Block (move)

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Block
とおせんぼう Block
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Makes all Pokémon after the user nervous.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the remaining Pokémon nervous.

Block (Japanese: とおせんぼう Block) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Generations III and IV

Block prevents the target from switching out or fleeing (including via Teleport). It bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. The effect only applies as long as the Pokémon that used it remains in battle.

It is blocked by Protect and Detect.

The affected Pokémon can still switch out via Baton Pass, but in that case, the Pokémon that switches in will now be affected. Affected Pokémon can also switch out with U-turn. Conversely, the Pokémon that used Block can switch out with Baton Pass and the effects of Block will still apply. Also, if the affected Pokémon is Roared at or hit with a Whirlwind, they will still be switched out.

If a wild Pokémon uses Block on the player's Pokémon, the player will be unable to escape, unless the player's Pokémon has Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball.

Generation V

If a Pokémon traps a target with Block and then switches with Baton Pass the target will no longer be trapped. Pokémon affected by Block can switch out with Volt Switch. Also, Dragon Tail and Circle Throw will force the affected Pokémon to switch out.

Generation VI onward

Block no longer affects Ghost-type Pokémon. It will now hit the target even if it has used Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Pokémon affected by Block can also switch out with Parting Shot and Flip Turn.

Block can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing certain moves (Explosion, Memento, Perish Song, and Self-Destruct) to gain an extra three appeal points if they are used in the next turn.

If powered up by Normalium Z into Z-Block, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.

Description

Games Description
RSE Blocks the foe's way to prevent escape.
Colo.XD Blocks the target's way to prevent escape.
FRLG
DPPtHGSSPBR
The user blocks the foe's way with arms spread wide to prevent escape.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user blocks the target's way with arms spread wide to prevent escape.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster 37RSE
41FRLG
36 41 41 41SMUSUM 1
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral 33 22 22BW
26B2W2
26 29 12
299   Nosepass
  Mineral Mineral 16 19 19BW
8B2W2
8XY
7ORAS
7 7BDSP
411   Bastiodon
 
 
Monster Monster 30 30 30 1, Evo. 1, Evo.BDSP
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral 33 33 33 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
438   Bonsly
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 22 22BW
26B2W2
26 29 12
465   Tangrowth
  Grass Grass 57 57BW
56B2W2
1, 56 1, 56 1
476   Probopass
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1, 19 1, 19BW
1, 8B2W2
1, 8XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7 1, 7BDSP
645   Landorus
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 10SwSh
805   Stakataka
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20SwSh
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1SwSh
874   Stonjourner
  Mineral Mineral 1SwSh
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 Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral BDSP
074   Geodude
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
079   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1 SwSh
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
158   Totodile
  Monster Water 1 BDSP
299   Nosepass
  Mineral Mineral BDSP
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like BDSP
361   Snorunt
  Fairy Mineral
557   Dwebble
 
 
Bug Mineral SwSh
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 SwSh
679   Honedge
 
 
Mineral Mineral SwSh
837   Rolycoly
  Mineral Mineral SwSh
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 Types Egg Groups Game
DP Pt HGSS BW B2W2 XY ORAS SM USUM PE
003   Venusaur
 
 
Monster Grass
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral
074   Geodude
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral
075   Graveler
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1
089   Muk
  Amorphous Amorphous
089   Muk
Alolan Form
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass
112   Rhydon
 
 
Monster Field
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
158   Totodile
  Monster Water 1
159   Croconaw
  Monster Water 1
160   Feraligatr
  Monster Water 1
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1
205   Forretress
 
 
Bug Bug
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
232   Donphan
  Field Field
241   Miltank
  Field Field
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy
248   Tyranitar
 
 
Monster Monster
289   Slaking
  Field Field
299   Nosepass
  Mineral Mineral
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster
317   Swalot
  Amorphous Amorphous
321   Wailord
  Field Water 2
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like
332   Cacturne
 
 
Grass Human-Like
346   Cradily
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
361   Snorunt
  Fairy Mineral
362   Glalie
  Fairy Mineral
365   Walrein
 
 
Water 1 Field
376   Metagross
 
 
Mineral Mineral
377   Regirock
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
378   Regice
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
379   Registeel
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
382   Kyogre
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
383   Groudon
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
389   Torterra
 
