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Horde Encounter

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A horde of Axew
A horde battle with Team Magma

A Horde Encounter (Japanese: 群れバトル Herd Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle in the Generation VI games, introduced in Pokémon X and Y. A Horde Encounter involves one of the player's Pokémon facing five opponents at once. In Pokémon X and Y, this was restricted to wild Pokémon, but in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, five Trainers may also engage in a horde battle with the player.

In wild Horde Encounters, all Pokémon are usually of the same species, but in some cases, one of them may instead be a counterpart or a similar Pokémon to the majority. The Pokémon in hordes are at approximately half the level of other Pokémon in the area and may be a lower evolutionary stage of a Pokémon that normally inhabits the area (such as a horde of Geodude occurring in areas dominated by Graveler). Pokémon encountered in hordes may also have their Hidden Ability. Some Pokémon can only be found in hordes.

Not all locations have wild hordes, but where they exist, hordes may be randomly encountered at approximately a 5% rate in tall grass or flowers (but not in long grass in X and Y) or in caves. Horde Encounters can also be purposefully initiated by using Honey or Sweet Scent; however, in Pokémon X and Y, Honey and Sweet Scent will not cause a wild encounter if the overworld weather is not clear. As in all wild battles, a Trainer cannot throw a Poké Ball unless there is only one wild Pokémon remaining. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, while Horde Encounters can be forced at any time with Honey or Sweet Scent, they only otherwise appear in long grass.

The player's moves in a Horde Encounter act as if the player was in the center of a Triple Battle, except with all five other locations being treated as opponents instead of three opponents and two allies. Moves that target multiple Pokémon simultaneously (like Rock Slide and Surf) are able to strike all five Pokémon at once.

Mixed hordes

A mixed-species horde of Tauros and Miltank

In all cases of mixed hordes, four of one Pokémon species will appear, joined by one of another species.

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Mixed hordes with enemy species

If a mixed horde consists of Zangoose and Seviper or Heatmor and Durant, the different species will direct attacks at each other instead of at the player's Pokémon if possible. The exception to this is status moves such as Leer that cannot target allies. Once all the Pokémon of one species have fainted, the horde will begin attacking the player's Pokémon.

In contrast to Triple Battles, Pokémon attacking each other in a horde have no range limit; a Pokémon in a far-left position can attack a Pokémon in a far-right position.

