False Swipe (move)

False Swipe
みねうち Strike with the Back of the Sword
False Swipe VIII.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  40
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Badly startles those that have made appeals.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the audience quickly grow bored when an appeal move has little effect.

False Swipe (Japanese: みねうち Strike with the Back of the Sword) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It was TM54 from Generation IV to Generation VII, and is TM94 in Generation VIII.

Effect

False Swipe inflicts damage, but will leave the target with 1 HP if it would otherwise cause it to faint. If the target has 1 HP remaining, False Swipe will hit and leave the target at 1 HP.

If used against a substitute, False Swipe is able to break it and will not leave the substitute with 1 HP.

False Swipe can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra appeal point if move Swords Dance was used in the prior turn.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A move that adjusts Attack so that the foe has one HP left. Can't cause the foe to faint.
GSC Leaves the foe with at least 1HP.
RSEColo. An attack that leaves the foe with at least 1 HP.
FRLG A restrained attack that always leaves the foe with at least 1 HP.
XD An attack that leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
DPPtHGSSPBR A restrained attack that prevents the foe from fainting. The target is left with at least 1 HP.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
A restrained attack that prevents the target from fainting. The target is left with at least 1 HP.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
083   Farfetch'd
 
 
Flying Field 44 46 43DP
45PtHGSS
45 45 45 35
104   Cubone
  Monster Monster 33 33 27 27 27 27 8
105   Marowak
  Monster Monster 39 39 27 27 27 27 1
105   Marowak
Alolan Form
 
 
Monster Monster 1
123   Scyther
 
 
Bug Bug 18 16 13 13 13 13 8
212   Scizor
 
 
Bug Bug 18 16 13 13 13 13 1
253   Grovyle
  Monster Dragon 53 53 53 53XY
48ORAS
48 1
254   Sceptile
  Monster Dragon 59 59 59 59XY
51ORAS
51 1
290   Nincada
 
 
Bug Bug 25 25 25 25XY
33ORAS
33 10
291   Ninjask
 
 
Bug Bug 1
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1
335   Zangoose
  Field Field 55 44 44BW
29B2W2
29 29
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 45 50 50XY
44ORAS
44 23
542   Leavanny
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1
588   Karrablast
  Bug Bug 25 25 25 12
589   Escavalier
 
 
Bug Bug 25 25 25 12
610   Axew
  Monster Dragon 24 24 24 6
611   Fraxure
  Monster Dragon 24 24 24 1
612   Haxorus
  Monster Dragon 24 24 24 1
785   Tapu Koko
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 15
798   Kartana
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 7 10
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 Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
--
III
--
IV
TM54
V
TM54
VI
TM54
VII
TM54
VIII
TM94
001   Bulbasaur
 
 
Monster Grass
002   Ivysaur
 
 
Monster Grass
003   Venusaur
 
 
Monster Grass
004   Charmander
  Monster Dragon
005   Charmeleon
  Monster Dragon
006   Charizard
 
 
Monster Dragon
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1
008   Wartortle
  Monster Water 1
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1
015   Beedrill
 
 
Bug Bug
021   Spearow
 
 
Flying Flying
022   Fearow
 
 
Flying Flying
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass
047   Parasect
 
 
Bug Grass
083   Farfetch'd
 
 
Flying Field
098   Krabby
  Water 3 Water 3
099   Kingler
  Water 3 Water 3
104   Cubone
  Monster Monster
105   Marowak
  Monster Monster
105   Marowak
Alolan Form
 
 
Monster Monster
123   Scyther
 
 
Bug Bug
127   Pinsir
  Bug Bug
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
207   Gligar
 
 
Bug Bug
212   Scizor
 
 
Bug Bug
214   Heracross
 
 
Bug Bug
215   Sneasel
 
 
Field Field
253   Grovyle
  Monster Dragon
254   Sceptile
  Monster Dragon
273   Seedot
  Field Grass
274   Nuzleaf
 
 
Field Grass
275   Shiftry
 
 
Field Grass
285   Shroomish
  Fairy Grass
286   Breloom
 
 
Fairy Grass
290   Nincada
 
 
Bug Bug
291   Ninjask
 
 
Bug Bug
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral
303   Mawile
 
 
Field Fairy
333   Swablu
 
 
Flying Dragon
334   Altaria
 
 
Flying Dragon
335   Zangoose
  Field Field
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3
342   Crawdaunt
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
347   Anorith
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
359   Absol
  Field Field
402   Kricketune
  Bug Bug
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon
451   Skorupi
 
 
Bug Water 3
452   Drapion
 
 
Bug Water 3
461   Weavile
 
 
Field Field
472   Gliscor
 
 
Bug Bug
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
501   Oshawott
  Field Field
502   Dewott
  Field Field
503   Samurott
  Field Field
542   Leavanny
 
 
Bug Bug
588   Karrablast
  Bug Bug
589   Escavalier
 
 
Bug Bug
610   Axew
  Monster Dragon
611   Fraxure
  Monster Dragon
612   Haxorus
  Monster Dragon
624   Pawniard
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
625   Bisharp
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
638   Cobalion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
639   Terrakion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
640   Virizion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
647   Keldeo
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
674   Pancham
  Field Human-Like
675   Pangoro
 
 
Field Human-Like
679   Honedge
 
 
Mineral Mineral
680   Doublade
 
 
Mineral Mineral
681   Aegislash
 
 
Mineral Mineral
688   Binacle
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
689   Barbaracle
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
701   Hawlucha
 
 
Flying Human-Like
722   Rowlet
 
 
Flying Flying
723   Dartrix
 
 
Flying Flying
724   Decidueye
 
 
Flying Flying
753   Fomantis
  Grass Grass
754   Lurantis
  Grass Grass
768   Golisopod
 
 
Bug Water 3
782   Jangmo-o
  Dragon Dragon
783   Hakamo-o
 
 
Dragon Dragon
784   Kommo-o
 
 
Dragon Dragon
785   Tapu Koko
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
787   Tapu Bulu
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
794   Buzzwole
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
795   Pheromosa
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
798   Kartana
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
801   Magearna
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
802   Marshadow
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
807   Zeraora
  Undiscovered Undiscovered USUM
810   Grookey
  Field Grass
811   Thwackey
  Field Grass
812   Rillaboom
  Field Grass
834   Drednaw
 
 
Monster Water 1
870   Falinks
  Fairy Mineral
888   Zacian
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
892   Urshifu
Single Strike Style
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
892   Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
 
 
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
021   Spearow
 
 
Flying Flying
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass
127   Pinsir
  Bug Bug
214   Heracross
 
 
Bug Bug
273   Seedot
  Field Grass
285   Shroomish
  Fairy Grass
303   Mawile
  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.


Special move

Generation III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
021   Spearow
 
 
Flying Flying Purified Shadow PokémonXD
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass Purified Shadow PokémonXD
127   Pinsir
  Bug Bug Purified Shadow PokémonXD
285   Shroomish
  Fairy Grass Purified Shadow PokémonXD
303   Mawile
  Field Fairy Purified Shadow PokémonXD
333   Swablu
 
 
Flying Dragon Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire - Swablu Egg
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
285   Shroomish
  Fairy Grass My Pokémon Ranch
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 II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
066   Machop
  Human-Like Human-Like New York City Pokémon Center
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
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
189   Jumpluff
 
 
Fairy Grass Korean Global Link
235   Smeargle
  Field Field 2013 World Championships Smeargle
334   Altaria
 
 
Flying Dragon Japanese Global Link
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, False Swipe is a move with 40 base power, 100% accuracy, and 15PP. The user attacks an enemy in front of them, but cannot cause them to faint. Despite being a damaging move that follows the normal damage calculation, it cannot be boosted with Ginseng

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move can now be boosted with Ginseng.

In Gates to Infinity and Rescue Team DX, False Swipe can cause the enemy to faint, increasing the chance of that Pokémon joining the team if it does. False Swipe's effect is reverted to that of the previous games in Super Mystery Dungeon however, as recruitment is not present in this entry.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It leaves the target with one HP if its damage would have made the target faint.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target but leaves it with 1 HP if its damage would have made the target faint.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる あいてを たおすようなダメージを あたえても HPを 1だけのこす
MDGtI If you make an enemy faint with this move, the chance of befriending the enemy slightly goes up.
SMD It damages an enemy. But the enemy will endure the attack that would cause it to faint with 1 HP!
MDRTDX It damages an enemy. If you knock an enemy out with it, they will be more likely to join you on your adventure!


In the anime

       
Scizor Gallade
A restrained attack that prevents the foe from fainting.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Scizor Scizor flies into the air then flies down toward the opponent. It raises its two pincers into the air, then brings them both down hard on the opponent.
Shingo's Blade Wired for Battle! Debut
  Gallade One of Gallade's arm blades glows light green and extends. He then slashes the opponent with it.
Rinto's Gallade Trials of a Budding Master! None


In the manga

Magical Pokémon Journey


Pokémon Adventures


  • Blue's Scyther was revealed to know False Swipe on the official web site, but he was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Try Adventure


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • False Swipe's Japanese name is a reference to katanas, which are designed to have a single cutting edge on one side, while the other side is mostly flat. Thus, striking the opponent with the flat side of the katana would not be fatal.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 點到為止 Dí-mdou Wàihjí
Mandarin 點到為止 / 点到为止 Diǎn-dào Wéizhǐ *
刀背擊打 / 刀背击打 Dāobèi Jídǎ
  Finnish Salasyöksy
  French Faux-Chage
  German Trugschlag
  Greek Υποκριτικός Κτύπος
  Italian Falsofinale
  Korean 칼등치기 Kaldeungchigi
Portuguese   Brazil Corte Artificial (TCG, manga)
Corte Falso
  Portugal Golpe Falso
  Serbian Lažan zamah
  Spanish Falso Tortazo*
Falsotortazo*
  Vietnamese Đánh giả vờ



Variations of the move False Swipe
  False SwipeHold Back


Generation IV TMs
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4748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869
7071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748
495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172
7374757677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223242526
2728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849505152
5354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778
798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
Alola
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Kanto
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2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
Generation VIII TMs
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25262728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849
50515253545556575859606162636465666768697071727374
75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation VIII TRs
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25262728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849
50515253545556575859606162636465666768697071727374
75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899


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