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Warriors do not catch Pokémon, instead forming a link with their Pokémon. It is implied that only certain people have the ability to become a Warrior.
Warriors can forge special bonds with Pokémon called links. The number of Pokémon a Warrior can link with is called their Capacity (Japanese: うつわ Capacity), which ranges from one to eight. If a Warrior has reached their Capacity for links, any future attempts to form links prompt that a Pokémon be released if the newly linked Pokémon is to be kept. In battle, only one Pokémon per Warrior may be on the field at any time. Pokémon are unable to switch out for a Warrior's other linked Pokémon during a fight.
A Warrior's compatibility with species of Pokémon depends on the Warrior's Specialty and Weakness. Warriors have a Specialty for one or two elemental types of Pokémon, and the maximum link percent with these types is usually higher than Pokémon of other types. For example, the Warrior Shōun's Specialty is Electric, so his maximum link percent with Pichu is 70%, but only 50% with Magikarp. Likewise, Warriors have a Weakness for one or two types, with those types usually being super-effective against one or both of the Warrior's Specialty types. Warriors have low link percent caps with Pokémon that possess at least one of their Weakness types — in some cases, they cannot link with such Pokémon at all. While a Warrior's Specialty is shown to players in-game, the Warrior's Weakness is a hidden value.
Each Warrior has a Perfect Link with one specific evolutionary line. For Pokémon with branched evolutionary lines, the Warrior specializes in only one of the branches (for example, the Warrior Tomonobu has a Perfect Link with Ralts, Kirlia, and Gardevoir, but not with Gallade). A Perfect Link has a maximum link percent of 100%, and the type combination of the Pokémon correlates closely to a Warrior's Specialty types; some Perfect Links only correspond to one of a Warrior's two Specialty types, while others share both types.
Warlords are a special type of Warrior who can transform when they have a Perfect Link with a Pokémon.
- Main article: Warrior Skill
Each Warrior has a Warrior Skill, depending on the character. A Warrior Skill can be used once per combat to aid the Warrior's Pokémon in battle.
When a Warlord transforms, their Warrior Skill changes. All transformed Warlord's Warrior Skills are unique to that character.
- Main article: Stat (Conquest) → Warrior stats
A Warrior has three different stats (Power, Wisdom, and Charisma) that affect not only their Pokémon, but also affect kingdom location activities that strengthen the link between Warrior and Pokémon.
All Warriors are potentially recruitable, including Warlords, though not always depending on what story the player is currently in. Free Warriors are those who are found roaming the wild Pokémon kingdom locations at random. They are either Warriors (including Warlords) who fled from a kingdom after the player conquered it, or they are rōnin who were never associated with a Warlord. Recruitment of Warriors is also possible through winning an army-dissolving battle against a kingdom, similar to winning a battle in a wild Pokémon location.
A free Warrior can be recruited if any of these conditions are met:
- Defeat them within four turns
- Defeat them with a super effective move
- Defeat them without the player's allies taking any damage from that Warrior's Pokémon
Recruiting Warlords requires the Warlord's Pokémon to be defeated only by another Warlord's Pokémon in addition to one of the above conditions. In addition, a Warrior will never be recruitable after being defeated by indirect damage or a battlefield hazard.
- The maximum limit of six Warriors per battle (equaling six Pokémon per battle) is parallel to a regular Trainer's maximum team limit of six Pokémon.
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