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The player will black out (Japanese: 目の前が真っ暗になる lose hope, lit. plunge into darkness) when all the Pokémon on the player's team faint. In the Generation II and III games (in Western release), or the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (in Japanese releases), the player will instead white out (Japanese: 目の前が真っ白になる plunge into white), although there is no difference from blacking out.
This is comparable to a game over screen for the Pokémon games. It generally occurs in battle but it can also occur in the overworld due to the effects of poison prior to Generation V.
The player will lose a sum of money. In Trainer battles, the money will be paid to the winner, but in battles with wild Pokémon, the money will be dropped in panic. Before Generation IV, half of the money on hand was lost and this loss was not explicitly stated to the player. In FireRed and LeafGreen and Generation IV onward, however, the money lost depends on the level of the player's Pokémon and the number of Badges he/she has earned. In these games, the player receives a message about how much was lost. Prior to Generation VI, the Pokémon will not be given the opportunity to evolve if player blacks out.
Furthermore, the player will rush back to the last visited Pokémon Center to restore their Pokémon's health. This will not occur in special occasions such as the player's initial battle as a Trainer in Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Platinum, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, or in Link Battles and facilities of the Battle Frontier. In FireRed, LeafGreen, and from Generation IV and on, a cutscene plays featuring a description of the player's rush back to the Pokémon Center and protecting the party from harm. If the player blacks out during a Sky Battle but still has usable Pokémon in their party which were ineligible for the battle, they will not be returned to a Pokémon Center.
If a Pokémon Center has not been used at all before the party has fainted, the player's mother will revive the party and remark about stocking up on Potions.
A glitch in Generation I causes a black out to occur in the overworld and without poisoned Pokémon by storing all party Pokémon in the Pokémon Storage System except for the ones that have fainted.
Formula for money lost
- Main article: Prize money
Prior to FireRed and LeafGreen and in Pokémon Emerald, the amount of money lost was simply half of the money the player had. In FireRed and LeafGreen and from Generation IV on, the money lost is calculated using the following formula:
Where Level is the level of the player's highest-level Pokémon and Base payout is looked up using the following table:
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For example, if the player has seven Badges and loses a battle with only a Level 96 Venusaur in their party, 9600 will be lost. The minimum amount of money that the player can lose is 8 (if the Pokémon with the highest level in the player's party is level 1 and the player has 0 Badges; 1×8=8), while the maximum is 12000 (if the Pokémon with the highest level in the player's party is level 100 and the player has 8 Badges; 100×120=12000).
If the player is currently holding less money than the amount calculated, they will simply lose all their money when they black out.