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Me First (Japanese: さきどり Take in Advance) is a Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.
If the foe has not made the first move, Me First copies any damage-dealing move that the target is about to use and increases the power by 50%. It bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the opponent is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. Me First will fail if the foe uses a non-damaging move.
Me First will only work if the user moves before the target, and as such it is unable to copy moves with increased priority such as Fake Out or Sucker Punch (it can copy moves with +1 priority if used by a Pokémon with Prankster); it is also unable to copy Focus Punch.
If the foe goes second in the recharge turn of a move like Frenzy Plant, Me First will work and copy that move. If a move like Outrage is copied, it will act as usual, forcing the user of Me First to use the move for several turns. Me First is unable to copy Struggle, as it is not a move that can be directly chosen.
If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Me First, the user's Speed stat rises two stages. Additionally, the copied move will become its corresponding Z-Move.
|| The user tries to cut ahead of the foe to steal and use the foe's intended move with greater power.
|| The user tries to cut ahead of the target to steal and use the target's intended move with greater power.
|| The user cuts ahead of the target to steal and use the target's intended move with greater power. This move fails if it isn't used first.
|| The user cuts ahead of the target to copy and use the target's intended move with greater power. This move fails if it isn't used first.
In other games
|| Causes the user to unleash a random move drawn from the facing enemy's move list. The move's power is boosted for greater damage. The move fails if the enemy has no damage-dealing moves.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
- In link battles between players, the user of Me First turns to face its own Trainer during the "stealing" animation before executing the copied move normally.
In other languages