Psybeam (move)

Psybeam
サイケこうせん Psyche Beam
Psybeam IX.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  65
Accuracy  100%
Priority  0
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Range
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Normal: May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Scrambles the order of appeals on the next turn.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes audience expect little of other contestants.

Psybeam (Japanese: サイケこうせん Psyche Beam) is a damage-dealing Psychic-type move introduced in Generation I. It is TM016 in Generation IX.

Effect

Psybeam does damage and has a 10% chance of confusing the target.

Psybeam can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 3 bonus appeal points if Calm Mind was used in the previous turn.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Psychic-type attack. Has a one-in-ten of making the target confused.
GSC An attack that may confuse the foe.
RSE Fires a peculiar ray that may confuse the foe.
ColoXD Fires a peculiar ray that may confuse the target.
FRLG A peculiar ray is shot at the foe. It may leave the foe confused.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is attacked with a peculiar ray. It may also leave the target confused.
BWB2W2 The target is attacked with a peculiar ray. It may also cause confusion.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
The target is attacked with a peculiar ray. This may also leave the target confused.
SV The target is attacked with a peculiar ray. This may also confuse the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0012    
 
Bug Bug 32RGB
34Y
34 34 24 24 24 17 16 16 16
0048    
 
Bug Bug 35 33 33 25 25 25 17 20 17 17
0049    
 
Bug Bug 38 36 36 25 25 25 17 20 17 17
0054     Water 1 Field 27
0055     Water 1 Field 27
0064     Human-Like Human-Like 27 21 21 24 28 28XY
21ORAS
21 1, Evo. 5 5
0065     Human-Like Human-Like 27 21 21 24 28 28XY
21ORAS
21 1 5 5
0077  
Ponyta
Galarian Form
  Field Field 25
0078  
Rapidash
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field 25
0096     Human-Like Human-Like 26 25 25 25 22 25 21
0097     Human-Like Human-Like 28 25 25 25 22 25 21
0102    
 
Grass Grass 27
0110     Amorphous Amorphous 1
0119     Water 2 Water 2 1
0120     Water 3 Water 3 24 24
0121    
 
Water 3 Water 3 1 1
0122    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 36 29 25 25 25 25 30 28 28
0122  
Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 28
0137     Mineral Mineral 23 12 12 7 7 7 7 9 20 20 20
0150     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 22
0196     Field Field 36 36 36 36BW
21B2W2
20 20 25 25 25
0200     Amorphous Amorphous 27 30 23 28 28 28 28 28
0203    
 
Field Field 41 43 19 19 19 19 19 19
0223     Water 1 Water 2 22 22 10 10 10 10 12 12
0224     Water 1 Water 2 22 22 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 12 12
0226    
 
Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0233     Mineral Mineral 12 12 7 7 7 7 20 20 20
0269    
 
Bug Bug 24 24 24 24XY
22ORAS
22 22
0280    
 
Human-Like Amorphous 18 18 18
0281    
 
Human-Like Amorphous 18 18 18
0282    
 
Human-Like Amorphous 18 18 18
0307    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 20 20
0308    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 20 20
0325     Field Field 16 14 14 14 14 14 14
0326     Field Field 1, 16 1, 14 1, 14 1, 14 1, 14 14 1
0327     Field Human-Like 16 19 19 19XY
14ORAS
14 14
0343    
 
Mineral Mineral 11 11 15BW
13B2W2
13XY
16ORAS
16 15 15
0344    
 
Mineral Mineral 11 11 15BW
13B2W2
13XY
16ORAS
16 15 15
0352     Field Field 17 15DP
18PtHGSS
18 18 18 18
0413  
Wormadam
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug 32 32 32 32 32
0414    
 
Bug Bug 32 32 32 32 32
0429     Amorphous Amorphous 1
0439    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 25 25 25 25 28 28
0474     Mineral Mineral 7 7 7 7 20 20 20
0475    
 
Human-Like Amorphous 1 1 1
0480     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 21 21 21
0481     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 21 21 21
0482     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 21 21 21
0488     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 18 18 18
0517     Field Field 11 11 11 8
0518     Field Field 1 1 1 1
0561    
 
Flying Flying 18 18 18 20
0574     Human-Like Human-Like 16 16 16 12 12
0575     Human-Like Human-Like 16 16 16 12 12
0576     Human-Like Human-Like 16 16 16 12 12
0577     Amorphous Amorphous 12 12
0578     Amorphous Amorphous 12 12
0579     Amorphous Amorphous 12 12
0605     Human-Like Human-Like 15 15 15 18
0606     Human-Like Human-Like 15 15 15 18
0648    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 31 31 31 31
0653     Field Field 17 17 17
0654     Field Field 18 18 18
0655    
 
Field Field 18 18 18
0666  
Vivillon
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug 17 17 17
0677     Field Field 17 17 21 21
0678  
Meowstic
All forms
  Field Field 17 17 21 21
0686    
 
Water 1 Water 2 21 21 15 15
0687    
 
Water 1 Water 2 21 21 15 15
0720  
Hoopa
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 15XY
19ORAS
19 19
0786    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 14 20
0801  
Magearna
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 30 30
0826    
 
Bug Bug 16
0856     Fairy Fairy 20 20
0857     Fairy Fairy 20 20
0858    
 
Fairy Fairy 20 20
0866    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 28
0876  
Indeedee
All forms
 
 
Fairy Fairy 15 15
0954    
 
Bug Bug 15
0955     Flying Flying 19
0956     Flying Flying 19
0981    
 
Field Field 19
0987    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 7
1015    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 16
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 TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0035     Fairy Fairy
0036     Fairy Fairy
0048    
 
Bug Bug
0049    
 
Bug Bug
0054     Water 1 Field
0055     Water 1 Field
0079    
 
Monster Water 1
0079  
Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1
0080    
 
Monster Water 1
0080  
Slowbro
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
0096     Human-Like Human-Like
0097     Human-Like Human-Like
0102    
 
Grass Grass
0103    
 
Grass Grass
0103  
Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass
0109     Amorphous Amorphous
0110     Amorphous Amorphous
0110  
Weezing
Galarian Form
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0137     Mineral Mineral
0144  
Articuno
Galarian Form
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0150     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0163    
 
Flying Flying
0164    
 
Flying Flying
0170    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0171    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0173     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0196     Field Field
0199    
 
Monster Water 1
0199  
Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
0200     Amorphous Amorphous
0203    
 
Field Field
0233     Mineral Mineral
0234     Field Field
0280    
 
Human-Like Amorphous
0281    
 
Human-Like Amorphous
0282    
 
Human-Like Amorphous
0283    
 
Water 1 Bug
0284    
 
Water 1 Bug
0302    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0307    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0308    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0325     Field Field
0326     Field Field
0353     Amorphous Amorphous
0354     Amorphous Amorphous
0358     Amorphous Amorphous
0385    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0386  
Deoxys
All forms
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0425    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0426    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0429     Amorphous Amorphous
0437    
 
Mineral Mineral
0442    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0456     Water 2 Water 2
0457     Water 2 Water 2
0474     Mineral Mineral
0475    
 
Human-Like Amorphous
0480     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0481     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0482     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0488     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0490     Water 1 Fairy
0574     Human-Like Human-Like
0575     Human-Like Human-Like
0576     Human-Like Human-Like
0577     Amorphous Amorphous
0578     Amorphous Amorphous
0579     Amorphous Amorphous
0628  
Braviary
Hisuian Form
 
 
Flying Flying
0648    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0653     Field Field
0654     Field Field
0655    
 
Field Field
0666  
Vivillon
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug
0677     Field Field
0678  
Meowstic
All forms
  Field Field
0686    
 
Water 1 Water 2
0687    
 
Water 1 Water 2
0720  
Hoopa
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0765    
 
Field Field
0801  
Magearna
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0854  
Sinistea
All forms
  Mineral Amorphous
0855  
Polteageist
All forms
  Mineral Amorphous
0856     Fairy Fairy
0857     Fairy Fairy
0858    
 
Fairy Fairy
0876  
Indeedee
All forms
 
 
Fairy Fairy
0898  
Calyrex
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0899    
 
Field Field
0936    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0954    
 
Bug Bug
0955     Flying Flying
0956     Flying Flying
0981    
 
Field Field
0985    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0987    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
1006    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
1015    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
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
0046    
 
Bug Grass
0054     Water 1 Field
0109     Amorphous Amorphous
0118     Water 2 Water 2
0165    
 
Bug Bug
0167    
 
Bug Bug
0170    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0283    
 
Water 1 Bug
0456     Water 2 Water 2
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 III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0165    
 
Bug Bug Purified Shadow PokémonXD
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
0118     Water 2 Water 2 Dream World - Sparkling Sea
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

Psybeam inflicts damage and may leave the target confused.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 12 - 17 - 84% - 10 tiles away All Yes
MDTDS 12 - 17 - 79.8% - 10 tiles away All Yes
BSL 12 - 17 - 79.8% - 10 tiles away All Yes
MDGtI 8 99 17 50 85% 98% 10 tiles away All Yes
SMD 8 50 17 30 85% 98% 4 tiles away Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Conquest

 
>
 
Stars: ★★★
Power: 35
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: Has a 10% chance of confusing each target.
Users:          
Grid assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.

