Moonlight (move)

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Moonlight
つきのひかり Moonlight
Moonlight VIII.png
Moonlight VIII 2.png
Type  Fairy
Category  Status
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
The appeal's quality varies depending on its timing.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Increased Voltage is added to the performance score.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

Moonlight (Japanese: つきのひかり Moonlight) is a non-damaging Fairy-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Generation VI, it was a Normal-type move.

Effect

Generation II

Moonlight restores the user's current HP based on the weather and time of day. In morning and day, during no weather it restores ¼ total HP, during harsh sunlight it restores ½ total HP, and during other weather it restores ⅛ total HP. Except in link battles, the move restores twice as much HP at night.

Generations III to V

Moonlight restores the user's current HP based on the weather in the battle. During no weather it restores ½ total HP, during harsh sunlight it restores ⅔ total HP, and during other weather it restores ¼ total HP.

Moonlight can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra appeal point if the move Sunny Day was used in the prior turn.

Generation VI onward

Moonlight is now a Fairy-type move. When used during strong winds it restores ½ total HP.

Moonlight can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an three extra appeal points if the move Sunny Day was used in the prior turn.

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

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Allows HP to be restored by the moonlight. In battle, half the user's max HP is restored.
GSC Restores HP (varies by time).
RSEColo.XD Restores HP. The amount varies with the weather.
FRLG Restores the user's HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user restores its own HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy 43 37 37 40BW
43B2W2
43 43 24
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy 1 1
043   Oddish
 
 
Grass Grass 32 32 33 33 33XY
27ORAS
27 36
044   Gloom
 
 
Grass Grass 35 35 41 41 41XY
29ORAS
29 44
045   Vileplume
 
 
Grass Grass 1
182   Bellossom
  Grass Grass 1
197   Umbreon
  Field Field 52 52 71 71BW
33B2W2
33 33 30
269   Dustox
 
 
Bug Bug 20 20 20 20XY
17ORAS
17 17BDSP
313   Volbeat
  Bug Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
19ORAS
19 19BDSP
314   Illumise
  Bug Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
19ORAS
19 19BDSP
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1
488   Cresselia
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 57 57 1, 57 1, 57 42
517   Munna
  Field Field 17 17 17 16
518   Musharna
  Field Field 1
715   Noivern
 
 
Flying Dragon 1 1 1
755   Morelull
 
 
Grass Grass 11 20
756   Shiinotic
 
 
Grass Grass 11 20
792   Lunala
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 31 35
800   Necrozma
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
800   Necrozma
Dusk Mane
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 1
800   Necrozma
Dawn Wings
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 1
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
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
035   ClefairyLv. 8
  Fairy Fairy Pokéwalker - Night Sky's Edge
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
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral Dream World - Icy Cave
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
029   Nidoran♀
  Monster Field New York Pokémon Center
215   Sneasel
 
 
Field Field 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.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Moonlight is a move with 12PP that ignores accuracy and evasion checks. It heals all team members on the entire floor for a fixed amount of HP dependent on the current weather: 50 HP under clear weather, 80 HP under sunny weather, 40 HP under cloudy weather, 30 HP under sandstorm, 10 HP under rain and hail, and 1 HP under snow and fog. This move is affected by Taunt and Snatch.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move now heals 30 HP under cloudy weather, 20 HP under sandstorm and 10 HP under fog.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Restores the HP of the user and team members on the same floor. The amount of HP recovered depends on the weather.
MDTDS Restores the HP of the user and team members on the floor. The HP amount regained depends on the weather.
BSL じぶんと フロアのなかまポケモンの HPが かいふくする そのときの てんきによって HPの かいふくりょうが かわる
MDGtI It restores half the HP of you and your teammates on the floor. During a Sunny condition, it restores your HP even more. During a Rain, Hail, or Sandstorm condition, the amount regained goes down.
SMD It restores the HP of you and your teammates in the same room. If it's sunny or in harsh sunlight, it restores your HP even more. During rain, heavy rain, hail, or a sandstorm, the amount regained goes down.


In the anime

       
Cresselia Healing
The user heals itself with moonlight.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Cresselia A beam of moonlight shines down on Cresselia, causing her body to sparkle and restoring her lost health.
Cresselia (recurring) A Midsummer Night's Light! Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 月光 Yuhtgwōng
Mandarin 月光 Yuèguāng
  Dutch Maanlicht
  French Rayon Lune
  German Mondschein
  Greek Φεγγαρόφως
  Italian Lucelunare
  Korean 달의불빛 Dal-yi Bulbit
  Brazilian Portuguese Luar
  Serbian Mesečeva svetlost
  Spanish Luz Lunar
  Vietnamese Ánh Sáng Mặt Trăng




Variations of the move Moonlight
  MoonlightMorning SunShore UpSynthesis


  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.