Curse (move)

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

Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Level 12
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 4
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 4
Numel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Level 29
Camerupt
#323 / Fire · Ground
Level 29
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 22
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Level 26
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Level 26
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 33
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 33
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 25
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 25
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 25
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 17
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 17
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 17
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 49
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 58
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 1
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 33
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Level 29
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Level 29
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 35
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 35
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 9
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 9
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Level 43
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Level 45
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 13
Golett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 45
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 47
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
Trevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 22
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 22
Pyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 25

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
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Grass
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Monster
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Amorphous
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Amorphous

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Charmander
#004 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Squirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Pidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Pidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Vileplume
#045 / Grass · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Diglett
#050 / Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Persian
#053 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Golduck
#055 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Poliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Poliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Machop
#066 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Machoke
#067 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Machamp
#068 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Bellsprout
#069 / Grass · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Weepinbell
#070 / Grass · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Victreebel
#071 / Grass · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Gen 2 — TM
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Gen 2 — TM
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Seel
#086 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Gen 2 — TM
Shellder
#090 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Gen 2 — TM
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Krabby
#098 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Kingler
#099 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Voltorb
#100 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Electrode
#101 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Horsea
#116 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Seadra
#117 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Seaking
#119 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Staryu
#120 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Starmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Gen 2 — TM
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Gen 2 — TM
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Gen 2 — TM
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Gen 2 — TM
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Gen 2 — TM
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Gen 2 — TM
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Gen 2 — TM
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Chikorita
#152 / Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Meganium
#154 / Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Cyndaquil
#155 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Quilava
#156 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Typhlosion
#157 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Totodile
#158 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Sentret
#161 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Furret
#162 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Hoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Bellossom
#182 / Grass
Gen 2 — TM
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Politoed
#186 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Gen 2 — TM
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Gen 2 — TM
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Gen 2 — TM
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Gen 2 — TM
Heracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 2 — TM
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Remoraid
#223 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Octillery
#224 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Gen 2 — TM
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Donphan
#232 / Ground
Gen 2 — TM
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Gen 2 — TM
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Magby
#240 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Entei
#244 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Suicune
#245 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Gen 2 — TM