Leech Seed (move)

Move data

Type Grass
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy 90
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Leech Seed plants a seed on the target that drains 18 of its maximum HP at the end of each turn and restores it to the user, or any Pokémon that takes its place. It does not work on Grass-type Pokémon; it does technically work against Pokémon with the Magic Guard ability, but no HP will be sapped.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the move still saps the same amount of HP but recovers 30% more than normal. For example, if a Pokémon has 320 HP, Leech Seed would cause them to lose 40 HP each turn but the seeder would recover 52 HP.

If used on a Pokémon with the ability Liquid Ooze, the user instead loses the HP it would have otherwise gained. The seeded Pokémon can clear Leech Seed by switching out or using Rapid Spin.

Changes

In Generation 1, Leech Seed saps 116 of the target's HP. If the target is also badly poisoned, the damage increases by 116 each turn, in the same way as bad poison (and in addition to poison damage).

In Generation 1 and Generation 2 only, Haze will also clear the effects of Leech Seed.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Leech Seed turns into Z-Leech Seed and eliminates any stat drops applied to the user, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Leech Seed
Japanese やどりぎのタネ (Yadorigi no Tane)
German Egelsamen
French Vampigraine
Italian Parassiseme
Spanish Drenadoras

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Steals HP from the foe on every turn.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Plants a seed on the foe to steal HP on every turn.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A seed is planted on the foe to steal some HP for the user on every turn.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe to heal the user on every turn.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.
Sword​/​Shield A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Leech Seed 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.

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Level 9
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Level 9
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Level 9
Exeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Level 10
Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
Level 1
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Level 1
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Level 50
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 10
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Level 26
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Level 28
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 20
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 30
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 24
Lilligant
#549 / Grass
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 12
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Level 8
Trevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Level 1
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Level 16
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Level 16
Comfey
#764 / Fairy
Level 21
Flapple
#841 / Grass · Dragon
Level 12
Appletun
#842 / Grass · Dragon
Level 12

Learnt by breeding

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