Absorb (move)

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Absorb
すいとる Absorb
Absorb.png
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Type  Grass
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  20
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Absorb (Japanese: すいとる Absorb) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation I. Absorb is the first in a line of three Grass-type HP-draining attacks, the other two being Mega Drain and Giga Drain.

Effect

Generations I and II

Absorb does damage, and up to 50% of the damage done to the target is restored to the user, rounded up.

If Absorb breaks a substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP would be greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP. Absorb has 20 PP.

In the Pokémon Stadium series, Absorb will always miss if the target has a substitute.

Generation III

Absorb functions the same as in Generation II; however, when used on a Pokémon with the Liquid Ooze Ability, the user will lose the amount of HP it would have gained instead.

Can be used as part of a Contest combination, with the user gaining extra appeal points if the move Growth was used in the prior turn.

Generations IV and V

Absorb's PP is increased to 25. If the user has a Big Root as its held item, it will recover 30% more HP than it normally would. Big Root does not increase damage dealt. All other effects are the same.

Generation VI

Absorb cannot be used if the user is under the effects of Heal Block.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Grass-type attack. It adds half the HP it drained from the target to the attacker's HP.
GSC Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
RSEColo.XD An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
FRLG An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
041 Zubat Zubat
Flying Flying 1
042 Golbat Golbat
Flying Flying 1
043 Oddish Oddish
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
044 Gloom Gloom
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
045 Vileplume Vileplume
Grass Grass 1 1
046 Paras Paras
Bug Grass 11
047 Parasect Parasect
Bug Grass 1, 11
114 Tangela Tangela
Grass Grass 29RGB
27Y
10 10 8 8BW
10B2W2
10 10
140 Kabuto Kabuto
Water 1 Water 3 34 10 13 6 6 6 6
141 Kabutops Kabutops
Water 1 Water 3 1, 34 1, 10 1, 13 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6
167 Spinarak Spinarak
Bug Bug 5
168 Ariados Ariados
Bug Bug 1, 5
169 Crobat Crobat
Flying Flying 1
182 Bellossom Bellossom
Grass Grass 1 1
191 Sunkern Sunkern
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1
192 Sunflora Sunflora
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1
252 Treecko Treecko
Monster Dragon 6 6 6 6XY
5ORAS
5
253 Grovyle Grovyle
Monster Dragon 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 5ORAS
1,5
254 Sceptile Sceptile
Monster Dragon 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 5ORAS
1,5
267 Beautifly Beautifly
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
12ORAS
12
270 Lotad Lotad
Water 1 Grass 7 5 5 5XY
6ORAS
6
271 Lombre Lombre
Water 1 Grass 7 5 5 5XY
6ORAS
6
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo
Water 1 Grass 1
285 Shroomish Shroomish
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1
286 Breloom Breloom
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1
290 Nincada Nincada
Bug Bug 5
291 Ninjask Ninjask
Bug Bug 1, 5
292 Shedinja Shedinja
Mineral Mineral 1, 5
315 Roselia Roselia
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1
331 Cacnea Cacnea
Grass Human-Like 5 5 5 5XY
4ORAS
4
332 Cacturne Cacturne
Grass Human-Like 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5XY
1, 4ORAS
1,4
387 Turtwig Turtwig
Monster Grass 9 9 9 9
388 Grotle Grotle
Monster Grass 9 9 9 1, 9
389 Torterra Torterra
Monster Grass 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9
402 Kricketune Kricketune
Bug Bug 14
406 Budew Budew
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth
Grass Grass 8 8BW
10B2W2
10 10
546 Cottonee Cottonee
Grass Fairy 1 1 1
548 Petilil Petilil
Grass Grass 1 1 1
556 Maractus Maractus
Grass Grass 1 1 1
590 Foongus Foongus
Grass Grass 1 1 1
591 Amoonguss Amoonguss
Grass Grass 1 1 1
592 Frillish Frillish
Amorphous Amorphous 5 5 5
593 Jellicent Jellicent
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5
595 Joltik Joltik
Bug Bug 1
596 Galvantula Galvantula
Bug Bug 1
616 Shelmet Shelmet
Bug Bug 1
617 Accelgor Accelgor
Bug Bug 1
636 Larvesta Larvesta
Bug Bug 10
637 Volcarona Volcarona
Bug Bug 1, 10
704 Goomy Goomy
Dragon Dragon 5 5
705 Sliggoo Sliggoo
Dragon Dragon 5 1, 5
706 Goodra Goodra
Dragon Dragon 5 1, 5
714 Noibat Noibat
Flying Flying 5
715 Noivern Noivern
Flying Flying 1, 5
742 Cutiefly Cutiefly
Bug Fairy 1
743 Ribombee Ribombee
Bug Fairy 1
755 Morelull Morelull
Grass Grass 1
756 Shiinotic Shiinotic
Grass Grass 1
769 Sandygast Sandygast
Amorphous Amorphous 1
770 Palossand Palossand
Amorphous Amorphous 1
781 Dhelmise Dhelmise
Mineral Mineral 1
797 Celesteela Celesteela
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
231 Phanpy Phanpy
Field Field New York City Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Table assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.
Power = 20 | Accuracy = 100% | Effect = It heals the attacking Pokémon of 50% of the damage inflicted.
If the Pokémon has a 100% link with their Warrior, it heals 66% of the damage inflicted.
Used by : Treecko   Cottonee

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also restores the user's HP based on the damage it inflicted.
Conq. A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, then restores the user's HP based on the damage inflicted.
SMD It absorbs an enemy's HP.

In the anime

Tangrowth Absorb.png Bellsprout Absorb.png Shroomish Absorb.png None.png
Tangrowth Bellsprout Shroomish
A nutrient-draining attack that absorbs the opponent's energy and adds it to the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth holds out its arms and fires two red beams from them at the opponent. When the opponent is hit, its body glows red and it drains its energy. Sometimes, the red parts of its hands glow red before it fires the beams.
A wild Tangrowth Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Debut
285 Shroomish Shroomish releases a red beam from the hole on its head at the opponent. When hit, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Shroomish Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! None
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout releases two red beams from the leaves on the side of its body at the opponent. When it hits it, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Bellsprout Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Bellsprout cannot legally learn Absorb

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master manga


In the Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King manga


In other generations

Absorb I.png Absorb II.png Absorb III.png Absorb IV.png Absorb V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Absorb Stad.png Absorb Stad2.png Absorb Colo.png Absorb XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Absorb PMD RB.png Absorb PMD TDS.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 吸收 Xīshōu
Denmark Flag.png Danish Opsuge
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Absorbeer
France Flag.png French Vol-Vie
Germany Flag.png German Absorber
Greece Flag.png Greek Απορρόφηση Aporrófisi
Italy Flag.png Italian Assorbimento
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡수 Heubsu
Poland Flag.png Polish Absorpcja
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Absorção
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Absorver
Romania Flag.png Romanian Absorbirea
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Apsorpcija
Spain Flag.png Spanish Absorber
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Emiş
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hấp Thụ


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