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Sucker Punch (Japanese: ふいうち Surprise Attack) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation IV.
Sucker Punch does damage and is an increased priority move. If Sucker Punch's target has selected a physical or special attack and has not yet had a chance to execute its move, Sucker Punch will damage the target; otherwise, Sucker Punch will fail. Sucker Punch only depends on the move the target has selected, and is not affected by any consideration of whether the attack can actually be executed, such as status conditions like sleep or freeze or Abilities like Truant.
If the user is put to sleep or frozen during the round that Sucker Punch is (or attempts to be) used, Sucker Punch's increased speed priority will not be reset. Subsequently, it will only be reset on the turn after the user wakes up or is defrosted, or if the user switches out.
Sucker Punch will now succeed if the opponent is using Me First, regardless of who is faster.
|| This move enables the user to attack first. It fails if the foe is not readying an attack, however.
|| This move enables the user to attack first. It fails if the target is not readying an attack, however.
|| This move enables the user to attack first. This move fails if the target is not readying an attack.
In other games
The move behaves like all priority moves, striking any foe that is two tiles away regardless of if a teammate is in front.
|| Inflicts damage on a target up to 2 tiles away.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga
In other generations
- Despite its name, Sucker Punch is not a punching move. The term sucker punch refers to an unexpected or cheap shot at an opponent, akin to its Japanese name, which translates to surprise attack. Thus, many Pokémon that do not possess arms can learn this move, and its base power is not increased by Iron Fist.
- Sucker Punch is tied with Extreme Speed for highest base power of an increased-priority move.
In other languages