Inverse Battle

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Dynamic Punch hitting a Gourgeist in an Inverse Battle

An Inverse Battle (Japanese: さかさバトル Reverse Battle) is a Pokémon battle in the Generation VI core series games that were introduced in Pokémon X and Y. During an Inverse Battle, type matchups are reversed and no type is immune to any other type.

In Pokémon X and Y, this type of battle is only conducted with Psychic Inver, who is located on Route 18 and can be battled once per day. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, this type of battle can be conducted with Proprietor Inver in the Inverse Battle Stop in Mauville City, as well as in a Secret Base if it is set to have Inverse Battles using the Proclamation.

While it has not been featured as a battle variant after the Generation VI games, the Inverse Battle was referenced in a Festival Plaza mission in the Alola-based Generation VII core series games, titled "Inverse type matchup tests!"


Any type that would be resistant or immune to another type is now weak to that type instead; also, any type that would be weak to another type is now resistant to that type instead. The Ring Target has no effect on this type of battle, as it is applied after type effectiveness is reversed; because there are no immunities due to type in Inverse Battles, it has no effect.

Stealth Rock is also affected, so Pokémon take damage based on their weakness or resistance to Rock under the inverse type chart. Thunder Wave can affect Ground-type Pokémon. Strong winds cause Bug-, Fighting-, Grass-, and Ground-type moves to deal neutral damage to Flying-type Pokémon.

Freeze-Dry will always hit Water types for super effective damage, even if its type is changed. Abilities such as Thick Fat, Sap Sipper, and Wonder Guard that provide a type resistance or immunity still function normally. Flying-type Pokémon are still immune to Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web unless grounded (and Poison/Flying-type Pokémon cannot remove Toxic Spikes unless grounded).

Type chart

× Defending type
Normal Fighting Flying Poison Ground Rock Bug Ghost Steel Fire Water Grass Electric Psychic Ice Dragon Dark Fairy
Attacking type Normal
Fighting ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Flying ½× ½× ½×
Poison ½× ½×
Ground ½× ½× ½× ½× ½×
Rock ½× ½× ½× ½×
Bug ½× ½× ½×
Ghost ½× ½×
Steel ½× ½× ½×
Fire ½× ½× ½× ½×
Water ½× ½× ½×
Grass ½× ½× ½×
Electric ½× ½×
Psychic ½× ½×
Ice ½× ½× ½× ½×
Dragon ½×
Dark ½× ½×
Fairy ½× ½× ½×
These matchups are suitable for Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 反轉對戰 Fáanjyun Deuijin
Mandarin 反轉對戰 / 反转对战 Fǎnzhuǎn Duìzhàn
France Flag.png French Combat Inversé
Germany Flag.png German Umkehrkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta Inversa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 거꾸로배틀 Geo-kkuro Battle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Inverso

Pokémon battle variations
Double BattleMulti BattleTriple BattleRotation BattleHorde EncounterSOS BattleSupport PlayMax Raid BattleFull Battle
Contest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse BattleBattle RoyalDynamax AdventureAuto BattleTera Raid Battle
Battle modes

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