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Leech Life (move)

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Leech Life
きゅうけつ Suck Blood
Leech Life V.png
Type  Bug
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  20
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.

Leech Life (Japanese: きゅうけつ Suck Blood) is a damage-dealing Bug-type move introduced in Generation I.


Generation I-II

Leech Life inflicts damage, and up to 50% of the damage dealt to the target is restored to the user as HP. If this attack deals 1 HP of damage, 1 HP will be restored to the user.

If Leech Life breaks a substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP is greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP.

In Stadium, Leech Life will always miss if the target has a substitute.

Generation III

If the target has the Ability Liquid Ooze, the user takes damage instead of restoring HP.

Generation IV-V

If the user has a Big Root as its held item, it will recover 30% more HP than it normally would. Big Root does not increase damage dealt.

Generation VI

Leech Life cannot be used if the user is under the effects of Heal Block.


Games Description
StadStad2 An HP-draining attack. It adds half the HP it drained from the target to the attacker's HP.
GSC Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
RSE An attack that steals half the damage inflicted.
FRLG An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
Colo.XD An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
PMDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also restores the user's HP based on the damage it inflicted.
DPPtHGSS A blood-draining attack. The user’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
The user drains the target's blood. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying -- -- -- -- -- --
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying -- -- -- -- -- --
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass 20 19 19 11 11 11
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass --, 20 19 19 --, 11 --, 11 --, 11
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison 27 25 25 17 17 17
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison --, 27 25 25 17 17 17
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison   23 23 12 12 12
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison   25 25 12 12 12
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying   -- -- -- -- --
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground     5 5 5 5
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying     --, 5 --, 5 --, 5 --, 5
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost     5 5 5 5
402 Kricketune Kricketune Bug Bug       14 14 14
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric         -- --
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric         -- --
616 Shelmet Shelmet Bug Bug         -- --
617 Accelgor Accelgor Bug Bug         -- --
636 Larvesta Larvesta Bug Fire         10 10
637 Volcarona Volcarona Bug Fire         --, 10 --, 10
714 Noibat Noibat Flying Dragon           5
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon           5
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
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout Grass Poison ParasParasect ParasParasect ParasParasect ParasParasect ParasParasect
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriados ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjask ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjaskKricketune ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjaskKricketuneJoltikGalvantulaShelmetAccelgorLarvestaVolcarona ParasParasectVenonatVenomothSpinarakAriadosNincadaNinjaskKricketuneJoltikGalvantulaShelmetAccelgorLarvestaVolcarona
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 manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Leech Life I.png Leech Life II.png Leech Life III.png Leech Life IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
Generation V
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 吸血 Xīxuè
Denmark Flag.png Danish Livigle
Sug Liv
France Flag.png French Vampirisme
Germany Flag.png German Blutsauger
Greece Flag.png Greek Παρασιτισμός
Italy Flag.png Italian Sanguisuga
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡혈 Heuphyeol
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Dreno de Energia
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Isisavanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Chupavidas

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