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Lick (move)

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したでなめる Tongue Lick
Type  Ghost
Category  Physical
PP  30 (max. 48)
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  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Lick (Japanese: したでなめる Tongue Lick) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation I.


Lick inflicts damage and has a 30% chance of paralyzing the target.


Games Description
A Ghost-type attack. Has a one-in-three chance of leaving the target with paralysis.
An attack that may cause paralysis.
RSE Licks with a long tongue to injure. May also paralyze.
FRLG The foe is licked and hit with a long tongue. It may also paralyze.
The foe is licked with a long tongue, causing damage. It may also paralyze the target.
The target is licked with a long tongue, causing damage. It may also leave the target with paralysis.
Conq Aggressively lick the enemy. It may also cause the target to flinch.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison -- -- -- -- -- ''''
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison -- -- -- -- -- ''''
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison -- -- -- -- -- ''''
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal   -- -- -- -- '
124 Jynx Jynx Ice Psychic -- -- -- --, 5 --, 5 '
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal       12 12 '
209 Snubbull Snubbull Normal Normal   19 19 13 13 '
210 Granbull Granbull Normal Normal   19 19 13 13 '
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa Normal Normal   8 7 7 7 '
217 Ursaring Ursaring Normal Normal   --, 8 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 '
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic   -- -- 5 5 '
336 Seviper Seviper Poison Poison     7 7 7 -- '
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal     -- -- -- '
446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Normal       12 12 '
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky Normal Normal       -- -- '
511 Pansage Pansage Grass Grass         7 '
512 Simisage Simisage Grass Grass         -- '
513 Pansear Pansear Fire Fire         7 '
514 Simisear Simisear Fire Fire         -- '
515 Panpour Panpour Water Water         7 '
516 Simipour Simipour Water Water         -- '
631 Heatmor Heatmor Fire Fire         -- '
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
086 Seel Seel Water Water SnubbullGranbullTeddiursaUrsaring SnubbullGranbullTeddiursaUrsaringSeviperKecleon SnubbullGranbullTeddiursaUrsaringSeviperKecleon SnubbullGranbullTeddiursaUrsaringSeviperKecleonPansageSimisagePansearSimisearPanpourSimipourHeatmor
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison GastlyHaunterGengar GastlyHaunterGengar GastlyHaunterGengar GastlyHaunterGengar
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal Lickitung Lickitung LickitungLickilickySnorlax LickitungLickilickySnorlax
209 Snubbull Snubbull Normal Normal SnubbullGranbullTeddiursaUrsaring      
446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Normal     LickitungLickilickySnorlax LickitungLickilickySnorlax
506 Lillipup Lillipup Normal Normal       SnubbullGranbullTeddiursaUrsaringSeviperKecleonPansageSimisagePansearSimisearPanpourSimipourHeatmor
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 anime

Captain Gastly Lick.png Jessie Lickitung Lick.png Conway Lickilicky Lick.png Morty Gengar Lick.png
Gastly Lickitung Lickilicky Gengar
The foe is hit and licked with a long tongue.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
093 Haunter Haunter extends its tongue and licks the opponent, usually causing paralysis.
Sabrina's Haunter The Tower of Terror Debut
Morty's Haunter From Ghost to Ghost None
108 Lickitung Lickitung licks the opponent with its long tongue, usually causing paralysis.
Jessie's Lickitung Princess vs. Princess Lickitung could not legally learn Lick at the time
A wild Lickitung Pikachu's Ghost Carnival None
094 Gengar Gengar licks the opponent with its incredibly long tongue.
A giant Gengar The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis None
Morty's Gengar A Ghost of a Chance None
092 Gastly Gastly licks the opponent with its tongue, causing paralysis, or Gastly extends its tongue to an incredible length and slaps the opponent with it.
Captain's Gastly A Shipful of Shivers None
Morty's Gastly From Ghost to Ghost None
352 Kecleon Kecleon extends its long tongue and licks the opponent. It can also use its tongue to hold, catch or throw objects.
Madison's Reddy The Kecleon Caper None
Alexa's Greeny The Kecleon Caper None
Harrison's Kecleon Playing with Fire! None
302 Sableye Sableye licks the opponent with its slimy tongue, which can cause confusion.
A wild Sableye Ready, Willing, and Sableye Sableye cannot legally learn Lick
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky extends its long tongue and licks the opponent, sometimes paralyzing, or Lickilicky starts to rub its tongue all over the opponent's body, confusing them.
Baron Alberto The Rise of Darkrai None
Baron Alberto's Lickilicky The Rise of Darkrai None
Unknown Trainer's Lickilicky If the Scarf Fits, Wear it! None
Conway's Lickilicky Working on a Right Move! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Lick I.png Lick II.png Lick III.png Lick IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI 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


  • Lick is the only Ghost-type move in Generation I that is affected by type match-ups.
  • In the anime, some Pokémon will occasionally use their tongue to attack. One example is a Politoed attacking with its tongue in I Politoed Ya So!, and another example is Sableye licking May's Torchic in Ready, Willing, and Sableye. But it's still not classified as the move Lick.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, when a Pokémon uses Lick, it will show its tongue. Starting in Pokémon Battle Revolution, this is no longer visible.
  • Lick is the only Ghost-type move able to cause paralysis.
  • In Generation I, Lick could not be learned by Lickitung, despite both the move and the Pokémon existing, and Lickitung's Pokédex entry suggesting otherwise.
  • Despite being a Ghost-type move, no Ghost-type Pokémon outside of Generation I can learn Lick.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 舔舌頭 Tiǎn Shétou
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Lik
Finland Flag.png Finnish Lipaisu
France Flag.png French Léchouille
Germany Flag.png German Schlecker
Greece Flag.png Greek Γλείψιμο
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jilat
Italy Flag.png Italian Leccata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 핥기 Hatgi
Poland Flag.png Polish Liźnięcie
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Lambida
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Lizanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Lengüetazo

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