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Disable (move)

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Disable
かなしばり Temporary Binding
Disable.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
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  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Makes all Pokémon after the user nervous.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going down in the same turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the remaining Pokémon nervous.

Disable (Japanese: かなしばり Temporary Binding) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Disable randomly selects one move that is in the target's current move set and whose current PP is greater than 0, and gives it a randomly chosen disable duration length of 0-6, which is reduced by 1 each time the Pokémon attempts to execute an attack. While the move is disabled, a message of "disabled!" will appear in place of the disabled move's PP, and the target will be unable to use the move until the round after Disable wears off (attempting to select the move will just result in a notice that the move is disabled).

If the target does manage to select the move (such as if it knows the move twice because of Mimic, or if the user is faster than the target and disables the attack that the target was going to use during that round) and attempts to execute it before the disable duration is over, it will only result in a wasted turn and a message that the move is disabled. Since the check to see if a move is disabled happens after the duration reduction, it is possible to disable the move the target was about to use for only 1 turn and as a result have Disable end immediately, still allowing the target to use said move during that round. It is also possible for the target to still use the disabled move if it is called via Metronome or Mirror Move.

If the target has only one move and that move is successfully disabled, it will use Struggle until it can select its move again. Disable will fail if the target has no PP for any of its moves.

Turns spent flinching, fast asleep, frozen solid, recharging, or partially trapped will not count towards the Disable duration length.

Even if unsuccessful (for any reason), using Disable against a Pokémon using Rage will cause its rage to build.

In Stadium, Disable will cause a Pokémon's rage to build only if successful. The disabled move's PP is not replaced with a "disabled!" message, though attempting to select the move will still result in a notice that the move is disabled.

Accuracy in this generation is 55%.

Generation II

The last move that the target used will be disabled for 2-5 turns if successful. It will fail if the user goes first in the first turn. Sleep Talk can still call a disabled move.

Generation III

Disable now lasts 4-7 turns.

Generation IV

Disable's accuracy is changed from 55% to 80%.

Generation V

Disable now lasts 4 turns. Its accuracy is changed from 80% to 100% and it can now be reflected with Magic Coat.

Generation VI

Disable does not affect Pokémon under the protection of Aroma Veil.

Description

Games Description
Stad A technique that disables one of the target's moves. The disabled move can't be used until it wears off.
Stad2 A move that disables one of the target's moves. That move can't be used until it wears off.
GSC Disables the foe's most recent move.
RSE Psychically disables one of the foe’s moves.
Colo.XD Psychically disables one of the target's moves.
FRLG For a few turns, it prevents the foe from using the move it last used.
PMDRB Causes paralysis in the target. A Pokémon affected by paralysis is incapable of attacking or using moves.
DPPtHGSS For several turns, this move prevents the foe from using the move it last used.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
For four turns, this move prevents the target from using the move it last used.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff Normal Fairy 14 14 14 13 13 13
15
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Normal Fairy -- -- -- -- -- --
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison -- -- -- -- -- --
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison -- -- -- -- -- --
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water 31 10 10 14 14 11 11
22
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water 31 --, 10 --, 10 14 14 11 11
22
064 Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic --, 20 20 18 18 18 18 18
065 Alakazam Alakazam Psychic Psychic --, 20 20 18 18 18 18 18
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke Water Psychic 18 29 29 24 20 19 19
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic --, 18 29 29 24 20 19 19
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison -- 10 8 12 12 12
089 Muk Muk Poison Poison -- 10 8 12 12 12
096 Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic 12 10 10 7 7 5 5
097 Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic --, 12 --, 10 10 --, 7 --, 7 --, 5 --, 5
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal 15 31 34 25 25 25
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic -- -- -- -- -- --
199 Slowking Slowking Water Psychic   29 29 24 20 19 19
355 Duskull Duskull Ghost Ghost     5 6 6 6
356 Dusclops Dusclops Ghost Ghost     --, 5 --, 6 --, 6 --, 6
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky Normal Normal       25 25 25
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir Ghost Ghost       --, 6 --, 6 --, 6
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark       -- -- --
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost         5 5
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Ghost Ghost         --, 5 --, 5
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying           35
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
023 Ekans Ekans Poison Poison     PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky
037 Vulpix Vulpix Fire Fire PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck
086 Seel Seel Water Water PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison       GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitung SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingLickitungLickilicky
116 Horsea Horsea Water Water PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking PsyduckGolduckSlowpokeSlowbroSlowking
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison VenonatVenomoth VenonatVenomoth VenonatVenomoth VenonatVenomoth VenonatVenomoth
234 Stantler Stantler Normal Normal PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck
280 Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy   GrimerMukDuskullDusclops GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal   PsyduckGolduckKadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno PsyduckGolduckKadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno PsyduckGolduckKadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno PsyduckGolduckKadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass       KadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno KadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal       PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck
351 Castform Castform Normal Normal     JigglypuffWigglytuffGrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir JigglypuffWigglytuffGrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus JigglypuffWigglytuffGrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal   PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck PsyduckGolduck
353 Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost   GrimerMukDuskullDusclops GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
358 Chimecho Chimecho Psychic Psychic   GrimerMukDuskullDusclops GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir YamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir YamaskCofagrigus
361 Snorunt Snorunt Ice Ice     JigglypuffWigglytuff JigglypuffWigglytuff JigglypuffWigglytuff
425 Drifloon Drifloon Ghost Flying     GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
433 Chingling Chingling Psychic Psychic     GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost       GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigus
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric       VenonatVenomoth VenonatVenomoth
605 Elgyem Elgyem Psychic Psychic       KadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno KadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypno
682 Spritzee Spritzee Fairy Fairy         JigglypuffWigglytuff
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo Ghost Grass         GrimerMukDuskullDusclopsDusknoir
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
092 092 Gastly Ghost Poison Dream World - Spooky Manor
234 234 Stantler Normal Dream World - Pleasant Forest
355 355 Duskull Ghost Dream World - Spooky Manor
596 596 Galvantula Bug Electric Dream World - Spooky Manor
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Disable paralyzes the opponent instead of disabling a move. It is unaffected by evasion and accuracy.

In the anime

Lorelei Slowbro Disable.png Misty Psyduck Disable.png Golduck Disable.png Katie Venomoth Disable.png
Slowbro Psyduck Golduck Venomoth
The user stops the opponent from attacking.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
054 Psyduck Psyduck releases blue rings from its body that make the opponent unable to move.
Misty's Psyduck The Ninja Poké-Showdown! Debut
055 Golduck Golduck's eyes glow blue and a blue aura appears around it. Any attacks that try to hit Golduck are instantly disintegrated.
A wild Golduck Bye Bye Psyduck None
080 Slowbro Slowbro becomes outlined in light blue and the opponent starts to glow light blue, making it completely motionless and renders it under Slowbro's control.
Prima's Slowbro The Mandarin Island Miss-match None
065 Alakazam Alakazam throws its spoons in the air, then crosses them. The spoons glow red and the spoons release a red shock to the opponent, surround it and making it unable to move.
Eusine's Alakazam For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
049 Venomoth Venomoth's eyes glow light blue while its opponent is using an attack. The opponent becomes outlined in light blue briefly and it stops using the attack. In addition, the opponent cannot use the attack for a while.
Katie's Venomoth Shocks and Bonds None

In the manga

In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


  • Slowpoke was revealed to have known Disable in PW18 but it was not shown using it.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Disable I.png Disable II.png Disable III.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
Disable IV.png Disable V.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
Disable 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
Disable Stad.png Disable 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

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 石化功 Shí​huà​gōng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Neutralisere
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Uitschakelaar
Finland Flag.png Finnish Estäminen (original series)
Lamaus (Advanced Generation)
France Flag.png French Entrave
Germany Flag.png German Aussetzer
Greece Flag.png Greek Αναστολέας
India Flag.png Hindi 'Viklaang kar dena
Italy Flag.png Italian Inibitore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 사슬묶기 Saseul Mukgi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Negativar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Onemogućavanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Anulación


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