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Battle Frontier バトルフロンティア
Battle Frontier
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Battle Frontier GenIV.png
Map description: The Battle Frontier--where the best of the best Trainers gather to test their skills--is located here.Pt
A place where people from all over come to show off their strength.HGSS
Location: Battle Zone (Sinnoh)
Route 40 (Johto)
Region: Sinnoh and Johto
Generations: IV
Johto Frontier Access Map.png
Location of Battle Frontier in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Battle Frontier (Japanese: バトルフロンティア Battle Frontier) is a special post-Pokémon League area featured in the Generation IV games Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. It is similar to the Battle Frontier featured in Pokémon Emerald, the Hoenn Battle Frontier. The key difference is the number of facilities and the challenges they hold.

This Frontier is found in two regions, Sinnoh and Johto; each region's Frontier is identical in facilities and appearance. The Sinnoh Frontier is located north of the Fight Area in the place of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl's Battle Park. The Johto Frontier is located west of Olivine City, where Pokémon Crystal's Battle Tower was located. Access to Johto's Frontier is through the Frontier Access. Each of the facilities in the Battle Frontier has a leader, the Frontier Brain, who may be challenged after certain winning streaks have been made through their respective facilities. Defeating the Frontier Brains will earn the player commemorative prints.

Only two of the facilities had been featured in Pokémon games prior to the Battle Frontier's debut in Platinum. The Battle Tower and Battle Factory were both present in Emerald; the Battle Tower has been in every game since its debut in Crystal, excluding FireRed and LeafGreen, which featured a similar facility called Trainer Tower.

Contents

Overview

Upon the player's first entry into the Battle Frontier, their Vs. Recorder will be upgraded with a Frontier Record by a woman at the entrance. The Vs. Recorder keeps the amount of Battle Points the players has. It also contains the commemorative prints obtained from the Battle Frontier. One battle from within one of the facilities may be recorded and stored on the Frontier Record, which may be watched or overwritten with another at any time.

On winning through a set amount of battles in any given facility, Battle Points, or BP, will be awarded, usually in small amounts, but gradually growing through each consecutive streak. Defeating the Frontier Brain of a given facility for the first time awards the silver commemorative print of that facility, while the second defeat of the same Brain gives the commemorative print a golden color. They are the equivalent of a Badge, and equivalent to the Symbols from Hoenn's Battle Frontier. The Frontier Brain will only appear in single battle mode. Also, defeating a Brain will always yield a 20BP reward. Battles conducted here do not award experience or money. Also, Pokémon seen in the battles will not be added to the Pokédex.

There are usually three forms of challenges. The first of these challenges is the standard single battle in which the challenger must engage in seven three on three battles in a row. Winning a set of seven battles earns the player Battle Points. The second of these challenges follows the same layout as the standard single battle but are rather conducted as Double Battles. Each facility also offers Multi Battles that two players can participate in, using the Nintendo DS's Wireless Connection, to increase their record. The Battle Frontier also allows players from around the world connect together using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to take part in multi Battles in any of the Battle Frontier facilities. This can be done by going to the Wi-Fi Club on the basement floor of any Pokémon Center, and selecting the Battle Frontier function. However, both players must have entered the Hall of Fame and visited the Battle Frontier at least once.

Regardless of what challenge is taken, the following Pokémon are not allowed:

Mewtwo Mewtwo Mew Mew Lugia Lugia Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Celebi Celebi Kyogre Kyogre Groudon Groudon
Rayquaza Rayquaza Jirachi Jirachi Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
Rotom Heat
Rotom*
Rotom Wash
Rotom*
Rotom Frost
Rotom*
Rotom Fan
Rotom*
Rotom Mow
Rotom*
Dialga Dialga Palkia Palkia Giratina Giratina
Altered Forme
Giratina Giratina
Origin Forme
Phione Phione Manaphy Manaphy Darkrai Darkrai Shaymin Shaymin
Land Forme
Shaymin Shaymin
Sky Forme
Arceus Arceus
Pichu Spiky-eared
Pichu
Egg Egg ManaphyEgg Manaphy
Egg

In addition, the following held items are not allowed:

