Foul Play (move)

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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 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 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 Sun & 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