Confusion (move)

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This article is about the Pokémon move. For the status condition, see Status condition.

Confusion
ねんりき Mindpower
Confusion VIII.png
Confusion VIII 2.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Special
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  50
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
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  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Confusion (Japanese: ねんりき Mindpower) is a damage-dealing Psychic-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Confusion does damage and has a 10% chance of confusing the target.

Confusion can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if any of the moves Calm Mind, Kinesis, or Psychic was used in the prior turn. It can also be used to start a combination, doubling the base appeal points of Future Sight, Kinesis, Psychic, and Teleport if used in the next turn.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A Psychic-type attack. Has a one-in-ten chance of leaving the target confused.
GSC An attack that may cause confusion.
RSEColo.XD A psychic attack that may cause confusion.
FRLG A weak telekinetic attack that may also leave the foe confused.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the foe confused.
BWB2W2 The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. This may also confuse the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
012 Butterfree Butterfree
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 12RGB
1, 10Y
1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 11SMUSUM
1PE
8
048 Venonat Venonat
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 19Y 17 17 11 11 11 11SMUSUM
12PE
11BDSP
049 Venomoth Venomoth
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1Y 17 17 11 11 11 11SMUSUM
1, 12PE
11BDSP
054 Psyduck Psyduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field 36 16 16 18 18BW
15B2W2
15XY
11ORAS
10SMUSUM
14PE
6
055 Golduck Golduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field 39 1, 16 16 18 18BW
15B2W2
15XY
11ORAS
10SMUSUM
1, 14PE
6
064 Kadabra Kadabra
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 16RGB
16Y
1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16SMUSUM
1PE
1, Evo.
065 Alakazam Alakazam
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 16RGB
16Y
1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16 1, 16SMUSUM
1PE
1
077 Ponyta Ponyta
Galarian Form
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 10
078 Rapidash Rapidash
Galarian Form
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Field Field 1
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14SMUSUM
18PE
12
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
Galarian Form
PsychicIC Big.png Monster Water 1 12
080 Slowbro Slowbro
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14SMUSUM
18PE
12
080 Slowbro Slowbro
Galarian Form
PoisonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 12
096 Drowzee Drowzee
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 17 18 18RSE
11FRLG
9 9 9 9 9BDSP
097 Hypno Hypno
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 17 1, 18 1, 18RSE
1, 11FRLG
1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9BDSP
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass 19 19 27 27 27 27SMUSUM
14PE
20
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Alolan Form
GrassIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1 1
114 Tangela Tangela
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 10PE
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 15 6 5 1 1 1 1 12
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 12
124 Jynx Jynx
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 12PE 12
144 Articuno Articuno
Galarian Form
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 5
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1PE
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 34 34 21 21 21 10 9
164 Noctowl Noctowl
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 41 41 22 22 22 10 9
196 Espeon Espeon
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 16 16 15 15BW
9B2W2
9 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
199 Slowking Slowking
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 20 20RSE
17FRLG
15 14 14 14 12
199 Slowking Slowking
Galarian Form
PoisonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 12
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1BDSP
203 Girafarig Girafarig
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Field Field 1, 7 13 1 1 1 1 5BDSP
238 Smoochum Smoochum
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21 21 15 15 15 15 12
251 Celebi Celebi
PsychicIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
269 Dustox Dustox
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 12BDSP
280 Ralts Ralts
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Amorphous 6 6 6 6XY
4ORAS
4 6
281 Kirlia Kirlia
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1
307 Meditite Meditite
FightingIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 9 8 8 8XY
7ORAS
7 7BDSP
308 Medicham Medicham
FightingIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 9 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7 1, 7BDSP
325 Spoink Spoink
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 1BDSP
326 Grumpig Grumpig
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 1BDSP
337 Lunatone Lunatone
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 7 1 1 1 1 1
338 Solrock Solrock
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 7 1 1 1 1 1
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 6
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 1
358 Chimecho Chimecho
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 14 14 14 14XY
1, 10ORAS
1, 10 1, 10BDSP
368 Gorebyss Gorebyss
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1 8 6 6 6XY
1ORAS
1 1BDSP
375 Metang Metang
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
376 Metagross Metagross
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1, 20 1 1
380 Latias Latias
DragonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15
381 Latios Latios
DragonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15
385 Jirachi Jirachi
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1 1
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Plant Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23 23BDSP
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23 23BDSP
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Trash Cloak
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23 23BDSP
414 Mothim Mothim
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 23 23 23 23 23BDSP
429 Mismagius Mismagius
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1BDSP
433 Chingling Chingling
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 14 14 14XY
10ORAS
10 10BDSP
436 Bronzor Bronzor
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
437 Bronzong Bronzong
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 12
475 Gallade Gallade
PsychicIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Amorphous 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6XY
1, 4ORAS
1, 4 1
480 Uxie Uxie
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1 1
481 Mesprit Mesprit
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1 1
482 Azelf Azelf
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 21DP
1PtHGSS
1 1 1 1
488 Cresselia Cresselia
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
494 Victini Victini
PsychicIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1
527 Woobat Woobat
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Field Flying 1 1 1 5
528 Swoobat Swoobat
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Field Flying 1 1 1 1
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 1
574 Gothita Gothita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 3 3 3 1
575 Gothorita Gothorita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1
577 Solosis Solosis
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1
578 Duosion Duosion
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1
579 Reuniclus Reuniclus
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1
605 Elgyem Elgyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1
648 Meloetta Meloetta
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 11 11 1, 11
677 Espurr Espurr
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 9 9 9
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 9 1, 9 9
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Female
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 9 1, 9 9
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Confined
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Unbound
PsychicIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1ORAS 1
765 Oranguru Oranguru
NormalIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Field Field 1 1
779 Bruxish Bruxish
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 9
786 Tapu Lele Tapu Lele
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
792 Lunala Lunala
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
800 Necrozma Necrozma
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
800 Necrozma Necrozma
Dusk Mane
PsychicIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 1
800 Necrozma Necrozma
Dawn Wings
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 1
825 Dottler Dottler
BugIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, Evo.
826 Orbeetle Orbeetle
BugIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1
856 Hatenna Hatenna
PsychicIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1
857 Hattrem Hattrem
PsychicIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1
858 Hatterene Hatterene
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy 1
866 Mr. Rime Mr. Rime
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 12
898 Calyrex Calyrex
PsychicIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
898 Calyrex Calyrex
Ice Rider
PsychicIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
898 Calyrex Calyrex
Shadow Rider
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
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 Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
007 Squirtle Squirtle
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field
063 Abra Abra
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
114 Tangela Tangela
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
187 Hoppip Hoppip
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Fairy Grass BDSP
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Form change

Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
800 Necrozma Necrozma
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered Having no other movesUSUM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VIII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
800 Necrozma Necrozma
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered Having no other moves
898 Calyrex Calyrex
PsychicIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered Having no other moves
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

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Confusion is a move with 5 base power, 100% accuracy and 22 PP. The user attacks enemy in front of them, possibly inflicting confusion.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's accuracy has been decreased to 85%.

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Stars: ★★
Power: 29
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: 10% chance to confuse the target
Users: Ralts   Chingling   Gothita
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.

Super Smash Bros. series

Mewtwo uses Confusion as its side special move. The move acts as a grab, ignoring shields while flipping the opponent in midair. Additionally, the move is capable of reflecting projectiles, although they would not damage the initial user of the projectile in Super Smash Bros. Melee. This was fixed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Special 1 18 21 100% An opponent Has a chance (10%) of leaving the target confused.

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Has a very small chance of leaving the target confused.

Pokémon GO

GO Psychic.png Confusion
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 20
Energy boost 15
Duration 1.6 seconds
Damage window 0.6 - 1.6 seconds
Confusion GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 16
Energy boost 12
Turns 4
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
ButterfreeVenonatVenomothGolduckKadabraAlakazamSlowpokeSlowpoke (Galarian Form)SlowbroSlowbro (Galarian Form)DrowzeeHypnoExeggcuteExeggutorMr. MimeMr. Mime (Galarian Form)JynxMewtwoMewtwo (Armored Mewtwo)EspeonSlowkingSlowking (Galarian Form)GirafarigCelebiDustoxRaltsKirliaGardevoirMedititeLunatoneSolrockBaltoyClaydolGorebyssJirachiWormadam (Plant Cloak)Wormadam (Sandy Cloak)Wormadam (Trash Cloak)BronzorBronzongMime Jr.GalladeUxieMespritAzelfCresseliaVictiniWoobatSwoobatGothitaGothoritaGothitelleElgyemBeheeyemMeloetta (Aria Forme)EspurrMeowstic (Male)Meowstic (Female)Hoopa (Confined)Hoopa (Unbound)Mr. Rime
By Elite Fast TM
By GO Snapshot
Smeargle
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 12 → 15
    • Energy boost: 7 → 14
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 15 → 20
    • Energy boost: 14 → 10
    • Duration: 1.51 → 2.1 seconds
    • Damage window: 1.31 - 1.51 → 0.6 - 1.6 seconds
  • February 21, 2017
    • Energy boost: 10 → 15
    • Duration: 2.1 → 1.6 seconds
Trainer Battles
  • January 31, 2019
    • Power: 12 → 16

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target confused.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Confused status condition, which makes its movements and attacks go astray.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで こんらんじょうたいにかえる
Conq. The target is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the target confused.
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Confused status condition. The Confused status impairs its sense of direction.
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also make the enemy confused.


In the anime

Main series


Pokédex entries

Episode Subject Source Entry
EP182 Confusion Ash's Pokédex Confusion. This powerful Psychic attack confuses an opponent and weakens it as well.

Pokémon Origins


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


  • Blaine's Mewtwo was revealed to know Confusion on the official website, but it was never shown using the move.
  • A wild Dustox was revealed to know Confusion on the official website, but it was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo


Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • The English name of this move is semantically dissimilar to its Japanese name, ねんりき Nenriki, which can be translated to mean mindpower. This has been known to cause some confusion when depicted in the English dub of the anime.
  • In the anime, Confusion seems to have exactly the same effect as the move Psychic.
  • A majority of the time when Confusion is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, it causes the Defending Pokémon to be Paralyzed rather than Confused.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 念力 Nihmlihk *
精神念力 Jīngsàhn Nihmlihk
Mandarin 念力 Niànlì
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Zmatení
Denmark Flag.png Danish Forvirring
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Verwarring
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sekaannus (Original Series)
Hämmennys (Advanced Generation)
France Flag.png French Choc Mental
Germany Flag.png German Konfusion
Greece Flag.png Greek Σύγχυση Sýgchysi
India Flag.png Hindi चक्रादों Chakraado, Uljhan me daalna
Italy Flag.png Italian Confusione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 염동력 Yeomdongryeok
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Forvirring
Poland Flag.png Polish Zamęt*
Konfuzja*
Zmieszanie*
Zmyłka*
Skołowanie*
Ogłupienie*
Zamieszanie*
Zawrót Głowy*
Dezorientacja*
Oszałamiający Atak*
Siła Umysłu*
Silny Atak*
Ogłupiający Atak*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Confusão
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Confusão (Pokémon Chronicles)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Confuzie
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zbunjivanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Confusión
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Förvirring
Thailand Flag.png Thai จิตตานุภาพ
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Karmaşa
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Gây Rối



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