Substitute (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM50
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM90
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM90
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM90
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM90
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM08
Sword​/​Shield TM90

Effects

Uses HP to creates a decoy that takes hits.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Substitute turns into Z-Substitute and eliminates any stat drops applied to the user, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Other languages

English Substitute
Japanese みがわり (Migawari)
German Delegator
French Clonage
Italian Sostituto
Spanish Sustituto

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Makes a decoy with 1/4 user’s max HP.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Creates a decoy using 1/4 of the user’s maximum HP.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The user creates a decoy using one-quarter of its full HP.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user’s decoy.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user’s decoy.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user’s decoy.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user’s decoy.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Substitute 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.

Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 29
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Level 42
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 29
Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Level 36
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Level 36
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Level 36
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Level 36
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Level 36
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Level 36
Froakie
#656 / Water
Level 35
Frogadier
#657 / Water
Level 40
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 42

Learnt by TM

Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Pidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Zubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Golbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Muk
#089 / Poison
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Krabby
#098 / Water
Kingler
#099 / Water
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Horsea
#116 / Water
Seadra
#117 / Water
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Seaking
#119 / Water
Staryu
#120 / Water
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Quilava
#156 / Fire
Furret
#162 / Normal
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Piloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Magby
#240 / Fire
Entei
#244 / Fire
Suicune
#245 / Water
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Torchic
#255 / Fire
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Wingull
#278 / Water · Flying
Ralts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
Kirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Gulpin
#316 / Poison
Swalot
#317 / Poison
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Wailord
#321 / Water
Numel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Camerupt
#323 / Fire · Ground
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Swablu
#333 / Normal · Flying
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Feebas
#349 / Water
Milotic
#350 / Water
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Absol
#359 / Dark
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Huntail
#367 / Water
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Luvdisc
#370 / Water
Bagon
#371 / Dragon
Metang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Regice
#378 / Ice
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Piplup
#393 / Water
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Starly
#396 / Normal · Flying
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Buizel
#418 / Water
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Shellos
#422 / Water
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Finneon
#456 / Water
Mantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Mamoswine
#473 / Ice · Ground
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Rotom
#479 / Electric · 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
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Palkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Phione
#489 / Water
Manaphy
#490 / Water
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Victini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Servine
#496 / Grass
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Dewott
#502 / Water
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Panpour
#515 / Water
Munna
#517 / Psychic
Pidove
#519 / Normal · Flying
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Audino
#531 / Normal
Tympole
#535 / Water
Sawk
#539 / Fighting
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Darumaka
#554 / Fire
Darmanitan
Standard Mode
#555 / Fire
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Swanna
#581 / Water · Flying
Vanillite
#582 / Ice
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Klink
#599 / Steel
Klang
#600 / Steel
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Cryogonal
#615 / Ice
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Golett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Heatmor
#631 / Fire
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Reshiram
#643 / Dragon · Fire
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
Black Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
White Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Chespin
#650 / Grass
Fennekin
#653 / Fire
Braixen
#654 / Fire
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Froakie
#656 / Water
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Vivillon
#666 / Bug · Flying
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Floette
#670 / Fairy
Florges
#671 / Fairy
Skiddo
#672 / Grass
Gogoat
#673 / Grass
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Swirlix
#684 / Fairy
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Xerneas
#716 / Fairy
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Zygarde
50% Forme
#718 / Dragon · Ground
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Volcanion
#721 / Fire · Water
Rowlet
#722 / Grass · Flying
Dartrix
#723 / Grass · Flying
Litten
#725 / Fire
Torracat
#726 / Fire
Incineroar
#727 / Fire · Dark
Popplio
#728 / Water
Brionne
#729 / Water
Grubbin
#736 / Bug
Oricorio
Baile Style
#741 / Fire · Flying
Cutiefly
#742 / Bug · Fairy
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy
Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Rockruff
Own Tempo Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Toxapex
#748 / Poison · Water
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Araquanid
#752 / Water · Bug
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Salandit
#757 / Poison · Fire
Salazzle
#758 / Poison · Fire
Steenee
#762 / Grass
Comfey
#764 / Fairy
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Golisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Minior
Meteor Form
#774 / Rock · Flying
Komala
#775 / Normal
Mimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Lunala
#792 / Psychic · Ghost
Nihilego
#793 / Rock · Poison
Kartana
#798 / Grass · Steel
Guzzlord
#799 / Dark · Dragon
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Stakataka
#805 / Rock · Steel