Curse (move)

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Curse
のろい Curse/Slow
Curse VIII ghost.png
Curse VIII other.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
The next appeal can be made later next turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Causes the user to move later on the next turn.

Curse (Japanese: のろい Curse/Slow) is a non-damaging Ghost-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Generation V, it was a ???-type move, and the only move of that type. It was TM03 in Generation II.

Effect

In all generations, Curse acts differently depending on whether the user has the Ghost type or not.

Ghost-type Pokémon

The user will lose half of its maximum HP (rounded down) and put a curse on the target. If the user has less than half of its maximum HP remaining, the move will execute fully but cause the user to faint. A cursed Pokémon will lose ¼ of its maximum HP at the end of each turn. The curse will remain until the Pokémon switches out or the battle ends. This move is not blocked by Protect, Detect or Spiky Shield, but is blocked by Crafty Shield.

The user does not lose HP if Curse misses (due to a move with a semi-invulnerable turn), fails (due to the target already being affected by Curse), or is blocked by Crafty Shield.

If powered up by a Ghostium Z into Z-Curse, the user restores all of its HP.

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon

The user's Speed stat will drop by one stage and its Attack stat and Defense stat will rise by one stage each. Despite being an effect acting on the user, this move will fail if there are no opponents on the field.

If powered up by a Ghostium Z into Z-Curse, the user's Attack stat raises another stage.

In different generations

Generation II

Curse is a ???-type move.

If used by a non-Ghost-type Pokémon, Curse will fail if the user's Attack and Defense stats both are at +6 stages, even if its Speed stat is not at -6 stages.

If a cursed Pokémon defeats its opponent, it will not take curse damage on that turn.

Curse cannot hit through a substitute.

Generations III and IV

If used by a non-Ghost-type Pokémon, Curse can now reduce the user's Speed stat even if its Attack and Defense stats both are at +6 stages. (However, Curse will still fail if the user's Attack and Defense stats both are at +6 stages, and its Speed stat is at -6 stages.)

If a cursed Pokémon defeats its opponent, it now takes curse damage on that turn.

If the user changes type before using Curse, Curse will obey the user's type at the time of the move's execution. In a Double Battle, if the user gains the Ghost type before Curse executes, Curse will prioritize the opponent directly opposite the user as its target.

Curse can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, causing certain moves (Destiny Bond, Grudge, Mean Look, and Spite) to have their base appeal points doubled if used in the next turn.

Generation V

Curse is now a Ghost-type move.

Curse can now hit through a substitute.

In a Triple Battle, if the user gains the Ghost type before Curse executes, Curse will prioritize the opponent directly opposite the user as its target.

Generation VI

In a Single Battle, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change, or Trick-or-Treat), Curse will execute as it does for all Ghost types, hurting the user and inflicting the curse.

In a Triple Battle or Horde Encounter, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change, or Trick-or-Treat), Curse will now target a random adjacent opponent.

Due to a glitch, Curse can have an unusual behavior in some situations when the user has its type changed right before using the move.

In a Double Battle, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change, or Trick-or-Treat), Curse may target a different Pokémon depending on the user's position. If the user is on the right side (from its Trainer's perspective), Curse will target the user's ally (or fail if there is none). If the user is on the left side (from its Trainer's perspective) Curse will target a random opponent. Follow Me and Rage Powder will still redirect Curse as normal.

If the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type due to Protean upon executing Curse, the user will use the Ghost-type Curse on itself (regardless of Follow Me or Rage Powder). This cannot be blocked by Crafty Shield.

Generation VII

In a Double Battle, if the user is not already Ghost-type and becomes Ghost-type before executing Curse (due to Mega Evolution, Color Change, or Trick-or-Treat), Curse will now target a random opponent.

Generation VIII

A Dynamax Pokémon can be cursed, however it only takes damage equal to 1/4 of its pre-Dynamax maximum HP, which will be between 1/6 and 1/8 of its Dynamax HP, or as little as 1/12 for the boss in a Max Raid Battle.

