Foul Play (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Physical Physical
Power 95
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 5

Effects

Foul Play uses the opponent's Attack stat instead of the user's in damage calculation. In other words, the move acts as if the target is attacking themselves, and thus is more powerful when the opponent has higher Attack.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the damage.
X/Y The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the move’s power.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Foul Play 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.

Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Level 45
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Level 40
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Level 45
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Level 50
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 45
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 37
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 40
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 42
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Level 29
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 29
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Level 8
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Level 8
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Level 27
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Level 51

Learnt by breeding

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

Meowth
#052 / Normal
Field
Persian
#053 / Normal
Field
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Field, Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Field
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Field
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Field
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Amorphous
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Field
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Field
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Flying
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Flying
Pancham
#674 / Fighting
Field, Human-Like
Pangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
Field, Human-Like

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Voltorb
#100 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Electrode
#101 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Absol
#359 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mismagius
#429 / Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Glameow
#431 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Purugly
#432 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gothita
#574 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gothorita
#575 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gothitelle
#576 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Stunfisk
#618 / Electric · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor