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Leech Seed (move)

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Leech Seed
やどりぎのタネ Mistletoe Seed
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Type  Grass
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  90%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  2 ♥♥
Startles all Pokémon that have done their appeals.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Leech Seed (Japanese: やどりぎのタネ Mistletoe Seed) is a non-damaging Grass-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Leech Seed plants a seed on the target. At the end of each turn that the target is under the effect of Leech Seed, 1/16 of the target's HP will be drained, and the same amount of HP will be restored to the target's opponent (even if it was not the Pokémon that originally used the attack). Recurrent Leech Seed draining will not occur if the seeded Pokémon defeats the target. Unlike other types of damage, the recurrent damage done by Leech Seed can exceed the target's current HP. Leech Seed will not work against Grass-type Pokémon.

If the target has less than 16 HP, Leech Seed will drain 1 HP per turn. Leech Seed draining will occur even if the seeded Pokémon knocks itself out with crash damage, recoil damage, or self-inflicted confusion damage, or by making a substitute before the end of its turn. Draining from Leech Seed is done after continuing partial trapping damage and recurrent poison or burn damage. Leech Seed can be removed by Haze or switching. If the target is seeded during a round that it switches in, it will take recurrent damage during that round, but only if its speed is less than or equal to the user's speed.

If the target of Leech Seed is also under the effect of Toxic, Leech Seed damage will increase every turn as the N value of Toxic increases because Leech Seed and Toxic both use the same damage algorithm ( N × max (1, int (0.0625 × Max HP)). If the current HP of the recipient of Leech Seed's HP-restoring effect is greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP.

In Pokémon Stadium, Leech Seed will not work against a target with a substitute.

Generation II

1/8 of the target's HP is drained instead. Rapid Spin will release a Pokémon from the effects of Leech Seed. Also, Leech Seed's effects on the move Toxic are no longer present.

Generation III

In a Double Battle, Leech Seed will only heal the Pokémon in the position that used Leech Seed. If the Trainer only has two Pokémon left, and the Pokémon that was being healed by Leech Seed is knocked out, the effect of Leech Seed simply disappears rather than transferring over to the remaining Pokémon.

Generation IV and on

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. All other effects remain the same.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

Leech Seed is one of the random outcomes of Togepi's Metronome. All characters within the area of effect will receive a flower on their head that saps 5% health every few seconds.

Description

Games Description
Stad Plants a seed on the target Pokémon. The seed slowly drains the target's HP for the attacker.
Stad2 Plants a seed on the target Pokémon. It slowly drains the target's HP for the attacker.
GSC Steals HP from the foe on every turn.
RSE Plants a seed on the foe to steal HP on every turn.
FRLG A seed is planted on the foe to steal some HP for the user on every turn.
Colo.XD Plants a seed on the target to steal HP on every turn.
DPPtHGSS A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe to heal the user on every turn.
BWB2W2 A seed is planted on the target. It steals some HP from the target every turn.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison 7 7 7 7 7 '
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur Grass Poison --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 '
003 Venusaur Venusaur Grass Poison --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 '
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute Grass Psychic 28 13 13 11 11 '
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying   20 20 22 22 '
188 Skiploom Skiploom Grass Flying   22 22 24 24 '
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff Grass Flying   22 22 24 24 '
191 Sunkern Sunkern Grass Grass       17 17 13 '
192 Sunflora Sunflora Grass Grass       17 17 13 '
251 Celebi Celebi Psychic Grass   -- -- -- -- '
285 Shroomish Shroomish Grass Grass     10 13 13 '
286 Breloom Breloom Grass Fighting     --, 10 --, 13 --, 13 '
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison     21 16 16 '
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass     13 13 13 '
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark     13 13 13 '
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass       29 29 '
388 Grotle Grotle Grass Grass       32 32 '
389 Torterra Torterra Grass Ground       33 33 '
420 Cherubi Cherubi Grass Grass       10 10 '
421 Cherrim Cherrim Grass Grass       10 10 '
492 Shaymin Shaymin Grass Grass       19 19 '
495 Snivy Snivy Grass Grass         19 '
496 Servine Servine Grass Grass         20 '
497 Serperior Serperior Grass Grass         20 '
511 Pansage Pansage Grass Grass         16 '
546 Cottonee Cottonee Grass Grass         8 '
547 Whimsicott Whimsicott Grass Grass         -- '
548 Petilil Petilil Grass Grass         8 '
549 Lilligant Lilligant Grass Grass         -- '
585 Deerling Deerling Normal Grass         13 '
586 Sawsbuck Sawsbuck Normal Grass         13 '
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
II III IV V VI
046 Paras Paras Grass Bug       BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
114 Tangela Tangela Grass Grass   BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturne BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
152 Chikorita Chikorita Grass Grass BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluff BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturne BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
191 Sunkern Sunkern Grass Grass   BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturne BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
252 Treecko Treecko Grass Grass   BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaur BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurTurtwigGrotleTorterra BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurTurtwigGrotleTorterra
270 Lotad Lotad Water Grass   BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturne BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
273 Seedot Seedot Grass Grass   BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturne BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
357 Tropius Tropius Grass Flying   BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturne BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
455 Carnivine Carnivine Grass Grass     BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffShroomishSunkernSunfloraBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
459 Snover Snover Grass Ice     BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrim BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass       BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel       BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteHoppipSkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloomRoseliaCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotleTorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyServineSerperiorCottoneeWhimsicott
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
043 043 Oddish Grass Poison New York 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.

Generation III

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
043 043 Oddish Grass Poison Pokémon Center Japan: Distribution #2
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
114 114 Tangela Grass Dream World - Pleasant Forest
270 270 Lotad Water Grass Dream World - Pleasant Forest
357 357 Tropius Grass Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
556 556 Maractus Grass Dream World - Rugged Mountain
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

Ash Bulbasaur Leech Seed.png Nando Sunflora Leech Seed.png Mona Lilligant Leech Seed.png Ephraim Skippy Leech Seed.png
Bulbasaur Sunflora Lilligant Skiploom
A seed is planted on the foe. It steals some HP from the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
001 Bulbasaur A seed sprouts from Bulbasaur's bulb, which shoots out to the opponent. When hit, the opponent becomes wrapped in thin vines and leaves that restrain it. The vines and leaves then glow red and suck energy from the opponent. Sometimes, the vines have no leaves at all.
Ash's Bulbasaur The Ninja Poké-Showdown Debut
188 Skiploom Skiploom shoots one or two seeds from the middle of the flower on top of its head towards the opponent. When hit, the opponent is wrapped in vines that restrain it. The vines then glow red and suck energy from the opponent.
Ephraim's Skippy The Grass Route None
285 Shroomish Shroomish shoots multiple seeds from the hole on its head towards the opponent. When the opponent is hit, the seeds sprout vines which wrap around the opponent. The vines glow red and suck energy from the opponent.
Alex's Shroomish Taming of the Shroomish None
387 Turtwig Turtwig lowers its head and the sprout on its head releases a brown seed at the opponent. The seed digs into the opponent and sprouts vines which wrap around the opponent and drain its energy.
Gardenia's Turtwig The Grass-type is Always Greener! None
192 Sunflora Sunflora releases two brown seeds from the back of its head at the opponent. When the seeds hit the opponent, the seeds sprout vines and wrap up the opponent.
Nando's Sunflora The Secret Sphere of Influence! None
549 Lilligant Lilligant releases one giant seed from its head at the opponent.
Mona's Lilligant Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In other generations

Leech Seed I.png Leech Seed II.png Leech Seed III.png Leech Seed IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Leech Seed Stadium.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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

Trivia

  • Though Leech Seed cannot normally affect Grass-type Pokémon in the games, Grass-type Pokémon have been affected in the anime.
  • Leech Seed is referred to as "Mistletoe Seed" in Japanese because the mistletoe is a well-known parasitic plant that leeches nutrients from its host plant. Ironically, Grass-type Pokémon are immune to its effects.
  • Although Leech Seed is singular, the games depict three seeds being planted. In the anime usually just one seed is planted, but sometimes two are. In the manga, only one seed is planted when the attack is used.
  • Because all Pokémon that can learn Leech Seed are at least part Grass-type, all Pokémon that can learn Leech Seed are immune to its effects.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 寄生種子 Jìshēng Zhǒngzǐ
Denmark Flag.png Danish Iglefrø
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Onttrek HP
Finland Flag.png Finnish Iilisiemen (season 1)
Imusiemen (Johto series)
Loissiemen (AG)
France Flag.png French Vampigraine
Germany Flag.png German Egelsamen
Greece Flag.png Greek Παρασιτικόσπορος
India Flag.png Hindi लीच का बीज Leech Ka Beej
लिपटने वाली बेल Lipatne Wali Bayl
Italy Flag.png Italian Parassiseme
South Korea Flag.png Korean 씨뿌리기 Ssi Ppurigi
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Snyltefrø
Poland Flag.png Polish Nasionko Mocy
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Semente sanguessuga
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Semente Sanguessuga
Semente Mortal
Romania Flag.png Romanian Sămânța Parazit
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Semenka Pijavica
Spain Flag.png Spanish Drenadoras



Variations of the move Leech Seed
Status Leech SeedToxic


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