Confusion (move)

This article is about the Pokémon move. For the status condition, see Status condition.

Confusion
ねんりき Mindpower
Confusion VIII.png
Confusion VIII 2.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  50
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Confusion (Japanese: ねんりき Mindpower) is a damage-dealing Psychic-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Confusion does damage and has a 10% chance of confusing the target.

Confusion can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if any of the moves Calm Mind, Kinesis, or Psychic was used in the prior turn. It can also be used to start a combination, doubling the base appeal points of Future Sight, Kinesis, Psychic, and Teleport if used in the next turn.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Psychic-type attack. Has a one-in-ten chance of leaving the target confused.
GSC An attack that may cause confusion.
RSEColo.XD A psychic attack that may cause confusion.
FRLG A weak telekinetic attack that may also leave the foe confused.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the foe confused.
BWB2W2 The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. This may also confuse the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 12RGB
1, 10Y
1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 11SMUSUM
1PE
8
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug 19Y 17 17 11 11 11 11SMUSUM
12PE
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug 1Y 17 17 11 11 11 11SMUSUM
1, 12PE
054   Psyduck
  Water 1 Field 36 16 16 18 18BW
15B2W2
15XY
11ORAS
10SMUSUM
14PE
6
055   Golduck
  Water 1 Field 39 1, 16 16 18 18BW
15B2W2
15XY
11ORAS
10SMUSUM
1, 14PE
6
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like 1, 16RGB
16Y
1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16SMUSUM
1PE
1, Evo.
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like 1, 16RGB
16Y
1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16SMUSUM
1PE
1
077   Ponyta
Galarian Form
  Field Field 10
078   Rapidash
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field 1
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14SMUSUM
18PE
12
079   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1 12
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14SMUSUM
18PE
12
080   Slowbro
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1 12
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like 17 18 18RSE
11FRLG
9 9 9 9
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like 1, 17 1, 18 1, 18RSE
1, 11FRLG
1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass 19 19 27 27 27 27SMUSUM
14PE
20
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
103   Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass 1 1
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass 10PE
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 15 6 5 1 1 1 1 12
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 12
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 12PE 12
144   Articuno
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 5
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1PE
163   Hoothoot
 
 
Flying Flying 34 34 21 21 21 10 9
164   Noctowl
 
 
Flying Flying 41 41 22 22 22 10 9
196   Espeon
  Field Field 16 16 15 15BW
9B2W2
9 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14 12
199   Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1 12
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field 1, 7 13 1 1 1 1
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21 21 15 15 15 15 12
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
269   Dustox
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
12ORAS
12
280   Ralts
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 6 6 6 6XY
4ORAS
4 6
281   Kirlia
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1
282   Gardevoir
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1
307   Meditite
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 9 8 8 8XY
7ORAS
7
308   Medicham
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 9 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral 7 1 1 1 1 1
338   Solrock
 
 
Mineral Mineral 7 1 1 1 1 1
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 6
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 1
358   Chimecho
  Amorphous Amorphous 14 14 14 14XY
1, 10ORAS
1, 10
368   Gorebyss
  Water 1 Water 1 8 6 6 6XY
1ORAS
1
375   Metang
 
 
Mineral Mineral 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
376   Metagross
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1 1
380   Latias
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15
381   Latios
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15
385   Jirachi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1
413   Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
413   Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
414   Mothim
 
 
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23
433   Chingling
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 14 14 14XY
10ORAS
10
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 12
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1 1
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1 1
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1 1
488   Cresselia
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
494   Victini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1
527   Woobat
 
 
Field Flying 1 1 1 5
528   Swoobat
 
 
Field Flying 1 1 1 1
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying 1
574   Gothita
  Human-Like Human-Like 3 3 3 1
575   Gothorita
  Human-Like Human-Like 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1
576   Gothitelle
  Human-Like Human-Like 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1
577   Solosis
  Amorphous Amorphous 1
578   Duosion
  Amorphous Amorphous 1
579   Reuniclus
  Amorphous Amorphous 1
605   Elgyem
  Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1
606   Beheeyem
  Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1
648   Meloetta
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 11 11 1, 11
677   Espurr
  Field Field 9 9 9
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field 9 1, 9 9
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field 9 1, 9 9
720   Hoopa
Confined
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
720   Hoopa
Unbound
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1ORAS 1
765   Oranguru
 
