Leech Seed (move)

Leech Seed
やどりぎのタネ Mistletoe Seed
Leech Seed VIII.png
Leech Seed VIII 2.png
Type  Grass
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  90%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  2 ♥♥
Startles all Pokémon that have done their appeals.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Gets the Pokémon pumped up. Helps prevent nervousness, too.

Leech Seed (Japanese: やどりぎのタネ Mistletoe Seed) is a non-damaging Grass-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Leech Seed plants a seed on the target. After a target under the effect of Leech Seed takes its turn, 1/16 of its HP will be drained (rounded down, but not less than 1), and the same amount of HP will be restored to the target's opponent (even if it was not the Pokémon that originally used the attack). Recurrent Leech Seed draining will not occur if the seeded Pokémon defeats the target. Unlike other types of damage, the recurrent damage done by Leech Seed can exceed the target's current HP. Leech Seed will not work against Grass-type Pokémon, and attempts to seed an already-seeded Pokémon will fail.

Leech Seed draining will occur even if the seeded Pokémon knocks itself out with crash damage, recoil damage, or self-inflicted confusion damage, or by making a substitute before the end of its turn. Draining from Leech Seed is done after continuing partial trapping damage and recurrent poison or burn damage. Leech Seed can be removed by Haze or switching. If the target is seeded during a round that it switches in, it will take recurrent damage during that round, but only if its speed is less than or equal to the user's speed.

If the target of Leech Seed is also under the effect of Toxic (or was under that effect and healed itself with Rest), because Leech Seed and Toxic both use the same damage algorithm, Leech Seed damage will be affected by Toxic's N parameter, and will increase each turn.

In the Pokémon Stadium series and Japanese Cartridges, Leech Seed will not work against a target with a substitute.

Generation II

⅛ of the target's HP is drained instead. Rapid Spin will release a Pokémon from the effects of Leech Seed. Also, Leech Seed no longer interacts with Toxic damage and Haze no longer affects Leech Seed. If a Pokémon uses Baton Pass, Leech Seed will still be in effect, even if the switched in Pokémon is a Grass type. The user can no longer plant a seed on a target with a substitute (but setting up a substitute does not release a Pokémon from existing effects of Leech Seed).

Generation III onwards

Leech Seed will now drain HP at the end of each turn.

In battles involving multiple Pokémon, Leech Seed will only heal the Pokémon that is in the same position as the Pokémon that originally used Leech Seed was in. If no Pokémon is in that position (for example, if it fainted and could not be replaced), Leech Seed will not take any health from the seeded Pokémon. However, if a Pokémon is later able to occupy that position (if it was revived), Leech Seed will once again sap HP from the seeded Pokémon. While a Pokémon is seeded, even if it cannot have its health drained due to there being no Pokémon in the appropriate slot to drain its HP, it cannot be affected by Leech Seed again.

Leech Seed can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra two appeal points if Growth was used in the prior turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if Rototiller was used in the prior turn.

If the target has the Ability Liquid Ooze, the user takes damage instead of restoring HP. If the user is under the effect of Heal Block, Leech Seed will not restore any of the user's HP. However, the effect damage will be dealt normally. If the user has a Big Root as its held item, it will recover 30% more HP than it normally would. Big Root does not increase damage dealt. All other effects remain the same.

If powered up by a Grassium Z into Z-Leech Seed, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Using Sappy Seed will plant a Leech Seed on the target if it hits.

Description

Games Description
Stad Plants a seed on the target Pokémon. The seed slowly drains the target's HP for the attacker.
Stad2 Plants a seed on the target Pokémon. It slowly drains the target's HP for the attacker.
GSC Steals HP from the foe on every turn.
RSE Plants a seed on the foe to steal HP on every turn.
FRLG A seed is planted on the foe to steal some HP for the user on every turn.
Colo.XD Plants a seed on the target to steal HP on every turn.
DPPtHGSSPBR A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe to heal the user on every turn.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
001   Bulbasaur
 
 
Monster Grass 7 7 7 7 7 7 7USUM
9PE
9
002   Ivysaur
 
 
Monster Grass 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7
1, 9PE
9
003   Venusaur
 
 
Monster Grass 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7
1, 9PE
9
047   Parasect
 
 
Bug Grass 1PE
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass 28 13 13 11 11 11 11SMUSUM
34PE
10
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass 1
103   Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass 1
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass 39PE
187   Hoppip
 
 
Fairy Grass 20 20 22 22 22 22
188   Skiploom
 
 
Fairy Grass 22 22 24 24 24 24
189   Jumpluff
 
 
Fairy Grass 22 22 24 24 24 24
191   Sunkern
  Grass Grass 17 17BW
13B2W2
13 13
192   Sunflora
  Grass Grass 17 17BW
13B2W2
13 13
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 50
285   Shroomish
  Fairy Grass 10 13 13 13XY
8ORAS
8
286   Breloom
 
