Crunch (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Physical Physical
Power 80
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Crunch deals damage and has a 20% chance of lowering the target's Defense by one stage.

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

Changes

In Generations 1-3, Crunch instead may lower Special Defense one stage. This is likely because Crunch is a Special move before those games.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
An attack that may lower SPCL.DEF.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Crunches with sharp fangs. May lower SP. DEF.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is crunched with sharp fangs. It may lower the foe’s SP. DEF.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user crunches up the foe with sharp fangs. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
X/Y The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. This may also lower the target’s Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Crunch 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.

Rattata
#019 / Normal
Level 22
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 24
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Level 22
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 37
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 43
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Level 39
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Level 37
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Level 33
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Level 49
Totodile
#158 / Water
Level 27
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Level 30
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Level 32
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Level 46
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 37
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Level 49
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Level 59
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Level 49
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Level 56
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 43
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Level 41
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Level 47
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Level 47
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Level 53
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 1
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 65
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Level 40
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Level 36
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Level 28
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Level 28
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 34
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Level 45
Corphish
#341 / Water
Level 47
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 57
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Level 31
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 31
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Huntail
#367 / Water
Level 42
Bagon
#371 / Dragon
Level 46
Shelgon
#372 / Dragon
Level 50
Salamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Level 53
Rayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
Level 15
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 37
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 42
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 45
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Level 33
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Level 38
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Level 42
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Level 1
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 48
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 31
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 31
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 45
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 49
Carnivine
#455 / Grass
Level 41
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Level 33
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Level 16
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Level 16
Lillipup
#506 / Normal
Level 22
Herdier
#507 / Normal
Level 24
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Level 24
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Level 43
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Level 43
Panpour
#515 / Water
Level 43
Basculin
#550 / Water
Level 24
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 28
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 28
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 28
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Level 38
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Level 38
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 21
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 21
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Level 35
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Level 35
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 39
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Level 1
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Level 25
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 31
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Level 25
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Level 25
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Level 25
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Level 49
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Level 49
Reshiram
#643 / Dragon · Fire
Level 71
Zekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Level 71
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Level 39
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Level 42
Pancham
#674 / Fighting
Level 39
Pangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
Level 42
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Level 34
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 34
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 65
Zygarde
#718 / Dragon · Ground
Level 51

Learnt by breeding

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

Charmander
#004 / Fire
Dragon, Monster
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Dragon, Monster
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Dragon, Monster
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Field
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Field
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Totodile
#158 / Water
Monster, Water 1
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Monster, Water 1
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Monster, Water 1
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Fairy, Field
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Fairy, Field
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Field
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Field
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Dragon, Monster
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Dragon, Monster
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Dragon, Monster
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Field
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Field
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Monster
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Monster
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Field
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Field
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Undiscovered
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Field, Human-Like
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster