Battle Tower

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The LaRousse City Battle Tower

Battle Tower (Japanese: バトルタワー Battle Tower) is a name shared by several battle facilities from Pokémon Crystal onwards.

In the games

Trainers register their Pokémon on the first floor and climb up the floors in a number of battles, fighting other Trainers one by one. There is no penalty for losing other than breaking the player's streak. From Generation III onward, there are a number of rules that can also be changed within the tower - such as fighting in Double Battles* against the other Trainers. Trainers sometimes battle for bragging rights, but they are often rewarded with rare items or points that can be used to buy rare items as well.

From Pokémon Emerald onward, Battle Towers are run by Tower Tycoons, who fulfill a similar role to that of Gym Leaders in Pokémon Gyms. Trainers taking a Battle Tower challenge have a number of battles in a row, ending after seven wins, or when they lose. The Tower Tycoon may challenge them after certain winning streaks have been made. Initially, the opponents use weak Pokémon and will start using stronger Pokémon the higher the winning streak is. Also, the seventh Trainer may have stronger Pokémon. In some games, opponents may use Legendary Pokémon after making a certain winning streak. In JohtoHGSS, HoennE, and SinnohPt, the Battle Tower is part of a larger Battle Frontier. In the Sevii Islands, a smaller and simplified version of a Battle Tower can be found in Trainer Tower. Pokémon Emerald Version also contains the Trainer Hill facility, which further serves as a modified simplification of the Trainer Tower (despite Emerald housing a Battle Tower of its own within Hoenn's Battle Frontier). While Unova, Kalos, and Alola do not have Battle Towers, they have similar battle facilities called the Battle Subway, Battle Maison, and Battle Tree, respectively.

Pokémon do not gain experience in Battle Tower battles, while Trainers are awarded Battle Points* instead of money. These points can be redeemed for items, in a shop usually located near the tower. Additionally, Pokémon not registered in the Pokédex will not be registered upon being seen in a Battle Tower. Pokémon cannot be above the level limit. From Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions onward, Pokémon that are above level 50 will simply be reduced to level 50 during the player’s challenge, returning to their original level after the challenge finishes.

Pokémon Crystal

Main article: Battle Tower (Generation II)

In Pokémon Crystal, the first version of the Battle Tower is located in Johto, on the north end of Route 40.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Main article: Battle Tower (Generation III)

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, there is a Battle Tower in Hoenn, on an island accessible by boat.

In Pokémon Emerald, the Battle Tower is one of seven facilities in the Hoenn Battle Frontier, located south of Route 130.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl

Main article: Battle Tower (Sinnoh)

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and their remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, there is a Battle Tower located at the Battle Park in Sinnoh.

In Pokémon Platinum, as well as in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Battle Tower is one of the facilities in the Battle Frontier.

  • In Platinum, the Battle Frontier is located at the Fight Area in Sinnoh.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Battle Frontier is located west of Olivine City in Johto.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Main article: Battle Tower (Galar)

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Galar contains a Battle Tower in Wyndon. Previously known as Rose Tower, it is converted into a battle facility by Leon during the post-game.

Similar facilities

In addition, there are several facilities that fulfill similar roles:

In the anime

Main series

The Battle Tower in Olivine City
The Battle Tower near Cremini Town

A Battle Tower was first seen in Fight for the Light, located in Olivine City in Johto. Team Rocket mistook it for an office building and tried to get in, but to no avail as the security officers asked for Gym Badges.

In Destiny Deoxys, a Battle Tower appeared in LaRousse City, where Ash and Tory Lund battled Rafe and Sid. Like most locations in the city, this Battle Tower was almost completely high-tech.

In Talking a Good Game! and Second Time's the Charm!, Ash challenged Kanto's Battle Tower, located near Cremini Town near Tohjo Falls and a part of the Battle Frontier.

Pokémon Evolutions

The Generation IV Battle Tower appeared in The Rival, where Barry challenged and defeated his father there.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A Battle Tower in Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In Querulous Qwilfish, the Battle Tower in Olivine City was under construction and was due to be finished in a month. A tank that was collecting waste from the construction cracked under pressure, spilling its contents into the sea nearby and contaminating the water. As a result, Qwilfish attacked a worker and Crystal out of anger and to protect a baby Qwilfish that became sick due to the pollution. It was also where Suicune first appeared, purifying the water and curing the baby Qwilfish in the process.

In Popular Pupitar, Silver was revealed to have first met Lance at the Johto Battle Tower construction site, wanting to question him if he knew anything about the giant bird Pokémon that the Masked Man had used to kidnap him nine years earlier.

Emerald arc

The Hoenn Battle Tower first appeared in Never Spritz a Knotty Sudowoodo as part of the region's Battle Frontier. According to Scott, the Battle Tower was constructed before the six other facilities were added around it. During the climax of the chapter, it served as the site for the Pokédex holders' final battle against the villainous Guile Hideout.

Platinum arc

The Sinnoh Battle Tower appeared in Deprogramming Porygon-Z as part of the Sinnoh Battle Frontier. It is the only Battle Frontier facility not yet challenged by Platinum by the end of the chapter.

In the TCG

Battle Tower
Main article: Battle Tower (Supreme Victors 134)

The Battle Tower was introduced as a Stadium card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Platinum Series (the Japanese DPt Era). First released in the Beat of the Frontier expansion, it later debuted in English in the Supreme Victors expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration by Wataru Kawahara. This card allows either player to remove four damage counters from a Pokémon when they Level-Up that Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 對戰塔 Deuijin Taap
Mandarin 對戰塔 / 对战塔 Duìzhàn Tǎ
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Strijdtoren*
Finland Flag.png Finnish Taistelutorni*
France Flag.png French Tour de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Duellturm
Italy Flag.png Italian Torre Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀타워 Baeteultawo
Poland Flag.png Polish Wieża Walk*
Wieża Walki*
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Torre de Batalha*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Torre Batalla
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Stridstorn

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