Rating Battles / Online Competitions

Basic Rules for Free Battles and Rating Battles

Basic Rules

・In Free Battles, all Pokémon can participate.
・In Rating Battles, all Pokémon—excluding certain Legendary and Mythical Pokémon—can participate in either Single Battles or Double Battles.
・Participants use Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon.
・In Single Battles and Double Battles within Rating Battles, all Pokémon can participate, excluding certain Legendary and Mythical Pokémon.
・Players must have 3–6 (varies depending on Battle Format) Lv. 1–100 Pokémon in their party or registered to their Battle Team.
・Pokémon above Lv. 51 will automatically become Lv. 50 during battles.
・The time limit for matches is 10 minutes per person (known as Your Time). Players have 90 seconds to choose which Pokémon they will send out in battle. Players have 60 seconds to choose their moves each turn.

【Pokémon That Can’t Participate in Rating Battles】
Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, and Ash-Greninja

Pokémon That Can Participate in Rating Battles

・In Single Battles or Double Battles, only Pokémon obtained through normal play or received as a gift at an official event or promotion with Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y may participate.

・The Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y will need Nintendo downloadable software Pokémon Bank to transfer them.

Pokémon

・All Lv. 51 and above Pokémon will become Lv. 50 during battles. Their moves will remain the same.

・A player’s team may not contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number.
・Only Pokémon obtained through normal play or received as a gift from an official event or promotion may participate.

・Pokémon may use only moves learned by one of the following methods:
1. By leveling up
2. By TM or HM
3. As an Egg Move, through breeding
4. From a character in the game
5. Already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion
6. By using the Sketch move with Smeargle. Only moves that can be learned via methods 1–5 are allowed to be used by Sketch.

Items

・No two Pokémon may hold the same item during battle.
・All items must have been acquired through normal play or received from an official event or promotion.

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The rules listed above are subject to change each season when playing Special Battles. For details, please check the Regulations page for each individual season.
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Move Effects

The move Nature Power will turn into Tri Attack. The move Secret Power has a 30% chance of paralyzing the opponent. The move Camouflage changes the user’s type to Normal type.

Winner in Special Cases

・ If a player’s final Pokémon used Self-Destruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move loses that match.

・ If a player’s final Pokémon used Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, or Wild Charge, Head Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move wins that match.

・ If both players’ final Pokémon faint due to damage from a status condition or a weather condition, such as Hail or Sandstorm, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the match. This includes the effects of Perish Song.

・ If a Pokémon’s Ability (such as Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, Iron Barbs, or Innards Out) or held item (such as Rocky Helmet) results in each player’s final Pokémon fainting, the player whose Pokémon had the Ability or held item loses the match.

The amount of time for a match

・ Each player is given their own time (known as YOUR TIME) to spend during a match.
・ Your Time is spent when choosing moves/Pokémon.
・ Your Time is also spent when you need to choose a Pokémon to send out as a result of another Pokémon fainting or leaving of battle.
・ If a player runs out of their time during a battle, then whoever has time remaining at the end of the following turn wins.
・ If both players’ time run out on the same turn before either player causes their opponent’s final Pokémon to faint, the winner of the match will be determined by the criteria below:

1) Whoever has the most Pokémon remaining wins.
2) If both Trainers have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the Trainer with the highest ratio of total HP remaining / total maximum HP for all Pokémon in their party wins.
3) If there is no clear winner from conditions 1 or 2, then the Trainer with the highest total HP remaining wins.
If there is still no clear winner, the battle will be a draw.

About MOVE TIME

・ The time that is allotted for each turn will be automatically counted down within the game.

・ If you run out of your Move Time to make your selection, a move will automatically be chosen for you.

・ You can choose moves even if Your Time has run out while you are selecting moves.