Leech Seed (move)

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Leech Seed
やどりぎのタネ Mistletoe Seed
Leech Seed.png
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Type  Grass
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  90%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  2 ♥♥
Startles all Pokémon that have done their appeals.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Gets the Pokémon pumped up. Helps prevent nervousness, too.

Leech Seed (Japanese: やどりぎのタネ Mistletoe Seed) is a non-damaging Grass-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Leech Seed plants a seed on the target. After a target under the effect of Leech Seed takes its turn, 1/16 of its HP will be drained (rounded down, but not less than 1), and the same amount of HP will be restored to the target's opponent (even if it was not the Pokémon that originally used the attack). Recurrent Leech Seed draining will not occur if the seeded Pokémon defeats the target. Unlike other types of damage, the recurrent damage done by Leech Seed can exceed the target's current HP. Leech Seed will not work against Grass-type Pokémon, and attempts to seed an already-seeded Pokémon will fail.

Leech Seed draining will occur even if the seeded Pokémon knocks itself out with crash damage, recoil damage, or self-inflicted confusion damage, or by making a substitute before the end of its turn. Draining from Leech Seed is done after continuing partial trapping damage and recurrent poison or burn damage. Leech Seed can be removed by Haze or switching. If the target is seeded during a round that it switches in, it will take recurrent damage during that round, but only if its speed is less than or equal to the user's speed.

If the target of Leech Seed is also under the effect of Toxic (or was under that effect and healed itself with Rest), because Leech Seed and Toxic both use the same damage algorithm, Leech Seed damage will be affected by Toxic's N parameter, and will increase each turn.

In the Pokémon Stadium series, Leech Seed will not work against a target with a substitute.

Generation II

⅛ of the target's HP is drained instead. Rapid Spin will release a Pokémon from the effects of Leech Seed. Also, Leech Seed no longer interacts with Toxic damage and Haze no longer affects Leech Seed. If a Pokémon uses Baton Pass, Leech Seed will still be under effect, even if the switched in Pokémon is a Grass-type. The user can no longer plant a seed on a target with a substitute (but setting up a substitute does not release a Pokémon from existing effects of Leech Seed).

Generation III onward

Leech Seed will now drain HP at the end of each turn.

In battles involving multiple Pokémon, Leech Seed will only heal the Pokémon that is in the same position as the Pokémon that originally used Leech Seed was in. If no Pokémon is in that position (for example, if it fainted and could not be replaced), Leech Seed will not take any health from the seeded Pokémon. However, if a Pokémon is later able to occupy that position (if it was revived), Leech Seed will once again sap HP from the seeded Pokémon. This also means that for as long as a seeded Pokémon stays in battle and Leech Seed is not removed by Rapid Spin, that Pokémon will not be able to be seeded again.

Leech Seed can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra two appeal points if Growth was used in the prior turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if Rototiller was used in the prior turn.

If the target has the Ability Liquid Ooze, the user takes damage instead of restoring HP. If the user is under the effect of Heal Block, Leech Seed will not restore any of the user's HP. However, the effect damage will be dealt normally. 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 remain the same.

If powered up by a Grassium Z into Z-Leech Seed, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Description

Games Description
Stad Plants a seed on the target Pokémon. The seed slowly drains the target's HP for the attacker.
Stad2 Plants a seed on the target Pokémon. It slowly drains the target's HP for the attacker.
GSC Steals HP from the foe on every turn.
RSE Plants a seed on the foe to steal HP on every turn.
FRLG A seed is planted on the foe to steal some HP for the user on every turn.
Colo.XD Plants a seed on the target to steal HP on every turn.
DPPtHGSSPBR} A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe to heal the user on every turn.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass 7 7 7 7 7 7
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7
003 Venusaur Venusaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass 28 13 13 11 11 11 11
187 Hoppip Hoppip
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 20 20 22 22 22 22
188 Skiploom Skiploom
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 22 22 24 24 24 24
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 22 22 24 24 24 24
191 Sunkern Sunkern
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 17 17BW
13B2W2
13 13
192 Sunflora Sunflora
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 17 17BW
13B2W2
13 13
251 Celebi Celebi
PsychicIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1
285 Shroomish Shroomish
GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass 10 13 13 13XY
8ORAS
8
286 Breloom Breloom
GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1, 10 1, 13 1, 13 1, 13XY
1, 8ORAS
1, 8
315 Roselia Roselia
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 21 16 16 16 16
331 Cacnea Cacnea
GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
10ORAS
10
332 Cacturne Cacturne
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
10ORAS
10
387 Turtwig Turtwig
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 29 29 29 29
388 Grotle Grotle
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 32 32 32 32
389 Torterra Torterra
GrassIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Grass 33 33 33 33
420 Cherubi Cherubi
GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass 10 10 10 10
421 Cherrim Cherrim
GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass 10 10 10 1, 10
492 Shaymin Shaymin
Land Forme
GrassIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 19 19 19 19
492 Shaymin Shaymin
Sky Forme
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 19PtHGSS 19 19 19
495 Snivy Snivy
GrassIC Big.png Field Grass 19 19 19
496 Servine Servine
GrassIC Big.png Field Grass 20 20 20
497 Serperior Serperior
GrassIC Big.png Field Grass 20 20 20
511 Pansage Pansage
GrassIC Big.png Field Field 16 16 16
546 Cottonee Cottonee
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Fairy 8 8 8
547 Whimsicott Whimsicott
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Fairy 1 1 1
548 Petilil Petilil
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 8 8 8
549 Lilligant Lilligant
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1
585 Deerling Deerling
NormalIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Field Field 13 13 13
586 Sawsbuck Sawsbuck
NormalIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Field Field 13 13 13
650 Chespin Chespin
GrassIC Big.png Field Field 15 15
651 Quilladin Quilladin
GrassIC Big.png Field Field 15 15
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught
GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Field 15 15
672 Skiddo Skiddo
GrassIC Big.png Field Field 12 12
673 Gogoat Gogoat
GrassIC Big.png Field Field 12 12
708 Phantump Phantump
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous 23 23
709 Trevenant Trevenant
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous 23 23
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 20 20
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 20 20
764 Comfey Comfey
FairyIC Big.png Grass Grass 4
787 Tapu Bulu Tapu Bulu
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 26
797 Celesteela Celesteela
SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 19
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
046 Paras Paras
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass
114 Tangela Tangela
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
152 Chikorita Chikorita
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass
191 Sunkern Sunkern
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
252 Treecko Treecko
GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon
270 Lotad Lotad
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass
273 Seedot Seedot
GrassIC Big.png Field Grass
357 Tropius Tropius
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Monster Grass
455 Carnivine Carnivine
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
459 Snover Snover
GrassIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Grass
556 Maractus Maractus
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral
755 Morelull Morelull
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
114 Tangela Tangela
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass Dream World - Pleasant Forest
270 Lotad Lotad
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass Dream World - Pleasant Forest
357 Tropius Tropius
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Monster Grass Dream World - Windswept Sky
556 Maractus Maractus
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass Dream World - Rugged Mountain
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
152 Chikorita Chikorita
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass Island Scan - Route 2
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 Types Egg Groups Obtained with
043 Oddish Oddish
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass New York 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.


Generation III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
043 Oddish Oddish
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass Egg Pokémon Present
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

In the Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Leech Seed is one of the random outcomes of Togepi's Metronome. All characters within the area of effect will receive a flower on their head that causes 5% damage every few seconds.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Leech Seed status on the target. The target's HP is leeched every several turns to restore the user's HP.

In the anime

Mona Lilligant Leech Seed.png Nando Sunflora Leech Seed.png Jessie Gourgeist Leech Seed.png Jessie Pumpkaboo Leech Seed 3.png
Lilligant Sunflora Gourgeist Being unaffected by the drain
A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
001 Bulbasaur A seed sprouts from Bulbasaur's bulb, which shoots out to the opponent. When hit, the opponent becomes wrapped in thin vines and leaves that restrain it. The vines and leaves then glow red and suck energy from the opponent. Sometimes, the vines have no leaves at all.
Ash's Bulbasaur The Ninja Poké-Showdown Debut
188 Skiploom Skiploom shoots one or two seeds from the middle of the flower on top of its head towards the opponent. When hit, the opponent is wrapped in vines that restrain it. The vines then glow red and suck energy from the opponent.
Ephraim's Skippy The Grass Route None
285 Shroomish Shroomish shoots multiple seeds from the hole on its head towards the opponent. When the opponent is hit, the seeds sprout vines which wrap around the opponent. The vines glow red and suck energy from the opponent.
Alex's multiple Shroomish Taming of the Shroomish None
387 Turtwig Turtwig lowers its head and the sprout on its head releases a brown seed at the opponent. The seed digs into the opponent and sprouts vines which wrap around the opponent and drain its energy.
Gardenia's Turtwig The Grass-type is Always Greener! None
192 Sunflora Sunflora releases two brown seeds from the back of its head at the opponent. When the seeds hit the opponent, the seeds sprout vines and wrap up the opponent.
Nando's Sunflora The Secret Sphere of Influence! None
549 Lilligant Lilligant releases one giant seed from its head at the opponent.
Mona's Lilligant Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! None
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo shoots several seeds from its mouth into the ground. The seeds immediately grow into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy. When a Grass-type Pokémon is seeded, the target is still bound by the roots, but they are a dull gray-brown color, and it is unaffected by the energy draining.
Jessie's Pumpkaboo The Bamboozling Forest! None
673 Gogoat Gogoat fires multiple seeds at the opponent. The seeds immediately grow into vines that bind the opponent, or Gogoat fires a seed from its mouth into the ground. The seed immediately grows into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy.
Ramos's Gogoat Thawing an Icy Panic! None
252 Treecko Treecko fires multiple seeds from its mouth into the ground. The seed immediately grows into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy.
Sawyer's Treecko A Fashionable Battle! None
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist shoots several seeds from its mouth into the ground. The seeds immediately grow into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy. When a Grass-type Pokémon is seeded, the target is still bound by the roots, but they are a dull gray-brown color, and it is unaffected by the energy draining.
Jessie's Gourgeist A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell? None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In other generations

Core series games

Leech Seed I.png Leech Seed II.png Leech Seed III.png Leech Seed 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
Leech Seed 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

Spin-off series games

Leech Seed Stadium.png Leech Seed Stad2.png Leech Seed Colo.png Leech Seed 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
Leech Seed PBR.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
Leech Seed 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

Trivia

  • Though Leech Seed cannot affect Grass-type Pokémon in the games, Grass-type Pokémon have been affected in the anime.
  • Despite the origin of its Japanese name being a parasite that attaches itself to a host plant and absorbs nutrients, Leech Seed cannot affect Grass-type Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寄生種子 Geisāng Júngjí *
寄生樹種子 Geisāngsyuh Júngjí *
Mandarin 寄生種子 / 寄生种子 Jìshēng Zhǒngzǐ
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Semínkový útok
Denmark Flag.png Danish Iglefrø
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Onttrek HP
Finland Flag.png Finnish Iilisiemen (season 1)
Imusiemen (Johto series)
Loissiemen (AG series)
France Flag.png French Vampigraine
Germany Flag.png German Egelsamen
Greece Flag.png Greek Παρασιτικόσπορος
India Flag.png Hindi लीच का बीज Leech Ka Beej
लिपटने वाली बेल Lipatne Wali Bayl
Italy Flag.png Italian Parassiseme
South Korea Flag.png Korean 씨뿌리기 Ssi Ppurigi
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Snyltefrø
Poland Flag.png Polish Pnącze Mocy
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Projétil de Semente (XY082)*
Semente de Morte (Diamond & Pearl-Secret Wonders)
Semente Sanguessuga (XY087-present, Unleashed-present, manga, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Sanguessuga (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Chupa-Vidas (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Semente Sanguessuga (anime)
Semente de Morte (TCG)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Sămânța Parazit
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Semenka pijavica
Spain Flag.png Spanish Drenadoras
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Blodigelfrö*
Blodigelsfrö
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Parazit Tohum
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hạt Mầm Kí Sinh



Variations of the move Leech Seed
Status Leech SeedToxic



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