Substitute (move)

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Substitute
みがわり Scapegoat
Substitute.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others once.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled one time this turn.

Substitute (Japanese: みがわり Scapegoat) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM50 in Generation I before losing its TM status in Generation II. It regained its TM status, albeit as TM90, in Generation IV onwards. It was Mr. Mime's signature move in Generation II.

Effect

Generation I

Using 25% of its maximum HP, the user creates a substitute with 1 HP more than the amount of HP lost by the user. If the user's current HP is less than 25% (rounded down) of its maximum HP, it will be too weak to make a substitute and the move will fail. If the user's current HP is exactly equal to 25% (rounded down) of its maximum HP, it will faint upon creating the substitute. If the user's maximum HP is 3 or less, it will not lose any HP when the substitute is made. A substitute will have the same type and stats as the Pokémon that created it.

Once created, any damage inflicted by the opponent will be redirected to the substitute instead. If the substitute runs out of HP (it takes total damage equal to or greater than the HP used to make it), it will break. A one-hit KO move, if it hits, will always break a substitute.

While the user has a substitute up, the opponent cannot lower the user's stat stages, nor poison, freeze, burn, or flinch it. The opponent can paralyze the user through a status move's primary effect (like Thunder Wave), but not a damaging move's side effect (like Thunderbolt). Conversely, the opponent can confuse the user through a damaging move's side effect (like Confusion), but not a status move's primary effect (like Confuse Ray), and not if the damaging move causes the substitute to break. A substitute does not protect the user against sleep. If the substitute breaks after an opponent's move, it will do so after all primary and side effects of the move have been determined. Therefore, for example, Ice Beam will never freeze the user even if the move just caused the substitute to break.

A substitute will not prevent the user from gaining HP or from losing HP due to crash damage, recoil damage, or recurring damage from an already existing status condition. Additionally, Substitute will not alter the use of the opponent's Disable, Leech Seed, Super Fang, Transform, or partial trapping moves; the user's Bide, Counter, or Rage; nor Haze by either side.

Due to a glitch, if a user with a substitute takes self-inflicted confusion damage, the damage is applied to the opponent's substitute instead. If the opponent does not have a substitute, the damage effectively vanishes.

If a Pokémon breaks a substitute with Hyper Beam, it will not need to recharge. If a Pokémon breaks a substitute with Explosion or Selfdestruct, it will not faint, though its picture will still disappear until it switches out (or uses Substitute itself). If a Pokémon breaks a substitute with a recoil move, it will not take any recoil damage. If a Pokémon breaks a substitute with a HP-draining move, no HP will be restored to it. If a Pokémon breaks a substitute with Pay Day, that use of Pay Day will not count toward the money its Trainer picks up at the end of the battle. If an opponent attacks a substitute with a multi-strike move, the hits will automatically end if the substitute breaks.

In Stadium, several oddities and glitches listed above were fixed:

  • A substitute will always block the opponent from inflicting paralysis and confusion, as well as sleep (thus blocking all non-volatile status conditions).
  • If a Pokémon breaks a substitute with Explosion or Selfdestruct, it will faint as usual.
  • Draining moves will fail entirely against a Pokémon with a substitute.
  • If the user's current HP is exactly equal to 25% (rounded down) of its maximum HP, it will be too weak to create a substitute.

Generation II

In general, the fixed effects from Stadium in Generation I are retained. For example:

  • If the user's current HP is equal to or lower than 25% (rounded down) of its maximum HP, it will be too weak to create a substitute.
  • The substitute will prevent the opponent from lowering the user's stat stages, inflicting any non-volatile status condition, or flinching it.
  • The substitute will not prevent the user from gaining HP, nor will it prevent the user from losing HP due to recoil, an already-existing status condition such as poison, or other forms of recurrent damage such as by a Sandstorm.
  • Moves that change effect based on the user's current HP (such as Super Fang) will not behave any differently with Substitute.
  • Rage works as normal.
  • If the user's substitute is broken by an opponent's Self-Destruct or Explosion, the opponent will faint.
  • A substitute protects the user against draining moves, including an opponent's Pain Split (even if the user would gain HP from it). (The user can still itself use Pain Split normally, even if it would lose HP.)

Mechanics changed between Stadium and Generation II include:

  • The substitute's HP is now exactly equal to the HP lost to create the substitute, instead of being 1 + the HP lost.
  • Leech Seed is now considered a draining move, and will fail against a substitute.
  • If the user takes self-inflicted confusion damage, the damage will be given directly to the user rather than to the substitute.
  • The user can use Bide, but the damage it inflicts will not count damage dealt to the user's substitute.
  • Because recoil damage is calculated from how much HP the target has actually lost, if an opponent hits the user's substitute with a recoil move, the opponent will only take 1 HP recoil damage. (Jump Kick and Hi Jump Kick crash damage is calculated normally.) Breaking a substitute with a recoil move no longer prevents recoil damage.
  • A multi-strike move can now continue hitting even after a substitute has been broken, then dealing damage directly to the targeted Pokémon. (However, as Twineedle performs the poison check only once at the beginning of the move, it will never poison a target with a substitute even if the first hit breaks it and the second hit directly damages the target.)
  • Pay Day now works as normal.

Mechanics newly introduced in Generation II include:

  • A substitute can be Baton Passed, and it will keep whatever HP it has remaining.
  • While behind a substitute, the user is unable to use Counter, Mirror Coat, Protect, Detect, or Endure. The opponent can still use these moves.
  • While behind a substitute, the user is immune to an opponent's Lock-On, Mind Reader, Nightmare, Ghost-type Curse, and Sketch. The user can still use these moves itself.
  • While most end-of-turn effects (such as Sandstorm) bypass a substitute, a substitute redirects the damage from Future Sight. It will also redirect the damage from Pursuit as the user switches out.
  • Partial-trapping moves will not trap the user if they are behind a substitute. In addition, creating a substitute will cause the user to escape a partial-trapping move.
  • If the opponent uses Swagger, the user will have their Attack sharply increased as normal, but the substitute will prevent them from becoming confused.
  • If the opponent uses Thief, the user's item will not be stolen. The user can still use Thief normally itself.

The following moves are not blocked by the substitute:


Generation III

The following effects are carried over/expanded from Generation II:

  • The opponent still cannot lower the user's stat stages, so the substitute will now block Intimidate (which is the only Ability affected by it).
  • The opponent cannot remove the user's held item, which now applies to Covet, Knock Off, and Trick (the latter will fail even if the user is not holding an item). The user can still use Trick to lose its own held item.
  • The substitute will block damage from Doom Desire as well as Future Sight.
  • Yawn is blocked by the substitute, as it is considered a move that inflicts sleep. However, if the user was already drowsy from Yawn on the turn it created the substitute, it can still fall asleep.

The following effects are changed between Generations II and III:

  • Twineedle now performs its poison check on both hits, and so can poison a target if it broke a substitute on its first hit.
  • Rage's effect will now no longer activate if its user's substitute is hit.
  • Swagger (and the newly introduced Flatter) will now fail entirely against a substitute.
  • Pay Day now does not cause its Trainer to gain money if it hits a substitute.
  • Protect, Detect, and Endure now behave as normal.
  • Damaging draining moves (except Dream Eater) can now hit a substitute as normal, and the user of the move will gain HP depending on the HP the substitute lost. The same applies for recoil moves. (Leech Seed is still blocked by the substitute.)
  • Trapping moves are now blocked by the substitute.
  • Mimic is now blocked by the substitute.

The following effects are newly introduced in Generation III:

  • Shedinja, having a maximum of only 1 HP, cannot make a substitute.
  • Substitute can be stolen by Snatch.
  • SmellingSalt will not have any of its additional effects applied if it hits a substitute, even if the Pokémon behind it is paralyzed.

The following moves are not blocked by the substitute:


Generation IV

The following effects are carried over/expanded from Generation III:

  • The opponent still cannot remove the user's held item, which now also applies to Pluck and Bug Bite. Switcheroo behaves identically to Trick.
  • Like Counter and Mirror Coat, Metal Burst also does not count damage taken by its user's substitute.
  • Similar to SmellingSalt, Wake-Up Slap will not have any of its additional effects applied if it hits a substitute, even if the Pokémon behind it is asleep.

