Horde Encounter

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A horde of wild Axew
A horde of Trainers' Poochyena

A Horde Encounter (Japanese: 群れバトル Herd Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle in the Generation VI games, which involves one of the player's Pokémon facing five opponents at once.

In Pokémon X and Y, Horde Encounters are restricted to wild Pokémon, but in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, special scripted events allow five Trainers to engage the player in a Horde Battle.

Mechanics

In wild Horde Encounters, all Pokémon are usually of the same species, but in some cases, one of them may instead be a counterpart or a similar Pokémon to the majority. The Pokémon in hordes are at approximately half the level of other Pokémon in the area and may be a lower evolutionary stage of a Pokémon that normally inhabits the area (such as a horde of Geodude occurring in areas dominated by Graveler). Pokémon encountered in hordes may also have their Hidden Ability. Some Pokémon can only be found in hordes.

Not all locations have wild hordes, but where they exist, hordes may be randomly encountered at approximately a 5% rate in tall grass or flowers (but not in long grass in Pokémon X and Y) or in caves. Horde Encounters can also be purposefully initiated by using Honey or Sweet Scent; however, in Pokémon X and Y, Honey and Sweet Scent will not cause a wild encounter if the overworld weather is not clear. As in all wild battles, a Trainer cannot throw a Poké Ball unless there is only one wild Pokémon remaining. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, while Horde Encounters can be forced at any time with Honey or Sweet Scent, they only otherwise appear in long grass.

The player's moves in a Horde Encounter act as if the player was in the center of a Triple Battle, except with all five other locations being treated as opponents instead of three opponents and two allies. Moves that target multiple Pokémon simultaneously (like Rock Slide and Surf) are able to strike all five Pokémon at once.

Mixed hordes

A mixed-species horde of Tauros and Miltank

In all cases of mixed hordes, four of one Pokémon species will appear, joined by one of another species.

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Mixed hordes with enemy species

If a mixed horde consists of Zangoose and Seviper or Heatmor and Durant, the different species will direct attacks at each other instead of at the player's Pokémon if possible. The exception to this is moves such as Leer that cannot target allies. Once all the Pokémon of one species have fainted, the horde will begin attacking the player's Pokémon.

In contrast to Triple Battles, Pokémon attacking each other in a horde have no range limit; a Pokémon in a far-left position can attack a Pokémon in a far-right position.

