Battle Frontier (Generation III)

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Battle Frontier バトルフロンティア
Battle Frontier
"The front lines of Pokémon battling!"
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Location: South of Route 130
Region: Hoenn
Generations: IIIE
Hoenn Battle Frontier Map.png
Location of Battle Frontier in Hoenn.
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 in Pokémon Emerald that features several battle facilities where powerful Trainers can battle each other.

The logo of Generation III's Battle Frontier

The Battle Frontier replaces the Battle Tower in its location south of Route 130, and likewise is only accessible by taking the S.S. Tidal from Lilycove City or Slateport City. Unlike the plain Battle Tower in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Battle Frontier is composed of seven distinct battle facilities, each lead by a Frontier Brain who may be challenged after certain winning streaks have been made through their respective facility.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Battle Resort exists where the Battle Frontier was in Pokémon Emerald. However, there are some other references to the Battle Frontier. In the Battle Maison, a man mentions that the Pike Queen has been scouted and asks if anyone else meets Scott's expectations. A model of the Battle Tower is situated north of the Battle Maison, with a sign next to it dictating it as the first Battle Frontier facility to be built in the future. A remix of the music for the Hoenn Frontier Brains is used as the battle theme for the Battle Chatelaines.

The Battle Frontier is owned and operated by Scott, whom the player meets throughout the game in Pokémon Emerald. He resides in a house located between the Battle Dome and Battle Tower, and gives the player various rewards as they progress through the Battle Frontier.


In-game view of the Battle Frontier

Upon the player's first entry into Hoenn's Battle Frontier, their Trainer Card will be upgraded into a Frontier Pass by a woman at the entrance. This pass holds the Trainer Card, as well as a small map of the Battle Frontier and the player's Battle Frontier records, which includes saved-up Battle Points (BP) and any of the seven Frontier Symbols the player has won. Only one battle from any one of the facilities may be recorded and stored on the Frontier Pass, which may be watched or overwritten with another at any time.

Upon winning through a set amount of battles in any given facility, Battle Points will be awarded, usually in small amounts that gradually grow with each consecutive streak. Defeating the Frontier Brain of a given facility for the first time awards the silver Symbol of that facility, as well as 10BP. Defeating the same Frontier Brain a second time, during the same streak, gives the player the golden Symbol and another 10BP. The Frontier Brain will only appear in 3-vs-3 single battle mode.


No two Pokémon entered can be of the same species or hold the same item. Items cannot be used from the Bag during battle (except in the Battle Pyramid, in which the player can use items from their Battle Bag). Battles conducted here do not award experience or money, and any items gained or lost during the challenge are reverted in the end.

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


Main article: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)
See also: List of Battle Frontier Pokémon (Generation III)


Item Location Games
  Frontier Pass Gift from a guide in the front gate upon first entering  E 
  1-3 BP Gift from Scott when first talked to at his house  E 
  Retro Mail Held by Meowow, a Meowth the player can receive in a trade  E 
  Silver Shield Gift from Scott after winning 50 battles in a row at the Battle Tower  E 
  Gold Shield Gift from Scott after winning 100 battles in a row at the Battle Tower  E 
  Lansat Berry Gift from Scott after earning all seven silver Symbols  E 
  Starf Berry Gift from Scott after earning all seven gold Symbols  E 


Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Special Pokémon
The same as the traded Pokémon One
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.

Special encounters

A Sudowoodo is blocking the path to the waterfall near the Battle Palace. The Wailmer Pail must be used in order to battle it.

Rock Unknown
Sturdy or Rock Head
Held item:
Sudowoodo/ Lv.40
Low Kick
Rock Slide


Facility Frontier Brain Symbols
Battle Factory
Factory Head Noland
Silver Knowledge Symbol
Gold Knowledge Symbol
Battle Arena
Arena Tycoon Greta
Silver Guts Symbol
Gold Guts Symbol
Battle Dome
Dome Ace Tucker
Silver Tactics Symbol
Gold Tactics Symbol
Battle Pike
Pike Queen Lucy
Silver Luck Symbol
Gold Luck Symbol
Battle Palace
Palace Maven Spenser
Silver Spirits Symbol
Gold Spirits Symbol
Battle Pyramid
Pyramid King Brandon
Silver Brave Symbol
Gold Brave Symbol
Battle Tower
Salon Maiden Anabel
Silver Ability Symbol
Gold Ability Symbol

Other points of interest

Artisan Cave

Main article: Artisan Cave

The Artisan Cave is a long cave connecting one end of the Battle Frontier to the other. It starts near the Battle Palace and the exit is right next to the Battle Tower. The only wild Pokémon found inside is Smeargle.


There is a house next to the Battle Tower. Inside, there is a Trainer who wants to trade a Meowth for a Skitty.

Ranking Hall

The Ranking Hall

The Ranking Hall contains all of the records that the player has set at the Battle Frontier. There are three rooms. The one on the left contains records for the Battle Pike, Dome, and Factory, the one in the center has records for the Battle Tower, and the one on the right contains records for the Battle Palace, Pyramid, and Arena.

If the player mixes records with another Emerald game, Battle Frontier records will be copied over from the other game and compared.


A level 40 Sudowoodo is located in the southeast section of the Battle Frontier. Much like in Generation II, NPCs will talk about it as if it is a tree. However, when the player uses the Wailmer Pail on it, it will spring to life and battle the player. This Sudowoodo blocks the path to the Artisan Cave until it is battled. This is the only location a wild Sudowoodo can be battled in the Generation III handheld games.

Betting man

In the house south of the Battle Pyramid a man can be visited. After receiving at least 3 silver Symbols, he will ask the player to compete in a random facility, which changes daily. The player can give him 5, 10, or 15 Battle Points. If the player wins, the man will give him back twice the amount the player gave him. If the player loses, the Battle Points are lost.

Stats judge

Main article: Stats judge

In the house above the Pokémon Center is an old man who can judge one of the player's Pokémon's stats. He examines the Pokémon's IVs and gives feedback on how high or low they are. First he describes the Pokémon's "ability", which is based on the sum of all six of its IVs. Then he indicates which stat has the highest IV and what range it falls in. If 2 or more IVs are tied for the highest then he will choose one randomly.

Pokémon's ability IV total
Average 0 to 90
Better-than-average 91 to 120
Quite impressive 121 to 150
Wonderfully outstanding 151 to 186

Highest IV Range
Relatively good 0 to 15
Quite impressive 16 to 25
Outstanding 26 to 30
Flawless 31

Move Tutors

In a house next to the Battle Dome, there are two Move Tutors. They will teach a Pokémon a selection of attacks for a price in Battle Points.

List of Move Tutor moves

Left Tutor
Move Type Price
Softboiled  Normal  16BP
Seismic Toss  Fighting  24BP
Dream Eater  Psychic  24BP
Mega Punch  Normal  24BP
Mega Kick  Normal  48BP
Body Slam  Normal  48BP
Rock Slide  Rock  48BP
Counter  Fighting  48BP
Thunder Wave  Electric  48BP
Swords Dance  Normal  48BP
Right Tutor
Move Type Price
Defense Curl  Normal  16BP
Snore  Normal  24BP
Mud-Slap  Ground  24BP
Swift  Normal  24BP
Icy Wind  Ice  24BP
Endure  Normal  48BP
Psych Up  Normal  48BP
Ice Punch  Ice  48BP
ThunderPunch  Electric  48BP
Fire Punch  Fire  48BP

Battle Point Exchange Service Corner

The Battle Point Exchange Service Corner

The Battle Point Exchange Service Corner, or simply the Exchange Service Corner, sells various goods in exchange for Battle Points earned at other parts of the Battle Frontier. Players can purchase decorations for their Secret Base or room, vitamins, and held items.

