Cotton Spore (move)

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Cotton Spore
わたほうし Cotton Spore
Cotton Spore VI.png
Type  Grass
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Startles the Pokémon that has the Judge's attention.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Enables the user to perform first in the next turn.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Cotton Spore (Japanese: わたほうし Cotton Spore) is a non-damaging Grass-type move introduced in Generation II.


Generation II to IV

Cotton Spore lowers the target's Speed stat by two stages, and has an accuracy of 85.

Generation V

The accuracy of Cotton Spore is increased to 100.


Games Description
Spores that cling to the target, sharply reducing the opponent's Speed.
Sharply reduces the foe's Speed.
RSE Spores cling to the foe, sharply reducing Speed.
FRLG Cotton-like spores cling to the foe, sharply reducing its Speed stat.
Spores cling to the target, sharply reducing Speed.
The user releases cottonlike spores that cling to the foe, sharply reducing its Speed stat.
The user releases cotton-like spores that cling to the target, harshly reducing its Speed stat.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
179 Mareep Mareep Electric Electric 23 23 19 19 11 '
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy Electric Electric 27 27 20 20 11 '
181 Ampharos Ampharos Electric Electric 27 27 20 20 11 '
187 Hoppip Hoppip Grass Flying 25 25 28 34 '
188 Skiploom Skiploom Grass Flying 29 29 32 40 '
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff Grass Flying 33 33 32 44 '
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass   41 49 49 '
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark   47 59 59 '
546 Cottonee Cottonee Grass Grass       17 '
547 Whimsicott Whimsicott Grass Grass       -- '
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass       18 '
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison   HoppipSkiploomJumpluffCacneaCacturne HoppipSkiploomJumpluffCacneaCacturne HoppipSkiploomJumpluffCacneaCacturneCottoneeWhimsicottMaractus
406 Budew Budew Grass Poison     HoppipSkiploomJumpluffCacneaCacturne HoppipSkiploomJumpluffCacneaCacturneCottoneeWhimsicottMaractus
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the anime

None.png Harley Cacturne Cotton Spore.png Cottonee Cotton Spore.png None.png
Cacturne Cottonee
The user releases cottonlike spores that cling to the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
332 Cacturne Cacturne releases multiple fluffy, white cottonballs from its mouth that float around the opponent.
Harley's Cacturne A Hurdle for Squirtle Debut
546 Cottonee Cottonee jumps backwards and waves the leaves on the side of its body at the opponent. Four large, fluffy, white cottonballs then come out from its body and float around or stick to the opponent.
Multiple wild Cottonee Cottonee in Love! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Cotton Spore II.png Cotton Spore III.png Cotton Spore IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
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


  • No Pokémon introduced in Generation IV or Generation I can learn Cotton Spore by level up, and only Budew can learn it by other methods, in this case by breeding.
  • Mareep and its evolved forms are the only non-Grass-type Pokémon able to learn Cotton Spore, most likely due to Mareep's cotton-like wool.
    • Due to this, Mareep's fully evolved form, Ampharos can learn Cotton Spore, despite not possessing any visible wool.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 棉孢子 Mián Bāozǐ
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pumpuli-itiö
France Flag.png French Spore Coton
Germany Flag.png German Baumwollsaat
Greece Flag.png Greek Βαμβακόσπορος
Italy Flag.png Italian Cottonspora
South Korea Flag.png Korean 목화포자 Mokhwa Poja
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Semente de algodão
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Spora od Vate
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esporagodón

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