List of battle glitches (Generation III)

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For other glitches in this generation, see List of glitches (Generation III)

This is the list of Pokémon battle glitches in Generation III games.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen

Focus Punch recall bug

By selecting Focus Punch in a Double Battle on the first Pokémon, pressing the B button, then recalling the first Pokémon, the first Pokémon will tighten its focus in preparation for Focus Punch, then be recalled. This is due to the priority of Focus Punch getting prepared being higher than the priority for the recall.

By Wooggle Smith

Move details errors

The error affects moves such as Vital Throw.

The details on the descriptions for many moves show them as having 100% accuracy, despite the moves succeeding regardless of accuracy and evasion.

This error is present in the details of Assist, Block, Camouflage, Charge, Conversion 2, Follow Me, Grudge, Helping Hand, Imprison, Ingrain, Magic Coat, Mean Look, Memento, Mimic, Mud Sport, Nightmare, Pain Split, Recycle, Refresh, Role Play, Skill Swap, Slack Off, Snatch, Softboiled, Spider Web, Tail Glow, Vital Throw, Water Sport, Wish and Yawn.

Softboiled + Brick Break bug

If Softboiled is used immediately after Brick Break, the egg that appears will be transparent rather than solid.

Sticky Hold graphics bug

When Thief or Covet are used to knock out a Pokémon holding an item that also has the Sticky Hold Ability, the sprite of the defeated Pokémon becomes stuck and gets translucent until another screen is loaded. Switching to the Bag screen or the Pokémon List will cause it to disappear.

On a battle against a full party, defeating the next Pokémon will cause that Pokémon's sprite to vanish normally, but the stuck sprite will remain. If the second Pokémon is defeated without leaving the battle screen, a third Pokémon will come out, but the second Pokémon's sprite will be flushed out normally. The stuck sprite of the first Pokémon will remain and get recolored to match. This is because the game stores color palettes separately to the sprites themselves.

By Nai

Status condition delayed cure glitch

If a Pokémon with a status condition that has an Ability that cures that status condition (e.g. a paralyzed Pokémon with Limber) is sent into battle as one of the lead Pokémon or to replace a fainted Pokémon, or gains that Ability due to Trace, it will not be cured of its status condition until after a Pokémon takes its turn (uses a move, switches out, etc.). However, it will be immediately cured of the status condition if it is switched in to replace a switched out Pokémon (including if switched in via Baton Pass).

Likewise, if a Pokémon with Trace is confused due to obtaining it from Baton Pass, if it gains Own Tempo via Trace it will not be cured of confusion until after a Pokémon takes its turn (uses a move, switches out, etc.).

Stuck audio bug

If Thunder or Thunderbolt are used during battle with the effects enabled, the sound of the moves may get stuck until the game is rebooted. This is related to the stuck audio freeze glitch.

By Guppieniwa Von Creeper

Mail corruption

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Although later games disallow the removal of Mail during a battle, these games allow in-battle Mail removal due to oversights. This allows the player to corrupt the held Mail.[1]

  • In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the move Thief can be used on the player's own Pokémon in a Double Battle to move Mail from one Pokémon to another.
  • In the Japanese versions of Ruby and Sapphire only, the move Trick can be used to switch Mail with the held item of the opposing Pokémon.
  • In all Generation III games, during a Double Battle, a Pokémon can consume its held Berry and switch to another Pokémon in the party holding Mail that knows Recycle. The Pokémon holding Mail can be hit by the move Knock Off to lose its Mail, then use Recycle to recover the consumed Berry, overwriting the held Mail.

Mail corruption results in an item that has the Mail icon but acts like the item held afterward. If this bug is repeated six times, Mail can be given to the Pokémon without having to attach a message, and the player can indefinitely withdraw the item from the Pokémon by giving it Mail then withdrawing it again. In Ruby and Sapphire, this can also corrupt tiles and their collision parameters based on the phrase of the buggy Mail when given to another Pokémon in the Pokémon List. In FireRed and LeafGreen, this bug corrupts the Pokémon Storage System data, which allows arbitrary code execution to be performed.[2]

By ChickasaurusGL

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, and LeafGreen

Roaming Pokémon IV bug

In the Generation III games, the data for a Pokémon's IVs are stored in a 32-bit integer. For roaming Pokémon, these IVs are stored in a unique place in memory and retrieved whenever the roaming Pokémon is encountered in the wild, so that its IVs remain constant between encounters. However, a glitch causes only the last 8 bits to be transferred from this place[3][4] instead of all 32. Due to this, while the HP IV is unaffected, the Pokémon can only have a maximum Attack IV of 7, and the other four IVs will always be 0. Their Hidden Power type will always be Fighting with a power of 30 or 31.

This glitch was fixed in Pokémon Emerald.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Nature Power details error

Nature Power's accuracy is listed as 95%, even though moves that call other moves, including Nature Power, skip accuracy and evasion checks. The called move performs the accuracy and evasion checks as normal (except Swift, which skips those checks).

Pokéblock throw bug

Main article: Hoenn Safari Zone#Pokéblock throw bug
By Metarkrai M

Wally defeating Ralts oversight

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, it is possible for the capture tutorial where Wally catches a Ralts to end with Ralts fainting. This can only happen if Zigzagoon is generated with 11 Attack, and the wild Ralts has a Nature that lowers Defense, an IV of 3 or less in HP, and 5 or less in Defense. With all this, Zigzagoon can do a maximum of 10 damage with its first Tackle, and after Growl is used on it, 7 with its second. This makes for a total of 17 damage, just enough to knock out Ralts. However, the game continues on as if it had been caught. The probability of this occurring is

By ChickasaurusGL

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

HP bar oversight

During a battle, if the player's Pokémon deals more than 33037 damage at once, the opposing Pokémon will faint without its HP bar being drained. If the damage dealt in one hit is exactly 33037, the HP bar drains instantly.

By ChickasaurusGL

Shed Skin does not clear Nightmare

Any Pokémon awoken through Shed Skin will not be cleared of Nightmare. This means the Nightmare damage is still applied, even though the target no longer sleeps. This bug has been addressed in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald - interestingly enough the developers also implemented another fail safe in the code of Nightmare in those versions, so it clears the condition, if it detects the victim not being asleep.

By DrFrugal

Pay Day money error

The wrong amount of Pokémon Dollars received from Pay Day will be displayed if the Amulet Coin is held by a Pokémon, leaving the impression that it does not affect Pay Day. Yet, upon checking the Trainer Card, the player will discover that the amount was doubled accordingly.

By ChickasaurusGL

Roaming Pokémon encounter bug

Encountering and defeating Latios or Latias after losing a Trainer battle (without any other wild encounters in between) will cause the game to keep the data of the opponent's Pokémon List slots 2-6.[5] If these slots contain data that does not match a Bad Egg or a fainted Pokémon, it will be sent out after defeating Latias, as if it were a Trainer battle. The Trainer's name is shown as "PKMN TRAINER" (ポケモントレーナー) and their Pokémon can be caught and nicknamed.

The game considers this as a wild battle in roaming Pokémon mode.[5] As such, the Pokémon is able to flee if it's not trapped by Mean Look or Spider Web. The roaming Pokémon is considered defeated or caught after catching the Trainer's Pokémon or defeating them in battle. If the Pokémon flees or the player loses/decides to run away, the roaming Pokémon will not be recognized as defeated or caught and will keep roaming Hoenn even if it only has 0 HP left; under such circumstances, the bug will automatically load the Trainer's Pokémon and skip the roaming Pokémon.[5] Since the game behaves as if it were a wild Pokémon battle, it will not present the Trainer's sprite and/or their "victory" speech. Pokédex entry data is also added if the Pokémon is caught.[5]

Experience is gained from defeating the Trainer's Pokémon. If experience gains occur after defeating Latias, the game will keep playing Victory! (Wild Pokémon) while the Trainer sends out their Pokémon. The original IVs of the Trainer's Pokémon are retained so the Roaming Pokémon IV bug does not apply.[5]

The Trainer's Pokémon caught by the player may also become Bad Eggs, unless the Pokémon was obtained from a Trainer found in the Battle Tower. This is because the Pokémon of other Trainers do not have a Trainer ID number and Secret ID that match those of the player.[5]

By ChickasaurusGL

Stuck audio freeze

In some copies of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, using Thunder or Thunderbolt may cause the game to freeze during the animation sequences of the moves. This can be remedied by turning off the battle effects in the options.

Toxic catch rate bonus

If a wild Pokémon is badly poisoned, the 1.5 bonus multiplier for status conditions is not applied to the catch rate. It is caused by a faulty bit mask (0x58 instead of 0xD8) which is applied to the status condition data. This was fixed in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald.

By DrFrugal

Pokémon Emerald

Battle Pike's poison knockout

This glitch involves a series of steps before a Double Battle within the Battle Pike. It allows for sending out two Pokémon in a Double Battle even when the player has only one usable Pokémon (i.e. the second is a clone of the first Pokémon), and allows for a glitched party menu like during Glitzer Popping, but its applications are unknown.

  1. Have the first Pokémon faint.
  2. View the third Pokémon's status in the party.
  3. Faint the second Pokémon due to poison.
  4. Enter the Double Battle.
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Hidden Power disobedience glitch

  This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Does the move use the power and damage category of Hidden Power or the used move? Can Pokémon be immune to Stun Spore due to type effectiveness?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

If the player commands a Pokémon to use Hidden Power, but it instead uses a different move due to disobedience, the used move uses the type of Hidden Power for that particular Pokémon rather than its usual type.

This glitch affects the type effectiveness of Thunder Wave and Glare; for example, if Thunder Wave becomes a Fighting-type move, Ground-type Pokémon can be affected by it but Ghost-type Pokémon cannot.

By ChickasaurusGL

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Music effects oversight

While the Poké Flute melody or Jigglypuff's song is playing, if the Help System screen is opened and closed, the music will be muted until the melody would end.

