Moonlight (move)

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Moonlight
つきのひかり Moonlight
Moonlight IX.png
Moonlight IX 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, rounded down. Except in link battles, the move restores twice as much HP at night.

Generation 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, rounded down.

Moonlight can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 1 bonus appeal point if Sunny Day was used in the previous turn.

Generation VI onwards

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

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).
RSEColoXD 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
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
SV
The user restores its own HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0035     Fairy Fairy 43 37 37 40BW
43B2W2
43 43 24 1 1
0036     Fairy Fairy 1 1 1 Rem.
0043    
 
Grass Grass 32 32 33 33 33XY
27ORAS
27 36 36 36
0044    
 
Grass Grass 35 35 41 41 41XY
29ORAS
29 44 44 44
0045    
 
Grass Grass 1 1 1
0182     Grass Grass 1 1 1
0197     Field Field 52 52 71 71BW
33B2W2
33 33 30 30 30
0269    
 
Bug Bug 20 20 20 20XY
17ORAS
17 17
0313     Bug Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
19ORAS
19 19 19
0314     Bug Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
19ORAS
19 19 19
0337    
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1
0488     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 57 57 1, 57 1, 57 42 42 42
0517     Field Field 17 17 17 16
0518     Field Field 1
0715    
 
Flying Dragon 1 1 1 1
0755    
 
Grass Grass 11 20
0756    
 
Grass Grass 11 20
0792    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 31 35 35
0800  
Necrozma
All available forms
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1 1
0901  
Ursaluna
Bloodmoon
 
 
Field Field Rem.
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0102    
 
Grass Grass
0302    
 
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.
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.


Special move

Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0035  
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.
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.


Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0337    
 
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.
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.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0029     Monster Field New York Pokémon Center
0215    
 
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.
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 Mystery Dungeon series

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Reason: DX and effects in Extremely Harsh Sunlight, Heavy Rain, Strong Winds

Moonlight restores HP to the user and teammates. Prior to Gates to Infinity, Moonlight will affect all teammates on the entire floor and heal a set amount of HP. From Gates to Infinity, Moonlight only affects the user and teammates in the same room, and heals HP as a percentage of the user's max HP.

Game HP restored
Clear Sun Rain Sandstorm Hail Fog Cloud Snow Strong winds
MDRB 50 80 10 30 10 1 40 1 -
MDTDS 50 80 10 20 10 10 30 1 -
BSL 15 30 12 8 12 12 12 5 -
MDGtI 50% 75% 25% 25% 25% - - - -
SMD 40% 75% 25% 25% 25% - - - ?


Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB - - 12 - —% - Entire floor Party -
MDTDS - - 12 - —% - Entire floor Party -
BSL - - 12 - —% - Entire floor Party -
MDGtI - - 10 50 —% - Entire room Party Yes
SMD - - 10 30 —% - Entire room Party Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Moonlight could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Moonlight could be seen as a move used by Boss Munna, Musharna, and Lunala.

  Moonlight
Charge time 1.5 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Target Self
Additional effect Restores HP

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
(uses)
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Moonlight Special 2 2 —% Self Heals Restores the user's HP by approximately 50% of its maximum HP. HP is restored by 60% instead when the weather is sunny, and 40% when the weather is rainy or during a hailstorm or a sandstorm. Sygna Suit Dawn & Cresselia
Leaf & Clefable
Selene & Umbreon

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

Main series

 
Cresselia
 
Healing
The user heals itself with moonlight.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  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


Pokémon Evolutions

 
Umbreon


The user emits multiple sparkling lights to illuminate its surroundings.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  The rings on Umbreon's body glow yellow, and it releases multiple sparkling lights from them.
Zuki's Umbreon The Show 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 달빛 DarbitIX+
달의불빛 DaruibulbitII, IVVIII
  Polish Światło Księżyca
Portuguese   Brazil Luar
  Portugal Luz Lunar
  Serbian Mesečeva svetlost
  Spanish Luz Lunar
  Vietnamese Ánh Sáng Mặt Trăng



Variations of the move Moonlight
  MoonlightMorning SunShore UpSynthesis


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