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In what situations could U-turn fail to switch out?

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I know that if the opponent used Protect, or if it is your last Pokemon. But I remember in one battle using my Greninja, my oponent's Gengar had me trapped using Shadow Tag, and Perish Song was in play. He did have Protect, but on the last turn of Perish Song I remember he switched out as I used U-turn. Because of that switch, my Greninja couldn't switch out for some reason and I lost it. So, I wanted to know why my U-turn failed.
Another bit of information is that I am pretty sure Greninja wasn't my last Pokemon.

asked Jul 24 by ~Crimson~
edited Jul 25 by Sempiternus

4 Answers

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U-turn

The user will not be switched out if the user is the only Pokémon in the party that is able to battle, or if using U-turn ends the battle, or if U-turn fails to hit the target. The user will also not be switched out if the target uses the move Protect or a variation of the move on the same turn U-turn is selected.

Volt Switch

This is the same case for Volt Switch, as the user will not be switched out if the user is the only Pokémon in the party that is able to battle, if Volt Switch fails to hit the target, if using Volt Switch ends the battle, if the opponent's Ability prevents damage from Volt Switch (Volt Absorb, Motor Drive or Lightning Rod), or if the opponent is Ground type. The user will also not be switched out if the target uses Protect or a variation of the move on the same turn Volt Switch is selected.


Both U-turn and Volt Switch may be used to switch out of Ingrain, but Ingrain's effects will not be passed on. They can also be used to switch out even if the user is under the effect of Arena Trap, Magnet Pull, Shadow Tag, Mean Look, Spider Web, or Block.

answered Jul 24 by Sir Dan
edited Jul 24 by Sir Dan
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U-turn will fail if your other Pokemon are fainted (obviously)But I believe it could have been a binding move like constrict etc. Hope I helped.

answered Jul 24 by Pado00405
I know that Bind or Constrict wasn't used on Greninja. I don't even know if it stops U-turn.
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Sorry guys, I thought hard and I just realized what happened. The Pokemon my opponent switched in to was Celebi. U-turn was a clean OHKO,because my Greninja was max attack EVs. Because the opponents Pokemon fainted, Greninja didn't get to switch, my opponent got to switch in a Pokemon instead, and my Greninja fainted from the Perish Song. So there is another way U-turn can fail.
Sorry Sir Dan if this is what you meant by ending the battle, but I wanted to be clear on this.

I hope this helps the site though.

answered Jul 24 by ~Crimson~
It's fine I don't think there's any other way U-turn can fail though, are you sure your Greninja wasn't your last remaining Pokémon? It sounds like a glitch or something to me but there could be a rational explanation for it so I'll do some tests concerning the matter tomorrow (as it's getting rather late where I live).
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No-one has said this yet: EJECT BUTTON!!!
I used this in my nats team and someone volt switched my talonflame resulting in me switching out and they didn't. I am not sure whether this is a glitch or not but I tested it on showdown and it doesn't switch either.

answered Jul 24 by victin1rox