Crunch (move)

Move data

Type Dark
Category   Physical
Power 80
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Crunch deals damage and has a 20% chance of lowering the target's Defense by one stage.

Stats can be lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Changes

In Generations 1-3, Crunch instead may lower Special Defense one stage. This is likely because Crunch is a Special move before those games.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Darkinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Crunch turns into Black Hole Eclipse and has base power 160.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that may lower SPCL.DEF.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Crunches with sharp fangs. May lower SP. DEF.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The foe is crunched with sharp fangs. It may lower the foe’s SP. DEF.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user crunches up the foe with sharp fangs. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. This may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. This may also lower the target’s Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Crunch 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.

Rattata
#019 / Normal
Level 22
Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Level 22
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 24
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Level 24
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Level 1
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 37
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 43
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Level 39
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Level 32
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Level 32
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Level 37
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Level 39
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Level 33
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Level 49
Totodile
#158 / Water
Level 27
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Level 30
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Level 32
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Level 37
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 37
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Level 49
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Level 59
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Level 49
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Level 56
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 43
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Level 41
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Level 47
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Level 47
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Level 34
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 1
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 40
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Level 1
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Level 29
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Level 36
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Level 40
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 22
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Level 39
Corphish
#341 / Water
Level 39
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 43
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Level 41
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 41
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Huntail
#367 / Water
Level 34
Bagon
#371 / Dragon
Level 25
Shelgon
#372 / Dragon
Level 25
Salamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Level 25
Rayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
Level 20
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 37
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 42
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 45
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 25
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 28
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Level 33
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Level 38
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Level 42
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Level 1
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 31
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 31
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 45
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 49
Carnivine
#455 / Grass
Level 41
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Level 33
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Level 16
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Level 16
Lillipup
#506 / Normal
Level 22
Herdier
#507 / Normal
Level 24
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Level 24
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Level 43
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Level 43
Panpour
#515 / Water
Level 43
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Level 17
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 28
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 28
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 28
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Level 38
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Level 38
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 21
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 21
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Level 35
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Level 35
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 1
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Level 1
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Level 25
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 21
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Level 25
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Level 25
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Level 25
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Level 43
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Level 43
Reshiram
#643 / Dragon · Fire
Level 71
Zekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Level 71
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Level 39
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Level 42
Pancham
#674 / Fighting
Level 39
Pangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
Level 42
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Level 34
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 34
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 65
Zygarde
50% Forme
#718 / Dragon · Ground
Level 51
Yungoos
#734 / Normal
Level 34
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 39
Grubbin
#736 / Bug
Level 22
Charjabug
#737 / Bug · Electric
Level 25
Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Level 40
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 40
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 40
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Level 40
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Level 32
Araquanid
#752 / Water · Bug
Level 38
Silvally
#773 / Normal
Level 50
Bruxish
#779 / Water · Psychic
Level 28
Solgaleo
#791 / Psychic · Steel
Level 37
Guzzlord
#799 / Dark · Dragon
Level 37

Learnt by breeding

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

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Ekans
#023 / Poison
Gen 2 — Breeding