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Assist (move)

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Assist
ねこのて Cat's Paw
Assist V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
The appeal's quality depends on its timing.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Makes the order of contestants random in the next turn.

Assist (Japanese: ねこのて Cat's Paw) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature move of Skitty.

Effect

Generation III

Assist randomly selects one of the moves known by the user's party allies (including fainted Pokémon) and executes it. A move called up by Assist counts as the last move used. A Pokémon will be able to use a move that is disabled in its own moveset if called via Assist.

Assist will not call itself or any of the following moves in this generation of games:


Generation IV

In a wild Double Battle, a wild Pokémon that uses Assist can use a move the other wild Pokémon knows.


Assist will not call itself or any of the following moves in this generation of games:


Generation V

Assist can now use moves known by unhatched Eggs in the party.


Assist will not call itself or any of the following moves in this generation of games:


Generation VI

Assist will not call itself or any of the following moves in this generation of games:


Mystery Dungeon

Assist will call a move known by Pokémon on the floor, including the user, or itself. If Assist calls itself, the move fails.

Description

Games Description
RSE Attacks randomly with one of the partner’s moves.
Colo.XD Attacks randomly with one of the partner’s moves.
FRLG The user randomly picks and uses a move of an allied Pokémon.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XY
The user hurriedly and randomly uses a move among those known by other Pokémon in the party.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
300 Skitty Skitty Normal Normal 19 18 22 22 22
431 Glameow Glameow Normal Normal   29 29 29
432 Purugly Purugly Normal Normal   29 29 29
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark     6 6
510 Liepard Liepard Dark Dark     6 --, 6
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
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal Skitty SkittyGlameowPurugly SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard
096 Drowzee Drowzee* Psychic Psychic Spinda Spinda SpindaChimchar SpindaChimchar SpindaChimchar
161 Sentret Sentret Normal Normal Skitty SkittyGlameowPurugly SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard
215 Sneasel Sneasel Dark Ice     SkittyGlameowPurugly SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal Skitty SkittyGlameowPurugly SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard
390 Chimchar Chimchar Fire Fire     SkittyGlameowPurugly SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard
677 Espurr Espurr Psychic Psychic       SkittyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepard
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

May Skitty Assist Razor Leaf.png May Skitty Assist.png May Skitty Assist Ember.png May Skitty Assist String Shot.png
Razor Leaf Skitty Ember String Shot
The user hurriedly and randomly uses a move among those known by other Pokémon in the party.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
300 Skitty A white orb appears on Skitty's front paw. Skitty then fires a random move known by the Trainer's team from the orb.
May's Skitty Game Winning Assist Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Assist III.png Assist 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)
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
Assist PMD RB.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)
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 for this move, ねこのて Neko no Te (Cat's Paw), is likely a reference to the saying 猫の手も借りたい neko no te mo karitai, which translates to "I would even like to borrow a cat's hands", "I would even like a cat to assist me", or "I need all the help I can get", befitting the way the move works, and the many catlike Pokémon capable of learning it.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 協助 Xiézhù
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Bijstand
Finland Flag.png Finnish Avustus
France Flag.png French Assistance
Germany Flag.png German Zuschuss
Greece Flag.png Greek Στήριξη
India Flag.png Hindi मदद Madad
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Tangan Kucing
Italy Flag.png Italian Assistente
South Korea Flag.png Korean 조수 Josu
Poland Flag.png Polish Asysta
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Auxílio
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Assistência
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Asistencija
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Asistencia
Spain Flag.png Spain Ayuda


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