Substitute (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

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 TR20

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.
Sword​/​Shield The user creates a substitute for itself using some of its HP. The substitute serves as the user’s decoy.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Substitute 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.

Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Level 40
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Level 40
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Level 40
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Level 40
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Level 40
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Level 40

Learnt by TR

Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · 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
Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Meowth
Galarian Meowth
#052 / Steel
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Ponyta
Galarian Ponyta
#077 / Psychic
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Rapidash
Galarian Rapidash
#078 / Psychic · Fairy
Slowpoke
Galarian Slowpoke
#079 / Psychic
Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro
#080 / Poison · Psychic
Farfetch'd
Galarian Farfetch'd
#083 / Fighting
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Krabby
#098 / Water
Kingler
#099 / Water
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Weezing
Galarian Weezing
#110 / Poison · Fairy
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
Mr. Mime
Galarian Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Ice
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Piloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Corsola
Galarian Corsola
#222 / Ghost
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Zigzagoon
Galarian Zigzagoon
#263 / Dark · Normal
Linoone
Galarian Linoone
#264 / Dark · Normal
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
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Wailord
#321 / Water
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Feebas
#349 / Water
Milotic
#350 / Water
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Shellos
#422 / Water
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Mantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Mamoswine
#473 / Ice · Ground
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
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Munna
#517 / Psychic
Pidove
#519 / Normal · Flying
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Tympole
#535 / Water
Sawk
#539 / Fighting
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
Darumaka
Galarian Darumaka
#554 / Ice
Darmanitan
Standard Mode
#555 / Fire
Darmanitan
Galarian Standard Mode
#555 / Ice
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Yamask
Galarian Yamask
#562 / Ground · Ghost
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
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
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Stunfisk
Galarian Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Steel
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
Reshiram
#643 / Dragon · Fire
Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
Black Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
White Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Aegislash
Shield Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Swirlix
#684 / Fairy
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Sylveon
#700 / 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
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
Cutiefly
#742 / Bug · Fairy
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy
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
Mimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Lunala
#792 / Psychic · Ghost
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Meltan
#808 / Steel
Grookey
#810 / Grass
Raboot
#814 / Fire
Sobble
#816 / Water
Dottler
#825 / Bug · Psychic
Orbeetle
#826 / Bug · Psychic
Nickit
#827 / Dark
Thievul
#828 / Dark
Wooloo
#831 / Normal
Chewtle
#833 / Water
Drednaw
#834 / Water · Rock
Rolycoly
#837 / Rock
Carkol
#838 / Rock · Fire
Coalossal
#839 / Rock · Fire
Flapple
#841 / Grass · Dragon
Toxtricity
Low Key Form
#849 / Electric · Poison
Toxtricity
Amped Form
#849 / Electric · Poison
Sizzlipede
#850 / Fire · Bug
Centiskorch
#851 / Fire · Bug
Impidimp
#859 / Dark · Fairy
Morgrem
#860 / Dark · Fairy
Cursola
#864 / Ghost
Mr. Rime
#866 / Psychic · Ice
Milcery
#868 / Fairy
Snom
#872 / Ice · Bug
Frosmoth
#873 / Ice · Bug
Eiscue
Ice Face
#875 / Ice
Indeedee
Male
#876 / Psychic · Normal
Indeedee
Female
#876 / Psychic · Normal
Morpeko
Full Belly Mode
#877 / Electric · Dark
Cufant
#878 / Steel
Arctovish
#883 / Water · Ice
Dreepy
#885 / Dragon · Ghost
Zacian
Crowned Sword
#888 / Fairy · Steel
Zamazenta
Crowned Shield
#889 / Fighting · Steel
Urshifu
Single Strike Style
#892 / Fighting · Dark
Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
#892 / Fighting · Water
Zarude
#893 / Dark · Grass