Flatter raises the target's Special Attack stat by one stage and confuses it. Even if the target is already confused, or cannot become confused due to Safeguard or Own Tempo, its Special Attack will still be raised.
Even if the target's Special Attack is already at +6 stages, it will still become confused. Even if the target has Contrary and its Special Attack is already at -6 stages, it will still become confused.
By leveling up
||Water 1||Water 2||✔||✔|
|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
In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Flatter is a move with 17PP and 100% accuracy. It targets enemy in the front, causing it to be confused and increasing its Special Attack stat by two stages. This move is affected by Magic Coat, Taunt and the Muzzled status condition.
In the anime
|The user creates red waves that confuse the opponent.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Gothitelle||Gothitelle waves its hands, creating red waves that confuse the opponent.|
|Caitlin's Gothitelle||Jostling for the Junior Cup!||Debut|
In the manga
|The user releases multiple rings from its body at the opponent, confusing it.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Illumise||Illumise releases multiple thin rings from its antennae at the opponent, confusing it.|
|The Battle Factory's Illumise||Interesting Interactions Involving Illumise||Debut|
In other generations
Core series games
Side series games
Spin-off series games
- Flatter is the only Dark-type move capable of inflicting confusion.
In other languages
|Variations of the move Swagger|
|This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.|