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A Pokémon may need to skip a turn to recharge after using certain moves.


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Reason: What happens if a Pokémon's last "move" was the recharge turn and it is then targeted by Mimic (Gen 2 onwards), Mirror Move, Me First, or Encore?
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After successfully using any of the moves listed below, the user's next turn will be automatically skipped as a "recharge" turn.

During the recharge turn, the user will be unable to:

A poisoned Pokémon will still lose HP in the recharge turn. A confused Pokémon will not hit itself in the recharge turn. The recharge turn does not count for the number of turns remaining from sleep, confusion, or Disable. The recharge turn counts for the Timer Ball's catch rate modifier.

In the recharge turn, automated actions from held items are still activated, such as gaining HP if the user is holding Leftovers. If the user has Truant, the recharge and "loafing around" take place on the same turn. If the user's Parental Bond causes a recharging move to strike twice, the user will still only need to recharge for one turn.

Copycat ignores recharge turns, and can be used to copy the move used before a recharge turn. Instruct fails if the target is currently recharging or if the target's latest move will require recharging next turn. The recharge turn counts for the number of turns remaining from Future Sight or Doom Desire, and these moves can hit their target in a recharge turn.

In battles involving multiple Pokémon on the same side (Double Battle, Triple Battle, as well as wild Pokémon in a Horde Encounter, etc.), each Pokémon's recharge turn does not affect the actions of its allies. However, in a Rotation Battle, the recharge turn will be skipped normally before the user can rotate Pokémon.

Generation I

A recharge turn is not required if the move breaks a substitute, knocks out the target, the user is targeted by a binding move (even if it misses), the user flinches, or the user is put to sleep after the move but before the recharge turn. However, freeze does not prevent the need for the recharge turn of Hyper Beam.

In Pokémon Stadium, a recharge turn is required every time the move is used.

Generation II onwards

A recharge turn will always be required if the move hits, even if the target is knocked out, unless the battle is completed in that turn.


See also: Category:Moves that require recharging
Move Type Category Power Accuracy Notes
Blast Burn Fire Special 150 90%
Eternabeam Dragon Special 160 90%
Frenzy Plant Grass Special 150 90%
Giga Impact Normal Physical 150 90%
Hydro Cannon Water Special 150 90%
Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90%
Meteor Assault Fighting Physical 150 100%
Prismatic Laser Psychic Special 160 100%
Roar of Time Dragon Special 150 90%
Rock Wrecker Rock Physical 150 90%
Shadow Half Shadow Status 100% Halves the current HP of all Pokémon in battle

In the anime

Incineroar recharging after using Blast Burn in the anime

Original series

The first time that any Pokémon has had to recharge after using a move was in Enter The Dragonite, where Drake's Dragonite was left exhausted from its use of Hyper Beam, giving Ash's Pikachu the chance to hit it with a close-range Thunder and defeat it.

In Better Eight Than Never, Snorlax was forced to recharge during Ash's Gym battle with Clair after failing to counter Clair's Gyarados's Hydro Pump with Hyper Beam. This allowed Gyarados to paralyze Snorlax with Dragon Breath before defeating it with a Hyper Beam of its own.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In At the End of the Fray, Ash's Grovyle dodged a Hyper Beam from Tyson's Metagross during their match in the Ever Grande Conference quarterfinals, leaving Metagross immobilized and open for a Bullet Seed barrage.

In Wheel of Frontier, during Ash's Battle Arena match against Greta, his Snorlax was forced to recharge after failing to hit Greta's Medicham with Hyper Beam. Ash worked around this by having Snorlax fire a Hyper Beam to launch itself off the ground, allowing it to come back down and defeat Medicham with a Body Slam.

In Weekend Warrior, during the Battle Stage of the Silver Town Pokémon Contest, Jeremy's Venusaur had to recharge after using Frenzy Plant.

