Head Charge (move)

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Head Charge
アフロブレイク Afro Break
Head Charge VIII.png
Head Charge VIII 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  120
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
A very appealing move, but after using this move, the user is more easily startled.

Head Charge (Japanese: アフロブレイク Afro Break) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation V. It is the signature move of Bouffalant.


Head Charge inflicts damage, and the user receives recoil damage equal to ¼ of the damage done to the target.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Versions 1.0 to 1.1.1 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Head Charge could not be selected in a battle. Starting with Version 1.2.0, it is usable and functions as it did in previous generations.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Head Charge cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Head Charge cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
BWB2W2 The user charges its head into its target, using its powerful guard hair. It also damages the user a little.
The user charges its head into its target, using its powerful guard hair. This also damages the user a little.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
SV The user charges its head into the target, using its powerful guard hair. This also damages the user a little.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0626 Bouffalant Bouffalant
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 31 31 31 40SwSh
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

Head Charge inflicts damage and the user receives recoil.equal to 10% of the user's max HP.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
SMD 37 99 20 40 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

NormalIC RR.png Head Charge
Attack power 26.07959
Charge time 1.18 seconds
Range type Dash
Number of hits 4
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect Causes recoil
Head Charge Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Physical 3 167 200 100% An opponent Recoil The user also takes 25% of the damage it dealt to the target. Hugh & Bouffalant


Games Description
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy, but it damages you, too.*
It damages an enemy, but you'll receive recoil damage, too.*

In the anime

Alder Bouffalant Head Charge.png

The user charges its head into its target, using its powerful guard hair.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Bouffalant Bouffalant charges at the opponent and the afro on its head glows red. The front of it also glows yellow. It then slams the yellow part of its afro into the opponent.
Alder's Bouffalant Ash and Trip's Third Battle! Debut

In the manga

Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 爆炸頭突擊 Baaujatàuh Dahtgīk *
爆爆頭突擊 Baaubaautàuh Dahtgīk *
Mandarin 爆炸頭突擊 / 爆炸头突击 Bàozhàtóu Tújí *
爆爆頭突擊 Bàobàotóu Tújí *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kopcharge
France Flag.png French Peignée
Germany Flag.png German Steinschädel
Italy Flag.png Italian Ricciolata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 아프로브레이크 Apeurobeureikeu
Poland Flag.png Polish Szarża
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Impacto Bruto
Ataque de Cabeça (TCG and manga)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Ataque de Cabeça
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Carga de Cabeza
Spain Flag.png Spain Ariete
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cú Giáng Đầu Bò

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