Roar (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Priority -6
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

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

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Level 7
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Level 7
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Level 1
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Level 1
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Level 9
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Level 25
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Level 27
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Level 13
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Level 13
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 15
Entei
#244 / Fire
Level 15
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Level 16
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 16
Whismur
#293 / Normal
Level 29
Loudred
#294 / Normal
Level 32
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Level 32
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 19
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 19
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 19
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Level 34
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Level 36
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Level 21
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Level 23
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Level 23
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Level 39
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Level 47
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Level 55
Lillipup
#506 / Normal
Level 26
Herdier
#507 / Normal
Level 29
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Level 29
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Level 20
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Level 20
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Level 20
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Level 6
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 1
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 6
Litten
#725 / Fire
Level 18
Torracat
#726 / Fire
Level 19
Incineroar
#727 / Fire · Dark
Level 19
Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Level 26
Rockruff
Own Tempo Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Level 26
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 26
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 26
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Level 26

Learnt by TM

Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Entei
#244 / Fire
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Darmanitan
Standard Mode
#555 / Fire
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Litten
#725 / Fire
Rockruff
Own Tempo Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock