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Revision as of 14:13, 21 June 2013

Struggle
わるあがき Vain Struggle
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Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  1 (max. N/A)
Power  50
Accuracy  %
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
A highly appealing move.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Struggle (Japanese: わるあがき Vain Struggle) is a move that cannot be learned naturally by any Pokémon. However, every Pokémon can use it, but only if all of their moves cannot be used, usually due to a lack of PP.

Effect

Generation I

Struggle deals damage to the opponent and the user receives recoil damage. The user takes recoil damage equal to 50% of the damage the attack did to the opponent. Struggle will automatically be used by a Pokémon that has no usable moves but is ordered to attack, and is not affected by any PP limitations.

If the user of Struggle attacks first and knocks itself out due to recoil damage, the opponent will not attack or be subjected to recurrent damage during that round. If Struggle breaks a substitute, the user will take no recoil damage.

Struggle has 10 base PP, though no PP would ever be deducted from it. Self-inflicted recoil damage from Struggle from the previous turn can be countered if the opponent did not make a move on the following turn.

Struggle deals Normal-type damage in this Generation, meaning Rock-type Pokémon take half damage, and Ghost-type Pokémon are unaffected. If the only usable move is disabled by Disable, the affected Pokémon will use Struggle.

In Stadium, no recoil damage is taken if Struggle knocks out an opponent.

Generation II

Struggle now has a maximum of 1 PP instead of 10-16. Struggle is now unaffected by type effectiveness, so inflicts normal damage to Steel-, Rock-, and Ghost-type Pokémon.

Generation III

Pokémon with the Wonder Guard Ability are not immune to Struggle. Rock Head does not prevent Struggle's recoil damage.

Struggle can now be forced by Taunt, Torment or Imprison. If it was disabled by Torment, Struggle will be used every second turn.

If a Pokémon is holding a Choice Band and is affected by Disable, Taunt, Imprison or Cursed Body such that it cannot use the move that the Choice Band forces it to, it will always use Struggle as long as the item and the effect both remain active. If a Pokémon is holding a Choice Band and is affected by Torment, the Pokémon will use Struggle every second turn.

Generation IV and on

The user now takes ¼ of its maximum HP as recoil damage.

All effects that apply with the Choice Band now also apply with all Choice items.

Struggle is now unaffected by modifications to the accuracy stat and evasion stat.

Description

Games Description
Stad Used only if the user runs totally out of PP. The user is hit with 1/4 of the damage it inflicts.
Stad2 Used only if the user is totally out of PP. The user is hit with 1/4 the damage it inflicts.
GSC Used only if all PP are exhausted.
RSE Used only if all PP are gone. Also hurts the user a little.
FRLG An attack that is used only if there is no PP. It also hurts the user.
Colo.XD Used when all PP are gone. Also hurts the user a bit.
DPPtHGSSBWB2W2 An attack that is used in desperation only if the user has no PP. It also hurts the user slightly.

Learnset

All Pokémon can use Struggle when the PP for all moves they know are at 0 or the moves are somehow incapacitated such as through Disable, Taunt, Torment, Imprison, or Choice items.

In other generations

Struggle I.png Struggle II.png Struggle III.png Struggle 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

  • Even though Struggle can only be accessed by the loss of all PP, it was given Contest and Super Contest stats. This is most likely to prevent the game from crashing if a Pokémon is hacked to have Struggle as one of their four moves. The Contest stats seem to be the defaults.
  • Struggle is the last non-glitch move in index number order in Generation I, and the last Generation I move in index number lists since then.
  • Struggle is one of two moves that cannot be Sketched. The other is Chatter.
  • In Generation I, Struggle was the only move that couldn't be used via Metronome, besides Metronome itself.
  • Struggle has the lowest base power of all recoil-causing moves.
  • Struggle deals typeless damage - no Pokémon can gain STAB from it and it is unaffected by type matchups, despite being nominally of the Normal type if it is hacked onto a Pokémon.
  • Along with Barrage, Kinesis, and Leech Life, Struggle is one of four moves originating from Generation I that has not been featured in the anime.
  • Generation IV hybrids are the only Pokémon, normal or glitched, to attempt to learn Struggle without cheating.
  • Should a player hack Struggle onto a Pokémon, it won't be displayed correctly in Pokémon Stadium 2's lab (not the case for original Pokémon Stadium) and will be highlighted, as if it was a Generation II move. This doesn't happen when selecting a team for battle.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 掙扎 Zhēngzhá
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Spartel
France Flag.png European French Lutte
Germany Flag.png German Verzweifler
Greece Flag.png Greek Αγώνας
Italy Flag.png Italian Scontro
South Korea Flag.png Korean 발버둥 Balbeodung
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Combate
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Opstanak
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Combate


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