Foul Play (move)

Move data

Type Dark
Category   Physical
Power 95
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 5

Effects

Foul Play uses the opponent's Attack stat instead of the user's in damage calculation. In other words, the move acts as if the target is attacking themselves, and thus is more powerful when the opponent has higher Attack.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Darkinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Foul Play turns into Black Hole Eclipse and has base power 175.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Foul Play
Japanese イカサマ (Ikasama)
German Schmarotzer
French Tricherie
Italian Ripicca
Spanish Juego Sucio

Game descriptions

Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the damage.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the move’s power.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the move’s power.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Foul Play 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.

Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Level 45
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Level 40
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Level 45
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Level 41
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 45
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 37
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 40
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 42
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Level 29
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 29
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Level 8
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Level 8
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Level 27
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Level 51
Oranguru
#765 / Normal · Psychic
Level 36

Learnt by breeding

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

Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Field
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Field

Learnt by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Foul Play by the various move tutors in the games.

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Absol
#359 / Dark
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock