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ポケモンバトルチェス
Pokémon Battle Chess
Pokémon Battle Chess BW.png
Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version
Pokémon Battle Chess W.png
Pokémon Battle Chess W
Release date December 26, 2011 Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version
May 18, 2012 Pokémon Battle Chess
December 28, 2012 Pokémon Battle Chess W
Publisher(s) The Pokémon Company
Age 6+
Players 2
External Links

Pokémon Battle Chess (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェス Pokémon Battle Chess) is a series of board games published by The Pokémon Company in Japan, based on the game of chess, with some aspects of shogi, in which the traditional chess pieces are replaced with Pokémon.

The first version of the game, Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェス BWバージョン), was released on December 26, 2011[1], and prior to this a demo was made available for players online as Pokémon Battle Chess WEB (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェス WEB). A second version, simply named Pokémon Battle Chess, was released on May 18, 2012[2] and a final version named Pokémon Battle Chess W (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェスW) was released on December 26, 2011[1].


Contents

Gameplay

Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version

Each player starts with two Patrat, two Zoroark, one Serperior, one Emboar, one Samurott, and one Egg containing Victini. Each player also has Reshiram and Zekrom, so-called "Legend Pieces", that are four times the size of normal pieces that can only be placed in certain circumstances. The aim of the game is to beat the opponent's Victini.

Pieces are only allowed to move and attack in certain directions. Unlike chess, there is a concept of power: if the attacker has more power than the defender, then it attacks instantly. If it has less or equal, it draws a Plus Power card, boosting the power +0, +20, +30, +40 or +70 (note that +0 is in the deck twice). If a +70 is drawn or if the deck runs out, all the cards get shuffled back into the deck immediately. If the attacking Pokémon has more power after the Plus Power, the defender is damaged; if the defender has more, the attacker is damaged. If they have the same power after the Plus Power, no one is damaged.

When pieces are damaged for the first time, they are turned over and the second time they are damaged, they are removed. Victini and its egg are an exception. The egg can be damaged three times, each time a part going out of play, then the Victini hatches and behaves like a normal piece. Usually power is lowered after damage but Emboar and Victini's power is raised.

Initial layout
Patrat Emboar Patrat
Zoroark Samurott Egg Serperior Zoroark
Game pieces
Pokémon Power Movement
Initial Damaged Initial Damaged
Patrat Yellow Battle Chess.png
Patrat
60 50 One square orthogonally One square orthogonally
Zoroark Yellow Battle Chess.png
Zoroark
70 50 Up to two squares directly forward, one square diagonally forward, or one square directly backward Up to two squares directly forward, one square diagonally forward, or one square directly backward
Serperior Yellow Battle Chess.png
Serperior
90 60 Any number of free squares orthogonally Up to two squares orthogonally
Samurott Blue Battle Chess.png
Samurott
90 60 Any number of free squares diagonally or one square directly forward Up to two squares diagonally or one square directly forward
Emboar Yellow Battle Chess.png
Emboar
70 100 One square diagonally forward or directly backward One square diagonally forward, directly backward, or horizontally
Egg Yellow Battle Chess.png
Egg 1
N/A N/A Cannot move N/A
Egg2 Yellow Battle Chess.png
Egg 2
N/A N/A One square horizontally N/A
Egg3 Yellow Battle Chess.png
Egg 3
N/A N/A One square orthogonally N/A
Victini Yellow Battle Chess.png
Victini
40 80 One square orthogonally or diagonally Up to two squares diagonally forward or directly backward or one square directly forward, horizontally or diagonally backward
Reshiram Yellow Battle Chess.png
Reshiram
120 100 One square orthogonally One square orthogonally
Zekrom Yellow Battle Chess.png
Zekrom
110 100 Up to two squares vertically or one square horizontally One square orthogonally

To use Zekrom, the player must have lost three pieces. To use Reshiram, the player must have lost four pieces. The count is reset when either is used. Zekrom and Reshiram are not considered lost pieces for this count.

Pokémon Battle Chess

The board and packaging for Pokémon Battle Chess

Gameplay for Pokémon Battle Chess and Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version is nearly identical; however, different Pokémon are used. Each player starts with two Magikarp, two Meowth, one Charizard, one Pikachu, one Venusaur and one Egg containing Togepi. The Legend Pieces are Lugia and Ho-Oh. Uniquely, when Magikarp is damaged and flipped over, it reveals its evolution Gyarados on the other side of the piece.

Initial layout
Magikarp Pikachu Magikarp
Meowth Charizard Egg Venasaur Meowth
Game pieces
Pokémon Power Movement
Initial Damaged Initial Damaged
Magikarp Red Battle Chess.png
Magikarp
Gyarados Red Battle Chess.png
Gyarados
40 90 Magikarp
One square directly forward or diagonally backward
Gyarados
Up to two squares directly forward, up to two squares diagonally backward or one square horizontally
Meowth Red Battle Chess.png
Meowth
70 60 Up to two squares directly forward, one square diagonally forward, or one square directly backward One square directly forward, one square diagonally forward, or one square directly backward
Venusaur Red Battle Chess.png
Venusaur
100 70 Any number of free squares orthogonally Up to two squares orthogonally
Charizard Red Battle Chess.png
Charizard
100 70 Any number of free squares diagonally or one square directly backward Up to two squares diagonally or one square directly backward
Pikachu Red Battle Chess.png
Pikachu
80 60 One square diagonally forward or orthogonally One square diagonally forward or orthogonally
Egg 1 Green Battle Chess.png
Egg 1
N/A N/A Cannot move N/A
Egg 2 Green Battle Chess.png
Egg 2
N/A N/A One square horizontally N/A
Egg 3 Green Battle Chess.png
Egg 3
N/A N/A One square orthogonally N/A
Togepi Red Battle Chess.png
Togepi
40 70 One square orthogonally or diagonally Up to two squares orthogonally or one square diagonally
Ho-Oh Red Battle Chess.png
Ho-Oh
90 120 One square orthogonally One square orthogonally
Lugia Red Battle Chess.png
Lugia
120 100 One square vertically or diagonally One square vertically or diagonally

To use Ho-Oh, the player must have lost three pieces. To use Lugia, the player must have lost four pieces. The count is reset when either is used. Ho-Oh and Lugia are not considered lost pieces for this count.

Pokémon Battle Chess W

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Pokémon Battle Chess WEB

Pokémon Battle Chess WEB logo

The Pokémon Battle Chess website includes a free Flash single player demo version of the game, called Pokémon Battle Chess WEB (Japanese: ポケモンバトルチェス WEB). The game is based on Pokémon Battle Chess BW, using the same pieces and rules, and allows you to play against the computer. There are two modes; one is a step by step instructional mode, and the other is a regular game.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Products - Pokémon Battle Chess - Pokémon Battle Chess (Japanese) (accessed April 14, 2020)
  2. Popular! A new version of “Pokémon Battle Chess” appears in May! - The Pokémon Company (Japanese) (archived from the original March 20, 2012; accessed April 14, 2020)


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