In Second Time's the Charm!, Anabel's Metagross was forced to recharge after using Hyper Beam during Ash's rematch against her at the Battle Tower, leaving it open for a Horn Attack from Ash's Tauros.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In Top-Down Training!, Cynthia's Garchomp was forced to recharge after defeating Paul's Murkrow with Giga Impact, allowing Paul's Torterra to hit her with Giga Drain.

In Smells Like Team Spirit!, Paul's Torterra had to recharge after using Hyper Beam during Ash and Paul's battle against Brock and Holly during the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. However, Torterra was able withstand the attacks thrown at it as it was recharging, and subsequently defeated Brock's Croagunk with a Leaf Storm, ending the battle.

In Barry's Busting Out All Over!, Barry's Empoleon failed to defeat Ash's Pikachu with Hyper Beam, leaving it immobilized and allowing Pikachu to defeat it.

In Pedal to the Mettle!, during Ash and Paul's Full Battle at Lake Acuity, Paul's Torterra had to recharge after failing to hit Ash's Gliscor with Frenzy Plant, allowing Gliscor to land multiple close-range attacks. However, as soon as Torterra could move again, it Crunched down on Gliscor's tail and drained it of its energy with Giga Drain.

In Challenging a Towering Figure!, Palmer's Rhyperior's use of Rock Wrecker during his battle against Ash and his Grotle at the Twinleaf Festival left it momentarily immobilized.

In Mastering Current Events!, Ash's Gliscor was forced to recharge after hitting McCann's Scizor with its newly-learned move, Giga Impact.

In Casting a Paul on Barry!, during the third round of the Lily of the Valley Conference, Barry's Empoleon had to recharge after using Hyper Beam to counter a Thunder attack from Paul's Electivire. It was forced to recharge again later in the match after using Hydro Cannon.

In A Real Rival Rouser!, during the Lily of the Valley Conference quarterfinals, Ash's Gliscor had to recharge after using Giga Impact on Paul's Drapion, but it mitigated this by using the move's recoil to distance itself from the Ogre Scorpion Pokémon until it could move again.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

In All for the Love of Meloetta!, Iris's Axew was forced to recharge after using Giga Impact against Cynthia's Garchomp.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

In Exhibition Unmasked!, during the Manalo Conference exhibition match, Professor Kukui's Incineroar was forced to recharge after using Blast Burn on Ash's Torracat, who managed to absorb the flames into its fire sac. This allowed Ash to bring Lycanroc in and strike back with Accelerock.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Flash of the Titans!, during the Masters Eight Tournament finals, Lance's Gyarados was forced to recharge after failing to hit Leon's Charizard with Hyper Beam. Despite this, Gyarados was able to block an incoming Air Slash by kicking up boulders from the battlefield.

In Taking Two For The Team!, Ash's Sirfetch'd had to recharge after using Meteor Assault on Drasna's Noivern, leaving it open to be hit a Dragon Pulse and forcing Ash to switch it out in favor of Dracovish.

In Helping the Hometown Hero!, during a Battle Royal between Ash, Professor Kukui, Kiawe, and Gladion, Professor Kukui's Incineroar was forced to recharge after failing to hit Pikachu with Blast Burn, allowing Pikachu to trap it in an Electroweb.

In Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!, Paul's Gyarados had to recharge after using Hyper Beam. However, it was still able to stop Lucario from using Aura Sphere by grabbing the Aura Pokémon with its tail.

In Pride of a Champion!, during the first round of the Masters Eight Tournament, Lance's Dragonite was twice rendered immobile after using Hyper Beam. Diantha capitalized on the Dragon Pokémon's recharge periods with super-effective attacks, leading to Dragonite's defeat and eliminating Lance from the tournament.

In Paring Pokémon While Parrying!, during the Masters Eight Tournament finals, Ash's Sirfetch'd was forced to recharge after using Meteor Assault, allowing Leon's Rillaboom to retaliate with High Horsepower.