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Horde Encounter

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giving more relevance to trainer hordes
[[File:XY Prerelease Axew horde.png|220px|thumb|A horde of Axew]]
A '''Horde Encounter''' (Japanese: '''群れバトル''' ''Herd Battle'') is a type of [[Pokémon battle]] introduced in {{g|X and Y}}. Horde Encounters consistoriginally always consisted of the appearance of a group of five wild Pokémon. However, as of {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}, there is also another type of it, in which the player fights with multiple Trainers instead. Unlike wild [[Double Battle]]s, Pokémon in a wild horde are usually of the same species, but may include a single instance of a similar Pokémon or counterpart of a different species.
Pokémon in hordes are at approximately half the [[level]] of other Pokémon in the same area and in some routes may be a lower [[evolution]]ary stage of Pokémon that normally inhabit the area (such as a horde of {{p|Geodude}} occurring in areas dominated by {{p|Graveler}}). Pokémon encountered in hordes may also have their [[Ability#Hidden Abilities|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 {{DL|tall grass|long grass}}) or in caves. Horde Encounters can also be purposefully initiated by using [[Honey]] or {{m|Sweet Scent}}; however, Honey and Sweet Scent will not cause a wild encounter if the overworld [[Weather conditions|weather]] is not clear. As in all wild battles, a Trainer cannot throw a [[Poké Ball]] unless there is only one wild Pokémon remaining.
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 {{m|Rock Slide}} and {{m|Surf}}) are able to strike all five Pokémon at once.
In {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}}, Horde Encounters against Trainers have been introduced.
==Mixed hordes==

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