The following effects are changed between Generations III and IV:

  • Twineedle reverts to its Generation II behavior.[citation needed]
  • Self-confusing Berries such as the Figy Berry now no longer confuse a user behind a substitute.

The following effects are newly introduced in Generation IV:

  • The Enigma Berry will not activate if its holder is behind a substitute.
  • If an opponent's U-turn breaks the user's substitute, and the opponent then switches in a Pokémon with Intimidate, the substitute will not fade until after it has successfully blocked the new Intimidate.
  • If Toxic Spikes are up, using Baton Pass to pass a substitute will prevent the recipient from being poisoned as usual, but if the recipient is a grounded Poison-type, the Toxic Spikes will still be absorbed.
  • The user will be protected from all side effects of an opponent's Fling, including beneficial ones.
  • An opponent's Defog will not lower the user's evasiveness, but it will still remove fog as well as artifacts (Reflect, Stealth Rock, etc.) on the user's side.
  • A substitute blocks Copycat, Embargo, Gastro Acid, Psycho Shift, Worry Seed, Heal Block, and Acupressure (for the latter, regardless of whether an ally or the user itself targeted the user with Acupressure).

The following moves are not blocked by the substitute:


Generation V

Incinerate's item-removing effect will not work against a substitute, but the Ability Pickpocket and the Item Drop from Wonder Launcher still will. A user behind a substitute can use Bestow to remove its own held item, but an opponent cannot use Bestow against the user's substitute.

If Smack Down, Clear Smog, Circle Throw, or Dragon Tail target a substitute, their secondary effects will not trigger. The move Sky Drop will not work against a substitute at all.

A user behind a substitute can now use Acupressure to target itself, but can still not be targeted by allies.

Substitute now blocks Transform and Imposter.

Twineedle reverts again to its Generation III behavior. Dream Eater can now hit a Pokémon behind a substitute and acts the same way as other damaging draining moves.

The following moves are not blocked by the substitute:


Generation VI

Substitute no longer blocks sound-based moves, such as Metal Sound, or moves used by Pokémon with the Ability Infiltrator.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Uses 1/4 of the user's maximum HP to create a substitute that takes the opponent's attacks.
GSC Makes a decoy with 1/4 user's max HP.
RSEColo.XD Creates a decoy using 1/4 of the user's maximum HP.
FRLG The user creates a decoy using one-quarter of its full HP.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user's decoy.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Human-Like Human-Like 47 11 9RSE
8FRLG
29 29 29
352 Kecleon Kecleon
Field Field 40 37DP
39PtHGSS
37 37XY
42ORAS
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
Undiscovered Undiscovered 29 29 29
479 Rotom Rotom
Amorphous Amorphous 36 36 36
656 Froakie Froakie
Water 1 Water 1 35
657 Frogadier Frogadier
Water 1 Water 1 38
658 Greninja Greninja
Water 1 Water 1 43
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 Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
113 Chansey Chansey
Fairy Fairy
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan
Monster Monster
131 Lapras Lapras
Monster Water 1
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster
161 Sentret Sentret
Field Field
173 Cleffa Cleffa
Undiscovered Undiscovered
175 Togepi Togepi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
183 Marill Marill
Water 1 Fairy
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
Field Field
300 Skitty Skitty
Field Fairy
311 Plusle Plusle
Fairy Fairy
312 Minun Minun
Fairy Fairy
325 Spoink Spoink
Field Field
359 Absol Absol
Field Field
440 Happiny Happiny
Undiscovered Undiscovered
446 Munchlax Munchlax
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Egg Groups Machine
I
TM50
II
--
III
--
IV
TM90
V
TM90
VI
TM90
VII
TM90
All Pokémon who can learn TMs can learn Substitute except Unown,
Wobbuffet, Wynaut, Kricketot, Burmy, Tynamo, and Spewpa.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
Monster Grass
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur
Monster Grass
003 Venusaur Venusaur
Monster Grass
004 Charmander Charmander
Monster Dragon
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon
Monster Dragon
006 Charizard Charizard
Monster Dragon
007 Squirtle Squirtle
Monster Water 1
008 Wartortle Wartortle
Monster Water 1
009 Blastoise Blastoise
Monster Water 1
012 Butterfree Butterfree
Bug Bug
015 Beedrill Beedrill
Bug Bug
016 Pidgey Pidgey
Flying Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto
Flying Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot
Flying Flying
019 Rattata Rattata
Field Field
020 Raticate Raticate
Field Field
021 Spearow Spearow
Flying Flying
022 Fearow Fearow
Flying Flying
023 Ekans Ekans
Field Dragon
024 Arbok Arbok
Field Dragon
025 Pikachu Pikachu
Field Fairy
026 Raichu Raichu
Field Fairy
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Field Field
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Field Field
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Monster Field
030 Nidorina Nidorina
Undiscovered Undiscovered
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
Undiscovered Undiscovered
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
Monster Field
033 Nidorino Nidorino
Monster Field
034 Nidoking Nidoking
Monster Field
035 Clefairy Clefairy
Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable
Fairy Fairy
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Field Field
038 Ninetales Ninetales
Field Field
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Fairy Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy
041 Zubat Zubat
Flying Flying
042 Golbat Golbat
Flying Flying
043 Oddish Oddish
Grass Grass
044 Gloom Gloom
Grass Grass
045 Vileplume Vileplume
Grass Grass
046 Paras Paras
Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect
Bug Grass
048 Venonat Venonat
Bug Bug
049 Venomoth Venomoth
Bug Bug
050 Diglett Diglett
Field Field
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
Field Field
052 Meowth Meowth
Field Field
053 Persian Persian
Field Field
054 Psyduck Psyduck
Water 1 Field
055 Golduck Golduck
Water 1 Field
056 Mankey Mankey
Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
Field Field
058 Growlithe Growlithe
Field Field
059 Arcanine Arcanine
Field Field
060 Poliwag Poliwag
Water 1 Water 1
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
Water 1 Water 1
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
Water 1 Water 1
063 Abra Abra
Human-Like Human-Like
064 Kadabra Kadabra
Human-Like Human-Like
065 Alakazam Alakazam
Human-Like Human-Like
066 Machop Machop
Human-Like Human-Like
067 Machoke Machoke
Human-Like Human-Like
068 Machamp Machamp
Human-Like Human-Like
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout
Grass Grass
070 Weepinbell Weepinbell
Grass Grass
071 Victreebel Victreebel
Grass Grass
072 Tentacool Tentacool
Water 3 Water 3
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel
Water 3 Water 3
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral
077 Ponyta Ponyta
Field Field
078 Rapidash Rapidash
Field Field
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
Monster Water 1
080 Slowbro Slowbro
Monster Water 1
081 Magnemite Magnemite
Mineral Mineral
082 Magneton Magneton
Mineral Mineral
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
Field Flying
084 Doduo Doduo
Flying Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio
Flying Flying
086 Seel Seel
Water 1 Field
087 Dewgong Dewgong
Water 1 Field
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
089 Muk Muk
Amorphous Amorphous
090 Shellder Shellder
Water 3 Water 3
091 Cloyster Cloyster
Water 3 Water 3
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous
093 Haunter Haunter
Amorphous Amorphous
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral
096 Drowzee Drowzee
Human-Like Human-Like
097 Hypno Hypno
Human-Like Human-Like
098 Krabby Krabby
Water 3 Water 3
099 Kingler Kingler
Water 3 Water 3
100 Voltorb Voltorb
Mineral Mineral
101 Electrode Electrode
Mineral Mineral
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
Grass Grass
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Grass Grass
104 Cubone Cubone
Monster Monster
105 Marowak Marowak
Monster Monster
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee
Human-Like Human-Like
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
Human-Like Human-Like
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
109 Koffing Koffing
Amorphous Amorphous
110 Weezing Weezing
Amorphous Amorphous
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Monster Field
112 Rhydon Rhydon
Monster Field
113 Chansey Chansey
Fairy Fairy
114 Tangela Tangela
Grass Grass
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan
Monster Monster
116 Horsea Horsea
Water 1 Dragon
117 Seadra Seadra
Water 1 Dragon
118 Goldeen Goldeen
Water 2 Water 2
119 Seaking Seaking
Water 2 Water 2
120 Staryu Staryu
Water 3 Water 3
121 Starmie Starmie
Water 3 Water 3
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Human-Like Human-Like
123 Scyther Scyther
Bug Bug
124 Jynx Jynx
Human-Like Human-Like
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz
Human-Like Human-Like
126 Magmar Magmar
Human-Like Human-Like
127 Pinsir Pinsir
Bug Bug
128 Tauros Tauros
Field Field
130 Gyarados Gyarados
Water 2 Dragon
131 Lapras Lapras
Monster Water 1
133 Eevee Eevee
Field Field
134 Vaporeon Vaporeon
Field Field
135 Jolteon Jolteon
Field Field
136 Flareon Flareon
Field Field
137 Porygon Porygon
Mineral Mineral
138 Omanyte Omanyte
Water 1 Water 3
139 Omastar Omastar
Water 1 Water 3
140 Kabuto Kabuto
Water 1 Water 3
141 Kabutops Kabutops
Water 1 Water 3
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
Flying Flying
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster
144 Articuno Articuno
Undiscovered Undiscovered
145 Zapdos Zapdos
Undiscovered Undiscovered
146 Moltres Moltres
Undiscovered Undiscovered
147 Dratini Dratini
Water 1 Dragon
148 Dragonair Dragonair
Water 1 Dragon
149 Dragonite Dragonite
Water 1 Dragon
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
Undiscovered Undiscovered
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
152 Chikorita Chikorita
Monster Grass
153 Bayleef Bayleef
Monster Grass
154 Meganium Meganium
Monster Grass
155 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil
Field Field
156 Quilava Quilava
Field Field
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion
Field Field
158 Totodile Totodile
Monster Water 1
159 Croconaw Croconaw
Monster Water 1
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr
Monster Water 1
161 Sentret Sentret
Field Field
162 Furret Furret
Field Field
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot
Flying Flying
164 Noctowl Noctowl
Flying Flying
165 Ledyba Ledyba
Bug Bug
166 Ledian Ledian
Bug Bug
167 Spinarak Spinarak
Bug Bug
168 Ariados Ariados
Bug Bug
169 Crobat Crobat
Flying Flying
170 Chinchou Chinchou
Water 2 Water 2
171 Lanturn Lanturn
Water 2 Water 2
172 Pichu Pichu
Undiscovered Undiscovered
173 Cleffa Cleffa
Undiscovered Undiscovered
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
Undiscovered Undiscovered
175 Togepi Togepi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
176 Togetic Togetic
Fairy Flying
177 Natu Natu
Flying Flying
178 Xatu Xatu
Flying Flying
179 Mareep Mareep
Monster Field
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy
Monster Field
181 Ampharos Ampharos
Monster Field
182 Bellossom Bellossom
Grass Grass
183 Marill Marill
Water 1 Fairy
184 Azumarill Azumarill
Water 1 Fairy
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
186 Politoed Politoed
Water 1 Water 1
187 Hoppip Hoppip
Fairy Grass
188 Skiploom Skiploom
Fairy Grass
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff
Fairy Grass
190 Aipom Aipom
Field Field
191 Sunkern Sunkern
Grass Grass
192 Sunflora Sunflora
Grass Grass
193 Yanma Yanma
Bug Bug
194 Wooper Wooper
Water 1 Field
195 Quagsire Quagsire
Water 1 Field
196 Espeon Espeon
Field Field
197 Umbreon Umbreon
Field Field
198 Murkrow Murkrow
Flying Flying
199 Slowking Slowking
Monster Water 1
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous
203 Girafarig Girafarig
Field Field
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
Bug Bug
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
Field Field
207 Gligar Gligar
Bug Bug
208 Steelix Steelix
Mineral Mineral
209 Snubbull Snubbull
Field Fairy
210 Granbull Granbull
Field Fairy
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
Water 2 Water 2
212 Scizor Scizor
Bug Bug
213 Shuckle Shuckle
Bug Bug
214 Heracross Heracross
Bug Bug
215 Sneasel Sneasel
Field Field
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa
Field Field
217 Ursaring Ursaring
Field Field
218 Slugma Slugma
Amorphous Amorphous
219 Magcargo Magcargo
Amorphous Amorphous
220 Swinub Swinub
Field Field
221 Piloswine Piloswine
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
Water 1 Water 3
223 Remoraid Remoraid
Water 1 Water 2
224 Octillery Octillery
Water 1 Water 2
225 Delibird Delibird
Water 1 Field
226 Mantine Mantine
Water 1 Water 1
227 Skarmory Skarmory
Flying Flying
228 Houndour Houndour
Field Field
229 Houndoom Houndoom
Field Field
230 Kingdra Kingdra
Water 1 Dragon
231 Phanpy Phanpy
Field Field
232 Donphan Donphan
Field Field
233 Porygon2 Porygon2
Mineral Mineral
234 Stantler Stantler
Field Field
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue
Undiscovered Undiscovered
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop
Human-Like Human-Like
238 Smoochum Smoochum
Undiscovered Undiscovered
239 Elekid Elekid
Undiscovered Undiscovered
240 Magby Magby
Undiscovered Undiscovered
241 Miltank Miltank
Field Field
242 Blissey Blissey
Fairy Fairy
243 Raikou Raikou
Undiscovered Undiscovered
244 Entei Entei
Undiscovered Undiscovered
245 Suicune Suicune
Undiscovered Undiscovered
246 Larvitar Larvitar
Monster Monster
247 Pupitar Pupitar
Monster Monster
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar
Monster Monster
249 Lugia Lugia
Undiscovered Undiscovered
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Undiscovered Undiscovered
251 Celebi Celebi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
252 Treecko Treecko
Monster Dragon
253 Grovyle Grovyle
Monster Dragon
254 Sceptile Sceptile
Monster Dragon
255 Torchic Torchic
Field Field
256 Combusken Combusken
Field Field
257 Blaziken Blaziken
Field Field
258 Mudkip Mudkip
Monster Water 1
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp
Monster Water 1
260 Swampert Swampert
Monster Water 1
261 Poochyena Poochyena
Field Field
262 Mightyena Mightyena
Field Field
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
Field Field
264 Linoone Linoone
Field Field
267 Beautifly Beautifly
Bug Bug
269 Dustox Dustox
Bug Bug
270 Lotad Lotad
Water 1 Grass
271 Lombre Lombre
Water 1 Grass
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo
Water 1 Grass
273 Seedot Seedot
Field Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
Field Grass
275 Shiftry Shiftry
Field Grass
276 Taillow Taillow
Flying Flying
277 Swellow Swellow
Flying Flying
278 Wingull Wingull
Water 1 Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper
Water 1 Flying
280 Ralts Ralts
Amorphous Amorphous
281 Kirlia Kirlia
Amorphous Amorphous
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
Amorphous Amorphous
283 Surskit Surskit
Water 1 Bug
284 Masquerain Masquerain
Water 1 Bug
285 Shroomish Shroomish
Fairy Grass
286 Breloom Breloom
Fairy Grass
287 Slakoth Slakoth
Field Field
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth
Field Field
289 Slaking Slaking
Field Field
290 Nincada Nincada
Bug Bug
291 Ninjask Ninjask
Bug Bug
292 Shedinja Shedinja
Mineral Mineral
293 Whismur Whismur
Monster Field
294 Loudred Loudred
Monster Field
295 Exploud Exploud
Monster Field
296 Makuhita Makuhita
Human-Like Human-Like
297 Hariyama Hariyama
Human-Like Human-Like
298 Azurill Azurill
Undiscovered Undiscovered
299 Nosepass Nosepass
Mineral Mineral
300 Skitty Skitty
Field Fairy
301 Delcatty Delcatty
Field Fairy
302 Sableye Sableye
Human-Like Human-Like
303 Mawile Mawile
Field Fairy
304 Aron Aron
Monster Monster
305 Lairon Lairon
Monster Monster
306 Aggron Aggron
Monster Monster
307 Meditite Meditite
Human-Like Human-Like
308 Medicham Medicham
Human-Like Human-Like
309 Electrike Electrike
Field Field
310 Manectric Manectric
Field Field
311 Plusle Plusle
Fairy Fairy
312 Minun Minun
Fairy Fairy
313 Volbeat Volbeat
Human-Like Bug
314 Illumise Illumise
Human-Like Bug
315 Roselia Roselia
Fairy Grass
316 Gulpin Gulpin
Amorphous Amorphous
317 Swalot Swalot
Amorphous Amorphous
318 Carvanha Carvanha
Water 2 Water 2
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo
Water 2 Water 2
320 Wailmer Wailmer
Field Water 2
321 Wailord Wailord
Field Water 2
322 Numel Numel
Field Field
323 Camerupt Camerupt
Field Field
324 Torkoal Torkoal
Field Field
325 Spoink Spoink
Field Field
326 Grumpig Grumpig
Field Field
327 Spinda Spinda
Field Human-Like
328 Trapinch Trapinch
Bug Bug
329 Vibrava Vibrava
Bug Bug
330 Flygon Flygon
Bug Bug
331 Cacnea Cacnea
Human-Like Grass
332 Cacturne Cacturne
Grass Human-Like
333 Swablu Swablu
Dragon Flying
334 Altaria Altaria
Dragon Flying
335 Zangoose Zangoose
Field Field
336 Seviper Seviper
Field Dragon
337 Lunatone Lunatone
Mineral Mineral
338 Solrock Solrock
Mineral Mineral
339 Barboach Barboach
Water 2 Water 2
340 Whiscash Whiscash
Water 2 Water 2
341 Corphish Corphish
Water 1 Water 3
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt
Water 1 Water 3
343 Baltoy Baltoy
Mineral Mineral
344 Claydol Claydol
Mineral Mineral
345 Lileep Lileep
Water 3 Water 3
346 Cradily Cradily
Water 3 Water 3
347 Anorith Anorith
Water 3 Water 3
348 Armaldo Armaldo
Water 3 Water 3
349 Feebas Feebas
Water 1 Dragon
350 Milotic Milotic
Water 1 Dragon
351 Castform Castform
Fairy Amorphous
352 Kecleon Kecleon
Field Field
353 Shuppet Shuppet
Amorphous Amorphous
354 Banette Banette
Amorphous Amorphous
355 Duskull Duskull
Amorphous Amorphous
356 Dusclops Dusclops
Amorphous Amorphous
357 Tropius Tropius
Monster Grass
358 Chimecho Chimecho
Amorphous Amorphous
359 Absol Absol
Field Field
361 Snorunt Snorunt
Fairy Mineral
362 Glalie Glalie
Fairy Mineral
363 Spheal Spheal
Water 1 Field
364 Sealeo Sealeo
Water 1 Field
365 Walrein Walrein
Water 1 Field
366 Clamperl Clamperl
Water 1 Water 1
367 Huntail Huntail
Water 1 Water 1
368 Gorebyss Gorebyss
Water 1 Water 1
369 Relicanth Relicanth
Water 1 Water 2
370 Luvdisc Luvdisc
Water 2 Water 2
371 Bagon Bagon
Dragon Dragon
372 Shelgon Shelgon
Dragon Dragon
373 Salamence Salamence
Dragon Dragon
375 Metang Metang
Mineral Mineral
376 Metagross Metagross
Mineral Mineral
377 Regirock Regirock
Undiscovered Undiscovered
378 Regice Regice
Undiscovered Undiscovered
379 Registeel Registeel
Undiscovered Undiscovered
380 Latias Latias
Undiscovered Undiscovered
381 Latios Latios
Undiscovered Undiscovered
382 Kyogre Kyogre
Undiscovered Undiscovered
383 Groudon Groudon
Undiscovered Undiscovered
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza
Undiscovered Undiscovered
385 Jirachi Jirachi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
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
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral New York City Pokémon Center
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug 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

Greninja using Substitute

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Substitute turns the foe in front into a decoy, causing other foes to attack it.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Substitute is the down special move for Greninja. The substitute doll it summons resembles those from the main games, though it can also summon a log. The move functions as a counter, attacking opponents who hit Greninja while it is posing. Additionally, there is a trophy of the substitute doll in the Wii U version of the game.

Trophy information

If it looks like a Pokémon and it gets attacked like a Pokémon, it's probably a- Oh, no, it could also be a Substitute Doll. This cute plush figure appears out of nowhere when a Pokémon uses the move Substitute. Is that a smile on its face or a grimace of determination? Only the doll knows, and it's not telling.

Description

Games Description
MDRB The target gains the Decoy status, making it the target of its fellow Pokémon.

Sprites

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Missing the substitute images from Generation VI.
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A substitute from
Generations I and II
A substitute from
Stadium and Stadium 2
A substitute from
Generation III
SubstitutePMDF.png SubstituteG4f.pngSubstituteG4b.png SubstitutePMD2F.png
A substitute from
Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team
A substitute from
Generation IV
A substitute from
Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky
SubstituteG5f.pngSubstituteG5b.png
A substitute from
Generation V

In the anime

Shaymin Substitute.png Shaymin Substitute disappears.png Togepi Substitute.png Juniper Accelgor Substitute.png
Shaymin Substitute fades away Togepi Accelgor
The user creates a substitute that resembles it. The substitute fades away soon after.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
492 Shaymin Shaymin creates a clone that looks exactly like itself. It then fades soon after.
Shaymin (M11) Giratina and the Sky Warrior Debut
301 Delcatty Delcatty creates an exact copy of itself. When it gets hit, it disappears in a puff of smoke.
Lila's Delcatty Battling the Generation Gap! None
175 Togepi Togepi moves quickly when the opponent is about to attack and creates an afterimage of itself. When the afterimage gets hit, it disappears.
A wild Togepi Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! None
617 Accelgor Accelgor's body flashes white, and a double that looks exactly like Accelgor dashes out of its body and at the opponent. When the afterimage is hit by an attack, it disappears in a puff of smoke.
Professor Juniper's Accelgor Evolution Exchange Excitement! None

In the manga

In the Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga


In other generations

Substitute I.png Substitute II.png Substitute III.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
Substitute IV.png Substitute 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
Substitute 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
Substitute Stadium.png Substitute Stad2.png Substitute Colo.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
Substitute XD.png Substitute Fly 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

Trivia

A substitute "levitating"
A substitute in place of Masahiro Sakurai
  • In most games, the decoy and the Pokémon will switch places when the Pokémon executes a move. The only exception is in Pokémon Battle Revolution, where the battle animations play out as if the substitute was the one performing the move. It generally remains stationary, except when using moves like Fly or Bounce.
  • In the Generation I and II games, the substitute resembles the Pokémon Rhydon.
  • Shedinja can learn Substitute despite being incapable of using it, as its HP is too low to create a substitute.
  • Substitutes are interpreted differently throughout all forms of Pokémon canon. In the games, a substitute is seen as an inanimate decoy which simply stands in for the Pokémon. In the anime, substitutes are seen to be clones of the user. In the manga, substitutes are like the anime representation, but more spectral and transparent, as shown by Red's Pikachu in Peace of Mime.
  • In the Mystery Dungeon series, if the player eats an X-Eye Seed, all other Pokémon appear as substitutes.
  • The Plush Toy enemy in the Mystery Doors of the Magical Land Series movie in Pokéstar Studios is similar to a substitute.
  • In Pokémon Stadium, glitch Pokémon will appear as the substitutes. The color will vary, however, due to the player's ID and the glitch Pokémon's name. This is because the game treats the glitch Pokémon's name as a nickname, which cause Pokémon to change colors in the Stadium series.
  • In Generation VI, the size of the substitute depends on the size of the Pokémon using it. For example, a substitute made by a Kyurem will be bigger than that of a Flabébé.
  • In the Pokémon Origins episode File 4: Charizard, a Growlithe can be seen playing with a substitute plushie in Mr Fuji's Pokémon House.
  • During Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Direct on April 8, 2014, a substitute plushie is seen in place of Masahiro Sakurai as he goes to showcase some of the Pokémon available from the Poké Ball and Master Ball items.
  • In Under the Pledging Tree!, a Substitute doll was one of the items offered to Ash by a market vendor in Coumarine City.


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 替身 Tìshēn
Denmark Flag.png Danish Reserve
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kloon
France Flag.png French Clonage
Germany Flag.png German Delegator
Greece Flag.png Greek Υποκατάσταση
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Menyamar
Perasuk
Italy Flag.png Italian Sostituto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 대타출동 Daetachuldong
Poland Flag.png Polish Zastępca
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Substituição
Romania Flag.png Romanian Substituirea
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Izmena
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Sustitución (DP095)
Sustituto (M11, BW063)
Señuelo* (DP142)
Spain Flag.png Spain Sustituto
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hoán Đổi


References

Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
0102030405
Generation IV TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 959697
9899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100


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