Sky Battle

A Sky Battle between a Haunter and a Talonflame
A Sky Trainer asking to have a Sky Battle with the player

A Sky Battle (Japanese: スカイバトル Sky Battle) is a type of Pokémon battle exclusive to Pokémon X and Y. Sky Battles consist of two Pokémon battling each other in the air instead of on land or sea. However, because of this, only certain Flying types and certain Pokémon with the Ability Levitate are eligible for Sky Battles.

In the games

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At certain points in the game, the player can encounter Sky Trainers on top of cliffs or other distant areas who will challenge them to a Sky Battle. All Sky Battles are optional, since the player may not have any eligible Pokémon to use. If all eligible Pokémon in the battle faint, the player will black out, but will resume the game standing where they were before battle. In this event, the Sky Trainer is unable to be re-challenged or even spoken to, even if the player's eligible Pokémon are restored, until the player exits and reenters the area.

Eligible Pokémon

Most Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon with the Ability Levitate are eligible for Sky Battles. If a Pokémon can have Levitate as one of multiple Abilities and is not Flying-type, it will only be eligible if it has Levitate (this affects only Duskull, Bronzor and Bronzong). Pokémon do not lose eligibility even if they are holding an item like Iron Ball, and cannot gain eligibility by holding an item like Air Balloon. Eligibility is determined before the battle starts, so Pokémon that must first Mega Evolve to become Flying-type or have Levitate are not eligible. Eligibility cannot be changed in-battle, and will be unaffected by a Pokémon becoming grounded due to any in-battle effect, such as Mega Evolution, a held item change, or a move like Roost or Gastro Acid.

Certain Flying types and Pokémon with Levitate are ineligible for Sky Battles, such as Gengar and Hawlucha. These Pokémon are not shown flying or hovering in normal battles.

# Pokémon Type
006   Charizard Fire Flying
012   Butterfree Bug Flying
017   Pidgeotto Normal Flying
018   Pidgeot Normal Flying
022   Fearow Normal Flying
041   Zubat Poison Flying
042   Golbat Poison Flying
092   Gastly Ghost Poison
093   Haunter Ghost Poison
109   Koffing Poison
110   Weezing Poison
123   Scyther Bug Flying
130   Gyarados Water Flying
142   Aerodactyl Rock Flying
144   Articuno Ice Flying
145   Zapdos Electric Flying
146   Moltres Fire Flying
149   Dragonite Dragon Flying
164   Noctowl Normal Flying
165   Ledyba Bug Flying
166   Ledian Bug Flying
169   Crobat Poison Flying
176   Togetic Fairy Flying
178   Xatu Psychic Flying
187   Hoppip Grass Flying
188   Skiploom Grass Flying
189   Jumpluff Grass Flying
193   Yanma Bug Flying
200   Misdreavus Ghost
201   Unown Psychic
207   Gligar Ground Flying
226   Mantine Water Flying
227   Skarmory Steel Flying
249   Lugia Psychic Flying
250   Ho-Oh Fire Flying
267   Beautifly Bug Flying
277   Swellow Normal Flying
278   Wingull Water Flying
279   Pelipper Water Flying
284   Masquerain Bug Flying
291   Ninjask Bug Flying
329   Vibrava Ground Dragon
330   Flygon Ground Dragon
333   Swablu Normal Flying
334   Altaria Dragon Flying
337   Lunatone Rock Psychic
338   Solrock Rock Psychic
343   Baltoy Ground Psychic
344   Claydol Ground Psychic
355   Duskull Ghost
357   Tropius Grass Flying
358   Chimecho Psychic
373   Salamence Dragon Flying
380   Latias Dragon Psychic
381   Latios Dragon Psychic
384   Rayquaza Dragon Flying
397   Staravia Normal Flying
398   Staraptor Normal Flying
414   Mothim Bug Flying
415   Combee Bug Flying
416   Vespiquen Bug Flying
425   Drifloon Ghost Flying
426   Drifblim Ghost Flying
429   Mismagius Ghost
430   Honchkrow Dark Flying
433   Chingling Psychic
436   Bronzor Steel Psychic
437   Bronzong Steel Psychic
455   Carnivine Grass
458   Mantyke Water Flying
468   Togekiss Fairy Flying
469   Yanmega Bug Flying
472   Gliscor Ground Flying
479   Rotom Electric Ghost
479   Heat
Electric Fire
479   Mow
Electric Grass
479   Fan
Electric Flying
479   Frost
Electric Ice
479   Wash
Electric Water
480   Uxie Psychic
481   Mesprit Psychic
482   Azelf Psychic
487   Giratina
Origin Forme
Ghost Dragon
488   Cresselia Psychic
493   Arceus Flying
520   Tranquill Normal Flying
521   Unfezant Normal Flying
527   Woobat Psychic Flying
528   Swoobat Psychic Flying
561   Sigilyph Psychic Flying
567   Archeops Rock Flying
581   Swanna Water Flying
587   Emolga Electric Flying
602   Tynamo Electric
603   Eelektrik Electric
604   Eelektross Electric
615   Cryogonal Ice
628   Braviary Normal Flying
630   Mandibuzz Dark Flying
635   Hydreigon Dark Dragon
641   Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
641   Tornadus
Therian Forme
642   Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying
642   Thundurus
Therian Forme
Electric Flying
645   Landorus
Incarnate Forme
Ground Flying
645   Landorus
Therian Forme
Ground Flying
662   Fletchinder Fire Flying
663   Talonflame Fire Flying
666   Vivillon Bug Flying
714   Noibat Flying Dragon
715   Noivern Flying Dragon
717   Yveltal Dark Flying

