Struggle Bug (move)

Struggle Bug
むしのていこう Insect Opposition
Struggle Bug IX.png
Struggle Bug IX 2.png
Type  Bug
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  50
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
Many Others: Affects all adjacent opponents, but not allies
Availability
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Works great if the user goes last this turn.

Struggle Bug (Japanese: むしのていこう Insect Opposition) is a damage-dealing Bug-type move introduced in Generation V. It was TM76 in Generations V and VI and is TM015 in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Effect

Generation V

Struggle Bug inflicts damage to all adjacent opponents and lowers the targets' Special Attack by one stage.

Generation VI onwards

Struggle Bug's power changed from 30 to 50.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Struggle Bug's power has been changed to 40. It also lowers the target's offensive stats for three turns.

Category  Special
PP  20
Agile Strong
Power  40  30  50
Accuracy  100%  100%  100%
Action speed modifier
Self  0  0  +5
Target  0  +3  0
Additional effect
Turns  3  2  4
   ?  ?
   ?  ?
Lowers the target's offensive stats

Description

Games Description
BW While resisting, the user attacks the opposing Pokémon. The targets' Sp. Atk stat is reduced.
B2W2 Resisting, the user attacks the opposing Pokémon. The targets' Sp. Atk stat is reduced.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
While resisting, the user attacks the opposing Pokémon. This lowers the Sp. Atk stat of those hit.
SwShBDSP While resisting, the user attacks opposing Pokémon. This lowers the Sp. Atk stats of those hit.
LA The user struggles against the target, dealing damage. This also lowers the target's offensive stats.
SV The user attacks by struggling against opposing Pokémon. This also lowers their Sp. Atk stats.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0048    
 
Bug Bug 1
0049    
 
Bug Bug 1
0165    
 
Bug Bug 22
0166    
 
Bug Bug 24
0213    
 
Bug Bug 1BW
12B2W2
12 12 10 10
0313     Bug Human-Like 15ORAS 15 15 15
0314     Bug Human-Like 15ORAS 15 15 15
0401     Bug Bug 6 6 6 6 6
0402     Bug Bug 1
0412  
Burmy
All forms
  Bug Bug 1
0413  
Wormadam
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug 1
0414    
 
Bug Bug 38 1
0415    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 6 1
0416    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 6 1
0540    
 
Bug Bug 22 22 22 22
0541    
 
Bug Bug 22
0542    
 
Bug Bug 22 22 22 22
0616     Bug Bug 16 16 16 16
0617     Bug Bug 16 16 16 16
0636    
 
Bug Bug 12 12
0637    
 
Bug Bug 1 1
0666  
Vivillon
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug 12 1 1
0742    
 
Bug Fairy 10 24 24
0743    
 
Bug Fairy 1, 10 24 24
0767    
 
Bug Water 3 1 1
0768    
 
Bug Water 3 1 1
0824     Bug Bug 1
0825    
 
Bug Bug 1
0826    
 
Bug Bug 1
0872    
 
Bug Bug 1 1
0873    
 
Bug Bug 1 1
0917     Bug Bug 5
0918     Bug Bug 5
0919     Bug Bug 4
0920    
 
Bug Bug 4
0953     Bug Bug 7
0954    
 
Bug Bug 7
0994    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 7
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
TM76
0012    
 
Bug Bug
0015    
 
Bug Bug
0046    
 
Bug Grass
0047    
 
Bug Grass
0048    
 
Bug Bug
0049    
 
Bug Bug
0123    
 
Bug Bug
0127     Bug Bug
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0165    
 
Bug Bug
0166    
 
Bug Bug
0167    
 
Bug Bug
0168    
 
Bug Bug
0193    
 
Bug Bug
0204     Bug Bug
0205    
 
Bug Bug
0207    
 
Bug Bug
0212    
 
Bug Bug
0213    
 
Bug Bug
0214    
 
Bug Bug
0267    
 
Bug Bug
0269    
 
Bug Bug
0283    
 
Water 1 Bug
0284    
 
Water 1 Bug
0290    
 
Bug Bug
0291    
 
Bug Bug
0292    
 
Mineral Mineral
0313     Bug Human-Like
0314     Bug Human-Like
0328     Bug Bug
0329    
 
Bug Bug
0330    
 
Bug Bug
0347    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0348    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0398    
 
Flying Flying
0401     Bug Bug
0402     Bug Bug
0413  
Wormadam
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug
0414    
 
