Roar (move)

Roar
ほえる Roar
Roar VIII.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  %
Priority  -6*
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Scrambles the order of appeals on the next turn.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going down in the same turn.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Causes the user to move later on the next turn.

Roar (Japanese: ほえる Roar) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM05 from Generation II to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Effect

Generation I

If Roar is successfully used in a wild Pokémon battle by either Pokémon, the battle will automatically end. In a Trainer battle, Roar has no effect. Roar has 100% accuracy and normal priority.

If the user's level is less than the target's level, there is a chance that Roar will fail, between approximately 10% and 25%, depending on the levels of the two Pokémon. The chance of failure typically increases the higher the target's level is than the user's. Specifically, the chance of failure is the following.

 

Generation II

When in a Trainer battle, Roar will now force the target to switch with a randomly chosen Pokémon from its Trainer's party. If there is no Pokémon for the target to switch with, Roar will fail. Roar now has a priority of -1.

Roar's chance to fail does not apply to Trainer battles. However, in Trainer battles, Roar will always fail if used before the opponent has made its move.

Generations III and IV

Roar now has a priority of -6.

Roar will fail when used against Pokémon with the Abilities Soundproof and Suction Cups or rooted by Ingrain. It no longer fails if it is not used last.

The chance of failure if the user's level is less than the target's is now calculated slightly differently. Specifically, for a random integer X between 0 and 255, Roar fails if the following relation is true:

 

The chance of failure can be approximated by the following formula. However, this approximation may diverge moderately from the true probability for low user and target levels.

 

Generation V

In wild Pokémon battles, Roar will now always fail if the user's level is less than the target's. In Trainer battles, Roar will now succeed if it hits, regardless of either Pokémon's level.

Roar is now reflected by Magic Coat and Magic Bounce.

If a battle with wild Pokémon ever involves more than one Pokémon on each side of the battle, Roar will fail if used by the player's Pokémon against a wild Pokémon, but if a wild Pokémon uses it against the player, it will force the target to switch with another Pokémon in the Trainer's party, regardless of the target's level.

Generation VI onward

Roar now bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. Roar can now hit a target even if it has used Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Roar can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining extra three appeal points if any of the moves Spikes, Stealth Rock or Toxic Spikes was used in the prior turn.

If used by the Trainer's Pokémon in an SOS Battle, Roar will fail.

Roar will become a Water-type move when used by a Pokémon with the ability Liquid Voice. If the user is affected by Throat Chop, it will be unable to use this move for two turns.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Roar, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage, and can be used regardless of whether the user is affected by Throat Chop or not.

Roar fails when used on a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon.

If the user is holding a Throat Spray, the item will be consumed and the user's Special Attack stat will raise by one stage.

Description

Games Description
Stad A terrifying roar that drives wild Pokémon away. It is useful only in the wild.
Stad2 A terrifying roar that drives the target away. The opposing trainer must use a new Pokémon.
GSC Scares wild foes to end battle.
RSE Makes the foe flee to end the battle.*
A savage roar that makes the foe flee to end the battle.*
Colo.XD Causes the target to flee and switch out of battle.*
A savage roar that swaps the target out of battle.*
FRLG The foe is made to switch out with an ally. In the wild, the battle ends.
DPPtHGSS The foe is scared off, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
PBR The foe is scared off and replaced by another Pokémon in its party.*
The foe is scared off, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.*
BW The target is scared off and replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
B2W2 The target is scared off and switched. In the wild, a battle against a single Pokémon ends.
XYORAS The target is scared off and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.
SMUSUM
SwSh
The target is scared off, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.
PE The target is scared off, and a different Pokémon is dragged out.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
037   Vulpix
  Field Field 21 13 9 7 7 7 7SMUSUM
28PE
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field 7SMUSUM
28PE
038   Ninetales
  Field Field 1
058   Growlithe
  Field Field 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 44
059   Arcanine
  Field Field 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
142   Aerodactyl
 
 
Flying Flying 9 9 9 9SMUSUM
7PE
25
209   Snubbull
  Field Fairy 26 26 25 25 25 25
210   Granbull
  Field Fairy 28 28 27 27 27 27
228   Houndour
 
