My Dodrio is going to take anyone down in sky battles.
Horde battles seem awesome
What I don't understand is, when wild Pokemon try to attack you in pairs, you retaliate in pairs...but when they try to attack you in a group of five, you only send out one Pokemon?
Maybe Horde Battles aren't something you encounter but instead something you initiate.
By doing what, kicking a Poochyena or something?
Can a Pokémon Trainer be ever caught off-guard somehow, to the point of only getting one sent out? (Think of the first Pokémon as the "on hand").
(Speaking of getting caught off-guard, I'd like to see special "first round" situations where a side gets a free round. Woe befalls anyone who gets ambushed by a horde of Pokémon...)
Pokémons that aren't flying type, that doesn't have Levitate ability but can knows Fly will be also able to go on Sky Battles, as Volcarona.
It would be cool if there are different levels of Sky Battle.
The level one could have all kinds of flying pokémon and some levitating-without-levitate like Beldum and Cotonee
In the level five, some pokemons are banned (because it takes place in a higher altitude) but evolved levitating monsters like Metagross and Magnezone can enter.
In the level ten, only flying and evolved pokémon can compete. Legendaries like Rayquaza and Deoxys are only allowed in this category.
strike" feature, but I don't see how it even needs one.
Which conveniently supports why Horde battles are five-on-one: If you sent out two or three, there would be more than six simultaneous Pokemon on the field, which takes a bit more work to implement than simply tweaking it so that the spots for your neighbors are instead occupied by wild Pokemon.
The real proof, though, is what happens if a wild Pokemon on the edge of the horde uses something like a Selfdestruct. How many Pokemon does it hit? Going by triple battle analogy, if either Pokemon on e.g. the right side do, it will hit all but the two wild Pokemon on the left.
I started posting this in the Smash thread in response to the comments there, but I thought I'd bring it here to keep that on topic.
I don't think it's going to be possible to run into a horde of any Pokemon anywhere. I think there'll be only a few aka Houndour, Zubat in certain routes as well, with maybe a warning on the route sign or something.
Dittos aren't going to happen, nor anything I don't think above a first stage evolution (apart from 1/5 like the Golbat shown in the Zubat horde on Smash). Then again, places like Victory Road could very well feature hordes of stronger pokemon, but I'm not sure I see that happening.