Foul Play (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Physical  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 Pokemon.

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.

MurkrowMurkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Level 45
HoundourHoundour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Level 40
HoundoomHoundoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Level 45
SableyeSableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Level 41
HonchkrowHonchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 45
SandileSandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 37
KrokorokKrokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 40
KrookodileKrookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 42
ZoruaZorua
#570 / Dark
Level 29
ZoroarkZoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 29
InkayInkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Level 8
MalamarMalamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Level 8
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Level 27
YveltalYveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Level 51
OranguruOranguru
#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.

MeowthMeowth
#052 / Normal
Field
Alolan MeowthMeowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Field
PersianPersian
#053 / Normal
Field
Alolan PersianPersian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Field
SeedotSeedot
#273 / Grass
Field, Grass
NuzleafNuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
ShiftryShiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Field, Grass
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
Field
StunkyStunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Field
SkuntankSkuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Field
SpiritombSpiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Amorphous
PurrloinPurrloin
#509 / Dark
Field
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
Field
VullabyVullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Flying
MandibuzzMandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Flying
PanchamPancham
#674 / Fighting
Field, Human-Like
PangoroPangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
Field, Human-Like

Learnt by move tutor

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

VulpixVulpix
#037 / Fire
Alolan VulpixVulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
NinetalesNinetales
#038 / Fire
Alolan NinetalesNinetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
MeowthMeowth
#052 / Normal
Alolan MeowthMeowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
PersianPersian
#053 / Normal
Alolan PersianPersian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
AbraAbra
#063 / Psychic
KadabraKadabra
#064 / Psychic
AlakazamAlakazam
#065 / Psychic
SlowbroSlowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
GastlyGastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
HaunterHaunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
GengarGengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
DrowzeeDrowzee
#096 / Psychic
HypnoHypno
#097 / Psychic
VoltorbVoltorb
#100 / Electric
ElectrodeElectrode
#101 / Electric
Mr. MimeMr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
PorygonPorygon
#137 / Normal
MewtwoMewtwo
#150 / Psychic
MewMew
#151 / Psychic
SpinarakSpinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
AriadosAriados
#168 / Bug · Poison
XatuXatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
UmbreonUmbreon
#197 / Dark
MurkrowMurkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
SlowkingSlowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
MisdreavusMisdreavus
#200 / Ghost
GirafarigGirafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
SneaselSneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
HoundourHoundour
#228 / Dark · Fire
HoundoomHoundoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Porygon2Porygon2
#233 / Normal
TyranitarTyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
PoochyenaPoochyena
#261 / Dark
MightyenaMightyena
#262 / Dark
SeedotSeedot
#273 / Grass
NuzleafNuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
ShiftryShiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
SableyeSableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
MawileMawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
CacturneCacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
ShuppetShuppet
#353 / Ghost
BanetteBanette
#354 / Ghost
AbsolAbsol
#359 / Dark
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
MismagiusMismagius
#429 / Ghost
HonchkrowHonchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
GlameowGlameow
#431 / Normal
PuruglyPurugly
#432 / Normal
StunkyStunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
SkuntankSkuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
SpiritombSpiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
CroagunkCroagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
ToxicroakToxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
WeavileWeavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
#474 / Normal
RotomRotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Rotom (Heat Rotom)Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom (Wash Rotom)Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom (Frost Rotom)Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom (Fan Rotom)Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom (Mow Rotom)Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
UxieUxie
#480 / Psychic
DarkraiDarkrai
#491 / Dark
PurrloinPurrloin
#509 / Dark
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
SandileSandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
KrokorokKrokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
KrookodileKrookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
ScraggyScraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
ScraftyScrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
ZoruaZorua
#570 / Dark
ZoroarkZoroark
#571 / Dark
GothitaGothita
#574 / Psychic
GothoritaGothorita
#575 / Psychic
GothitelleGothitelle
#576 / Psychic
FoongusFoongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
AmoongussAmoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
StunfiskStunfisk
#618 / Ground · Electric
PawniardPawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
BisharpBisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
VullabyVullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
MandibuzzMandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Tornadus (Therian Forme)Tornadus
Therian Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Thundurus (Therian Forme)Thundurus
Therian Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
FennekinFennekin
#653 / Fire
BraixenBraixen
#654 / Fire
DelphoxDelphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
DiggersbyDiggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
PanchamPancham
#674 / Fighting
PangoroPangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
InkayInkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
MalamarMalamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
PhantumpPhantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
TrevenantTrevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo (Average Size)Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist (Average Size)Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
YveltalYveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Hoopa (Hoopa Confined)Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa (Hoopa Unbound)Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Lycanroc (Midnight Form)Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
SalanditSalandit
#757 / Poison · Fire
SalazzleSalazzle
#758 / Poison · Fire
OranguruOranguru
#765 / Normal · Psychic
NihilegoNihilego
#793 / Rock · Poison
PheromosaPheromosa
#795 / Bug · Fighting
MarshadowMarshadow
#802 / Fighting · Ghost
BlacephalonBlacephalon
#806 / Fire · Ghost