Rotation Battle

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A Rotation Battle in Generation VI

A Rotation Battle (Japanese: ローテーションバトル Rotation Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle featuring three to six Pokémon per Trainer, with one Pokémon from each side battling at a time. It appears in the Generation V and VI games. It was introduced in Pokémon Black and White and is predominantly showcased in Black.

A Rotation Battle consists of three Pokémon outside of their Poké Balls, similar to a Triple Battle, but only one Pokémon can attack at a time. Unlike switching or moving positions in a Triple Battle, rotating Pokémon is a free action, meaning both players may rotate and attack in the same turn.

In the games

When a Rotation Battle begins, the first Pokémon able to battle in the player's party will be sent out to the primary position. The second member of the party will be counterclockwise from the first, while the third will be clockwise from the first.

Locations

A Rotation Battle in Generation V

Pokémon Black



Trainer Pokémon
Route 7
Ace Trainer Elmer
Ace Trainer Elmer
ユウイチ Yūichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1920
This is a Triple Battle in White
Liepard Liepard Lv.32
No item
Watchog Watchog Lv.32
No item
Swoobat Swoobat Lv.32
No item
Opelucid City
Ace Trainer Eileen
Ace Trainer Eileen
エリナ Erina
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
Simisage Simisage Lv.39
No item
Simipour Simipour Lv.39
No item
Simisear Simisear Lv.39
No item
Ace Trainer Lou
Ace Trainer Lou
エツヤ Etsuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
Mienfoo Mienfoo Lv.39
No item
Elgyem Elgyem Lv.39
No item
Pawniard Pawniard Lv.39
No item
Black City
Roughneck Johnny
Roughneck Johnny
ジョニー Johnny
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2080
Rotation Battle
Galvantula Galvantula Lv.65
No item
Gothitelle Gothitelle Lv.65
No item
Krookodile Krookodile Lv.65
No item
Backpacker Kiyo
Backpacker Kiyo
ノブヒコ Nobuhiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1560
Rotation Battle
Heatmor Heatmor Lv.65
No item
Beartic Beartic Lv.65
No item
Excadrill Excadrill Lv.65
No item


Pokémon White

Trainer Pokémon
Marvelous Bridge
Ace Trainer Glinda
Ace Trainer Glinda
ナオ Nao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3900
This is a Triple Battle in Black.
Alomomola Alomomola Lv.65
No item
Klinklang Klinklang Lv.65
No item
Beheeyem Beheeyem Lv.65
No item


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2





Trainer Pokémon
Chargestone Cave B2F
Ace Trainer Vicki
Ace Trainer Vicki
ノドカ Nodoka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1980
Rotation Battle
Stoutland Stoutland Lv.33
No item
Krokorok Krokorok Lv.33
No item
Ferroseed Ferroseed Lv.33
No item
Route 7
Youngster Cody
Youngster Cody
トモヒコ Tomohiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png528
Rotation Battle
Stoutland Stoutland Lv.33
No item
Deerling Deerling
Spring Form
Lv.33
No item
Deerling Deerling
Spring Form
Lv.33
No item
Reversal Mountain
Black Belt Corey
Black Belt Corey
ツヨシ Tsuyoshi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1184
Rotation Battle
Gurdurr Gurdurr Lv.37
No item
Scraggy Scraggy Lv.37
No item
Scraggy Scraggy Lv.37
No item
Route 14
Ace Trainer Kipp
Ace Trainer Kipp
ユウスケ Yūsuke
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
Tangela Tangela Lv.39
No item
Zebstrika Zebstrika Lv.39
No item
Skarmory Skarmory Lv.39
No item
Route 13
Pokémon Ranger Daryl
Pokémon Ranger Daryl
ダリル Daryl
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2340
Rotation Battle
Jolteon Jolteon Lv.39
No item
Nosepass Nosepass Lv.39
No item
Galvantula Galvantula Lv.39
No item
Opelucid Gym
Veteran Denae
Veteran Denae
ドレイク Drake
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3520
Fraxure Fraxure Lv.44
No item
Druddigon Druddigon Lv.44
No item
Axew Axew Lv.44
No item
Twist Mountain inside
Veteran Chloris
Veteran Chloris
ミドリ Midori
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5120
Rotation Battle
Gyarados Gyarados Lv.64
No item
Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Lv.64
No item
Archeops Archeops Lv.64
No item
Route 8
Parasol Lady Ingrid
Parasol Lady Ingrid
ミチコ Michiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1920
Rotation Battle
Castform Castform Lv.60
No item
Castform Castform Lv.60
No item
Castform Castform Lv.60
No item
Route 3
School Kid Marsha
School Kid Marsha
サワコ Sawako
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1220
Rotation Battle
Skiploom Skiploom Lv.61
No item
Jumpluff Jumpluff Lv.61
No item
Bellossom Bellossom Lv.61
No item
Route 18
Veteran Chester
Veteran Chester
チェスター Chester
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5440
Rotation Battle
Staraptor Staraptor Lv.68
No item
Relicanth Relicanth Lv.68
No item
Krookodile Krookodile Lv.68
No item
Pokémon World Tournament
See Pokémon World Tournament




