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Pay Day (move)

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Pay Day
ネコにこばん Coin for a Cat
Pay Day V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  40
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
The appeal works best the more the crowd is excited.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Pay Day (Japanese: ネコにこばん Coin for a Cat) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I and is Meowth's signature move. It was TM16 in Generation I.

Effect

Generations I-II

Pay Day does damage, and scatters coins on the ground with a value equal to twice the user's level for each time it's used. These coins are picked up afterwards if the player wins the battle.

Generation III

Same as above, except the move scatters coins equal to five times the user's level each time. The Amulet Coin now doubles the number of coins picked up when held by a Pokémon in battle.

Due to a glitch in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the wrong amount of money will be displayed if the Amulet Coin is held, leaving the impression that it does not affect Pay Day. Yet, upon checking the Trainer Card, the player will discover that the money earned from Pay Day has been doubled and added to their total savings. This error was fixed in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and all subsequent games.

Generations IV-V

Same as above, except now the Luck Incense also doubles the amount of money picked up.

Description

Games Description
Stad A move that also nets money at the end of battle. How much depends on the attack frequency and level.
Stad2 A move that nets money at the end of battle. How much depends on the attack frequency and level.
GSC Throws coins. Gets them back later.
RSE Throws coins at the foe. Money is recovered after.
Colo.XD Throws coins at target. Money is recovered after.
FRLG Numerous coins are hurled at the foe. Money is earned after battle.
DPPtHGSS Numerous coins are hurled at the foe to inflict damage. Money is earned after battle.
BWB2W2 Numerous coins are hurled at the target to inflict damage. Money is earned after the battle.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal 17 20 20 18 30 30 ''''
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal 17 20 20 18     ''''
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
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying PikachuRaichu      
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark       Meowth
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Type Machine
I
TM16
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
TM08
025 Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke Water Psychic
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic
086 Seel Seel Water Water
087 Dewgong Dewgong Water Ice
112 Rhydon Rhydon Rock Ground
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
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 I

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
022 022 Fearow Normal Flying Pokémon Stamp
078 078 Rapidash Fire Pokémon Stamp
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 II

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
225 225 Delibird Ice Flying 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.

Special move

Generation III

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
300 300 Skitty Normal Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

Other appearances

When a Meowth appears in a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it uses Pay Day.

In the anime

None.png Black Arachnid Meowth Pay Day.png None.png None.png
Meowth
Numerous coins are hurled at the foe to inflict damage.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
052 Meowth Meowth crosses its arms, then opens them quickly and multiple glowing white balls come out of the charm on its head.
The Black Arachnid's Meowth Spinarak Attack Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Pay Day I.png Pay Day II.png Pay Day III.png Pay Day 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

Trivia

  • The Japanese name of Pay Day is a Japanese proverb, that has a meaning akin to Pearls Before Swine.
    • The coins that used in the battle animation is koban, an ancient coin used in Japan, like the one on Meowth's head.
  • In Generation I, Pay Day was one of only three methods to earn money once all Trainers were defeated, discounting glitches, the other two being selling items* and fighting the Elite Four and Champion.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 聚寶功 Jùbǎo-gōng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Betaaldag
France Flag.png French Jackpot
Germany Flag.png German Zahltag
Greece Flag.png Greek Παραδάκι
Italy Flag.png Italian Giornopaga
South Korea Flag.png Korean 고양이돈받기 Goyang'i Donbatgi
Poland Flag.png Polish Wypłata
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Dia do Pagamento
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Isplata
Spain Flag.png Spanish Día de Pago


Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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