Bind does damage for 2-5 turns. There is a 37.5% chance that it will attack for 2 turns, a 37.5% chance that it will attack for 3 turns, a 12.5% chance that it will attack for 4 turns, and a 12.5% chance that it will attack for 5 turns. Though technically only the first attack can score a critical hit, every attack during the duration will do the same amount of damage. During this turn duration, the target will be unable to attack, and if the user of Bind attacks before the target when used, the target will be unable to attack during that round as well.
Damage done by Bind's continuing duration is done after recurrent damage. If the user switches out before the turn duration ends, the target will be unable to attack during that turn, since it did not get to select a move. If the target switches out before the turn duration ends, Bind will automatically be used against the incoming Pokémon, deducting an additional PP from the move. If at such a time Bind has 0 PP, Bind will still be used against the incoming Pokémon. After that use, the current PP of Bind will roll over to 63, and full PP Ups will be applied to it.
In Pokémon Stadium, if the target Pokémon switches out before the duration ends Bind is ended and the user's turn is skipped.
Even if Bind misses, it will negate the recharge turn normally required for Hyper Beam. Additionally, if the user of Bind attacks before the user of Hyper Beam during a recharge turn and the use of Bind misses, the user of Hyper Beam will automatically use Hyper Beam during that turn. If at such a time Hyper Beam has 0 PP, Hyper Beam will still be used, and afterwards its current PP will roll over to 63, and full PP ups will be applied to it.
The target will get to select a move during each turn of Bind's duration, and will attack the player's incoming Pokémon with the selected move if the player decides to switch before the duration is over.
Although Bind cannot damage Ghost-type Pokémon, it can still make them unable to attack for its duration. If Bind is successful, the text will say that it "didn't affect" the Ghost-type Pokémon regardless, and Bind's animation will not play on the initial turn (but will during the subsequent turns of its duration).
In Pokémon Stadium, the player gets to select a move during each turn of Bind's duration. If the target switches out before the duration ends, the incoming Pokémon will not automatically be attacked. Bind will negate the recharge turn of Hyper Beam only if successful.
The target is now able to attack during Bind's duration, and can act normally. Instead, it inflicts 1/16 of the target's maximum HP as damage for two to five turns upon use, in addition to the damage dealt when it is used. The quote "<user> used Bind on <Pokémon>!" will appear. It also traps the target, preventing switching and escape. If the user switches out, the target will be freed. If a trapped Pokémon uses Rapid Spin, it will be freed.
Bind can no longer affect Ghost-type Pokémon.
Same as before, but if a wild Pokémon uses Bind on the player's Pokémon, the player may escape if the affected Pokémon has Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball. However, these do not allow the player to switch the Pokémon out. The text also changes to "<Pokémon> was squeezed by <user>'s Bind!"
Bind is now affected by King's Rock.
If the user of Bind is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will always be 5 turns. Also, if an affected Pokémon is holding a Shed Shell, it can switch out. The text changes again, this time to "<Pokémon> was squeezed by <user>!"
Bind's accuracy changed from 75% to 85%. Its effect will last either 4 or 5 turns. If the user of Bind is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will be 7 turns.
If a Binding Band is held by the user, the damage done at the end of each turn will increase from 1/16 of the target's maximum HP to 1/8.
Generation VI onwards
The end turn damage of Bind is increased from 1/16 to 1/8 of the target's maximum HP. If the user is holding a Binding Band, the end turn damage of Bind will increase to 1/6 of the target's maximum HP.
By leveling up
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
By Move Tutor
In other games
In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Bind is a move with base power of 4, 17PP and 78% accuracy. It hits enemy in the front, and might inflict the Constriction status condition on the enemy.
In the anime
|The user binds or squeezes the foe.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Onix||Onix wraps its tail around the opponent and crushes it.|
|Brock's Onix||Showdown in Pewter City||Debut|
|A Villager's Onix||Meowth Rules||None|
|Drake's Onix||Hello, Pummelo!||None|
|Multiple wild Onix||Tunnel Vision||None|
|Steelix||Steelix wraps its tail around the opponent and crushes it.|
|Harrison's Steelix||Playing with Fire!||Incorrectly referred to as Wrap in the English dub|
|Brock's Steelix||Grating Spaces!||None|
|Byron's Steelix||Dealing with Defensive Types!||None|
|Carnivine||Carnivine wraps its roots around the opponent and squeezes it.|
|James's Carnivine||Arrival of a Rival!||None|
|Throh||Throh grabs the opponent with his arms and locks in a submission hold, similar to a rear naked choke or sleeper hold.|
|Montgomery's Throh||Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!||None|
|Tentacruel||Tentacruel wraps one of its tentacles around the opponent and squeezes it.|
|A Trainer's Tentacruel||Making Battles in the Sand!||None|
|Kecleon||Kecleon wraps its tongue around the opponent and squeezes it.|
|Gizmo's Kecleon||Detective Drizzile!||None|
- In Cerulean Blues, Kim told his Tentacruel to use Bind, but it was unable to execute the order before being knocked away by Misty's Gyarados. Moreover, Tentacruel was unable to legitimately learn Bind in Generation III.
In the manga
Phantom Thief Pokémon 7
|The user prevents the opponent from moving.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Dusknoir||Dusknoir releases a powerful light from its eyes that prevents the opponent from moving.|
|Lily's Dusknoir||Stolen Memories||Debut|
|The user wraps their body around the foe.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Onix||Onix wraps its body around the opponent.|
|Bruno's Onix||Can You Diglett?||Debut|
|Brock's Onix||Heads On Kabutops!||None|
|Tangela||Tangela wraps the opponent up in its vines.|
|Erika's Angela||Playing Horsea||None|
|Arbok||Arbok wraps its body around the opponent.|
|Agatha's Arbok||Weezing Winks Out||Arbok could not legally learn Bind at the time|
|Kecleon||Kecleon extends its tongue and wraps it around the opponent.|
|Wally's Kecleon||Tongue-Tied Kecleon||None|
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
|The user prevents the opponent from moving for a little while.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Dusknoir||Dusknoir holds the opponent down with its hands.|
|Mitsumi's Dusknoir||Battle Against Team Galactic…and Mitsumi!||Debut|
In other generations
Core series games
Side series games
Spin-off series games
- Despite the function of binding moves being changed from Generation I to Generation II, Bind's description in Pokémon Stadium 2 still states it makes the target unable to move. This is also the case for Fire Spin and Wrap.
In other languages
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