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Absorb (move)

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すいとる Absorb
Type  Grass
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  20
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • 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
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Absorb (Japanese: すいとる Absorb) is a damage-dealing Template:Type2 move introduced in Generation I. Absorb is the first in a line of three Grass-type HP-draining attacks, the other two being Mega Drain and Giga Drain.


Generation I-II

Absorb does damage, and up to 50% of the damage done to the target is restored to the user, rounded up. If Absorb breaks a Substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP would be greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP. Absorb has 20 PP.

In the Pokémon Stadium series, Absorb will always miss if the target has a Substitute.

Generation III

Absorb functions the same as in Generation II, however, when used on a Pokémon with the Liquid Ooze ability, the user will lose the amount of HP it would have gained instead.

Can be used as part of a contest combination, with the user gaining extra appeal points if the move Growth was used in the prior turn.

Generation IV and V

Absorb's PP is increased to 25. If the user has the Big Root as its held item, Absorb saps 30% more damage then it would have normally. Big Root does not increase damage dealt. All other effects are the same.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
043 Oddish Oddish Grass Poison -- -- -- -- -- ''''
044 Gloom Gloom Grass Poison -- -- -- -- -- ''''
114 Tangela Tangela Grass Grass 29 27 10 10 8 8 ''''
140 Kabuto Kabuto Rock Water 34 10 10 8 8 '
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water --, 34 10 --, 13 --, 6 --, 6 '
182 Bellossom Bellossom Grass Grass   -- --     ''''
191 Sunkern Sunkern Grass Grass   -- -- -- -- ''''
192 Sunflora Sunflora Grass Grass   -- -- -- -- ''''
252 Treecko Treecko Grass Grass     6 6 6 ''''
253 Grovyle Grovyle Grass Grass     --, 6 --, 6 --, 6 ''''
254 Sceptile Sceptile Grass Grass     --, 6 --, 6 --, 6 ''''
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying     --, 10 --, 10 --, 10 '
270 Lotad Lotad Water Grass     7 5 5 ''''
271 Lombre Lombre Water Grass     7 5 5 ''''
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo Water Grass     --     ''''
285 Shroomish Shroomish Grass Grass     -- -- -- ''''
286 Breloom Breloom Grass Fighting     -- -- -- ''''
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison     -- -- -- ''''
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass     5 5 5 ''''
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark     --, 5 --, 5 --, 5 ''''
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass       9 9 ''''
388 Grotle Grotle Grass Grass       --, 9 9 ''''
389 Torterra Torterra Grass Ground       --, 9 --, 9 ''''
406 Budew Budew Grass Poison       -- -- ''''
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth Grass Grass       8 8 ''''
546 Cottonee Cottonee Grass Grass         -- ''''
548 Petilil Petilil Grass Grass         -- ''''
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass         -- ''''
590 Foongus Foongus Grass Poison         -- ''''
591 Amoonguss Amoonguss Grass Poison         -- ''''
592 Frillish Frillish Water Ghost         5 '
593 Jellicent Jellicent Water Ghost         --, 5 '
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 II

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
231 231 Phanpy Ground New York City Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Tangrowth Absorb.png Bellsprout Absorb.png 150px 150px
Tangrowth Bellsprout Absorb hitting Meowth Absorb hitting Grotle
A nutrient-draining attack that absorbs the opponent's energy and adds it to the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth holds out its arms and fires two red beams from them at the opponent. When the opponent is hit, its body glows red and it drains its energy. Sometimes, the red parts of its hands glow red before it fires the beams.
A wild Tangrowth Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Debut
285 Shroomish Shroomish releases a red beam from the hole on its head at the opponent. When hit, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Shroomish Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! None
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout releases two red beams from the leaves on the side of its body at the opponent. When it hits it, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Bellsprout Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Bellsprout cannot legally learn Absorb
273 Seedot Seedot emits a red beam from the top of its head that drains the opponent's energy.
A wild Seedot Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! None
421 Cherrim Cherrim emits a red beam from the top of its head that drains the opponent's energy.
A wild Cherrim Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Cherrim cannot legally learn Absorb

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Absorb I.png Absorb II.png Absorb III.png Absorb IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 吸收 Xīshōu
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Absorbeer
France Flag.png French Vol-Vie
Germany Flag.png German Absorber
Greece Flag.png Greek Απορρόφηση
Italy Flag.png Italian Assorbimento
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡수 Heubsu
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Absorção
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Apsorpcija
Spain Flag.png Spanish Absorber

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