Mind Blown (move)

Mind Blown
ビックリヘッド Surprised Head
Mind Blown VIII.png
Mind Blown VIII 2.png
Type  Fire
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  150
Accuracy  100%
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Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all Pokémon adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VII
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Mind Blown (Japanese: ビックリヘッド Surprised Head) is a damage-dealing Fire-type move introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It is the signature move of Blacephalon.


Mind Blown inflicts damage, and the user takes damage equal to half of its maximum HP rounded up (unless it has Magic Guard). Mind Blown cannot be used when a Pokémon with the Ability Damp is on the field.

The user of Mind Blown will take damage even if the target is protected from it, if it hits a substitute, if the move misses, or if the target has Flash Fire. If Mind Blown fails due to there being no targets (i.e. if all Pokémon in range fainted before the move was used), the user does not take damage.

Rock Head and Reckless do not affect Mind Blown. If the user has Parental Bond in a Single Battle, the HP loss occurs after the first hit, and the second hit will only occur if neither Pokémon has fainted as a result. There is no additional HP loss for the second hit in that case. The user loses if all of the last Pokémon faint in the same turn as the result of using Mind Blown.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Versions 1.0 to 1.2.1 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Mind Blown could not be selected in a battle. Starting with Version 1.3.0, it is usable and functions the same as it did in the previous generation.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Mind Blown cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Mind Blown cannot be selected in a battle.

Other effects

Mind Blown does not exist in the game data of Pokémon Sun and Moon. As a result, a Pokémon knowing Mind Blown cannot be traded from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to Sun and Moon, and if a Pokémon in Pokémon Bank knows the move it cannot be withdrawn in Pokémon Sun and Moon. In order to be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Pokémon must forget Mind Blown. However, because Blacephalon also does not exist in Pokémon Sun and Moon, this restriction is only applicable to Smeargle.


Games Description
The user attacks everything around it by causing its own head to explode. This also damages the user.
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
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 59 70
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.

In other games

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Mind Blown
Attack power 130.0375
Charge time 1.46 seconds
Range type Explosion Shot
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Buddy move
Strange Flames Mind Blown Special 4 200 240 100% All opponents Activation Condition: When the user uses any move once.

Deactivation Condition: Cannot be deactivated.

Increases the user's Special Moves ↑ Next effect by 0 to 10 ranks at random. (The higher the rank of the effect increased, the lower the chance it will activate.)

Wallace (New Year's 2024) & Blacephalon

The following table lists the probability that Strange Flames Mind Blown will increase the user's Special Moves ↑ Next effect by each number of ranks.

Ranks Chance
0 30%
1 20%
2 20%
3 15%
4 10%
5 3%
6 1%
7 0.4%
8 0.3%
9 0.2%
10 0.1%

In the anime

Tossing its head
The user attacks by causing its own head to explode.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Blacephalon grabs its head and tosses it in the air. It then starts to glow and explodes in midair into something resembling fireworks, and immediately afterwards it reconstitutes back into a head.
The Ultra Guardians' Blacephalon Twirling with a Bang! Debut

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Spin-off series games


  • If a Shiny Pokémon uses Mind Blown, the move's animation is different, appearing to use a Shiny Blacephalon's blue head rather than the normal white one.[1] It shares this distinction with Dragon Darts and Syrup Bomb.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 驚爆大頭 Gīngbaau Daaihtàuh
Mandarin 驚爆大頭 / 惊爆大头 Jīngbào Dàtóu
  French Caboche-Kaboum
  German Knallkopf
  Italian Sbalorditesta
  Korean 깜짝헤드 Kkamjjakhedeu
  Brazilian Portuguese Explosão Mental
  Russian Взрыв Разума Vzryv Razuma
  Spanish Cabeza Sorpresa
  Vietnamese Nổ Tung Não


  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.