 
Fairy Grass 1, 10 1, 13 1, 13 1, 13XY
1, 8ORAS
1, 8
315   Roselia
 
 
Fairy Grass 21 16 16 16 16 10
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
10ORAS
10
332   Cacturne
 
 
Grass Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
10ORAS
10
346   Cradily
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 1
387   Turtwig
  Monster Grass 29 29 29 29
388   Grotle
  Monster Grass 32 32 32 32
389   Torterra
 
 
Monster Grass 33 33 33 33
407   Roserade
 
 
Fairy Grass 1
420   Cherubi
  Fairy Grass 10 10 10 10 26
421   Cherrim
  Fairy Grass 10 10 10 1, 10 28
470   Leafeon
  Field Field 20
492   Shaymin
Land Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 19 19 19 19
492   Shaymin
Sky Forme
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 19PtHGSS 19 19 19
495   Snivy
  Field Grass 19 19 19
496   Servine
  Field Grass 20 20 20
497   Serperior
  Field Grass 20 20 20
511   Pansage
  Field Field 16 16 16
546   Cottonee
 
 
Grass Fairy 8 8 8 30
547   Whimsicott
 
 
Grass Fairy 1 1 1 1
548   Petilil
  Grass Grass 8 8 8 24
549   Lilligant
  Grass Grass 1 1 1 1
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass 12
585   Deerling
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13
586   Sawsbuck
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13
650   Chespin
  Field Field 15 15
651   Quilladin
  Field Field 15 15
652   Chesnaught
 
 
Field Field 15 15
672   Skiddo
  Field Field 12 12
673   Gogoat
  Field Field 12 12
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous 23 23 8
709   Trevenant
 
 
Grass Amorphous 23 23 1
710   Pumpkaboo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 20 20 16
711   Gourgeist
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 20 20 16
764   Comfey
  Grass Grass 4 21
787   Tapu Bulu
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 26 15
797   Celesteela
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 19 55
841   Flapple
 
 
Grass Dragon 12
842   Appletun
 
 
Grass Dragon 12
898   Calyrex
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 64
898   Calyrex
Ice Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 64
898   Calyrex
Shadow Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 64
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
043   Oddish
 
 
Grass Grass
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass
152   Chikorita
  Monster Grass
191   Sunkern
  Grass Grass
252   Treecko
  Monster Dragon
270   Lotad
 
 
Water 1 Grass
273   Seedot
  Field Grass
357   Tropius
 
 
Monster Grass
455   Carnivine
  Grass Grass
459   Snover
 
 
Monster Grass
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass
597   Ferroseed
 
 
Grass Mineral
755   Morelull
 
 
Grass Grass
810   Grookey
  Field Grass
829   Gossifleur
  Grass Grass
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
273   Seedot
  Field Grass Mass outbreak - Route 102, 117 and 120
274   Nuzleaf
 
 
Field Grass Mass outbreak - Route 114
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
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass Dream World - Pleasant Forest
270   Lotad
 
 
Water 1 Grass Dream World - Pleasant Forest
357   Tropius
 
 
Monster Grass Dream World - Windswept Sky
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass Dream World - Rugged Mountain
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
152   Chikorita
  Monster Grass Island Scan - Route 2SM
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
043   Oddish
 
 
Grass Grass New York 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 III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
043   Oddish
 
 
Grass Grass Egg Pokémon Present
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 Seed is a move with 17PP and 100% accuracy. The user targets enemy in front, inflicting them with Leech Seed status condition. A Pokémon affected by Leech Seed will be dealt 10 HP damage at the end of every second turn, and 10 HP returned to the user. The status lasts 11-12 turns. This move is affected by Magic Coat and Taunt.

From Gates to Infinity, the Pokémon affected by Leech Seed will be dealt 5 HP damage every second turn, and 5 HP returned to the user. The status lasts 6 turns.

Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Leech Seed is one of the random outcomes of Togepi's Metronome. All characters within the area of effect will receive a flower on their head that causes 5% damage every few seconds.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Leech Seed status on the target. The target's HP is leeched every several turns to restore the user's HP.
MDTDS Afflicts the targeted enemy with a Leech Seed status condition. A Pokémon with the Leech Seed status loses some HP every few turns, which restores the user's HP by the same amount.
BSL てきポケモンを やどりぎじょうたいにかえる やどりぎじょうたいの てきに いっていターンごとに ダメージをあたえ そのぶんの HPが かいふくする
MDGtI It causes the Leech Seed status condition to an enemy. It drains HP out of the enemy in the Leech Seed status condition.
SMD
MDRTDX
It gives an enemy the Leech Seed status condition.


In the anime

Main series

       
Lilligant Sunflora Gourgeist Being unaffected by the drain
A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Bulbasaur A seed sprouts from Bulbasaur's bulb, which shoots out to the opponent. When hit, the opponent becomes wrapped in thin vines and leaves that restrain it. The vines and leaves then glow red and suck energy from the opponent. Sometimes, the vines have no leaves at all.
Ash's Bulbasaur The Ninja Poké-Showdown Debut
  Skiploom Skiploom shoots one or two seeds from the middle of the flower on top of its head towards the opponent. When hit, the opponent is wrapped in vines that restrain it. The vines then glow red and suck energy from the opponent.
Ephraim's Skippy The Grass Route None
  Shroomish Shroomish shoots multiple seeds from the hole on its head towards the opponent. When the opponent is hit, the seeds sprout vines which wrap around the opponent. The vines glow red and suck energy from the opponent.
Alex's multiple Shroomish Taming of the Shroomish None
  Turtwig Turtwig lowers its head and the sprout on its head releases a brown seed at the opponent. The seed digs into the opponent and sprouts vines which wrap around the opponent and drain its energy.
Gardenia's Turtwig The Grass-type is Always Greener! None
  Sunflora Sunflora releases two brown seeds from the back of its head at the opponent. When the seeds hit the opponent, the seeds sprout vines and wrap up the opponent.
Nando's Sunflora The Secret Sphere of Influence! None
  Lilligant Lilligant releases one giant seed from her head at the opponent.
Mona's Lilligantette Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! None
  Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo shoots several seeds from its mouth into the ground. The seeds immediately grow into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy. When a Grass-type Pokémon is seeded, the target is still bound by the roots, but they are a dull gray-brown color, and it is unaffected by the energy draining.
Jessie's Pumpkaboo The Bamboozling Forest! None
  Gogoat Gogoat fires multiple seeds at the opponent. The seeds immediately grow into vines that bind the opponent, or Gogoat fires a seed from its mouth into the ground. The seed immediately grows into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy.
Ramos's Gogoat Thawing an Icy Panic! None
  Treecko Treecko fires multiple seeds from its mouth into the ground. The seed immediately grows into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy.
Sawyer's Treecko A Fashionable Battle! None
  Gourgeist Gourgeist shoots several seeds from its mouth into the ground. The seeds immediately grow into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy. When a Grass-type Pokémon is seeded, the target is still bound by the roots, but they are a dull gray-brown color, and it is unaffected by the energy draining.
Jessie's Gourgeist A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell? None


Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

       
Whimsicott Effect
A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Whimsicott Whimsicott shoots a light-green seed at the opponent. The seed immediately grow into vines that latch onto a target and drain them of their energy.
A Lass's Whimsicott Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer None


In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Though Leech Seed cannot affect Grass-type Pokémon in the games, Grass-type Pokémon have been affected in the anime.
  • Despite the origin of its Japanese name being a parasite that attaches itself to a host plant and absorbs nutrients, Leech Seed cannot affect Grass-type Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寄生種子 Geisāng Júngjí *
寄生樹種子 Geisāngsyuh Júngjí *
Mandarin 寄生種子 / 寄生种子 Jìshēng Zhǒngzǐ
  Czech Pijavičí semínko
  Danish Iglefrø
  Dutch Onttrek HP
  Finnish Iilisiemen (season 1)
Imusiemen (Johto series)
Loissiemen (AG series)
  French Vampigraine
  German Egelsamen
  Greek Παρασιτικόσπορος
  Hindi लीच का बीज Leech Ka Beej
लिपटने वाली बेल Lipatne Wali Bayl
  Italian Parassiseme
  Korean 씨뿌리기 Ssippurigi
  Norwegian Snyltefrø
  Polish Pnącze Mocy*
Wysysające Nasionko*
Ziarno Pijawkowe*
Ognisty Paralizator*
Niszczące Ziarno/Atak Ziarnem*
Kiełkujące Ziarno*
Dziki Pęd*
Pijawkowe Pnącza*
Dzikie Pnącza*
Ziarno Pnącza*
Portuguese   Brazil Semente Sanguessuga (XY087-present, Unleashed-present, manga, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Projétil de Semente (XY082)*
Semente de Morte (Diamond & Pearl-Secret Wonders)
Semente da Morte (Base Set)
Sanguessuga (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Chupa-Vidas (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Semente Sanguessuga (anime)
Semente de Morte (TCG)
  Romanian Sămânța Parazit
  Serbian Semenka pijavica
Spanish   Latin America Drenadoras
Semilla Enredadera
Enredadera
  Spain Drenadoras
  Swedish Blodigelfrö
Blodigelsfrö
  Turkish Parazit Tohum
  Vietnamese Hạt Mầm Kí Sinh




Variations of the move Leech Seed
  Leech SeedToxic



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