Lum Berry Level 1 5CP
Sitrus Berry Level 1 5CP
King's Rock Level 2 10CP
Quick Claw Level 2 15CP
Power Herb Level 2 5CP
Shell Bell Level 2 15CP
Metronome Level 2 10CP
Light Clay Level 2 10CP
Grip Claw Level 2 10CP
Big Root Level 2 10CP
Toxic Orb Level 2 10CP
Flame Orb Level 2 10CP
Light Ball Level 2 15CP
Thick Club Level 2 15CP
White Herb Level 3 5CP
Focus Band Level 3 15CP
Focus Sash Level 3 10CP
Leftovers Level 3 20CP
BrightPowder Level 3 20CP
Scope Lens Level 3 20CP
Wide Lens Level 3 20CP
Zoom Lens Level 3 20CP
Choice Band Level 3 20CP
Choice Specs Level 3 20CP
Choice Scarf Level 3 20CP
Muscle Band Level 3 20CP
Wise Glasses Level 3 20CP
Expert Belt Level 3 20CP
Life Orb Level 3 20CP
Liechi Berry Level 3 5CP
Ganlon Berry Level 3 5CP
Salac Berry Level 3 5CP
Petaya Berry Level 3 5CP
Apicot Berry Level 3 5CP
Lansat Berry Level 3 5CP
Starf Berry Level 3 5CP
Occa Berry Level 3 5CP
Passho Berry Level 3 5CP
Wacan Berry Level 3 5CP
Rindo Berry Level 3 5CP
Yache Berry Level 3 5CP
Chople Berry Level 3 5CP
Kebia Berry Level 3 5CP
Shuca Berry Level 3 5CP
Coba Berry Level 3 5CP
Payapa Berry Level 3 5CP
Tanga Berry Level 3 5CP
Charti Berry Level 3 5CP
Kasib Berry Level 3 5CP
Haban Berry Level 3 5CP
Colbur Berry Level 3 5CP
Babiri Berry Level 3 5CP
Chilan Berry Level 3 5CP

Ranking up
Kind Rank CP used Effect
Recovery Level 1 - Restore one Pokémon's HP
Level 2 100CP Restore one Pokémon's PP
Level 3 100CP Restore one Pokémon's HP and PP
Item Level 1 - Can rent 8 kinds of Berries
Level 2 100CP Can rent 8 kinds of Berries and 12 kinds of items
Level 3 150CP Can rent 32 kinds of Berries and 27 kinds of items
Info Level 1 - Can see opponent's Pokémon
Level 2 50CP Can see the opponent's moves

Gallery

Battle Castle Exterior.png Battle Castle Interior.png VS Darach.png
Outside the Battle Castle Inside the Battle Castle Before battle in the Battle Castle


Battle Hall

Battle Hall
バトルステージ Battle Stage
Battle Hall.jpg
"Let Each Pokémon Seek No. 1"
Battles per round
10
Participating Pokémon
Single
1
Double
2
Battle Points obtained
Few
Hall Matron Argenta
Hall Matron Argenta
Commemorative print
Silver print
Commemorative print
Gold print
Wins to obtain a commemorative print
Silver
50
Gold
170

The Battle Hall (Japanese: バトルステージ Battle Stage) is another facility located in the northwestern corner of the Battle Frontier. The stadium is a huge catwalk, in where people walk down the catwalk to the battleground, while fans take a number of photos and the spotlights shine all over the place. There is also a red carpet on the floor, all the way from the entrance to the stadium. 

The Battle Hall is unique from any other facility in the Battle Frontier, as there are 10 battles per round instead of the usual 7, and only one Pokémon can be used in a single battle, meaning the battles are one-on-one. Before entering the Battle Hall, the player will be asked to select one Pokémon level 30 or higher for entry. If it is a different Pokémon from last time, the attendant will warn the player that they are using a different Pokémon, as Pokémon are used in winning streaks, and if the player uses a different Pokémon, the streak will be lost.

Once the Pokémon is entered, the player will go down the runway and will have to choose from a list of types which type they want to battle. This lets players control their advantages, as they are about to choose their own type they want to battle. As the only thing known about an opponent is one of the types of their Pokémon, the game may occasionally throw a curveball, such as if a player chooses to use a Fighting-type against their Dark-type opponent, they may find out that the opponent is using the Ghost/Dark Spiritomb who is immune to Fighting moves.

As the player wins against each type, that type raises in rank, causing the Pokémon of that type challenged to raise in level. The opponent's Pokémon can be chosen from any one of the 17 types. Each type begins at Rank 1, and advances to the next rank when the battle is won. The ranks will go up to 10, with Ranks 8-10 having Pokémon of different types.

After winning a battle, the player's Pokémon will be healed completely, and the player will have the option to continue, rest, retire, or get their most recent battle recorded on their Vs. Recorder. Players must also have ten battles in a row before they are allowed to exit. If doing a Double Battle challenge, the player must enter two of the same species of Pokémon. 

Argenta is the Frontier Brain for the Battle Hall. She can be challenged after 50 consecutive battles, which is unique as all other Frontier Brains can be challenged after 21 consecutive battles. Like Thorton, her Pokémon are completely random, and the player cannot choose the type she uses from the list. She could have anything except for the Pokémon that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier. Once defeated, she will give away the silver commemorative print. Argenta can be challenged again after 170 consecutive battles, and will give away the gold commemorative print when defeated. The player must defeat all types at least 10 times before challenging her again.

Gaining fans

In the Battle Hall, the player will gain fans as their total record or their winning streak increases. If the player is a female, their major fan is Winston, and if the player is a male, their major fan is Serena. They can be found in the Battle Hall lobby in various locations with varying dialogue. The player will also get visitors cheering them on in the lobby. If the player's total record is over 500 in Pokémon Platinum, they will get the professor's assistant. If the record is over 1,000, the player will get Johanna, and over 10,000 will get Professor Oak or Jasmine. In HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, if the record is over 1,000, the player will get the player's mother, Ethan, or Lyra, and over 10,000 will get Professor Oak or Whitney.

Raising records

At the Battle Hall, the staff member next to the monitor will keep track of the player's total record, which is how many successive wins the player has earned with all of their Pokémon. For example, if two different Pokémon have both won 10 times, then the total record is 20. The player earns BP based on the total record.

Total BP received
10 1BP
30 3BP
50/100/150/200/250/300/350/400/450 5BP
500/600/700/800/900/1000 10BP
1200/1400/1600/1800 30BP
2000+ 50BP

Gallery

Battle Hall Exterior.png Battle Hall Interior.png VS Argenta.png
Outside the Battle Hall Inside the Battle Hall Before battle in the Battle Hall

Other areas of interest

Entrance hall

Artwork of the Battle Frontier, featuring the Frontier Brains
The entrance area in Pokémon HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Platinum Versions.

The entrance hall is the entrance to the Battle Frontier from the Fight AreaPt or Frontier AccessHGSS. Because the Sinnoh Battle Frontier does not have a Pokémon Center, unlike Hoenn's, it cannot be accessed by Fly. Upon the first entry into the Battle Frontier, the Vs. Recorder will be upgraded with a Frontier Record by the women at the entrance. There are several women who will guide and explain venues of the Battle Frontier.

  • The top left woman will explain the Battle Castle
  • The top right woman will explain the Battle Arcade
  • The middle left woman will explain the Battle Factory
  • The middle right woman will explain the Battle Hall
  • The bottom left woman will explain about the Battle Frontier itself.
  • The bottom right woman will explain the Battle Tower


Stats judge

Main article: Stats judge

In the Battle Tower's lobby next to the PC is a man who considers himself a judge of Trainer's Pokémon. He can appraise one of the player's Pokémon by looking at its stats, specifically by checking how high the IVs are. First he describes the Pokémon's "potential", which is based on the sum of all six IVs. Then he indicates which stat has the highest IV and what range it falls in. If two or more IVs are tied for the highest then he will choose only one of them to comment on. In Sinnoh, he selects which highest stat he'll report randomly. In Johto, he cycles through the stats in the following order: HP, Attack, Defense, Speed, Special Attack, Special Defense. If a different Pokémon is shown, then the cycle will not reset.

Pokémon's Potential IV Total
Decent 0 to 90
Above Average 91 to 120
Relatively Superior 121 to 150
Outstanding 151 to 186


Highest IV Range
Rather Decent 0 to 15
Very Good 16 to 25
Fantastic 26 to 30
Can't Be Better 31

Exchange Service Corner

The Exchange Service Corner is located at the center of the Battle Frontier. The player can buy various goods with Battle Points won from the facilities. The Battle Frontier's prizes are the same as Diamond and Pearl's Battle Tower's prizes. They also use Battle Points which are won in the Frontier's various facilities. They can be bought at the stalls at the center of the Frontier. The following items are offered as prizes:

Left corner
HP Up HP Up
1BP
Protein Protein
1BP
Iron Iron
1BP
Calcium Calcium
1BP
Zinc Zinc
1BP
Carbos Carbos
1BP
Rare Candy Rare Candy
48BP
Power Bracer Power Bracer
16BP
Power Belt Power Belt
16BP
Power Lens Power Lens
16BP
Power Band Power Band
16BP
Power Anklet Power Anklet
16BP
Power Weight Power Weight
16BP
Flame Orb Flame Orb
16BP
Toxic Orb Toxic Orb
16BP
White Herb White Herb
32BP
Power Herb Power Herb
32BP
BrightPowder BrightPowder
48BP
Choice Band Choice Band
48BP
Focus Band Focus Band
48BP
Scope Lens Scope Lens
48BP
Muscle Band Muscle Band
48BP
Focus Sash Focus Sash
48BP
Choice Scarf Choice Scarf
48BP
Razor Claw Razor Claw
48BP
Razor Fang Razor Fang
48BP
Right corner
TM Poison TM06 (Toxic)
32BP
TM Normal TM45 (Attract)
32BP
TM Fire TM61 (Will-O-Wisp)
32BP
TM Electric TM73 (Thunder Wave)
32BP
TM Fighting TM31 (Brick Break)
40BP
TM Flying TM40 (Aerial Ace)
40BP
TM Psychic TM04 (Calm Mind)
48BP
TM Fighting TM08 (Bulk Up)
48BP
TM Ghost TM30 (Shadow Ball)
64BP
TM Grass TM53 (Energy Ball)
64BP
TM Bug TM81 (X-Scissor)
64BP
TM Ground TM26 (Earthquake)
80BP
TM Poison TM36 (Sludge Bomb)
80BP
TM Dragon TM59 (Dragon Pulse)
80BP
TM Rock TM71 (Stone Edge)
80BP
TM Bug TM89 (U-turn)*
40BP

Pokémon Scratch-Off Corner

Scratching a Pokémon Scratch-Off Card

The Pokémon Scratch-Off Corner is located just north of the Exchange Service Corner. Pokémon Scratch-Off is a game that can be played for 1BP. This 1BP purchases three different Scratch-Off Cards, which permits winning up to 3 items. Upon purchase, a selection of 3 cards from four cards: red, blue, green, and yellow. Once done, scratching mode will begin. Using the stylus to scratch off the upper layer, scratching off three Pokémon gets the particular item that matches the Pokémon revealed. As soon as any part of any of the 9 blocks is touched, that block must be selected as one of the three choices. The whole card cannot be scratched off—only three blocks may be selected. If the player gets a Ditto, it acts as a wild-card, transforming into any other Pokémon should the player manage to get two of them. There are a total of three out of twenty-three different Berries to be won, and there will always be a Nugget to be won.

Prize No. won
Nugget 1
Qualot Berry 3
Tamato Berry 3
Wacan Berry 3
Chople Berry 3
Coba Berry 3
Pomeg Berry 3
Hondew Berry 3
Occa Berry 3
Rindo Berry 3
Kebia Berry 3
Payapa Berry 3
Kelpsy Berry 3
Grepa Berry 3
Passho Berry 3
Yache Berry 3
Shuca Berry 3
Tanga Berry 3
Charti Berry 3
Colbur Berry 3
Kasib Berry 3
Babiri Berry 3
Haban Berry 3
Chilan Berry 3

In the manga

The Battle Frontier, its Brains and the main characters of the Platinum chapter

Pokémon Adventures

In the Platinum chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, Platinum is joined by Looker, to help find her former bodyguards Paka and Uji, and rescue them from the Distortion World. In the meantime, Platinum is challenging the Battle Frontier for information about the Distortion World from the Frontier Brains. It was mentioned in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter that the Sinnoh Battle Frontier was originally located in Johto.

