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Phantom Force (Japanese: ゴーストダイブ Ghost Dive) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation VI. It can be seen as a weaker version of Shadow Force.
Phantom Force causes the user to "vanish" on the turn it is selected, rendering it semi-invulnerable, and then reappear the next turn to cause damage. It will hit the target even if it has used Protect, Detect, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, or Mat Block, and lifts the effects of those moves for the remainder of the turn; if it hits a target that is protected by Mat Block, it removes Mat Block from the target's side of the field. It also removes the effects of Quick Guard, Wide Guard, and Crafty Shield from the target's side of the field. The user of Phantom Force does not suffer the negative effects of its target's Spiky Shield or King's Shield. Phantom Force cannot remove the effects of protecting moves if it does not affect the target (such as if the target is Normal-type).
In addition, if the target has used Minimize, Phantom Force will never miss and its base power is doubled.
If a Power Herb is held by the user, Phantom Force can be executed in one turn.
|| The user vanishes somewhere, then strikes the target on the next turn. This move hits even if the target protects itself.
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
- Phantom Force's secondary effects are combination of many moves:
- It is a two-turn move with a semi-invulnerable turn, similar to Fly or Dig.
- It can break shield-like effects, similar to Feint.
- Its power is doubled when used against Minimized Pokémon, similar to Steamroller and Stomp.
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