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Leech Life (move)

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Leech Life
きゅうけつ Suck Blood
Leech Life.png
Type  Bug
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  20
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • 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  

Leech Life (Japanese: きゅうけつ Suck Blood) is a damage-dealing Bug-type move introduced in Generation I.


Generation I-II

Leech Life inflicts damage, and up to 50% of the damage dealt to the target is restored to the user as HP. If this attack deals 1 HP of damage, 1 HP will be restored to the user.

If Leech Life breaks a substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP is greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP.

In Stadium, Leech Life will always miss if the target has a substitute.

Generation III

If the target has the Ability Liquid Ooze, the user takes damage instead of restoring HP.

Generation IV-V

If the user has a Big Root as its held item, it will recover 30% more HP than it normally would. Big Root does not increase damage dealt.


Games Description
StadStad2 An HP-draining attack. It adds half the HP it drained from the target to the attacker's HP.
GSC Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
RSE An attack that steals half the damage inflicted.
FRLG An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
Colo.XD An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
DPPtHGSS A blood-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
BWB2W2 The user drains the target's blood. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying -- -- -- -- -- '
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying -- -- -- -- -- '
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass 20 19 19 11 11 ''''
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass --, 20 19 19 --, 11 --, 11 ''''
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison 27 25 25 17 17 ''''
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison --, 27 25 25 17 17 ''''
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison   23 23 12 12 ''''
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison   25 25 12 12 ''''
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying   -- -- -- -- '
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground     5 5 5 ''''
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying     --, 5 --, 5 --, 5 ''''
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost     5 5 5 ''''
402 Kricketune Kricketune Bug Bug       14 14 ''''
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric         -- ''''
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric         -- ''''
616 Shelmet Shelmet Bug Bug         -- ''''
617 Accelgor Accelgor Bug Bug         -- ''''
636 Larvesta Larvesta Bug Fire         10 ''''
637 Volcarona Volcarona Bug Fire         --, 10 ''''
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 Type Father
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout Grass Poison ParasParasect ParasParasect ParasParasect ParasParasect
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriados ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjask ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjaskKricketune ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjaskKricketuneJoltikGalvantulaShelmetAccelgorLarvestaVolcarona
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Leech Life I.png Leech Life II.png Leech Life III.png Leech Life 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


  • Zubat and its family are the only Pokémon that learn Leech Life by level up that don't get STAB from it.
  • Leech Life is one of four moves originating from Generation I that has not been used in the anime (the others being Barrage, Struggle and Kinesis).
  • Shedinja is the only Pokémon that will never recover HP with Leech Life.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 吸血 Xīxuè
Denmark Flag.png Danish Sug Liv
France Flag.png French Vampirisme
Germany Flag.png German Blutsauger
Greece Flag.png Greek Παρασιτισμός
Italy Flag.png Italian Sanguisuga
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡혈 Heuphyeol
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Isisavanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Chupavidas

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