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Battle Points (Japanese: バトルポイント Battle Point), or more often known as BP (Japanese: BP BP), are a special sort of currency in the Pokémon world that can be won as a prize for defeating Trainers in specific battle areas. They can be traded for many rare items.
In the games
When the Battle Tower was introduced in Pokémon Crystal, each time a group of seven Trainers was defeated, the attendants would award the player with five items at random, such as HP Up. The difficulty of winning made acquiring large numbers of vitamins expensive without cheating. In Pokémon Emerald, with the first sighting of the Battle Frontier, the concept of Battle Points was introduced instead.
The first Battle Points that a player could earn in Pokémon Emerald came from Scott, who would give them away on the player's first visit to the Battle Frontier depending on how many times he and the player interacted throughout the game. After this, more could be won by challenging, and defeating, the various facilities. These could, in turn, be exchanged for rare items for a Secret Base or even moves that could be taught to a Pokémon.
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the concept was retained, even though the battle arena was restored to merely a Battle Tower. This time, EV-enhancing items were included, as well as rare evolution-inducing held items. The Battle Frontier in Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver also features this. In addition, a limited amount of BP can be awarded once per day at the Trainer House. The Frontier Access features shops similar to the previous Battle Frontiers, where BP can be cashed in for items and moves.
In Generation V, the purchasable items are very similar to those in Generation IV. However, nearly all purchasable items cannot be found anywhere else in the games and are only obtainable by exchanging BPs. Also, new items were added and the price of Technical Machines went down, despite the fact that they are only obtainable once and their price in Poké Marts went up.
In Pokémon Black and White, Battle Points are awarded in the Battle Subway. In Black 2 and White 2, in addition to being used in the Battle Subway, BPs are also awarded in the Pokémon World Tournament. They can be shared between both facilities. In Black 2 and White 2, players also receive BP after winning in the Global Battle Union or Random Matchup.
In Generation VI, Battle Points can be obtained in the Battle Maison and in the Battle Institute. Unlike in previous games, they are received after every victorious match. The amount received varies depending on the length of the current winning streak.
It's also possible to receive Battle Points from one's Pokémon Bank account, instead of Poké Miles.
In Generation VII, Battle Points can be obtained in the Battle Royal Dome and the Battle Tree.
Additionally, in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon only, the player can play Mantine Surf to earn BP (referred to as Beach Points here) at the Surf Spots in Big Wave Beach, Heahea Beach, Ula'ula Beach, and Poni Beach.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Verily Vanquishing Vileplume II, Emerald was revealed to have used the Battle Points he had earned during his Battle Frontier challenge to teach his Dusclops Fire Punch.
In other languages
|| 對戰點數 Deuijin Dímsou (ＢＰ)
|| 對戰點數 / 对战点数 Duìzhàn Diǎnshù (ＢＰ)
|| Kamppoint (BP)
|| Point de Combat (PCo)
|| Gewinnpunkte (GP)
|| Punto Lotta (PL)
|| 배틀포인트 Battle Point (BP)
|| Punto de Batalla (PB)
|| Stridspoäng (BP)