Horn Leech (move)

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Horn Leech
ウッドホーン Wood Horn
Horn Leech IX.png
Horn Leech IX 2.png
Type  Grass
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  75
Accuracy  100%
Priority  0
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Normal: May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Horn Leech (Japanese: ウッドホーン Wood Horn) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation V. Prior to Generation VI, it was the signature move of Sawsbuck.


Generation V

Horn Leech inflicts damage, and up to 50% of the damage dealt to the target is restored to the user as HP. If this attack deals 1 HP of damage, 1 HP will be restored to the user.

When used on a Pokémon with the Liquid Ooze Ability, the user will lose the amount of HP it would have gained instead.

If the user is holding a Big Root, the HP restored is increased by 30% (making the restored HP 65% of the damage dealt). Big Root does not increase the damage dealt.

Generation VI onwards

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

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Horn Leech cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
The user drains the target's energy with its horns. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
SV The user drains the target's energy with its horns. The user's HP is restored by up to half the damage taken by the target.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0586 Sawsbuck
All forms
NormalIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Field Field 37 37 1, Evo. Evo.
0672 Skiddo GrassIC Big.png Field Field 42 42 42
0673 Gogoat GrassIC Big.png Field Field 47 47 47
0708 Phantump GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous 54 54 28 28
0709 Trevenant GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous 1, 62 1, 54 28 28
0716 Xerneas FairyIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 55 55 35
0787 Tapu Bulu GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 32 40
1017 Ogerpon
All forms
GrassIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered Rem.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Horn Leech inflicts damage, with ½ of the damage dealt restored to the user as HP.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
SMD 13 99 15 30 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

GrassIC RR.png Horn Leech
Attack power 17.00384
Charge time 1.02 seconds
Range type Dash
Number of hits 4
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None
Horn Leech Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Horn Leech Physical 3 91 109 100% An opponent Absorbs The more damage dealt to the target, the more this move restores the user's HP. Professor Sycamore & Xerneas
Whitney (Holiday 2022) & Sawsbuck
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Restores the user's HP based on the amount of damage dealt to the target.

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Horn Leech is Trevenant's first move. It is obtained by reaching level 7 and upgrading Branch Poke into it instead of Pain Split. The user charges forward becoming unstoppable, dealing damage to enemies and stunning them while dashing in the designated duration. At the end of the charge, enemies that were shoved are dealt additional damage and then thrown. Colliding with an enemy while charging recovers the user's HP 3 times, and the lower the user's remaining HP the more HP that is recovered. After this move hits an enemy, the user's next three basic attacks deal more damage and reduce this move's cooldown by .5s (for each enemy hit) when they hit. At level 13, after using this move, the user's movement speed is increased for a short time.


Games Description
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy and also restores your HP. The greater the damage it causes, the more HP it restores.

In the anime

Burgundy Sawsbuck Horn Leech.png
Ramos Gogoat Horn Leech.png
Phantump Horn Leech.png
Tapu Bulu Horn Leech.png
Tapu Bulu
The user drains the target's energy with its horns.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Sawsbuck Sawsbuck lowers its head and its horns become surrounded in orange energy. Its horns then start to glow gold and it charges at the opponent with its horns pointed at them.
Burgundy's Sawsbuck A Connoisseur's Revenge! Debut
Gogoat Gogoat lowers its head and its horns start to glow green. It then fires two green beams of energy from its horns at the opponent. When the attack hits the opponent, sparkling green orbs of energy fly out of the opponent and into Gogoat, draining the opponent's energy.
Ramos's Gogoat The Green, Green Grass Types of Home! None
Phantump Phantump's horns glow light green before it charges towards the opponent with its horns pointed at them.
Multiple wild Phantump Making Friends and Influencing Villains! None
Tapu Bulu Tapu Bulu's horns start to glow light green and grow taller and larger. It then charges at the opponent with its horns pointed at them.
Tapu Bulu (anime) Some Kind of Laziness! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 木角 Muhkgok
Mandarin 木角 Mùjiǎo
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Pijavičí Roh
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Hoornstoot
France Flag.png French Encornebois
Germany Flag.png German Holzgeweih
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Tanduk Kayu
Italy Flag.png Italian Legnicorno
South Korea Flag.png Korean 우드혼 UdeuhonIX+
우드호른 UdeuhoreunVVIII
Poland Flag.png Polish Poroże Mocy
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Chifre Sugador (UNITE, XY058–present, TCG)
Sanguessuga de Chifre (BW019)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Chifre Sugador
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Drenacuerno (XY058–present)
Chupacuerno (BW019)
Spain Flag.png Spain Asta DrenajeVI+
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Sừng Đĩa

Variations of the move Giga Drain
PhysicalIC HOME.png Drain PunchHorn Leech
SpecialIC HOME.png Giga Drain

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