Battle Institute

In Nimbasa City, next to the Pokémon Centre is a building known as the Battle Institute. This building, open only when you have defeated the Elite Four, will allow you to test your teams out against a variety of trainers. There are two modes for you to test your teams in; Single Battle and Double Battle. Unfortunately, there are no options available for testing Triple Battle & Rotation Battle teams.

The Battle Institute has the same Pokémon restrictions as the Battle Subway, preventing the strongest legendary Pokémon from being entered.

The task here is to select your team, 3 Pokémon in Single Battles and 4 Pokémon in Double Battles. You will face up against 5 consecutive trainers and will move on to the next battle regardless of if you win or lose the battle. Each team gets progressively more difficult to defeat and start using stronger and more in-depth strategies in order to provide even more of a challenge.

There is also a download option which will allow for the download of special training scenarios through the Pokémon Global Link over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. We'll bring details on the WiFi training scenarios as and when they're announced.


After you have battled through all five trainers, you will be taken out and given a certificate based on your performance. This certificate will grade you out of seven stars and give you a point value. We're still investigating the exact method of obtaining points but it appears to be based on the following

  • Amount of Pokémon you knocked out
  • Amount of times your Pokémon were knocked out
  • The success of your strategies and matchups.

The ranking is set out based solely upon the amount of points you get. This determines both the Stars and the rank you'll get;

Beginning Rank0-9991
Novice Rank1000-19992
Normal Rank2000-29993
Super Rank3000-39994
Hyper Rank4000-49995
Elite Rank5000-59996