Absorb (move)

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Absorb
すいとる Absorb
Absorb IX.png
Absorb IX 2.png
Type  Grass
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  20
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Absorb (Japanese: すいとる Absorb) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation I.

It is the first in a line of three Grass-type HP-draining attacks, the other two being Mega Drain and Giga Drain.

Effect

Generations I and II

Absorb inflicts damage, and up to 50% of the damage dealt to the target is restored to the user as HP. If this attack deals 1 HP of damage, 1 HP will be restored to the user.

If Absorb breaks a substitute, no HP will be restored to the user. If HP is restored to the user when its current HP would be greater than its maximum HP, its current HP will be set equal to its maximum HP. Absorb has 20 PP.

In the Japanese version of Generation I games, Pokémon Stadium series and Generation II games, Absorb will always miss if the target has a substitute.

Generation III

Absorb will now properly heal the user when damaging a substitute, even if it was broken. When used on a Pokémon with the Liquid Ooze Ability, the user will lose the amount of HP it would have gained instead.

Absorb can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 2 bonus appeal points if Growth was used in the previous turn.

Absorb is no longer affected by King's Rock.

Generation IV

Absorb's PP is increased to 25. If the user is holding a Big Root, the HP restored is increased by 30% (making the restored HP 65% of the damage dealt). Big Root does not increase the damage dealt.

Generation V

Absorb is now affected by King's Rock.

Generation VI

Absorb cannot be used if the user is under the effects of Heal Block.

Generation VII

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Absorb's power was changed from 20 to 40, while its PP was reduced to 15.

Generation VIII onwards

Absorb's power was changed back to 20, and its PP back to 25.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Category  Special
PP  20
Agile Strong
Power  30  20  40
Accuracy  100%  100%  100%
Action speed modifier
Self  0  0  +5
Target  0  +3  0
Additional effect
Heal  50%  50%  75%
   ?  ?
   ?  ?
Restores the user's HP by a percentage of damage dealt

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Grass-type attack. It adds half the HP it drained from the target to the attacker's HP.
GSC Steals 1/2 of the damage inflicted.
RSEColo.XD An attack that absorbs half the damage inflicted.
FRLG An attack that absorbs half the damage it inflicted to restore HP.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSP
A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
LA The user attacks by draining the target’s nutrients. Some of the damage dealt to the target is absorbed by the user to restore their own HP.
SV A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by up to half the damage taken by the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0041 Zubat PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying - - - - - - 1 1 1 1 1
0042 Golbat PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying - - - - - - 1 1 1 1 1
0043 Oddish GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0044 Gloom GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0045 Vileplume GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass - 1 1 - - - - 1 1 1 1
0046 Paras BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass - - - - - - 11 9 11 1
0047 Parasect BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass - - - - - - 1, 11 9 1, 11 1
0102 Exeggcute GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass - - - - - - - - 1 1 1
0103 Exeggutor GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass - - - - - - - - 1 1 1
0103 Exeggutor
Exeggutor
Alolan Form
GrassIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Grass Grass - - 1 1
0114 Tangela GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 29RGB
27Y
10 10 8 8BW
10B2W2
10 10 1 1 1 1
0140 Kabuto RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 34 10 13 6 6 6 6 18 1 1
0141 Kabutops RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 1, 34 1, 10 1, 13 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 18 1 1
0167 Spinarak BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - - 5 5 5
0168 Ariados BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - - 1, 5 1, 5 1
0169 Crobat PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying - - - - - - 1 1 1 -
0182 Bellossom GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 - - - - 1 1 1
0187 Hoppip GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass - - - - - 1USUM 1 6
0188 Skiploom GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass - - - - - 1USUM 1 1
0189 Jumpluff GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass - - - - - 1USUM 1 1
0191 Sunkern GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 7
0192 Sunflora GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 7
0252 Treecko GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon 6 6 6 6XY
5ORAS
5 - - -
0253 Grovyle GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 5ORAS
1, 5 - - -
0254 Sceptile GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 5ORAS
1, 5 - - -
0267 Beautifly BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 12 -
0270 Lotad WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass 7 5 5 5XY
6ORAS
6 3 3 3
0271 Lombre WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass 7 5 5 5XY
6ORAS
6 1 1 1
0272 Ludicolo WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass 1 - - - - 1 1 Rem.
0273 Seedot GrassIC Big.png Field Grass - - - - - 3 3 3
0274 Nuzleaf GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass - - - - - 1 1 1
0275 Shiftry GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass - - - - - 1 1 Rem.
0285 Shroomish GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0286 Breloom GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0290 Nincada BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - 5 21 21
0291 Ninjask BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - 1, 5 23 23
0292 Shedinja BugIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral - - - - 1, 5 23 23
0315 Roselia GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
0331 Cacnea GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like 5 5 5 5XY
4ORAS
4 4 4
0332 Cacturne GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1, 4 1
0355 Duskull GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous - - - - - - - 1 -
0356 Dusclops GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous - - - - - - - 1 -
0387 Turtwig GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 9 9 9 9 - - 9
0388 Grotle GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 9 9 9 1, 9 1 - 1
0389 Torterra GrassIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Grass 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1 - 1
0401 Kricketot BugIC Big.png Bug Bug - - - - - 1 -
0402 Kricketune BugIC Big.png Bug Bug - - - 14 14 1 14
0406 Budew GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
0407 Roserade GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass - - - - 1 1 6
0420 Cherubi GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass - - - - - - 1
0421 Cherrim GrassIC Big.png Fairy Grass - - - - - - 1
0455 Carnivine GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass - - - - - 1
0465 Tangrowth GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 8 8BW
10B2W2
10 10 1 1 1
0477 Dusknoir GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous - - - - - - 1 -
0546 Cottonee GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Fairy 1 1 1 1 1
0547 Whimsicott GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Fairy - - - 1 1
0548 Petilil GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1
0549 Lilligant GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass - - - 1 1
0549 Lilligant
Lilligant
Hisuian Form
GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1
0556 Maractus GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1 1 1 1
0590 Foongus GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1
0591 Amoonguss GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1
0592 Frillish
Frillish
All forms
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 5 5 5 1
0593 Jellicent
Jellicent
All forms
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1
0595 Joltik BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - 1 1 1
0596 Galvantula BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - 1 1 1
0616 Shelmet BugIC Big.png Bug Bug - - 1 1
0617 Accelgor BugIC Big.png Bug Bug - - 1 1
0636 Larvesta BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - 10 - -
0637 Volcarona BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - 1, 10 - -
0704 Goomy DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 5 5 1 - 1
0705 Sliggoo DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 5 1, 5 1 1
0705 Sliggoo
Sliggoo
Hisuian Form
SteelIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Dragon Dragon - 1
0706 Goodra DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 5 1, 5 1 1
0706 Goodra
Goodra
Hisuian Form
SteelIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Dragon Dragon - 1
0714 Noibat FlyingIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Flying Dragon - 5 1 1
0715 Noivern FlyingIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Flying Dragon - 1, 5 1 1
0742 Cutiefly BugIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Bug Fairy 1 1 1
0743 Ribombee BugIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Bug Fairy 1 1 1
0755 Morelull GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1
0756 Shiinotic GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1
0769 Sandygast GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1
0770 Palossand GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1
0781 Dhelmise GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1
0797 Celesteela SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
0928 Smoliv GrassIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
Grass Grass 5
0929 Dolliv GrassIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
Grass Grass 5
0930 Arboliva GrassIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
Grass Grass 5
0946 Bramblin GrassIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Grass Grass 5
0947 Brambleghast GrassIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Grass Grass 5
0948 Toedscool GroundIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Grass 4
0949 Toedscruel GroundIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Grass 4
0986 Brute Bonnet GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
1001 Wo-Chien DarkIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
1012 Poltchageist
Poltchageist
All forms
GrassIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous 6
1013 Sinistcha
Sinistcha
All forms
GrassIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous 6
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 Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0252 Treecko GrassIC Big.png Monster Dragon
0636 Larvesta BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug
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 II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0231 Phanpy GroundIC Big.png Field Field New York City Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Absorb deals damage and 50% of the damage dealt is restored to the user as HP. In Adventure Squad only, the move heals by 20% of dealt damage instead. In Gates to Infinity only, the user will heal based on how much HP the target lost, and excess damage is not accounted for. The move is affected by the Muzzle status condition in the Rescue Team, Explorers, and Adventure Squad series.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 1 - 18 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS 1 - 15 - 88% - Front Enemy No
BSL 1 - 15 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDGtI 2 19 18 50 95% 98% Front Enemy No
SMD 2 99 18 40 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Stars: ★
Power: 20
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: It heals the attacking Pokémon of 50% of the damage inflicted.
If the Pokémon has a 100% link with their Warrior, it heals 66% of the damage inflicted.
Users: Treecko   Cottonee
Grid assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.

