Scratch (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power 40
Accuracy 100
PP 35  (max. 56)
Makes contact? Yes
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Scratch is one of the most common and basic moves a Pokémon learns. It deals damage with no additional effects.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Scratch turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Scratch
Japanese ひっかく (Hikkaku)
German Kratzer
French Griffe
Italian Graffio
Spanish Arañazo

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Scratches with sharp claws.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Scratches the foe with sharp claws.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen Hard, pointed, and sharp claws rake the foe.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
Hard, pointed, and sharp claws rake the foe to inflict damage.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
Hard, pointed, and sharp claws rake the target to inflict damage.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
Hard, pointed, sharp claws rake the target to inflict damage.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
Hard, pointed, sharp claws rake the target to inflict damage.
Sword​/​Shield Hard, pointed, sharp claws rake the target to inflict damage.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Scratch 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.

Charmander
#004 / Fire
Level 1
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Level 1
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Level 1
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 1
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Level 1
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Level 1
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 5
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 1
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Level 1
Diglett
#050 / Ground
Level 1
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 1
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Level 8
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Level 8
Meowth
Galarian Meowth
#052 / Steel
Level 8
Persian
#053 / Normal
Level 1
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Level 1
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Level 1
Golduck
#055 / Water
Level 1
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 5
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Level 1
Torchic
#255 / Fire
Level 1
Combusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 1
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Level 1
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Level 1
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Level 1
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Level 1
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 1
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 1
Drilbur
#529 / Ground
Level 4
Excadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Level 1
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 1
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Level 1
Fraxure
#611 / Dragon
Level 1
Haxorus
#612 / Dragon
Level 1
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Level 1
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Level 1
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Level 1
Espurr
#677 / Psychic
Level 1
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 1
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 1
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Litten
#725 / Fire
Level 1
Torracat
#726 / Fire
Level 1
Incineroar
#727 / Fire · Dark
Level 1
Salandit
#757 / Poison · Fire
Level 1
Salazzle
#758 / Poison · Fire
Level 1
Mimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Level 1
Zeraora
#807 / Electric
Level 1
Grookey
#810 / Grass
Level 1
Thwackey
#811 / Grass
Level 1
Rillaboom
#812 / Grass
Level 1
Perrserker
#863 / Steel
Level 1
Zarude
#893 / Dark · Grass
Level 1