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Withdraw (move)

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Withdraw redirects here. For the act of switching Pokémon in battle, see Recall.

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Withdraw
からにこもる Withdraw into Shell
Withdraw V.png
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Type  Water
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
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 I
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.

Withdraw (Japanese: からにこもる Withdraw into Shell) is a non-damaging Water-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Withdraw increases the user's Defense by 1 stage.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Used mainly by Pokémon with shells. By withdrawing into the shell, Defense is increased.
GSC Heightens the user's Defense.
RSE Withdraws the body into its hard shell to raise Defense.
FRLG The user withdraws its body in its hard shell, raising its Defense stat.
PMDRB Boosts the user's Defense by one level.
Colo.XD Withdraws into its hard shell to raise Defense.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XY
The user withdraws its body into its hard shell, raising its Defense stat.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
007 Squirtle Squirtle Water Water 28 10 10 10 10 10
008 Wartortle Wartortle Water Water 31 10 10 10 10 10
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water --, 31 --, 31 --, 10 --, 10 --, 10 --, 10
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic 37 37 37 37 37 37
090 Shellder Shellder Water Water -- -- -- 4 4 4
091 Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice -- -- -- -- -- --
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water -- -- -- -- -- --
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water -- -- -- -- -- --
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock   -- -- -- -- --
324 Torkoal Torkoal Fire Fire       7 7 7
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass       5 5 5
388 Grotle Grotle Grass Grass       --, 5 --, 5 --, 5
389 Torterra Torterra Grass Ground       --, 5 --, 5 --, 5
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock         7 7
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock         --, 7 --, 7
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock         -- --
565 Carracosta Carracosta Water Rock         -- --
688 Binacle Binacle Rock Water           7
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water           7
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Squirtle using Withdraw in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Withdraw is Squirtle's Special Side move. It hides into its shell and slides around the stage, damaging opponents it collides with. If it is attacked, Squirtle will come out of its shell.

In the anime

Gary Blastoise Withdraw.png Conway Shuckle Withdraw.png May Squirtle Withdraw.png Omanyte Omastar Withdraw.png
Blastoise Shuckle Squirtle Omanyte and Omastar
The user withdraws its body into its hard shell.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
007 Squirtle Squirtle pulls all of its limbs into its shell for protection. Sometimes, the shell glows blue when the attack is being used.
Ash's Squirtle Fire and Ice Debut
May's Squirtle Curbing the Crimson Tide! None
091 Cloyster Cloyster clamps its shell shut, protecting its inner body from harm.
Pete Pebbleman's Cloyster Fire and Ice None
Prima's Cloyster The Mandarin Island Miss Match None
008 Wartortle Wartortle pulls all of its limbs into its shell for protection.
Captain Aidan's Team Wartortle The Pokémon Water War None
138 Omanyte Omanyte pulls itself into its shell and covers the bottom part with a material the same color as its shell.
Multiple wild Omanyte Fossil Fools None
Multiple wild Omanyte Lucario and the Mystery of Mew None
139 Omastar Omastar pulls itself into its shell and covers the bottom part with a material the same color as its shell.
Multiple wild Omastar Fossil Fools None
A wild Omastar Lucario and the Mystery of Mew None
009 Blastoise Blastoise pulls its limbs, head, and hydro cannons into its shell.
A Blastoise Jessie borrows from the Battle Park One Trick Phony! None
Gary's Blastoise Can't Beat the Heat! Japanese version only
213 Shuckle Shuckle pulls its head and limbs into its body and its shell glows or flashes red, protecting it from attacks or raising its defense. While in its shell, Shuckle's shell glows brightly every time it wants to raise its defense more.
Rebecca's Shuckle Double-Time Battle Training! None
Conway's Shuckle Working on a Right Move! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations


Withdraw I.png Withdraw II.png Withdraw III.png Withdraw 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 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
Withdraw Stadium.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 縮殼 Suō​ké
Denmark Flag.png Danish Tilbagetog
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Terugtrekking
Finland Flag.png Finnish Vetäytyminen
France Flag.png French Repli
Germany Flag.png German Panzerschutz
Greece Flag.png Greek Απόσυρση
India Flag.png Hindi पीछे हटो Peeche Hato
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Masuk Cangkang
Masuk
Italy Flag.png Italian Ritirata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 껍질에숨기 Kkeopjil-e Sumgi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Retirada
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Povlačenje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Refugio


Variations of the move Defense Curl
Status Defense CurlHowlMeditateWithdraw


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