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Confusion (move)

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Confusion
ねんりき Mindpower
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Type  Psychic
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  50
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.

Confusion (Japanese: ねんりき Mindpower) is a damage-dealing Psychic-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Confusion does damage and has a 10% chance of confusing the target.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Psychic-type attack. Has a one-in-ten chance of leaving the target confused.
GSC An attack that may cause confusion.
RSEColo.XD A psychic attack that may cause confusion.
FRLG A weak telekinetic attack that may also leave the foe confused.
PMDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target confused.
DPPtHGSS The foe is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the foe confused.
BWB2W2Conq The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.
XY The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. This may also confuse the target.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying 12 10 --, 10 --, 10 --, 10 --, 10 --, 10
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison   19 17 17 11 11 11
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison   -- 17 17 11 11 11
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water 36 16 16 18 18 15 15
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water 39 --, 16 16 18 18 15 15
064 Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic --, 16 16 --, 16 --, 16 --, 16 --, 16 --, 16
065 Alakazam Alakazam Psychic Psychic --, 16 16 --, 16 --, 16 --, 16 --, 16 --, 16
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke Water Psychic -- 20 20 17 15 14 14
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic -- 20 20 17 15 14 14
096 Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic 17 18 18 11 9 9 9
097 Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic --, 17 --, 18 --, 18 --, 11 --, 9 --, 9 --, 9
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute Grass Psychic   19 19 27 27 27
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor Grass Psychic   -- -- -- -- --
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy 15 6 5 -- -- --
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic -- -- -- -- -- --
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying   34 34 21 21 21
164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying   41 41 22 22 22
196 Espeon Espeon Psychic Psychic   16 16 15 15 9 9
199 Slowking Slowking Water Psychic   20 20 17 15 14 14
203 Girafarig Girafarig Normal Psychic   --, 7 13 -- -- --
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic   21 21 15 15 15
251 Celebi Celebi Psychic Grass   -- -- -- -- --
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison     --, 10 --, 10 --, 10 --, 10
280 Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy     6 6 6 6
281 Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Fairy     --, 6 --, 6 --, 6 --, 6
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir Psychic Fairy     --, 6 --, 6 --, 6 --, 6
307 Meditite Meditite Fighting Psychic     9 8 8 8
308 Medicham Medicham Fighting Psychic     --, 9 --, 8 --, 8 --, 8
337 Lunatone Lunatone Rock Psychic     7 -- -- --
338 Solrock Solrock Rock Psychic     7 -- -- --
343 Baltoy Baltoy Ground Psychic     -- -- -- --
344 Claydol Claydol Ground Psychic     -- -- -- --
358 Chimecho Chimecho Psychic Psychic     14 14 14 14
368 Gorebyss Gorebyss Water Water     8 6 6 6
375 Metang Metang Steel Psychic     20 --, 20 --, 20 --, 20
376 Metagross Metagross Steel Psychic     --, 20 --, 20 --, 20 --, 20
385 Jirachi Jirachi Steel Psychic     -- -- -- --
413 Wormadam Wormadam Bug Grass       23 23 23
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying       23 23 23
433 Chingling Chingling Psychic Psychic       14 14 14
436 Bronzor Bronzor Steel Psychic       -- -- --
437 Bronzong Bronzong Steel Psychic       -- -- --
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy       -- -- --
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting       --, 6 --, 6 --, 6
480 Uxie Uxie Psychic Psychic       21 -- -- --
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic       21 -- -- --
482 Azelf Azelf Psychic Psychic       21 -- -- --
488 Cresselia Cresselia Psychic Psychic       -- -- --
494 Victini Victini Psychic Fire         -- --
527 Woobat Woobat Psychic Flying         -- --
528 Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying         -- --
574 Gothita Gothita Psychic Psychic         3 3
575 Gothorita Gothorita Psychic Psychic         --, 3 --, 3
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle Psychic Psychic         --, 3 --, 3
605 Elgyem Elgyem Psychic Psychic         -- --
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem Psychic Psychic         -- --
648 Meloetta Meloetta Normal Psychic         11 11
677 Espurr Espurr Psychic Psychic           9
678 Meowstic Meowstic Psychic Psychic           9
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
007 Squirtle Squirtle Water Water PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking      
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Water PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingEspeonGirafarig PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingEspeonGirafarig PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingEspeonGirafarig PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingEspeonGirafarigWoobatSwoobat PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingEspeonGirafarigWoobatSwoobatEspurrMeowstic
114 Tangela Tangela Grass Grass ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor ExeggcuteExeggutor
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Conquest

Confusion is the only move of Ralts, Chingling, and Gothita.

     
     
     
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Orange squares indicate hit area.
Blue squares indicate area Pokémon the Pokémon will need to move to perform the move.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
Table assumes the Pokémon is in the square marked by ^.

In the anime

In the main series


Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP182 Confusion Ash's Pokédex Confusion. This powerful Psychic attack confuses an opponent and weakens it as well.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In Pokémon Origins


In the manga

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In other generations

Confusion I.png Confusion II.png Confusion III.png Confusion 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 XY 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
Confusion 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 XY 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
Confusion Stad.png Confusion Stad2.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 XY 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 English name of this move is semantically dissimilar to its Japanese name, ねんりき Nenriki, which can be translated to mean mindpower. This has been known to cause some confusion when depicted in the English dub of the anime.
  • In the anime, Confusion seems to have exactly the same effect as the move Psychic.
  • A majority of the times Confusion has been featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, it can cause the Defending Pokémon to be Paralyzed rather than Confused.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 念力 Niànlì
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Zmatení
Denmark Flag.png Danish Forvirring
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Mentale Kracht (EP022)
Verwarring (EP032-present)
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sekaannus (Original Series)
Hämmennys (Advanced Generation)
France Flag.png French Choc Mental
Germany Flag.png German Konfusion
Greece Flag.png Greek Σύγχυση
India Flag.png Hindi चक्रादों Chakraado, Uljhan me daalna
Italy Flag.png Italian Confusione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 염동력 Yeomdongryeok
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Forvirring
Poland Flag.png Polish Konfuzja
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Confusão
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Confusão (Pokémon Chronicles)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Confuzie
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zbunjivanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Confusión


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