Return (move)

"Return" may also refer to an exclamation often used in the anime when recalling a Pokémon.

Return
おんがえし Return Favor
Return VII.png
Return VII 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Excites the audience in any contest.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Return (Japanese: おんがえし Return Favor) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It was TM27 from Generation II to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Effect

Generations II to VII

Return inflicts damage and has no secondary effect. The base power of Return is dependent on the friendship of the user. The greater the user's friendship, the greater the base power. The base power can be calculated using the following formula:

 

The base power of Return varies between 1 (at the minimum friendship value of 0) and 102 (at the maximum friendship value of 255). The base power of Return is set to 1 if the formula outputs 0. If the user's friendship is 127 or less, Frustration is stronger than Return.

Generation VIII

Return cannot be selected in a battle.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A Normal-type attack. The tamer the user, the more powerful the move.
GSC An attack that is based on loyalty.
RSEColo.XD An attack that increases in power with friendship.*
The more the user likes you, the more powerful this move.*
FRLG This attack move grows more powerful the more the user likes its Trainer.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
A full-power attack that grows more powerful the more the user likes its Trainer.
SMUSUMPE This full-power attack grows more powerful the more the user likes its Trainer.
SwSh 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
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
428   Lopunny
  Field Human-Like 13 13 13 1, Evo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
[[|]]
II
TM27
III
TM27
IV
TM27
V
TM27
VI
TM27
VII
TM27
VIII
--
Every Pokémon can learn this move by TM except the ones listed below and only if marked with ✘.
010   Caterpie
  Bug Bug
011   Metapod
  Bug Bug
013   Weedle
 
 
Bug Bug
014   Kakuna
 
 
Bug Bug
129   Magikarp
  Water 2 Dragon
132   Ditto
  Ditto Ditto
201   Unown
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
202   Wobbuffet
  Amorphous Amorphous
235   Smeargle
  Field Field
265   Wurmple
  Bug Bug
266   Silcoon
  Bug Bug
268   Cascoon
  Bug Bug
360   Wynaut
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
374   Beldum
 
 
Mineral Mineral
401   Kricketot
  Bug Bug
412   Burmy
  Bug Bug
415   Combee
 
 
Bug Bug
602   Tynamo
  Amorphous Amorphous
664   Scatterbug
  Bug Bug
665   Spewpa
  Bug Bug
771   Pyukumuku
  Water 1 Water 1
789   Cosmog
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
790   Cosmoem
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
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 III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
196   Espeon
  Field Field Starter PokémonColo
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered My Pokémon Ranch
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

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: new damage formula
You can discuss this on the talk page.

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky Return is a move with 12PP and 100% accuracy. The user attacks enemy in front, dealing damage depending on the user's IQ. At 0IQ, it deals 5 damage. The damage is increased by 5 after reaching 50 and 100IQ, and every 100IQ after that, until it deals 45 damage at 700IQ.

Although not possible under normal gameplay, IQ in range of 1000-9999 makes Return behave like an one-hit knockout move, IQ of 10000 or higher makes it deal only 1 damage, while a negative value has it deal standard 5 damage.

In Gates to Infinity onwards, with the removal of the IQ system, damage now increases the more dungeons the user was taken into.

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Return is a Charged Attack that has been available since July 22, 2019. It is exclusive to and the default move of Purified Pokémon. Upon purifying a Shadow Pokémon, Return replaces the Charged Attack in its first slot, regardless of whether that move is Frustration.

  Return
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 35
Energy cost 33  
Duration 0.7 seconds
Damage window 0.1 - 0.35 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 130
Energy cost 70  
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
See List of Shadow Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Trainer Battles
  • December 11, 2019
    • Power: 50 → 130
    • Energy cost: 40 → 70

Description

Games Description
MDRB
MDTDS
Inflicts damage on the target. Its power rises with the user's IQ.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる じぶんの かしこさがたかいほど ダメージが おおきくなる
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
It damages an enemy. The more you've opened up to your team, the more powerful this move will be.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Battle Frontier


In other generations

Core series games

     
0-60 Friendship 61-91 Friendship 92-200 Friendship

Side series games

     
     
     
0-60 Friendship 61-91 Friendship 92-200 Friendship

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In the Spanish version of the games prior to Generation VI, Return is called Retroceso, which is likely due to a direct translation of the word return. An accurate translation was given in Pokémon X and Y, where the move was renamed Retribución.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 報恩 Bou'yān
Mandarin 報恩 / 报恩 Bào'ēn
  Danish Gengæld
  Dutch Terugkeer
  French Retour
  German Rückkehr
  Greek Αφοσίωση Afosiose
  Italian Ritorno
  Korean 은혜갚기 Eunhyegapgi
  Brazilian Portuguese Retorno
  Serbian Povratak
  European Spanish Retribución*
Retroceso*
  Thai ทดแทนคุณ
  Vietnamese Trả Ơn




Variations of the move Frustration
  FrustrationReturn


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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Generation III TMs
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Generation III HMs
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Generation IV TMs
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7071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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7374757677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
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Generation VI TMs
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5354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778
798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
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Generation VII TMs
Alola
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767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Kanto
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