Leech Life (move)

Leech Life
きゅうけつ Suck Blood
Leech Life VIII.png
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Type  Bug
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  80
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
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Leech Life (Japanese: きゅうけつ Suck Blood) is a damage-dealing Bug-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM28 in Generation VII and is TR18 in Generation VIII.

Effect

Generations I and II

Leech Life 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.

If Leech Life breaks a substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP is greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP.

In the Japanese version of Generation I games, Pokémon Stadium series and Generation II games, Leech Life will always miss if the target has a substitute.

Generation III to V

Leech Life will now properly heal the user when damaging a substitute, even if it was broken. If the target has the Ability Liquid Ooze, the user takes damage instead of restoring HP.

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

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

Generation VII onwards

Leech Life's power was quadrupled from 20 to 80 and its PP was changed from 15 to 10.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 An HP-draining attack. It adds half the HP it drained from the target to the attacker's HP.
GSC Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
RSE An attack that steals half the damage inflicted.
FRLG An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
Colo.XD An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
DPPtHGSSPBR A blood-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The user drains the target's blood. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
041   Zubat
 
 
Flying Flying 1 1 1 1 1 1 31SMUSUM
25PE
55
042   Golbat
 
 
Flying Flying 1 1 1 1 1 1 35SMUSUM
31PE
69
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass 20 19 19 11 11 11 23PE
047   Parasect
 
 
Bug Grass 1, 20 19 19 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 23PE
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug 27 25 25 17 17 17 35SMUSUM
28PE
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 27RGB
27Y
25 25 17 17 17 37SMUSUM
28PE
071   Victreebel
 
 
Grass Grass 1PE
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 48PE 45
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 54PE 49
167   Spinarak
 
 
Bug Bug 23 23 12 12 12
168   Ariados
 
 
Bug Bug 25 25 12 12 12
169   Crobat
 
 
Flying Flying 1 1 1 1 1 35 69
290   Nincada
 
 
Bug Bug 5 5 5 5
291   Ninjask
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral 5 5 5 5
402   Kricketune
  Bug Bug 14 14 14
595   Joltik
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1
596   Galvantula
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1
616   Shelmet
  Bug Bug 1 1
617   Accelgor
  Bug Bug 1 1
636   Larvesta
 
 
Bug Bug 10 10 36
637   Volcarona
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 36
714   Noibat
 
 
Flying Dragon 5
715   Noivern
 
 
Flying Dragon 5
751   Dewpider
 
 
Water 1 Bug 29 44
752   Araquanid
 
 
Water 1 Bug 33 56
794   Buzzwole
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 29
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/TR

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
TM28
VIII
TR18
027   Sandshrew
  Field Field
027   Sandshrew
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
028   Sandslash
  Field Field
028   Sandslash
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
041   Zubat
 
 
Flying Flying
042   Golbat
 
 
Flying Flying
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass
047   Parasect
 
 
Bug Grass
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
167   Spinarak
 
 
Bug Bug
168   Ariados
 
 
Bug Bug
169   Crobat
 
 
Flying Flying
290   Nincada
 
 
Bug Bug
291   Ninjask
 
 
Bug Bug
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral
402   Kricketune
  Bug Bug
452   Drapion
 
 
Bug Water 3
469   Yanmega
 
 
Bug Bug
595   Joltik
 
 
Bug Bug
596   Galvantula
 
 
Bug Bug
616   Shelmet
  Bug Bug
617   Accelgor
  Bug Bug
636   Larvesta
 
 
Bug Bug
637   Volcarona
 
 
Bug Bug
649   Genesect
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
714   Noibat
 
 
Flying Dragon
715   Noivern
 
 
Flying Dragon
725   Litten
  Field Field
726   Torracat
  Field Field
727   Incineroar
 
 
Field Field
742   Cutiefly
 
 
Bug Fairy
743   Ribombee
 
 
Bug Fairy
751   Dewpider
 
 
Water 1 Bug
752   Araquanid
 
 
Water 1 Bug
753   Fomantis
  Grass Grass
754   Lurantis
  Grass Grass
757   Salandit
 
 
Monster Dragon
758   Salazzle
 
 
Monster Dragon
767   Wimpod
 
 
Bug Water 3
768   Golisopod
 
 
Bug Water 3
778   Mimikyu
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
794   Buzzwole
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
804   Naganadel
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered USUM
825   Dottler
 
 
Bug Bug
826   Orbeetle
 
 
Bug Bug
850   Sizzlipede
 
 
Bug Bug
851   Centiskorch
 
 
Bug Bug
859   Impidimp
 
 
Fairy Human-Like
860   Morgrem
 
 
Fairy Human-Like
861   Grimmsnarl
 
 
Fairy Human-Like
864   Cursola
  Water 1 Water 3
873   Frosmoth
 
 
Bug Bug
882   Dracovish
 
 
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
069   Bellsprout
 
 
Grass Grass
193   Yanma
 
 
Bug Bug
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, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Leech Life is a move with 4 base power, 90% accuracy, and 19 PP. The user attacks enemy in the front, and up to 50% of the damage dealt to the target is restored to the user as HP, including excess damage. This move is affected by Muzzled status condition.

In Gates to Infinity, the user will heal based on how much HP the target lost, with excess damage not being accounted for. This is changed back to what it previously was in Super Mystery Dungeon.

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.

Pokémon GO

  Leech Life
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power ?
Energy cost ?
Duration 2.5 seconds
Damage window 1.15 - 1.4 seconds
Trainer Battles
Power ?
Energy cost ?
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also restores the user's HP based on the damage it inflicted.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, then restores the user's HP based on the damage inflicted.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる あたえたダメージにおうじて じぶんのHPが かいふくする
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
It damages an enemy. It also restores your HP. The greater the damage it causes, the more HP it restores.


In the anime

       
Zubat
The user bites the opponent and drains their energy.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Zubat Zubat bites down on the opponent, draining their energy.
Rapp's three Zubat Alola to New Adventure! Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Leech Life is the only Bug-type HP-draining move.
  • Due to the power of Leech Life being quadrupled in Generation VII, this marks the largest increase for the power of a move in percentage.
    • This is also the greatest increase to a move in terms of power since Self-Destruct and Explosion in Generation II.
    • However, the change also includes a removal from the level-up learnsets of many Pokémon which could learn Leech Life early on in previous generations, with Absorb taking its place instead.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 吸血 Kāphyut
Mandarin 吸血 Xīxuè / Xīxiě
  Czech Pijavičí útok
  Danish Livigle
Sug Liv
  Dutch Onttrek Leven
  French Vampirisme
  German Blutsauger
  Greek Παρασιτισμός Parasitismós
  Italian Sanguisuga
  Korean 흡혈 Heuphyeol
  Polish Pijawka*
Wysysanie Krwi*
Portuguese   Brazil Suga-vidas (Pokémon GO, anime, HeartGold & SoulSilver-present, manga)
Suga-Vida (Fossil)
Sanguessuga (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Dreno de Energia
  Portugal Suga-Vidas
  Russian Пиявка Piyavka
  Serbian Isisavanje
  Spanish Chupavidas*
Chupa Vidas*
  Thai ดูดเลือด
  Vietnamese Hút Máu



Generation VII TMs
Alola
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Kanto
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Generation VIII TMs
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Generation VIII TRs
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