Curse (move)

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Move data

Type Ghost
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold/Silver
Crystal
TM03

Effects

Curse is a unique move that works differently for Ghost-type Pokémon than other Pokémon.

Ghost-type Pokémon use 50% of their maximum HP to place a curse on the target. The cursed Pokémon loses 25% of their maximum HP every turn. If the user has less than 50% HP remaining, they will faint but the curse still takes effect.

For all other Pokémon, Curse raises the user's Attack and Defense by one stage each and lowers Speed by one stage. Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each, or lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Curse has its own type of  ???

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Works differently for ghost-types.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
A move that functions differently for GHOSTS.
FireRed/LeafGreen A move that works differently for the GHOST-type and all the other types.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all the other types.
Black/White A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Curse 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.

Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 4
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 4
Numel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Level 29
Camerupt
#323 / Fire · Ground
Level 29
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 12
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Level 19
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Level 1
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 30
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 30
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 17
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 17
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 17
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 17
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 17
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 17
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 45
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 53
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 1
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 30
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Level 29
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Level 29
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 35
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 35
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 9
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Level 43
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Level 45
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 13
Golett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 40
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 40
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
Trevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 22
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 22

Learnt by breeding

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

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Monster, Grass
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Monster, Grass
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Monster, Grass
Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Flying, Field
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Amorphous
Muk
#089 / Poison
Amorphous
Exeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Grass
Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
Grass
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Monster
Koffing
#109 / Poison
Amorphous
Weezing
#110 / Poison
Amorphous
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Monster, Field
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Monster, Field
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Monster, Water 1
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Field
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Field
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Field
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Field
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Flying
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Monster
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Mineral
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Grass
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Grass
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Water 1, Field
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Water 1, Field
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Field
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Field
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Amorphous
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Field
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Amorphous
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Amorphous
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Field
Piloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Field
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Flying
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Field
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Monster
Torchic
#255 / Fire
Field
Combusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Monster, Water 1
Marshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
Swampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
Slakoth
#287 / Normal
Field
Vigoroth
#288 / Normal
Field
Slaking
#289 / Normal
Field
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Monster
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Monster
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Monster
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Field
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Field
Gulpin
#316 / Poison
Amorphous
Swalot
#317 / Poison
Amorphous
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Field, Water 2
Wailord
#321 / Water
Field, Water 2
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Field
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Water 3
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Water 3
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Monster, Grass
Chimecho
#358 / Psychic
Amorphous
Absol
#359 / Dark
Field
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Water 1, Field
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Water 1, Field
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Water 1, Field
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Monster
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Monster
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Monster
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Monster
Shellos
#422 / Water
Water 1, Amorphous
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Water 1, Amorphous
Mismagius
#429 / Ghost
Amorphous
Chingling
#433 / Psychic
Undiscovered
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Undiscovered
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Undiscovered
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Field
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Field
Lickilicky
#463 / Normal
Monster
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Monster, Field
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Field
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Field
Mamoswine
#473 / Ice · Ground
Field
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Field
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Munna
#517 / Psychic
Field
Musharna
#518 / Psychic
Field
Roggenrola
#524 / Rock
Mineral
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Mineral
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Mineral
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Mineral
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Mineral
Stunfisk
#618 / Electric · Ground
Water 1, Amorphous
Heatmor
#631 / Fire
Field
Chespin
#650 / Grass
Field
Quilladin
#651 / Grass
Field
Chesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Field
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Monster, Dragon
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Monster, Dragon
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Field
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Dragon
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Dragon
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Dragon