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I remember from my Sapphire playthrough that my Hariyama used Fake Out on a rough skin Sharpedo, and didn't receive any damage, instead Vital Throw hit it and received damage. But how?

In competitive (Gen-8 National Dex), M-Loppunny used Fake Out on Garchomp, and received damage... I am confused. Pls help. Thank you in advance.

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In Generation III only, this move will not trigger effects involving contact.

It's a contact move but for some reason doesn't get affected by contact stuff. If that even makes any logical sense anyway

Source: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Fake_Out_(move)

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This page says fake out simply does not make contact. https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Contact
Yes but in later gens doesn't fake out make contact? I mean I remember using my Garchomp to just eat fake outs so I can spread passive damage
Yes it makes contact after gen 3. The page says fake out simply does not make contact in gen 3.
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No it doesn't.

Gen 3:
Fake Out Normal PhysicalPower 40
Accuracy 100% PP 16
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
Priority: 1 |  Gen: 3 |  ✓ Secondary effect |  Target: One Adjacent Pokémon
Gen 8:
Fake Out Normal PhysicalPower 40
Accuracy 100%
PP16 Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
Priority: 3 |  Gen: 3 |  ✓ Secondary effect |  ✓ Contact |  Z-Power: 100 |  Dynamax Power: 90 |  Target: One Adjacent Pokémon

Hope I helped!
P.S : for info of gen 3, type "/dt fake out,gen3" in Pokemon showdown.
for current gen type /dt fake out

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Thanks