Fake Out (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power 40
Accuracy 100
PP 10  (max. 16)
Priority +3
Makes contact? Yes
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Fake Out attacks with a priority of +3 and causes the target to flinch if it hits. It is only successful on the first turn the Pokémon is in battle, but reset each time the Pokémon switches out and back in.

Pokémon with the ability Inner Focus or those behind a Substitute cannot be made to flinch.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Fake Out has priority +1.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Fake Out turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Fake Out
Japanese ねこだまし (Nekodamashi)
German Mogelhieb
French Bluff
Italian Bruciapelo
Spanish Sorpresa

Game descriptions

Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
A 1st-turn, 1st-strike move that causes flinching.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An attack that hits first and causes flinching. Usable only on 1st turn.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
An attack that hits first and makes the target flinch. This move works only on the first turn.
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver An attack that hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn the user is in battle.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
An attack that hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn the user is in battle.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
An attack that hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn the user is in battle.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
This attack hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn the user is in battle.
Sword​/​Shield This attack hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn each time the user enters battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Fake Out 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.

Meowth
#052 / Normal
Level 1
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Level 1
Meowth
Galarian Meowth
#052 / Steel
Level 1
Persian
#053 / Normal
Level 1
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Level 1
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 1
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Level 8
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 1
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Level 1
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Level 1
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Level 12
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 5
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 1
Mienfoo
#619 / Fighting
Level 5
Mienshao
#620 / Fighting
Level 1
Espurr
#677 / Psychic
Level 3
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 1
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 1
Zeraora
#807 / Electric
Level 1
Impidimp
#859 / Dark · Fairy
Level 1
Morgrem
#860 / Dark · Fairy
Level 1
Grimmsnarl
#861 / Dark · Fairy
Level 1
Perrserker
#863 / Steel
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Fairy, Field
Mr. Mime
Galarian Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Ice
Human-Like
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Field
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Field
Indeedee
Male
#876 / Psychic · Normal
Fairy
Indeedee
Female
#876 / Psychic · Normal
Fairy
Morpeko
Full Belly Mode
#877 / Electric · Dark
Fairy, Field