Close Combat (move)

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Move data

Type Fighting
Category Physical Physical
Power 120
Accuracy 100
PP 5  (max. 8)
Introduced Generation 4

Effects

Close Combat deals damage but lowers the user's Defense and Special Defense by one stage each after attacking.

Stats can be lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
The user fights the foe in close without guarding itself. It also cuts the user’s Defense and Sp. Def.
HeartGold/SoulSilver The user fights the foe up close without guarding itself. It also cuts the user’s Defense and Sp. Def.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user fights the target up close without guarding itself. It also cuts the user’s Defense and Sp. Def.
X/Y The user fights the target up close without guarding itself. This also lowers the user’s Defense and Sp. Def stats.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Close Combat at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Level 49
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Level 59
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Level 57
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 66
Heracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Level 34
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 55
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Level 40
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 52
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Level 47
Monferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
Level 36
Infernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
Level 36
Staraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Level 34
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Level 1
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Level 55
Gallade
#475 / Psychic · Fighting
Level 1
Gallade
#475 / Psychic · Fighting
Level 59
Sawk
#539 / Fighting
Level 48
Cobalion
#638 / Steel · Fighting
Level 1
Cobalion
#638 / Steel · Fighting
Level 73
Terrakion
#639 / Rock · Fighting
Level 1
Terrakion
#639 / Rock · Fighting
Level 73
Virizion
#640 / Grass · Fighting
Level 1
Virizion
#640 / Grass · Fighting
Level 73
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Level 73
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Level 78
Xerneas
#716 / Fairy
Level 80

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Close Combat as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Field
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Field
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Field
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Field
Machop
#066 / Fighting
Human-Like
Machoke
#067 / Fighting
Human-Like
Machamp
#068 / Fighting
Human-Like
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Bug
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Fairy, Field
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Fairy, Field
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Field
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Field