Battle Factory (Generation IV)

Battle Factory
バトルファクトリー Battle Factory
Battle Factory IV.png
"Win Consecutively with Rental Pokémon"
Battles per round
Participating Pokémon
Battle Points obtained
Factory Head Thorton
Factory Head Thorton
Commemorative print
Silver print
Commemorative print
Gold print
Wins to obtain a commemorative print

The Battle Factory (Japanese: バトルファクトリー Battle Factory) is a facility in the Generation IV Battle Frontier, having basically the same rules as Hoenn's Battle Frontier's Battle Factory. It is located on the northeast corner of the Battle Frontier. The blue building itself is much like a factory, with exhaust fans, and pipes. There is a long, glass panel on the floor of the building that transfers information around. There are Poké Balls containing rental Pokémon in glass storage panels inside, and there is an electronic battle ground that lights up before a battle begins. Like Hoenn's Battle Factory, it is more dedicated to research than the other facilities, and the subject of the scientists' research is the abilities of Trainers when using random Pokémon in battle.


Before entering the Battle Factory, the player will be asked to hand over their current party in exchange for rental Pokémon. The player will then be able to choose three out of six random Pokémon to rent and battle other Trainers; these Pokémon will be either level 50 or 100, depending on whether competing in the level 50 or level 100 competition. After winning a battle, the player's Pokémon will be healed completely, and the player will have the option to continue, rest, retire, or get their most recent battle recorded on their Vs. Recorder. If the player continues, they will get the offer to trade one of the rental Pokémon for their opponent's rental Pokémon, but they may not see the Pokémon's status before trading. A scientist will tell the player what Pokémon their opponent will be using before every battle, but after the player progresses through consecutive battles, the scientist will tell less and less.

Staff information

The Battle Factory scientist staff member will hint about the next Pokémon or move the player will face. But after the player progresses through rounds, the scientist will hint less information than last round. The player should use the data to decide which Pokémon to rent and form a strategy based around it. 

Single Battle

Round Information
1 Name of all 3 Pokémon
2 Name of 2 of the 3 Pokémon
3 Name of the lead Pokémon and its first move
4 The lead Pokémon's first move
5+ The most common type of the 3 Pokémon

Double Battle

Round Information
1 Name of all 3 Pokémon
2 Name of the two lead Pokémon
3 Name of the right-most lead Pokémon and its first move
4 The right-most lead Pokémon's first move
5+ The most common type of the 3 Pokémon

If two or three types tie for "most common type", then the type with the lowest index number is prioritized. A Pokémon's first move is the move that is in the top-left slot when choosing which move to use.

Battle Points

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After a winning streak of 7 and 14 battles respectively, the player is rewarded 5 Battle Points in each case. After defeating Factory Head Thorton in the 21st battle, the player receives 20 Battle Points.

Factory Head

Thorton is the Frontier Brain for the Battle Factory. He can be challenged after 20 consecutive battles. Thorton is subject to the same rules in the Battle Factory; he must use rental Pokémon as well, so his team will not be known until he is encountered. He could have anything except for the Pokémon that are not admissible in the Battle Frontier. Once defeated, he will give away the silver commemorative print. Thorton can be challenged again after 49 consecutive battles, and will give away the gold commemorative print when defeated.

Rental Pokémon


Outside the Battle Factory Inside the Battle Factory Before battle in the Battle Factory

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Artwork depicting the Battle Factory is seen in Thorton's mindscape.

Thorton & Bronzong

In the manga

The Battle Factory in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Platinum chapter

The Battle Factory first appeared in Deprogramming Porygon-Z as a part of the Battle Frontier. In Softening Up Kakuna, Platinum challenged it as her third Battle Frontier facility. She chose to challenge this facility in particular due to it revolving around using rental Pokémon, allowing her to send her own Pokémon to Stark Mountain to assist Looker.

In Uprooting Seedot, Platinum successfully reached the streak of 20 consecutive victories required to reach the Frontier Brain, Thorton. Eventually, the match came down to a fist fight between Thorton's rental Ursaring and Platinum's rental Kadabra. Thanks to Kadabra draining Ursaring's health with Drain Punch, it was able to hang in as Ursaring fainted, causing Thorton to lose, much to his disbelief and dismay. Platinum then revealed that she had used Kadabra since the alpha waves it emits interfere with the sensors of precision instruments, such as Thorton's analysis machine.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the Battle Factory in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Pokémon in Battle Factory
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Electivire     Supreme Victors   4/147 Beat of the Frontier   038/100

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 對戰工廠 Duìzhàn Gōngchǎng
French   Canada Usine de Combat
  Europe Usine de Combat
  German Kampffabrik
  Italian Azienda Lotta
  Korean 배틀팩토리 Battle Factory
  Spanish Fábrica Batalla
  Vietnamese Công xưởng giao đấu

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