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If I am trying to level a Pokemon (Munna, for example), so I wander around and battle lots of wild Pokemon, and then I decide to catch one of these wild Pokemon (because I don't have it yet), will my Munna (or whoever I was using during that battle) still get experience points (EXP) for that battle? Or do you only get EXP if you actually make the Pokemon faint?

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No, you only get experience points for opposing Pokemon that faint in battle.

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That is very simple: your pokemon get experience only if you defeat the wild pokemon or a trainer's pokemon.

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Though the question is tagged , for the sake of someone searching this later, in X and Y, you do gain a (smaller) amount of experience from catching.

In Generation VI, experience can also be obtained after catching a wild Pokémon.

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