List of Horde Encounters

Pokémon X and Y

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Connecting Cave
Zubat Zubat
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
Whismur Whismur
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
Axew Axew
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 5%
Reflection Cave
Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 60%
Roggenrola Roggenrola
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 35%
Roggenrola Roggenrola
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
with Carbink
Carbink Carbink
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
with Roggenrola
Azure Bay
Slowpoke Slowpoke
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 35%
Exeggcute Exeggcute
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 5%
Wingull Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 60%
Frost Cavern
Smoochum Smoochum
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
21 5%
Vanillite Vanillite
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 60%
Cubchoo Cubchoo
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 35%
Terminus Cave
Geodude Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 35%
Larvitar Larvitar
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 5%
Aron Aron
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 5%
Durant Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 60%
Pokémon Village
Poliwag Poliwag
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 35%
Lombre Lombre
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
Foongus Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 60%
Victory Road
Geodude Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
28 60%
Graveler Graveler
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
29 35%*
Lickitung Lickitung
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
30 5%
Floatzel Floatzel
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
29 35%*
Route 5
Plusle Plusle
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
6 5%
with Minun
Minun Minun
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
6 5%
with Plusle
Gulpin Gulpin
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
5 60%
Scraggy Scraggy
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
5 35%
Route 7
Psyduck Psyduck
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 35%
Hoppip Hoppip
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
Roselia Roselia
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 5%
Route 8
Taillow Taillow
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 5%
Wingull Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
Zangoose Zangoose
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
with Seviper
Seviper Seviper
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
with Zangoose
Route 10
Yanma Yanma
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 35%
Houndour Houndour
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
Nosepass Nosepass
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 60%
Electrike Electrike
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 5%
Route 11
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 60%
with Nidoran♂
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 60%
with Nidoran♀
Starly Starly
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 5%
Stunky Stunky
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 35%
Route 12
Tauros Tauros
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 5%
with Miltank
Mareep Mareep
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 35%
Miltank Miltank
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 5%
with Tauros
Wingull Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 60%
Route 14
Ekans Ekans
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 5%
Bellsprout Bellsprout
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
16 60%
Skorupi Skorupi
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
16 35%
Route 15 & 16
Murkrow Murkrow
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 60%
Foongus Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 35%
Klefki Klefki
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
19 5%
Route 18
Geodude Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 60%
Heatmor Heatmor
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 5%
with Durant
Durant Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 35%
Durant Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 5%
with Heatmor
Route 19
Arbok Arbok
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
Weepinbell Weepinbell
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 60%
Gligar Gligar
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 35%
Route 20
Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
with Trevenant
Foongus Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 60%
Trevenant Trevenant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 35%
Trevenant Trevenant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 5%
with Sudowoodo
Route 21
Scyther Scyther
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
27 5%
Spinda Spinda
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
26 60%
Swablu Swablu
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
26 35%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Petalburg Woods
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 35%
Wurmple Wurmple
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 60%
Shroomish Shroomish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 5%
Rusturf Tunnel
Whismur Whismur
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
5 100%
Granite Cave 1F
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
Geodude Geodude
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
with Makuhita
Makuhita Makuhita
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
with Geodude
Makuhita Makuhita
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
Granite Cave B1F
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
Aron Aron
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 40%
Granite Cave B2F
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
Sableye Sableye
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
Mawile Mawile
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
Aron Aron
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
New Mauville
Magnemite Magnemite
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 35%
Voltorb Voltorb
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 65%
Fiery Path
Grimer Grimer
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
Koffing Koffing
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
Slugma Slugma
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 5%
Numel Numel
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 60%
Jagged Pass
Machop Machop
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 65%
Spoink Spoink
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 35%
Meteor Falls 1F 1R
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 100%
Meteor Falls 1F 2R & B1F 1R
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 100%
Meteor Falls B1F 2R
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 95%
Bagon Bagon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 5%
Scorched Slab
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 100%
Safari Zone
Oddish Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 35%
Psyduck Psyduck
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 5%
Doduo Doduo
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 60%
Mt. Pyre interior
Shuppet Shuppet
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 100%
Mt. Pyre exterior & summit
Vulpix Vulpix
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 5%
Meditite Meditite
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 35%
Shuppet Shuppet
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 60%
Shoal Cave at high tide
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 40%
Spheal Spheal
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 60%
Shoal Cave at low tide
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 60%
Spheal Spheal
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 40%
Shoal Cave ice room
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 60%
Snorunt Snorunt
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 5%
Spheal Spheal
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 35%
Seafloor Cavern
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 100%
Cave of Origin
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 100%
Sky Pillar
Golbat Golbat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 60%
Ariados Ariados
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 35%
Swablu Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 5%
Victory Road
Zubat Zubat
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 60%
Loudred Loudred
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 5%
Aron Aron
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 35%
Route 101
Poochyena Poochyena
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 95%
Route 102
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 60%
Lotad Lotad
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 35%
Seedot Seedot
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 35%
Ralts Ralts
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Route 103
Poochyena Poochyena
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 35%
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 60%
Wingull Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Route 104 (south)
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 95%
Wingull Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 5%
Route 104 (north)
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
2 95%
Taillow Taillow
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
3 5%
Route 110
Magnemite Magnemite
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 60%
Plusle Plusle
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
Plusle Plusle
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
with Minun
Minun Minun
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 35%
Minun Minun
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
6 5%
with Plusle
Route 111
Sandshrew Sandshrew
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 100%
Route 112
Machop Machop
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 35%
Numel Numel
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 65%
Route 113
Skarmory Skarmory
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 5%
Spinda Spinda
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 95%
Route 114
Lotad Lotad
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 35%
with Swablu
Seedot Seedot
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 35%
Swablu Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 35%
with Lotad
Swablu Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
9 65%
Route 115
Swablu Swablu
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 100%
Route 116
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
4 60%
Nincada Nincada
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
4 35%
Skitty Skitty
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
4 5%
Route 117
Oddish Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
with Zigzagoon
Marill Marill
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 5%
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 60%
with Oddish
Roselia Roselia
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 35%
Route 118
Wingull Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 35%
Electrike Electrike
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 60%
Kecleon Kecleon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 5%
Route 119
Oddish Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
12 100%
Route 120
Oddish Oddish
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 60%
Marill Marill
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 35%
Kecleon Kecleon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 5%
Route 121 & Route 123
Wingull Wingull
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 35%
Kecleon Kecleon
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 5%
Shuppet Shuppet
OR AS
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
15 60%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainer battles

Being engaged in a horde battle with Team Magma Grunts
Trainer Pokémon
Team Magma Hideout
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
Reward: PokémonDollar.png720
Horde Trainer Battle
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
Team Aqua Hideout
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
Reward: PokémonDollar.png720
Horde Trainer Battle
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
261 Poochyena Lv.18
No item
Mossdeep Space Center
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
Team Magma Grunt ×5OR
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1,000
Horde Trainer Battle
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
Team Aqua Grunt ×5AS
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1,000
Horde Trainer Battle
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
262 Mightyena Lv.25
No item
Trainers with a PokéNav by their names will be registered in the Trainer's Eyes or Match Call function after the first battle, and may have a rematch with the player with higher-level Pokémon.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon X and Y, if the player selects a move that targets an adjacent ally, the user's spot is not highlighted, while the spots of the two opponents in the places where the Pokémon allies would be in a Triple Battle are highlighted as if either of them could be targeted (even if those Pokémon have fainted), despite the user being forced to target itself.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, if the player selects Acupressure or a move that targets the user and all allies, the user's spot and the spots of the two opponents in the places where the Pokémon allies would be in a Triple Battle are highlighted (but not joined) as if any of them could be targeted (even if those Pokémon have fainted), despite the user being forced to target itself.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Rencontres de Horde
Germany Flag.png German Massenbegegnungen
Italy Flag.png Italian Gruppi di Pokémon
South Korea Flag.png Korean 무리배틀 Muri Battle
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Encontro de Horda
Spain Flag.png Spanish Encuentros de horda


Pokémon battle variations
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Full BattleContest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse BattleBattle RoyalDynamax Adventure
Battle modes


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