By GlitchyGarchomp

By Keyacom

Roaming Roar bug

If a roaming Pokémon uses Roar to flee from battle, it will no longer appear in the wild. This means the player will no longer be able to obtain it in that save file. This can be avoided if the roaming Pokémon is affected by Encore or Taunt, or the player's Pokémon is affected by Ingrain or has Soundproof or Suction Cups.

By GlitchyGarchomp

Pokémon Colosseum

Perish Song experience bugs

Involving status ailments

  This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Do volatile status ailments like confusion, Leech Seed, and Curse cause this too?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

When the last opposing Pokémon is defeated by a burn or poison while the player's Pokémon are under the effect of Perish Song, the player's Pokémon will gain experience immediately after the Pokémon faints, then once again each time one of the player's Pokémon's perish count drops. This allows Pokémon to gain the experience for defeating the Pokémon up to three times.

Involving weather

  This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Does Hail trigger this too? Is the Exp. Share required? Does the opposing Pokémon need to be immune to weather damage? What happens if both of the Player's Pokémon would hit zero?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

If the last opposing Pokémon is defeated with Perish Song while Sandstorm is active, the opposing Pokémon that fainted was immune to Sandstorm, and at least one if the player's Pokémon is about to also reach zero, then the battle will continue on with the player's Pokémon also fainting. Those Pokémon that were out with that Pokémon and any Pokémon holding an Exp. Share will gain experience as if it was an opposing Pokémon before the battle concludes.

By Wooggle

Poké Ball amount bug

By selecting a Poké Ball during the turn of the player's first Pokémon, changing the location of the selected Poké Ball with another Poké Ball type in the Bag with the Y button on the second Pokémon's turn, then throwing the Poké Ball, the Poké Ball pocket will still display the same amount of Poké Balls, as if the Poké Ball just thrown had not been used.

Additionally, if the second Pokémon is using a multiple-turn move that was selected on a previous turn, the attack prevents the bug from working, which causes the thrown Snag Ball to be used.

This glitch was fixed in the sequel; Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

By Jake Auralight °w° (Gligar13Vids)

Battle Item glitch

By using an ineffective item, such as a Potion on a Pokémon with full health, the player can use a battle item on that Pokémon instead of the Pokémon whose turn it is.

Shadow Rush glitch

If a Shadow Pokémon in Hyper Mode is trying to use Thunder, Surf, Earthquake or Magnitude, but uses Shadow Rush instead due to disobedience, Shadow Rush can hit during the semi-invulnerable turn of Fly, Bounce, Dive or Dig.

Shiny Shadow Pokémon bug

Like in the core series games, in Pokémon Colosseum there is a 1/8192 chance for Shadow Pokémon to be Shiny. When fighting a trainer with a Shadow Pokémon for the first time, its information will be decided and there is a 1/8192 chance of spontaneously becoming Shiny for the player after capturing it, but never for the opponent. If the player loses without capturing the Pokémon and decides to rematch the trainer, the information for that Pokémon will be locked in and can be shiny for the opponent, and will only be shiny for the player if it would have been the first time the trainer was fought. Shadow Pokémon retain shininess through purification.

This bug occurs because when the player captures a Shadow Pokémon, their Trainer ID number overwrites the original Trainer's ID number, unlike with traded Pokémon; because the Trainer ID number is a factor in Shiny calculation, this may cause the Pokémon to acquire (or lose) their Shiny status. This is similar to the oddity of a hatched Egg changing from normal to Shiny (or vice-versa) if it was traded to another player before hatching.

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the game calculates a personality value for a Shadow Pokémon, checks it against the player's and opponent's ID numbers, and if either one would result in a Shiny Pokémon, it generates a new personality value for that Pokémon (repeating if necessary). As a direct result, Shadow Pokémon in XD can never be Shiny (though other Pokémon, such as those appearing in Poké Spots or Battle CDs, can be).

By SargeantMario101

Snag recall bug

  This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Is it fixed in XD?
You can discuss this on the talk page.
The bug in effect

If the player snags a Shadow Pokémon on the same turn that the AI opponent recalls its other Pokémon (e.g.: to avoid Yawn's effect), and the opponent only has two non-Shadow Pokémon left, they will not send out a Pokémon in the place of the snagged one.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Shadow Voltorb Catch Bug

If the player loses the fight with Miror B at the Cave Poké Spot (where he initially has a Shadow Voltorb), it will not reappear in any of the rematches against Miror B. This locks the player out of capturing the Voltorb, and in turn Dragonite without completely restarting the game.

This Shadow Voltorb is missing a flag in its code that is present on every other Shadow Pokémon in battles where players are allowed to lose to still progress the story.


Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I GlitchesBattle glitchesGraphical quirks
--0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchDual-type damage misinformation
Experience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflow
Mew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchRival twins glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super Glitch
Time Capsule exploitWalking through wallsZZAZZ glitch
Generation II GlitchesBattle glitches
Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III GlitchesBattle glitches
Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV GlitchesBattle glitches
Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitchRage glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Frozen Zoroark glitchSky Drop glitch
Generation VI GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII Glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Generation IX Glitches
Glitch effects Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
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