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Rotation Battle

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A Rotation Battle

A Rotation Battle (Japanese: ローテーションバトル Rotation Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle featuring 3 to 6 Pokémon per Trainer, with one Pokémon from each side battling at a time. It was introduced in Pokémon Black and White and is predominantly showcased in Black.

A Rotation Battle consists of three Pokémon outside of their Poké Balls, similar to a Triple Battle, but only one Pokémon can attack at a time. Unlike switching or moving positions in a Triple Battle, rotating Pokémon is a free action, meaning both players may rotate and attack in the same turn.

In the games

When a Rotation Battle begins, the first Pokémon able to battle in the player's party will be sent out to the primary position. The second member of the party will be counterclockwise from the first, while the third will be clockwise from the first.

Locations

In Pokémon Black

This type of battle can be found in the following locations:




Trainer Pokémon
Route 7
Ace Trainer Elmer
Ace Trainer Elmer
ユウイチ Yūichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1920
This is a Triple Battle in White
510 Liepard Lv.32
No item
505 Watchog Lv.32
No item
528 Swoobat Lv.32
No item
Opelucid City
Ace Trainer Eileen
Ace Trainer Eileen
エリナ Erina
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
512 Simisage Lv.39
No item
516 Simipour Lv.39
No item
514 Simisear Lv.39
No item
Ace Trainer Lou
Ace Trainer Lou
エツヤ Etsuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
619 Mienfoo Lv.39
No item
605 Elgyem Lv.39
No item
624 Pawniard Lv.39
No item
Black City
Roughneck Johnny
Roughneck Johnny
ジョニー Johnny
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2080
Rotation Battle
596 Galvantula Lv.65
No item
576 Gothitelle Lv.65
No item
553 Krookodile Lv.65
No item
Backpacker Kiyo
Backpacker Kiyo
ノブヒコ Nobuhiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1560
Rotation Battle
631 Heatmor Lv.65
No item
614 Beartic Lv.65
No item
530 Excadrill Lv.65
No item

In Pokémon White

This type of battle can be found in the following locations:

Trainer Pokémon
Marvelous Bridge
Ace Trainer Glinda
Ace Trainer Glinda
ナオ Nao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3900
This is a Triple Battle in Black.
594 Alomomola Lv.65
No item
601 Klinklang Lv.65
No item
606 Beheeyem Lv.65
No item

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

This type of battle can be found in the following locations:







Trainer Pokémon
Chargestone Cave 1F
Ace Trainer Vicki
Ace Trainer Vicki
ノドカ Nodoka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1980
Rotation Battle
508 Stoutland Lv.33
No item
552 Krokorok Lv.33
No item
597 Ferroseed Lv.33
No item
Route 7
Youngster Cody
Youngster Cody
トモヒコ Tomohiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png528
Rotation Battle
508 Stoutland Lv.33
No item
585 Deerling Lv.33
No item
585 Deerling Lv.33
No item
Twist Mountain inside
Veteran Chloris
Veteran Chloris
ミドリ Midori
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5120
Rotation Battle
130 Gyarados Lv.64
No item
115 Kangaskhan Lv.64
No item
567 Archeops Lv.64
No item
Route 8
Parasol Lady Ingrid
Parasol Lady Ingrid
ミチコ Michiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1920
Rotation Battle
351 Castform Lv.60
No item
351 Castform Lv.60
No item
351 Castform Lv.60
No item
Route 13
Pokémon Ranger Daryl
Pokémon Ranger Daryl
ダリル Daryl
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
135 Jolteon Lv.39
No item
299 Nosepass Lv.39
No item
596 Galvantula Lv.39
No item
Reversal Mountain
Black Belt Corey
Black Belt Corey
ツヨシ Tsuyoshi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1184
Rotation Battle
533 Gurdurr Lv.37
No item
559 Scraggy Lv.37
No item
559 Scraggy Lv.37
No item
Route 14
Ace Trainer Kipp
Ace Trainer Kipp
ユウスケ Yūsuke
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
114 Tangela Lv.39
No item
523 Zebstrika Lv.39
No item
227 Skarmory Lv.39
No item
Route 18
Veteran Chester
Veteran Chester
チェスター Chester
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5440
Rotation Battle
398 Staraptor Lv.68
No item
369 Relicanth Lv.68
No item
553 Krookodile Lv.68
No item
Opelucid Gym
Veteran Denae
Veteran Denae
ドレイク Drake
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3520
611 Fraxure Lv.44
No item
621 Druddigon Lv.44
No item
610 Axew Lv.44
No item
Route 18
School Kid Marsha
School Kid Marsha
サワコ Sawako
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1220
Rotation Battle
188 Skiploom Lv.61
No item
189 Jumpluff Lv.61
No item
182 Bellossom Lv.61
No item
Pokémon World Tournament
See Pokémon World Tournament

In Pokémon X and Y

This type of battle can be found in the following locations:

Trainer Pokémon
Restaurant Le Yeah
Waitress Talia
Waitress Talia
ナタリー Natalie
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
226 Mantine Lv.31
Held icon.png King's Rock
587 Emolga Lv.31
Held icon.png King's Rock
561 Sigilyph Lv.31
Held icon.png King's Rock
Garçon Georges
Garçon Georges
トウマ Tōma
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
213 Shuckle Lv.31
No item
018 Pidgeot Lv.31
No item
051 Dugtrio Lv.31
No item
Owner Yannick
Owner Yannick
ヤニック Yannick
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4960
335 Zangoose Lv.31
No item
335 Zangoose Lv.31
No item
335 Zangoose Lv.31
No item
Chef Albern
Chef Albern
アルベール Albert
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
512 Simisage Lv.31
Held icon.png Liechi Berry
514 Simisear Lv.31
Held icon.png Petaya Berry
516 Simipour Lv.31
Held icon.png Salac Berry
Restaurant Le Wow
Owner Christophe
Owner Christophe
クリストフ Christophe
Reward: PokémonDollar.png10,080
211 Qwilfish Lv.63
No item
621 Druddigon Lv.63
No item
598 Ferrothorn Lv.63
No item
Owner Christophe
Owner Christophe
クリストフ Christophe
Reward: PokémonDollar.png10,080
531 Audino Lv.63
No item
594 Alomomola Lv.63
No item
591 Amoonguss Lv.63
No item
Garçon Morris
Garçon Morris
モリス Morris
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4032
410 Shieldon Lv.63
No item
202 Wobbuffet Lv.63
No item
350 Milotic Lv.63
No item
Garçon Morris
Garçon Morris
モリス Morris
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4032
468 Togekiss Lv.63
No item
419 Floatzel Lv.63
No item
448 Lucario Lv.63
No item
Waitress Paula
Waitress Paula
ポリーヌ Pauline
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4032
441 Chatot Lv.63
No item
295 Exploud Lv.63
No item
699 Aurorus Lv.63
No item
Sushi High Roller
Furisode Girl Gwyneth
Furisode Girl Gwyneth
ガーリー Gurley
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
421 Cherrim Lv.65
No item
038 Ninetales Lv.65
No item
357 Tropius Lv.65
No item
Furisode Girl Cliantha
Furisode Girl Cliantha
シャーリー Shirley
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
212 Scizor Lv.65
No item
450 Hippowdon Lv.65
No item
472 Gliscor Lv.65
No item
Furisode Girl Thalassa
Furisode Girl Thalassa
サビー Savvy
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
272 Ludicolo Lv.65
No item
186 Politoed Lv.65
No item
614 Beartic Lv.65
No item
Furisode Girl Nerissa
Furisode Girl Nerissa
ネータ Neta
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
478 Froslass Lv.65
No item
460 Abomasnow Lv.65
No item
473 Mamoswine Lv.65
No item
Owner Kazu
Owner Kazu
アガリ Agari
Reward: PokémonDollar.png10400
199 Slowking Lv.65
No item
437 Bronzong Lv.65
No item
563 Cofagrigus Lv.65
No item

Rotating

Rotating can be done during both the player's and the opponent's turns and has a priority of +6. Rotating is different to switching in that it doesn't use up a turn, reset status conditions like confusion and bad poison, or reset Ability counters like Slow Start. Rotating Pokémon are not hit by Pursuit nor are they affected by Shadow Tag or Arena Trap. Rotating does not trigger Abilities that trigger upon switching such as Natural Cure.

Active Pokémon

Only the active Pokémon plays any part in the battle. Moves and Abilities that affect more than one Pokémon will only affect the opponent's active Pokémon, and Abilities like Flower Gift will only activate if the user is active. Status damage is not received while a Pokémon is inactive.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Combat Rotatif
Germany Flag.png German Reihumkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta a Rotazione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 로테이션배틀 Rotation Battle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Rotatorio


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


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