Prize money

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Prize money is the money that Trainers pays out at the end of a battle. This also includes the player as well, who may have to pay out a small amount of prize money if they're defeated by an NPC Trainer.

NPC Trainers

Almost all Trainers battled during the main storyline will payout prize money upon being defeated. However, for most battles outside the main storyline, prize money is not paid out by either side. This includes battles in:

Base payout table

In the games, a Trainer pays out money based on a formula:

 

Where Base is the base payout of the Trainer class, and Level is the level of the last Pokémon in the Trainer's party. Note that the last Pokémon is not always the highest level Pokémon - for example, in Generation II, Red pays out  7700 even though there is a level 81 Pikachu in his party, because the last Pokémon he has is his level 77 Blastoise, and in Generation IV, he pays out  16,800, despite the level 88 Pikachu because, again, the last Pokémon in his party is his Level 84 Blastoise.

In Multi Battles, the total payout is simply the sum of the payouts of the two Trainers if they had separate parties. For example, in Generation IV, battling a Camper with a level 26 Spearow at the end of the party at the same time as a Champion with a level 78 Garchomp at the end of the party would earn the player  416 +  15,600 =  16,016. Taking on two Roughnecks with a Level 53 and Level 67 Koffing respectively would earn the player  1272 +  1608 =  2880. Starting in Pokémon Sun and Moon, nearly all Double Battle Trainer classes' payouts are calculated as if they were a Multi Battle, as during battle both members of the Double Battle class are referred to one of the two Trainer classes that make up that class.

Core series games

Below is a table of the base payouts of each Trainer class in the core series games, by generation. Trainer classes that did not appear in a given generation are denoted by —.

Trainer class Gen I Gen II Gen III Gen IV Gen V Gen VI Gen VII Gen VIII
Beauty  70  88  80  56  56 General XY:  80
Lumiose streets:  20
ORAS:  56
USUM:  32
General PE:  60
Cerulean Gym:  20
 96
Biker  20  32  20  16  32
Bird Keeper  25  24  24  32  40  60
Blackbelt/Black Belt  25  24  24  24  32 General XY:  48
Lumiose streets:  20
ORAS:  32
USUM:  32
PE:  28
 64
Boss  99  80  180  200 USUM:  120
PE:  160
Bug Catcher  10  16  12  16  16  12
Burglar  90  88  88  16  80
Channeler  30  32  40
Cooltrainer/Ace Trainer  35  48  48  60  60 XY:  100
ORAS:  60
USUM:  68
PE:  100
Cue Ball/Roughneck  25  32  24  24  28
Engineer  50  48  60
Fisherman/Fisher  35  40  40  32  32 XY:  56
ORAS:  32
USUM:  32
PE:  40
 64
Gambler/Gamer/PI  70  72  120  120
Gentleman  70  72  72
S.S. Tidal:  200
 200  200  200 USUM:  200
PE:  120
 200
Grunt  30  40  20  40  40  40 USUM:  32
PE:  28
 80
Hiker  35  32  36  32  32 XY:  56
ORAS:  32
USUM:  32
PE:  40
 100
Jr. Trainer♂/Camper  20  20  20  16  16  20
Jr. Trainer♀/Picnicker  20  20  20  16  16  20
Juggler  35  40  40  32  40
Lass  15  24  16  16  16 XY:  24
ORAS:  16
USUM:  16
PE:  20
 84
PokéManiac/Poké Maniac  50  60  48  64  28  48
Psychic  10  32  24  32  32 XY:  56
ORAS:  32
 48
Rocker  25  24  28
Super Nerd  25  32  24  24  40
Swimmer  5 Male:  8
Female:  20
RSE:  8
FRLG:  4
 16  16  16  24  64
Sailor  30  40  40  32  40  60
Scientist  50  100  48  32  48  72  48
Tamer  40  40  60
Youngster  15  16  16  16  16 XY:  24
ORAS:  16
USUM:  16
PE:  20
 60
Boarder  72  32
Executive/Commander  72  80
Firebreather  48  32
Guitarist  32  32  24  32  28
Kimono Girl  72  120
Medium  40  48
Mysticalman/Mystery Man  100  120
Officer/Policeman/Police Officer  40  40  40  40  120
Pokéfan/Poké Fan  80  80  64  64 XY:  80
ORAS:  64
Sage  32  48
Schoolboy/School Kid/Schoolkid  32  32  20  20  20
Skier  72  32
Teacher  72  48  48
Twins  20  24  32  16 XY:  32
ORAS:  8
 12 + 12
Admin RSE:  40
FRLG:  32
 80 USUM:  120
PE:  100
Aroma Lady  40  32  32
Battle Girl  24  16  32 XY:  48
ORAS:  32
Bug Maniac  60  28
Collector  60  64  28  32
Cool Couple  48
Crush Girl  24
Crush Kin  48
Dragon Tamer  48  32  60
Expert  40  80
Hex Maniac  24 XY:  32
ORAS:  28
Interviewer/Interviewers  96  144  80  100 + 100
Kindler  32  32
Lady  200  160  160  120
Ninja Boy  12  8  16
Old Couple  80  160
Painter  16
Parasol Lady  40  32  32  32
Pokémon Breeder  40  48 BW:  48
B2W2:  32
XY:  64
ORAS:  40
 40 General Galar:  96
Wild Area (Battle 1):  200
Wild Area (Battle 2 onwards):  300
Pokémon Ranger RSE:  48
FRLG:  36
 60  60 XY:  80
ORAS:  60
Rich Boy  200  160  160  120
Ruin Maniac RSE:  60
FRLG:  48
 48  28
Sis and Bro/Sis & Bro RSE:  24
FRLG:  8
 20
Sr. and Jr./Teammates  32  48
Triathlete  40  40
Tuber  4  4  4
Winstrate RS:  20
E:  40
Victor/Victoria:  64
Vivi:  16
Vicky:  80
Young Couple  64
S.S. Tidal:  56
 128  64
Artist  48  48  56  64
Belle & Pa/Ranchers  112
Cameraman  32  100*
Clown  24
Cowgirl  16
Cyclist  32  32
Double Team  240
Elder  120
Idol  72
Jogger  32
Maid  40  40
Poké Kid  8  48
Rancher  40
Reporter  40  40  100*
Socialite/Madame  200  200  200*  200  200
Veteran  80  80  140  88
Waiter  40
Waitress  32  40  64
Lumiose streets:  20
Worker  40  40  64  40  100
Actor  40
Backers  48
Backpacker  24 XY:  40
ORAS:  24
 24  72
Baker  40
Boss Trainer  200
Clerk/Office Worker  40
Boss clerk:  80
 40 Male:  80
Female:  100
Dancer  32  40  64
Depot Agent/Rail Staff  40  120
Doctor  60  120
GAME FREAK/GAME FREAK's  80 SM:  96  200
Harlequin  32
Hooligans  64
Hoopster  100
Infielder  100
Janitor  40
