Leech Seed (move)

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Move data

Type Grass
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy 90
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Leech Seed plants a seed on the target that drains 18 of its maximum HP at the end of each turn and restores it to the user, or any Pokemon that takes its place. It does not work on Grass-type Pokemon; it does technically work against Pokemon with the Magic Guard ability, but no HP will be sapped.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the move still saps the same amount of HP but recovers 30% more than normal. For example, if a Pokemon has 320 HP, Leech Seed would cause them to lose 40 HP each turn but the seeder would recover 52 HP.

If used on a Pokemon with the ability Liquid Ooze, the user instead loses the HP it would have otherwise gained. The seeded Pokemon can clear Leech Seed by switching out or using Rapid Spin.

Changes

In Generation 1, Leech Seed saps 116 of the target's HP. If the target is also badly poisoned, the damage increases by 116 each turn, in the same way as bad poison (and in addition to poison damage).

In Generation 1 and Generation 2 only, Haze will also clear the effects of Leech Seed.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Steals HP from the foe on every turn.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Plants a seed on the foe to steal HP on every turn.
FireRed/LeafGreen A seed is planted on the foe to steal some HP for the user on every turn.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe to heal the user on every turn.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.
X/Y A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Leech Seed 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.

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Level 7
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Level 7
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Exeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Level 11
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Level 22
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 24
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 24
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Level 13
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Level 13
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Level 1
Shroomish
#285 / Grass
Level 13
Breloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 1
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 16
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 13
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 13
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 29
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 32
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 33
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Level 10
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Level 10
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Level 19
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Level 19
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Level 19
Servine
#496 / Grass
Level 20
Serperior
#497 / Grass
Level 20
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Level 16
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 8
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 8
Lilligant
#549 / Grass
Level 1
Deerling
#585 / Normal · Grass
Level 13
Sawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Level 13
Chespin
#650 / Grass
Level 15
Quilladin
#651 / Grass
Level 15
Chesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Level 15
Skiddo
#672 / Grass
Level 12
Gogoat
#673 / Grass
Level 12
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 23
Trevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 23
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Level 20
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Level 20

Learnt by breeding

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

Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Grass
Chikorita
#152 / Grass
Monster, Grass
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Monster, Grass
Meganium
#154 / Grass
Monster, Grass
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Grass
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Grass
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Monster, Dragon
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Monster, Dragon
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Monster, Dragon
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Water 1, Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Water 1, Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Water 1, Grass
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Field, Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Monster, Grass
Carnivine
#455 / Grass
Grass
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Monster, Grass
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Monster, Grass
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Grass
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Grass
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral