Battle Subway

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Battle Subway バトルサブウェイ
Battle Subway
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Location: Nimbasa City
Region: Unova
Generations: V
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Location of Battle Subway in Unova.
Pokémon world locations

The Battle Subway (Japanese: バトルサブウェイ Battle Subway) is a facility found in Pokémon Black and White, and is the Unova equivalent of the Battle Tower. The Battle Subway facility, Gear Station, is located in Nimbasa City.


Seven of the subway Lines involve battling. Like the Generation IV Battle Tower, the player may participate in single battles, double battles, multi battles, or Wi-Fi battles. In each mode, the player must defeat seven Trainers in a row (two Trainers at a time in multi battles) to earn Battle Points. Afterwards, the player can continue battling or return to Nimbasa City. The player's total win streak is reported after each battle, and the player's current win streaks and Battle Points can be viewed in the Vs. Recorder.

The single, double, and multi battle modes contain two Lines: the Normal Line and the Super Line. In the Normal Line, the opponents only use Generation V Pokémon, and the Subway Boss can be challenged in the 21st battle. After defeating the Subway Boss, the Line ends and the player is returned to Nimbasa City.

The Super Line is unlocked after defeating the Normal Line's Subway Boss. In this mode, the opponents use fully evolved Pokémon from all five generations. After 48 battles, the Subway Boss can be challenged once again.

Line Number of Eligible Pokémon
Single 3
Super Single 3
Double 4
Super Double 4
Multi 2 per player
Super Multi 2 per player
Wi-Fi 3
Normal Takes the player to Anville Town.

All Pokémon are set to level 50 on the Battle Subway, unlike previous Generations this also includes Pokémon below level 50. Like all battle facilities, if a consumable item is used, it will be restored at the end of the battle. Unlike previous battling facilities, the player does not automatically lose if both Trainers' last Pokémon faint simultaneously; instead, the Trainer whose Pokémon fell first loses.

Exchangable items

The Exchange Service Corner is located within each train platform (excluding the Anville Town line). The player can buy various goods with Battle Points won from the facility.

The following items are offered as prizes:

Left attendant
TM Rock TM23 (Smack Down)
TM Normal TM48 (Round)
TM Normal TM87 (Swagger)
TM Flying TM88 (Pluck)
TM Poison TM34 (Sludge Wave)
TM Psychic TM51 (Ally Switch)
TM Fire TM59 (Incinerate)
TM Dark TM60 (Quash)
TM Normal TM64 (Explosion)
TM Normal TM77 (Psych Up)
Right attendant
Protein Protein
Calcium Calcium
Iron Iron
Zinc Zinc
Carbos Carbos
Power Bracer Power Bracer
Power Belt Power Belt
Power Lens Power Lens
Power Band Power Band
Power Anklet Power Anklet
Power Weight Power Weight
Toxic Orb Toxic Orb
Flame Orb Flame Orb
White Herb White Herb
Power Herb Power Herb
Absorb Bulb Absorb Bulb
Cell Battery Cell Battery
Red Card Red Card
Eject Button Eject Button
Wise Glasses Wise Glasses
Choice Specs Choice Specs
Scope Lens Scope Lens
Zoom Lens Zoom Lens
Wide Lens Wide Lens
Muscle Band Muscle Band
Focus Band Focus Band
Choice Band Choice Band
Choice Scarf Choice Scarf
Focus Sash Focus Sash
Razor Claw Razor Claw
Razor Fang Razor Fang
BrightPowder BrightPowder
Life Orb Life Orb
Iron Ball Iron Ball
Air Balloon Air Balloon
Binding Band Binding Band
Rare Candy Rare Candy


Item Location Games

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Variable scoring

For every time a Trainer is defeated and the player advances to the next cabin, a sound effect or beat is added to the background music. At the first cabin of every train, only the sound of train tracks is played. Subsequently, jingles, bongo drum beats, and a bass tune are added, until the last (seventh) cabin, where a soft melody can be heard in the background.


In the multi battle lines, the player can team up with another player via wireless or infrared. Otherwise, the player can team up with the NPC Hilbert or Hilda, depending on the player's gender. The NPC asks what kind of team they prefer to team up with, based on attack, defense or balance, and adjust their team accordingly.


