Curse (move)

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Curse
のろい Curse/Slow
Curse Ghost.png
Curse other.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
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
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
The next appeal can be made later next turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Causes the user to move later on the next turn.

Curse (Japanese: のろい Curse/Slow) is a non-damaging Ghost-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Generation V, it was a ???-type move, and the only move of that type. It was TM03 in Generation II.

Effect

In all generations, Curse acts differently depending on whether the user has the Ghost type or not.

Ghost-type Pokémon

The user will lose half of its maximum HP (rounded down) and put a curse on the target. If the user has less than half of its maximum HP remaining, the move will execute fully but cause the user to faint. A cursed Pokémon will lose ¼ of its maximum HP at the end of each turn. The curse will remain until the Pokémon switches out or the battle ends. This move is not blocked by Protect, Detect or Spiky Shield, but is blocked by Crafty Shield.

The user does not lose HP if Curse misses (due to a move with a semi-invulnerable turn), fails (due to the target already being affected by Curse), or is blocked by Crafty Shield.

If powered up by a Ghostium Z into Z-Curse, the user restores all of its HP.

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon

The user's Speed stat will drop by one stage and its Attack stat and Defense stat will rise by one stage each. Despite being an effect acting on the user, this move will fail if there are no opponents on the field.

If powered up by a Ghostium Z into Z-Curse, the user's Attack stat raises another stage.

Generation II

Curse is a ???-type move.

If a cursed Pokémon defeats its opponent, it will not take curse damage on that turn.

Generations III-IV

If a cursed Pokémon defeats its opponent, it now takes curse damage on that turn.

If the user changes type before using Curse, Curse will obey the user's type at the time of the move's execution. In a Double Battle, if the user gains the Ghost type before Curse executes, Curse will prioritize the opponent directly opposite the user as its target.

Generation V

Curse is now a Ghost-type move. Its effects remain the same.

In a Triple Battle, if the user gains the Ghost type before Curse executes, Curse will prioritize the opponent directly opposite the user as its target.

Generation VI

In a Single Battle, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change or Trick-or-Treat), Curse will execute as it does for all Ghost types, hurting the user and inflicting the curse.

In a Double Battle, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change or Trick-or-Treat), Curse will now target the user's ally (or fail if there is none) if the user is on the right side (from its Trainer's perspective), or a random opponent if the user is on the left side (from its Trainer's perspective). Follow Me and Rage Powder will still redirect Curse as normal.

In a Triple Battle or Horde Encounter, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change or Trick-or-Treat), Curse will now target a random adjacent opponent.

If the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type due to Protean upon executing Curse, the user will use the Ghost-type Curse on itself (regardless of Follow Me or Rage Powder); this cannot be blocked by Crafty Shield.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Raises Attack and Defense at the expense of Speed. It works differently for the Ghost type.
GSC Works differently for ghost-types.
RSEColo.XD A move that functions differently for Ghosts.
FRLG A move that works differently for the Ghost-type and all the other types.
DPPtHGSS A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all the other types.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
Monster Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
080 Slowbro Slowbro
Monster Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous 16 16RSE
13FRLG
12 12 12 12
093 Haunter Haunter
Amorphous Amorphous 16 16RSE
13FRLG
12 12 12 12
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous 16 16RSE
13FRLG
12 12 12 12
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral 38PtHGSS 46BW
4B2W2
4 4
199 Slowking Slowking
Monster Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
208 Steelix Steelix
Mineral Mineral 38PtHGSS 46BW
4B2W2
4 4
322 Numel Numel
Field Field 29B2W2 29 29
323 Camerupt Camerupt
Field Field 29B2W2 29 29
324 Torkoal Torkoal
Field Field 7 12 12 12XY
22ORAS
22
353 Shuppet Shuppet
Amorphous Amorphous 20 13 13BW
19B2W2
19XY
26ORAS
26
354 Banette Banette
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 20 1, 13 1, 13BW
1, 19B2W2
1, 19XY
26ORAS
26
355 Duskull Duskull
Amorphous Amorphous 34 30 30 30XY
33ORAS
33
356 Dusclops Dusclops
Amorphous Amorphous 34 30 30 30XY
33ORAS
33
377 Regirock Regirock
Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17 17XY
25ORAS
25
378 Regice Regice
Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17 17XY
25ORAS
25
379 Registeel Registeel
Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17 17XY
25ORAS
25
387 Turtwig Turtwig
Monster Grass 17 17 17 17
388 Grotle Grotle
Monster Grass 17 17 17 17
389 Torterra Torterra
Monster Grass 17 17 17 17
399 Bidoof Bidoof
Water 1 Field 45PtHGSS 45 45 49
400 Bibarel Bibarel
Water 1 Field 53PtHGSS 53 53 58
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1 1
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir
Amorphous Amorphous 30 30 30XY
33ORAS
33
562 Yamask Yamask
Mineral Amorphous 29 29 29
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus
Mineral Amorphous 29 29 29
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga
Water 1 Water 3 35 35 35
565 Carracosta Carracosta
Water 1 Water 3 35 35 35
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
Grass Mineral 9 9 9
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
Grass Mineral 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9
607 Litwick Litwick
Amorphous Amorphous 43 43 43
608 Lampent Lampent
Amorphous Amorphous 45 45 45
616 Shelmet Shelmet
Bug Bug 13 13 13
622 Golett Golett
Mineral Mineral 40 40 45
623 Golurk Golurk
Mineral Mineral 40 40 47
708 Phantump Phantump
Grass Amorphous 28 28
709 Trevenant Trevenant
Grass Amorphous 28 28
712 Bergmite Bergmite
Monster Monster 22 22
713 Avalugg Avalugg
Monster Monster 22 22
771 Pyukumuku Pyukumuku
Water 1 Water 1 22
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
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
Monster Grass
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Alola Form
Field Field
041 Zubat Zubat
Flying Flying
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral HGSS
074 Geodude Geodude
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
Field Flying
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
088 Grimer Grimer
Alola Form
Amorphous Amorphous
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
Grass Grass
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
109 Koffing Koffing
Amorphous Amorphous
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Monster Field
131 Lapras Lapras
Monster Water 1
133 Eevee Eevee
Field Field
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
Flying Flying
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
191 Sunkern Sunkern
Grass Grass
194 Wooper Wooper
Water 1 Field
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
Field Field
218 Slugma Slugma
Amorphous Amorphous
220 Swinub Swinub
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
227 Skarmory Skarmory
Flying Flying
241 Miltank Miltank
Field Field
246 Larvitar Larvitar
Monster Monster
255 Torchic Torchic
Field Field
258 Mudkip Mudkip
Monster Water 1
287 Slakoth Slakoth
Field Field
304 Aron Aron
Monster Monster
309 Electrike Electrike
Field Field
316 Gulpin Gulpin
Amorphous Amorphous
320 Wailmer Wailmer
Field Water 2
335 Zangoose Zangoose
Field Field
345 Lileep Lileep
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
347 Anorith Anorith
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
357 Tropius Tropius
Monster Grass
358 Chimecho Chimecho
Amorphous Amorphous
359 Absol Absol
Field Field
363 Spheal Spheal
Water 1 Field
408 Cranidos Cranidos
Monster Monster HGSS
410 Shieldon Shieldon
Monster Monster
422 Shellos Shellos
Water 1 Amorphous
433 Chingling Chingling
Undiscovered Undiscovered
438 Bonsly Bonsly
Undiscovered Undiscovered
446 Munchlax Munchlax
Undiscovered Undiscovered
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas
Field Field
498 Tepig Tepig
Field Field
517 Munna Munna
Field Field
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
Mineral Mineral
557 Dwebble Dwebble
Bug Mineral
568 Trubbish Trubbish
Mineral Mineral
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk
Water 1 Amorphous
631 Heatmor Heatmor
Field Field
650 Chespin Chespin
Field Field
696 Tyrunt Tyrunt
Monster Dragon
704 Goomy Goomy
Dragon Dragon
722 Rowlet Rowlet
Flying Flying
778 Mimikyu Mimikyu
Amorphous Amorphous
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
--
II
TM03
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
All Pokémon who can learn TMs can learn Curse.
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 III

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster Purified in XD: Gale of Darkness
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation V

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
241 Miltank Miltank
Field Field Dream World - Pleasant Forest
525 Boldore Boldore
Mineral Mineral Dream World - Icy Cave
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk
Water 1 Amorphous Dream World - Sparkling Sea
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 Mystery Dungeon series

The curse will wear off after a few steps. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, this move is a Normal-type move.

Pokémon Rumble Blast

When used by a non-Ghost-type Pokémon, Curse is same as in Generation V. When used by a Ghost-type Pokémon, Curse deals damage and then drains the opponent's health over time.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Attack and Defense by one level, but also lowers Movement Speed by one level. If used by a Ghost type, the target is cursed, and the user's HP halved.


In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse II Ghost.png Curse III Ghost.png Curse IV Ghost.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
Curse V Ghost.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
Curse PMD RB Ghost.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
Curse Stad2 Ghost.png Curse Colo Ghost.png Curse XD Ghost.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

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse II other.png Curse III other.png Curse IV other.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
Curse V other.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
Curse PMD RB other.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
Curse Stad2 other.png Curse Colo other.png Curse XD other.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

  • Curse's differing effects are a play on its Japanese name, のろい Noroi, which can mean either "curse" (呪い) or "dull/slow" (鈍い), depending on the kanji used. This is why it bestows an actual curse when used by Ghost-type Pokémon but lowers Speed when used by non-Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • In Generation II, three Pokémon could legitimately use both effects of the move by using Conversion or Conversion 2 to alter its own type to and from the Ghost type: Porygon, Porygon2, and Smeargle. Technically speaking, any Pokémon that can change its type in battle (e.g. via Color Change, Reflect Type or Trick-or-Treat) can use of both of Curse's effects. Similarly, if a Ghost-type Pokémon uses Curse while under the effect of Soak, the non-Ghost version will be used.
  • Curse is one of eight moves to change type between generations, along with Bite, Charm, Gust, Karate Chop, Moonlight, Sand Attack and Sweet Kiss. Of these eight, it is the only one that was not originally a Normal-type move.
  • In Generation II, TM03, which contains Curse, is given away only at night by a man telling the following story:
"Let me recount a terrifying tale... Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was given a new Bicycle... He wanted to try it right away... He was having so much fun that he didn't notice the sun had set... While riding home in the pitch-black night, the bike suddenly slowed! The pedals became heavy! When he stopped pedaling, the bike began slipping backwards! It was as if the bike were cursed and trying to drag him into oblivion! ... ... Shrieeeek! The boy had been riding uphill on Cycling Road! ... Ba-dum ba-dum! For listening so patiently, you may take this—TM03! TM03 is Curse. It's a terrifying move that slowly whittles down the victim's HP."

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 咒語 Zhòuyǔ
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Vloek
France Flag.png French Malédiction
Germany Flag.png German Fluch
Greece Flag.png Greek Κατάρα
Italy Flag.png Italian Maledizione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 저주 Jeoju
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Maldição
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Kletva
Spain Flag.png Spanish Maldición
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nguyền Rủa


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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