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Cave tile is a type of tile in the Pokémon main series that is the habitat for many species of wild Pokémon. Upon entering a cave, the player is immediately at risk of encountering a wild Pokémon. It shares many common qualities with tall grass.
Like the name states, cave tiles are found in caves and some dungeons of the Pokémon world. It is always possible to run into a Pokémon while in a cave, whether it is lit or not.
Changes between generations
Determining the rate of encounter
The rate of Pokémon encounter is determined from a simple mathematical formula:
1 in (187.5 / ( x )) per step
Let x equal the a value which determines how rare the Pokémon is. The higher the encounter rate, the more common the Pokémon is.
| Encounter type
|| Encounter rate
| Very common
- Main article: Dust cloud
Dust clouds were introduced in Generation V, a phenomenon likely caused by air currents passing through the cave. It occasionally appears in caves in the Unova region, and may reveal held items, evolutionary stones, or wild Drilbur and Excadrill.
Pokémon Black and White
Pokémon Black and White 2
In Generation III, cave terrain gives Secret Power a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch and gives it the appearance of Bite; it causes Nature Power to become Shadow Ball.
In Generation IV onwards, cave terrain gives Secret Power a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch and gives it the appearance of Rock Throw; it causes Nature Power to become Rock Slide.
Camouflage makes the user Rock-type when used in a cave.