Mega Drain (move)

Move data

Type Grass
Category   Special
Power 40
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM21
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM53

Effects

Mega 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 1-3, Mega Drain has 10 PP.

In Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee, Mega Drain has base power 75 and 10 PP.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Mega Drain turns into Bloom Doom and has base power 120.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Mega Drain
Japanese メガドレイン (Mega Drain)
German Megasauger
French Méga-Sangsue
Italian Megassorbimento
Spanish Megaagotar

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A tough attack that drains 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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
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 Mega 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 12
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Level 12
Vileplume
#045 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Bellossom
#182 / Grass
Level 1
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Level 12
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Level 12
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Level 1
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Level 15
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Level 18
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 5
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 12
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 8
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 12
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Level 12
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Level 12
Shiinotic
#756 / Grass · Fairy
Level 12
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 12
Sinistea
#854 / Ghost
Level 12
Polteageist
#855 / Ghost
Level 1