Mega Drain (move)

Move data

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

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM21

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.

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
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 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Level 19
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Level 19
Vileplume
#045 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Level 23
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 36
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 36
Bellossom
#182 / Grass
Level 1
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Level 25
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 28
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 29
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Level 10
Sunflora
#192 / Grass
Level 10
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 13
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 13
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 13
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Level 22
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Level 18
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Level 1
Shroomish
#285 / Grass
Level 12
Breloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 12
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 13
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Level 25
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Level 27
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Level 27
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Level 13
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Tangrowth
#465 / Grass
Level 23
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Level 22
Servine
#496 / Grass
Level 24
Serperior
#497 / Grass
Level 24
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 13
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Level 13
Lilligant
#549 / Grass
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 13
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Level 15
Amoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Level 15
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 20
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Level 20
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Level 15
Shiinotic
#756 / Grass · Fairy
Level 15
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 18
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 18
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 5
Celesteela
#797 / Steel · Flying
Level 13

Learnt by breeding

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

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Mega Drain in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Gen 1 — TM
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Gen 1 — TM
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Bellsprout
#069 / Grass · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Weepinbell
#070 / Grass · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Victreebel
#071 / Grass · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Muk
#089 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Exeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
Gen 2 — Breeding
Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM