Multi Battle

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A Multi Battle (Japanese: マルチバトル Multi Battle), referred to as a Tag Battle (Japanese: タッグバトル Tag Battle) in the anime, is a type of Double Battle in which each of the four Pokémon is controlled by a separate Pokémon Trainer.

Starting with Generation III, Multi Battles occur when the player has teamed up with another Trainer. If the player has teamed up with another Trainer as part of the storyline, their Pokémon total as well as that of their opponents may exceed the limit of six Pokémon per team imposed by party restrictions for other types of Pokémon battle.

In the games

Multi Battle mode

A Multi Battle in Generation IV

In Generation III, up to four players can battle with each other in a Multi Battle via Game Link Cable by choosing the "Multi Battle" mode in the Pokémon Cable Club Colosseum. Players decide which side to battle. This was the only way to have a Multi Battle in Ruby and Sapphire.

In Generation IV, the Pokémon Cable Club Colosseum was renamed to the Pokémon Communication Club Colosseum, but Multi Battles can still be conducted by selecting "Multi Battle".

In Generation VI, the player accesses Multi Battles with the Player Search System's Battle option. After selecting a connection type, the player must then change the number of players to four, and select three other players on the touch screen.

Quotes

Pokémon Center Receptionist

"Multi Battle is for four Trainers with one or more Pokémon each."
"Each Trainer can have one Pokémon in battle at a time."

In-game events

Since Pokémon Emerald, Multi Battles have been possible at various points throughout the games.

Battle facilities

Since Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Multi Battles have been possible in battle facilities.

In the anime

Ash and Dawn ready for a Tag Battle

While Ash has been involved in many "illegal" Tag Battles conducted by Team Rocket long before, his first official Tag Battle was in The Bicker the Better, where he teamed up with May. Ash also teamed up with Dawn in The Champ Twins!. In both situations, Ash had gotten into an argument with his partner and ended up making up with them and becoming in sync with them during battle.

Ash and Brock have also been shown to work well together as a team. In A Full Course Tag Battle!, the two went up against the owners of the Seven Stars Restaurant, Roman and Kylie. Their cooperation proved successful and they managed to win the battle. In the same episode, May and Dawn teamed up and were also victorious in their Tag Battle. Bagged Then Tagged! also featured a Tag Battle, with Ash and Dawn defeating Lyra and Khoury.

In Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Ash and Dawn defeated Kiko and Kato using their Pikachu and Piplup.

Hearthome City has its own special competition known as the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. Trainer pairs are chosen randomly, with each Trainer receiving a card with a number on it and partnering with the Trainer whose number is paired with their number. Ash won this tournament paired with Paul, despite the two working very poorly together.

In Once There Were Greenfields, Ash and Dawn paired up to battle James and Gardenia. In Hot Springing a Leak!, Dawn and Leona went up against Ash and Brock. Their battle ended in a draw.

In Lost at the Stamp Rally!, Ash and Cilan fought in a Tag Battle against Ingo and Emmet, which Ash and Cilan lost despite fighting excellently. In Evolution Exchange Excitement!, Ash and Cilan battled and won against Bianca and Professor Juniper. Ash and Cilan also fought together in a Tag Battle against two brothers named Soren and Rocko in A Surface to Air Tag Battle Team! and managed to win here as well. In New Places... Familiar Faces!, Ash and Nanette battled against Iris and Cilan, though the battle was interrupted by Team Rocket in their attempt to capture Pikachu.

In Tag Team Battle Inspiration!, Ash and Tierno partnered up against Serena and Shauna, but the battle was called off.

In Party Dancecapades!, Monsieur Pierre prepared a surprise Tag Battle for the Performers attending his dance party. Entrants were given a card upon registration, and four of these cards had a special mark so the people who received them would take part in a Tag Battle. The special cards ended up with Ash, Serena, Miette, and James and they faced off near the end of the party, with the team of Ash and Serena emerging victorious.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Although multiple Trainers battling a single opponent (such as Sabrina vs. Red, Blue, and Green or Bill and Lt. Surge vs. Bruno) were common prior to Generation III, actual Tag Battles were uncommon. The first true Tag Battle occurs when Gold and Crystal fought against Sham and Carl's two Pokémon together.

Much later, as with the then recently released Pokémon Emerald which fully introduced this feature, the two protagonists of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, named appropriately after the two games, would fight together against Archie and Maxie in both the Seafloor Cavern and after Groudon and Kyogre's return to their slumber. Silver and Yellow also fought against two opponents, but as Yellow didn't begin to attack until after the former was losing, it is dubious as to whether it can be called a true Tag Battle.

Several Tag Battles also occur during the Diamond & Pearl chapter, including those of two pairs fighting many opponents.

Trivia

  • When battling alongside Steven in Emerald, his Pokémon are shown to gain experience after the defeat of an opponent Pokémon. This does not happen to a partner's Pokémon in the Multi Battles of Generation IV.
    • Having the player's party be defeated in the Multi Battle with Steven will cause the player to white out. This was also changed in Generation IV, where a white out will not occur until both the player's and the partner's Pokémon are all knocked out.
  • The Multi Battle against Mars and Jupiter in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum as well as the battle against Flint and Volkner in Pokémon Platinum have the potential to be twelve-on-six fights, due to Barry's full party.

In other languages

Multi Battle

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 多人對戰 Duōrén Duìzhàn
France Flag.png French Combat Multi
Germany Flag.png German Multikampf
Italy Flag.png Italian Lotta Multipla
South Korea Flag.png Korean 멀티배틀 Meolti Baeteul
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Batalha Múltipla
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Múltiple

Tag Battle

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 雙打對戰 Sēungdá Deuijin *
聯手對戰 Lyùhnsáu Deuijin *
Mandarin 聯手對戰 Liánshǒu Duìzhàn *
雙打對戰 / 双打对战 Shuāngdǎ Duìzhàn *
雙人合作賽 Shuāngrén Hézuò Sài *
接棒決戰 Jiēbàng Juézhàn *
兩人戰鬥 Liǎngrén Zhàndòu *
二对二的决斗 Èr-duì-Èr-de Juédòu *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pariottelu (Advanced Generation series)
Tag-ottelu (Diamond & Pearl series-present)
Poland Flag.png Polish Dwuwalka *
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Batalha em Dupla
Batalha de Duplas (XY090)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combate Mixto


Pokémon battle variations
Double BattleMulti BattleTriple BattleRotation BattleHorde EncounterBattle Royal
Full BattleContest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse BattleSOS Battle
Battle modes


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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