Curse (move)

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Move data

Type Ghost
Category Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

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  ???

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.

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 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 Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

SlowpokeSlowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
SlowbroSlowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
GastlyGastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
HaunterHaunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
GengarGengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
OnixOnix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 4
SlowkingSlowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
SteelixSteelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 4
NumelNumel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Level 29
CameruptCamerupt
#323 / Fire · Ground
Level 29
TorkoalTorkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 22
ShuppetShuppet
#353 / Ghost
Level 26
BanetteBanette
#354 / Ghost
Level 26
DuskullDuskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 33
DusclopsDusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 33
RegirockRegirock
#377 / Rock
Level 25
RegiceRegice
#378 / Ice
Level 25
RegisteelRegisteel
#379 / Steel
Level 25
TurtwigTurtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 17
GrotleGrotle
#388 / Grass
Level 17
TorterraTorterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 17
BidoofBidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 49
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 58
SpiritombSpiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 1
DusknoirDusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 33
YamaskYamask
#562 / Ghost
Level 29
CofagrigusCofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Level 29
TirtougaTirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 35
CarracostaCarracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 35
FerroseedFerroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 9
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 9
LitwickLitwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Level 43
LampentLampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Level 45
ShelmetShelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 13
GolettGolett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 45
GolurkGolurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 47
PhantumpPhantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
TrevenantTrevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
BergmiteBergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 22
AvaluggAvalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 22
PyukumukuPyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 25

Learnt by breeding

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

BulbasaurBulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
IvysaurIvysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
VenusaurVenusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Alolan SandshrewSandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Field
Alolan SandslashSandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Field
ZubatZubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Flying
GolbatGolbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Flying
GeodudeGeodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
Alolan GeodudeGeodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
GravelerGraveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
Alolan GravelerGraveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
GolemGolem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
Alolan GolemGolem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
Farfetch'dFarfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Field, Flying
GrimerGrimer
#088 / Poison
Amorphous
Alolan GrimerGrimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
MukMuk
#089 / Poison
Amorphous
Alolan MukMuk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
ExeggcuteExeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Grass
ExeggutorExeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
Grass
Alolan ExeggutorExeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Grass
LickitungLickitung
#108 / Normal
Monster
KoffingKoffing
#109 / Poison
Amorphous
WeezingWeezing
#110 / Poison
Amorphous
RhyhornRhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
RhydonRhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
LaprasLapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Monster, Water 1
EeveeEevee
#133 / Normal
Field
VaporeonVaporeon
#134 / Water
Field
JolteonJolteon
#135 / Electric
Field
FlareonFlareon
#136 / Fire
Field
AerodactylAerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Flying
SnorlaxSnorlax
#143 / Normal
Monster
CrobatCrobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Flying
SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Mineral
SunkernSunkern
#191 / Grass
Grass
SunfloraSunflora
#192 / Grass
Grass
WooperWooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Field, Water 1
QuagsireQuagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Field, Water 1
EspeonEspeon
#196 / Psychic
Field
UmbreonUmbreon
#197 / Dark
Field
MisdreavusMisdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Amorphous
DunsparceDunsparce
#206 / Normal
Field
SlugmaSlugma
#218 / Fire
Amorphous
MagcargoMagcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Amorphous
SwinubSwinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Field
PiloswinePiloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Field
CorsolaCorsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
SkarmorySkarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Flying
MiltankMiltank
#241 / Normal
Field
LarvitarLarvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Monster
PupitarPupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Monster
TyranitarTyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Monster
TorchicTorchic
#255 / Fire
Field
CombuskenCombusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Field
BlazikenBlaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Field
MudkipMudkip
#258 / Water
Monster, Water 1
MarshtompMarshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
SwampertSwampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
SlakothSlakoth
#287 / Normal
Field
VigorothVigoroth
#288 / Normal
Field
SlakingSlaking
#289 / Normal
Field
AronAron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Monster
LaironLairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Monster
AggronAggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Monster
ElectrikeElectrike
#309 / Electric
Field
ManectricManectric
#310 / Electric
Field
GulpinGulpin
#316 / Poison
Amorphous
SwalotSwalot
#317 / Poison
Amorphous
WailmerWailmer
#320 / Water
Field, Water 2
WailordWailord
#321 / Water
Field, Water 2
ZangooseZangoose
#335 / Normal
Field
LileepLileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Water 3
CradilyCradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Water 3
AnorithAnorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
ArmaldoArmaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
TropiusTropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Grass, Monster
ChimechoChimecho
#358 / Psychic
Amorphous
AbsolAbsol
#359 / Dark
Field
SphealSpheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Field, Water 1
SealeoSealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Field, Water 1
WalreinWalrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Field, Water 1
CranidosCranidos
#408 / Rock
Monster
RampardosRampardos
#409 / Rock
Monster
ShieldonShieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Monster
BastiodonBastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Monster
ShellosShellos
#422 / Water
Amorphous, Water 1
GastrodonGastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Amorphous, Water 1
MismagiusMismagius
#429 / Ghost
Amorphous
ChinglingChingling
#433 / Psychic
Undiscovered
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
Undiscovered
MunchlaxMunchlax
#446 / Normal
Undiscovered
HippopotasHippopotas
#449 / Ground
Field
HippowdonHippowdon
#450 / Ground
Field
LickilickyLickilicky
#463 / Normal
Monster
RhyperiorRhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
LeafeonLeafeon
#470 / Grass
Field
GlaceonGlaceon
#471 / Ice
Field
MamoswineMamoswine
#473 / Ice · Ground
Field
TepigTepig
#498 / Fire
Field
PignitePignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Field
EmboarEmboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Field
MunnaMunna
#517 / Psychic
Field
MusharnaMusharna
#518 / Psychic
Field
RoggenrolaRoggenrola
#524 / Rock
Mineral
BoldoreBoldore
#525 / Rock
Mineral
GigalithGigalith
#526 / Rock
Mineral
DwebbleDwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
CrustleCrustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
TrubbishTrubbish
#568 / Poison
Mineral
GarbodorGarbodor
#569 / Poison
Mineral
StunfiskStunfisk
#618 / Ground · Electric
Amorphous, Water 1
HeatmorHeatmor
#631 / Fire
Field
ChespinChespin
#650 / Grass
Field
QuilladinQuilladin
#651 / Grass
Field
ChesnaughtChesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Field
TyruntTyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Dragon, Monster
TyrantrumTyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Dragon, Monster
SylveonSylveon
#700 / Fairy
Field
GoomyGoomy
#704 / Dragon
Dragon
SliggooSliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Dragon
GoodraGoodra
#706 / Dragon
Dragon
RowletRowlet
#722 / Grass · Flying
Flying
DartrixDartrix
#723 / Grass · Flying
Flying
DecidueyeDecidueye
#724 / Grass · Ghost
Flying
MimikyuMimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Amorphous