Ghost-type Pokémon are no longer able to choose targets for Curse in a Double Battle, and will always attempt to inflict the curse on a random opponent.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Raises Attack and Defense at the expense of Speed. It works differently for the Ghost type.
GSC Works differently for ghost-types.
RSEColo.XD A move that functions differently for Ghosts.
FRLG A move that works differently for the Ghost-type and all the other types.
DPPtHGSSPBR A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all the other types.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all other types.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
Galarian Form
PsychicIC Big.png Monster Water 1 1
080 Slowbro Slowbro
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
092 Gastly Gastly
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 16 16RSE
13FRLG
12 12 12 12 20
093 Haunter Haunter
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 16 16RSE
13FRLG
12 12 12 12 20
094 Gengar Gengar
GhostIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 16 16RSE
13FRLG
12 12 12 12 20
095 Onix Onix
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 38PtHGSS 46BW
4B2W2
4 4 16
199 Slowking Slowking
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
208 Steelix Steelix
SteelIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 38PtHGSS 46BW
4B2W2
4 4 16
222 Corsola Corsola
Galarian Form
GhostIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3 30
322 Numel Numel
FireIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field 29B2W2 29 29
323 Camerupt Camerupt
FireIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field 29B2W2 29 29
324 Torkoal Torkoal
FireIC Big.png Field Field 7 12 12 12XY
22ORAS
22 44
353 Shuppet Shuppet
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 20 13 13BW
19B2W2
19XY
26ORAS
26
354 Banette Banette
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1, 20 1, 13 1, 13BW
1, 19B2W2
1, 19XY
26ORAS
26
355 Duskull Duskull
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 34 30 30 30XY
33ORAS
33 36
356 Dusclops Dusclops
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 34 30 30 30XY
33ORAS
33 36
377 Regirock Regirock
RockIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17 17XY
25ORAS
25
378 Regice Regice
IceIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17 17XY
25ORAS
25
379 Registeel Registeel
SteelIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17 17XY
25ORAS
25
387 Turtwig Turtwig
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 17 17 17 17
388 Grotle Grotle
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass 17 17 17 17
389 Torterra Torterra
GrassIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Grass 17 17 17 17
399 Bidoof Bidoof
NormalIC Big.png Water 1 Field 45PtHGSS 45 45 49
400 Bibarel Bibarel
NormalIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 53PtHGSS 53 53 58
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb
GhostIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1 1
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 30 30 30XY
33ORAS
33 36
562 Yamask Yamask
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous 29 29 29 36
562 Yamask Yamask
Galarian Form
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous 36
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous 29 29 29 38
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 35 35 35
565 Carracosta Carracosta
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 35 35 35
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 9 9 9 41
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 43
607 Litwick Litwick
GhostIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 43 43 43 32
608 Lampent Lampent
GhostIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 45 45 45 32
609 Chandelure Chandelure
GhostIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1
616 Shelmet Shelmet
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 13 13 13 8
617 Accelgor Accelgor
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1
622 Golett Golett
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 40 40 45 16
623 Golurk Golurk
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 40 40 47 16
704 Goomy Goomy
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 41
705 Sliggoo Sliggoo
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 43
706 Goodra Goodra
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon 43
708 Phantump Phantump
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous 28 28 32
709 Trevenant Trevenant
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous 28 28 32
712 Bergmite Bergmite
IceIC Big.png Monster Mineral 22 22 9
713 Avalugg Avalugg
IceIC Big.png Monster Mineral 22 22 9
771 Pyukumuku Pyukumuku
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1 25 30
842 Appletun Appletun
GrassIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Grass Dragon 4
855 Polteageist Polteageist
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous 66
864 Cursola Cursola
GhostIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3 30
867 Runerigus Runerigus
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous 38
871 Pincurchin Pincurchin
ElectricIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous 35
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
TM03
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
--
Every Pokémon can learn this move by TM except the ones listed below and only if marked with ✘.
010 Caterpie Caterpie
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
011 Metapod Metapod
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
013 Weedle Weedle
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
014 Kakuna Kakuna
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
129 Magikarp Magikarp
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Dragon
132 Ditto Ditto
NormalIC Big.png Ditto Ditto
201 Unown Unown
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
202 Wobbuffet Wobbuffet
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
235 Smeargle Smeargle
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
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
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Alolan Form
IceIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field
041 Zubat Zubat
PoisonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
052 Meowth Meowth
Galarian Form
SteelIC Big.png Field Field
074 Geodude Geodude
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral HGSS
074 Geodude Geodude
Alolan Form
RockIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
NormalIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Field
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
Galarian Form
FightingIC Big.png Flying Field
088 Grimer Grimer
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
088 Grimer Grimer
Alolan Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass
104 Cubone Cubone
GroundIC Big.png Monster Monster USUM
108 Lickitung Lickitung
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
109 Koffing Koffing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field
131 Lapras Lapras
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
133 Eevee Eevee
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
RockIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
143 Snorlax Snorlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
191 Sunkern Sunkern
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
194 Wooper Wooper
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
218 Slugma Slugma
FireIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
220 Swinub Swinub
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
227 Skarmory Skarmory
SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
241 Miltank Miltank
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
246 Larvitar Larvitar
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Monster
255 Torchic Torchic
FireIC Big.png Field Field
258 Mudkip Mudkip
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
287 Slakoth Slakoth
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
304 Aron Aron
SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster
309 Electrike Electrike
ElectricIC Big.png Field Field
316 Gulpin Gulpin
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
320 Wailmer Wailmer
WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
335 Zangoose Zangoose
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
345 Lileep Lileep
RockIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
347 Anorith Anorith
RockIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
357 Tropius Tropius
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Monster Grass
358 Chimecho Chimecho
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
359 Absol Absol
DarkIC Big.png Field Field
363 Spheal Spheal
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
408 Cranidos Cranidos
RockIC Big.png Monster Monster HGSS
410 Shieldon Shieldon
RockIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Monster Monster
422 Shellos Shellos
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous
433 Chingling Chingling
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
446 Munchlax Munchlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
498 Tepig Tepig
FireIC Big.png Field Field
517 Munna Munna
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
557 Dwebble Dwebble
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
568 Trubbish Trubbish
PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk
GroundIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk
Galarian Form
GroundIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous
631 Heatmor Heatmor
FireIC Big.png Field Field
650 Chespin Chespin
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
696 Tyrunt Tyrunt
RockIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
704 Goomy Goomy
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Dragon
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous USUM
722 Rowlet Rowlet
GrassIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
769 Sandygast Sandygast
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous USUM
776 Turtonator Turtonator
FireIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
778 Mimikyu Mimikyu
GhostIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
874 Stonjourner Stonjourner
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
878 Cufant Cufant
SteelIC Big.png Field Mineral
885 Dreepy Dreepy
DragonIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Dragon
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
143 Snorlax Snorlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster Purified Shadow PokémonXD
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
241 Miltank Miltank
NormalIC Big.png Field Field Dream World - Pleasant Forest
525 Boldore Boldore
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral Dream World - Icy Cave
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk
GroundIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous Dream World - Sparkling Sea
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
446 Munchlax Munchlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster Shinsegae Munchlax
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

The curse will wear off after a few steps. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team as well as Explorers of Time, Darkness, Sky, this move is a Normal-type move.

Pokémon Rumble Blast

When used by a non-Ghost-type Pokémon, Curse is the same as in Generation V. When used by a Ghost-type Pokémon, Curse deals damage and then drains the opponent's health over time.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Attack and Defense by one level, but also lowers Movement Speed by one level. If used by a Ghost type, the target is cursed, and the user's HP halved.
MDTDS Boosts the user's Attack and Defense by 1 level but also reduces Movement Speed by 1 level. If this move is used by a Ghost-type Pokémon, it afflicts the target with a Cursed status condition but halves the user's HP.
BSL じぶんの こうげき ぼうぎょを 1だんかいあげるが いどうそくどが 1だんかいさがる ゴーストタイプが つかったときは てきポケモンを のろいじょうたいに するが じぶんの HPは はんぶんになる
MDGtI It boosts your Attack and Defense, but it lowers your Travel Speed. If this is used by a Ghost-type Pokémon, it causes the Cursed status condition to the enemy. But it halves your HP.
SMD It boosts your Attack and Defense, but it lowers your Travel Speed. If this is used by a Ghost-type Pokémon, it makes the enemy cursed but halves your HP.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Core series games

Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse II Ghost.png Curse III Ghost.png Curse IV Ghost.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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
Curse V Ghost.png Curse VI Ghost.png Curse VII Ghost.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse II other.png Curse III other.png Curse IV other.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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
Curse V other.png Curse VI other.png Curse VII other.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Side series games

Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse Stad2 Ghost.png Curse Colo Ghost.png Curse XD Ghost.png Curse PBR Ghost.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse Stad2 other.png Curse Colo other.png Curse XD other.png Curse PBR other.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Spin-off series games

Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse PMD RB Ghost.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon

Curse PMD RB other.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Trivia

  • Curse and Z-Curse are the only moves with effects that vary depending on the type of the user.
    • Curse's differing effects are a play on its Japanese name, のろい Noroi, which can mean either "curse" (呪い) or "dull/slow" (鈍い), depending on the kanji used. This is why it bestows an actual curse when used by Ghost-type Pokémon but lowers Speed when used by non-Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • In Generation II, three Pokémon could legitimately use both effects of the move by using Conversion or Conversion 2 to alter its own type to and from the Ghost type: Porygon, Porygon2, and Smeargle. Technically speaking, any Pokémon that can change its type in battle (e.g. via Color Change, Reflect Type or Trick-or-Treat) can use of both of Curse's effects. Similarly, if a Ghost-type Pokémon uses Curse while under the effect of Soak, the non-Ghost version will be used.
  • Curse is one of eight moves to change type between generations, along with Bite, Charm, Gust, Karate Chop, Moonlight, Sand Attack, and Sweet Kiss. Of these eight, it is the only one that was not originally a Normal-type move.
  • In Generation II, TM03, which contains Curse, is given away only at night by a man telling the following story:
"Let me recount a terrifying tale... Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was given a new Bicycle... He wanted to try it right away... He was having so much fun that he didn't notice the sun had set... While riding home in the pitch-black night, the bike suddenly slowed! The pedals became heavy! When he stopped pedaling, the bike began slipping backwards! It was as if the bike were cursed and trying to drag him into oblivion! ... ... Shrieeeek! The boy had been riding uphill on Cycling Road! ... Ba-dum ba-dum! For listening so patiently, you may take this—TM03! TM03 is Curse. It's a terrifying move that slowly whittles down the victim's HP."

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 詛咒 Jojau *
咒語 Jauyúh *
Mandarin 詛咒 / 诅咒 Zǔzhòu *
咒語 / 咒语 Zhòuyǔ *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Vloek
France Flag.png French Malédiction
Germany Flag.png German Fluch
Greece Flag.png Greek Κατάρα Katára
Italy Flag.png Italian Maledizione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 저주 Jeoju
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Maldição
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Kletva
Spain Flag.png Spanish Maldición
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nguyền Rủa


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Generation II HMs
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