Night Slash (move)

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Night Slash
つじぎり Blade Testing
Night Slash.png
Type  Dark
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  70
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
No additional effect.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Night Slash (Japanese: つじぎり Blade Testing) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation IV.


Night Slash deals damage and has an increased critical hit ratio.


Games Description
The user slashes the foe the instant an opportunity arises. It has a high critical-hit ratio.
The user slashes the target the instant an opportunity arises. Critical hits land more easily.
PMDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It has a high critical-hit rate.
Conq Slash the target while its attention is diverted. It has a high critical-hit ratio.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Ground Ground -- -- '
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal 49 49 '
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal 61 61 '
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying 33 33 '
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying 45 45 '
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water 72 72 '
212 Scizor Scizor Bug Steel 45 45 '
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting -- -- '
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying 50 45 50 '
254 Sceptile Sceptile Grass Grass -- -- '
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo Water Dark 56 56 ''''
336 Seviper Seviper Poison Poison 46 46 31 '
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water 35 35 '''
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Water Dark 39 39 ''''
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark 52 52 41 ''''
402 Kricketune Kricketune Bug Bug   42 42 '
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying 45 55 ''''
434 Stunky Stunky Poison Dark 31 32 37 ''''
435 Skuntank Skuntank Poison Dark 31 32 41 ''''
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug     38 '''
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark     38 ''''
461 Weavile Weavile Ice Dark 35 38 35 ''''
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying -- -- '
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying 31 31 27 '
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting -- -- '
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark   37 ''''
510 Liepard Liepard Dark Dark   43 ''''
571 Zoroark Zoroark Dark Dark   30 ''''
615 Cryogonal Cryogonal Ice Ice   37 '
621 Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon   40 '
624 Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel   49 ''''
625 Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel   49 ''''
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
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSkarmorySeviperAbsolHonchkrowStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSkarmorySeviperAbsolHonchkrowStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying ScytherScizorHeracrossYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneSkorupiDrapionYanmegaGliscor
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison no ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneSkorupiDrapionYanmegaGliscor
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying ScytherScizorHeracrossYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneSkorupiDrapionYanmegaGliscor
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa Normal Normal DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
255 Torchic Torchic Fire Fire DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
287 Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground ScytherScizorHeracrossYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneSkorupiDrapionYanmegaGliscor
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
336 Seviper Seviper Poison Poison DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSceptileSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSceptileSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroarkDruddigon
403 Shinx Shinx Electric Electric   DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavile DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug ScytherScizorKabutopsHeracrossCorphishCrawdauntYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorKabutopsHeracrossCorphishCrawdauntKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorKabutopsHeracrossCorphishCrawdauntKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorKabutopsHeracrossCorphishCrawdauntKricketuneSkorupiDrapionYanmegaGliscor
501 Oshawott Oshawott Water Water no DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock no ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneYanmegaGliscor ScytherScizorHeracrossKricketuneSkorupiDrapionYanmegaGliscor
610 Axew Axew Dragon Dragon no SceptileSeviperDruddigon
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo Ice Ice no DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
631 Heatmor Heatmor Fire Fire no DugtrioMeowthPersianFarfetch'dSeviperAbsolStunkySkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroark
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
287 287 Slakoth Normal Dream World - Dream Park
290 290 Nincada Bug Ground Dream World - Dream Park
403 403 Shinx Electric Dream World - Pleasant Forest
558 558 Crustle Bug Rock Dream World - Rugged Mountain
610 610 Axew Dragon Dream World - Icy Cave
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Ricard Nouveau Purrloin Night Slash.png Paul Honchkrow Night Slash.png Zoroark Night Slash.png None.png
Purrloin Honchkrow Zoroark
The user's hands/claws/wings glow. The user then attacks its opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
430 Honchkrow One or both of Honchkrow's wings glow light blue, purple or white. It then flies down and hits the opponent with its wings.
Paul's Honchkrow Aiding the Enemy! Debut
571 Zoroark Both of Zoroark's claws glow crimson and it slashes the opponent with one of them.
Zoroark (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions None
509 Purrloin Purrloin's claws turn a whitish purple as it moves in to slash the opponent.
Ricard Nouveau's Purrloin Clash of the Connoisseurs! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

In other generations

Night Slash 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


  • The Japanese name つじぎり (Blade Testing) is probably a reference to the way in which some particularly unscrupulous samurai would test new swords in feudal Japan. This was by hiding in wait by a road (typically a crossroads) and waiting for an unsuspecting commoner (i.e. lower class, and so with far fewer rights than the samurai class) to pass by. He would then strike to kill, and in this way learn how well his new sword could cut.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 街頭試刀 Jiētóu Shìdāo
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Nachtslag
France Flag.png French Tranche-Nuit
Germany Flag.png German Nachthieb
Greece Flag.png Greek Νυκτερινός Τεμαχισμός
Italy Flag.png Italian Nottesferza
South Korea Flag.png Korean 깜짝베기 Kkamjjakbegi
Poland Flag.png Polish Nocne Cięcie
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Corte Noturno
Garra Noturna
Romania Flag.png Romanian Tăietura de Noapte
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Rasguño nocturno
Spain Flag.png Spain Tajo umbrio

Variations of the move Slash
Physical SlashCross PoisonNight SlashPsycho CutShadow Claw
Formerly a variation
Physical Leaf Blade

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