Vice Grip (move)

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はさむ Clamp
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  30 (max. 48)
Power  55
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
A highly appealing move.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

ViceGrip (Japanese: はさむ Clamp) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.


ViceGrip inflicts damage and has no secondary effect.


Games Description
A Normal-type attack used only by Pokémon with pincers. The target is gripped and injured.
Grips with powerful pincers.
RSE Grips the foe with large and powerful pincers.
Grips the target with large and powerful pincers.
FRLG Huge, impressive pincers grip and squeeze the foe.
The target is gripped and squeezed from both sides to inflict damage.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
098 Krabby Krabby Water Water 20 12 12 5 5 '
099 Kingler Kingler Water Water --, 20 --, 12 --, 12 --, 5 --, 5 '
127 Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug -- -- -- -- -- '
303 Mawile Mawile Steel Steel     21 21 21 '
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water     10 10 10 '
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Water Dark     --, 10 --, 10 --, 10 '
599 Klink Klink Steel Steel         -- '
600 Klang Klang Steel Steel         -- '
601 Klinklang Klinklang Steel Steel         -- '
632 Durant Durant 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

Howie Pinsir ViceGrip.png Ash Corphish ViceGrip.png Ash Kingler ViceGrip.png Ash Krabby ViceGrip.png
Pinsir Corphish Kingler Krabby
Huge, impressive pincers grip and squeeze the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
098 Krabby Krabby pinches the opponent with one or both of its claws.
A wild Krabby The Evolution Solution Debut
Ash's Krabby Round One - Begin! None
099 Kingler Kingler pinches the opponent with one or both of its claws.
Ash's Kingler Round One - Begin! None
341 Corphish Corphish pinches the opponent with one or both of its claws.
A wild Corphish Which Wurmple's Which? None
Ash's Corphish Seeing is Believing! None
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt slams one of its claws into the opponent.
Mr. Saridakis's Crawdaunt On Olden Pond None
127 Pinsir Pinsir grabs the opponent with the horns on its head.
Howie's Pinsir The Ole' Berate and Switch! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

ViceGrip I.png ViceGrip II.png ViceGrip III.png ViceGrip 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


  • Despite the official English translation of the games normally using American English spelling, the word "vice" in ViceGrip is rendered with the Commonwealth English spelling instead, which is rendered in American English as "vise"[1] since it's referring to the mechanical tool.
  • No Pokémon which are capable of learning this move, besides Smeargle, can gain STAB from this move.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 剪斷 Jiǎnduàn
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Handgreep
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kuristusote
France Flag.png European French Force Poigne
Germany Flag.png German Klammer
Greece Flag.png Greek Λαβή Σφιγκτήρας
India Flag.png Hindi दमदार शिकंजा Damdaar Shikanja
Italy Flag.png Italian Presa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 찝기 Jjipgi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Agarrar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Stega
Spain Flag.png Spanish Agarre


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