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This article is about the battle variation. For the battle mode found in the Pokémon Cable Club in Generation III or the Pokémon Communication Club Colosseum in Generation IV, see Double Battle (Battle Mode).

A Double Battle in Generation VI

A Double Battle (Japanese: ダブルバトル Double Battle), also known as a two-on-two battle, is a Pokémon battle with each side featuring two Pokémon at once. Debuting in the games in Generation III, and featuring occasionally in the anime prior to this, they may feature up to four Pokémon Trainers. A Double Battle with two Trainers per side who each control one Pokémon is called a Multi Battle.

In the games

A Double Battle in Black and White

In a Double Battle, two teams of two Pokémon face each other in battle. One Trainer may control both Pokémon on either side of the battle, or two Trainers may cooperate on one or both sides of the battle, each controlling their own Pokémon (meaning that anywhere from two to four Trainers may take part in a Double Battle).

Some specific Trainer classes, such as Sis and Bro and Sr. and Jr., automatically engage the player in Double Battles; in Generation III, they will only battle if the player steps on the tile directly in front of them, from Generation IV to VI they can move towards the player to initiate such battles, and in Generation VII they can battle the player from afar but remain stationary (like all other Trainer classes in those games). If the player has only one conscious Pokémon, Trainer classes who will only engage the player in Double Battles will ignore the player and comment that the player should bring two Pokémon to battle them with.

From Pokémon Emerald to Generation V, two independent Trainers who see the player at the same time will engage the player in a Double Battle. If the player has only one conscious Pokémon, the two Trainers who see the player at the same time will take turns battling the player in two Single Battles, with the second Trainer approaching and battling the player immediately after the first Trainer is defeated.

A Double Battle in Pokémon Colosseum
A Double Battle in Pokémon XD

In Pokémon Colosseum, all battles that the player participates in are battled as Double Battles. The only way to engage in a Single Battle in Pokémon Colosseum is to do so in battle mode. However, the player does watch a Single Battle between Eagun and Skrub.

In Pokémon XD, the first two battles in the game—against Chobin and Naps—are Single Battles, as are all wild battles and one optional battle against a Supertrainer at the entrance to the Pokémon HQ Lab. Some Trainers in Mt. Battle only use one Pokémon, so it is possible to battle them in a Single Battle. The player also watches two Single Battles involving Zook—one with Ardos and one with Biden.

From Generation IV onward, moves that target multiple Pokémon resolve in order of the target's respective Speed stats. If a Pokémon faints, it is not replaced until the end of the turn, rather than immediately after the Pokémon is knocked out, making it possible for a Pokémon's move to fail due to a lack of target if both of the opposing Pokémon are knocked out before it attacks.

In Generation IV and V, some NPCs (most notably the stat Trainers in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum) accompany the player while they explore certain areas. In these situations, all wild Pokémon encounters are Double Battles against two Pokémon. In such situations, it is impossible to use a Poké Ball to capture a Pokémon unless the other is knocked out first. The NPC Trainer will heal the player's team after every battle. The player cannot use movement-based field moves such as Surf or Rock Climb while accompanied by an NPC.

In Generation V, many routes contain dark grass, in which the player has the ability to encounter two wild Pokémon at a time, initiating a wild Double Battle. Similar to the wild Double Battles of Generation IV, it is impossible to use a Poké Ball to catch a Pokémon unless the other Pokémon is knocked out first.

The HP of Pokémon is not displayed numerically on the player's side in Generation III and Generation IV—only the bar will be shown to save screen space. The numeric amount of HP can be toggled with the Start button.

Effects on moves

Several different moves are made specifically for Double Battles, such as Helping Hand. Some others, such as Surf, can have noticeably different effects. In Generation III, if there is more than one target, moves that can hit both foes (but not moves that hit all Pokémon on the field, such as Earthquake) have their damage reduced by 50%. In subsequent games, if there is more than one target, any move that can hit multiple Pokémon has its damage reduced by 25%.

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

The move Flame Burst takes away 1/16th of the maximum HP of the other Pokémon on the same team as the target Pokémon. This damage is not treated as an attack.

The move Acupressure, while in a Double Battle, can target the ally instead of the user.

The moves Outrage, Petal Dance, Thrash, Uproar target the user when selected, but are used against one random foe when executed.

This chart displays all moves that work differently in Double Battles.

Move targets

Any foe


All foes


All other Pokémon


All Pokémon




Self or ally





Me First Acid Boomburst Court Change Ally Switch Acupressure Aromatic Mist Aromatherapy
Struggle Air Cutter Bulldoze Electric Terrain Follow Me Helping Hand Aurora Veil
Blizzard Brutal Swing Fairy Lock Rage Powder Hold Hands Crafty Shield
Breaking Swipe Earthquake Flower Shield Gear Up
Bubble Discharge Grassy Terrain Heal Bell
Captivate Explosion Gravity Happy Hour
Clanging Scales Lava Plume Hail Light Screen
Core Enforcer Magnitude Haze Life Dew
Cotton Spore * Parabolic Charge Ion Deluge Lucky Chant
Dark Void Petal Blizzard Magic Room Magnetic Flux
Dazzling Gleam Searing Shot Misty Terrain Mat Block
Disarming Voice Self-Destruct Mud Sport Mist
Electroweb Sludge Wave Perish Song Quick Guard
Eruption Sparkling Aria Psychic Terrain Reflect
Glaciate Surf * Rain Dance Safeguard
Growl Synchronoise Rototiller Tailwind
Heal Block Teeter Dance Sandstorm Wide Guard
Heat Wave Shadow Half
Icy Wind Shadow Shed
Hyper Voice Shadow Sky
Incinerate Sunny Day
Land's Wrath Teatime
Leer Trick Room
Muddy Water Water Sport
Origin Pulse Wonder Room
Poison Gas *
Powder Snow
Precipice Blades
Razor Leaf
Razor Wind
Relic Song
Rock Slide
Shadow Down
Shadow Hold
Shadow Mist
Shadow Panic
Shadow Rave
Shadow Storm
Shadow Wave
Shell Trap
Stealth Rock
Sticky Web
String Shot
Struggle Bug
Surf *
Sweet Scent
Tail Whip
Toxic Spikes
Water Spout
Aside from moves which only affect the user, all other attacks only target one other Pokémon.

Effects on Abilities

Many Abilities are also adapted especially for Double Battles. These Abilities are:

  • Lightning Rod - If a single-target Electric-type move is used, it will be forced to strike the Pokémon with this Ability, regardless of the Pokémon originally selected as the target and regardless of the move's accuracy. Moves which target multiple Pokémon cannot be redirected. In Generation V and beyond, the move will raise the Special Attack of the Pokémon and deal no damage to it, unless the Pokémon is immune to the attack by nature of being a Ground-type.
  • Plus - If a Pokémon with Plus is in battle on the same side of the field as a Pokémon with Minus, its Special Attack will be boosted by 50%. In Generation V and beyond, the effect is also present if another Pokémon on the same side has Plus.
  • Minus - If a Pokémon with Minus is in battle on the same side of the field as a Pokémon with Plus, its Special Attack will be boosted by 50%. In Generation V and beyond, the effect is also present if another Pokémon on the same side has Minus.
  • Storm Drain - If a single-target Water-type move is used, it will be forced to strike the Pokémon with this Ability, regardless of the Pokémon originally selected as the target and regardless of the move's accuracy. Moves which target multiple Pokémon cannot be redirected. In Generation V and beyond, the move will raise the Special Attack of the Pokémon and deal no damage to it.
  • Flower Gift - The physical Attack and Special Defense of Pokémon with this Ability and their ally are increased by 50% during harsh sunlight.
  • Healer - At the end of each turn, an ally's status condition has a 30% chance of being cured.
  • Friend Guard - Damage done to allies is reduced by 25%.
  • Telepathy - A Pokémon with this Ability will avoid damage from any moves used by its ally, whether they directly target it or target it as well as opponents.
  • Victory Star - The accuracy of moves used by Pokémon with this ability and their ally are increased by 10%.
  • Aroma Veil - Pokémon with this ability and their ally cannot be afflicted by Taunt, Torment, Encore, Disable and Cursed Body, Heal Block, and infatuation.
  • Flower Veil - Prevents stat drops and status conditions for Pokémon with this Ability (if Grass-type) and a Grass-type ally.
  • Sweet Veil - Pokémon with this ability and their ally cannot fall asleep.
  • Battery - The base power of allies' special moves is increased by 30%.
  • Receiver - If an ally faints in battle, Receiver will be replaced by the fainted Pokémon's Ability.
  • Power of Alchemy - If an ally faints in battle, Power of Alchemy will be replaced by the fainted Pokémon's Ability.

In the anime

A Double Battle in the anime

While Team Rocket had conducted "illegal" Double Battles since the third episode, the first official Double Battle occurred in Pokémon Double Trouble. In order to win the Jade Star Badge, Ash had to defeat Luana's Marowak and Alakazam in a Double Battle. Though Ash's Pikachu and Charizard were initially unwilling to cooperate, they eventually overcame their differences in order to win the battle. A notable difference about this Double Battle compared to the ones introduced later is that winning the match requires only defeating one of the opposing Trainer's two Pokémon.

After the release of Ruby and Sapphire, Double Battles were seen in the anime more often. The first took place in All in a Day's Wurmple. Forrester Franklin introduced the concept to Ash, and they had a battle that Ash won. As in the games, Ash's Gym battle against Tate and Liza was a Double Battle. Additionally, in order to qualify for the finals of the Ever Grande Conference, competitors must win three Double Battles in the preliminaries.

Ash had a Double Battle against Tucker at the Battle Dome in Tactics Theatrics!!. He used his Corphish and Swellow against the Frontier Brain's Swampert and Arcanine and was able to win the battle, earning the Tactics Symbol, his third Symbol overall.

From The Bicker the Better onwards, Ash teamed up with other Trainers to conduct Tag Battles.