Pokémon Rumble Rush

GrassIC RR.png Absorb
★★
Attack power 32.41483
Charge time 0.62 seconds
Range type Arc (melee)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect Drains HP
Absorb Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

•Description of addition effect(s) prior to Version 2.10.0: Restores the user's HP based on the amount of damage dealt to the target.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also restores the user's HP based on the damage it inflicted.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, then restores the user's HP based on the damage inflicted.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる あたえたダメージに おうじて じぶんの HPが かいふくする
Conq. A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
It damages an enemy. It also restores your HP. The greater the damage it causes, the more HP it restores.


In the anime

Main series

Tangrowth Absorb.png
Tangrowth
Bellsprout Absorb.png
Bellsprout
Shroomish Absorb.png
Shroomish
A nutrient-draining attack that absorbs the opponent's energy and adds it to the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Tangrowth Tangrowth holds out its arms and fires two red beams from them at the opponent. When the opponent is hit, its body glows red and it drains its energy. Sometimes, the red parts of its hands glow red before it fires the beams.
A wild Tangrowth Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Debut
Shroomish Shroomish releases a red beam from the hole on its head at the opponent. When hit, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Shroomish Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! None
Bellsprout Bellsprout releases two red beams from the leaves on the side of its body at the opponent. When it hits it, the opponent's body glows red and it absorbs its energy.
A wild Bellsprout Promoting Healthy Tangrowth! Bellsprout cannot legally learn Absorb


Pokémon: Path to the Peak



The user drains energy from the target.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Gloom Gloom sends a green orb from the target to itself, restoring some of its health.
Ava's Gloom Regionals Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


  • Diamond's Turtwig, Tru, was revealed to know Absorb on the official web site, but he was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!


Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 吸取 Kāpchéui *
吸收 Kāpsāu *
Mandarin 吸取 Xīqǔ *
吸收 Xīshōu *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Vstřebání
Denmark Flag.png Danish Opsuge
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Absorbeer
France Flag.png French Vole-VieVIII+
Vol-VieIVII
Germany Flag.png German Absorber
Greece Flag.png Greek Απορρόφηση Aporrófisi
Italy Flag.png Italian Assorbimento
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡수 Heupsu
Poland Flag.png Polish Absorpcja
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Absorção (GO, TCG, manga)
Absorver (anime, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Absorção
Romania Flag.png Romanian Absorbirea
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Apsorpcija
Spain Flag.png Spanish Absorber
Thailand Flag.png Thai ดูดซับ
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Emiş
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hấp Thụ


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