Leech Seed (move)

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Move data

Type Grass
Category 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.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Leech Seed turns into Z-Leech Seed and eliminates any stat drops applied to the user, in addition to its usual effect as above.

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
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.
Sun/Moon 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 numbers given are for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

BulbasaurBulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Level 7
IvysaurIvysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
IvysaurIvysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Level 7
VenusaurVenusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
VenusaurVenusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Level 7
ExeggcuteExeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Level 11
HoppipHoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Level 22
SkiploomSkiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 24
JumpluffJumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 24
SunkernSunkern
#191 / Grass
Level 13
SunfloraSunflora
#192 / Grass
Level 13
CelebiCelebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Level 1
ShroomishShroomish
#285 / Grass
Level 8
BreloomBreloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 1
BreloomBreloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 8
RoseliaRoselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 16
CacneaCacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 10
CacturneCacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 10
TurtwigTurtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 29
GrotleGrotle
#388 / Grass
Level 32
TorterraTorterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 33
CherubiCherubi
#420 / Grass
Level 10
CherrimCherrim
#421 / Grass
Level 10
Shaymin (Land Forme)Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Level 19
Shaymin (Sky Forme)Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Level 19
SnivySnivy
#495 / Grass
Level 19
ServineServine
#496 / Grass
Level 20
SerperiorSerperior
#497 / Grass
Level 20
PansagePansage
#511 / Grass
Level 16
CottoneeCottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 8
WhimsicottWhimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
PetililPetilil
#548 / Grass
Level 8
LilligantLilligant
#549 / Grass
Level 1
DeerlingDeerling
#585 / Normal · Grass
Level 13
SawsbuckSawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Level 13
ChespinChespin
#650 / Grass
Level 15
QuilladinQuilladin
#651 / Grass
Level 15
ChesnaughtChesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Level 15
SkiddoSkiddo
#672 / Grass
Level 12
GogoatGogoat
#673 / Grass
Level 12
PhantumpPhantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 23
TrevenantTrevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 23
Pumpkaboo (Average Size)Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Level 20
Gourgeist (Average Size)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.

ParasParas
#046 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
ParasectParasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
TangelaTangela
#114 / Grass
Grass
ChikoritaChikorita
#152 / Grass
Grass, Monster
BayleefBayleef
#153 / Grass
Grass, Monster
MeganiumMeganium
#154 / Grass
Grass, Monster
SunkernSunkern
#191 / Grass
Grass
SunfloraSunflora
#192 / Grass
Grass
TreeckoTreecko
#252 / Grass
Dragon, Monster
GrovyleGrovyle
#253 / Grass
Dragon, Monster
SceptileSceptile
#254 / Grass
Dragon, Monster
LotadLotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
LombreLombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
LudicoloLudicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
SeedotSeedot
#273 / Grass
Field, Grass
NuzleafNuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
ShiftryShiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
TropiusTropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Grass, Monster
CarnivineCarnivine
#455 / Grass
Grass
SnoverSnover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Grass, Monster
AbomasnowAbomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Grass, Monster
TangrowthTangrowth
#465 / Grass
Grass
MaractusMaractus
#556 / Grass
Grass
FerroseedFerroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral