Fake Out (move)

Fake Out
ねこだまし Slap Hands
Fake Out VIII.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  40
Accuracy  100%
Priority  +3*
  • Makes 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 III
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Startles Pokémon that made a same-type appeal.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the last Pokémon to act before the user.

Fake Out (Japanese: ねこだまし Slap Hands) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Generation III

Fake Out inflicts damage and always makes the target flinch, unless it has the Ability Inner Focus or Shield Dust. It has a priority of +1, so is used before all moves that do not have increased priority.

Fake Out will fail if not used on the first turn the user is out. In wild battles, it won't fail if the player's Pokémon tries to escape, but fails to do so due to the Speed difference. Fake Out does not make contact.

Fake Out can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with certain moves (Arm Thrust, Faint Attack, Knock Off, Seismic Toss, and Vital Throw) having their base appeal points doubled if they are used in the next turn.

Generation IV

Fake Out now makes contact.

Generation V onward

Fake Out now has +3 priority. In a Rotation Battle, Fake Out can be used on the first turn the Pokémon is rotated in—being out of its Poké Ball but currently rotated out does not affect a Pokémon's ability to use Fake Out.

When used on a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon successfully, Fake Out deals damage but will not make the target flinch.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD A 1st-turn, 1st-strike move that causes flinching.
FRLG An attack that hits first and causes flinching. Usable only on 1st turn.
DPPtPBR An attack that hits first and makes the target flinch. This move works only on the first turn.
HGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
An attack that hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn the user is in battle.
SMUSUMPE This attack hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn the user is in battle.
SwSh This attack hits first and makes the target flinch. It only works the first turn each time the user enters battle.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1 1PE
026   Raichu
  Field Fairy 1PE
026   Raichu
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Fairy 1PE
052   Meowth
  Field Field 50RSE
43FRLG
9 9 9 9SMUSUM
1, 6PE
1
052   Meowth
Alolan Form
  Field Field 9SMUSUM
1, 6PE
1
052   Meowth
Galarian Form
  Field Field 1
053   Persian
  Field Field 59RSE
55FRLG
1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9SMUSUM
1, 6PE
1
053   Persian
Alolan Form
  Field Field 1, 9SMUSUM
1, 6PE
1
087   Dewgong
 
 
Water 1 Field 1PE
106   Hitmonlee
  Human-Like Human-Like 1
107   Hitmonchan
  Human-Like Human-Like 1
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster 19 7 7 7 7SMUSUM
6PE
8
236   Tyrogue
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like 1
271   Lombre
 
 
Water 1 Grass 19 11 11 11XY
16ORAS
16 1
272   Ludicolo
 
 
Water 1 Grass 1
274   Nuzleaf
 
 
Field Grass 19 19 19 19XY
12ORAS
12 1
275   Shiftry
 
 
Field Grass 1
296   Makuhita
  Human-Like Human-Like 19 13 13 13XY
10ORAS
10
297   Hariyama
  Human-Like Human-Like 19 13 13 13XY
10ORAS
10
300   Skitty
  Field Fairy 1 1 1 1
301   Delcatty
  Field Fairy 1 1 1 1
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 21 18 18 18XY
21ORAS
21 12
431   Glameow
  Field Field 1 1 1 1
432   Purugly
  Field Field 1 1 1 1
509   Purrloin
  Field Field 21 21 21 5
510   Liepard
  Field Field 22 22 22 1
619   Mienfoo
  Field Human-Like 13 13 13 5
620   Mienshao
  Field Human-Like 1, 13 1, 13 1, 13 1
677   Espurr
  Field Field 19 19 3
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field 19 19 1
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field 19 19 1
807   Zeraora
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 22USUM 1
859   Impidimp
 
 
Fairy Human-Like 1
860   Morgrem
 
 
Fairy Human-Like 1
861   Grimmsnarl
 
 
Fairy Human-Like 1
863   Perrserker
  Field Field 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
086   Seel
  Water 1 Field
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
172   Pichu
  Field Fairy
190   Aipom
  Field Field
215   Sneasel
 
 
Field Field
225   Delibird
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
238   Smoochum
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
300   Skitty
  Field Fairy
307   Meditite
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
390   Chimchar
  Field Human-Like
427   Buneary
  Field Human-Like
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
453   Croagunk
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
559   Scraggy
 
 
Field Dragon
574   Gothita
  Human-Like Human-Like
725   Litten
  Field Field
757   Salandit
 
 
Monster Dragon
777   Togedemaru
 
 
Field Fairy
810   Grookey
  Field Grass
876   Indeedee
Male
 
 
Fairy Fairy
876   Indeedee
Female
 
 
Fairy Fairy
877   Morpeko
 
 
Field Fairy
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
FRLG E XD
151   Mew
  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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy Pokéwalker - Yellow Forest
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 Types Egg Groups Obtained with
190   Aipom
  Field Field Dream World - Dream Park
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like Dream World - Rugged Mountain
427   Buneary
  Field Human-Like Dream World - Pleasant Forest
559   Scraggy
 
 
Field Dragon Dream World - Dream Park
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
727   Incineroar
 
 
Field Field Hidden Ability Pokémon Bank Incineroar
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
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like Regina's Mr. Mime (The Isle of Armor)
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
461   Weavile
 
 
Field Field 2009 World Championships Weavile
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 Types Egg Groups Obtained with
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like Do Heun's Hitmontop
390   Chimchar
  Field Human-Like Walmart Chimchar
510   LiepardLv. 20
  Field Field Se Jun's Liepard
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy PGL Pikachu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
758   Salazzle
 
 
Monster Dragon Clovis Salazzle
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, Fake Out is a move with 8 base power, 88% accuracy, and 17 PP. The user attacks enemy in the front, from up to 2 tiles away, even if there's an ally inbetween. Unlike in main series, it is not guaranteed to cause cringing.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's PP has been decreased to 10 and its accuracy to 80%.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also make the target cringe. It reaches up to two tiles ahead.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on a target up to 2 tiles away. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Cringe status condition, making it incapable of attacking or using moves.
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 ひるみじょうたいにかえる 2マスまで とどく
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Cringe status, which makes the enemy unable to attack or use moves. It reaches up to 2 tiles away.
SMD It damages an enemy. It reaches up to 2 tiles away. It could also make the enemy flinch.


In the anime

       
Glameow gets right near the opponent Glameow Hariyama
The user makes the foe flinch as it claps its hands together sending a wave of air.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Glameow Glameow runs up to the opponent and claps its paws together. When it claps, a large shockwave of air comes out of them and pushes the opponent back.
Zoey's Glameow A Grand Fight for Winning! Debut
Johanna's Glameow DPS01 None
  Hariyama Hariyama's hands glow orange as it claps them together. When it claps, a large shockwave of air comes out of them, stopping the opponent's attack.
Hala's Hariyama Trial and Tribulation! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


  • In PS557, Shauna told her Skitty, Kitty, to use Fake Out, but it was unable to hear her and did not perform the move.

Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • This move is the first Generation III move in index number order.
  • Its Japanese name, ねこだまし Neko Damashi (Slap Hands), refers to a sumo technique used at the start of a match to make the opponent close their eyes. Its wide distribution among catlike Pokémon is likely a play on this name, as it literally translates to cat deception.
  • Fake Out has the highest priority of all damage-dealing moves, excluding Pursuit used against a target being switched out and an HP-draining move used by a Pokémon with Triage.
  • Excluding Fling with a King's Rock or Razor Fang, Fake Out is the only move with a 100% chance of causing the target to flinch.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 擊掌奇襲 Gīkjéung Kèijaahp *
假動作 Gáduhngjok *
Mandarin 擊掌奇襲 / 击掌奇袭 Jīzhǎng Qíxí *
假動作 / 假动作 Jiǎdòngzuò *
  Dutch Misleid
  French Bluff
  German Mogelhieb
  Greek Εξαπάτηση
  Indonesian Trik Kucing
  Italian Bruciapelo
  Korean 속이다 Sok'ida
  Polish Blef
Portuguese   Brazil Fingimento (SM010-present, TCG, manga)
Surpresa Desagradável (early anime)
  Portugal Assustar
  Russian Обман Obman
  Serbian Odglumljivanje
  Spanish Sorpresa
  Vietnamese Đập Tay



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