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Pay Day (Japanese: ネコにこばん Coin for a Cat) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM16 in Generation I. It is the signature move of Meowth; prior to Generation IV, it was also the signature move of Persian.
Pay Day does damage and scatters coins on the ground with a value equal to twice the user's level for each time it is used. These coins are picked up afterwards if the player wins the battle.
The Amulet Coin doubles the number of coins picked up when held by a Pokémon in battle.
Pay Day now scatters coins equal to five times the user's level each time.
Due to a minor 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 and V
Luck Incense doubles the amount of money picked up (but does not stack with the Amulet Coin).
If the user levels up as a result of the battle, the amount of money is now calculated based on the new level, not the level at which the move was used.
Prize Money Power and Happy Hour increase the amount of money picked up, and can both be stacked with each other and either the Amulet Coin or Luck Incense.
|| A move that also nets money at the end of battle. How much depends on the attack frequency and level.
|| A move that nets money at the end of battle. How much depends on the attack frequency and level.
|| Throws coins. Gets them back later.
|| Throws coins at the foe. Money is recovered after.
|| Throws coins at target. Money is recovered after.
|| Numerous coins are hurled at the foe. Money is earned after battle.
|| Inflicts damage on the target. If the foe faints, it will drop money.
|| Numerous coins are hurled at the foe to inflict damage. Money is earned after battle.
| Numerous coins are hurled at the target to inflict damage. Money is earned after the battle.
In other games
In the anime
| Numerous coins are hurled at the foe to inflict damage.
|| First Used In
|| 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
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga
In other generations
In other languages