Geoff:  200
 40
Linebacker  100
Motorcyclist  32
Musician  32  64
Nurse  40
Nursery Aide  40
Pilot  60
Preschooler  4  16  12
Smasher  100
Striker  100
Subway Boss  100
Team Plasma  180
Shadow Triad #1 at Frigate:  100
BW N battle 3-4:  100
BW N battle 5:  200
 280
The Riches  200
Ace Duo XY:  200
ORAS:  60
 68 + 68
Artist Family  112
Brains & Brawn XY:  104
ORAS:  64
Butler  80
Chef  64
Lumiose streets:  20
Delinquent  32
Driver  64
Fairy Tale Girl XY:  32
ORAS:  16
Free Diver  40
Furisode Girl  72
Garçon  64
Lumiose streets:  20
Gardener  64
Honeymooners  144  60 + 60
Lorekeeper  100
Lumiose Gang Member  80
Monsieur  200*
Mysterious Sisters XY:  64
ORAS:  44
Owner  160
Lumiose streets:  20
Poké Fan Family  160
Pokémon Professor  140  240
Proprietor  80
Punk Couple  96
Punk Girl  48
Lumiose streets:  20
 32
Punk Guy  48
Lumiose streets:  20
USUM:  32
PE:  28
Rangers  160
Rising Star  60  48
Roller Skater  32
Schoolboy  34  60
Schoolgirl  32  72
Scuba Diver  40
Secret Base Expert  60
Secret Base Trainer  20
Sky Trainer  100
Sootopolitan  120
Street Thug  32
Successor  160
Suspicious Child  32
Suspicious Lady  16
Suspicious Woman  140
Team Flare  140
Lysandre:  200
 280
Tourist Older:  80
Younger:  72
Aether Branch Chief  120
Aether Foundation  240
Aether Foundation Employee  48
Aether President  240
Athletic Siblings  28 + 28
Bellhop  40
Capoeira Couple  88 + 88
Captain  120
Coach Trainer  100
Cook  40  120
Dancing Family  12 + 40
Eevee User  88
Espeon User  40
Firefighter  40
Flareon User  40
Glaceon User  200
Golf Buddies  60 + 60
Golfer  60
Island Kahuna  160
Jolteon User  200
Kantonian Gym  32
Karate Family  12 + 32
Leafeon User  24
Master & Apprentice  68 + 88
Principal  96
Punk Pair  32 + 32
Rising Star Duo  48 + 48
Sightseer  60
Sparring Partners  32 + 32
Surfer  24
Swimmer Girls  24 + 24
Swimmers  24 + 24
Sylveon User  12
Team Aqua  280
Team Galactic  280
Team Magma  280
Team Rainbow Rocket  320
Team Rocket  96
Team Skull Battle 1:  40
Battle 3:  80
Tourist Couple  40 + 60
 32 + 60
Trial Guide  48
Ultra Forest Kartenvoy  48
Ultra Recon Squad  12
Umbreon User  200
Vaporeon User  200
Veteran Duo  88 + 88
Youth Athlete  28
Cabbie  120
Café Master Motostoke:  80
Hammerlocke:  120
Wyndon:  160
Colleagues  80 + 100
Daring Couple  120 + 96
Gym Challenger  140
Gym Trainer  96
League Staff  100
Macro Cosmos's Employees:  100
Oleana:  140
Rose:  200
Medical Team  120 + 120
Model  120
Music Crew  64 + 64
Postman  96
Dojo Master First battle:  140
Second battle:  200
Third battle:  400
Dojo Matron  160
Master Dojo Student  80
Leader/Gym Leader  99  100  100  120
Blue:  160
 120 XY:  160
ORAS:  120
 160 (Rematch)  240
Blue:  280 (Rematch)  280
 160
Elite Four  99  100  100  120  120 XY:  200
ORAS:  160
 200
Champion  99  100  200  200  200 XY:  240
ORAS:  200
 240  240
Pokémon Trainer[1]  100  60  100
Stat Trainers:  120
Red:  200
 100
NB2W2, Cynthia:  200
Memory Link:  120
XY:  100
ORAS:  40
Trace (Battles 1-2):  20
Trace (Battle 3):  40
Trace (Battle 4):  60
Trace (Battle 5) : 80
MolayneSM/Archer:  100
Guzma/Plumeria/Ryuki/Mina:  120
Dexio/SinaMUM:  140
Gladion/Hau/Trace (Battle 6):  160
AnabelSM:  220
RedSMUSUM/Blue/Green:  280
Hop (Btl. 1-5):  80
Hop (Btl. 6-9)/Bede/Marnie (Btl. 1-2): 120
Hop (Btl. 10)/Marnie (Btl. 3-4)/Opal/Piers/Peony: 160
Shielbert/Sordward: 200
Hop (Rematches)/Leon: 240
Klara/Avery: 120
Rival/Passerby Battles 1-3:  35 Battles 1-5:  60 Battles 1-3:  16 Battle 1:  100
Battles 4-7:  65 Battles 4-7:  36 Battles 2-7:  64
As Champion:  99 Battles 6-7:  100 As Champion:  100

