Absorb (move)

Move data

Type Grass
Category   Special
Power 20
Accuracy 100
PP 25  (max. 40)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Absorb 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 Pokémon with the ability Liquid Ooze, the user instead loses the HP it would have otherwise gained.

Changes

In Generations 1-3, Absorb has 20 PP.

In Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee, Absorb has base power 40 and 15 PP.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Absorb turns into Bloom Doom and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Absorb
Japanese すいとる (Suitoru)
German Absorber
French Vol-Vie
Italian Assorbimento
Spanish Absorber

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An 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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
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 Absorb at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Level 1
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Level 1
Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Level 11
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Level 1
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Level 11
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Level 10
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 6
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 6
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Level 5
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Level 5
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Level 1
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Level 1
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 1
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 1
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Level 1
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Level 1
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 5
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 1
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 5
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 1
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 5
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Level 12
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Level 6
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Level 6
Shroomish
#285 / Grass
Level 1
Breloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 1
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 5
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 5
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 5
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 4
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 4
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 9
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 1
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 9
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 1
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 9
Kricketune
#402 / Bug
Level 14
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Level 10
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 1
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Level 5
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Level 1
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Level 5
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 1
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Level 1
Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Level 10
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Level 1
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Level 10
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Level 5
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Level 1
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Level 5
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 1
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 5
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Level 5
Noivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Level 1
Noivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Level 5
Cutiefly
#742 / Bug · Fairy
Level 1
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy
Level 1
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Shiinotic
#756 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 1
Celesteela
#797 / Steel · Flying
Level 1