 
Monster Grass
411   Bastiodon
 
 
Monster Monster
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral
438   Bonsly
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
460   Abomasnow
 
 
Monster Grass
463   Lickilicky
  Monster Monster
464   Rhyperior
 
 
Monster Field
465   Tangrowth
  Grass Grass
473   Mamoswine
 
 
Field Field
476   Probopass
 
 
Mineral Mineral
478   Froslass
 
 
Fairy Mineral
486   Regigigas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
500   Emboar
 
 
Field Field
503   Samurott
  Field Field
524   Roggenrola
  Mineral Mineral
525   Boldore
  Mineral Mineral
526   Gigalith
  Mineral Mineral
532   Timburr
  Human-Like Human-Like
533   Gurdurr
  Human-Like Human-Like
534   Conkeldurr
  Human-Like Human-Like
538   Throh
  Human-Like Human-Like
539   Sawk
  Human-Like Human-Like
553   Krookodile
 
 
Field Field
557   Dwebble
 
 
Bug Mineral
558   Crustle
 
 
Bug Mineral
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous
563   Cofagrigus
  Mineral Amorphous
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
565   Carracosta
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
598   Ferrothorn
 
 
Grass Mineral
622   Golett
 
 
Mineral Mineral
623   Golurk
 
 
Mineral Mineral
629   Vullaby
 
 
Flying Flying
630   Mandibuzz
 
 
Flying Flying
638   Cobalion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
639   Terrakion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
640   Virizion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
645   Landorus
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
652   Chesnaught
 
 
Field Field
674   Pancham
  Field Human-Like
675   Pangoro
 
 
Field Human-Like
681   Aegislash
 
 
Mineral Mineral
687   Malamar
 
 
Water 1 Water 2
696   Tyrunt
 
 
Monster Dragon
697   Tyrantrum
 
 
Monster Dragon
709   Trevenant
 
 
Grass Amorphous
713   Avalugg
  Monster Mineral
716   Xerneas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
717   Yveltal
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
718   Zygarde
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720   Hoopa
Confined
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720   Hoopa
Unbound
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
735   Gumshoos
  Field Field
740   Crabominable
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
748   Toxapex
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
765   Oranguru
 
 
Field Field
766   Passimian
  Field Field
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
771   Pyukumuku
  Water 1 Water 1
776   Turtonator
 
 
Monster Dragon
780   Drampa
 
 
Monster Dragon
781   Dhelmise
 
 
Mineral Mineral
795   Pheromosa
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
797   Celesteela
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
805   Stakataka
 
 
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.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1 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.


By event

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
001   Bulbasaur
 
 
Monster Grass Sticker Promotional Egg Bulbasaur
Kanto Starter Egg Bulbasaur
004   Charmander
  Monster Dragon Sticker Promotional Egg Charmander
Kanto Starter Egg Charmander
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1 Sticker Promotional Egg Squirtle
Kanto Starter Egg Squirtle
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

In Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team, Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Block is a move with 12PP and 100% accuracy. The user targets enemy in front of them and inflicts Leg/Shadow Hold status condition. This move is affected by Magic Coat and Taunt.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Leg Hold status on the target, making it incapable of movement.
MDTDS Afflicts the targeted enemy with a Shadow Hold status condition. A Pokémon with the Shadow Hold status is incapable of movement.
BSL てきポケモンを かげふみじょうたいにかえる かげふみじょうたいの ポケモンは いどうできない
MDGtI It causes the Stuck status condition to an enemy. With the Stuck status, the enemy can't move.
SMD
MDRTDX
It causes an enemy to get stuck.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it ignores accuracy and evasion checks.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 擋路 Dónglouh
Mandarin 擋路 / 挡路 Dǎnglù
  Dutch Houd tegen
  French Barrage
  German Rückentzug
  Greek Φραγμός Fragmós
  Italian Blocco
  Korean 블록 Block
  Polish Blokada*
Portuguese   Brazil Bloquear
  Portugal Bloqueio
  Serbian Blokada
  Spanish Bloqueo
  Vietnamese Chốt Chặn



Variations of the move Mean Look
  BlockMean LookSpider Web


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