Head Charge (move)

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Head Charge
アフロブレイク Afro Break
Head Charge VII.png
Head Charge VII 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  120
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
A very appealing move, but after using this move, the user is more easily startled.

Head Charge (Japanese: アフロブレイク Afro Break) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation V. It is the signature move of Bouffalant.


Generations V to VII

Head Charge inflicts damage, and the user receives recoil damage equal to ¼ of the damage done to the target.

Generation VIII

In Versions 1.0 to 1.1.1 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Head Charge cannot be selected in a battle. Starting with Version 1.2.0, it can be selected and functions as it did in previous generations.


Games Description
BWB2W2 The user charges its head into its target, using its powerful guard hair. It also damages the user a little.
The user charges its head into its target, using its powerful guard hair. This also damages the user a little.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 31 31 31 40
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 Mystery Dungeon series

Head Charge inflicts damage to the enemy and the user receives recoil. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the recoil damage is 10% of the user's max HP, rather than being affected by the damage dealt to the enemy.


Games Description
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy, but it damages you, too.*
It damages an enemy, but you'll receive recoil damage, too.*

In the anime

None.png Alder Bouffalant Head Charge.png None.png None.png
The user charges head-first into the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant charges at the opponent and the afro on its head glows red. The front of it also glows yellow. It then slams the yellow part of its afro into the opponent.
Alder's Bouffalant Ash and Trip's Third Battle! Debut

In the manga

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Head Charge BW.png Head Charge B2W2.png Head Charge VI.png
Head Charge VI 2.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 BW BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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 爆炸頭突擊 Baaujatàuh Dahtgīk *
爆爆頭突擊 Baaubaautàuh Dahtgīk *
Mandarin 爆炸頭突擊 / 爆炸头突击 Bàozhàtóu Tújí *
爆爆頭突擊 Bàobàotóu Tújí *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kopcharge
France Flag.png French Peignée
Germany Flag.png German Steinschädel
Italy Flag.png Italian Ricciolata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 아프로브레이크 Afro Break
Poland Flag.png Polish Szarża
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Impacto Bruto
Ataque de Cabeça (TCG and manga)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Ataque de Cabeça
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Carga de Cabeza
Spain Flag.png Spain Ariete
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cú Giáng Đầu Bò

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