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Flat Battle

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Flat Battle (Japanese: フラットバトル Flat Battle) is a battle mode introduced in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In those games, it is found at the Pokémon Communication Club Colosseum, while in Generation V, it is found at the Union Room. Like the Battle Tower and related Battle Frontier facilities, any Pokémon above level 50 will have its stats and level reduced to its level 50 version, while keeping all its moves and accumulated EVs. It is similar to the Level 50 Flat rule in Pokémon Battle Revolution.

Unlike the Standard Cup and other rule sets for wireless battles, the Pokémon can be of any level before entering.

Flat Battle mode will only be available after the player's childhood friend (Lyra or Ethan) have shown the player how to catch Pokémon.

In Generation VI, it is instead known as Flat Rules (Japanese: フラットルール Flat Rules) and is accessed through the Battle function of the Player Search System.


Pokémon Center Receptionist

"Flat Battle is for Pokémon over Lv. 50."
"All Pokémon will become Lv. 50 for the battle."

Rule sets available

  • No Restrictions - Players can have up to six Pokémon on their teams.
  • Double No Restrictions - Similar to the No Restrictions rule setting, though it is a Double Battle instead of a Single Battle.
  • Standard Cup - Players can only have up to three Pokémon on their team.
  • Double Cup - Players have four Pokémon on their team and otherwise follow the Standard Cup rules.
  • Light Cup - Players can only have three Pokémon on their team, each weighing no more than 218 pounds (98.883 kilograms).
  • GS Cup - Exclusive to Flat Battles. Use four Pokémon with up to two "Special Pokémon" on the team.

Special Pokémon for GS Cup

Specifics on rule sets

Rulesets for Flat Battles in HeartGold and SoulSilver
Rules No Restrictions Double
No Restrictions
Standard Cup Double Cup Light Cup GS Cup
No. of Pokémon 6 6 3 4 3 4
Pokémon level Max. 100 Max. 100 Max. 100 Max. 100 Max. 100 Max. 100
Max. Combined level Free Free Free Free Free Free
Height limit Free Free Free Free Free Free
Weight limit Free Free Free Free Max. 220.5 lbs.
Evolved Pokémon Permitted Permitted Permitted Permitted Banned Permitted
Special Pokémon Permitted Permitted Banned Banned Banned Up to 2
Same Pokémon Permitted Permitted Banned Banned Banned Banned
Same held items Permitted Permitted Banned Banned Banned Banned

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Combat 50
Germany Flag.png German Handicapkampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta Pari
South Korea Flag.png Korean 플랫배틀 Peullaet Baeteul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate tope

Battle Modes at Pokémon Communication Club Colosseum
Battles for Two Single BattleDouble BattleMix BattleFlat Battle
Battles for Four Multi Battle
Specific Rule sets
Standard Cup • Double Cup
Fancy CupGS CupLight CupLittle Cup

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