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Multi-strike moves are moves that strike an opponent more than one time in the same turn. Most multi-strike moves will hit the opponent 2-5 times in a turn, but some work differently. Multi-strike moves generally have low base power and imperfect accuracy to compensate for the fact that they hit multiple times. Bide and Counter only take the final hit of a multi-strike move into consideration.
If an opponent is knocked out by a multi-strike move, the game does not state how many times the attack hit.
Although only the first strike can be a critical hit, each successive one will deal the same amount of damage. Multi-strike moves end instantly upon breaking a substitute. Bide and Counter deal damage based on the last strike alone.
If the target faints, the number of strikes is shown afterward.
Each strike has an independent chance of being a critical hit.
Multi-strike moves can now continue hitting even after breaking a substitute, then dealing damage directly to the targeted Pokémon. If a multi-strike move activates a target's Focus Band, no subsequent hits can knock it out.
If the user is holding a King's Rock, the chance of causing the target to flinch is independent of how many times the move hit (i.e., always ~12% in Generation II).
The number of hits is now shown before the target faints.
Color Change will activate after the first hit of a multi-strike move, possibly changing the type effectiveness of the remaining strikes.
Each strike from a multi-strike move has an independent chance of activating an Ability that activates on taking damage, and each strike of a multi-strike move that makes contact has an independent chance of activating an Ability that activates on contact. If a Pokémon using a multi-strike move falls asleep or faints between strikes, such as due to Effect Spore or Rough Skin, the move will end immediately.
If the user is holding a King's Rock, each strike now has an independent chance of causing the target to flinch.
Shell Bell activates after each strike, considering the damage from that strike only.
If a multi-strike move activates a target's Focus Sash, no subsequent hits can knock it out. Each strike has an independent chance of activating a Razor Fang. Shell Bell activates after the last strike, considering the damage from all of the strikes.
Pokémon with Skill Link will always hit five times when using a 2-5 hit multi-strike move.
The number of strikes is now shown after the target faints.
The Focus Sash, Focus Band, and Sturdy need to activate for each individual strike. A Focus Band can still activate repeatedly to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent.
Color Change now activates after the last hit of a multi-strike move, so type effectiveness will not change during the attack.
Each individual strike from a physical multi-strike move will activate Weak Armor. Each individual strike from a Dark-type multi-strike move will activate Justified; however, a Grass-type multi-strike move will only activate Sap Sipper once. Each individual strike from a contact multi-strike move will activate a Rocky Helmet.
Each strike has an independent chance of activating Stench (but this does not stack with the Razor Fang or King's Rock).
Items like Cell Battery etc. activate on the first strike and are consumed in the first strike itself.
Parental Bond turns most single-strike damaging moves into multi-strike moves that hit twice per use.
If a contact multi-strike move is blocked by Spiky Shield or King's Shield, the negative effect will only apply once.
Each individual strike from a multi-strike move will activate Stamina.
List of multi-strike moves
2-5 strikes per turn
Most multi-strike moves will hit an opponent two, three, four, or five times in one turn. These moves are more likely to hit two or three times than four or five, but will always hit five times when used by a Pokémon with the Skill Link Ability.
| Number of hits
|| Chance of happening
| Gen I-IV
|| Gen V on
|| 3/8 (37.5%)
|| 1/3 (~33.3%)
|| 3/8 (37.5%)
|| 1/3 (~33.3%)
|| 1/8 (12.5%)
|| 1/6 (~16.7%)
|| 1/8 (12.5%)
|| 1/6 (~16.7%)
In Generations IV and earlier, moves in the below list will hit on average 3 times, provided that the move does not miss. From Generation V onward, the average number of hits is now ~3.167, provided that the move does not miss.
- Average power is equal to the move's base power per hit multiplied by the average number of hits, provided that the move does not miss. To take accuracy into account in the average power, multiply the two together (this does not handle modifiers to accuracy and evasion, including taking aim and No Guard).
- If Battle Bond is activated, Water Shuriken will always hit three times, and its base power will increase to 20.
2 strikes per turn
Several multi-strike moves hit an opponent exactly twice in one turn. For the most part, these moves are found on fewer Pokémon, several of them being signature moves, and generally have higher power than other multi-strike moves, as they only hit twice. Moves affected by Parental Bond become this type of multi-strike move.
Uniquely for a multi-strike move, Dragon Darts can hit different targets with each of its strikes.
3 strikes per turn
Triple Kick and Triple Axel works differently than other multi-strike moves. It can hit an opponent up to three times per turn, but its base power of 10 and 20, respectively will increase by 10 and 20, respectively with each subsequent hit, so the first, second, and third hits have powers of 10 or 20, 20 or 40, and 30 or 60, respectively. Also unlike other multi-strike moves, each hit has its own accuracy check, and if one hit misses, the entire move ends.
Surging Strikes works like other 2-hit moves, except that it always hits 3 times instead of 2.
- For Triple Kick and Triple Axel, effective power is average power with all three accuracy checks taken into account (modifiers to accuracy and evasion, including taking aim and No Guard, are not considered).
1-6 strikes per turn
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uniquely hits a number of times equal to the number of Pokémon in the user's party, excluding those who are fainted or who have a non-volatile status
. Its base power and damage mechanics have varied between generations.
- Double Slap is the only multi-strike move with "double" in its name that can hit 2-5 times.
- Triple Kick is the only multi-strike move that powers up on each consecutive hit, and the only one in which subsequent hits can miss.
- Beat Up is the only move that can hit the target more than five times per turn.