Soul Dew Soul Dew Griseous Orb Griseous Orb

Gallery

Trainers

Facilities

Facility Frontier Brain Prints
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Battle Tower
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Tower Tycoon Palmer
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Silver Tower Prints
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TowerGoldprintLy.png
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Gold Tower Prints
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Battle Factory
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Factory Head Thorton
FactorySilverprintL.png
FactorySilverprintD.png
FactorySilverprintLy.png
FactorySilverprintE.png
Silver Factory Prints
FactoryGoldprintL.png
FactoryGoldprintD.png
FactoryGoldprintLy.png
FactoryGoldprintE.png
Gold Factory Prints
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Battle Arcade
VSDahlia.png
Arcade Star Dahlia
ArcadeSilverprintL.png
ArcadeSilverprintD.png
ArcadeSilverprintLy.png
ArcadeSilverprintE.png
Silver Arcade Prints
ArcadeGoldprintL.png
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ArcadeGoldprintLy.png
ArcadeGoldprintE.png
Gold Arcade Prints
Battle Castle.png
Battle Castle
VSDarach.png
Castle Valet Darach
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CastleSilverprintD.png
CastleSilverprintLy.png
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Silver Castle Prints
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CastleGoldprintLy.png
CastleGoldprintE.png
Gold Castle Prints
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Battle Hall
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Hall Matron Argenta
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HallSilverprintLy.png
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Silver Hall Prints
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HallGoldprintE.png
Gold Hall Prints

Other areas of interest

Entrance hall

Artwork of the Battle Frontier, featuring the Frontier Brains
The entrance area in Pokémon HeartGold, SoulSilver, and Platinum Versions.

The entrance hall is the entrance to the Battle Frontier from the Fight AreaPt or Frontier AccessHGSS. Because the Sinnoh Battle Frontier does not have a Pokémon Center, unlike Hoenn's, it cannot be accessed by Fly. Upon the first entry into the Battle Frontier, the Vs. Recorder will be upgraded with a Frontier Record by the women at the entrance. There are several women who will guide and explain venues of the Battle Frontier.

  • The top left woman will explain the Battle Castle
  • The top right woman will explain the Battle Arcade
  • The middle left woman will explain the Battle Factory
  • The middle right woman will explain the Battle Hall
  • The bottom left woman will explain about the Battle Frontier itself.
  • The bottom right woman will explain the Battle Tower


Stats judge

Main article: Stats judge

In the Battle Tower's lobby next to the PC is a man who considers himself a judge of Trainer's Pokémon. He can appraise one of the player's Pokémon by looking at its stats, specifically by checking how high the IVs are. First he describes the Pokémon's "potential", which is based on the sum of all six IVs. Then he indicates which stat has the highest IV and what range it falls in. If two or more IVs are tied for the highest then he will choose only one of them to comment on. In Sinnoh, he selects which highest stat he'll report randomly. In Johto, he cycles through the stats in the following order: HP, Attack, Defense, Speed, Special Attack, Special Defense. If a different Pokémon is shown, then the cycle will not reset.

Pokémon's Potential IV Total
Decent 0 to 90
Above Average 91 to 120
Relatively Superior 121 to 150
Outstanding 151 to 186


Highest IV Range
Rather Decent 0 to 15
Very Good 16 to 25
Fantastic 26 to 30
Can't Be Better 31

Exchange Service Corner

The Exchange Service Corner is located at the center of the Battle Frontier. The player can buy various goods with Battle Points won from the facilities. The Battle Frontier's prizes are the same as Pokémon Diamond and Pearl's Battle Tower's prizes. They also use Battle Points which are won in the Frontier's various facilities. They can be bought at the stalls at the center of the Frontier.

While the menu structure differs, the items available in Pokémon Platinum are the same as the items available in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, except that TM89 (U-turn) is only available in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Platinum

Left corner
Protein Protein
1BP
Calcium Calcium
1BP
Iron Iron
1BP
Zinc Zinc
1BP
Carbos Carbos
1BP
HP Up HP Up
1BP
Power Bracer Power Bracer
16BP
Power Belt Power Belt
16BP
Power Lens Power Lens
16BP
Power Band Power Band
16BP
Power Anklet Power Anklet
16BP
Power Weight Power Weight
16BP
Toxic Orb Toxic Orb
16BP
Flame Orb Flame Orb
16BP
White Herb White Herb
32BP
Power Herb Power Herb
32BP
Bright Powder BrightPowder
48BP
Choice Band Choice Band
48BP
Focus Band Focus Band
48BP
Scope Lens Scope Lens
48BP
Muscle Band Muscle Band
48BP
Focus Sash Focus Sash
48BP
Choice Scarf Choice Scarf
48BP
Razor Claw Razor Claw
48BP
Razor Fang Razor Fang
48BP
Rare Candy Rare Candy
48BP
Right corner
TM Poison TM06 (Toxic)
32BP
TM Electric TM73 (Thunder Wave)
32BP
TM Fire TM61 (Will-O-Wisp)
32BP
TM Normal TM45 (Attract)
32BP
TM Flying TM40 (Aerial Ace)
40BP
TM Fighting TM31 (Brick Break)
40BP
TM Fighting TM08 (Bulk Up)
48BP
TM Psychic TM04 (Calm Mind)
48BP
TM Bug TM81 (X-Scissor)
64BP
TM Ghost TM30 (Shadow Ball)
64BP
TM Grass TM53 (Energy Ball)
64BP
TM Poison TM36 (Sludge Bomb)
80BP
TM Dragon TM59 (Dragon Pulse)
80BP
TM Rock TM71 (Stone Edge)
80BP
TM Ground TM26 (Earthquake)
80BP