A Double Battle can also be conducted under Contest Battle rules; more specifically, the battling stage of every Grand Festival uses the Double Battle style. Additionally, with the introduction of Double Performances in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Coordinators have to use two Pokémon in both the Performance Stage and the Battle Stage of Pokémon Contests following the format.

In Strategy Begins at Home!, Dawn challenged her mother, Johanna, to a Double Battle. Despite having developed a strategy which her Piplup and Pachirisu managed to pull off during battle, Dawn still had trouble dealing with Johanna's skills as a Top Coordinator and her well-trained Glameow and Umbreon. As a result, she lost the battle. In Double-Time Battle Training!, Dawn faced off against Zoey in a Double Battle, using her Mamoswine and Cyndaquil against her rival's Kirlia and Leafeon. During the battle, Dawn attempted to use a newly developed combination, but it failed and Zoey emerged victorious.

In Battling the Bully!, there was a pretend Double Battle between Mick and Glenn, both using borrowed Pokémon.

Ash battled Shamus, Tepig's original Trainer, in a Double Battle in Evolution by Fire!. During the battle, Tepig evolved, giving him enough power to earn victory for his new Trainer.

Serena battled Aria in a Double Battle in Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!. During the battle, Serena's Fennekin evolved into Braixen, allowing her and Pancham to even the playing field. However, Aria had to cancel the battle because of an urgent phone call.

Ash battled Olympia in a Double Battle in All Eyes on the Future! at the Anistar Gym. The battle ended in Ash's victory, earning him the Psychic Badge.

In Trials and Determinations!, Ash's grand trial battle against Olivia was a Double Battle. The battle eventually ended in Ash's victory, earning him a Rockium Z.

Gladion battled Faba in a Double Battle in Mission: Total Recall! at a motel. The battle ended in Faba's victory after he defeated both of Gladion's Pokémon and put him asleep with his Hypno's Hypnosis.

Ash battled Kiawe in a Double Battle in Acting True to Form! at Pokémon School. However, the battle was called off after Ash's Pikachu discovered Meowth trying to steal Ash's Rowlet.

Ash battled Ryuki in a Double Battle in Aiming for the Top Floor! at the Kantonian Gym, eventually emerging victorious.

In the manga

A Double Battle in Pokémon Adventures

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Similar to the anime, Double Battles appeared in The Electric Tale of Pikachu before they were formally introduced in the games.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Double Battles were formally introduced into Pokémon Adventures in this chapter, though multiple Trainers or Pokémon teaming up were common before.

In Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun I, Ruby challenges a Plusle and a Minun aboard the Abandoned Ship.

In On the Loose and Hyper With Zangoose and Seviper I, Ruby and a Swimmer battle wild Seviper and Zangoose.

In You Can Fight Day or Night With Lunatone & Solrock, Tate and Liza explicitly state Double Battle tactics during their battle with Blaise, but are overwhelmed by their opponent's illusions.

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter

During the challenge set by Ultima, Red and Blue fight a Double Battle against each other in the Path of Battling. Here, the Trainers are separated by a fence, and the floor they stand on may slide in either direction during the battle, depending on their performance. However, Red and Blue step out from the other end of the path at exactly the same time, meaning that the battle is tied.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Ring Around the Roserade II, Platinum faces Gardenia as a Double Battle.

In Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, Diamond and Pearl battle Gentleman Leonardo and Socialite Rebecca at the Seven Stars Restaurant.

In Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune I, Diamond and Platinum battle two Scientists at Lake Valor.

In Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim, Diamond and Riley battle two Roughnecks on Iron Island.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 雙打對戰 Sēungdá Deuijin *
雙手對戰 Sēungsáu Deuijin *
雙人對戰 Sēungyàhn Deuijin *
二對二對戰 Yih-deui-Yih Deuijin *
雙打比賽 Sēungdá Béichoi *
Mandarin 雙打對戰 / 双打对战 Shuāngdǎ Duìzhàn *
二對二對戰 Èr-duì-Èr Duìzhàn *
雙人對戰 Shuāngrén Duìzhàn *
雙打比賽 Shuāngdǎ Bǐsài *
雙重戰鬥 Shuāngchóng Zhàndòu *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Multikamp*
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Dubbelgevecht
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tuplaottelu
French Canada Flag.png Canada Combat double*
France Flag.png Europe Combat Double
Germany Flag.png German Doppelkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta in Doppio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 더블배틀 Double Battle *
이중시합 Ijung Sihab *
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Dobbeltkamp*
Poland Flag.png Polish Podwójna Walka*
Podwójna Bitwa*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Batalha em Dupla
Batalha Dupla
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Combate Duplo
Russia Flag.png Russian Двойная битва Dvoynaya bitva
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Doble
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Dubbelstrid
Thailand Flag.png Thai ดับเบิ้ลแบทเทิล Double Battle
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Thi đấu đôi (Manga)
Thi đấu cặp (Anime)

See also

Pokémon battle variations
Double BattleMulti BattleTriple BattleRotation BattleHorde EncounterBattle RoyalSOS BattleSupport PlayMax Raid Battle
Full BattleContest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse Battle
Battle modes

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