Struggle (move)

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Revision as of 23:35, 29 June 2009 by Edge578 (talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search
わるあがき Vain Struggle
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  N/A (max. N/A)
Power  50
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone but the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
A highly appealing move.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Struggle (Japanese: わるあがき Vain Struggle) is the one move that cannot be learned naturally by any Pokémon. However, every single Pokémon can use it, but only if all of their moves cannot be used, usually due to a lack of PP.


Generation I

Struggle deals damage to the opponent and the user receives recoil damage. The user takes recoil damage equal to 50% of the damage the attack did to the opponent. Struggle will automatically be used by a Pokémon that has no usable moves but is ordered to attack, and has infinite PP in such a situation.

If the user of Struggle attacks first and faints itself due to recoil damage, the opponent will not attack or be subjected to recurrent damage during that round. If Struggle breaks a Substitute, the user will take no recoil damage.

Struggle has 10 base PP, though no PP would ever be deducted from it. Self-inflicted recoil damage from Struggle from the previous turn can be countered if the opponent did not make a move on the following turn.

In Stadium, no recoil damage is taken if Struggle knocks out an opponent.

Generations II and III

Same as before, but with a maximum of 1 PP instead of 10-16. Struggle now inflicts normal damage to Template:Type2 Pokémon, and hits Template:Type2 Pokémon even if the user has not previously used Foresight or Odor Sleuth. Pokémon with the Wonder Guard ability are not immune to Struggle.

Generation IV

Same as Generations II and III; however, the user takes ¼ of its maximum HP as recoil damage.


All Pokémon can use Struggle when they are unable to use other moves.


  • Even though Struggle can only be accessed by the loss of all PP, it is somehow able to have contest stats. This is most likely to prevent the game from crashing if it is hacked in since, through normal gameplay, it would be impossible to use Struggle within normal contest rounds. The contest stats seem to be the defaults.
  • Struggle is one of two moves that cannot be Sketched by Smeargle. The other is Chatter.
  • Struggle takes "typeless damage" - no Pokémon can gain STAB from it and it is unaffected by type matchups.
    • This also makes Struggle the only Normal-type move which can hit a Ghost-type opponent without the aid of Odor Sleuth, Foresight, or Scrappy.

In other languages

  • Dutch: Worstel
  • Spanish: Combate
  • German: Verzweifler
  • French: Lutte
  • Italian: Scontro

Template:Project MoveDex notice