Pokémon X and Y

Trainer Pokémon
Restaurant Le Yeah
Waitress Talia
Waitress Talia
ナタリー Natalie
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
Mantine Mantine Lv.31
Bag King's Rock Sprite.png King's Rock
Emolga Emolga Lv.31
Bag King's Rock Sprite.png King's Rock
Sigilyph Sigilyph Lv.31
Bag King's Rock Sprite.png King's Rock
Garçon Georges
Garçon Georges
トウマ Tōma
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
Shuckle Shuckle Lv.31
No item
Pidgeot Pidgeot Lv.31
No item
Dugtrio Dugtrio Lv.31
No item
Owner Yannick
Owner Yannick
ヤニック Yannick
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4960
Zangoose Zangoose Lv.31
No item
Zangoose Zangoose Lv.31
No item
Zangoose Zangoose Lv.31
No item
Chef Albern
Chef Albern
アルベール Albert
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1984
Simisage Simisage Lv.31
Bag Liechi Berry Sprite.png Liechi Berry
Simisear Simisear Lv.31
Bag Petaya Berry Sprite.png Petaya Berry
Simipour Simipour Lv.31
Bag Salac Berry Sprite.png Salac Berry
Restaurant Le Wow
Owner Christophe
Owner Christophe
クリストフ Christophe
Reward: PokémonDollar.png10,080
Qwilfish Qwilfish Lv.63
No item
Druddigon Druddigon Lv.63
No item
Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Lv.63
No item
Owner Christophe
Owner Christophe
クリストフ Christophe
Reward: PokémonDollar.png10,080
Audino Audino Lv.63
No item
Alomomola Alomomola Lv.63
No item
Amoonguss Amoonguss Lv.63
No item
Garçon Morris
Garçon Morris
モリス Morris
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4032
Shieldon Shieldon Lv.63
No item
Wobbuffet Wobbuffet Lv.63
No item
Milotic Milotic Lv.63
No item
Garçon Morris
Garçon Morris
モリス Morris
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4032
Togekiss Togekiss Lv.63
No item
Floatzel Floatzel Lv.63
No item
Lucario Lucario Lv.63
No item
Waitress Paula
Waitress Paula
ポリーヌ Pauline
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4032
Chatot Chatot Lv.63
No item
Exploud Exploud Lv.63
No item
Aurorus Aurorus Lv.63
No item
Sushi High Roller
Furisode Girl Gwyneth
Furisode Girl Gwyneth
ガーリー Gurley
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
Cherrim Cherrim Lv.65
No item
Ninetales Ninetales Lv.65
No item
Tropius Tropius Lv.65
No item
Furisode Girl Cliantha
Furisode Girl Cliantha
シャーリー Shirley
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
Scizor Scizor Lv.65
No item
Hippowdon Hippowdon Lv.65
No item
Gliscor Gliscor Lv.65
No item
Furisode Girl Thalassa
Furisode Girl Thalassa
サビー Savvy
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
Ludicolo Ludicolo Lv.65
No item
Politoed Politoed Lv.65
No item
Beartic Beartic Lv.65
No item
Furisode Girl Nerissa
Furisode Girl Nerissa
ネータ Neta
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4680
Froslass Froslass Lv.65
No item
Abomasnow Abomasnow Lv.65
No item
Mamoswine Mamoswine Lv.65
No item
Owner Kazu
Owner Kazu
アガリ Agari
Reward: PokémonDollar.png10400
Slowking Slowking Lv.65
No item
Bronzong Bronzong Lv.65
No item
Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Lv.65
No item
Battle Maison
See Battle Maison


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer Pokémon
Mauville Hills
Rotation Girl Circie
Rotation Girl Circie
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3,360
Simisage Simisage Lv.42
No item
Simisear Simisear Lv.42
No item
Simipour Simipour Lv.42
No item
Battle Maison
See Battle Maison


Rotating

Rotating can be done during both the player's and the opponent's turns and has a priority of +6. Rotating is different to switching in that it doesn't use up a turn, reset status conditions like confusion and bad poison, or reset Ability counters like Slow Start. Rotating Pokémon are not hit by Pursuit nor are they affected by Shadow Tag or Arena Trap. Rotating does not trigger Abilities that trigger upon switching such as Natural Cure.

Active Pokémon

Only the active Pokémon plays any part in the battle. Moves and Abilities that affect more than one Pokémon will only affect the opponent's active Pokémon, and Abilities like Flower Gift will only activate if the user is active. Status damage is not received while a Pokémon is inactive.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Combat Rotatif
Germany Flag.png German Reihumkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta a Rotazione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 로테이션배틀 Rotation Battle
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Combate Rotatório
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Rotatorio



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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