Shadow Ball (move)

Move data

Type Ghost
Category   Special
Power 80
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM30
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM30
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM30
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM30
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM30
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM30

Effects

Shadow Ball deals damage and has a 20% chance of lowering the target's Special Defense by one stage.

Stats can be lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Ghostium Z and uses its Z-Power, Shadow Ball turns into Never-Ending Nightmare and has base power 160.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Shadow Ball
Japanese シャドーボール (Shadow Ball)
German Spukball
French Ball'Ombre
Italian Palla Ombra
Spanish Bola Sombra

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that may lower SPCL.DEF.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Hurls a black blob that may lower the foe’s SP. DEF.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A shadowy blob is hurled at the foe. May also lower the foe’s SP. DEF.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user hurls a shadowy blob at the foe. It may also lower the foe’s Sp. Def stat.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user hurls a shadowy blob at the target. It may also lower the target’s Sp. Def stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user hurls a shadowy blob at the target. This may also lower the target’s Sp. Def stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user hurls a shadowy blob at the target. This may also lower the target’s Sp. Def stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Shadow Ball 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.

Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Level 29
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Level 33
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Level 33
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Level 41
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 33
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Level 39
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Level 30
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Level 30
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 41
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 45
Drifloon
#425 / Ghost · Flying
Level 36
Drifblim
#426 / Ghost · Flying
Level 40
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 45
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Level 42
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Level 37
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Level 39
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Level 49
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Level 53
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 31
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Level 36
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Level 36
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Level 55
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 41
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 41
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 36
Lunala
#792 / Psychic · Ghost
Level 23
Blacephalon
#806 / Fire · Ghost
Level 41

Learnt by TM

Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Muk
#089 / Poison
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Entei
#244 / Fire
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Absol
#359 / Dark
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
Black Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
White Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark