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Absorb
すいとる Absorb
Absorb VII.png
Absorb VII 2.png
Type  Grass
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  20
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Absorb (Japanese: すいとる Absorb) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation I. Absorb is the first in a line of three Grass-type HP-draining attacks, the other two being Mega Drain and Giga Drain.

Contents

Effect

Generations I and II

Absorb does damage, and up to 50% of the damage done to the target is restored to the user, rounded up.

If Absorb breaks a substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP would be greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP. Absorb has 20 PP.

In the Pokémon Stadium series and Generation II games, Absorb will always miss if the target has a substitute.

Generation III

Absorb will now properly heal the user when damaging a substitute, even if it was broken. When used on a Pokémon with the Liquid Ooze Ability, the user will lose the amount of HP it would have gained instead.

Absorb can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if the move Growth was used in the prior turn.

Generations IV and V

Absorb's PP is increased to 25. If the user has a Big Root as its held item, it will recover 30% more HP than it normally would. Big Root does not increase damage dealt. All other effects are the same.

Generation VI onward

Absorb cannot be used if the user is under the effects of Heal Block.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Grass-type attack. It adds half the HP it drained from the target to the attacker's HP.
GSC Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
RSEColo.XD An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
FRLG An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
041 Zubat Zubat
PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 1
042 Golbat Golbat
PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 1
043 Oddish Oddish
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
044 Gloom Gloom
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
045 Vileplume Vileplume
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1
046 Paras Paras
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass 11
047 Parasect Parasect
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass 1, 11
114 Tangela Tangela
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 29RGB
27Y
10 10 8 8BW
10B2W2
10 10
140 Kabuto Kabuto
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 34 10 13 6 6 6 6
141 Kabutops Kabutops
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 1, 34 1, 10 1, 13 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6
167 Spinarak Spinarak
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 5
168 Ariados Ariados
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 5
169 Crobat Crobat
PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 1
182 Bellossom Bellossom
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1
187 Hoppip Hoppip
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1USUM
188 Skiploom Skiploom
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1USUM
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1USUM
191 Sunkern Sunkern
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1
192 Sunflora Sunflora
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1
252 Treecko Treecko
GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon 6 6 6 6XY
5ORAS
5
253 Grovyle Grovyle
GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 5ORAS
1, 5
254 Sceptile Sceptile
GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 5ORAS
1, 5
267 Beautifly Beautifly
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
12ORAS
12
270 Lotad Lotad
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass 7 5 5 5XY
6ORAS
6
271 Lombre Lombre
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass 7 5 5 5XY
6ORAS
6
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass 1
285 Shroomish Shroomish
GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1
286 Breloom Breloom
GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1
290 Nincada Nincada
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug 5
291 Ninjask Ninjask
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 5
292 Shedinja Shedinja
BugIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1, 5
315 Roselia Roselia
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1
331 Cacnea Cacnea
GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like 5 5 5 5XY
4ORAS
4
332 Cacturne Cacturne
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4
387 Turtwig Turtwig
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 9 9 9 9
388 Grotle Grotle
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 9 9 9 1, 9
389 Torterra Torterra
GrassIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Grass 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9
402 Kricketune Kricketune
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 14
406 Budew Budew
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 8 8BW
10B2W2
10 10
546 Cottonee Cottonee
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Fairy 1 1 1
548 Petilil Petilil
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1
556 Maractus Maractus
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1
590 Foongus Foongus
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1
591 Amoonguss Amoonguss
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1
592 Frillish Frillish
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 5 5 5
593 Jellicent Jellicent
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5
595 Joltik Joltik
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1
596 Galvantula Galvantula
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1
616 Shelmet Shelmet
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1
617 Accelgor Accelgor
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1
636 Larvesta Larvesta
BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug 10
637 Volcarona Volcarona
BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 10
704 Goomy Goomy
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 5 5
705 Sliggoo Sliggoo
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 5 1, 5
706 Goodra Goodra
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 5 1, 5
714 Noibat Noibat
FlyingIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Flying Flying 5
715 Noivern Noivern
FlyingIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Flying Flying 1, 5
742 Cutiefly Cutiefly
BugIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Bug Fairy 1
743 Ribombee Ribombee
BugIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Bug Fairy 1
755 Morelull Morelull
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1
756 Shiinotic Shiinotic
GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1
769 Sandygast Sandygast
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1
770 Palossand Palossand
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1
781 Dhelmise Dhelmise
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1
797 Celesteela Celesteela
SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
231 Phanpy Phanpy
GroundIC Big.png Field Field New York City Pokémon Center
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

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Table assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.
Power = 20 | Accuracy = 100% | Effect = It heals the attacking Pokémon of 50% of the damage inflicted.
If the Pokémon has a 100% link with their Warrior, it heals 66% of the damage inflicted.
Used by : Treecko   Cottonee

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also restores the user's HP based on the damage it inflicted.
Conq. A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, then restores the user's HP based on the damage inflicted.
SMD It absorbs an enemy's HP.

In the anime

Tangrowth Absorb.png Bellsprout Absorb.png Shroomish Absorb.png None.png
Tangrowth Bellsprout Shroomish
A nutrient-draining attack that absorbs the opponent's energy and adds it to the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth holds out its arms and fires two red beams from them at the opponent. When the opponent is hit, its body glows red and it drains its energy. Sometimes, the red parts of its hands glow red before it fires the beams.
A wild Tangrowth Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Debut
285 Shroomish Shroomish releases a red beam from the hole on its head at the opponent. When hit, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Shroomish Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! None
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout releases two red beams from the leaves on the side of its body at the opponent. When it hits it, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Bellsprout Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Bellsprout cannot legally learn Absorb

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master manga


In the Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King manga


In other generations

Core series games

Absorb I.png Absorb II.png Absorb III.png Absorb 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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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
Absorb V.png Absorb VI.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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

Spin-off series games

Absorb Stad.png Absorb Stad2.png Absorb Colo.png Absorb XD.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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
Absorb PBR.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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
Absorb PMD RB.png Absorb PMD TDS.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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
Chinese Cantonese 吸取 Kāpchéui *
吸收 Kāpsāu *
Mandarin 吸取 Xīqǔ *
吸收 Xīshōu *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Opsuge
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Absorbeer
France Flag.png French Vol-Vie
Germany Flag.png German Absorber
Greece Flag.png Greek Απορρόφηση Aporrófisi
Italy Flag.png Italian Assorbimento
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡수 Heubsu
Poland Flag.png Polish Absorpcja
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Absorção
Absorver (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Absorver
Romania Flag.png Romanian Absorbirea
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Apsorpcija
Spain Flag.png Spanish Absorber
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Emiş
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hấp Thụ


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