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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
Core series games
Below is a table of the base payouts of each Trainer class in the core series games, by generation. Trainer classes that did not appear in a given generation are denoted by —.
- ↑ Pokémon Trainer is the Trainer class generally given to rivals introduced in Generation III and later.
Pokémon Colosseum and XD
For all Double Battles in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, the payout formula has an extra multiplier of two. This is the case for almost all battles with a cash reward in Colosseum and XD, except for one battle at the Pokémon HQ Lab in XD.
Core series games
In the Generation I games, Generation II games, and Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the amount of money lost when the player blacks out—whether or not in a Trainer battle or a wild battle—is simply half of the money the player has. In Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and all games from Generation IV onwards, the money lost is calculated using the same formula for the NPC Trainers. 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:
|| Base payout
| FRLG & Gen IV
|| Gen V & VI
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.
Pokémon Colosseum and XD
In Pokémon Colosseum, the amount of money lost when the player whites out is half of the money the player has.
In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the amount of money lost when the player whites out is 16 × the level of the player's highest-level Pokémon.
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 the prize money he had earned.
- The highest amount of prize money that can be received in a single battle is 345,600. This is possible by defeating Grand Duchess Diantha at the Battle Chateau while the Black Writ of Challenge, the Gold Writ of Invitation, and a Level 3 Prize Money O-Power are in effect, Happy Hour has been used, and a Pokémon holding an Amulet Coin or Luck Incense has participated in the battle.