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- This article is about the battle format in Generation VII. For the mode in the Pokémon Rumble series, see Battle Royale.
A Battle Royal (Japanese: バトルロイヤル Battle Royal) is a type of Pokémon battle introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. A Battle Royal involves four Trainers all battling each other at the same time. The format is based on the battles that the four guardian deities of Alola take part in to decide who is the strongest of them all.
Battle Royals are held at the Battle Royal Dome. In a Battle Royal, each Trainer brings up to three Pokémon into the ring, using one Pokémon at a time. At the end of a turn, if a Trainer has no Pokémon left, the Battle Royal ends. All participants are scored based on the number of Pokémon they knocked out, and the number of Pokémon they have remaining.
Occasionally, The Masked Royal (Professor Kukui) will appear as one of the opponents in the Master Rank.
During a Battle Royal, any Pokémon can target any of the other three opposing Pokémon as a target.
If a targeted Pokémon is defeated before every Pokémon has taken their turn, any remaining attacks that were targeted for that Pokémon will fail.
Moves that hit multiple targets will hit all three opponents, but the base power of these moves is reduced to 50%.
It is impossible to forfeit in a Battle Royal.
If a Trainer's Pokémon knocks out an opposing Pokémon, that Trainer receives a point. If a Pokémon faints due to indirect damage, such as poison or burn, the point is awarded to the Pokémon who caused the indirect damage to occur. If a Pokémon faints due to self-inflicted damage or effects, such as from recoil or Explosion, no points will be awarded to anyone.
The battle is over at the end of the turn after all of any one Trainer's Pokémon have fainted. The winner is determined based on the combined total of the KO points they earned and their remaining conscious Pokémon. If there is a tie using this method, the winner will be determined based on whose Pokémon have the most remaining HP. A Trainer who had all of their Pokémon faint cannot win, even if they have the most points, unless all three opponents also lost all of their Pokémon.
In the anime
A Battle Royal in the anime
Battle Royals were first introduced in Pushing the Fiery Envelope!. Ash watched a televised match of the Masked Royal taking on three other Trainers and their Machamp, Primarina, and Decidueye at the Battle Royal Dome, easily defeating all three opposing Pokémon with his Incineroar. The Masked Royal then announced an event where any volunteers would get a chance to face him in a Battle Royal, prompting Ash and his classmates to travel to the Battle Royal Dome.
Due to Ash's Litten jumping down from the stands to face its evolved form, the Masked Royal chose to invite Ash in a Battle Royal, along with Kiawe and Sophocles. However, even when holding back, the Masked Royal's Incineroar was more than a match for all of its opponents, easily defeating Kiawe's Marowak and Sophocles's Charjabug with a Darkest Lariat. Although Litten managed to endure the Darkest Lariat, it too was quickly felled when the Masked Royal, having finally decided to get serious, had Incineroar use a Bulk Up-enhanced Throat Chop on the Fire Cat Pokémon.
Unlike in the games, Battle Royals in the anime are fought until only one Trainer has Pokémon left.
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