Psycho Shift (move)

Move data

Type Psychic
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy 100
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 4

Effects

Psycho Shift transfers any major status condition the user has (Poison, Burn, Paralysis, Sleep, Freeze) to the target, if the target does not already have a status condition.

Poison or Steel type Pokémon, those with the ability Immunity or those behind a Substitute cannot be poisoned. Fire type Pokémon, those with the ability Water Veil or those behind a Substitute cannot be burned. Electric type Pokémon, those with the ability Limber or those behind a Substitute cannot be paralyzed. Pokémon with the abilities Insomnia or Vital Spirit, or those behind a Substitute cannot be put to sleep. Ice type Pokémon, those with the ability Magma Armor or those behind a Substitute cannot be frozen.

Changes

In Generations 4-5, Psycho Shift has 90% accuracy.

In Generation 4, if Psycho Shift is used against a Pokémon with Synchronize the user will regain the status condition at the end of the turn.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Psychium Z and uses its Z-Power, Psycho Shift turns into Z-Psycho Shift and raises Special Attack two stages, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Psycho Shift
Japanese サイコシフト (Psycho Shift)
German Psybann
French Échange Psy
Italian Psicotrasfer
Spanish Psicocambio

Game descriptions

Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
Using its psychic power of suggestion, the user transfers its status problems to the target.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
Using its psychic power of suggestion, the user transfers its status problems to the target.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
Using its psychic power of suggestion, the user transfers its status conditions to the target.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
Using its psychic power of suggestion, the user transfers its status conditions to the target.
Sword​/​Shield Using its psychic power of suggestion, the user transfers its status conditions to the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Psycho Shift 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.

Hoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
Level 15
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Level 15
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Level 26
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Level 28

Learnt by breeding

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

Indeedee
Female
#876 / Psychic · Normal
Fairy