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Inverse Battle

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Hammer Arm hitting a Trevenant in an Inverse Battle

An Inverse Battle (Japanese: さかさバトル Reverse Battle) is a Pokémon battle introduced in Pokémon X and Y. During an Inverse Battle, type matchups are reversed. This type of battle is only conducted with Psychic Inver on Route 18, who can be battled once per day.

Mechanics

Any type that would be resistant or immune to another type is now weak to that type instead; also, any type that would be weak to another type is now resistant to that type instead. The Ring Target has no effect on this type of battle, as it is applied after type effectiveness is reversed; as such, since there are no immunities due to type in Inverse Battles, it has no effect.

Stealth Rock is also affected, so Pokémon take damage based on their weakness or resistance to Rock under the inverse type chart. Thunder Wave can affect Ground-type Pokémon.

Freeze-Dry will always hit Water types for super effective damage, even if its type is changed. Abilities such as Thick Fat, Sap Sipper, and Wonder Guard that provide a type resistance or immunity still function normally. Flying-type Pokémon are still immune to Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web unless grounded (and Poison/Flying-type Pokémon cannot remove Toxic Spikes unless grounded).

Type chart

× Defending type
Normal Fighting Flying Poison Ground Rock Bug Ghost Steel Fire Water Grass Electric Psychic Ice Dragon Dark Fairy
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Normal
Fighting ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Flying ½× ½× ½×
Poison ½× ½×
Ground ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Rock ½× ½× ½× ½×
Bug ½× ½× ½×
Ghost ½× ½×
Steel ½× ½× ½×
Fire ½× ½× ½× ½×
Water ½× ½× ½×
Grass ½× ½× ½×
Electric ½× ½×
Psychic ½× ½×
Ice ½× ½× ½× ½×
Dragon ½×
Dark ½× ½×
Fairy ½× ½× ½×
These matchups are suitable for Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Combat Inversé
Germany Flag.png German Umkehrkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta Inversa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Inverso


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


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