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Night Shade (move)

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Night Shade
ナイトヘッド Night Head
Night Shade.png
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Type  Ghost
Category  Special
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  Varies
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  1
Startles Pokémon that made a same-type appeal.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Night Shade (Japanese: ナイトヘッド Night Head) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation I. Prior to Generation II, it was the signature move of the Gastly evolutionary line.

Effect

Generation I

Night Shade inflicts damage equal to the user's level.

Although Night Shade deals Ghost-type damage, its type does not alter the amount of damage it inflicts. Night Shade hits both Normal-type Pokémon and Psychic-type Pokémon, both of which have immunities to Ghost-type moves during Generation I.

Generation II

The type mechanics were altered so that Night Shade and all other Ghost-type moves hit Psychic-type Pokémon, leaving only Normal-type Pokémon immune to Night Shade.

Description

Games Description
Stad A Ghost-type attack. Highly accurate, it inflicts damage regardless of the target's type.
Stad2 A Ghost-type attack. Highly accurate, it always inflicts damage.
GSC The user's level equals damage HP.
RSEColo.XD Inflicts damage identical to the user's level.
FRLG An attack with a mirage that inflicts damage matching the user's level.
DPPtHGSS The user makes the foe see a mirage. It inflicts damage matching the user's level.
BWB2W2 The user makes the target see a frightening mirage. It inflicts damage matching the user's level.
XY The user makes the target see a frightening mirage. It inflicts damage equal to the user's level.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison -- 21 21 16 15 15 15
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison -- 21 21 16 15 15 15
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison -- 21 21 16 15 15 15
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison   17 17 15 15 15
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison   17 17 15 15 15
177 Natu Natu Psychic Flying   10 10 6 6 6
178 Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying   --, 10 10 6 6 6
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying   26 27 21 21 21
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost     9 8 8 8
353 Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost     13 8 8 7 7
354 Banette Banette Ghost Ghost     --, 13 --, 5 --, 5 --, 7 --, 7
355 Duskull Duskull Ghost Ghost     -- -- -- --
356 Dusclops Dusclops Ghost Ghost     -- -- -- --
386 Deoxys Deoxys Psychic Psychic     5 9 9 9
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir Ghost Ghost       -- -- --
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark       --   '
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost         13 13
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Ghost Ghost         13 13
592 Frillish Frillish Water Ghost         9 9
593 Jellicent Jellicent Water Ghost         --, 9 --, 9
607 Litwick Litwick Ghost Fire         13 13
608 Lampent Lampent Ghost Fire         13 13
622 Golett Golett Ground Ghost         35 35
623 Golurk Golurk Ground Ghost         35 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
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying     NatuXatuMurkrow NatuXatuMurkrow NatuXatuMurkrow
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying     NatuXatuMurkrow NatuXatuMurkrow NatuXatuMurkrow
577 Solosis Solosis Psychic Psychic       GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigusFrillishJellicentLitwickLampent GastlyHaunterGengarShuppetBanetteDuskullDusclopsDusknoirYamaskCofagrigusFrillishJellicentLitwickLampent
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Type Game
FRLG E XD
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
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
163 163 Hoothoot Normal Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
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
163 163 Hoothoot Normal Flying Pokémon Center Mystery Egg #3
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 anime