Pokémon GO

  Psybeam
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 70
Energy cost 50
Duration 3.2 seconds
Damage window 1.3 - 2.7 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 70
Energy cost 60
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                         
By Elite Charged TM
 
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
 
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 35 → 40
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 40 → 70
    • Energy cost: 25 → 50
    • Duration: 3.8 → 3.2 seconds
    • Damage window: 2.3 - 3.6 → 1.3 - 2.7 seconds

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Psybeam
★★★
Attack power 57.52357
Charge time 0.94 seconds
Range type Wide Shot
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May confuse the foe

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)
Psybeam Special 2 48 57 100% An opponent Has a chance (10%) of leaving the target confused. Calem & Espurr/Meowstic
Sabrina & Alakazam (only before Mega Evolving)
Bede & Hatterene
Calem & Fennekin
Scottie/Bettie & Venonat/VenomothEgg (Support role only)
Scottie/Bettie & Kadabra/AlakazamEgg (Tech role only)
Scottie/Bettie & EspeonEgg
Scottie/Bettie & Delphox (in Victory Road)
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Has a very small chance of leaving the target confused.

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Psybeam is Espeon's first move. It is obtained by reaching level 6 and upgrading Growl into it instead of Future Sight. The user fires a peculiar ray in the designated direction. If it hits an enemy, it will split beyond the first enemy hit and deal damage to other enemies within range. These split rays deal more damage the higher the max HP of the first enemy hit by the initial ray. Furthermore, if the first enemy hit by the ray has their movement speed decreased or is unable to act, those same effects will be applied to the other enemies hit by the split rays. The split rays will never go towards the user and will deflect at a maximum of a 90 degree angle. Distance from initial target to split ray hit is 75% of the range. At level 12, the move deals to enemies that are unable to act 5% of their max HP as additional damage. If Psybeam hits an unable to act initial target and then splits beyond its initial target, the split rays will also deal the additional damage to other enemies that the split rays hit and also leaves them unable to act. Hindrance copied duration is the maximum duration of the hindrance causing the initial Pokémon to be unable to act.

Hoopa also can use Psybeam as its second move, when transformed into its Unbound form. The move fires a peculiar ray in front of the user in a horizontal sweeping motion, dealing damage to enemies hit. The user becomes immune to hindrances while using this move.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It may also leave the target confused.
MDTD
MDS*
Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Confused status condition.
MDS* Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It may also afflict the target with a Confused status condition.
BSL はなれたポケモンに ダメージをあたえる いっていのかくりつで こんらんじょうたいにかえる
Conq. Emit a beam of mysterious light in the enemy's direction. It may leave the target confused.
MDGtI It damages even a faraway Pokémon. It could also cause the Confused status condition. The Confused status impairs its sense of direction.
SMD It damages a Pokémon, even one far away. It could also make the enemy confused.


In the anime


In the manga

Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~


Pokémon Adventures


  • Black's Musharna, Musha, was revealed to know Psybeam on the official website, but he was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 幻象光線 Waahnjeuhng Gwōngsin *
幻像光線 Waahnjeuhng Gwōngsin *
幻象光 Waahnjeuhnggwōng
Mandarin 幻象光線 / 幻象光线 Huànxiàng Guāngxiàn *
幻象光 Huànxiàng Guāng *
幻象 Huànxiàng *
  Czech Psychický paprsek
  Danish Telebølge
  Dutch Psystraal
  Finnish Psykosäde
Ajatussäde (EP024)
  French Rafale Psy
  German Psystrahl
  Greek Ψυχοριπή Psychoripí
  Hebrew קרן על-חושית Keren Al-Khushit
  Hindi मानसिक बीम Maansik Beam
  Italian Psicoraggio
  Korean 환상빔 Hwansangbim
  Polish Psychopromień
Portuguese   Brazil Feixe Psíquico (games, Pokémon the Series: XY-present, Plasma Blast-present, and manga)
Raio Psíquico (Undaunted-Boundaries Crossed)
Raio Mental (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Raio Psíquico
  Russian Психо Луч Psiho Luch
  Serbian Psi-Zrak
Spanish   Latin America Psícorrayo
Rayo Psíquico
Hipnorayo (EP024)
Super Rayo (EP032)
  Spain Psicorrayo (Gen III-present)
Psico-Rayo (Gen I-II)
  Swedish Psykstråleattack*
Blängattack*
Strålen*
  Thai ลำแสงพลังจิต
  Turkish Psişik Işın
Psişik Işık
  Vietnamese Chùm Tia Tâm Linh


Variations of the move Psybeam
  Spark
  PsybeamBubble BeamAurora BeamSludge


Generation IX TMs
SV
001002003004005006007008009010011012013014015016017018019
020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038
039040041042043044045046047048049050051052053054055056057
058059060061062063064065066067068069070071072073074075076
077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095
096097098099100101102103104105106107108109110111112113114
115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133
134135136137138139140141142143144145146147148149150151152
153154155156157158159160161162163164165166167168169170171
Added in SV 2.0.1
172173174175176177178179180181182183184185186
187188189190191192193194195196197198199200201
Added in SV 3.0.0
202203204205206207208209210211212213214215216
217218219220221222223224225226227228229


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