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Curse (Japanese: のろい Noroi) is a non-damaging Template:Type2 move introduced in Generation II. Before Generation V, it was a Template:Type2 move, and the only move of that type.
Curse is a Template:Type2 move. When executing this move, the Ghost type takes priority over other types, so dual-typed Ghost-type Pokémon use the Ghost version of the move.
The user will lose half of its maximum HP and put a curse on the target. A cursed Pokémon will lose ¼ of its maximum HP at the end of each turn. The user can cause itself to faint.
Also, in Generation II, defeating the opponent will prevent the Pokémon it is used on taking damage from Curse on that turn.
The user's Speed stat will drop by one stage and its Attack stat and Defense stat will rise by one stage each. Despite the move's stats boosting nature, it will fail if there is no target.
Curse is a Template:Type2 move. Its effects remain the same.
| All Pokémon that can learn TMs in Generation II can learn Curse.
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
- In Japanese, the word のろい Noroi can mean either "curse" (呪い) or "dull/slow" (鈍い), depending on the kanji used. This is fitting with its nature in the games, being an actual curse if used by Ghost-type Pokémon, but instead lowering the Speed of a non-Ghost-type Pokémon. This is likely also why the Slowpoke family is just as well known for the move as Ghost-type Pokémon are.
- In Generation II, three Pokémon could legitimately use both effects of the move by using Conversion or Conversion 2 to alter its own type to and from the Ghost type: Porygon, Porygon2, and Smeargle. Many Pokémon can make use of Skill Swap or Role Play to copy the ability Color Change and become a Ghost-type to pull off the strategy as well.
- Curse is one of five moves to change type between Generations, along with Bite, Gust, Karate Chop and Sand-Attack.
- In Generation II, TM03 is given away by a strange man telling a weird story:
"Let me recount a terrifying tale... Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was given a new Bicycle... He wanted to try it right away... He was having so much fun that he didn't notice the sun had set... While riding home in the pitch-black night, the bike suddenly slowed! The pedals became heavy! When he stopped pedaling, the bike began slipping backwards! It was as if the bike were cursed and trying to drag him into oblivion! ... ... Shrieeeek! The boy had been riding uphill on Cycling Road! ... Ba-dum ba-dum! For listening so patiently, you may take this—TM03! TM03 is Curse. It's a terrifying move that slowly whittles down the victim's HP." It should be noted that the TM can only be obtained from him at night.
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