Contact is a term used to describe the condition when one Pokémon in a battle physically touches the opponent in order to deal damage. Up until Generation IV, moves that make contact could be either physical moves or special moves; however, ever since the distinction between physical and special were no longer based on types, most moves that make contact are physical. Every physical move makes contact except the ones listed below.
Effects of contact
- The use of contact-based moves can be affected directly by certain abilities of the foe, such as Cute Charm and Effect Spore, and indirectly by certain attackers' abilities, like Guts.
- It can be used to spread Pokérus.
- Before Generation IV, damage dealing for moves that make contact depended on the move's type.