Kowtow Cleave (move)

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Kowtow Cleave
ドゲザン Kowtow Slash
Kowtow Cleave IX.png
Kowtow Cleave IX 2.png
Type  Dark
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  85
Accuracy  —%
Priority  0
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation IX
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Kowtow Cleave (Japanese: ドゲザン Kowtow Slash) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation IX. It is the signature move of Kingambit.


Kowtow Cleave inflicts damage and bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. If used by a Pokémon with Sharpness, its power is increased by 50%.


Games Description
SV The user slashes at the target after kowtowing to make the target let down its guard. This attack never misses.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0983 Kingambit DarkIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like Evo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


  • Kowtow Cleave is based on dogeza, which is kneeling to a person of higher status. The word "kowtow" more accurately refers to a Chinese act that is similar to dogeza.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 仆斬 Pūkjáam
Mandarin 仆斬 Pū​zhǎn *
仆刀 Pū​dāo *
France Flag.png French Génusection
Germany Flag.png German Kniefallspalter
Italy Flag.png Italian Genufendente
South Korea Flag.png Korean 도각참 Dogakcham
Spain Flag.png Spanish Genufendiente

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