Shadow Punch (move)

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Shadow Punch
シャドーパンチ Shadow Punch
Shadow Punch IX.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  60
Accuracy  —%
Priority  0
Range
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Normal: May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
The appeal works great if performed first.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Works great if the user goes first this turn.

Shadow Punch (Japanese: シャドーパンチ Shadow Punch) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Shadow Punch inflicts damage and bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly.

Description

Games Description
RSEColoXD An unavoidable punch that is thrown from shadows.
FRLG The user throws a punch from the shadows. It cannot be evaded.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user throws a punch at the foe from the shadows. The punch lands without fail.
BWB2W2 The user throws a punch from the shadows. The punch lands without fail.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
SV
The user throws a punch from the shadows. This attack never misses.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0093 Haunter GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 25 25 25 25 1, Evo. 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
0094 Gengar GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 25 25 25 25 1, Evo. 1 1 1
0356 Dusclops GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 37 37 37 37 1, Evo. 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
0477 Dusknoir GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 37 37 37 1 1 1 1
0622 Golett GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 13 13 13 12 12
0623 Golurk GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 13 13 13 12 12
0802 Marshadow FightingIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 26 18
0979 Annihilape FightingIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Field Field Evo.
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0088 Grimer PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
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.


Special move

Generation III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0088 Grimer PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous Purified Shadow PokémonXD
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

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 6 - 8 - —% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS 6 - 8 - —% - Front Enemy No
BSL 6 - 8 - —% - Front Enemy No
MDGtI 7 99 17 50 —% - Front Enemy No
SMD 7 99 13 30 —% - Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Shadow Punch has been an available move since the release of the game on July 6, 2016, but it hadn't been assigned to any Pokémon until February 16, 2017, when it was assigned to Haunter.

GO Ghost.png Shadow Punch
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 40
Energy cost 33
Duration 1.7 seconds
Damage window 1.3 - 1.5 seconds
Shadow Punch GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 40
Energy cost 35
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
HaunterDusclopsGolettGolurk
By Elite Charged TM
Gengar
By GO Snapshot
Smeargle
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 20 → 25
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 25 → 40
    • Energy cost: 25 → 33
    • Duration: 2.1 → 1.7 seconds
    • Damage window: 1.4 - 1.7 → 1.3 - 1.5 seconds

Pokémon Rumble Rush

GhostIC RR.png Shadow Punch
★★★
Attack power 30.59765
Charge time 0.5 seconds
Range type Arc (melee)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None
Shadow Punch Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
(uses)
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Shadow Punch Physical 2 45 54 —% An opponent Sure Hit Never misses. Phoebe & Dusclops/Dusknoir
Sygna Suit Korrina & Marshadow
Sync move
Name Category State Base power Max power Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair
Lonely Flower Shadow Punch Physical Default
6★ EX
250 300 An opponent No additional effect.
The sync buff is doubled the first time a sync move is used.
Phoebe & Dusknoir

Description

Games Description
MDRB
MDTDS
Inflicts damage on the target. It never misses.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる かならず めいちゅうする
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
It damages an enemy. It never misses.


In the anime

Main series

Timmy Grimm Dusclops Shadow Punch.png
Dusclops
Luke Golett Shadow Punch.png
Golett
Greedy Rapooh Shadow Punch.png
Gengar
Hamber Dusknoir Shadow Punch.png
Dusknoir
The user's fist becomes engulfed in shadowy energy and it punches the opponent with it. This attack never misses.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Dusclops Dusclops's hands become outlined in a gray aura, then it punches the air and a black shadowy fist comes out of its hand, outlined in a gray aura, and hits the opponent. It can fire many at once as well.
Timmy Grimm's Dusclops Disaster of Disguise Debut
Brandon's Dusclops Gathering the Gang of Four! None
Gengar Gengar raises one of its arms and purple sparks travel up its arm and appear around its fist. It then punches the air and sends a black fist with purple static electricity around it at the opponent; or, one of Gengar's fists becomes surrounded in a light and dark purple misty energy and punches through the ground. The fist then comes back up through the ground and punches the opponent.
Fantina's Gengar Shield with a Twist! None
Acerola's Greedy Rapooh The Battlefield of Truth and Love! None
Dusknoir Dusknoir's hands become surrounded in a shadowy aura, and it reaches its arms out. Two fists in the shape of Dusknoir's fire out of Dusknoir's fists and slam into the opponent. While flying toward the opponent, the fists have a gray trail that connects to Dusknoir's fists, and when the attack hits, the fists merge back with Dusknoir's fists; or, Dusknoir's fist becomes surrounded by a shadowy aura, and it punches the opponent with it.
Conway's Dusknoir Working on a Right Move! None
Hamber's Dusknoir HZ034 Enhanceable by
Terastallization
Golett Golett pulls back one of its arms and purple and black energy appears around it and forms into its arm, causing it to turn black and become outlined in purple. Golett then brings its fist forward and releases a black fist in the shape of Golett's fist with a purple outline. The fist then hits the opponent.
Luke's Golett Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia! None


Pokémon Origins

Red Haunter PO.png
Haunter


The user's fist becomes engulfed in shadowy energy and it punches the opponent with it. This attack never misses.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Haunter Haunter's hand become outlined in a black and purple aura. It then punches the opponent.
Red's Haunter File 3: Giovanni Debut
Shadow Punch did not exist in Generation I


Biri-Biri

Anna Gengar Shadow Punch Biri-Biri.png
Gengar


The user's fist becomes engulfed in shadowy energy and it punches the opponent with it. This attack never misses.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Gengar One of Gengar's fists becomes surrounded in a bright purple aura. It then punches the opponent.
Anna's Gengar Biri-Biri Debut


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Phantom Thief Pokémon 7


Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 暗影拳 Amyíng Kyùhn *
影子拳 Yíngjí Kyùhn *
Mandarin 暗影拳 Ànyǐng Quán *
影子拳 Yǐngzi Quán *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Stínová rána
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schaduwslag
Finland Flag.png Finnish Varjonyrkki
France Flag.png French Poing Ombre
Germany Flag.png German Finsterfaust
Greece Flag.png Greek Γροθιά Σκιάς
India Flag.png Hindi छाया का मुक्का Chhaya ka mukka
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Pukulan Bayangan
Pukulan Gelap
Italy Flag.png Italian Pugnodombra
South Korea Flag.png Korean 섀도펀치 Syaedopeonchi
Poland Flag.png Polish Cios Cienia
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Soco Sombrio (games, AG061-AG062, SM131-present, TCG)
Soco das Sombras (AG189-BW040)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Soco Sombra
Romania Flag.png Romanian Lovitura Umbrei
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Senka-Pesnica
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Golpe Sombra (AG061)
Golpe de Sombra (AG189-DP102)
Puño de Sombra (DP186)
Spain Flag.png Spain Puño Sombra
Thailand Flag.png Thai ชาโดว์พันช์
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cú Đấm Bóng Tối


Variations of the move Swift
PhysicalIC HOME.png Feint AttackShadow PunchAerial AceMagnet Bomb
SpecialIC HOME.png SwiftMagical LeafShock Wave


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