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 The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the damage.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Foul Play 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.

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 by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Foul Play by the various move tutors in the games.

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Persian
#053 / Normal
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Voltorb
#100 / Electric
Electrode
#101 / Electric
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Mismagius
#429 / Ghost
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Glameow
#431 / Normal
Purugly
#432 / Normal
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Gothita
#574 / Psychic
Gothorita
#575 / Psychic
Gothitelle
#576 / Psychic
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Stunfisk
#618 / Electric · Ground
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying