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Curse (move)

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Curse
のろい Curse/Slow
Curse V Ghost.png
Curse V 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 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.

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

Effect

Generation II-IV

Curse is a ???-type move. It acts differently depending on whether it is used by a Ghost-type Pokémon or not. When executing this move, the Ghost type takes priority over other types, so dual-type Ghost-type Pokémon use the Ghost version of the move.

The selection of whether to use the Ghost-type or non-Ghost-type version of this move is decided upon execution, not selection, so if the user changes type before using the move the version of the move used will also change. In a Double Battle, if the user's type is changed to Ghost before execution, the user will use Curse on the opponent directly opposite if there are still two foes.

Ghost-type Pokémon

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

Also, in Generation II, defeating the opponent will prevent the Pokémon it is used on taking damage from Curse on that turn.

In the Mystery Dungeon series, the curse will wear off after a few steps.

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 the move's stat-boosting nature, it will fail if there is no target.

Generation V and on

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

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
XY
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke Water Psychic -- -- -- -- --
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic -- -- -- -- --
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison 16 16 13 12 12 12
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison 16 16 13 12 12 12
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison 16 16 13 12 12 12
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground       38 46 4 4
199 Slowking Slowking Water Psychic -- -- -- -- --
208 Steelix Steelix Steel Ground       38 46 4 4
322 Numel Numel Fire Ground         29 29
323 Camerupt Camerupt Fire Ground         29 29
324 Torkoal Torkoal Fire Fire   7 12 12 12
353 Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost   20 13 13 19 19
354 Banette Banette Ghost Ghost   --, 20 --, 13 --, 13 --, 19 --, 19
355 Duskull Duskull Ghost Ghost   34 30 30 30
356 Dusclops Dusclops Ghost Ghost   34 30 30 30
377 Regirock Regirock Rock Rock   17 17 17 17
378 Regice Regice Ice Ice   17 17 17 17
379 Registeel Registeel Steel Steel   17 17 17 17
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass     17 17 17
388 Grotle Grotle Grass Grass     17 17 17
389 Torterra Torterra Grass Ground     17 17 17
399 Bidoof Bidoof Normal Normal       45 45 45
400 Bibarel Bibarel Normal Water       53 53 53
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb Ghost Dark     -- -- --
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir Ghost Ghost     30 30 30
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost       29 29
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Ghost Ghost       29 29
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock       35 35
565 Carracosta Carracosta Water Rock       35 35
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel       9 9
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel       --, 9 --, 9
607 Litwick Litwick Ghost Fire       43 43
608 Lampent Lampent Ghost Fire       45 45
616 Shelmet Shelmet Bug Bug       13 13
622 Golett Golett Ground Ghost       40 40
623 Golurk Golurk Ground Ghost       40 40
708 Phantump Phantump Ghost Grass         28
709 Trevenant Trevenant Ghost Grass         28
712 Bergmite Bergmite Ice Ice         22
713 Avalugg Avalugg Ice Ice         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 Type Father
II III IV V VI
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowking SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothornPhantumpTrevenantBergmiteAvalugg
041 Zubat Zubat* Poison Flying   Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
074 Geodude Geodude Rock Ground       OnixSteelix OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison   GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclops GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute* Grass Psychic   Bulbasaur TurtwigGrotleTorterra TurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothorn TurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothorn
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowking SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
109 Koffing Koffing Poison Poison     GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoal SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingNumelCameruptTorkoalTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingNumelCameruptTorkoalTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarelBergmiteAvalugg
131 Lapras Lapras Water Ice   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowking SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracostaBergmiteAvalugg
133 Eevee Eevee Normal Normal   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl* Rock Flying   Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd ZubatGolbatCrobatFarfetch'dSkarmory
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowking SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock       OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn
191 Sunkern Sunkern* Grass Grass   Bulbasaur TurtwigGrotleTorterra TurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothorn TurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothornPhantumpTrevenant
194 Wooper Wooper Water Ground   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoal SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoal SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingNumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingNumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Ghost     GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce Normal Normal   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
218 Slugma Slugma Fire Fire     GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
220 Swinub Swinub Ice Ground     Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
222 Corsola Corsola Water Rock       SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta
227 Skarmory Skarmory* Steel Flying   Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
241 Miltank Miltank Normal Normal   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
246 Larvitar Larvitar Rock Ground   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowking SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
255 Torchic Torchic Fire Fire       TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
258 Mudkip Mudkip Water Water   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowking SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracostaBergmiteAvalugg
287 Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock     SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
309 Electrike Electrike Electric Electric   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
316 Gulpin Gulpin Poison Poison     GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
320 Wailmer Wailmer Water Water   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
345 Lileep Lileep* Rock Grass       Corsola TirtougaCarracosta TirtougaCarracosta
347 Anorith Anorith* Rock Bug       Corsola TirtougaCarracosta TirtougaCarracosta
357 Tropius Tropius Grass Flying     SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothorn SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraFerroseedFerrothornPhantumpTrevenantBergmiteAvalugg
358 Chimecho Chimecho Psychic Psychic   GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclops GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark   Torkoal Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
363 Spheal Spheal Ice Water   SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoal SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoal SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalBidoofBibarel SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTorkoalBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingNumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingNumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarelTirtougaCarracosta
408 Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock       SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
410 Shieldon Shieldon Rock Steel     SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
422 Shellos Shellos Water Water     SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingGastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingGastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteBidoofBibarelDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingGastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteBidoofBibarelDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusTirtougaCarracostaLitwickLampent SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingGastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteBidoofBibarelDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusTirtougaCarracostaLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
433 Chingling Chingling Psychic Psychic     GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritomb GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock       OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn
446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Normal     SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraBergmiteAvalugg
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground     Torkoal TorkoalBidoofBibarel TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
498 Tepig Tepig Fire Fire       TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
517 Munna Munna Psychic Psychic       TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola Rock Rock       OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock       OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothornShelmet OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothornShelmet
568 Trubbish Trubbish Poison Poison       OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixYamaskCofagrigusFerroseedFerrothorn
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk Ground Electric       SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingGastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteBidoofBibarelDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusTirtougaCarracostaLitwickLampent SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingGastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteBidoofBibarelDuskullDusclopsDusknoirSpiritombYamaskCofagrigusTirtougaCarracostaLitwickLampentPhantumpTrevenant
631 Heatmor Heatmor Fire Fire       TorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
650 Chespin Chespin Grass Grass         NumelCameruptTorkoalBidoofBibarel
696 Tyrunt Tyrunt Rock Dragon         SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterra
704 Goomy Goomy* Dragon Dragon         Tyrunt
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 Type Machine
I
--
II
TM03
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
All Pokémon that 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 Type Obtained with
143 143 Snorlax Normal Purified in XD: Gale of Darkness
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
241 241 Miltank Normal Dream World - Pleasant Forest
525 525 Boldore Rock Dream World - Icy Cave
618 618 Stunfisk Ground Electric 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 other games

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.

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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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