 
Field Field 7 19 14 13 13 13
229   Houndoom
 
 
Field Field 7 19 14 13 13 13
243   Raikou
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21 21 15 15 15 15 24
244   Entei
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21 21 15 15 15 15 24
245   Suicune
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21GS 24
261   Poochyena
  Field Field 21 21 21 21XY
16ORAS
16
262   Mightyena
  Field Field 22 22 22 22XY
16ORAS
16
293   Whismur
  Monster Field 35 35 35 35XY
29ORAS
29 25
294   Loudred
  Monster Field 43 43 43 43XY
32ORAS
32 29
295   Exploud
  Monster Field 45 45 45 45XY
32ORAS
32 29
304   Aron
 
 
Monster Monster 21 22 22BW
18B2W2
18XY
19ORAS
19 12
305   Lairon
 
 
Monster Monster 21 22 22BW
18B2W2
18XY
19ORAS
19 12
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster 21 22 22BW
18B2W2
18XY
19ORAS
19 12
309   Electrike
  Field Field 28 36 36 36XY
34ORAS
34 28
310   Manectric
  Field Field 31 42 42 42XY
36ORAS
36 30
403   Shinx
  Field Field 21 21 21 21 20
404   Luxio
  Field Field 23 23 23 23 24
405   Luxray
  Field Field 23 23 23 23 24
449   Hippopotas
  Field Field 32
450   Hippowdon
  Field Field 32
498   Tepig
  Field Field 39 39 39
499   Pignite
 
 
Field Field 47 47 47
500   Emboar
 
 
Field Field 55 55 55
506   Lillipup
  Field Field 26 26 26 40
507   Herdier
  Field Field 29 29 29 54
508   Stoutland
  Field Field 29 29 29 62
633   Deino
 
 
Dragon Dragon 20 20 20 12
634   Zweilous
 
 
Dragon Dragon 20 20 20 12
635   Hydreigon
 
 
Dragon Dragon 20 20 20 12
696   Tyrunt
 
 
Monster Dragon 6 6 4
697   Tyrantrum
 
 
Monster Dragon 6 1, 6 1
725   Litten
  Field Field 18 9
726   Torracat
  Field Field 19 9
727   Incineroar
 
 
Field Field 19 9
744   Rockruff
  Field Field 26 28
745   Lycanroc
Midday Form
  Field Field 26 30
745   Lycanroc
Midnight Form
  Field Field 26 30
745   Lycanroc
Dusk Form
  Field Field 26USUM 30
835   Yamper
  Field Field 15
836   Boltund
  Field Field 15
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
TM05
III
TM05
IV
TM05
V
TM05
VI
TM05
VII
TM05
VIII
--
003   Venusaur
 
 
Monster Grass
006   Charizard
 
 
Monster Dragon
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1
020   Raticate
  Field Field
020   Raticate
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
031   Nidoqueen
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
034   Nidoking
 
 
Monster Field
037   Vulpix
  Field Field
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
053   Persian
  Field Field
053   Persian
Alolan Form
  Field Field
058   Growlithe
  Field Field
059   Arcanine
  Field Field
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
111   Rhyhorn
 
 
Monster Field
112   Rhydon
 
 
Monster Field
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
134   Vaporeon
  Field Field
135   Jolteon
  Field Field
136   Flareon
  Field Field
142   Aerodactyl
 
 
Flying Flying
144   Articuno
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
145   Zapdos
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
146   Moltres
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
156   Quilava
  Field Field
157   Typhlosion
  Field Field
159   Croconaw
  Monster Water 1
160   Feraligatr
  Monster Water 1
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
209   Snubbull
  Field Fairy
210   Granbull
  Field Fairy
216   Teddiursa
  Field Field
217   Ursaring
  Field Field
220   Swinub
 
 
Field Field
221   Piloswine
 
 
Field Field
227   Skarmory
 
 
Flying Flying
228   Houndour
 
 
Field Field
229   Houndoom
 
 
Field Field
231   Phanpy
  Field Field
232   Donphan
  Field Field
234   Stantler
  Field Field
243   Raikou
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
244   Entei
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
245   Suicune
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
248   Tyranitar
 
 
Monster Monster
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
250   Ho-Oh
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
254   Sceptile
  Monster Dragon
257   Blaziken
 
 
Field Field
260   Swampert
 
 
Monster Water 1
261   Poochyena
  Field Field
262   Mightyena
  Field Field
264   Linoone
  Field Field
288   Vigoroth
  Field Field
289   Slaking
  Field Field
293   Whismur
  Monster Field
294   Loudred
  Monster Field
295   Exploud
  Monster Field
304   Aron
 
 
Monster Monster
305   Lairon
 
 
Monster Monster
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster
309   Electrike
  Field Field
310   Manectric
  Field Field
319   Sharpedo
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
320   Wailmer
  Field Water 2
321   Wailord
  Field Water 2
323   Camerupt
 
 
Field Field
334   Altaria
 
 
Flying Dragon
335   Zangoose
  Field Field
357   Tropius
 
 
Monster Grass
364   Sealeo
 
 
Water 1 Field
365   Walrein
 
 
Water 1 Field
371   Bagon
  Dragon Dragon
372   Shelgon
  Dragon Dragon
373   Salamence
 
 
Dragon Dragon
380   Latias
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
381   Latios
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
382   Kyogre
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
383   Groudon
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
384   Rayquaza
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
389   Torterra
 
 
Monster Grass
392   Infernape
 
 
Field Human-Like
395   Empoleon
 
 
Water 1 Field
403   Shinx
  Field Field
404   Luxio
  Field Field
405   Luxray
  Field Field
408   Cranidos
  Monster Monster
409   Rampardos
  Monster Monster
410   Shieldon
 
 
Monster Monster
411   Bastiodon
 
 
Monster Monster
419   Floatzel
  Water 1 Field
432   Purugly
  Field Field
434   Stunky
 
 
Field Field
435   Skuntank
 
 
Field Field
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon
444   Gabite
 
 
Monster Dragon
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon
447   Riolu
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
448   Lucario
 
 
Field Human-Like
449   Hippopotas
  Field Field
450   Hippowdon
  Field Field
452   Drapion
 
 
Bug Water 3
464   Rhyperior
 
 
Monster Field
470   Leafeon
  Field Field
471   Glaceon
  Field Field
473   Mamoswine
 
 
Field Field
483   Dialga
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
484   Palkia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
485   Heatran
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
487   Giratina
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
493   Arceus
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
498   Tepig
  Field Field
499   Pignite
 
 
Field Field
500   Emboar
 
 
Field Field
506   Lillipup
  Field Field
507   Herdier
  Field Field
508   Stoutland
  Field Field
551   Sandile
 
 
Field Field
552   Krokorok
 
 
Field Field
553   Krookodile
 
 
Field Field
554   Darumaka
  Field Field
555   Darmanitan
  Field Field
559   Scraggy
 
 
Field Dragon
560   Scrafty
 
 
Field Dragon
566   Archen
 
 
Flying Water 3
567   Archeops
 
 
Flying Water 3
570   Zorua
  Field Field
571   Zoroark
  Field Field
604   Eelektross
  Amorphous Amorphous
610   Axew
  Monster Dragon
611   Fraxure
  Monster Dragon
612   Haxorus
  Monster Dragon
614   Beartic
  Field Field
621   Druddigon
  Dragon Monster
633   Deino
 
 
Dragon Dragon
634   Zweilous
 
 
Dragon Dragon
635   Hydreigon
 
 
Dragon Dragon
638   Cobalion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
639   Terrakion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
640   Virizion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
647   Keldeo
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
650   Chespin
  Field Field
651   Quilladin
  Field Field
652   Chesnaught
 
 
Field Field
667   Litleo
 
 
Field Field
668   Pyroar
 
 
Field Field
672   Skiddo
  Field Field
673   Gogoat
  Field Field
674   Pancham
  Field Human-Like
675   Pangoro
 
 
Field Human-Like
676   Furfrou
  Field Field
696   Tyrunt
 
 
Monster Dragon
697   Tyrantrum
 
 
Monster Dragon
698   Amaura
 
 
Monster Monster
699   Aurorus
 
 
Monster Monster
713   Avalugg
  Monster Monster
716   Xerneas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
721   Volcanion
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
725   Litten
  Field Field
726   Torracat
  Field Field
727   Incineroar
 
 
Field Field
735   Gumshoos
  Field Field
744   Rockruff
  Field Field
745   Lycanroc
Midday Form
  Field Field
745   Lycanroc
Midnight Form
  Field Field
745   Lycanroc
Dusk Form
  Field Field USUM
749   Mudbray
  Field Field
750   Mudsdale
  Field Field
759   Stufful
 
 
Field Field
760   Bewear
 
 
Field Field
772   Type: Null
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
773   Silvally
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
776   Turtonator
 
 
Monster Dragon
780   Drampa
 
 
Monster Dragon
782   Jangmo-o
  Dragon Dragon
783   Hakamo-o
 
 
Dragon Dragon
784   Kommo-o
 
 
Dragon Dragon
785   Tapu Koko
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
787   Tapu Bulu
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
791   Solgaleo
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
792   Lunala
 
 
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
037   Vulpix
  Field Field
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field
335   Zangoose
  Field Field
749   Mudbray
  Field Field
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, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Roar is a move with 14 PP and 100% accuracy. It targets enemy in the front, blowing them away 10 tiles away. If the enemy hits a wall, they take 5HP of damage; if they hit another Pokémon, they both take that damage. A Pokémon that enters a tile they cannot walk on will be warped away. This move is affected by Muzzled status condition and Taunt. Being a sound-based move, it's blocked by Soundproof.

In Gates To Infinity, if the Pokémon that is blown back hits another Pokémon they will both take 5 damage, if the affected Pokémon hits a wall they alone will take 5 damage.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Status 3 —% An opponent Forces the target to switch out.

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Forces the opponent's sync pair to switch out.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Knocks the target flying. If the target hits a wall or another Pokémon, it sustains damage.
MDTDS Sends the target flying. If the target hits a wall or another Pokémon, it sustains damage.
BSL てきポケモンを とおくに ふきとばす ふきとんださきで かべや ポケモンに あたると ダメージをうける
MDGtI It blows away an enemy straight back. If the enemy crashes into a wall or a Pokémon, it takes damage.
SMD It blows an enemy away in a straight line. If the enemy crashes into a Pokémon or a wall, the enemy takes damage.
MDRTDX It blows an enemy away in a straight line. If the enemy crashes into any Pokémon or a wall, both Pokémon take damage.


In the anime

       
Growlithe Arcanine Herdier Suicune
The user roars at the opposing Pokémon, causing the opponent to flee the battle.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Suicune The horn on Suicune's head glows bright blue and it lets out a fierce roar, scaring the opponent and making it go back into its Poké Ball.
Suicune (recurring) For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! Debut
  Entei Entei growls and black waves come off its body, sending the opponent back to its Poké Ball.
A wild Entei Entei at Your Own Risk None
  Houndoom Houndoom barks loudly at the opponent, causing the opponent to be scared and go back into its Poké Ball.
Team Magma Grunts' two Houndoom A Ruin with a View None
  Aron Aron roars loudly, letting out a cyclone of sound waves from its mouth, causing rampaging Pokémon to calm down.
Steven's Aron A Hole Lotta Trouble None
  Arcanine Arcanine roars loudly, causing the opponent to be scared and go back into its Poké Ball.
A wild Arcanine On Cloud Arcanine None
  Exploud Exploud yells loudly and light blue circles come out of its mouth and at the opponent, causing it to become scared and run away. Sometimes, before it uses the attack, a flash of light blue light appears inside of Exploud's mouth.
A wild Exploud Pikachu's Island Adventure None
  Lillipup Lillipup's body becomes outlined in a crimson aura and it yells loudly, releasing invisible shock waves from its mouth that expand outward. The yell has enough force to almost blow the opponent away. The opponent then goes back into its Poké Ball.
Lenora's Lillipup The Battle According to Lenora! None
  Herdier Herdier's body becomes outlined in red energy and it howls loudly, releasing invisible circles from its mouth that expand outward. The howl has enough force to almost blow away the opponent. The opponent then goes into its Poké Ball.
Lenora's Herdier Rematch at the Nacrene Gym! None
  Growlithe Growlithe roars, releasing powerful transparent soundwaves from its mouth and scaring the opponent away.
Officer Jenny's Growlithe Dreams Are Made of These! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


  • Blaine's Growlithe was revealed to know Roar on the official web site, but he was never shown using the move.

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 吼叫 Hāaugiu *
咆哮 Pàauhhāau *
Mandarin 吼叫 Hǒujiào *
吠叫 Fèijiào *
  Czech Řev
  Danish Brøl
  Dutch Brul
  Finnish Karjaisu
  French Hurlement
  German Brüller
  Greek Βρυχηθμός
  Indonesian Raungan
Menggonggong
  Italian Boato
  Korean 울부짖기 Ulbujitgi
  Norwegian Brøl
  Polish Ryk*
Wrzask*
Portuguese   Brazil Rugido (anime, TCG, manga, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Rugir (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Rugido
  Serbian Rikanje
  Spanish Rugido
  Turkish Kükreme
  Vietnamese Rống



Variations of the move Roar
  RoarWhirlwind


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
01020304050607
Generation III TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708RSE
Generation IV TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223
2425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
4748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869
7071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748
495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172
7374757677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
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Generation VI TMs
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2728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849505152
5354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778
798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
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Generation VII TMs
Alola
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Kanto
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2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960


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