 
Field Field 1 1
779   Bruxish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 9
786   Tapu Lele
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
792   Lunala
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
800   Necrozma
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
800   Necrozma
Dusk Mane
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 1
800   Necrozma
Dawn Wings
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 1
825   Dottler
 
 
Bug Bug 1, Evo.
826   Orbeetle
 
 
Bug Bug 1
856   Hatenna
  Fairy Fairy 1
857   Hattrem
  Fairy Fairy 1
858   Hatterene
 
 
Fairy Fairy 1
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 12
898   Calyrex
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
898   Calyrex
Ice Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
898   Calyrex
Shadow Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
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
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1
032   Nidoran♂
  Monster Field
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass
187   Hoppip
 
 
Fairy Grass
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Form change

Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
800   Necrozma
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Having no other movesUSUM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VIII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
800   Necrozma
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Having no other moves
898   Calyrex
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered Having no other moves
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 and Blue Rescue Team, Confusion is a move with 5 base power, 100% accuracy and 22 PP. The user attacks enemy in front of them, possibly inflicting confusion.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's accuracy has been decreased to 85%.

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Stars: ★★
Power: 29
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: 10% chance to confuse the target
Users:          
Grid assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.

Super Smash Bros. series

Mewtwo uses Confusion as its side special move. The move acts as a grab, ignoring shields while flipping the opponent in midair. Additionally, the move is capable of reflecting projectiles, although they would not damage the initial user of the projectile in Super Smash Bros. Melee. This was fixed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Special 1 18 21 100% An opponent Has a chance (10%) of leaving the target confused.

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Has a very small chance of leaving the target confused.

Pokémon GO

  Confusion
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 20
Energy boost 15
Duration 1.6 seconds
Damage window 0.6 - 1.6 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 16
Energy boost 12
Turns 4
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                                                          
By Elite Fast TM
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 12 → 15
    • Energy boost: 7 → 14
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 15 → 20
    • Energy boost: 14 → 10
    • Duration: 1.51 → 2.1 seconds
    • Damage window: 1.31 - 1.51 → 0.6 - 1.6 seconds
  • February 21, 2017
    • Energy boost: 10 → 15
    • Duration: 2.1 → 1.6 seconds
Trainer Battles
  • January 31, 2019
    • Power: 12 → 16

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target confused.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Confused status condition, which makes its movements and attacks go astray.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで こんらんじょうたいにかえる
Conq. The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Confused status condition. The Confused status impairs its sense of direction.
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also make the enemy confused.


In the anime

Main series


Pokédex entries

Episode Subject Source Entry
EP182 Confusion Ash's Pokédex Confusion. This powerful Psychic attack confuses an opponent and weakens it as well.

Pokémon Origins


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


  • Mewtwo was revealed to know Confusion on the official web site, but it was never shown using the move.
  • A wild Dustox was revealed to know Confusion on the official web site, but it was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo


Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • The English name of this move is semantically dissimilar to its Japanese name, ねんりき Nenriki, which can be translated to mean mindpower. This has been known to cause some confusion when depicted in the English dub of the anime.
  • In the anime, Confusion seems to have exactly the same effect as the move Psychic.
  • A majority of the time when Confusion is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, it causes the Defending Pokémon to be Paralyzed rather than Confused.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 念力 Nihmlihk *
精神念力 Jīngsàhn Nihmlihk
Mandarin 念力 Niànlì
  Czech Zmatení
  Danish Forvirring
  Dutch Verwarring
  Finnish Sekaannus (Original Series)
Hämmennys (Advanced Generation)
  French Choc Mental
  German Konfusion
  Greek Σύγχυση Sýgchysi
  Hindi चक्रादों Chakraado, Uljhan me daalna
  Italian Confusione
  Korean 염동력 Yeomdongryeok
  Norwegian Forvirring
  Polish Zamęt*
Konfuzja*
Zmieszanie*
Zmyłka*
Skołowanie*
Ogłupienie*
Zamieszanie*
Zawrót Głowy*
Dezorientacja*
Oszałamiający Atak*
Siła Umysłu*
Silny Atak*
Ogłupiający Atak*
Portuguese   Brazil Confusão
  Portugal Confusão (Pokémon Chronicles)
  Romanian Confuzie
  Serbian Zbunjivanje
  Spanish Confusión
  Swedish Förvirring
  Thai จิตตานุภาพ
  Turkish Karmaşa
  Vietnamese Gây Rối



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