Shadow Claw (move)

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Shadow Claw
シャドークロー Shadow Claw
Shadow Claw.png
Type  Ghost
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  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
+2 if first to appeal
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Shadow Claw (Japanese: シャドークロー Shadow Claw) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation IV. It has been TM65 since Generation IV.


Shadow Claw deals damage and has an increased critical hit ratio.


Games Description
The user slashes with a sharp claw made from shadows. It has a high critical-hit ratio.
The user slashes with a sharp claw made from shadows. Critical hits land more easily.
PMDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It has a high critical-hit rate.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying -- -- '
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost 39 39 ''''
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal 55 49 49 '
487 Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon 80 42 42 ''''
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


# Pokémon Type Machine
004 Charmander Charmander Fire Fire
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon Fire Fire
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison
033 Nidorino Nidorino Poison Poison
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
050 Diglett Diglett Ground Ground
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Ground Ground
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion Fire Fire
158 Totodile Totodile Water Water
159 Croconaw Croconaw Water Water
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water
161 Sentret Sentret Normal Normal
162 Furret Furret Normal Normal
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting
215 Sneasel Sneasel Dark Ice
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa Normal Normal
217 Ursaring Ursaring Normal Normal
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark
255 Torchic Torchic Fire Fire
256 Combusken Combusken Fire Fighting
257 Blaziken Blaziken Fire Fighting
264 Linoone Linoone Normal Normal
287 Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth Normal Normal
289 Slaking Slaking Normal Normal
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock
305 Lairon Lairon Steel Rock
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal
354 Banette Banette Ghost Ghost
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark
371 Bagon Bagon Dragon Dragon
372 Shelgon Shelgon Dragon Dragon
373 Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying
379 Registeel Registeel Steel Steel
380 Latias Latias Dragon Psychic
381 Latios Latios Dragon Psychic
383 Groudon Groudon Ground Ground
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Flying
390 Chimchar Chimchar Fire Fire
391 Monferno Monferno Fire Fighting
392 Infernape Infernape Fire Fighting
394 Prinplup Prinplup Water Water
395 Empoleon Empoleon Water Steel
424 Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal
431 Glameow Glameow Normal Normal
432 Purugly Purugly Normal Normal
434 Stunky Stunky Poison Dark
435 Skuntank Skuntank Poison Dark
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground
444 Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground
445 Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground
447 Riolu Riolu Fighting Fighting
448 Lucario Lucario Fighting Steel
461 Weavile Weavile Dark Ice
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock
483 Dialga Dialga Steel Dragon
484 Palkia Palkia Water Dragon
487 Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark
493 Arceus Arceus Normal Normal
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark
510 Liepard Liepard Dark Dark
511 Pansage Pansage Grass Grass
512 Simisage Simisage Grass Grass
513 Pansear Pansear Fire Fire
514 Simisear Simisear Fire Fire
515 Panpour Panpour Water Water
516 Simipour Simipour Water Water
529 Drilbur Drilbur Ground Ground
530 Excadrill Excadrill Ground Steel
542 Leavanny Leavanny Bug Grass
552 Krokorok Krokorok Ground Dark
553 Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock
566 Archen Archen Rock Flying
567 Archeops Archeops Rock Flying
571 Zoroark Zoroark Dark Dark
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel
611 Fraxure Fraxure Dragon Dragon
612 Haxorus Haxorus Dragon Dragon
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo Ice Ice
614 Beartic Beartic Ice Ice
621 Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon
624 Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel
625 Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying
631 Heatmor Heatmor Fire Fire
632 Durant Durant Bug Steel
643 Reshiram Reshiram Dragon Fire
644 Zekrom Zekrom Dragon Electric
646 Kyurem Kyurem Dragon Ice
648 Meloetta Meloetta Normal Psychic
649 Genesect Genesect Bug Steel
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

Angus Simisage Shadow Claw.png Stephan Liepard Shadow Claw.png Zoey Glameow Shadow Claw.png Durant Shadow Claw.png
Simisage Liepard Glameow Durant
A dark-purple aura shaped into sharp claws envelops the user's paw. The user then strikes the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
431 Glameow Glameow holds out its paw and its lower arm becomes surrounded by a black aura with a purple outline. The aura then takes the form of a huge claw and Glameow slashes the opponent with it.
Zoey's Glameow Arrival of a Rival! Debut
Johanna's Glameow SS024 None
512 Simisage Simisage's raises its arm before placing its hand on the ground. A shadow of a claw then stretches across the ground and reaches for the opponent. The shadow then rises from the ground and strikes the opponent.
Angus's Simisage The Clubsplosion Begins! None
632 Durant Durant's mandibles become surrounded by black auras with a purple outlines. The auras then extend, and Durant stabs the opponent with them.
Multiple wild Durant Battling the Leaf Thieves! None
646 Kyurem One of Kyurem's claws glows black with a purple outline. The aura grows into a large claw, and Kyurem strikes the opponent with it.
Kyurem (M15) Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice None
053 Persian One of Persian's paws becomes surrounded by a black aura with a purple outline. The aura then takes the form of a claw and Persian slashes the opponent with it.
Giovanni's Persian Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! None
510 Liepard One of Liepard's paws becomes surrounded by a black aura with a purple outline. The aura then takes the form of a claw and Liepard slashes the opponent with it.
Stephan's Liepard Strong Strategy Steals the Show! None
612 Haxorus One of Haxorus's hands becomes surrounded by a black aura with a purple outline. The aura then takes the form of a claw and Haxorus slashes the opponent with it.
Rhoder's Haxorus Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation! None

In the manga

In the Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

In other generations

Shadow Claw IV.png Shadow Claw BW.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 Generation VII 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


  • Shadow Claw is the only Ghost-type Cute move.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 影子鉤爪 Yǐngzi Gōuzhuǎ
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schaduw klauw
France Flag.png French Griffe Ombre
Germany Flag.png German Dunkelklaue
Greece Flag.png Greek Σκοτόνυχες
India Flag.png Hindi छाया का पंजा Chhaya Ka Panja
Italy Flag.png Italian Ombrartigli
South Korea Flag.png Korean 섀도크루 Shadow Claw
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Skyggeklo
Poland Flag.png Polish Pazur cienia
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Garra das Sombras
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Garra Sombria
Romania Flag.png Romanian Gheara Fantomă
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Kandža senke
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Garra de Sombra
Spain Flag.png Spain Garra Umbría

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

Generation IV TMs
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
Generation V HMs
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