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Blacking out from a wild battle in Black 2 and White 2

The player will black out (Japanese: 目の前が真っ暗になる lose hope, lit. plunge into darkness) when all the Pokémon on the player's team faint. In the Generation II and III games (in Western release), or the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (in Japanese releases), the player will instead white out (Japanese: 目の前が真っ白になる plunge into white), although there is no difference from blacking out.

This is comparable to a game over screen for the Pokémon games. It generally occurs in battle but it can also occur in the overworld due to the effects of poison prior to Generation V.

Effects

Core series

The player will lose a sum of money. In Trainer battles, the money will be paid to the winner, but in battles with wild Pokémon, the money will be dropped in panic. Before Generation IV, half of the money on hand was lost and this loss was not explicitly stated to the player. In FireRed and LeafGreen and Generation IV onward, however, the money lost depends on the level of the player's Pokémon and the number of Badges he/she has earned. In these games, the player receives a message about how much was lost. Prior to Generation VI, the Pokémon will not be given the opportunity to evolve if player blacks out.

Furthermore, the player will rush back to the last visited Pokémon Center to restore their Pokémon's health. This will not occur in special occasions such as the player's initial battle as a Trainer in Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Platinum, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, or in Link Battles and facilities of the Battle Frontier. In FireRed, LeafGreen, and from Generation IV and on, a cutscene plays featuring a description of the player's rush back to the Pokémon Center and protecting the party from harm. If the player blacks out during a Sky Battle but still has usable Pokémon in their party which were ineligible for the battle, they will not be returned to a Pokémon Center.

If a Pokémon Center has not been used at all before the party has fainted, the player's mother will revive the party and remark about stocking up on Potions.

A glitch in Generation I causes a black out to occur in the overworld and without poisoned Pokémon by storing all party Pokémon in the Pokémon Storage System except for the ones that have fainted.

Formula for money lost

Main article: Prize money

In the Generation I games, Generation II games, and Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the amount of money lost is simply half of the money the player has. In Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and all games from Generation IV onwards, the money lost is calculated using the following formula:
Money lost formula.png

Where Level is the level of the player's highest-level Pokémon and Base payout is looked up using the following table:

Badges Base payout
FRLG & Gen IV Gen V & VI
0 PokémonDollar.png8
1 PokémonDollar.png16
2 PokémonDollar.png24
3 PokémonDollar.png36
4 PokémonDollar.png48
5 PokémonDollar.png60 PokémonDollar.png64
6 PokémonDollar.png80
7 PokémonDollar.png100
8 PokémonDollar.png120

For example, if the player has seven Badges and loses a battle with only a Level 96 Venusaur in their party, PokémonDollar.png9600 will be lost. The minimum amount of money that the player can lose is PokémonDollar.png8 (if the Pokémon with the highest level in the player's party is level 1 and the player has 0 Badges; 1×8=8), while the maximum is PokémonDollar.png12000 (if the Pokémon with the highest level in the player's party is level 100 and the player has 8 Badges; 100×120=12000).

If the player is currently holding less money than the amount calculated, they will simply lose all their money when they black out.

Side series

In Pokémon Colosseum, the amount of money lost when the player whites out is half of the money the player has. The player will respawn at the last visited Pokémon Center, or in the Outskirt Stand if a Pokémon Center has not been used.

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the amount of money lost when the player whites out is PokémonDollar.png16 × the level of the player's highest-level Pokémon. The player will respawn in a spot in the current location; for example, the player respawns at the entrance to the grounds if the player whites out at Kaminko's House, while the player respawns in Acri's house if the player whites out in Gateon Port.

Appearance

Black Out I.png White Out II.png White Out RSE.png White Out FRLG.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal RSE Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Black Out DPPt.png Black Out HGSS.png Black Out V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE DPPt Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 眼前一片漆黑 Ngáahnchìhn yātpin chāthāk
Mandarin 眼前一片漆黑 Yǎnqián yīpiàn qīhēi*
眼前变得一片漆黑 Yǎnqián biàndé yīpiàn qīhēi*
France Flag.png French Être hors-jeuGen. I-V, XY
Être hors jeuORASSM
Germany Flag.png German In Ohnmacht fallenRBYFRLGDPPtHGSS
Ohnmächtig werdenGSCRSEColo
Besiegt werdenColoXD
Schwarz vor Augen werdenGen. V+
Italy Flag.png Italian Essere fuori giocoRBY
Essere fuori combattimentoGSCRSEFRLGColoXDDPPt
Non vedere più nienteHGSS
Non vederci piùBW
Trovarsi alle stretteB2W2
Essere alle stretteGen. VI+
South Korea Flag.png Korean 눈앞이 깜깜해지다 Nun-api kkamkkamhaejidaGS
눈앞이 캄캄해지다 Nun-api kamkamhaejidaDPPt, Gen. V+
눈앞이 하얘지다 Nun-api hayaejidaHGSS
Spain Flag.png Spanish DesmayarseRBY
Perder el conocimientoGSCRSE
Estar fuera de combateFRLGColoXD, Gen. IV-VI
Quedarse fuera de combateSM


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