Trivia

The Battle Frontier logo
  • The Battle Frontier logo is the color code of the venues corresponding to the five battle venues and their position in the Battle Frontier.
    • The color code of each of the venues corresponds approximately to the color codes of each of the five flavors of Berry and to the types of Pokémon Contests and Super Contests.
    • If the Poké Ball design in the middle is counted, as well, the logo contains the seven colors of Apricorn.
  • Due to the pairing of Darach and Caitlin, there is an equal number of male and female Frontier Brains. This is the case with Sinnoh's Gym Leaders as well.
  • Several of the Frontier Brains have Pokémon with moves they normally learn at a higher level. This may mean that their Pokémon also decrease in level when they are above level 50.
  • All Frontier Brains with a fixed team have at least one legendary Pokémon in their party when they are battled for the gold commemorative print.
  • Although Pokémon under level 30 are banned from use by the player at the Battle Hall, opponent Trainers can use Pokémon under this level.
  • This Battle Frontier is the first one of its kind to appear in two separate locations in one generation.
    • Also, it is the first one to appear in the mainland of one region, in this case, the Johto region.
  • Rotom's forms, Phione*, and the Spiky-eared Pichu are the only non-legendary Pokémon that aren't allowed in the Frontier.
  • The Battle Factory is the only facility to not have a PC, due to the fact that players rent Pokémon instead of using their own.
  • The Battle Arcade is the only location in a Generation IV game to have moving animation while the player is saving: the screens that show the player's and their opponent's Pokémon flash, despite everything else pausing during the save.
  • In the Battle Castle, there are crosses above the foe's entrance which change depending on the round the player is on. For example, if the player is on round 1, then there is 1 cross.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player cannot keep his or her Pokémon outside of its Poké Ball in the Battle Frontier, despite being an open place. This is likely due to the fact that once the player steps into the opening of a facility, they are automatically drawn deeper inside, and would cause problems with the walking Pokémon.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokégear will not play any radio channels whatsoever when the player is in any facilities. It is unknown why this happens.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the stat Trainers all appear in the Battle Tower without any reason; the player character has never met them before. This is possibly to ensure full compatibility with Pokémon Platinum.
  • Trainers that received different overworld sprites in HeartGold and SoulSilver still use their Platinum sprites here.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, a boy in the Battle Tower mentions that "...similar facilities are available outside of Johto", probably referring to Sinnoh's Battle Frontier.
  • Aside from the stat-enhancing vitamins, which each have a price of only 1 BP, all prizes buyable with Battle Points have a price that is divisible by 8.
  • The Battle Frontier is featured in one of the paintings on display in Lumiose Museum in Pokémon X and Y.

In other languages

Battle Frontier

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰開拓區 Duìzhàn Kaītuòqū
French Canada Flag.png Canada Zone de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Zone de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampfzone
Italy Flag.png Italian Parco Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀프런티어 Battle Frontier
Spain Flag.png Spanish Frente Batalla

Battle Tower

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰塔 Duìzhàn Tǎ
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ottelutorni
French Canada Flag.png Canada Tour de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Tour de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Duellturm
Italy Flag.png Italian Torre Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀타워 Battle Tower
Spain Flag.png Spanish Torre Batalla

Battle Factory

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰工廠 Duìzhàn Gōngchǎng
French Canada Flag.png Canada Usine de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Usine de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampffabrik
Italy Flag.png Italian Azienda Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀팩토리 Battle Factory
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fábrica Batalla

Battle Hall

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰舞台 Duìzhàn Wǔtái
French Canada Flag.png Canada Scène de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Scène de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampfsaal
Italy Flag.png Italian Palco Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀스테이지 Battle Stage
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sala Batalla

Battle Castle

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰城堡 Duìzhàn Chéngbǎo
French Canada Flag.png Canada Castel de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Castel de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampfpalais
Italy Flag.png Italian Maniero Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀캐슬 Battle Castle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Castillo Batalla

Battle Arcade

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰輪盤 Duìzhàn Lúnpán
French Canada Flag.png Canada Arcade de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Arcade de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampfarkaden
Italy Flag.png Italian Arena Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀룰렛 Battle Roulette
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ruleta Batalla



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Participation
Pokémon TrainerPokémon battle
Gym LeadersGymsBadges
Frontier BrainsSymbolsPrints
Hall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Battle Frontiers
Hoenn and KantoSinnoh and Johto
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the ValleyVertress
Pokémon League Locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever Grande CityPokémon League*/Lily of the Valley Island*
Pokémon League*/Vertress City*Pokémon League
Regional Pokémon Leagues
IndigoOrange*JohtoHoennSinnohUnovaKalos
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave


Sinnoh
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Settlements
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Routes
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Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe UndergroundWayward CaveMt. Coronet
Amity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great MarshPokémon Mansion
Fuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory RoadPal ParkBattle Zone
Battle Park (Tower)/FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint TempleSpring PathSendoff SpringTurnback Cave
Fullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World


Johto
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Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
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Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBurned TowerMooMoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto

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