Banned Pokémon

Regardless of what challenge is taken, the following Pokémon are not allowed:

Mewtwo Mewtwo Mew Mew Lugia Lugia Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Celebi Celebi Kyogre Kyogre Groudon Groudon Rayquaza Rayquaza
Jirachi Jirachi Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
Dialga Dialga Palkia Palkia Giratina Giratina
Altered Forme
Giratina Giratina
Origin Forme
Phione Phione Manaphy Manaphy Darkrai Darkrai Shaymin Shaymin
Land Forme
Shaymin Shaymin
Sky Forme
Arceus Arceus Victini Victini
Reshiram Reshiram Zekrom Zekrom Kyurem Kyurem Keldeo Keldeo Meloetta Meloetta
Aria Forme
Meloetta Meloetta
Pirouette Forme
Genesect Genesect Egg Egg

Excluded Pokémon

In addition to the banned Pokémon, the following fully evolved Pokémon are not used by opponents on either the Single or Super Single Lines.[1]

Butterfree Butterfree Beedrill Beedrill Pidgeot Pidgeot Raticate Raticate Fearow Fearow Arbok Arbok Sandslash Sandslash
Clefable Clefable Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Parasect Parasect Persian Persian Golduck Golduck Primeape Primeape Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
Dodrio Dodrio Cloyster Cloyster Hypno Hypno Kingler Kingler Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Seaking Seaking
Ditto Ditto Omastar Omastar Kabutops Kabutops Furret Furret Noctowl Noctowl Ledian Ledian Ariados Ariados
Xatu Xatu Azumarill Azumarill Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Jumpluff Jumpluff Sunflora Sunflora Wobbuffet Wobbuffet Girafarig Girafarig
Dunsparce Dunsparce Qwilfish Qwilfish Magcargo Magcargo Corsola Corsola Octillery Octillery Delibird Delibird Mantine Mantine
Stantler Stantler Smeargle Smeargle Hitmontop Hitmontop Mightyena Mightyena Linoone Linoone Beautifly Beautifly Dustox Dustox
Swellow Swellow Pelipper Pelipper Masquerain Masquerain Ninjask Ninjask Shedinja Shedinja Delcatty Delcatty Sableye Sableye
Mawile Mawile Plusle Plusle Minun Minun Volbeat Volbeat Illumise Illumise Swalot Swalot Sharpedo Sharpedo
Camerupt Camerupt Torkoal Torkoal Grumpig Grumpig Spinda Spinda Cacturne Cacturne Zangoose Zangoose Seviper Seviper
Lunatone Lunatone Solrock Solrock Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Castform Castform Kecleon Kecleon Banette Banette Tropius Tropius
Chimecho Chimecho Glalie Glalie Huntail Huntail Gorebyss Gorebyss Relicanth Relicanth Luvdisc Luvdisc Bibarel Bibarel
Kricketune Kricketune Wormadam Wormadam
Plant Cloak
Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
Wormadam Wormadam
Trash Cloak
Mothim Mothim Pachirisu Pachirisu Cherrim Cherrim
Purugly Purugly Chatot Chatot Carnivine Carnivine Lumineon Lumineon Rotom Rotom Rotom Rotom
Heat Rotom
Rotom Rotom
Wash Rotom
Rotom Rotom
Frost Rotom
Rotom Rotom
Fan Rotom
Rotom Rotom
Mow Rotom
Uxie Uxie Mesprit Mesprit Azelf Azelf

Subway Boss

After winning 20 and 48 battles consecutively in one of the seven Battle Subways (excluding the Wi-Fi Line), a Subway Boss will challenge the player.

When the Subway Bosses are defeated on the Super Single and Super Double Lines, a Trainer star is earned.

Subway Boss Ingo

Ingo can be battled on the Single and Super Single Lines.

On 21st consecutive battle

On 49th consecutive battle

Subway Boss Emmet

Emmet can be battled on the Double and Super Double Lines.

On 21st consecutive battle

On 49th consecutive battle

Subway Boss Ingo and Subway Boss Emmet

Ingo and Emmet can be battled together on the Multi and Super Multi Lines.

On 21st consecutive battle

On 49th consecutive battle

In other languages

Language Title
French Canada Flag.png Canada Métro de Combat
France Flag.png Europe Métro de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampfmetro
Italy Flag.png Italian Metrò Lotta
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Metro Batalla
Spain Flag.png Spain Metro Batalla


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