Bug Bug
0415    
 
Bug Bug
0416    
 
Bug Bug
0451    
 
Bug Water 3
0452    
 
Bug Water 3
0469    
 
Bug Bug
0472    
 
Bug Bug
0540    
 
Bug Bug
0541    
 
Bug Bug
0542    
 
Bug Bug
0543    
 
Bug Bug
0544    
 
Bug Bug
0545    
 
Bug Bug
0557    
 
Bug Mineral
0558    
 
Bug Mineral
0588     Bug Bug
0589    
 
Bug Bug
0595    
 
Bug Bug
0596    
 
Bug Bug
0616     Bug Bug
0617     Bug Bug
0632    
 
Bug Bug
0636    
 
Bug Bug
0637    
 
Bug Bug
0649  
Genesect
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0664     Bug Bug
0665     Bug Bug
0666  
Vivillon
All forms
 
 
Bug Bug
0736     Bug Bug
0737    
 
Bug Bug
0738    
 
Bug Bug
0742    
 
Bug Fairy
0743    
 
Bug Fairy
0872    
 
Bug Bug
0873    
 
Bug Bug
0900    
 
Bug Bug
0917     Bug Bug
0918     Bug Bug
0919     Bug Bug
0920    
 
Bug Bug
0953     Bug Bug
0954    
 
Bug Bug
0994    
 
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
0595    
 
Bug Bug
0632    
 
Bug Bug
0850    
 
Bug Bug
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

Struggle Bug deals damage to nearby enemies and lowers their Sp. Atk by one stage.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDGtI 3 99 17 50 75% 98% 1 tile around user Enemy Yes
SMD 3 50 17 40 75% 98% 1 tile around user Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Struggle Bug is a Fast Attack that has been available since February 16, 2017.

  Struggle Bug
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 15
Energy boost 15
Duration 1.5 seconds
Damage window 1.2 - 1.5 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 9
Energy boost 8
Turns 3
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                       
By Elite Fast TM
 
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • February 21, 2017
    • Power: 6 → 15
    • Energy boost: 12 → 15

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)
Struggle Bug Special 2 30 36 100% All opponents Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by one stat rank. Viola & Surskit/Masquerain
Alder & Volcarona
Dawn & Wormadam
Noland & Ninjask
Viola (Holiday 2023) & Vivillon
Guzma & Ariados
Scottie/Bettie & ButterfreeEgg (Support role only)
Scottie/Bettie & ScytherEgg (Tech role only)
Sync move
Name Category State Base power Max power Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair
Insectible Struggle Bug Special Default
6★ EX
250 300 An opponent
All opponents
No additional effect. Burgh & Leavanny

Notes:

  • Struggle Bug:
    • Stat decreases caused by this move apply to each target hit.
    • Description prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Lowers the target's Sp. Atk.

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Struggle Bug
★★★
Attack power 45.49413
Charge time 0.78 seconds
Range type Circular (self)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May lower the foe's Attack

Description

Games Description
MDGtI It damages nearby enemies. It also lowers their Special Attack.
SMD
MDRTDX
It damages nearby enemies. It also lowers their Sp. Atk.


In the anime

 
Accelgor


While resisting, the user attacks the opposing Pokémon.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Accelgor's body briefly becomes surrounded in a red aura. The aura then fades away until the opponent's attack comes towards it. Accelgor then crouches its body together and a brighter red aura appears around it. Accelgor then opens its arms and a huge dome of red energy bursts out of its body, blocking the opponent's attack.
Charles's Accelgor The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue! Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Staraptor is the only Pokémon, apart from Mew (which can learn any move from TMs), that can learn this move, even though it is not based on an arthropod.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 蟲之抵抗 Chùhng-jī Dáikong *
Mandarin 蟲之抵抗 / 虫之抵抗 Chóng-zhī Dǐkàng *
蟲的抵抗 Chóng-de Dǐkàng *
  Dutch Strijdinsect
  French Survinsecte
  German Käfertrutz
  Italian Entomoblocco
  Korean 벌레의저항 Beolle-uijeohang
  Polish Waleczny Insekt
Portuguese   Brazil Ira de Inseto (GO, TCG)
Ira Insecta (anime, manga)
  Portugal Alma Inseto
Spanish   Latin America Forcejeo Insecto
  Spain Estoicismo
  Thai การต่อต้านของแมลง
  Vietnamese Côn Trùng Phản Kháng


Variations of the move Flame Charge
  Flame ChargePounceTrailblaze
  Struggle BugChilling Water



Generation V TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819
20212223242526272829303132333435363738
39404142434445464748495051525354555657
58596061626364656667686970717273747576
77787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223242526
2728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849505152
5354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778
798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
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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