Defog (move)

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Move data

Type Flying
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 4

Technical/Hidden Machine

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HM05

Effects

Defog lowers the target's Evasion by one stage and removes entry hazards and barriers on both sides of the field. The moves affected are: Light Screen, Reflect, Mist, Safeguard, Spikes, Stealth Rock, Sticky Web and Toxic Spikes.

Defog also clears foggy weather in battle (which causes Accuracy loss when present), however this weather condition is only present in Sinnoh (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) and cannot be created in battle otherwise.

Changes

In Generations 4-5, Defog only clears entry hazards on the target's side of the field.

In Generation 4, Defog could lower the Evasion of a target behind a substitute.

Outside of battle

Defog can be used to clear foggy areas (fog will return upon leaving and re-entering the area). So far only Sinnoh has experienced foggy weather. In Diamond & Pearl, Defog cannot be used outside of battle before obtaining the Fen Badge (Pastoria City Gym); In Platinum it cannot be used before the Relic Badge (Hearthome City Gym).

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
Obstacles are moved, reducing the foe’s evasion stat. It can also be used to clear deep fog, etc.
HeartGold/SoulSilver It reduces the foe’s evasion stat. It also removes spikes, light screens, etc.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A strong wind blows away the target’s obstacles such as Reflect or Light Screen. It also lowers the target’s evasiveness.
X/Y A strong wind blows away the target’s barriers such as Reflect or Light Screen. This also lowers the target’s evasiveness.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Defog 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.

Ducklett
#580 / Water · Flying
Level 6
Swanna
#581 / Water · Flying
Level 1
Swanna
#581 / Water · Flying
Level 6
Rufflet
#627 / Normal · Flying
Level 32
Braviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Level 32
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Level 32
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 32

Learnt by breeding

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

Pidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Pidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Hoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Field, Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
Taillow
#276 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Swellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Drifloon
#425 / Ghost · Flying
Amorphous
Drifblim
#426 / Ghost · Flying
Amorphous
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Flying, Water 3
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Flying, Water 3

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Defog in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
Wingull
#278 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Pelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Masquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Salamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Latias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Latios
#381 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Piplup
#393 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Prinplup
#394 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Gen 4 — HM
Starly
#396 / Normal · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Staravia
#397 / Normal · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Staraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
Finneon
#456 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Lumineon
#457 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Togekiss
#468 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM