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Sky Battle

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A Sky Battle

A Sky Battle (Japanese: スカイバトル Sky Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Sky Battles consist of two Pokémon battling each other in the air instead of on land or sea. However, because of this, only certain Flying types and certain Pokémon with the Ability Levitate are eligible for Sky Battles.

In the games

A Sky Trainer asking to have a Sky Battle with the player

At certain points in the game, the player can encounter Sky Trainers on top of cliffs or other distant areas who will challenge them to a Sky Battle. All Sky Battles are optional, since the player may not have any eligible Pokémon to use. If all eligible Pokémon in the battle faint, the player will black out, but will resume the game standing where they were before battle. In this event, due to a current glitch, the Sky Trainer is unable to be re-challenged or even spoken to, even if the player's eligible Pokémon are restored, until the player exits and reenters the area.

Eligible Pokémon

Many Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon with the Ability Levitate are eligible for Sky Battles. They do not lose eligibility even if Mega Evolution or a move like Roost or Gastro Acid leaves them exposed to Ground-type moves. The Iron Ball and Air Balloon have no effect on eligibility. Pokémon that must first Mega Evolve to become Flying-type or have Levitate are not eligible. If a Pokémon can have Levitate as one of multiple Abilities and is not Flying-type, it will only be eligible if it has Levitate.

# Pokémon Type
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying
Charizard
Charizard
Charizard
Charizard
Charizard
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
Butterfree
Butterfree
Butterfree
Butterfree
Butterfree
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying
Fearow
Fearow
Fearow
Fearow
Fearow
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying
Zubat
Zubat
Zubat
Zubat
Zubat
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying
Golbat
Golbat
Golbat
Golbat
Golbat
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison
Gastly
Gastly
Gastly
Gastly
Gastly
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
Haunter
Haunter
Haunter
Haunter
Haunter
109 Koffing Koffing Poison Poison
Koffing
Koffing
Koffing
Koffing
Koffing
110 Weezing Weezing Poison Poison
Weezing
Weezing
Weezing
Weezing
Weezing
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying
Scyther
Scyther
Scyther
Scyther
Scyther
130 Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying
Gyarados
Gyarados
Gyarados
Gyarados
Gyarados
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying
Articuno
Articuno
Articuno
Articuno
Articuno
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
Zapdos
Zapdos
Zapdos
Zapdos
Zapdos
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying
Moltres
Moltres
Moltres
Moltres
Moltres
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite


164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying
Noctowl
Noctowl
Noctowl
Noctowl
Noctowl
165 Ledyba Ledyba Bug Flying
Ledyba
Ledyba
Ledyba
Ledyba
Ledyba
166 Ledian Ledian Bug Flying
Ledian
Ledian
Ledian
Ledian
Ledian
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying
Crobat
Crobat
Crobat
Crobat
Crobat
176 Togetic Togetic Fairy Flying
Togetic
Togetic
Togetic
Togetic
Togetic
178 Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying
Xatu
Xatu
Xatu
Xatu
Xatu
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying
Hoppip
Hoppip
Hoppip
Hoppip
Hoppip
188 Skiploom Skiploom Grass Flying
Skiploom
Skiploom
Skiploom
Skiploom
Skiploom
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff Grass Flying
Jumpluff
Jumpluff
Jumpluff
Jumpluff
Jumpluff
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying
Yanma
Yanma
Yanma
Yanma
Yanma
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Poison
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
201 Unown Unown Psychic Poison
Unown
Unown
Unown
Unown
Unown
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying
Gligar
Gligar
Gligar
Gligar
Gligar
226 Mantine Mantine Water Flying
Mantine
Mantine
Mantine
Mantine
Mantine
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying
Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
Lugia
Lugia
Lugia
Lugia
Lugia
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh


267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying
Beautifly
Beautifly
Beautifly
Beautifly
Beautifly
277 Swellow Swellow Normal Flying
Swellow
Swellow
Swellow
Swellow
Swellow
278 Wingull Wingull Water Flying
Wingull
Wingull
Wingull
Wingull
Wingull
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying
Pelipper
Pelipper
Pelipper
Pelipper
Pelipper
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying
Masquerain
Masquerain
Masquerain
Masquerain
Masquerain
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying
Ninjask
Ninjask
Ninjask
Ninjask
Ninjask
329 Vibrava Vibrava Ground Dragon
Vibrava
Vibrava
Vibrava
Vibrava
Vibrava
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon
Flygon
Flygon
Flygon
Flygon
Flygon
333 Swablu Swablu Normal Flying
Swablu
Swablu
Swablu
Swablu
Swablu
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying
Altaria
Altaria
Altaria
Altaria
Altaria
337 Lunatone Lunatone Rock Psychic
Lunatone
Lunatone
Lunatone
Lunatone
Lunatone
338 Solrock Solrock Rock Psychic
Solrock
Solrock
Solrock
Solrock
Solrock
343 Baltoy Baltoy Ground Psychic
Baltoy
Baltoy
Baltoy
Baltoy
Baltoy
344 Claydol Claydol Ground Psychic
Claydol
Claydol
Claydol
Claydol
Claydol
355 Duskull Duskull Ghost Poison
Duskull
Duskull
Duskull
Duskull
Duskull
357 Tropius Tropius Grass Flying
Tropius
Tropius
Tropius
Tropius
Tropius
358 Chimecho Chimecho Psychic Poison
Chimecho
Chimecho
Chimecho
Chimecho
Chimecho
373 Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying
Salamence
Salamence
Salamence
Salamence
Salamence
380 Latias Latias Dragon Psychic
Latias
Latias
Latias
Latias
Latias
381 Latios Latios Dragon Psychic
Latios
Latios
Latios
Latios
Latios
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Flying
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Rayquaza


397 Staravia Staravia Normal Flying
Staravia
Staravia
Staravia
Staravia
Staravia
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying
Staraptor
Staraptor
Staraptor
Staraptor
Staraptor
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
Mothim
Mothim
Mothim
Mothim
Mothim
415 Combee Combee Bug Flying
Combee
Combee
Combee
Combee
Combee
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
Vespiquen
Vespiquen
Vespiquen
Vespiquen
Vespiquen
425 Drifloon Drifloon Ghost Flying
Drifloon
Drifloon
Drifloon
Drifloon
Drifloon
426 Drifblim Drifblim Ghost Flying
Drifblim
Drifblim
Drifblim
Drifblim
Drifblim
429 Mismagius Mismagius Ghost Poison
Mismagius
Mismagius
Mismagius
Mismagius
Mismagius
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying
Honchkrow
Honchkrow
Honchkrow
Honchkrow
Honchkrow
433 Chingling Chingling Psychic Poison
Chingling
Chingling
Chingling
Chingling
Chingling
436 Bronzor Bronzor Steel Psychic
Bronzor
Bronzor
Bronzor
Bronzor
Bronzor
437 Bronzong Bronzong Steel Psychic
Bronzong
Bronzong
Bronzong
Bronzong
Bronzong
455 Carnivine Carnivine Grass Poison
Carnivine
Carnivine
Carnivine
Carnivine
Carnivine
458 Mantyke Mantyke Water Flying
Mantyke
Mantyke
Mantyke
Mantyke
Mantyke
468 Togekiss Togekiss Fairy Flying
Togekiss
Togekiss
Togekiss
Togekiss
Togekiss
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
Yanmega
Yanmega
Yanmega
Yanmega
Yanmega
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying
Gliscor
Gliscor
Gliscor
Gliscor
Gliscor
479 Rotom Rotom Electric Ghost
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
479 Rotom Rotom
Heat Rotom
Electric Fire
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
479 Rotom Rotom
Mow Rotom
Electric Grass
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
479 Rotom Rotom
Fan Rotom
Electric Flying
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
479 Rotom Rotom
Frost Rotom
Electric Ice
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
479 Rotom Rotom
Wash Rotom
Electric Water
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
Rotom
480 Uxie Uxie Psychic Poison
Uxie
Uxie
Uxie
Uxie
Uxie
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Poison
Mesprit
Mesprit
Mesprit
Mesprit
Mesprit
482 Azelf Azelf Psychic Poison
Azelf
Azelf
Azelf
Azelf
Azelf
487 Giratina Giratina
Origin Forme
Ghost Dragon
Giratina
Giratina
Giratina
Giratina
Giratina
488 Cresselia Cresselia Psychic Poison
Cresselia
Cresselia
Cresselia
Cresselia
Cresselia
493 Arceus Arceus Flying Poison
Arceus
Arceus
Arceus
Arceus
Arceus


520 Tranquill Tranquill Normal Flying
Tranquill
Tranquill
Tranquill
Tranquill
Tranquill
521 Unfezant Unfezant Normal Flying
Unfezant
Unfezant
Unfezant
Unfezant
Unfezant
527 Woobat Woobat Psychic Flying
Woobat
Woobat
Woobat
Woobat
Woobat
528 Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying
Swoobat
Swoobat
Swoobat
Swoobat
Swoobat
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying
Sigilyph
Sigilyph
Sigilyph
Sigilyph
Sigilyph
567 Archeops Archeops Rock Flying
Archeops
Archeops
Archeops
Archeops
Archeops
581 Swanna Swanna Water Flying
Swanna
Swanna
Swanna
Swanna
Swanna
587 Emolga Emolga Electric Flying
Emolga
Emolga
Emolga
Emolga
Emolga
602 Tynamo Tynamo Electric Poison
Tynamo
Tynamo
Tynamo
Tynamo
Tynamo
603 Eelektrik Eelektrik Electric Poison
Eelektrik
Eelektrik
Eelektrik
Eelektrik
Eelektrik
604 Eelektross Eelektross Electric Poison
Eelektross
Eelektross
Eelektross
Eelektross
Eelektross
615 Cryogonal Cryogonal Ice Poison
Cryogonal
Cryogonal
Cryogonal
Cryogonal
Cryogonal
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying
Braviary
Braviary
Braviary
Braviary
Braviary
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Dark Flying
Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
635 Hydreigon Hydreigon Dark Dragon
Hydreigon
Hydreigon
Hydreigon
Hydreigon
Hydreigon
641 Tornadus Tornadus Flying Poison
Tornadus
Tornadus
Tornadus
Tornadus
Tornadus
642 Thundurus Thundurus Electric Flying
Thundurus
Thundurus
Thundurus
Thundurus
Thundurus
645 Landorus Landorus Ground Flying
Landorus
Landorus
Landorus
Landorus
Landorus


662 Fletchinder Fletchinder Fire Flying
Fletchinder
Fletchinder
Fletchinder
Fletchinder
Fletchinder
663 Talonflame Talonflame Fire Flying
Talonflame
Talonflame
Talonflame
Talonflame
Talonflame
666 Vivillon Vivillon Bug Flying
Vivillon
Vivillon
Vivillon
Vivillon
Vivillon
714 Noibat Noibat Flying Dragon
Noibat
Noibat
Noibat
Noibat
Noibat
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon
Noivern
Noivern
Noivern
Noivern
Noivern
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying
Yveltal
Yveltal
Yveltal
Yveltal
Yveltal

Ineligible Flying types and levitating Pokémon

Certain Flying types and Pokémon with Levitate are ineligible for Sky Battles. These Pokémon are not shown flying or hovering in normal battles.

# Pokémon Type
016 Pidgey Pidgey Normal Flying
Pidgey
Pidgey
Pidgey
Pidgey
Pidgey
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying
Spearow
Spearow
Spearow
Spearow
Spearow
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying
Farfetch'd
Farfetch'd
Farfetch'd
Farfetch'd
Farfetch'd
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying
Doduo
Doduo
Doduo
Doduo
Doduo
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying
Dodrio
Dodrio
Dodrio
Dodrio
Dodrio
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
Gengar
Gengar
Gengar
Gengar
Gengar
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying
Hoothoot
Hoothoot
Hoothoot
Hoothoot
Hoothoot
177 Natu Natu Psychic Flying
Natu
Natu
Natu
Natu
Natu
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying
Murkrow
Murkrow
Murkrow
Murkrow
Murkrow
225 Delibird Delibird Ice Flying
Delibird
Delibird
Delibird
Delibird
Delibird
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying
Taillow
Taillow
Taillow
Taillow
Taillow
396 Starly Starly Normal Flying
Starly
Starly
Starly
Starly
Starly
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying
Chatot
Chatot
Chatot
Chatot
Chatot
492 Shaymin Shaymin
Sky Forme
Grass Flying
Shaymin
Shaymin
Shaymin
Shaymin
Shaymin
519 Pidove Pidove Normal Flying
Pidove
Pidove
Pidove
Pidove
Pidove
566 Archen Archen Rock Flying
Archen
Archen
Archen
Archen
Archen
580 Ducklett Ducklett Water Flying
Ducklett
Ducklett
Ducklett
Ducklett
Ducklett
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying
Rufflet
Rufflet
Rufflet
Rufflet
Rufflet
629 Vullaby Vullaby Dark Flying
Vullaby
Vullaby
Vullaby
Vullaby
Vullaby
661 Fletchling Fletchling Normal Flying
Fletchling
Fletchling
Fletchling
Fletchling
Fletchling
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying
Hawlucha
Hawlucha
Hawlucha
Hawlucha
Hawlucha

Prohibited moves

Certain moves are not permitted to be used in Sky Battles. If a Pokémon's only usable moves are prohibited, the Pokémon will use Struggle if it attempts to attack. If one of these moves is called by Metronome or Sleep Talk, a message will appear saying that it won't work well in Sky Battles.

Move Type Cat.
Body Slam  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Bulldoze  Ground  Physical {{{3}}}
Dig  Ground  Physical {{{3}}}
Dive  Water  Physical {{{3}}}
Earth Power  Ground  Special {{{3}}}
Earthquake  Ground  Physical {{{3}}}
Electric Terrain  Electric  Status {{{3}}}
Fissure  Ground  Physical {{{3}}}
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special {{{3}}}
Flying Press  Fighting  Physical {{{3}}}
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special {{{3}}}
Geomancy  Fairy  Status {{{3}}}
Grass Knot  Grass  Special {{{3}}}
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special {{{3}}}
Grassy Terrain  Grass  Status {{{3}}}
Gravity  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Heat Crash  Fire  Physical {{{3}}}
Heavy Slam  Steel  Physical {{{3}}}
Ingrain  Grass  Status {{{3}}}
Land's Wrath  Ground  Physical {{{3}}}
Magnitude  Ground  Physical {{{3}}}
Mat Block  Fighting  Status {{{3}}}
Misty Terrain  Fairy  Status {{{3}}}
Mud Sport  Ground  Status {{{3}}}
Muddy Water  Water  Special {{{3}}}
Rototiller  Ground  Status {{{3}}}
Seismic Toss  Fighting  Physical {{{3}}}
Slam  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Smack Down  Rock  Physical {{{3}}}
Spikes  Ground  Status {{{3}}}
Stomp  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Substitute  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Surf  Water  Special {{{3}}}
Toxic Spikes  Poison  Status {{{3}}}
Water Pledge  Water  Special {{{3}}}
Water Sport  Water  Status {{{3}}}

