Roar (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Priority -6
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM05
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM05
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM05
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM05
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM05
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM05

Effects

In the wild, Roar causes the target Pokémon to flee if they are of a lower level, and the battle ends.

In trainer battles (including linked battles), Roar forces the target to switch out of battle (regardless of level) and is replaced with another Pokémon in the trainer's team.

Pokémon with the abilities Soundproof or Suction Cups or those rooted by Ingrain are not affected by Roar.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Roar has 100% accuracy (in other words, it is affected by Accuracy and Evasion stats).

In Generations 1-4, Roar works on any level Pokémon in wild battles.

Roar has a priority of -5 in Generation 3 and -1 in Generation 2.

In Generation 1, Roar has no priority and only causes wild battles to end with no effect in trainer battles.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Roar turns into Z-Roar and raises Defense one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Roar
Japanese ほえる (Hoeru)
German Brüller
French Hurlement
Italian Boato
Spanish Rugido

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Scares wild foes to end battle.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Makes the foe flee to end the battle.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The foe is made to switch out with an ally. In the wild, the battle ends.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The foe is scared off, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
Black​/​White The target is scared off and replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
Black 2​/​White 2 The target is scared off and switched. In the wild, a battle against a single Pokémon ends.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The target is scared off, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The target is scared off, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.
Sword​/​Shield The target is scared off, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Roar 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.

Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Level 44
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Level 1
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Level 25
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 24
Entei
#244 / Fire
Level 24
Suicune
#245 / Water
Level 24
Whismur
#293 / Normal
Level 25
Loudred
#294 / Normal
Level 29
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Level 29
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 12
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 12
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 12
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Level 28
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Level 30
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Level 20
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Level 24
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Level 24
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 32
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 32
Lillipup
#506 / Normal
Level 40
Herdier
#507 / Normal
Level 54
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Level 62
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Level 12
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Level 12
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Level 12
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Level 4
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 1
Litten
#725 / Fire
Level 9
Torracat
#726 / Fire
Level 9
Incineroar
#727 / Fire · Dark
Level 9
Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Level 28
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 30
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 30
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Level 30
Yamper
#835 / Electric
Level 15
Boltund
#836 / Electric
Level 15

Learnt by breeding

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

Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Field
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Field