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Reason: Colo and XD Trainer class payouts.
Prize money is the money that a Trainer pays out at the end of a battle. Trainers in battle facilities, the Trainer HouseHGSS and Pokéstar Studios do not give prize money, nor do other players in link battles. In addition, the post-Hall of Fame battles with AZ and Brendan/MayORAS do not give prize money.
In the games, a Trainer pays out money based on a formula:
Where Base is the base payout of the Trainer class, and Level is the level of the last Pokémon in the Trainer's party. Note that the last Pokémon is not always the highest level Pokémon - for example, in Generation II, Red pays out 7700 even though there is a level 81 Pikachu in his party, because the last Pokémon he has is his level 77 Blastoise, and in Generation IV, he pays out 16,800 despite the level 88 Pikachu because, again, the last Pokémon in his party is his Level 84 Blastoise.
In Multi Battles, the total payout is simply the sum of the payouts of the two Trainers if they had separate parties. For example, in Generation IV, battling a Camper with a level 26 Spearow at the end of the party at the same time as a Champion with a level 78 Garchomp at the end of the party would earn the player 416 + 15,600 = 16,016. Taking on two Roughnecks with a Level 53 and Level 67 Koffing respectively would earn the player 1272 + 1608 = 2880.
Base payout table
Below is a table of the base payouts of each Trainer class, by generation.
Trainer classes that did not appear in a given generation are denoted by —.
- ↑ Pokémon Trainer is the title given to the rivals introduced Generation III onwards.
- ↑ In HGSS, Red's base payout, when he holds this title, is 200.
- ↑ In B2W2, N's base payout, when he holds this title, is 200. When Cheren and Bianca hold this title during Memory Link battles, their payouts are 120
In FireRed and LeafGreen and Generation IV on, the money lost when the player blacks out—whether or not in a Trainer battle or a wild battle—is calculated using the same formula for the NPC Trainers. In Pokémon Emerald and prior to FireRed and LeafGreen, the player simply loses half of the money they have. Unlike NPC Trainers, however, for the player, Level is the highest level of any Pokémon in their party instead of simply the level of the last one—this is probably to prevent players from simply inserting a low-level Pokémon at the end of the party to minimize money lost.
Base payout is looked up using the following table:
For example, if the highest-leveled Pokémon in the player's party is Level 96 and the player has seven Badges, a loss to another Trainer will cost the player 9600.
If the Trainer is currently holding less money than the amount calculated, the player will simply lose all his or her money and black out.
In the anime
In Pokémon Origins
Prize money was mentioned in the Pokémon Origins episode File 2 - Cubone, where Red was seen buying a Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman on Route 4 with prize money he had earned.