Drake Gengar Night Shade.png Trip Frillish Night Shade.png Deoxys purple crystal Night Shade.png Doyle Solosis Night Shade.png
Gengar Frillish Deoxys Solosis
The user fires a black beam at the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
094 Gengar Gengar fires a black or dark crimson beam, outlined in red, blue, or purple from its eyes or hands at the opponent. Sometimes, its eyes glow red.
A giant Gengar The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Debut
Drake's Gengar Hello, Pummelo! None
Morty's Gengar A Ghost of a Chance None
Gengar of Team Meanies Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate None
Fantina's Gengar Shield with a Twist! None
092 Gastly Gastly fires a light purple beam from its body at the opponent, or Gastly fires two black beams outlined in dark red from its eyes at the opponent.
Captain's Gastly A Shipful of Shivers None
Multiple wild Gastly A Ghost of a Chance None
Morty's Gastly From Ghost to Ghost None
093 Haunter Haunter's eyes glow red, and it fires multiple black beams outlined in streaks of dark red from its eyes at the opponent.
Morty's Haunter From Ghost to Ghost None
Four wild Haunter Hoenn Alone! None
168 Ariados Ariados's horn glows black and it fires a black beam streaked with dark red lines from its horn at the opponent, or Ariados shoots two black beams outlined in dark red from its eyes at the opponent.
Oakley's Ariados Pokémon Heroes None
Forrester Franklin's Ariados All in a Day's Wurmple None
302 Sableye Sableye's eyes glow red and it fires two black beams outlined in dark red from them at the opponent.
A wild Sableye Ready, Willing, and Sableye None
356 Dusclops A black-purple energy with a blue outline covers Dusclops's eye and it releases it at the opponent as a beam.
Butler's Dusclops Jirachi: Wish Maker None
386A Deoxys Deoxys releases a black energy beam outlined in dark red at the opponent from the crystal on its chest.
Deoxys (Purple Crystal) Destiny Deoxys None
Deoxys (Green Crystal) Destiny Deoxys None
592 Frillish Frillish's eyes become surrounded in a purple aura. The aura then becomes replaced with a bright pink glow and Frillish's body glows pale pink. Frillish then holds out its tentacles and waves both of them up and down in a fast-paced hypnotic pattern. It then releases multiple pink rings from the outline of its body at the opponent . When the opponent is hit by the rings, its body becomes outlined in light purple, damaging it.
Trip's Frillish A Rival Battle for Club Champ! None
562 Yamask Yamask's eyes start to glow bright pink and its body glows pale purple. Then, it releases multiple crimson rings from its face at the opponent. The rings grow larger as they travel, and when the opponent gets hit by the crimson rings, its body becomes outlined in light purple, damaging it.
James's Yamask The Dragon Master's Path! None
577 Solosis Solosis's eyes start to glow bright pink and its body turns pale purple. It then releases multiple crimson rings from its body at the opponent. When the rings hit the opponent, its body becomes surrounded in pale purple, damaging it.
Doyle's Solosis Where Did You Go, Audino? None
354 Banette Banette's eyes start to glow bright pink and its body turns pale purple. It then releases multiple crimson rings from its body at the opponent. When the rings hit the opponent, its body becomes surrounded in pale purple, damaging it.
A wild Banette Celebrating the Hero's Comet! None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Night Shade I.png Night Shade II.png Night Shade III.png Night Shade IV.png Night Shade 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
Night Shade 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
Night Shade Stad.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 黑夜詛咒 Hēiyè Zǔzhòu
Denmark Flag.png Danish Natskygge
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Nachtschaduw
Finland Flag.png Finnish Yövarjo
Varjomäjäys (AG014)
France Flag.png French Ombre Nocturne*
Ténèbres*
Germany Flag.png German Nachtnebel
Greece Flag.png Greek Νυχτερινό Σύνδρομο
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Bayangan Malam
Italy Flag.png Italian Ombra Notturna*
Ombra Nott.*
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나이트헤드 Night Head
Poland Flag.png Polish Mroczny Cień
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Sombra Noturna
Romania Flag.png Romanian Umbra Nopții
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Noćna Senka
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Sombra de la Noche (EP095)
Tinieblas (EP111, EP182, BW010)
Rayo Nocturno (M05, AG014)
Sombra Nocturna (DP102, BW035-present)
Spain Flag.png Spain Tinieblas


Variations of the move Night Shade
Physical Seismic Toss
Special Night Shade


Set-damage moves
Physical Seismic Toss
Special Sonic BoomDragon RageNight Shade


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