Excavate (move)

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ほりおこし Excavate
It digs through the wall the user is facing.
Excavate PMD RB.png
Type  ???
Category  Status
PP 99
Hit Ratio --
Power --
Extra Effects Destroys wall tiles.
  • Affected by the Protect status
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by the Snatch status
  • Not affected by the Mirror Move status
  • Not affected by the Muzzled status

Excavate (Japanese: ほりおこし Excavate) is a typeless move introduced in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team that breaks down a wall tile in front of the user.

This move is contained in a TM. This TM is not obtainable in-game, thus this move is only obtainable with use of cheating devices. No Pokémon can learn this move, so the TM is useless. Additionally, the machine was not included in the game code for Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky. The move still remains functional, but its name (except in Japanese) and description are dummied out as "$$$".

This move is likely to have been replaced by the HM Rock Smash, which has the same purpose as Excavate in these games.


In all non-Japanese versions of Red and Blue Rescue Team, the move's description is "NULL", while the TM's description is partially translated in French and German, left blank in Italian, and fully translated in Spanish.

Games Description
MDRB しょうめんのかべを くずす*
It digs through the wall the user is facing.*

In other languages

In French, German, Italian, and Spanish translations of Red and Blue Rescue Team, the move's name is left blank and the TM's name is "NULL". In the TM's description, its name is left untranslated in French and German, while it is translated in Spanish as Excavar, sharing its name with Dig.

Language Title
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파헤치기 Pahechigi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Excavar

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