Pokémon Colosseum and XD

For all Double Battles in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, the payout formula has an extra multiplier of two. This is the case for almost all battles with a cash reward in Colosseum and XD, except for two battles at the Pokémon HQ Lab in XD.

Trainer class Colo XD
Athlete  8
Bandana Guy  8
Beauty  10
Bodybuilder  12  12
Casual Dude  10
Casual Guy  15
Chaser  10  10
Cipher  50
Cipher Admin  50  50
Cipher Cmdr  40
Cipher Head  50
Cipher Peon  20  20
Cipher R&D  25
Cooltrainer  15  15
Deep King  16
Fun Old Lady/Matron  16
Fun Old Man  16  16
Grand Master  50
Guy  10
Hunter  8  8
Kaminko Aide  30
Lady  10
Miror B.Peon  10
Mystery Troop/Spy  15  15
Myth Trainer  50
Navigator  10
Pregymleader  30  30
Researcher  20
Rich Boy  10
Rider  5  5
Robo Groudon  35
Rogue  8  15
Roller Boy  3
Sailor  8
Shady Guy  10
Snagem Head  50  50
St.Performer  8
Supertrainer  50
Teacher  20
Team Snagem  5  10
Thug  10
Wanderer  10
Worker  10  10

Player character

Core series games

In the Generation I games, Generation II games, and Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the amount of money lost when the player blacks out—whether or not in a Trainer battle or a wild battle—is simply half of the money the player has. In Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and all games from Generation IV onwards, the money lost is calculated using the same formula for the NPC Trainers. Unlike NPC Trainers, however, for the player, Level is the highest level of any Pokémon in their party instead of simply the level of the last one—this is probably to prevent players from simply inserting a low-level Pokémon at the end of the party to minimize money lost.

Base payout is looked up using the following tables. In Generation VII, stamps essentially take the place of Badges, which means the payout depends on which trials the player has passed.

Badges Base payout
FRLG & Gen IV Gen V & VI
0  8
1  16
2  24
3  36
4  48
5  60  64
6  80
7  100
8  120
Stamp Base payout
None of the below  8
Melemele Trial  16
Akala Trial  32
Ula'ula Trial  56
Poni Trial  88
Island Challenge  120


For example, if the player has seven Badges and loses a battle with only a Level 96 Venusaur in their party,  9600 will be lost. The minimum amount of money that the player can lose is  8 (if the Pokémon with the highest level in the player's party is level 1 and the player has 0 Badges; 1×8=8), while the maximum is  12000 (if the Pokémon with the highest level in the player's party is level 100 and the player has 8 Badges; 100×120=12000).

If the player is currently holding less money than the amount calculated, they will simply lose all their money when they black out.

Pokémon Colosseum and XD

In Pokémon Colosseum, the amount of money lost when the player whites out is half of the money the player has.

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the amount of money lost when the player whites out is  16 × the level of the player's highest-level Pokémon.

In the anime

Pokémon Origins

Prize money was mentioned in the Pokémon Origins episode File 2: Cubone, where Red was seen buying a Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman on Route 4 with the prize money he had earned.

Trivia

  • The highest amount of prize money that can be received in a single battle is  345,600. This is possible by defeating Grand Duchess Diantha at the Battle Chateau while the Black Writ of Challenge, the Gold Writ of Invitation, and a Level 3, S, or MAX Prize Money O-Power is in effect, Happy Hour has been used, and a Pokémon holding an Amulet Coin or Luck Incense has participated in the battle.

References

  1. Pokémon Trainer is the Trainer class generally given to rivals introduced in Generation III and later.


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