List of Horde Encounters

Pokémon X and Y

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Connecting Cave
041 Zubat
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
293 Whismur
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
610 Axew
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 5%
Reflection Cave
439 Mime Jr.
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 60%
524 Roggenrola
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 35%
524 Roggenrola
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
with Carbink
703 Carbink
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
with Roggenrola
Azure Bay
079 Slowpoke
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 35%
102 Exeggcute
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 5%
278 Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 60%
Frost Cavern
238 Smoochum
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
21 5%
582 Vanillite
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 60%
613 Cubchoo
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 35%
Terminus Cave
074 Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 35%
246 Larvitar
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 5%
304 Aron
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 5%
632 Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 60%
Pokémon Village
060 Poliwag
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 35%
271 Lombre
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
590 Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 60%
Victory Road
074 Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
28 60%
075 Graveler
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
29 35%*
108 Lickitung
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
30 5%
419 Floatzel
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
29 35%*
Route 5
311 Plusle
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
6 5%
with Minun
312 Minun
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
6 5%
with Plusle
316 Gulpin
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
5 60%
559 Scraggy
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
5 35%
Route 7
054 Psyduck
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 35%
187 Hoppip
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
315 Roselia
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 5%
Route 8
276 Taillow
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 5%
278 Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
335 Zangoose
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
with Seviper
336 Seviper
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
with Zangoose
Route 10
193 Yanma
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 35%
228 Houndour
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
299 Nosepass
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 60%
309 Electrike
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
Route 11
029 Nidoran♀
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 60%
with Nidoran♂
032 Nidoran♂
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 60%
with Nidoran♀
396 Starly
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 5%
434 Stunky
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 35%
Route 12
128 Tauros
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 5%
with Miltank
179 Mareep
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 35%
241 Miltank
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 5%
with Tauros
278 Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 60%
Route 14
023 Ekans
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 5%
069 Bellsprout
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
16 60%
451 Skorupi
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
16 35%
Route 15 & 16
198 Murkrow
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 60%
590 Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 35%
707 Klefki
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
19 5%
Route 18
074 Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 60%
631 Heatmor
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 5%
with Durant
632 Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 35%
632 Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 5%
with Heatmor
Route 19
024 Arbok
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
070 Weepinbell
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 60%
207 Gligar
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 35%
Route 20
185 Sudowoodo
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
with Trevenant
590 Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 60%
709 Trevenant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 35%
709 Trevenant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
with Sudowoodo
Route 21
123 Scyther
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
27 5%
327 Spinda
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
26 60%
333 Swablu
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
26 35%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Petalburg Woods
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 35%
265 Wurmple
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 60%
285 Shroomish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 5%
Rusturf Tunnel
293 Whismur
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
5 100%
Granite Cave 1F
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
074 Geodude
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
with Makuhita
296 Makuhita
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
with Geodude
296 Makuhita
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
Granite Cave B1F
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
304 Aron
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 40%
Granite Cave B2F
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
302 Sableye
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
303 Mawile
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
304 Aron
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
New Mauville
081 Magnemite
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 35%
100 Voltorb
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 65%
Fiery Path
088 Grimer
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
109 Koffing
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
218 Slugma
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 5%
322 Numel
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 60%
Jagged Pass
066 Machop
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 65%
325 Spoink
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 35%
Meteor Falls 1F 1R
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 100%
Meteor Falls 1F 2R & B1F 1R
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 100%
Meteor Falls B1F 2R
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 95%
371 Bagon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 5%
Scorched Slab
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 100%
Safari Zone
043 Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 35%
054 Psyduck
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 5%
084 Doduo
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 60%
Mt. Pyre interior
353 Shuppet
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 100%
Mt. Pyre exterior & summit
037 Vulpix
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 5%
307 Meditite
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 35%
353 Shuppet
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 60%
Shoal Cave at high tide
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 40%
363 Spheal
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 60%
Shoal Cave at low tide
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 60%
363 Spheal
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 40%
Shoal Cave ice room
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 60%
361 Snorunt
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 5%
363 Spheal
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 35%
Seafloor Cavern
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 100%
Cave of Origin
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 100%
Sky Pillar
042 Golbat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 60%
168 Ariados
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 35%
333 Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 5%
Victory Road
041 Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 60%
294 Loudred
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 5%
304 Aron
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 35%
Route 101
261 Poochyena
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 95%
Route 102
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 60%
270 Lotad
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 35%
273 Seedot
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 35%
280 Ralts
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Route 103
261 Poochyena
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 35%
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 60%
278 Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Route 104 (south)
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 95%
278 Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Route 104 (north)
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 95%
276 Taillow
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 5%
Route 110
081 Magnemite
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
311 Plusle
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
311 Plusle
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
with Minun
312 Minun
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
312 Minun
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
with Plusle
Route 111
027 Sandshrew
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 100%
Route 112
066 Machop
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
322 Numel
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 65%
Route 113
227 Skarmory
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 5%
327 Spinda
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 95%
Route 114
270 Lotad
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 35%
with Swablu
273 Seedot
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 35%
333 Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 35%
with Lotad
333 Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 65%
Route 115
333 Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 100%
Route 116
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
4 60%
290 Nincada
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
4 35%
300 Skitty
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
4 5%
Route 117
043 Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
with Zigzagoon
183 Marill
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 5%
263 Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
with Oddish
315 Roselia
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 35%
Route 118
278 Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 35%
309 Electrike
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 60%
352 Kecleon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 5%
Route 119
043 Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 100%
Route 120
043 Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 60%
183 Marill
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 35%
352 Kecleon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 5%
Route 121 & Route 123
278 Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 35%
352 Kecleon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 5%
353 Shuppet
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 60%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainer battles

Trainer Pokémon
Team Magma Hideout
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
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Horde Trainer Battle
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
Team Aqua Hideout
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
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Horde Trainer Battle
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
Mossdeep Space Center
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
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Horde Trainer Battle
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
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Horde Trainer Battle
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
Trainers with a PokéNav by their names will be registered in the Trainer's Eyes or Match Call function after the first battle, and may have a rematch with the player with higher-level Pokémon.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon X and Y, if the player selects a move that targets an adjacent ally, the user's spot is not highlighted, while the spots of the two opponents in the places where the Pokémon allies would be in a Triple Battle are highlighted as if either of them could be targeted (even if those Pokémon have fainted), despite the user being forced to target itself.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, if the player selects Acupressure or a move that targets the user and all allies, the user's spot and the spots of the two opponents in the places where the Pokémon allies would be in a Triple Battle are highlighted (but not joined) as if any of them could be targeted (even if those Pokémon have fainted), despite the user being forced to target itself.
  • Although Horde Encounters have not been a feature of gameplay in the series until Pokémon X and Y, several instances of battles with similar circumstances had occurred or were invoked in the anime since the very first season. Such instances include:

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Rencontres de Horde
Germany Flag.png German Massenbegegnungen
Italy Flag.png Italian Gruppi di Pokémon
South Korea Flag.png Korean 무리배틀 Muli Battle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Encuentros de horda


Pokémon battle variations
Double BattleMulti BattleTriple BattleRotation BattleHorde Encounter
Full BattleContest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse Battle
Battle modes


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