Lunar Dance (move)

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Lunar Dance
みかづきのまい Crescent Moon Dance
Lunar Dance VIII.png
Lunar Dance VIII 2.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Increased Voltage is added to the performance score.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  8 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
A move of huge appeal, but using it prevents the user from taking further contest moves.

Lunar Dance (Japanese: みかづきのまい Crescent Moon Dance) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation IV. It is the signature move of Cresselia.


Generation IV

Lunar Dance causes the user to faint, but restores the HP and PP of the Pokémon that is sent out to take its place as well as removing all status conditions (except fainting). If the user moves before the opponent, the restored Pokémon is then sent out before the end of its turn.

Generation V to VII

The receiving Pokémon is now sent out at the end of the turn after all other Pokémon have moved.

Lunar Dance can now be stolen by Snatch.

If powered up with a Psychium Z into Z-Lunar Dance, the move will gain no additional effects.

Generation VIII

In Versions 1.0 to 1.2.1 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Lunar Dance cannot be selected in a battle. Starting with Version 1.3.0, it is usable.

If the Pokémon sent out to replace the user already has full health, no status condition, and full PP, Lunar Dance's effect will not activate until a Pokémon is placed in that position (either by switching in or using Ally Switch). A pending Lunar Dance will not activate if a Pokémon already in that position loses HP, gains a status condition, or loses PP; it will only activate when a new Pokémon is placed in that position. Each position can only have a single instance of Lunar Dance pending (using it multiple times does not stack).


Games Description
The user faints. In return, the Pokémon taking its place will have its status and HP fully restored.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
488 Cresselia Cresselia
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 84 84 1, 84 1, 84 72
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 Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Lunar Dance is a move with 12PP that ignores accuracy and evasion checks. It targets all other team members in the same room, fully restoring their HP, PP, and curing them of bad status conditions. The user's HP gets reduced to 1 after using the move. In hallways, this move targets Pokémon up two tiles away (or one in one-tile darkness). This move is affected by Taunt and Snatch.


Games Description
MDTD* Fully restores the HP and heals all the status problems of the user's team members in the room. However, the user's own HP drops to just 1.
Fully restores the HP and PP and heals all the status problems of the user's team members in the room. However, the user's own HP drops to just 1.
BSL おなじへやの なかまポケモンの HP PPと わるいじょうたいを すべて かいふくするが じぶんのHPが 1になってしまう
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It heals teammates' HP, PP, and bad status conditions, but it reduces your HP to 1.*
It restores your teammates' HP and heals their bad status conditions. It also slightly restores their PP. But it depletes your HP to 1, so be careful!*

In the anime

None.png Cresselia Lunar Dance.png None.png None.png
The user faints. In return, the target is fully healed.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
488 Cresselia Cresselia's tailfin glows white, while her body becomes surrounded in a light blue aura. An image of a crescent moon then briefly appears over Cresselia as sparkling blue lights rain down on the target, fully healing it. After using the move, Cresselia faints.
Cresselia (recurring) A Midsummer Night's Light! Debut

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 新月舞 Sānyuht Móuh
Mandarin 新月舞 Xīnyuè Wǔ
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Lunardans
France Flag.png French Danse Lune*
Germany Flag.png German Lunartanz
Greece Flag.png Greek Σεληνιακός Χορός Seliniakós Chorós
Italy Flag.png Italian Lunardanza
South Korea Flag.png Korean 초승달춤 Choseungdal Chum
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Dança Lunar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Danza Lunar
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Vũ Điệu Trăng Khuyết

Variations of the move Memento
Status Healing WishLunar DanceMemento

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