Giga Drain (move)

Move data

Type Grass
Category   Special
Power 75
Accuracy 100
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 2

Machine/Record

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM19
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM19
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM19
Sword​/​Shield TM28

Effects

Giga Drain deals damage and the user will recover 50% of the HP drained.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the move instead recovers 65% of the damage dealt (30% more than normal). If used on a Pokémon with the ability Liquid Ooze, the user instead loses the HP it would have otherwise gained.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Giga Drain has a base power of 60.

In Generations 1-3, Giga Drain has only 5 PP.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Giga Drain turns into Bloom Doom and has base power 140.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Giga Drain
Japanese ギガドレイン (Giga Drain)
German Gigasauger
French Giga-Sangsue
Italian Gigassorbimento
Spanish Gigadrenado

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
An attack that steals half the damage inflicted.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A harsh attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
Sword​/​Shield A nutrient-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Giga Drain 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.

Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Level 20
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Level 20
Vileplume
#045 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Exeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Level 35
Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
Level 1
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Level 1
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Level 32
Bellossom
#182 / Grass
Level 1
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Level 28
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Level 36
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Level 1
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 30
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Level 32
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 40
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 24
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 21
Lilligant
#549 / Grass
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 24
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Level 28
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Level 28
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 28
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Level 28
Virizion
#640 / Grass · Fighting
Level 35
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Level 28
Shiinotic
#756 / Grass · Fairy
Level 32
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 35
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 35
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 28
Sinistea
#854 / Ghost
Level 36
Polteageist
#855 / Ghost
Level 36

Learnt by TM

Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Corsola
Galarian Corsola
#222 / Ghost
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Heatmor
#631 / Fire
Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Rowlet
#722 / Grass · Flying
Dartrix
#723 / Grass · Flying
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Araquanid
#752 / Water · Bug
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Steenee
#762 / Grass
Comfey
#764 / Fairy
Mimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Grookey
#810 / Grass
Orbeetle
#826 / Bug · Psychic
Flapple
#841 / Grass · Dragon
Cursola
#864 / Ghost
Frosmoth
#873 / Ice · Bug
Zarude
#893 / Dark · Grass