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Pokémon Battle Chess

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Pokémon Battle Chess (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェス Pokémon Battle Chess) is a board game based on the game of chess, with some aspects of shogi, in which the traditional chess pieces are replaced with Pokémon. It was published by The Pokémon Company.

The game was first released in Japan on December 26, 2011 as Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェス BWバージョン Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version), but prior to its release was available for players online as a game on the official website. It has not seen an international release.

An additional set was released May 18, 2012. The set includes new Pokémon, such as Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Pikachu.

Gameplay

Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version

Each player starts with two Patrat, two Zoroark, one Serperior, one Emboar, one Samurott, and one Pokémon Egg containing Victini. Each player also has Reshiram and Zekrom pieces four times the size of normal pieces that can only be placed in certain circumstances. The aim of the game is to beat the opponent's Victini.

Pieces are only allowed to move and attack in certain directions. Unlike chess, there is a concept of power: if the attacker has more power than the defender, then it attacks instantly. If it has less or equal, it draws a Plus Power card, boosting the power +0, +20, +30, +40 or +70 (note that +0 is in the deck twice). If a +70 is drawn or if the deck runs out, all the cards get shuffled back into the deck immediately. If the attacking Pokémon has more power after the Plus Power, the defender is damaged; if the defender has more, the attacker is damaged. If they have the same power after the Plus Power, no one is damaged.

When pieces are damaged for the first time, they are turned over and the second time they are damaged, they are removed. Victini and its egg are an exception. The egg can be damaged three times, each time a part going out of play, then the Victini hatches and behaves like a normal piece. Usually power is lowered after damage but Emboar and Victini's power is raised.

Pokémon Power Movement
Initial Damaged Initial Damaged
Patrat Yellow Battle Chess.png
Patrat
60 50 One square orthogonally One square orthogonally
Zoroark Yellow Battle Chess.png
Zoroark
70 50 Up to two squares directly forward, one square diagonally forward, or one square directly backward Up to two squares directly forward, one square diagonally forward, or one square directly backward
Serperior Yellow Battle Chess.png
Serperior
90 60 Any number of free squares orthogonally Up to two squares orthogonally
Samurott Blue Battle Chess.png
Samurott
90 60 Any number of free squares diagonally or one square directly forward Up to two squares diagonally or one square directly forward
Emboar Yellow Battle Chess.png
Emboar
70 100 One square diagonally forward or directly backward One square diagonally forward, directly backward, or horizontally
Egg Yellow Battle Chess.png
Egg 1
N/A N/A Cannot move N/A
Egg2 Yellow Battle Chess.png
Egg 2
N/A N/A One square horizontally N/A
Egg3 Yellow Battle Chess.png
Egg 3
N/A N/A One square orthogonally N/A
Victini Yellow Battle Chess.png
Victini
40 80 One square orthogonally or diagonally Up to two squares diagonally forward or directly backward or one square directly forward, horizontally or diagonally backward
Reshiram Yellow Battle Chess.png
Reshiram
120 100 One square orthogonally One square orthogonally
Zekrom Yellow Battle Chess.png
Zekrom
110 100 Up to two squares vertically or one square horizontally One square orthogonally

To use Zekrom, the player must have lost three pieces. To use Reshiram, the player must have lost four pieces. The count is reset when either is used. Zekrom and Reshiram are not considered lost pieces for this count.

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