Vital Throw deals damage and is a decreased priority move, causing the user to attack after other Pokémon that are using ordinary priority moves. However, it will strike before Pokémon using other decreased priority moves such as Focus Punch and Avalanche. Vital Throw bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly.
Vital Throw can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if Fake Out was used in the prior turn. It can also part of a Contest Spectacular combination with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Entrainment, Hold Hands or Play Nice was used in the prior turn.