Acupressure (move)

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つぼをつく Point Strike
Acupressure VI.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  30 (max. 48)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect the user or an adjacent ally
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Earn double the score in the next turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

Acupressure (Japanese: つぼをつく Point Strike) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.


Generation IV

Acupressure chooses one of the target's stats at random and raises it by two stages. It can raise either the target's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, Speed, accuracy or evasion stat but will not attempt to raise a stat that is already maximized, meaning that the move will fail if all stats are maximized. Acupressure will also fail if the target is under the effects of Substitute.

In this generation, Acupressure can be stolen by Snatch.

Generation V onward

Acupressure will no longer fail if the target is the user and the user is behind a substitute; it will still fail if targeting an ally behind a Substitute. Acupressure can no longer be stolen by Snatch.

If a Pokémon selected Acupressure as its move, but when executing the move it is in a different position (due to shifting in a Triple Battle or Ally Switch), Acupressure will be used on the Pokémon currently in the targeted position (even if the user targeted itself initially); however, if the user now targets itself but did not initially, Acupressure fails.

If the user's side of the field is protected by Crafty Shield, Acupressure will fail if executed on an ally but succeed if executed on the user.


Games Description
The user applies pressure to stress points, sharply boosting one of its stats.
XYORAS The user applies pressure to stress points, sharply boosting one of its or its allies' stats.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying 28 28 28
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying 28 28 28
307 Meditite Meditite Fighting Psychic   39 39
308 Medicham Medicham Fighting Psychic   42 42
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug 17 17 13 13
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark 17 17 13 13
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass   29 29
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 Type Father
072 Tentacool Tentacool Water Poison SkorupiDrapion SkorupiDrapion SkorupiDrapion
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock SkorupiDrapion SkorupiDrapion SkorupiDrapion
453 Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting no MedititeMedicham MedititeMedicham
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 Type Obtained with
072 072 Tentacool Water Poison Dream World - Sparkling Sea
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Acupressure IV.png Acupressure V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
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
Chinese Cantonese 點穴 Dímyuht
Mandarin 點穴 Diǎnxué
France Flag.png French Acupression
Germany Flag.png German Akupressur
Greece Flag.png Greek Πιεσοθεραπεία
Italy Flag.png Italian Acupressione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 경혈찌르기 Gyeonghyeol Jjireugi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Acupuntura
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Akupritisak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Acupresión

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