Locations of Sky Battles

Kalos Route 8

Trainer Pokémon
Mountain level
Sky Trainer Howe
Sky Trainer Howe
シュン Shun
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1800
425 Drifloon Lv.15
No item
017 Pidgeotto Lv.18
No item
Coastal level
Sky Trainer Aveza
Sky Trainer Aveza
マイ Mai
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2200
188 Skiploom Lv.19
No item
528 Swoobat Lv.22
No item
Sky Trainer Colm
Sky Trainer Colm
ツバサ Tsubasa
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2900
458 Mantyke Lv.28
No item
189 Jumpluff Lv.29
No item

Kalos Route 9

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Orion
Sky Trainer Orion
マルセル Marcel
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2100
166 Ledian Lv.21
No item

Kalos Route 11

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Yvette
Sky Trainer Yvette
ミソラ Misora
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2400
587 Emolga Lv.23
No item
278 Wingull Lv.23
No item
397 Staravia Lv.24
No item

Azure Bay

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Indra
Sky Trainer Indra
リュウセイ Ryūsei
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3100
561 Sigilyph Lv.31
No item
Sky Trainer Elatal
Sky Trainer Elatal
ミホシ Mihoshi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2900
662 Fletchinder Lv.28
No item
279 Pelipper Lv.29
No item

Kalos Route 16

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Clara
Sky Trainer Clara
フウカ Fūka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4000
587 Emolga Lv.38
No item
277 Swellow Lv.40
No item
Sky Trainer Gavin
Sky Trainer Gavin
フィリップ Philip
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3900
358 Chimecho Lv.37
No item
329 Vibrava Lv.37
No item
663 Talonflame Lv.39
No item

Frost Cavern

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Celso
Sky Trainer Celso
タクヤ Takuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4400
455 Carnivine Lv.41
No item
581 Swanna Lv.44
No item
Sky Trainer Era
Sky Trainer Era
ミウ Miu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4500
615 Cryogonal Lv.45
No item

Kalos Route 17

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Anila
Sky Trainer Anila
アマネ Amane
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4400
479 Rotom
Normal Rotom
Lv.42
No item
012 Butterfree Lv.44
No item

Kalos Route 18

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Jeremy
Sky Trainer Jeremy
ショウタロウ Shōtarō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5000
291 Ninjask Lv.46
No item
426 Drifblim Lv.47
No item
330 Flygon Lv.50
No item

Kalos Route 19

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Sera
Sky Trainer Sera
セイラ Sera
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5200
164 Noctowl Lv.50
No item
142 Aerodactyl Lv.52
No item

In the anime

A Sky Battle in the anime

Sky Battles first appeared in episode XY036 of the anime. An expert Sky Trainer called Nami was seen defeating another Sky Trainer's Skarmory with her Talonflame. Later, Ash challenged Nami to a battle, wanting to use his Fletchling against Talonflame. Although Nami accepted the offer, Talonflame was shown being unwilling to battle against its pre-evolution, forcing Ash to use his Hawlucha instead. Even through Hawlucha tried its best, it was defeated rather easily. After that, Team Rocket showed up, trying to steal Talonflame, but were soon defeated. Afterwards, Talonflame, being thankful for Ash's Fletchling for saving it, accepted Fletchling's battle challenge. Even though Fletchling was almost defeated by Talonflame's Fire Blast, it evolved into a Fletchinder and learned Flame Charge partway through the battle, allowing Ash to gain victory.

It is shown in the anime that during Sky Battles, Trainers take to the air using special suits so they can fly alongside their Pokémon. Unlike the games, in which certain flying-types or Pokémon with Levitate are restricted, Sky Battles appear to be open to any Pokémon which has the ability to fly (as both Hawlucha and Fletchling took part in one while they are disallowed in the games).

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Combat Aérien
Germany Flag.png German Himmelskampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotte Aeree
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스카이배틀 Sky Battle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Aéreo


Pokémon battle variations
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Full BattleContest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse Battle
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