Confusion (move)

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Confusion
ねんりき Mindpower
Confusion VI.png
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Type  Psychic
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  50
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  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Confusion (Japanese: ねんりき Mindpower) is a damage-dealing Psychic-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Confusion does damage and has a 10% chance of confusing the target.

Confusion can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if any of the moves Calm Mind, Kinesis or Psychic was used in the prior turn. It can also be used to start a combination, doubling the base appeal points of Future Sight, Kinesis, Psychic and Teleport if used in the next turn.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Psychic-type attack. Has a one-in-ten chance of leaving the target confused.
GSC An attack that may cause confusion.
RSEColo.XD A psychic attack that may cause confusion.
FRLG A weak telekinetic attack that may also leave the foe confused.
DPPtHGSS The foe is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the foe confused.
BWB2W2 The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.
XYORAS
SM
The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. This may also confuse the target.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
012 Butterfree Butterfree
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 12RGB
1, 10Y
1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 11
048 Venonat Venonat
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 19Y 17 17 11 11 11 11
049 Venomoth Venomoth
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1Y 17 17 11 11 11 11
054 Psyduck Psyduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field 36 16 16 18 18BW
15B2W2
15XY
11ORAS
10
055 Golduck Golduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field 39 1, 16 16 18 18BW
15B2W2
15XY
11ORAS
10
064 Kadabra Kadabra
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 16RGB
16Y
1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16
065 Alakazam Alakazam
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 16RGB
16Y
1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14
080 Slowbro Slowbro
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14
096 Drowzee Drowzee
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 17 18 18RSE
11FRLG
9 9 9 9
097 Hypno Hypno
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 17 1, 18 1, 18RSE
1, 11FRLG
1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass 19 19 27 27 27 27
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Alola Form
GrassIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 15 6 5 1 1 1 1
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 34 34 21 21 21 10
164 Noctowl Noctowl
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 41 41 22 22 22 10
196 Espeon Espeon
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 16 16 15 15BW
9B2W2
9 1, Evo.
199 Slowking Slowking
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14
203 Girafarig Girafarig
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Field Field 1, 7 13 1 1 1 1
238 Smoochum Smoochum
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21 21 15 15 15 15
251 Celebi Celebi
PsychicIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1
269 Dustox Dustox
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
12ORAS
12
280 Ralts Ralts
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 6 6 6 6XY
4ORAS
4
281 Kirlia Kirlia
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4
307 Meditite Meditite
FightingIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 9 8 8 8XY
7ORAS
7
308 Medicham Medicham
FightingIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 9 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7
337 Lunatone Lunatone
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 7 1 1 1 1
338 Solrock Solrock
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 7 1 1 1 1
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
358 Chimecho Chimecho
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 14 14 14 14XY
1, 10ORAS
1, 10
368 Gorebyss Gorebyss
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1 8 6 6 6XY
1ORAS
1
375 Metang Metang
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, Evo.
376 Metagross Metagross
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1
385 Jirachi Jirachi
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Plant Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Trash Cloak
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
414 Mothim Mothim
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
433 Chingling Chingling
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 14 14 14XY
10ORAS
10
436 Bronzor Bronzor
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1
437 Bronzong Bronzong
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1
475 Gallade Gallade
PsychicIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4
480 Uxie Uxie
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1
481 Mesprit Mesprit
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1
482 Azelf Azelf
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1
488 Cresselia Cresselia
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1
494 Victini Victini
PsychicIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1
527 Woobat Woobat
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Field Flying 1 1 1
528 Swoobat Swoobat
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Field Flying 1 1 1
574 Gothita Gothita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 3 3 3
575 Gothorita Gothorita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3
605 Elgyem Elgyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1
648 Meloetta Meloetta
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 11 11 1, 11
677 Espurr Espurr
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 9 9
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 9 1, 9
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Female
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 9 1, 9
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Confined
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Unbound
PsychicIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1ORAS 1
765 Oranguru Oranguru
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Field Field 1
779 Bruxish Bruxish
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 9
786 Tapu Lele Tapu Lele
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
792 Lunala Lunala
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
800 Necrozma Necrozma
PsychicIC Big.png 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 breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
007 Squirtle Squirtle
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field
114 Tangela Tangela
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
187 Hoppip Hoppip
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass
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 = 29 | Accuracy = 100% | Effect = 10% chance to confuse the target
Used by : Ralts   Chingling   Gothita

Super Smash Bros. series

Mewtwo uses Confusion as its side special move. The move acts as a grab, ignoring shields while flipping the opponent in midair. Additionally, the move is capable of reflecting projectiles, although they would not damage the initial user of the projectile in Super Smash Bros. Melee. This was fixed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Pokémon GO

Confusion
Fast Attack
Type Psychic
Power 15
Energy boost 14%
Duration 1.51 seconds
Eligible Pokémon:
ButterfreeVenonatVenomothGolduckKadabraAlakazam
SlowpokeSlowbroDrowzeeHypnoExeggcuteExeggutor
Mr. MimeMewtwo

Prior to an update to Niantic's servers on July 30, Confusion had a power of 12 and an energy gain of 7%.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target confused.
Conq. The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.

In the anime

In the main series


Pokédex entries

Episode Subject Source Entry
EP182 Confusion Ash's Pokédex Confusion. This powerful Psychic attack confuses an opponent and weakens it as well.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In Pokémon Origins


In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo manga


In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In other generations

Confusion I.png Confusion II.png Confusion III.png Confusion IV.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
Confusion V.png Confusion PMD RB.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
Confusion Stad.png Confusion Stad2.png Confusion Colo.png Confusion 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

Trivia

  • The English name of this move is semantically dissimilar to its Japanese name, ねんりき Nenriki, which can be translated to mean mindpower. This has been known to cause some confusion when depicted in the English dub of the anime.
  • In the anime, Confusion seems to have exactly the same effect as the move Psychic.
  • A majority of the time when Confusion is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, it causes the Defending Pokémon to be Paralyzed rather than Confused.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 念力 Nihmlihk *
精神念力 Jīngsàhn Nihmlihk
Mandarin 念力 Niànlì
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Zmatení
Denmark Flag.png Danish Forvirring
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Verwarring
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sekaannus (Original Series)
Hämmennys (Advanced Generation)
France Flag.png French Choc Mental
Germany Flag.png German Konfusion
Greece Flag.png Greek Σύγχυση Sýgchysi
India Flag.png Hindi चक्रादों Chakraado, Uljhan me daalna
Italy Flag.png Italian Confusione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 염동력 Yeomdongryeok
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Forvirring
Poland Flag.png Polish Zamęt
Konfuzja*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Confusão
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Confusão (Pokémon Chronicles)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Confuzie
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zbunjivanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Confusión
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Förvirring
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Karmaşa
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Gây Rối


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