Sky Battle

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A Sky Battle between a Haunter and a Talonflame
A Sky Trainer asking to have a Sky Battle with the player

A Sky Battle (Japanese: スカイバトル Sky Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Sky Battles consist of two Pokémon battling each other in the air instead of on land or sea. However, because of this, only certain Flying types and certain Pokémon with the Ability Levitate are eligible for Sky Battles.

In the games

At certain points in the game, the player can encounter Sky Trainers on top of cliffs or other distant areas who will challenge them to a Sky Battle. All Sky Battles are optional, since the player may not have any eligible Pokémon to use. If all eligible Pokémon in the battle faint, the player will black out, but will resume the game standing where they were before battle. In this event, the Sky Trainer is unable to be re-challenged or even spoken to, even if the player's eligible Pokémon are restored, until the player exits and reenters the area.

Eligible Pokémon

Most Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon with the Ability Levitate are eligible for Sky Battles. They do not lose eligibility even if they become grounded due to any in-battle effect, such as Mega Evolution, a move like Roost or Gastro Acid, or an item like the Iron Ball or Air Balloon. Pokémon that must first Mega Evolve to become Flying-type or have Levitate are not eligible. If a Pokémon can have Levitate as one of multiple Abilities and is not Flying-type, it will only be eligible if it has Levitate, this applies only to Duskull, Bronzor and Bronzong however.

Certain Flying types and Pokémon with Levitate are ineligible for Sky Battles, such as Gengar and Hawlucha. These Pokémon are not shown flying or hovering in normal battles.

# Pokémon Type
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
109 Koffing Koffing Poison
110 Weezing Weezing Poison
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying
130 Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying
165 Ledyba Ledyba Bug Flying
166 Ledian Ledian Bug Flying
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying
176 Togetic Togetic Fairy Flying
178 Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying
188 Skiploom Skiploom Grass Flying
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff Grass Flying
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost
201 Unown Unown Psychic
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying
226 Mantine Mantine Water Flying
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying
277 Swellow Swellow Normal Flying
278 Wingull Wingull Water Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying
329 Vibrava Vibrava Ground Dragon
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon
333 Swablu Swablu Normal Flying
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying
337 Lunatone Lunatone Rock Psychic
338 Solrock Solrock Rock Psychic
343 Baltoy Baltoy Ground Psychic
344 Claydol Claydol Ground Psychic
355 Duskull Duskull Ghost
357 Tropius Tropius Grass Flying
358 Chimecho Chimecho Psychic
373 Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying
380 Latias Latias Dragon Psychic
381 Latios Latios Dragon Psychic
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Flying
397 Staravia Staravia Normal Flying
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
415 Combee Combee Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
425 Drifloon Drifloon Ghost Flying
426 Drifblim Drifblim Ghost Flying
429 Mismagius Mismagius Ghost
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying
433 Chingling Chingling Psychic
436 Bronzor Bronzor Steel Psychic
437 Bronzong Bronzong Steel Psychic
455 Carnivine Carnivine Grass
458 Mantyke Mantyke Water Flying
468 Togekiss Togekiss Fairy Flying
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying
479 Rotom Rotom Electric Ghost
479 Rotom Heat
Electric Fire
479 Rotom Mow
Electric Grass
479 Rotom Fan
Electric Flying
479 Rotom Frost
Electric Ice
479 Rotom Wash
Electric Water
480 Uxie Uxie Psychic
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic
482 Azelf Azelf Psychic
487 Giratina Giratina
Origin Forme
Ghost Dragon
488 Cresselia Cresselia Psychic
493 Arceus Arceus Flying
520 Tranquill Tranquill Normal Flying
521 Unfezant Unfezant Normal Flying
527 Woobat Woobat Psychic Flying
528 Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying
567 Archeops Archeops Rock Flying
581 Swanna Swanna Water Flying
587 Emolga Emolga Electric Flying
602 Tynamo Tynamo Electric
603 Eelektrik Eelektrik Electric
604 Eelektross Eelektross Electric
615 Cryogonal Cryogonal Ice
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Dark Flying
635 Hydreigon Hydreigon Dark Dragon
641 Tornadus Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
641 Tornadus Tornadus
Therian Forme
642 Thundurus Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying
642 Thundurus Thundurus
Therian Forme
Electric Flying
645 Landorus Landorus
Incarnate Forme
Ground Flying
645 Landorus Landorus
Therian Forme
Ground Flying
662 Fletchinder Fletchinder Fire Flying
663 Talonflame Talonflame Fire Flying
666 Vivillon Vivillon Bug Flying
714 Noibat Noibat Flying Dragon
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying

Prohibited moves

Certain moves are not permitted to be used in Sky Battles. If a Pokémon's only usable moves are prohibited, the Pokémon will use Struggle if it attempts to attack. If one of these moves is called by Metronome or Sleep Talk, a message will appear saying that it won't work well in Sky Battles.