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Left counter
Training Items #1
Protein Protein
1BP
Calcium Calcium
1BP
Iron Iron
1BP
Zinc Zinc
1BP
Carbos Carbos
1BP
HP Up HP Up
1BP
Rare Candy Rare Candy
48BP
Training Items #2
Power Bracer Power Bracer
16BP
Power Belt Power Belt
16BP
Power Lens Power Lens
16BP
Power Band Power Band
16BP
Power Anklet Power Anklet
16BP
Power Weight Power Weight
16BP

Fighting Items #1
Toxic Orb Toxic Orb
16BP
Flame Orb Flame Orb
16BP
White Herb White Herb
32BP
Power Herb Power Herb
32BP
Bright Powder BrightPowder
48BP
Focus Band Focus Band
48BP
Focus Sash Focus Sash
48BP
Fighting Items #2
Choice Band Choice Band
48BP
Choice Scarf Choice Scarf
48BP
Scope Lens Scope Lens
48BP
Muscle Band Muscle Band
48BP
Razor Claw Razor Claw
48BP
Razor Fang Razor Fang
48BP

Right counter
Physical Attacks
TM Flying TM40 (Aerial Ace)
40BP
TM Fighting TM31 (Brick Break)
40BP
TM Bug TM89 (U-turn)
40BP
TM Bug TM81 (X-Scissor)
64BP
TM Rock TM71 (Stone Edge)
80BP
TM Ground TM26 (Earthquake)
80BP
Special Attacks
TM Ghost TM30 (Shadow Ball)
64BP
TM Grass TM53 (Energy Ball)
64BP
TM Poison TM36 (Sludge Bomb)
80BP
TM Dragon TM59 (Dragon Pulse)
80BP
Changing Attacks
TM Poison TM06 (Toxic)
32BP
TM Electric TM73 (Thunder Wave)
32BP
TM Fire TM61 (Will-O-Wisp)
32BP
TM Normal TM45 (Attract)
32BP
TM Fighting TM08 (Bulk Up)
48BP
TM Psychic TM04 (Calm Mind)
48BP

Pokémon Scratch-Off Corner

Scratching a Pokémon Scratch-Off Card

The Pokémon Scratch-Off Corner is located just north of the Exchange Service Corner. Pokémon Scratch-Off is a game that can be played for 1BP. This 1BP purchases three different Scratch-Off Cards, which permits winning up to 3 items. Upon purchase, a selection of 3 cards from four cards: red, blue, green, and yellow. Once done, scratching mode will begin. Using the stylus to scratch off the upper layer, scratching off three Pokémon gets the particular item that matches the Pokémon revealed. As soon as any part of any of the 9 blocks is touched, that block must be selected as one of the three choices. The whole card cannot be scratched off—only three blocks may be selected. If the player gets a Ditto, it acts as a wild-card, transforming into any other Pokémon should the player manage to get two of them. There are a total of three out of twenty-three different Berries to be won, and there will always be a Nugget to be won.

Prize No. won
Nugget Nugget 1
Qualot Berry Qualot Berry 3
Tamato Berry Tamato Berry 3
Wacan Berry Wacan Berry 3
Chople Berry Chople Berry 3
Coba Berry Coba Berry 3
Pomeg Berry Pomeg Berry 3
Hondew Berry Hondew Berry 3
Occa Berry Occa Berry 3
Rindo Berry Rindo Berry 3
Kebia Berry Kebia Berry 3
Payapa Berry Payapa Berry 3
Kelpsy Berry Kelpsy Berry 3
Grepa Berry Grepa Berry 3
Passho Berry Passho Berry 3
Yache Berry Yache Berry 3
Shuca Berry Shuca Berry 3
Tanga Berry Tanga Berry 3
Charti Berry Charti Berry 3
Colbur Berry Colbur Berry 3
Kasib Berry Kasib Berry 3
Babiri Berry Babiri Berry 3
Haban Berry Haban Berry 3
Chilan Berry Chilan Berry 3

In the manga

The Battle Frontier in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Platinum chapter, Platinum challenged the Battle Frontier while she and Looker conducted research on Giratina and the Distortion World, where Platinum's supposed-to-be bodyguards, Paka and Uji, had been sent to by Saturn in the previous chapter. By the end of the chapter, she had managed to defeat four of the five facilities, and was also intending to soon challenge the fifth one, the Battle Tower, led by Pearl's father, Palmer.

