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Contact is a term used to describe the condition when one Pokémon in a battle physically touches the opponent in order to deal damage. Up until Generation IV, moves that make contact could be either physical moves or special moves; however, ever since the distinction between physical and special were no longer based on types, most moves that make contact are physical.

Effects of contact

  • The use of contact-based moves can be affected directly by certain abilities of the foe, such as Cute Charm and Effect Spore, and indirectly by certain attacker's abilities, like Guts.
  • It can be used to spread Pokérus.
  • Before Generation IV, damage dealing for moves that make contact depended on the move's type.
  • During (and presumably after) Generation IV, damage dealing for moves that make contact are always calculated using the attacking Pokémon's Attack and the defending Pokémon's Defense.
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List of physical moves that don't make contact

List of special moves that make contact

List of abilities which have effects involving contact

List of items which have effects involving contact


  • In all console games except Pokémon Battle Revolution, the moves making contact's battle animation doesn't show the attacking Pokémon hitting the defending one at all. In the handheld games however, it differs from attack to attack.

See also

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