Ineligible Flying or Levitating Pokémon

Prohibited moves

Certain moves are not permitted to be used in Sky Battles. If a Pokémon's only usable moves are prohibited, the Pokémon will use Struggle if it attempts to attack. If one of these moves is called by Metronome or Sleep Talk, a message will appear saying that it won't work well in Sky Battles.

Move Type Cat.
Body Slam  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Bulldoze  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Dig  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Dive  Water  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Earth Power  Ground  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Earthquake  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Electric Terrain  Electric  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Fissure  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Flying Press  Fighting  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Frenzy Plant  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Geomancy  Fairy  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Grass Knot  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Grassy Terrain  Grass  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Gravity  Psychic  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Heat Crash  Fire  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Heavy Slam  Steel  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Ingrain  Grass  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Land's Wrath  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Magnitude  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mat Block  Fighting  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Misty Terrain  Fairy  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mud Sport  Ground  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Muddy Water  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Rototiller  Ground  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Seismic Toss  Fighting  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Slam  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Smack Down  Rock  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Spikes  Ground  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Stomp  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Substitute  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Surf  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Thousand Arrows  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Thousand Waves  Ground  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Toxic Spikes  Poison  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Water Pledge  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Water Sport  Water  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Locations of Sky Battles

Kalos Route 8

Trainer Pokémon
Mountain level
Sky Trainer Howe
シュン Shun
Reward:  1,800
  Drifloon Lv.15
No item
  Pidgeotto Lv.18
No item
Coastal level
Sky Trainer Aveza
マイ Mai
Reward:  2,200
  Skiploom Lv.19
No item
  Swoobat Lv.22
No item
Sky Trainer Colm
ツバサ Tsubasa
Reward:  2,900
  Mantyke Lv.28
No item
  Jumpluff Lv.29
No item

Kalos Route 9

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Orion
マルセル Marcel
Reward:  2,100
  Ledian Lv.21
No item

Kalos Route 11

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Yvette
ミソラ Misora
Reward:  2,400
  Emolga Lv.23
No item
  Wingull Lv.23
No item
  Staravia Lv.24
No item

Azure Bay

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Indra
リュウセイ Ryūsei
Reward:  3,100
  Sigilyph Lv.31
No item
Sky Trainer Elatal
ミホシ Mihoshi
Reward:  2,900
Fletchinder Fletchinder Lv.28
No item
  Pelipper Lv.29
No item

Kalos Route 16

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Clara
フウカ Fūka
Reward:  4,000
  Emolga Lv.38
No item
  Swellow Lv.40
No item
Sky Trainer Gavin
フィリップ Philip
Reward:  3,900
  Chimecho Lv.37
No item
  Vibrava Lv.37
No item
Talonflame Talonflame Lv.39
No item

Frost Cavern

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Celso
タクヤ Takuya
Reward:  4,400
  Carnivine Lv.41
No item
  Swanna Lv.44
No item
Sky Trainer Era
ミウ Miu
Reward:  4,500
  Cryogonal Lv.45
No item

Kalos Route 17

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Anila
アマネ Amane
Reward:  4,400
  Rotom Lv.42
No item
  Butterfree Lv.44
No item

Kalos Route 18

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Jeremy
ショウタロウ Shōtarō
Reward:  5,000
  Ninjask Lv.46
No item
  Drifblim Lv.47
No item
  Flygon Lv.50
No item

Kalos Route 19

Trainer Pokémon
Sky Trainer Sera
セイラ Sera
Reward:  5,200
  Noctowl Lv.50
No item
  Aerodactyl Lv.52
No item

In the anime

A Sky Battle in the anime

Sky Battles first appeared in Battles in the Sky!. An expert Sky Trainer called Moria was seen defeating another Sky Trainer's Skarmory with her Talonflame. Later, Ash challenged Moria to a Sky Battle, wanting to use his Fletchling against Talonflame. Although Moria accepted the offer, Talonflame was shown being unwilling to battle against its pre-evolved form, forcing Ash to use his Hawlucha instead. Even through Hawlucha tried its best, it was defeated rather easily. After that, Team Rocket showed up, trying to steal Talonflame, but were soon defeated. Afterwards, Talonflame, being thankful for Ash's Fletchling for saving it, accepted Fletchling's battle challenge. Even though Fletchling was almost defeated by Talonflame's Fire Blast, it evolved into a Fletchinder and learned Flame Charge partway through the battle, allowing Ash to gain the victory.

During Sky Battles, Trainers take to the air using special suits so they can fly alongside their Pokémon. Unlike the games, in which certain Flying types or Pokémon with Levitate are restricted, Sky Battles appear to be open to any Pokémon which has the ability to fly; both Hawlucha and Fletchling took part in the anime, which cannot participate in the games. Hawlucha also used Flying Press, a move which is prohibited in the games, although it missed.

In the manga

The Wing Suit in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

X & Y arc

Sky Battles first appeared in Burning Fletchinder. While flying on a helicopter, X, Y, Trevor, Shauna, Tierno, and Cassius were attacked by a group of Sky Trainers led by Yvette. Commanding a herd of Vivillon, they attacked the helicopter with Hurricane, forcing Y to go out and battle with them. Y flew away from the helicopter to prevent it from being attacked, but Yvette caught up to her and started to bully her, while her Vivillon battled Fletchy. Y finally fought back as Fletchy evolved into Fletchinder, who defeated Vivillon with Flame Charge. At the same time, X and the others saw Celosia's Aegislash, realizing that all the Sky Trainers were under its mind control. After X had Élec defeat it with Discharge, the Sky Trainers were freed from its control.


  • 12 of the 18 types lose at least one move in Sky Battles. The only types whose moves are all allowed in Sky Battles are the Bug, Dark, Dragon, Flying, Ghost, and Ice types.
  • Five Pokémon lose their eligibility to participate in Sky Battles by evolution or form change: Gengar, Scizor, Dusclops, Giratina Altered Forme, and Arceus.
  • The only Flying/Levitating Pokémon that does not stand on the ground in battle yet cannot participate in Sky Battles is Mega Pinsir, due to its non-Mega Evolved form needing to be in battle first.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 空中對戰 Hūngjūng Deuijin
Mandarin 空中對戰 / 空中对战 Kōngzhōng Duìzhàn
  Danish Luftkamp
  Dutch Luchtgevecht
  Finnish Ilmaottelu
  French Combat Aérien
  German Himmelskampf
  Italian Lotta Aerea
  Korean 스카이배틀 Sky Battle
  Norwegian Flyvekamp
  Polish Podniebna Bitwa
  Portuguese Batalha Aérea
  Russian Воздушная Битва Vozdushnaya Bitva
  Spanish Combate Aéreo
  Swedish Luftstrid

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