Moonlight (move)

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Moonlight
つきのひかり Moonlight
Moonlight IX.png
Moonlight IX 2.png
Type  Fairy
Category  Status
PP  5 (max. 8)
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
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
The appeal's quality varies depending on its timing.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Increased Voltage is added to the performance score.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

Moonlight (Japanese: つきのひかり Moonlight) is a non-damaging Fairy-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Generation VI, it was a Normal-type move.

Effect

Generation II

Moonlight restores the user's current HP based on the weather and time of day. In morning and day, during no weather it restores ¼ total HP, during harsh sunlight it restores ½ total HP, and during other weather it restores ⅛ total HP, rounded down. Except in link battles, the move restores twice as much HP at night.

Generation III to V

Moonlight restores the user's current HP based on the weather in the battle. During no weather it restores ½ total HP, during harsh sunlight it restores ⅔ total HP, and during other weather it restores ¼ total HP, rounded down.

Moonlight can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 1 bonus appeal point if Sunny Day was used in the previous turn.

Generation VI onwards

Moonlight is now a Fairy-type move. When used during strong winds it restores ½ total HP, rounded down.

Moonlight can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an three extra appeal points if the move Sunny Day was used in the prior turn.

If powered up by a Fairium Z into Z-Moonlight, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Allows HP to be restored by the moonlight. In battle, half the user's max HP is restored.
GSC Restores HP (varies by time).
RSEColo.XD Restores HP. The amount varies with the weather.
FRLG Restores the user's HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwShBDSPLA
SV
The user restores its own HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX
0035 Clefairy FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 43 37 37 40BW
43B2W2
43 43SMUSUM 24 1
0036 Clefable FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1 1 Rem.
0043 Oddish GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 32 32 33 33 33XY
27ORAS
27SMUSUM 36
0044 Gloom GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 35 35 41 41 41XY
29ORAS
29SMUSUM 44
0045 Vileplume GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Grass Grass 1
0182 Bellossom GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1
0197 Umbreon DarkIC Big.png Field Field 52 52 71 71BW
33B2W2
33 33 30 30
0269 Dustox BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 20 20 20 20XY
17ORAS
17 17BDSP
0313 Volbeat BugIC Big.png Bug Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
19ORAS
19 19BDSP 19
0314 Illumise BugIC Big.png Bug Human-Like 13 13 13 13XY
19ORAS
19 19BDSP 19
0337 Lunatone RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1
0488 Cresselia PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 57 57 1, 57 1, 57 42 42
0517 Munna PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 17 17 17 16
0518 Musharna PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 1
0715 Noivern FlyingIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Flying Dragon 1 1 1 1
0755 Morelull GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass 11 20
0756 Shiinotic GrassIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Grass Grass 11 20
0792 Lunala PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 31 35
0800 Necrozma PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
0800 Necrozma
Necrozma
Dusk Mane
PsychicIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1USUM 1
0800 Necrozma
Necrozma
Dawn Wings
PsychicIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1USUM 1
0901 Ursaluna
Ursaluna
Bloodmoon
GroundIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
Field Field Rem.
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 IX
0102 Exeggcute GrassIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Grass Grass
0302 Sableye DarkIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like BDSP
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0035 Clefairy
ClefairyLv. 8
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy Pokéwalker - Night Sky's Edge
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
0337 Lunatone RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral Dream World - Icy Cave
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 II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0029 Nidoran♀ PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field New York Pokémon Center
0215 Sneasel DarkIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Field Field New York Pokémon Center
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

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: DX and effects in Extremely Harsh Sunlight, Heavy Rain, Strong Winds

Moonlight restores HP to the user and teammates. Prior to Gates to Infinity, Moonlight will affect all teammates on the entire floor and heal a set amount of HP. From Gates to Infinity, Moonlight only affects the user and teammates in the same room, and heals HP as a percentage of the user's max HP.

Game HP restored
Clear Sun Rain Sandstorm Hail Fog Cloud Snow Strong winds
MDRB 50 80 10 30 10 1 40 1 -
MDTDS 50 80 10 20 10 10 30 1 -
BSL 15 30 12 8 12 12 12 5 -
MDGtI 50% 75% 25% 25% 25% - - - -
SMD 40% 75% 25% 25% 25% - - - ?


Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB - - 12 - —% - Entire floor Party -
MDTDS - - 12 - —% - Entire floor Party -
BSL - - 12 - —% - Entire floor Party -
MDGtI - - 10 50 —% - Entire room Party Yes
SMD - - 10 30 —% - Entire room Party Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Moonlight could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Moonlight could be seen as a move used by Boss Munna, Musharna, and Lunala.

FairyIC RR.png Moonlight
Charge time 1.5 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Target Self
Additional effect Restores HP
Moonlight Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Special 2 2 —% Self Heals Restores the user's HP by approximately 50% of its maximum HP. HP is restored by 60% instead when the weather is sunny, and 40% when the weather is rainy or during a hailstorm or a sandstorm. Sygna Suit Dawn & Cresselia (Direct link)

Description

Games Description
MDRB Restores the HP of the user and team members on the same floor. The amount of HP recovered depends on the weather.
MDTDS Restores the HP of the user and team members on the floor. The HP amount regained depends on the weather.
BSL じぶんと フロアのなかまポケモンの HPが かいふくする そのときの てんきによって HPの かいふくりょうが かわる
MDGtI It restores half the HP of you and your teammates on the floor. During a Sunny condition, it restores your HP even more. During a Rain, Hail, or Sandstorm condition, the amount regained goes down.
SMD It restores the HP of you and your teammates in the same room. If it's sunny or in harsh sunlight, it restores your HP even more. During rain, heavy rain, hail, or a sandstorm, the amount regained goes down.


In the anime

Main series

Cresselia Moonlight.png
Cresselia
Cresselia Moonlight healing.png
Healing
The user heals itself with moonlight.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Cresselia A beam of moonlight shines down on Cresselia, causing her body to sparkle and restoring her lost health.
Cresselia (recurring) A Midsummer Night's Light! Debut


Pokémon Evolutions

Zuki Umbreon Moonlight Evolutions.png
Umbreon


The user emits multiple sparkling lights to illuminate its surroundings.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Umbreon The rings on Umbreon's body glow yellow, and it releases multiple sparkling lights from them.
Zuki's Umbreon The Show Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 月光 Yuhtgwōng
Mandarin 月光 Yuèguāng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Maanlicht
France Flag.png French Rayon Lune
Germany Flag.png German Mondschein
Greece Flag.png Greek Φεγγαρόφως
Italy Flag.png Italian Lucelunare
South Korea Flag.png Korean 달빛 DarbitIX+
달의불빛 DaruibulbitII, IVVIII
Poland Flag.png Polish Światło Księżyca
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Luar
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Luz Lunar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Mesečeva svetlost
Spain Flag.png Spanish Luz Lunar
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Ánh Sáng Mặt Trăng



Variations of the move Moonlight
StatusIC HOME.png MoonlightMorning SunShore UpSynthesis


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