Powder (move)

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Powder
ふんじん Dust
Powder VII.png
Powder VII 2.png
Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  +1
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the audience quickly grow bored when an appeal move has little effect.

Powder (Japanese: ふんじん Dust) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Generation VII, it was the signature move of Vivillon.

Effect

Generation VI

Powder covers the target in powder for the remainder of the turn. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use a Fire-type move, they take damage equal to 25% of their maximum HP and cannot execute the move (PP is still consumed).

Powder has a priority of +1, so is used before all moves that do not have increased priority.

Grass-type Pokémon, Pokémon with Overcoat, and Pokémon holding Safety Goggles cannot become affected by Powder (but a Pokémon already affected by Powder will remain affected even if it gains one of these properties). Powder fails if the target is already under the effect of Powder.

If a Pokémon with Magic Guard affected by Powder attempts to use a Fire-type move, it will fail to execute the move but take no damage. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use multiple Fire-type moves in one turn (such as due to Dancer), Powder will activate for each one.

Powder does not prevent a Pokémon from thawing itself by using a move like Flame Wheel. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use Natural Gift while holding a Berry that makes the move Fire-type, the Pokémon takes damage from Powder but the Berry is not consumed. If a Pokémon affected by Powder has Protean and uses a Fire-type move, it will not change type.

If a Pokémon affected by Powder uses Fire Pledge after an ally uses Water Pledge, such that the Pokémon ends up using Water Pledge as a combination move, Powder will not affect that move. If a Pokémon affected by Powder uses Fire Pledge otherwise (including as the first move of a combination move, or when using Grass Pledge as a combination move after an ally's Fire Pledge), Fire Pledge will be prevented by Powder like any other Fire-type move.

Despite involving an small explosion, Powder is not prevented from use or negated by Damp.

Powder will damage the Pokémon even during heavy rain.

Generation VII

If a Pokémon affected by Powder uses Shell Trap, it will take damage regardless of whether it was hit by a physical move. Powder can prevent a Pokémon from using a Fire-type Z-Move, but status Z-Moves still gain their Z-Power effects.

If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use a Fire-type dance move (such as Fiery Dance), that move will not trigger Dancer.

Powder will no longer damage the Pokémon during heavy rain.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-Powder, the user's Special Defense stat is raised by two stages.

Generation VIII onwards

Powder cannot be selected in a battle.

Description

Games Description
XYORAS The user covers the target in a powder that explodes and damages the target if it uses a Fire-type move.
SMUSUM
SwShLA
The user covers the target in a combustible powder. If the target uses a Fire-type move, the powder explodes and damages the target.
BDSP
SV
This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0666  
Vivillon
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 55 1, 55
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 Egg Groups Egg Move
0742    
 
Bug Fairy
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

Powder targets enemies in the same room and gives them the Powder status condition. A Fire-type move used once by a Pokémon affected by the Powder status will fail, and the Pokémon will also take damage when the move fails. The status lasts 11 turns or ends if the affected Pokémon uses a Fire-type move. It has no effect on Grass-type Pokémon as it is a powder move.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
SMD - - 20 40 10% - Entire room Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:


Description

Games Description
SMD If an enemy uses a Fire-type move, the move fails and the enemy takes damage.*
It gives your enemies in the same room the Powder status condition. But it has no effect on Grass-type Pokémon.*


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Powder is the only move that is unusable in Pokémon Sword and Shield without a generic description to be transferable into Sword and Shield.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 粉塵 Fánchàhn
Mandarin 粉塵 / 粉尘 Fěnchén
  French Nuée de Poudre
  German Pulverschleuder
  Italian Pulviscoppio
  Korean 분진 Bunjin
  Brazilian Portuguese Pólvora Explosiva
  Spanish Polvo Explosivo


  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.