Leftmost cashier
  Kiss Poster
  Kiss Cushion
  Smoochum Doll
  Togepi Doll
  Meowth Doll
  Clefairy Doll
  Ditto Doll
  Cyndaquil Doll
  Chikorita Doll
  Totodile Doll
Second cashier from left
  Lapras Doll
  Snorlax Doll
  Venusaur Doll
  Charizard Doll
  Blastoise Doll

Inside the Exchange Service Corner
Second cashier from right
  HP Up
Rightmost cashier
  White Herb
  Quick Claw
  Mental Herb
  Choice Band
  King's Rock
  Focus Band
  Scope Lens

Poké Mart

Poké Mart
  Ultra Ball
  Hyper Potion
  Max Potion
  Full Restore
  Full Heal
  Max Repel
  HP Up

In the anime

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

The locations of the first six Kanto Battle Frontier facilities in the anime

In the anime, this Battle Frontier, rather than being on one of Hoenn's many small islands, is spread across the Kanto region, presumably so as to reflect on the then-recent releases of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen as well as Emerald. Much like the Gyms do not have a requirement that Ash beats anyone besides the Gym Leader, Ash is not required to compete in any matches besides those against the Frontier Brain.

The Battle Frontier is owned and operated by Scott, whom Ash first met in The Scheme Team.

The Trainers who earn a Symbol from each of the seven Frontier Brains are entered into the Battle Frontier Hall of Fame and can become Frontier Brains with their own battle facilities, if they so choose. Even if the offer is turned down, the possibility to accept it remains open indefinitely.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

The Hoenn Battle Frontier in Pokémon Journeys: The Series

The proper Hoenn Battle Frontier appeared in Serving Up the Flute Cup!, where Ash and Goh traveled there to participate in the Battle Frontier Flute Cup, a small tournament with a set of flutes as its prize. There they met Hodge, a Trainer from Lavaridge Town who was also there to compete. Ash eventually emerged victorious and brought back the flutes to Cerise Laboratory. While on the island, Goh also caught a Taillow and three Wurmple.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

The Battle Frontier first appeared in Off To The Battle Frontier!!. Unlike the anime, only the Battle Factory, Battle Arena, and Battle Pike appeared.

Pokémon Adventures

The Battle Frontier in Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

A Pokédex holder named Emerald challenged the Battle Frontier during its seven-day opening ceremony. Eventually it was revealed that he had been sent to the Battle Frontier by Professor Oak in order to catch the Mythical Wish Pokémon Jirachi, which he had predicted to be awake at the site during the same seven days that the Battle Frontier opening ceremony would take place. It turned out that an armored villain named Guile Hideout was also planning to catch Jirachi for his own evil ambitions, even stealing all the rental Pokémon from the Battle Factory to be used against anyone getting in his way.

During his Battle Factory challenge, Emerald rented a Sceptile, which turned out to be on a higher level than the other rental Pokémon. This made Emerald realize that Sceptile was not a rental Pokémon to begin with, but had been snuck into the facility by someone. Thus, he decided to take it with him. During Emerald's Battle Dome challenge, Ruby revealed that Sceptile was actually the very same Treecko that Emerald had once been supposed to receive from Professor Birch.

Despite Emerald and the Frontier Brains' best efforts, Jirachi was eventually caught by Guile Hideout. Using Jirachi's wish, he summoned a giant Kyogre-shaped mass of water to sink the Battle Frontier into the ocean. However, thanks to Emerald's own wish to Jirachi, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Silver were freed from their petrified states, and all ten Pokédex holders and their Pokémon united their strengths to defeat Guile Hideout and save the Battle Frontier. Shortly before Jirachi fell asleep again, Scott used the last one of its three wishes to summon thousands of people to visit the Battle Frontier.

Accompanying Emerald during his Battle Frontier challenge were also reporter Todd Snap, as well as Latios and Latias, Emerald's close friends.

