Sludge (move)

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Sludge
ヘドロこうげき Sludge Attack
Sludge IX.png
Sludge IX 2.png
Type  Poison
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  65
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs last in the turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the last Pokémon to act before the user.

Sludge (Japanese: ヘドロこうげき Sludge Attack) is a damage-dealing Poison-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Sludge does damage and has a 40% chance of poisoning the target.

Generation II onwards

Sludge now has a 30% chance to poison the target.

Sludge can be used as the first move of a Pokémon Contest combination, causing Sludge Bomb to score double the normal appeal if used in the next turn. It can also be used to finish a combination, with the user gaining 1 bonus appeal point if Sludge Bomb was used in the previous turn.

Description

Games Description
Stad A Poison-type attack. Has a fifty-fifty chance of poisoning the target.
Stad2 A Poison-type attack. Has a one-in-three chance of poisoning the target.
GSC An attack that may poison the foe.
RSEColo.XD Sludge is hurled to inflict damage. May also poison.
FRLG Toxic sludge is hurled at the foe. It may poison the target.
DPPtHGSSPBR Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the foe. It may also poison the target.
BWB2W2 Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the target. It may also poison the target.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the target. This may also poison the target.
SV The user hurls unsanitary sludge at the target to inflict damage. This may also poison the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX
088 Grimer Grimer
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 37 16 13 20 20BW
15B2W2
15 15SMUSUM
24PE
15BDSP 15
089 Muk Muk
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 37 45 13 20 20BW
15B2W2
15 15SMUSUM
24PE
15BDSP 15
109 Koffing Koffing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 32 21 21 24 28BW
18B2W2
18 18 20
110 Weezing Weezing
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1, 32 21 21 24 28BW
18B2W2
18 18 20
110 Weezing Weezing
Galarian Form
PoisonIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 20SwSh
316 Gulpin Gulpin
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 14 14 14 14XY
10ORAS
10 10BDSP 10
317 Swalot Swalot
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 1, 14 1, 14 1, 14 1, 14XY
1, 10ORAS
1, 10 1, 10BDSP 1
568 Trubbish Trubbish
PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 18 18 18 18SwSh
569 Garbodor Garbodor
PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 18 18 18 18SwSh
965 Varoom Varoom
SteelIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 13
966 Revavroom Revavroom
SteelIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 13
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
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass HGSS BDSP
258 Mudkip Mudkip
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1 HGSS
422 Shellos Shellos
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous HGSS
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 Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Sludge is a move with 12 base power, 88% accuracy and 22 PP. The user attacks enemy in front of them, cutting corners, possibly inflicting poison.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's PP has been decreased to 15.

Pokémon GO

GO Poison.png Sludge
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 50
Energy cost 33
Duration 2.1 seconds
Damage window 1.2 - 1.55 seconds
Sludge GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 50
Energy cost 40
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
GrimerKoffingWeezingMudkipMarshtompGulpin
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
Smeargle
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 25 → 30
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 30 → 50
    • Energy cost: 25 → 33
    • Duration: 2.6 → 2.1 seconds
    • Damage window: 1.85 - 2.35 → 1.2 - 1.55 seconds

Pokémon Rumble Rush

PoisonIC RR.png Sludge
★★★
Attack power 37.94108
Charge time 0.62 seconds
Range type Projectile
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May poison the foe
Sludge Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Special 2 42 50 100% An opponent Has a chance (30%) of leaving the target poisoned. James & Weezing
Scottie/Bettie & Grimer/Muk Egg
Scottie/Bettie & Support/Tech Koffing/Weezing Egg
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0*: Has a moderate chance of leaving the target poisoned.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target poisoned, damaging it for several turns.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Poisoned status condition, which causes periodic damage.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで どくじょうたいにして いっていターンごとに ダメージをあたえる
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Poisoned status condition. With the Poisoned status, the enemy keeps taking damage and can't restore its HP naturally.
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also make the enemy poisoned.


In the anime

Main series

James Weezing Sludge.png James Koffing Sludge.png Grimer Sludge.png Gulpin Sludge.png
Weezing Koffing Grimer Gulpin
Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Koffing Koffing Koffing spews dark brown sludge at the opponent from its mouth.
James's Koffing Ash Catches a Pokémon Debut
Weezing Weezing Weezing spews dark brown sludge at the opponent from the mouth on its larger body or from both mouths at the same time.
James's Weezing The Flame Pokémon-athon! None
Gulpin Gulpin Gulpin opens its mouth and spits a ball of brown or purple sludge at the opponent.
Multiple wild Gulpin Gulpin it Down None
Professor Jacuzzi's Gulpin Gulpin it Down None
Multiple wild Gulpin Defending the Homeland! None
Grimer Grimer Grimer fires large balls of sludge from its mouth at the opponent, one after the other.
A Grimer Dawn used briefly Camping it Up! None


Pokémon Generations

None.png Team Rocket combination attack PG.png None.png None.png
Grimer
The user fire a stream of purple sludge at the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Grimer Grimer Grimer opens its mouth and fires a stream of dark purple sludge at the opponent.
A Team Rocket Grunt's Grimer The Lake of Rage Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Stadium, Sludge is described as having a 50% chance of poisoning its target, but it actually has a 40% chance.
  • Since Generation V, Sludge has the same description text as Sludge Bomb.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 污泥攻擊 Wūnàih Gūnggīk *
泥漿攻擊 Nàihjēung Gūnggīk *
Mandarin 污泥攻擊 / 污泥攻击 Wūní Gōngjí / Wūní Gōngjī *
泥漿攻擊 Níjiāng Gōngjí *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Bahenní útok
Denmark Flag.png Danish Slam
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Blubber
Finland Flag.png Finnish Lieju (season 1)
Liejuvyöry (Johto series)
Mönjä (AG series)
France Flag.png French Détritus
Germany Flag.png German Schlammbad
Greece Flag.png Greek Γλίτσα Glitsa
Italy Flag.png Italian Fango
South Korea Flag.png Korean 오물공격 Omulgonggyeok
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Gjørmeangrep
Poland Flag.png Polish Błoto*
Maź*
Smog*
Muł*
Błotny Atak*
Mułowy Atak*
Szlam*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Ataque de Lama (games, manga)
Jato de Lama (anime)
Lama (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lodo (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Mulj
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Lodo (EP003-EP056)
Desechos (AG065-present)
Spain Flag.png Spain Residuos
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Gegga
Thailand Flag.png Thai สลัดจ์แอตแทก
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Tấn Công Bằng Bùn




Variations of the move Aurora Beam
PhysicalIC HOME.png Spark
SpecialIC HOME.png Aurora BeamBubble BeamSludgePsybeam


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