Absorb (move)

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Move data

Type Grass
Category Special Special
Power 20
Accuracy 100
PP 25  (max. 40)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Absorb deals damage and the user will recover 50% of the HP drained.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the move instead recovers 65% of the damage dealt (30% more than normal). If used on a Pokemon with the ability Liquid Ooze, the user instead loses the HP it would have otherwise gained.

Changes

In Generations 1-3, Absorb has 20 PP.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
FireRed/LeafGreen An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
X/Y A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Absorb at the level specified. The level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page for details.

Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Level 10
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 6
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 6
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Level 1
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Level 1
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 6
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 1
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 6
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Level 5
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Level 5
Shroomish
#285 / Grass
Level 1
Breloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 1
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 5
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 9
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 9
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 9
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Level 10
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 1
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Level 5
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Level 1
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Level 5
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Level 5
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 5