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