Sucker Punch (move)

Sucker Punch
ふいうち Surprise Attack
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Type  Dark
Category  Physical
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  70
Accuracy  100%
Priority  +1
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Enables the user to perform first in the next turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Excites the audience a lot if used first.

Sucker Punch (Japanese: ふいうち Surprise Attack) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation IV.

Effect

Generation IV

Sucker Punch has a power of 80. It has a priority of +1, so it is used before all moves that do not have increased priority. If Sucker Punch's target has selected a physical or special attack and has not yet had a chance to execute its move, Sucker Punch will damage the target; otherwise, Sucker Punch will fail. Sucker Punch only depends on the move the target has selected, and is not affected by any consideration of whether the attack can actually be executed, such as status conditions like sleep or freeze or Abilities like Truant.

Generation V

Sucker Punch will now succeed if the opponent is using Me First (despite the fact that Me First is a status move).

Generation VII

Sucker Punch's power is lowered to 70.

Generation VIII

Due to a glitch, in a Double Battle where the player who didn't initiate the challenge is down to their final Pokémon, that Pokémon's Sucker Punch originally failed when used against the opponent on their right, regardless of what move that Pokémon selected for the turn. With the release of the version 1.1 update to Sword and Shield, this glitch was fixed and Sucker Punch can now correctly hit Pokémon in that position.

Description

Games Description
DPPtHGSSPBR This move enables the user to attack first. It fails if the foe is not readying an attack, however.
BWB2W2 This move enables the user to attack first. It fails if the target is not readying an attack, however.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
This move enables the user to attack first. This move fails if the target is not readying an attack.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
019   Rattata
  Field Field 19 19 19 25SMUSUM
24PE
019   Rattata
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 25SMUSUM
24PE
020   Raticate
  Field Field 19 19 19 29SMUSUM
34PE
020   Raticate
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 29SMUSUM
34PE
024   Arbok
  Field Dragon 1PE
050   Diglett
  Field Field 23 23 23 22SMUSUM
25PE
20
050   Diglett
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 22SMUSUM
25PE
20
051   Dugtrio
  Field Field 23 23 23 22SMUSUM
25PE
20
051   Dugtrio
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 22SMUSUM
25PE
20
071   Victreebel
 
 
Grass Grass 1PE
092   Gastly
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 22 22SMUSUM
19PE
32
093   Haunter
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 22 22SMUSUM
19PE
36
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 22 22SMUSUM
19PE
36
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster 46 49 49 49SMUSUM
50PE
28
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 40
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 40
146   Moltres
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 30
161   Sentret
  Field Field 31 31 31 31
162   Furret
  Field Field 36 36 36 36
167   Spinarak
 
 
Bug Bug 26 26 26 26
168   Ariados
 
 
Bug Bug 28 28 28 28
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral 41 41BW
36B2W2
36 40 28
198   Murkrow
 
 
Flying Flying 45 55 55 55
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like 24
261   Poochyena
  Field Field 49 49 49XY
40ORAS
43
262   Mightyena
  Field Field 62 62 62XY
48ORAS
52
273   Seedot
  Field Grass 30
274   Nuzleaf
 
 
Field Grass 50
275   Shiftry
 
 
Field Grass 1
303   Mawile
 
 
Field Fairy 46 46 46XY
37ORAS
37 20
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like 32 32 32XY
28ORAS
28
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like 37 37 37XY
34ORAS
34
332   Cacturne
 
 
Grass Human-Like 41 41 41XY
35ORAS
35
352   Kecleon
  Field Field 46DP
43PtHGSS
43 43XY
46ORAS
46
353   Shuppet
  Amorphous Amorphous 35 38BW
34B2W2
34XY
38ORAS
38
354   Banette
  Amorphous Amorphous 35 42BW
34B2W2
34XY
40ORAS
40
359   Absol
  Field Field 44 44BW
52B2W2
50XY
45ORAS
45 40
367   Huntail
  Water 1 Water 1 23ORAS 23
413   Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 1
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 1
413   Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 1
430   Honchkrow
 
