Pursuit (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Physical Physical
Power 40
Accuracy 100
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Pursuit deals damage, and hits with double power if the target is switching out.

In that case, Pursuit technically has priority +7, meaning it attacks before all other actions and moves.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Heavily strikes switching POKéMON.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Inflicts bad damage if used on a foe switching out.
FireRed/LeafGreen An attack move that works especially well on a foe that is switching out.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a foe that is switching out of battle.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
X/Y An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Pursuit 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.

Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Level 22
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Level 13
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 13
Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Level 13
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Level 13
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Level 19
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Level 19
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 11
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Level 15
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 9
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Level 5
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 10
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Level 9
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 10
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 16
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 17
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 17
Wingull
#278 / Water · Flying
Level 30
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Level 12
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 25
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 25
Absol
#359 / Dark
Level 12
Metang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Level 23
Metagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Level 23
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 33
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 33
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 33
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Level 10
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Level 10
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Buizel
#418 / Water
Level 18
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Level 18
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 1
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 1
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 16
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 16
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Level 15
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Level 15
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 25
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 15
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 15
Blitzle
#522 / Electric
Level 22
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 22
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Level 5
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 1
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 5
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Level 16
Bouffalant
#626 / Normal
Level 1
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Level 13
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Level 13
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Aegislash
Shield Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Pidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Pidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Undiscovered
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Undiscovered
Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Diglett
#050 / Ground
Field
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Field
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Human-Like
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Human-Like
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Flying
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Monster
Sentret
#161 / Normal
Field
Furret
#162 / Normal
Field
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Flying
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Field
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Heracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Bug
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Field
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Flying
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Field
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Field
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Undiscovered
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Human-Like
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Monster
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Field
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Field
Taillow
#276 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Swellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Slakoth
#287 / Normal
Field
Vigoroth
#288 / Normal
Field
Slaking
#289 / Normal
Field
Swablu
#333 / Normal · Flying
Dragon, Flying
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Dragon, Flying
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Amorphous
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Amorphous
Starly
#396 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Staravia
#397 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Staraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Field
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Field
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Field
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Undiscovered
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Bug, Water 3
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Bug, Water 3
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Field
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Field, Grass
Servine
#496 / Grass
Field, Grass
Serperior
#497 / Grass
Field, Grass
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Field
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Field
Lillipup
#506 / Normal
Field
Herdier
#507 / Normal
Field
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Field
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Field
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Field
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Field
Karrablast
#588 / Bug
Bug
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Bug
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Bug
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Bug
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Bug
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Human-Like
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Human-Like
Heatmor
#631 / Fire
Field

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Gen 4 — Level up