Powder (move)

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ふんじん Dust
Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  +1
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
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Powder (Japanese: ふんじん Dust) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation VI. It is the signature move of Vivillon.


Powder covers the target in powder for the remainder of the turn. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use a Fire-type move, they take damage equal to 25% of their maximum HP and cannot execute the move (PP is still consumed).

Powder has a priority of +1, so is used before all moves that do not have increased priority. It bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the opponent is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly.

Grass-type Pokémon, Pokémon with Overcoat, and Pokémon holding Safety Goggles cannot become affected by Powder (but a Pokémon already affected by Powder will remain affected even if it gains one of these properties). Powder fails if the target is already under the effect of Powder.

Powder will damage the Pokémon even during heavy rain. If a Pokémon with Magic Guard affected by Powder attempts to use a Fire-type move, it will fail to execute the move but take no damage. If a Pokémon affected by Powder uses Shell Trap, it will take damage regardless if hit by a physical attack. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use multiple Fire-type moves in one turn (such as due to Dancer), Powder will activate for each one. Powder can prevent a Pokémon from using a Fire-type Z-Move, but status Z-Moves still gain their Z-Power effects.

Powder does not prevent a Pokémon from thawing itself by using a move like Flame Wheel. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use Natural Gift while holding a Berry that makes the move Fire-type, the Pokémon takes damage from Powder but the Berry is not consumed. If a Pokémon affected by Powder has Protean and uses a Fire-type move, it will not change type. If a Pokémon affected by Powder attempts to use a Fire-type dance move (such as Fiery Dance), that move will not trigger Dancer.

If a Pokémon affected by Powder uses Fire Pledge after an ally uses Water Pledge, such that the Pokémon ends up using Water Pledge as a combination move, Powder will not affect that move. If a Pokémon affected by Powder uses Fire Pledge otherwise (including as the first move of a combination move, or when using Grass Pledge as a combination move after an ally's Fire Pledge), Fire Pledge will be prevented by Powder like any other Fire-type move.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-Powder, the user's Special Defense stat raises two stages.


Games Description
XYORAS The user covers the target in a powder that explodes and damages the target if it uses a Fire-type move.
SM The user covers the target in a combustible powder. If the target uses a Fire-type move, the powder explodes and damages the target.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
666 Vivillon Vivillon
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 55 1, 55
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 粉塵 Fánchàhn
Mandarin 粉塵 / 粉尘 Fěnchén
France Flag.png French Nuée de Poudre
Germany Flag.png German Pulverschleuder
Italy Flag.png Italian Pulviscoppio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 분진 Bunjin
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pólvora Explosiva
Spain Flag.png Spanish Polvo Explosivo

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