 
Flying Flying 1 1
431   Glameow
  Field Field 41 41 41 41
434   Stunky
 
 
Field Field 39 30
435   Skuntank
 
 
Field Field 39 30
438   Bonsly
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 41 41BW
36B2W2
36 40 28
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 40
442   Spiritomb
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 31 31 31 31 35
453   Croagunk
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 31 31 31 31 24
454   Toxicroak
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 31 31 31 31 24
509   Purrloin
  Field Field 46 46 46 28
510   Liepard
  Field Field 55 55 55 34
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass 42 42 42 16
595   Joltik
 
 
Bug Bug 40 40 40 28
596   Galvantula
 
 
Bug Bug 46 46 46 28
618   Stunfisk
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous 25
618   Stunfisk
Galarian Form
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous 25
676   Furfrou
  Field Field 42 42
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field 48 48 24
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field 48 48 24
717   Yveltal
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 80 80 20
722   Rowlet
 
 
Flying Flying 32 27
723   Dartrix
 
 
Flying Flying 37 35
724   Decidueye
 
 
Flying Flying 38 37
745   Lycanroc
Midday Form
  Field Field 1, Evo.
745   Lycanroc
Dusk Form
  Field Field 1
768   Golisopod
 
 
Bug Water 3 31 24
775   Komala
  Field Field 31
802   Marshadow
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 56 45
816   Sobble
  Water 1 Field 20
817   Drizzile
  Water 1 Field 24
818   Inteleon
  Water 1 Field 24
827   Nickit
  Field Field 24
828   Thievul
  Field Field 28
854   Sinistea
  Mineral Amorphous 24
855   Polteageist
  Mineral Amorphous 24
859   Impidimp
 
 
Fairy Human-Like 24
860   Morgrem
 
 
Fairy Human-Like 24
861   Grimmsnarl
 
 
Fairy Human-Like 24
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 40
887   Dragapult
 
 
Amorphous Dragon 1
892   Urshifu
Single Strike Style
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
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
023   Ekans
  Field Dragon
032   Nidoran♂
  Monster Field
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
228   Houndour
 
 
Field Field
261   Poochyena
  Field Field
300   Skitty
  Field Fairy
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
303   Mawile
 
 
Field Fairy
359   Absol
  Field Field
498   Tepig
  Field Field
570   Zorua
  Field Field
621   Druddigon
  Dragon Monster
624   Pawniard
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
631   Heatmor
  Field Field
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous
744   Rockruff
  Field Field
813   Scorbunny
  Field Human-Like
840   Applin
 
 
Grass Dragon
852   Clobbopus
  Water 1 Human-Like
871   Pincurchin
  Water 1 Amorphous
885   Dreepy
 
 
Amorphous Dragon
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
DP Pt HGSS
019   Rattata
  Field Field
020   Raticate
  Field Field
032   Nidoran♂
  Monster Field
033   Nidorino
  Monster Field
034   Nidoking
 
 
Monster Field
050   Diglett
  Field Field
051   Dugtrio
  Field Field
069   Bellsprout
 
 
Grass Grass
070   Weepinbell
 
 
Grass Grass
071   Victreebel
 
 
Grass Grass
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral
092   Gastly
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
093   Haunter
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
100   Voltorb
  Mineral Mineral
101   Electrode
  Mineral Mineral
106   Hitmonlee
  Human-Like Human-Like
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
161   Sentret
  Field Field
162   Furret
  Field Field
167   Spinarak
 
 
Bug Bug
168   Ariados
 
 
Bug Bug
170   Chinchou
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
171   Lanturn
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
178   Xatu
 
 
Flying Flying
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral
197   Umbreon
  Field Field
198   Murkrow
 
 
Flying Flying
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field
222   Corsola
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
228   Houndour
 
