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

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Muk
#089 / Poison
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
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Chikorita
#152 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Meganium
#154 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Masquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gulpin
#316 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Swalot
#317 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Simisage
#512 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Woobat
#527 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Swoobat
#528 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Deerling
#585 / Normal · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Karrablast
#588 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Heatmor
#631 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor