Curse (move)

Move data

Type Ghost
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 2

Machine/Record

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM03

Effects

Curse is a unique move that works differently for Ghost-type Pokémon than other Pokémon.

Ghost-type Pokémon use 50% of their maximum HP to place a curse on the target. The cursed Pokémon loses 25% of their maximum HP every turn. If the user has less than 50% HP remaining, they will faint but the curse still takes effect.

For all other Pokémon, Curse raises the user's Attack and Defense by one stage each and lowers Speed by one stage. Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each, or lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Curse has its own type of  Curse:???

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Ghostium Z and uses its Z-Power, Curse turns into Z-Curse and either fully restores the user's HP if it is Ghost type, or raises Attack one stage otherwise, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Other languages

English Curse
Japanese のろい (Noroi)
German Fluch
French Malédiction
Italian Maledizione
Spanish Maldición

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Works differently for ghost-types.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
A move that functions differently for GHOSTS.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A move that works differently for the GHOST-type and all the other types.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all the other types.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.
Sword​/​Shield A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Curse at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Slowpoke
Galarian Slowpoke
#079 / Psychic
Level 1
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro
#080 / Poison · Psychic
Level 1
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Level 20
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Level 20
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Level 20
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 16
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Slowking
Galarian Slowking
#199 / Poison · Psychic
Level 1
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 16
Corsola
Galarian Corsola
#222 / Ghost
Level 30
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 44
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 36
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 36
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 30
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 30
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 30
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 40
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 36
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Level 36
Yamask
Galarian Yamask
#562 / Ground · Ghost
Level 36
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Level 38
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 30
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 30
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 41
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 43
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Level 32
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Level 32
Chandelure
#609 / Ghost · Fire
Level 1
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 8
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Level 1
Golett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 16
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 16
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Level 41
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Level 43
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 43
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 32
Trevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 32
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 9
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 9
Pyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 30
Appletun
#842 / Grass · Dragon
Level 4
Polteageist
#855 / Ghost
Level 66
Cursola
#864 / Ghost
Level 30
Runerigus
#867 / Ground · Ghost
Level 38
Pincurchin
#871 / Electric
Level 35

Learnt by breeding

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

Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Field
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Field
Meowth
Galarian Meowth
#052 / Steel
Field
Farfetch'd
Galarian Farfetch'd
#083 / Fighting
Field, Flying
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Grass
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Monster
Weezing
Galarian Weezing
#110 / Poison · Fairy
Amorphous
Stunfisk
Galarian Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Steel
Amorphous, Water 1
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Amorphous
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Amorphous