Giga Drain (move)

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Move data

Type Grass
Category Special Special
Power 75
Accuracy 100
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold/Silver
Crystal
TM19
Ruby/Sapphire
FireRed/LeafGreen
Emerald
TM19
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
TM19

Effects

Giga Drain deals damage and the user will recover 50% of the HP drained.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the move instead recovers 65% of the damage dealt (30% more than normal). If used on a Pokemon with the ability Liquid Ooze, the user instead loses the HP it would have otherwise gained.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Giga Drain has a base power of 60.

In Generations 1-3, Giga Drain has only 5 PP.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
An attack that steals half the damage inflicted.
FireRed/LeafGreen A harsh attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
X/Y A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Giga Drain 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.

Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Level 37
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Level 47
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Level 38
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Level 44
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Level 36
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Level 43
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 52
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 59
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Level 22
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Level 22
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 46
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Level 38
Shroomish
#285 / Grass
Level 37
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 25
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 41
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 47
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 51
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Level 36
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 25
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Level 34
Servine
#496 / Grass
Level 40
Serperior
#497 / Grass
Level 44
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 26
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 26
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 26
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Level 28
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Level 28
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 37
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Level 37
Virizion
#640 / Grass · Fighting
Level 37

Learnt by breeding

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

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Bellsprout
#069 / Grass · Poison
Grass
Weepinbell
#070 / Grass · Poison
Grass
Victreebel
#071 / Grass · Poison
Grass
Exeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Grass
Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
Grass
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Grass
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Fairy, Grass
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Undiscovered
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Fairy, Grass
Carnivine
#455 / Grass
Grass
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Grass