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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, as long as it is not in the center.

If a 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. If a Pokémon targeted an ally with a move, but as a result of shifting the Pokémon is now targeting itself when it would execute the move, the move will fail (even if the move is Acupressure).

If 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 at the end of the turn.

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 single-target damage-dealing Flying-type moves, Flying Press, and all single-target aura and pulse moves can hit any Pokémon on the battlefield; this targeting is based on the original type of the move, so moves being changed to or from Flying-type (including moves that change their own type like Hidden Power) does not affect targeting. Moves that hit multiple Pokémon will have their damage reduced by 25%, unless there is only one target at the time the move is executed.

The moves After You, Quash, Helping Hand, Ally Switch, Follow Me, Rage Powder, Aromatic Mist, and Hold Hands have no effect in Single Battles, but do in Triple Battles.

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 other Pokémon

     
     

All adjacent Pokémon

     
     

All Pokémon

     
     

Self

     
     

Self or adjacent ally

     
     

Adjacent ally

     
     

Whole team

Me First Acid Spikes Acrobatics Boomburst Electric Terrain Ally Switch Acupressure Aromatic Mist Aromatherapy
Outrage Air Cutter Stealth Rock Aerial Ace Bulldoze Fairy Lock Follow Me Helping Hand Crafty Shield
Petal Dance Blizzard Sticky Web Aeroblast Discharge Flower Shield Rage Powder Hold Hands Happy Hour
Struggle Bubble Toxic Spikes Air Slash Earthquake Grassy Terrain Heal Bell
Thrash Captivate Aura Sphere Explosion Gravity Light Screen
Uproar Cotton Spore * Bounce Lava Plume Hail Lucky Chant
Dark Void Brave Bird Magnitude Haze Magnetic Flux
Dazzling Gleam Chatter Parabolic Charge Ion Deluge Mat Block
Disarming Voice Dark Pulse Petal Blizzard Magic Room Mist
Electroweb Dragon Ascent Searing Shot Misty Terrain Quick Guard
Eruption Dragon Pulse Self-Destruct Mud Sport Reflect
Glaciate Drill Peck Sludge Wave Perish Song Safeguard
Growl Fly Surf Rain Dance Tailwind
Heal Block Flying Press Synchronoise Rototiller Wide Guard
Heat Wave Gust Teeter Dance Sandstorm
Hyper Voice Heal Pulse Sunny Day
Icy Wind Hurricane Trick Room
Incinerate Oblivion Wing Water Sport
Land's Wrath Peck Wonder Room
Leer Pluck
Muddy Water Sky Attack
Origin Pulse Sky Drop
Poison Gas Water Pulse
Powder Snow Wing Attack
Precipice Blades
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

A Triple Battle in Generation V

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
Red-Striped Form
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
Battle Maison
See Battle Maison

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer Pokémon
Mauville Food Court
Street Thug Alfredo
Street Thug Alfredo
ゴモクロウ Gomokurō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
463 Lickilicky Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Wide Lens
549 Lilligant Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Choice Scarf
463 Lickilicky Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Wide Lens
Street Thug Barley
Street Thug Barley
ツケロウ Tsukerō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
528 Swoobat Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Bright Powder
528 Swoobat Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Bright Powder
528 Swoobat Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Bright Powder
Street Thug Wellington
Street Thug Wellington
ソウジロウ Sōjirō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
553 Krookodile Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Sitrus Berry
059 Arcanine Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Sitrus Berry
560 Scrafty Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Sitrus Berry
Street Thug Bass
Street Thug Bass
パコヒコ Pakohiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
036 Clefable Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Metronome
036 Clefable Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Metronome
036 Clefable Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Metronome
Street Thug Soyer
Street Thug Soyer
ミソキチ Misokichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
334 Altaria Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Salac Berry
357 Tropius Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Salac Berry
142 Aerodactyl Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Salac Berry
Street Thug Pitaha
Street Thug Pitaha
ワンタン Wonton
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
547 Whimsicott Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Wide Lens
547 Whimsicott Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Wide Lens
547 Whimsicott Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Wide Lens
Street Thug Rice
Street Thug Rice
キシノシン Kishinoshin
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
132 Ditto Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Iron Ball
132 Ditto Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Iron Ball
132 Ditto Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Iron Ball
Fare Prince Trencherman
Fare Prince Trencherman
ストマック Stomach
Reward: PokémonDollar.png6,000
448 Lucario Lv.75
Held icon VI.png King's Rock
468 Togekiss Lv.75
Held icon VI.png King's Rock
448 Lucario Lv.75
Held icon VI.png King's Rock
Black Belt Banting
Black Belt Banting
パンクレアス Pancreas
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,080
034 Nidoking Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Life Orb
306 Aggron Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Life Orb
409 Rampardos Lv.65
Held icon VI.png Life Orb
Battle Maison

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

A 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

A Triple Battle in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Black's First Trainer Battle, Black participates in a Triple Battle with a Hiker named Andy, using his Tep, Brav, and Musha against Andy's Cottonee, Roggenrola, and Blitzle.

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

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

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kolmoisottelu
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
Poland Flag.png Polish Potrójna Bitwa
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Batalha Tripla
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Triple


Pokémon battle variations
Double BattleMulti BattleTriple BattleRotation BattleHorde EncounterBattle Royal
Full BattleContest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse BattleSOS Battle
Battle modes


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