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Captivate (Japanese: ゆうわく Allure) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV. It was TM78 in Generation IV.
Generations IV to VII
Captivate lowers the Special Attack stat of the target by two stages, if it is the opposite gender of the user. It targets all adjacent opponents. Pokémon with unknown gender (such as Magnemite) and Pokémon with the Ability Oblivious are unaffected by this move. It always does nothing if the user of Captivate is a Pokémon with unknown gender.
If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Captivate, the user's Special Defense stat is raised by two stages.
Captivate cannot be selected in a battle.
|| If it is the opposite gender of the user, the foe is charmed into sharply lowering its Sp. Atk stat.
|| If it is the opposite gender of the user, the target is charmed into harshly lowering its Sp. Atk stat.
| If any opposing Pokémon is the opposite gender of the user, it is charmed, which harshly lowers its Sp. Atk stat.
|| This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
In other games
In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Captivate is a move with 20PP that ignores accuracy and evasion checks. The user targets enemy in front of it, lowering their Special Attack by 2 stages. This move works only if the user is the opposite gender of the target. This move is affected by Taunt and Magic Coat.
The gender mechanic was removed in Gates to Infinity onwards, meaning the move works on all Pokémon.
|| Reduces the target's Special Attack by 2 levels. Caution: this move affects only enemies that are the opposite gender of the user.
|| てきポケモンの とくこうを ２だんかいさげる あいてが いせいのばあいにしか こうかがない
|| It sharply lowers the enemy's Special Attack.
| It sharply lowers the enemy's Sp. Atk.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
Core series games
Side series games
Spin-off series games
- Mew is the only Pokémon with unknown gender that can learn this move: Mew is able to learn any TM, and can learn it by TM78 in Generation IV.
- It is likely that Nincada cannot learn Captivate because all moves a Nincada has are transferred to a shed-off Shedinja when it evolves into Ninjask, thus giving the genderless Shedinja a useless move. The same is the case with Attract.
In other languages