In All About Arceus IX, it was revealed that the Sinnoh Battle Frontier was originally located in Johto.

A robotic Starly works as the challengers' guide in the area.

Trivia

  • The Battle Frontier logo is the color code of the venues corresponding to the five battle venues and their position in the Battle Frontier.
    • The color code of each of the venues corresponds approximately to the color codes of each of the five flavors of Berry and to the five condition stats.
    • If the Poké Ball design in the middle is counted, as well, the logo contains the seven colors of Apricorn.
  • Due to the pairing of Darach and Caitlin, there is an equal number of male and female Frontier Brains. This is the case with Sinnoh's Gym Leaders as well.
  • Several of the Frontier Brains have Pokémon with moves they normally learn at a higher level. This may suggest that their Pokémon also decrease in level when they are above level 50.
  • All Frontier Brains with a fixed team have at least one legendary Pokémon in their party when they are battled for the gold commemorative print.
  • Although Pokémon under level 30 are banned from use by the player at the Battle Hall, opponent Trainers can use Pokémon under this level.
  • This Battle Frontier is the first one of its kind to appear in two separate locations in one generation.
    • Also, it is the first one to appear in the mainland of one region, in this case, the Johto region.
  • Rotom's forms, Phione*, and the Spiky-eared Pichu are the only non-Legendary or Mythical Pokémon that aren't allowed in the Frontier.
  • The Battle Factory is the only facility to not have a PC, due to the fact that players rent Pokémon instead of using their own.
  • The Battle Arcade is the only location in a Generation IV game to have moving animation while the player is saving, as the screens that show the player and their opponent's Pokémon flash, despite everything else pausing during the save.
  • In the Battle Castle, there are crosses above the foe's entrance which change depending on the round the player is on. For example, if the player is on round 1, then there is 1 cross.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player cannot keep his or her Pokémon outside of its Poké Ball in the Battle Frontier, despite being an open place. This is likely due to the fact that once the player steps into the opening of a facility, they are automatically drawn deeper inside, and would cause problems with the walking Pokémon.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokégear will not play any radio channels whatsoever when the player is in any facilities. It is unknown why this happens.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the stat Trainers all appear in the Battle Tower without any reason, as the player character has never met them before in these games. This is possibly done to ensure full compatibility with Pokémon Platinum.
  • Trainers that received different overworld sprites in HeartGold and SoulSilver still use their Platinum sprites here.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, a boy in the Battle Tower mentions that "...similar facilities are available outside of Johto", probably referring to Sinnoh's Battle Frontier.
  • Aside from the stat-enhancing vitamins, which each have a price of only 1 BP, all prizes buyable with Battle Points have a price that is divisible by 8.
  • The Battle Frontier is featured in one of the paintings on display in Lumiose Museum in Pokémon X and Y.
  • There are some Pokémon in the Battle Hall that know moves they cannot legitimately learn: a Totodile with Brine, a Roselia with Sludge, and an Anorith with Stone Edge.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 對戰開拓區 Deuijin Hōitokkēui
Mandarin 對戰開拓區 / 对战开拓区 Duìzhàn Kaītuòqū
French Canada Flag.png Canada Zone de Combat
Battle Frontier*
France Flag.png Europe Zone de Combat
Germany Flag.png German Kampfzone
Italy Flag.png Italian Parco Lotta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배틀프런티어 Battle Frontier
Poland Flag.png Polish Strefa Walk
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Fronteira de Batalha*
Russia Flag.png Russian Боевой Рубеж Boyevoi Rubezh
Spain Flag.png Spanish Frente Batalla
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Biên giới giao đấu



Sinnoh
Coal Badge.png Forest Badge.png Cobble Badge.png Fen Badge.png Relic Badge.png Mine Badge.png Icicle Badge.png Beacon Badge.png
Settlements
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Routes
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216217218219220221222223224225226227228229230
Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe UndergroundWayward CaveMt. Coronet
Amity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsManiac TunnelLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great Marsh
Pokémon MansionTrophy GardenFuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory Road
Pal ParkContest HallBattle ZoneBattle ParkBattle TowerBattle FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint Temple
Spring PathSendoff SpringTurnback CaveFullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World


Johto
Zephyr Badge.png Hive Badge.png Plain Badge.png Fog Badge.png Storm Badge.png Mineral Badge.png Glacier Badge.png Rising Badge.png
Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
2930313233343536373839404142434445464748
Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBellchime TrailBurned TowerMoomoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto

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