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Horde Encounter

A horde of Axew

A Horde Encounter (Japanese: 群れバトル Herd Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle introduced in Pokémon X and Y. A Horde Encounter involves one of the player's Pokémon facing five opponents at once. In Pokémon X and Y, this was restricted to wild Pokémon, but in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, five Trainers may also engage in a horde battle with the player.

In wild Horde Encounters, all Pokémon are usually of the same species, but in some cases, one of them may instead be a counterpart or a similar Pokémon to the majority. The Pokémon in hordes are at approximately half the level of other Pokémon in the area and may be a lower evolutionary stage of a Pokémon that normally inhabits the area (such as a horde of Geodude occurring in areas dominated by Graveler). Pokémon encountered in hordes may also have their 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 long grass) or in caves. Horde Encounters can also be purposefully initiated by using Honey or Sweet Scent; however, Honey and Sweet Scent will not cause a wild encounter if the overworld 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 Rock Slide and Surf) are able to strike all five Pokémon at once.

Mixed hordes

A mixed-species horde of Tauros and Miltank

In all cases of mixed hordes, four of one Pokémon species will appear, joined by one of another species.

Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Mixed hordes with enemy species

If a mixed horde consists of Zangoose and Seviper or Heatmor and Durant, the different species will direct attacks at each other instead of at the player's Pokémon if possible. The exception to this is status moves such as Leer that cannot target allies. Once all the Pokémon of one species have fainted, the horde will begin attacking the player's Pokémon.

In contrast to Triple Battles, Pokémon attacking each other in a horde have no range limit; a Pokémon in a far-left position can attack a Pokémon in a far-right position.

List of Horde Encounters

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Connecting Cave
293 Whismur
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 Common
041 Zubat
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 Average
610 Axew
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7-8 Rare
Reflection Cave
439 Mime Jr.
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Common
524 Roggenrola
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Average
524 Roggenrola
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Rare
with Carbink
703 Carbink
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Rare
with Roggenrola
Azure Bay
079 Slowpoke
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 Average
102 Exeggcute
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
14 Rare
278 Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 Common
Frost Cavern
238 Smoochum
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
21 Rare
582 Vanillite
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 Common
613 Cubchoo
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
20 Average
Terminus Cave
304 Aron
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 Rare
632 Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 Common
074 Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 Average
246 Larvitar
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 Rare
Pokémon Village
060 Poliwag
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Average
271 Lombre
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Rare
590 Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Common
Victory Road
074 Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
28 Common
075 Graveler
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
29 Average*
108 Lickitung
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
30 Rare
419 Floatzel
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
29 Average*
Route 5
311 Plusle
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
6 Rare
with Minun
312 Minun
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
6 Rare
with Plusle
316 Gulpin
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
5 Common
559 Scraggy
X Y
Grass/Purple Flowers Grass/Purple Flowers
5 Average
Route 7
054 Psyduck
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 Average
187 Hoppip
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 Common
315 Roselia
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 Rare
Route 8
276 Taillow
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 Rare
278 Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
7 Common
335 Zangoose
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 Average
with Seviper
336 Seviper
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
8 Average
with Zangoose
Route 10
193 Yanma
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 Average
228 Houndour
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 Rare
299 Nosepass
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 Common
309 Electrike
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
10 Rare
Route 11
029 Nidoran♀
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Common
with Nidoran♂
032 Nidoran♂
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Common
with Nidoran♀
396 Starly
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11-12 Rare
434 Stunky
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
11 Average
Route 12
128 Tauros
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 Rare
with Miltank
179 Mareep
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 Average
241 Miltank
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 Rare
with Tauros
278 Wingull
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
13 Common
Route 14
023 Ekans
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
17 Rare
069 Bellsprout
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
16 Common
451 Skorupi
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
16 Average
Route 15 & 16
198 Murkrow
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 Common
590 Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
18 Average
707 Klefki
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
19 Rare
Route 18
074 Geodude
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 Common
631 Heatmor
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 Rare
with Durant
632 Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
23 Average
632 Durant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 Rare
with Heatmor
Route 19
024 Arbok
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Rare
070 Weepinbell
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 Common
207 Gligar
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
24 Average
Route 20
185 Sudowoodo
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Rare
with Trevenant
590 Foongus
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Common
709 Trevenant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Average
709 Trevenant
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
25 Rare
with Sudowoodo
Route 21
123 Scyther
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
27 Rare
327 Spinda
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
26 Common
333 Swablu
X Y
Horde Encounter Horde Encounter
26 Average
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Rencontres de Horde
Germany Flag.png German Massenbegegnungen
Italy Flag.png Italian Gruppi di Pokémon
South Korea Flag.png Korean 무리배틀 Muli Battle
Spain Flag.png Spanish Encuentros de horda


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Last modified on 27 August 2014, at 01:16