Pokémon Battle Frontier

The Battle Frontier in Pokémon Battle Frontier

The Pokémon Battle Frontier manga featured a boy named Enta being invited to the Battle Frontier by Scott. Once there, he was tutored by Pokémon League Champion Rald, and begun to challenge the Frontier Brains. In the end, he managed to defeat six of the seven facilities.

The Battle Frontier in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The manga concluded with Enta's battle with Anabel, which ended in a draw. Despite Enta's challenge of the Frontier Brains being a major focus, Noland, Greta, and Brandon only appeared on the title page of the fourth chapter.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The Battle Frontier appeared in The Selected Trainer?!, where Scott invited Red and his Pokémon there after seeing Clefairy save a little kid from getting hit by a balance beam, although it eventually turned out he just wanted them to clean up the Battle Tower's toilets.

In the TCG

The EX Emerald expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game featured two Battle Frontier-related cards:

Card Type Rarity Expansion Set No.
Scott T   EX Emerald 84/106
Battle Frontier T   EX Emerald 75/106


  • Despite having a big area of accessible water, this location has no wild Pokémon out of it at all. This is a rare occurrence for overworld locations.
  • It's possible for the Trainers fought in the Battle Frontier to have Shiny Pokémon.
  • All enemy Trainers in the Battle Frontier, except the Frontier Brains, greet the player character before battle with a string of up to six preset words, phrases, or characters from the easy chat system. After the battle, the enemy gives out another message of the same format which depends on whether they have won or lost. This is also the case for all enemies in the Battle Tents or Trainer Hill.
    • However, this is not the case for the greetings of any Apprentices that have been mentored by the player or other individuals. When greeting the player prior to battling in the Battle Tower, the Apprentice will typically state the name of his or her mentor, as well as his or her numerical position in the line of all Apprentices tutored by someone (such as being the 7th apprentice tutored by the player).
    • Messages are also altered for enemy Trainers present within the Battle Pyramid. After a battle, they provide the player with contextual hints on certain aspects of the challenge, such as the location of a given floor's exit, the number of remaining Trainers to be fought on a floor, or the number of remaining items on a given floor.
  • According to an interview with Junichi Masuda, the Battle Frontier did not make a return in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the following reason: "Put simply, the Battle Frontier wasn't included because only a tiny number of players would have appreciated and used this game feature. Players get fed up more easily than they did in the past and aren't attracted by these 'demanding' challenges."[1]

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 *
战斗边疆 Zhàndòu Biānjiāng *
  Danish Frontaldysterne
  Dutch Strijd der Grenzen (S08)
Battle Frontier (S09)
  Finnish Taistelurintama (S08)
Battle Frontier (S09, S23)
  French Zone de Combat
  German Kampfzone
  Hindi मैदान-ए-जंग Maidaan-e-Jung
  Hungarian Csata Front
  Indonesian Garis Pertarungan
  Italian Parco Lotta
  Korean 배틀프런티어 Battle Frontier
  Polish Strefa Walk
Portuguese   Brazil Batalha da Fronteira (anime)
Fronteira da Batalha (manga)
  Portugal Fronteira de Batalha*
  Russian Боевой Рубеж Boyevoy Rubezh
Spanish   Latin America Batalla de la Frontera
  Spain Frente Batalla
Frente de Batalla*
  Swedish Batalj Stridsgräns
  Thai แบทเทิลฟรอนเทียร์ Battle Frontier
  Urdu میدانِ جنگ Maidaan-e-Jung
  Vietnamese Biên giới giao đấu


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  Battle Tower  
Salon Maiden
  Battle Palace  
Palace Maven
  Battle Factory  
Factory Head
  Battle Pyramid  
Pyramid King
  Battle Dome  
Dome Ace
  Battle Arena  
Arena Tycoon
  Battle Pike  
Pike Queen

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