 
Field Field
229   Houndoom
 
 
Field Field
234   Stantler
  Field Field
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
261   Poochyena
  Field Field
262   Mightyena
  Field Field
275   Shiftry
 
 
Field Grass
287   Slakoth
  Field Field
288   Vigoroth
  Field Field
289   Slaking
  Field Field
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral
300   Skitty
  Field Fairy
301   Delcatty
  Field Fairy
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
303   Mawile
  Field Fairy
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like
332   Cacturne
 
 
Grass Human-Like
336   Seviper
  Field Dragon
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
353   Shuppet
  Amorphous Amorphous
354   Banette
  Amorphous Amorphous
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous
356   Dusclops
  Amorphous Amorphous
359   Absol
  Field Field
367   Huntail
  Water 1 Water 1
380   Latias
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
413   Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
425   Drifloon
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
426   Drifblim
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
429   Mismagius
  Amorphous Amorphous
430   Honchkrow
 
 
Flying Flying
431   Glameow
  Field Field
432   Purugly
  Field Field
434   Stunky
 
 
Field Field
435   Skuntank
 
 
Field Field
438   Bonsly
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
442   Spiritomb
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
453   Croagunk
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
454   Toxicroak
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
477   Dusknoir
  Amorphous Amorphous
478   Froslass
 
 
Fairy Mineral
479   Rotom
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
491   Darkrai
  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 V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
029   Nidoran♀
  Monster Field Dream World - Pleasant Forest
287   Slakoth
  Field Field Dream World - Dream Park
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like Dream World - Spooky Manor
434   Stunky
 
 
Field Field Dream World - Spooky Manor
621   Druddigon
  Dragon Monster Dream World - Icy Cave
624   Pawniard
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like Dream World - Spooky Manor
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like Do Heun's Hitmontop
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
571   Zoroark
  Field Field Sly Zoroark
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
745   Lycanroc
Midnight Form
  Field Field Rocky Lycanroc
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 Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Sucker Punch is a move with 15 base power, 88% accuracy, and 7 PP. The user attacks enemy in the front, from up to 2 tiles away, even if there's an ally inbetween.

Pokémon GO

  Sucker Punch
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 7
Energy boost 8
Duration 0.7 seconds
Damage window 0.3 - 0.7 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 5
Energy boost 7
Turns 2
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
             
By Elite Fast TM
 
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Energy boost: 4 → 9
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 7 → 8
    • Duration: 0.7 → 1.2 seconds
  • February 21, 2017
    • Power: 8 → 7
    • Energy boost: 9 → 8
    • Duration: 1.2 → 0.7 seconds

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Inflicts damage on a target up to 2 tiles away.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる 2マスまで とどく
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
It damages an enemy. It reaches up to 2 tiles away.


In the anime

       
Mightyena Kecleon
The user strikes the opponent unexpectedly.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Mightyena Mightyena runs around the opponent at a high speed, before suddenly headbutting them.
Hodge's Mightyena Serving Up the Flute Cup! Debut
  Kecleon When the opponent is about to attack Kecleon, it suddenly hits them with its tail.
Yabashi's Kecleon JN078 None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Despite its name, Sucker Punch is not a punching move. The term "sucker punch" refers to an unexpected or cheap shot at an opponent, akin to its Japanese name, which translates to surprise attack. Thus, many Pokémon that do not possess arms can learn this move, and its base power is not increased by Iron Fist.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 突襲 Dahtjaahp
Mandarin 突襲 / 突袭 Tūxí
  French Coup Bas
  German Tiefschlag
  Greek Χτύπημα Εξαπάτησης Chtýpima Exapátisis
  Hungarian Váratlan Csapás
  Italian Sbigoattacco
  Korean 기습 Giseup
  Polish Ssący Cios
  Brazilian Portuguese Soco Enganador
  Russian Запрещенный приём Zapreshchennyy priyom
  Spanish Golpe Bajo
  Thai โจมตีแบบไม่คาดคิด
  Turkish Şaşırtıcı Darbe
  Vietnamese Đánh Úp



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