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Moonlight (move)

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Moonlight
つきのひかり Moonlight
Moonlight V.png
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Type  Fairy
Category  Status
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Category  Beauty
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
The appeal's quality varies depending on its timing.
Category  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Increased Voltage is added to the performance score.

Moonlight (Japanese: つきのひかり Moonlight) is a non-damaging Fairy-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Generation VI, it was a Normal-type move.

Effect

Generation II

Moonlight restores the user's current HP based on the weather conditions and time of day. In morning and day, clear conditions restore ¼, sunny conditions restore ½ and other conditions restore 1/8 HP. At night, the move restores twice as much of HP. In link battle, move restores HP as if it was night.

Generations III to V

Moonlight restores the user's current HP based on the weather conditions in the battle. Normal conditions restore ½ total HP, sunny conditions restore ⅔ total HP, and other weather conditions restore ¼ total HP.

Generation VI

Moonlight is now a Fairy-type move.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Allows HP to be restored by the moonlight. In battle, half the user's max HP is restored.
GSC Restores HP (varies by time).
RSE Restores HP. The amount restored with the weather.
Colo.XD Restores HP. The amount varies with the weather.
FRLG Restores the user’s HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.
PMDRB Restores the HP of the user and team members on the same floor. The amount of HP recovered depends on the weather.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XY
The user restores its own HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
035 Clefairy Clefairy Fairy Fairy 43 37 37 40 43 43
043 Oddish Oddish Grass Poison 32 32 33 33 33
044 Gloom Gloom Grass Poison 35 35 41 41 41
197 Umbreon Umbreon Dark Dark 52 52 71 71 33 33
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison   20 20 20 20
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug   13 13 13 13
314 Illumise Illumise Bug Bug   13 13 13 13
488 Cresselia Cresselia Psychic Psychic     57 57 --, 57
517 Munna Munna Psychic Psychic       17 17
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon         --
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
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute Grass Psychic OddishGloom OddishGloom OddishGloom OddishGloom OddishGloom
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost   Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat Volbeat
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 IV

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
035 035 ClefairyLv.8 Normal Pokéwalker - Night Sky's Edge
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
337 337 Lunatone Rock Psychic Dream World - Icy Cave
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

By event

Generation II

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
029 029 Nidoran♀ Poison New York Pokémon Center
215 215 Sneasel Dark Ice New York Pokémon Center
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 the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Moonlight II.png Moonlight III.png Moonlight 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

Trivia

  • Unlike Morning Sun, Espeon's signature move in Generation II, Moonlight was not learnable only by Umbreon. However, because of Espeon's association with that move, Moonlight can still be considered Umbreon's equivalent move as they occupy similar positions in each Pokémon's moveset.
  • Despite the name's association with the night, Moonlight actually restores more HP in sunny conditions (which can be considered an opposite with nighttime).
    • It is likely this is because when under the effects of Sunny Day, the sky is depicted as completely clear of clouds and the rays of the sun are highly intensified, so it is likely the same effects can be considered active during the nighttime, with the night sky being cloudless and the moon's reflections of the sun's rays highly intensified.
  • Moonlight is one of the four moves from Generation II to have its type changed in a later Generation; along with Charm, Curse and Sweet Kiss.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 月光 Yuèguāng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Maanlicht
France Flag.png French Rayon Lune
Germany Flag.png German Mondschein
Greece Flag.png Greek Φεγγαρόφως
Italy Flag.png Italian Lucelunare
South Korea Flag.png Korean 달의불빛 Dal-yi Bulbit
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Luz do Luar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Mesečeva Svetlost
Spain Flag.png Spanish Luz Lunar



Variations of the move Moonlight
Status MoonlightMorning SunSynthesis


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