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Triple Battle

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A Triple Battle

A Triple Battle (Japanese: トリプルバトル Triple Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle featuring up to six Pokémon, with three Pokémon from each side battling at a time. It was introduced in Pokémon Black and White and was predominately showcased in White.

As the name suggests, Triple Battles are a type of battle where each Trainer sends out three Pokémon at once. Due to this, they can be considered the successor to Double Battles, with the only difference seemingly being the number of Pokémon. However, there are some restrictions that differentiate the Triple Battle from its predecessor other than the amount of Pokémon, such as placement.

In the games

When a Triple Battle begins, Pokémon will be sent out in order. The first Pokémon able to battle in the party becomes the leftmost Pokémon on the field, the second becomes the center Pokémon, and the third becomes the Pokémon on the far right.

Placement

The placement of the Pokémon is a major attribute of Triple Battles, as a Pokémon's positioning affects how certain moves and Abilities work. Generally, Pokémon on the left-side of the field cannot attack any one on the right-side (including allies), and vice versa. This also means a Pokémon in the center is free to hit any Pokémon on the field, but at a cost of being vulnerable to every other Pokémon.

There are some moves, however, that allow non-adjacent Pokémon to attack each other.

Shifting

Shift redirects here. For bringing Pokémon back into their Poké Ball to send out another Pokémon, see Recall.

The Pokémon on the left and right have the option to 'shift'. This option allows the user to switch with the Pokémon currently in the middle. Shifting has no priority and none of the effects of switching apply to shifting. A Pokémon can move even if it is the last Pokémon on its team, but once in the center, it cannot move anywhere else. If the center Pokémon is readying to use a move on a certain target, but is then shifted before using its move, its attack will fail if the target is then outside of its range. When there are only two Pokémon left on the field and they are non-adjacent to each other, both Pokémon will automatically be shifted to the center of the field.

Effect on moves

Most moves have the same effect in Triple Battles as with single and Double Battles, except that they can only affect adjacent Pokémon. Moves that hit both opponents or all Pokémon in Double Battles only affect adjacent Pokémon in Triple Battles. All damage-dealing Flying-type moves (except Air Cutter), Flying Press and all aura and pulse moves can hit any Pokémon on the battlefield; this targeting remains even if moves are changed to or from Flying-type. Moves that hit multiple Pokémon will have their damage reduced by 25%, unless all other Pokémon have fainted at that point, just like in a Double Battle.

The moves After You, Quash, Helping Hand, Ally Switch, Follow Me, Rage Powder, and Aromatic Mist will have no effect if not used in a Double or Triple Battle.

The moves Bide, Counter, Mirror Coat, Metal Burst, Destiny Bond, and Grudge all can be activated by, and attack, a non-adjacent opponent.

The move Flame Burst takes away 1/16 of the maximum HP of all adjacent allies of the target Pokémon. This damage is not treated as an attack.

The move Acupressure, while in a Triple Battle, can target an adjacent ally instead of the user.

The following moves act differently when used in a Triple Battle, as opposed to a Single or Double Battle.

Move targets
Any adjacent foe All adjacent foes All foes Any Pokémon All adjacent Pokémon All Pokémon Self Self or
adjacent ally
Adjacent ally Whole team
Me First Acid Heal Block Acrobatics Boomburst Electric Terrain Ally Switch Acupressure Aromatic Mist Aromatherapy
Outrage Air Cutter Imprison Aerial Ace Bulldoze Fairy Lock Follow Me Helping Hand Crafty Shield
Petal Dance Blizzard Spikes Aeroblast Discharge Flower Shield Rage Powder Happy Hour
Struggle Bubble Stealth Rock Air Slash Earthquake Grassy Terrain Heal Bell
Thrash Captivate Sticky Web Aura Sphere Explosion Gravity Light Screen
Uproar Dark Void Toxic Spikes Bounce Lava Plume Hail Lucky Chant
Dazzling Gleam Brave Bird Magnitude Haze Magnetic Flux
Disarming Voice Chatter Parabolic Charge Ion Deluge Mat Block
Electroweb Dark Pulse Petal Blizzard Magic Room Mist
Eruption Dragon Pulse Searing Shot Misty Terrain Quick Guard
Glaciate Drill Peck Self-Destruct Mud Sport Reflect
Growl Fly Sludge Wave Perish Song Safeguard
Heat Wave Flying Press Surf Rain Dance Tailwind
Hyper Voice Heal Pulse Synchronoise Rototiller Wide Guard
Gust Hurricane Teeter Dance Sandstorm
Icy Wind Oblivion Wing Sunny Day
Incinerate Peck Trick Room
Land's Wrath Pluck Water Sport
Leer Sky Attack Wonder Room
Muddy Water Sky Drop
Poison Gas Water Pulse
Powder Snow Wing Attack
Razor Leaf
Razor Wind
Relic Song
Rock Slide
Snarl
String Shot
Struggle Bug
Sweet Scent
Swift
Tail Whip
Twister
Water Spout
Aside from moves which only affect the user, all other attacks only target one adjacent Pokémon.

Effect on Abilities

Most Abilities' effect remain the same and are not affected by the Pokémon's placement. For example, a Mold Breaker Pokémon on the left-side of the field which used Water Pulse can still damage a Pokémon with Wonder Guard on the right-side of the field. A Magic Bounce Pokémon can still reflect entry hazards even if the user of the entry hazard and itself are at opposite corners of the field because entry hazards affect the entire team.

However, some Abilities are affected by a Pokémon's placement, for example, Intimidate will only lower the Attack of opposing, adjacent Pokémon on the field.


Locations

In Pokémon Black

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

In Pokémon White



Trainer Pokémon
Route 7
Ace Trainer Elmer
Ace Trainer Elmer
ユウイチ Yūichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1920
This is a Rotation Battle in Black
510 Liepard Lv.32
No item
505 Watchog Lv.32
No item
528 Swoobat Lv.32
No item
Opelucid City
Ace Trainer Lou
Ace Trainer Lou
エツヤ Etsuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Triple Battle
512 Simisage Lv.39
No item
516 Simipour Lv.39
No item
514 Simisear Lv.39
No item
Ace Trainer Eileen
Ace Trainer Eileen
エリナ Erina
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Triple Battle
624 Pawniard Lv.39
No item
605 Elgyem Lv.39
No item
619 Mienfoo Lv.39
No item
White Forest
School Kid Shayne
School Kid Shayne
シンジ Shinji
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1300
560 Scrafty Lv.65
No item
563 Cofagrigus Lv.65
No item
579 Reuniclus Lv.65
No item
Nursery Aide Briana
Nursery Aide Briana
ユカリ Yukari
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2600
609 Chandelure Lv.65
No item
573 Cinccino Lv.65
No item
584 Vanilluxe Lv.65
No item

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2



Trainer Pokémon
Chargestone Cave 1F
Ace Trainer Corky
Ace Trainer Corky
ナオト Naoto
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1980
Triple Battle
599 Klink Lv.33
No item
521 Unfezant Lv.33
No item
028 Sandslash Lv.33
No item
Route 7
Lass Flo
Lass Flo
ミサト Misato
Reward: PokémonDollar.png528
Triple Battle
580 Ducklett Lv.33
No item
521 Unfezant Lv.33
No item
580 Ducklett Lv.33
No item
Reversal Mountain
Battle Girl Chan
Battle Girl Chan
チャン Chan
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1184
Triple Battle
447 Riolu Lv.37
No item
533 Gurdurr Lv.37
No item
447 Riolu Lv.37
No item
Route 14
Ace Trainer Junko
Ace Trainer Junko
ショウコ Shōko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Triple Battle
207 Gligar Lv.39
No item
549 Lilligant Lv.39
No item
550 Basculin Lv.39
No item
Route 13
Pokémon Ranger Dianne
Pokémon Ranger Dianne
ダイアナ Diana
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Triple Battle
329 Vibrava Lv.39
No item
636 Larvesta Lv.39
No item
136 Flareon Lv.39
No item
Village Bridge
Hoopster Nicolas
Hoopster Nicolas
ビフ Biff
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4200
Triple Battle
240 Magby Lv.42
No item
126 Magmar Lv.42
No item
240 Magby Lv.42
No item
Hoopster Derrick
Hoopster Derrick
マック Mac
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4200
Triple Battle
239 Elekid Lv.42
No item
125 Electabuzz Lv.42
No item
239 Elekid Lv.42
No item
Opelucid Gym
Veteran Ron
Veteran Ron
ロン Long
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3520
611 Fraxure Lv.44
No item
621 Druddigon Lv.44
No item
610 Axew Lv.44
No item
Twist Mountain outside
Veteran Carter
Veteran Carter
ヨシオ Yoshio
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5120
Triple Battle
128 Tauros Lv.64
No item
169 Crobat Lv.64
No item
565 Carracosta Lv.64
No item
Route 8
Parasol Lady Tyra
Parasol Lady Tyra
ルイ Rui
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1920
Triple Battle
272 Ludicolo Lv.60
No item
135 Jolteon Lv.60
No item
351 Castform Lv.60
No item
Route 3
School Kid Edgar
School Kid Edgar
シュウヘイ Shūhei
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1220
Triple Battle
177 Natu Lv.61
No item
178 Xatu Lv.61
No item
022 Fearow Lv.61
No item
Route 18
Veteran Gina
Veteran Gina
ミズホ Mizuho
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5440
Triple Battle
230 Kingdra Lv.68
No item
227 Skarmory Lv.68
No item
232 Donphan Lv.68
No item
Pokémon World Tournament
See Pokémon World Tournament

In Pokémon X and Y

Trainer Pokémon
Restaurant Le Yeah
Waitress Talia
Waitress Talia
ナタリー Natalie
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
226 Mantine Lv.31
Held icon VI.png King's Rock
587 Emolga Lv.31
Held icon VI.png King's Rock
561 Sigilyph Lv.31
Held icon VI.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 VI.png Liechi Berry
514 Simisear Lv.31
Held icon VI.png Petaya Berry
516 Simipour Lv.31
Held icon VI.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

In Pokémon Battrio

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.

Triple Battling as a mechanic was introduced in Pokémon Battrio, an arcade game using three Pokémon pucks on each side.

In the anime

Triple Battle in the anime

The first official Triple Battle was seen in the anime in episode A Maractus Musical!, where Ash battled against Toby's three Maractus with his Pikachu, Tepig and Snivy.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In Black's First Trainer Battle, Black participates in a Triple Battle with a Hiker named Andy.

Pokémon Master Black and White

In the second chapter, Monta was shown in a Triple Battle with Cheren, using Snivy, Panpour, and Roggenrola. Cheren used Basculin, Tepig, and Pansage.

Trivia

  • The introduction of this form of battling keeps the pattern of every odd generation, since the first, adding one more Pokémon to the maximum amount to be sent out at one time in a battle.
  • Air Cutter is the only Flying-type damage-dealing move that cannot hit a non-adjacent Pokémon.
  • In The Battle of the Badge, Jessie and James send out three Pokémon at once to battle Ash, the first unofficial Triple Battle in the anime series.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Combat Trio
Germany Flag.png German Dreierkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta in Triplo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 트리플배틀 Triple Battle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Triple


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


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