Move Type Cat.
Body Slam  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Bulldoze  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Dig  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Dive  Water  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Earth Power  Ground  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Earthquake  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Electric Terrain  Electric  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Fissure  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Flying Press  Fighting  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Geomancy  Fairy  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Grass Knot  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Grassy Terrain  Grass  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Gravity  Psychic  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Heat Crash  Fire  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Heavy Slam  Steel  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Ingrain  Grass  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Land's Wrath  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Magnitude  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mat Block  Fighting  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Misty Terrain  Fairy  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mud Sport  Ground  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Muddy Water  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Rototiller  Ground  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Seismic Toss  Fighting  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Slam  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Smack Down  Rock  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Spikes  Ground  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Stomp  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Substitute  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Surf  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Thousand Arrows  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Thousand Waves  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Toxic Spikes  Poison  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Water Pledge  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Water Sport  Water  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Locations of Sky Battles

Kalos Route 8

Trainer Pokémon
Mountain level
Sky Trainer Howe
Sky Trainer Howe
シュン Shun
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1,800
425 Drifloon Lv.15
No item
017 Pidgeotto Lv.18
No item
Coastal level
Sky Trainer Aveza
Sky Trainer Aveza
マイ Mai
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,200
188 Skiploom Lv.19
No item
528 Swoobat Lv.22
No item
Sky Trainer Colm
Sky Trainer Colm
ツバサ Tsubasa
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,900
458 Mantyke Lv.28
No item
189 Jumpluff Lv.29
No item

Kalos Route 9

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Orion
Sky Trainer Orion
マルセル Marcel
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,100
166 Ledian Lv.21
No item

Kalos Route 11

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Yvette
Sky Trainer Yvette
ミソラ Misora
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,400
587 Emolga Lv.23
No item
278 Wingull Lv.23
No item
397 Staravia Lv.24
No item

Azure Bay

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Indra
Sky Trainer Indra
リュウセイ Ryūsei
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3,100
561 Sigilyph Lv.31
No item
Sky Trainer Elatal
Sky Trainer Elatal
ミホシ Mihoshi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2,900
662 Fletchinder Lv.28
No item
279 Pelipper Lv.29
No item

Kalos Route 16

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Clara
Sky Trainer Clara
フウカ Fūka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4,000
587 Emolga Lv.38
No item
277 Swellow Lv.40
No item
Sky Trainer Gavin
Sky Trainer Gavin
フィリップ Philip
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3,900
358 Chimecho Lv.37
No item
329 Vibrava Lv.37
No item
663 Talonflame Lv.39
No item

Frost Cavern

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Celso
Sky Trainer Celso
タクヤ Takuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4,400
455 Carnivine Lv.41
No item
581 Swanna Lv.44
No item
Sky Trainer Era
Sky Trainer Era
ミウ Miu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4,500
615 Cryogonal Lv.45
No item

Kalos Route 17

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Anila
Sky Trainer Anila
アマネ Amane
Reward: PokémonDollar.png4,400
479 Rotom Lv.42
No item
012 Butterfree Lv.44
No item

Kalos Route 18

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Jeremy
Sky Trainer Jeremy
ショウタロウ Shōtarō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5,000
291 Ninjask Lv.46
No item
426 Drifblim Lv.47
No item
330 Flygon Lv.50
No item

Kalos Route 19

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Sera
Sky Trainer Sera
セイラ Sera
Reward: PokémonDollar.png5,200
164 Noctowl Lv.50
No item
142 Aerodactyl Lv.52
No item

In the anime

A Sky Battle in the anime

Sky Battles first appeared in Battles in the Sky!. An expert Sky Trainer called Moria was seen defeating another Sky Trainer's Skarmory with her Talonflame. Later, Ash challenged Moria to a Sky Battle, wanting to use his Fletchling against Talonflame. Although Moria accepted the offer, Talonflame was shown being unwilling to battle against its pre-evolved form, forcing Ash to use his Hawlucha instead. Even through Hawlucha tried its best, it was defeated rather easily. After that, Team Rocket showed up, trying to steal Talonflame, but were soon defeated. Afterwards, Talonflame, being thankful for Ash's Fletchling for saving it, accepted Fletchling's battle challenge. Even though Fletchling was almost defeated by Talonflame's Fire Blast, it evolved into a Fletchinder and learned Flame Charge partway through the battle, allowing Ash to gain the victory.

During Sky Battles, Trainers take to the air using special suits so they can fly alongside their Pokémon. Unlike the games, in which certain Flying types or Pokémon with Levitate are restricted, Sky Battles appear to be open to any Pokémon which has the ability to fly; both Hawlucha and Fletchling took part in the anime, which cannot participate in the games. Hawlucha also used Flying Press, a move which is prohibited in the games, although it missed.

In the manga

The Wing Suit in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

X & Y chapter

Sky Battles first appeared in PS571. While flying on a helicopter, X, Y, Trevor, Shauna, Tierno, and Cassius were attacked by a group of Sky Trainers led by Yvette. Commanding a herd of Vivillon, they attacked the helicopter with Hurricane, forcing Y to go out and battle with them. Y flew away from the helicopter to prevent it from being attacked, but Yvette caught up to her and started to bully her, while her Vivillon battled Fletchy. Y finally fought back as Fletchy evolved into Fletchinder, who defeated Vivillon with Flame Charge. At the same time, X and the others saw Celosia's Aegislash, realizing that all the Sky Trainers were under its mind control. After X had Élec defeat it with Discharge, the Sky Trainers were freed from its control.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 空中對戰 Hūngjūng Deuijin
Mandarin 空中對戰 / 空中对战 Kōngzhōng Duìzhàn
Denmark Flag.png Danish Luftkamp
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Luchtgevecht
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ilmaottelu
France Flag.png French Combat Aérien
Germany Flag.png German Himmelskampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta Aerea
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스카이배틀 Sky Battle
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Flyvekamp
Poland Flag.png Polish Podniebna Bitwa
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Batalha Aérea
Russia Flag.png Russian Воздушная Битва Vozdushnaya Bitva
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Aéreo
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Luftstrid

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