Cut inflicts damage and has no secondary effect.
Cut can also be used as part of a
Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining two extra appeal points if the move Swords Dance was used during the prior turn.
Outside of battle
Generations I to III
Cut can be used to remove
cuttable plants, which are obstacles that block the player's way.
Additionally, Cut can be used to cut
tall grass around the player. In Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon with Hyper Cutter cut a larger area of tall grass.
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, there is a sealed cave in Ruin Valley with the word "CUT" written in braille. The player may open it by using Cut on the entrance, which grants access to Dotted Hole.
Generations IV to VI
Cut no longer removes
Generation VII onwards
Cut is no longer a
field move. Cuttable plants do not appear in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sword, or Shield. In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, small trees can be cut down with the Secret Technique Chop Down instead.
Stad2 A Normal-type attack. Also used for cutting small bushes to open new paths.
G S C Cuts using claws, scythes, etc.
R S E Cuts the foe with sharp scythes, claws, etc. * Attacks the foe with sharp blades or claws. *
FR LG A basic attack. It can be used to cut down thin trees and grass.
XD Cuts the target with sharp scythes, claws, etc.
D P Pt HG SS The foe is cut with a scythe or a claw. It can also be used to cut down thin trees.
P B R The foe is cut with a scythe or claw.
B W B2 W2 The target is cut with a scythe or a claw. It can also be used to cut down thin trees.
X Y OR AS The target is cut with a scythe or claw. This can also be used to cut down thin trees.
S M US UM P E
Sw Sh The target is cut with a scythe or claw.
Learnset In other games
Updates Gyms & Raids
July 30, 2016
February 16, 2017
Power: 12 → 10
Energy boost: 10 → 5
Duration: 1.13 → 1 seconds Damage window: 0.93 - 1.13 → 0.3 - 0.5 seconds February 21, 2017
Power: 10 → 5 Duration: 1 → 0.5 seconds
MD R B Damages all foes around the user.
MD T D S Inflicts damage on all enemies within a 1-tile range.
B S L まわりの てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる
S MD It damages nearby enemies.
In the anime
Greninja The foe is cut with a scythe or a claw.
First Used In
Scyther Scyther uses its scythes to strike down its opponent, or Scyther cuts the opponent with one of its scythes.
Showdown at Dark City Debut
Navel Maneuvers! None
Showdown at the Oak Corral None
A Coordinator's Scyther
Mounting a Coordinator Assault! None
Farfetch'd Farfetch'd uses its leek to slice through objects. Sometimes the leek glows white.
A Farfetch'd Tale None
Nuzleaf The leaf on Nuzleaf's head glows white and it uses it to slice through objects.
A wild Nuzleaf
Turning Over a Nuzleaf None
Cacturne The dark green patches on Cacturne's arms glow white and grow into long white needles. It then slices the opponent with them.
New Plot, Odd Lot! None
Sunflora Sunflora's leaf-like arms glow white and it slices the opponent.
A Secret Sphere of Influence! None
Chikorita Chikorita slices the opponent using the leaf on its head.
A wild Chikorita
Arceus and the Jewel of Life None
Servine Both or one of Servine's arms glow light blue and it slices the opponent with one of them. When it slashes, it leaves behind a light blue, almost white, trail of energy where it slashed.
A Rival Battle for Club Champ! None
Watchog The white part of Watchog's arm glows light blue and it slices the opponent with it.
The Pokémon Harbor Patrol! None
Froakie Froakie forms a white needle in one of its hands and uses it to strike the opponent. The slash leaves a white trail of energy afterwards.
Forging Forest Friendships! None
Frogadier Frogadier forms a white needle in one of its hands and uses it to strike the opponent. The slash leaves a white trail of energy afterwards. Sometimes, it forms the needle from its waist, sheathing and unsheathing it like a sword.
A Stealthy Challenge! None
Greninja Ash-Greninja forms a white needle in one or both of its hands, sometimes forming it by pulling it out of one if its hands, with the other hand, as if it were unsheathing a sword and it cuts the opponent with one or both of the needles or Ash-Greninja forms two kunai shaped blades, with multiple variants of blue coloring that shine in some spots, in each of its hands and then strikes the opponent once or multiple times with the blades, sometimes leaving a white trail behind the blades as they move.
A Festival of Decisions! None
Greninja Greninja forms a white needle in one of its hands and it punches the opponent with the white needle in its hand or it forms a white needle in one of its hands and uses is to strike the opponent or Greninja forms two kunai shaped blades, with multiple variants of blue coloring that shine in some spots, in each of its hands and then strikes the opponent once or multiple times with the blades, sometimes leaving a white trail behind the blades as they move.
A Festival of Decisions! None
Meeting at Terminus Cave! None
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga In other generations
Core series games
Side series games
Spin-off series games
Outside of battle
Tall grass Trivia
Generation I, if the player saves and exits the game standing on a previously cut tree, once the game is continued, the player will be standing on the tree that was previously cut. The same can be done with Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow. In Celadon Gym in Yellow, the same effect can also happen with Pikachu after certain battles. Cut is not required to complete
Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, or their remakes. The Japanese name of Cut, いあいぎり
Iai Cut, refers to , a iaido Japanese martial art. Specifically, it refers to the technique of drawing a blade from its scabbard, cutting down the opponent, then re-sheathing the blade. Cut was the first HM move featured in the anime. In other languages