Horn Leech (move)

Horn Leech
ウッドホーン Wood Horn
Horn Leech VIII.png
Horn Leech VIII 2.png
Type  Grass
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  75
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Horn Leech (Japanese: ウッドホーン Wood Horn) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation V. Prior to Generation VI, it was the signature move of Sawsbuck.


Generation V

Horn Leech inflicts damage, and up to 50% of the damage dealt to the target is restored to the user as HP. If this attack deals 1 HP of damage, 1 HP will be restored to the user.

When used on a Pokémon with the Liquid Ooze Ability, the user will lose the amount of HP it would have gained instead.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the HP restored is increased by 30% (making the restored HP 65% of the damage dealt). Big Root does not increase the damage dealt.

Generation VI

Horn Leech cannot be used if the user is under the effects of Heal Block.


Games Description
The user drains the target's energy with its horns. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
586   Sawsbuck
Field Field 37 37 1, Evo.
672   Skiddo
  Field Field 42 42
673   Gogoat
  Field Field 47 47
708   Phantump
Grass Amorphous 54 54 28
709   Trevenant
Grass Amorphous 1, 62 1, 54 28
716   Xerneas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 55 55 35
787   Tapu Bulu
Undiscovered Undiscovered 32 40
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

Horn Leech inflicts damage, with ½ of the damage dealt restored to the user as HP.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Physical 3 91 109 100% An opponent Absorbs The more damage dealt to the target, the more this move restores the user's HP.*

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Restores the user's HP based on the amount of damage dealt to the target.


Games Description
SMD It damages an enemy and also restores your HP. The greater the damage it causes, the more HP it restores.

In the anime

Phantump Sawsbuck Gogoat Tapu Bulu
The user absorbs the opponent's health after charging at it with its horns.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Sawsbuck Sawsbuck lowers its head and its horns become surrounded in orange energy. Its horns then start to glow gold and it charges at the opponent with its horns pointed at them.
Burgundy's Sawsbuck A Connoisseur's Revenge! Debut
  Gogoat Gogoat lowers its head and its horns start to glow green. It then fires two green beams of energy from its horns at the opponent. When the attack hits the opponent, sparkling green orbs of energy fly out of the opponent and into Gogoat, draining the opponent's energy.
Ramos's Gogoat The Green, Green Grass Types of Home! None
  Phantump Phantump's horns glow light green before it charges towards the opponent with its horns pointed at them.
Multiple wild Phantump Making Friends and Influencing Villains! None
  Tapu Bulu Tapu Bulu's horns start to glow light green and grow taller and larger. It then charges at the opponent with its horns pointed at them.
Tapu Bulu (anime) Some Kind of Laziness! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 木角 Muhkgok
Mandarin 木角 Mùjiǎo
  Czech Pijavičí roh
  Dutch Hoornstoot
  French Encornebois
  German Holzgeweih
  Indonesian Tanduk Kayu
  Italian Legnicorno
  Korean 우드호른 Wood Horn
  Polish Poroże Mocy
Portuguese   Brazil Chifre Sugador (Pokémon the Series: XY-present, TCG)
Chifre Sanguessuga
  Portugal Chifre Sugador
Spanish   Latin America Chupa Cuerno (previously)
Drenacuerno (present)
  Spain Asta Drenaje*
  Vietnamese Sừng Đĩa

Variations of the move Giga Drain
  Drain PunchHorn Leech
  Giga Drain

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