Talk:Focus Punch (move)

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Inner focus?

In Battle Pyramid there are wild Brelooms that use Focus Punch without charging first... how is that possible? (even though Breloom has not Inner Focus as ability) hfc2X 22:00, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

Inner Focus has nothing to do with Focus Punch(a) And (b) Misproggramming...maybe. A better question would be what happens if two pokemon use Focus Punch in the same turn? Me and my fellow torchics agree on this - Sk8torchic. 20:09, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
The faster one goes first, pretty simple. Just like any moves with the same priority. Dexington 02:45, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
Getting back to the first question though...I want to know also...are you sure it's Focus Punch, not Mach Punch or something else? ht14 02:48, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
It is Focus Punch, because it doesn't go first like Mach Punch, and the text clearly says "BRELOOM used FOCUS PUNCH". I don't think it's misprogramming... why would the programmers make something like that? As far as I know, Battle Frontier Pokémon only use moves that they are able to legally know, and even then, these moves keep their effects as they are... hfc2X 23:59, 15 September 2009 (UTC)


If your opponent hits a Substitute, will focus punch still hit them? Mageslayer 07:51, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

New comments go at the bottom, and sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). In answer to your question, yes Focus Punch will work, provided that the opponent doesn't use a multi-hit move which breaks the sub. before its last move. I.e. If your Pokémon takes damage it will fail. If it doesn't take damage, it will succeed. Thus it is possible for a Focus Punch to hit after an attack misses it. Werdnae 08:32, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Apologies, the only other Wiki I edited wanted new comments first (sort of an automatic sort-by-date function, I guess), and I hadn't thought of the fact that this might be different. As for signing it... Well I forgot. My bad :P Mageslayer 09:05, 28 June 2009 (UTC)


Someone who knows how this template works, please remove Toxicroak. I tried and it makes everything after the table disappear. --ケンジガール 02:11, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Done. You needed to use the {{movebtm}} on the final template in the stack, because it contains the closing |}. Skipping it caused the trivia section, et al, to get eaten. —darklordtrom 02:43, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Anime uses

Should it be mentioned that this move is not as crappy in the anime? It dosn't seem to have any of the debilitating side effects the game has. In the anime it never seems to go second, the other pokemon just stands there and takes it, it collides with another move or misses fast pokemon. Very few times has any pokemon lost focus when using focus punch. This is obviously most prevalent with Aipom in which it was almost its signature move with Ash. -- D558 18:28, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Actually, that's because they use it when they have the time to pull it off. And unlike in the games, the user can dodge an attack. It does take time. If you haven't noticed, Ash normally had Aipom use it when the opponent had just attacked, or when they were on opposite sides of the battle field. Otherwise, he was lucky that Aipom pulled it off before getting hit. R.A. Hunter Blade 22:55, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Tightening its focus... while asleep.

Just noticed this fighting a wild Scrafty in White 2... if you put a Pokémon that knows Focus Punch to sleep, you'll still get the charge-up animation and "_____ is tightening its focus!" at the start of the turn even though the Pokémon is asleep! It doesn't even depend on whether the Pokémon is going to wake up that turn or not--I saw it happen two turns in a row when the Scrafty didn't wake up at the end of the turn. Should this be mentioned somewhere (as a glitch, or at least an oddity?) Also, does this happen in previous/later generations too or just a B/W/B2/W2 (or even just B2/W2) thing? FnrrfYgmSchnish (talk) 05:08, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

Focus Punch and Destiny Bond

Does the "charging turn" of Focus Punch cancel the effect of Destiny Bond like normal positive-priority skills (Quick Attack, Snatch, etc.) do?

Destiny Bond's effect lasts until the user makes its next move, regardless of speed or turn order; but does the charging of Focus Punch count as a move, or only the actual attack counts?


  • Turn 1: User uses Destiny Bond; enemy makes a move. (Order doesn't matter.)
  • Turn 2: User selects Focus Punch, message displays; enemy knocks out user before Focus Punch activates.

What happens now? Does the attacker faint to Destiny Bond? ~ Solarys (talk) 20:31, 14 December 2014 (UTC)