Tall grass

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Ethan and Cyndaquil explore the tall grass on Route 29

Tall grass (Japanese: むら tall grass) is a mechanic in the core series Pokémon games, and the habitat for many species of wild Pokémon. In games prior to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a wild Pokémon may appear and begin to battle the player if they are moving through tall grass.

Tall grass is found on most routes of the Pokémon world, with some routes containing more tall grass patches than others. If the player enters a patch of tall grass, they may randomly enter a wild Pokémon battle. People are warned to stay out of tall grass if they don't own a Pokémon, due to the possibility of being attacked by wild Pokémon. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, as wild Pokémon are encountered out in the open, moving through tall grass instead serves to make the player less visible to wild Pokémon. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the only core series games in which tall grass has no gameplay effect whatsoever.

In Generation I and Generation II, using Cut causes the tall grass tile directly in front of the player to be cut down. In Generation III, this instead cuts down a 3 by 3 area around the player; in Pokémon Emerald only, a Pokémon with Hyper Cutter will cut down a 5 by 5 area by using Cut. In Generation II, long grass, such as that in the National Park, requires multiple uses to be cut down; in Generation III, it is instantaneous. From Generation IV onward, Cut has no effect on tall grass.

Differences between games

RBY Grass.png
GSC Grass Kanto.png
GSC Grass Johto.png
RSE Grass.png RSE Grass ash.png
FRLG Grass.png
DP Grass.png
Pt Grass.png Pt Grass Shiny.png
HGSS Grass.png
BW Grass Sp.png BW Grass Su.png BW Grass Au.png BW Grass Wi.png
XYORAS Grass.png ORAS Grass ash.png
SMUSUM Grass.png SMUSUM Grass jungle.png SMUSUM Grass Akala.png SMUSUM Grass Poni.png SMUSUM Grass brown.png SMUSUM Grass Route 1.png
PE Grass.png

Technical mechanics

Poké Radar

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The Poké Radar is a device introduced in Generation IV that is used to seek out wild Pokémon hiding in long grass. If the Pokémon that is found is knocked out or captured in a Poké Ball, a chain will begin. These chains consist of multiple members of the same Pokémon species encountered one after another. The only catch is this: a player must not encounter any Pokémon just by walking through non-wiggling grass, only by walking into the grass that shakes. Therefore, it is recommended that Repel is used in order to ensure this and achieve a higher chain. Entering the same type of grassy patch the chain was started in that is the farthest away increases the chances of meeting the same kind of Pokémon consecutively. Long chains increase the chance of finding a Shiny Pokémon, which is indicated by the patch of grass glowing white twice rather than shaking. In Generation IV, long grass does not shake when the Poké Radar is used.

Alternative areas

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Long grass

Long grass on Route 119

Long grass (Japanese: むら long grass) is a type of tall grass that is taller than usual. These patches of grass have grown longer than the usual grass patches, containing different species of Pokémon. Long grass was introduced in Generation II. From Generation III until Generation VI, it is impossible to ride a bicycle through this type of grass (and impossible to run through it in Generation III). Some Trainers hide in the long grass patches, concealing themselves from view and surprising the player to a battle. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, long grass raises the relative encounter probability per step by the same amount a Bike would in regular tall grass, while in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, it increases by slightly less while walking and slightly more when running. Specifically, in the former, long grass increases the movement part of the formula from 40 to 70, while in latter it increases it from 20 to 60, which then can be increased further to 80 by running the long grass.

It appears in the following locations.

In Generation V, long grass can be normal or dark, functioning just like tall grass: phenomena can occur in normal long grass, while Double Battles can occur in dark long grass.

GSC Long Grass.png
RSE Long Grass.png
DPPt Long Grass.png
HGSS Long Grass.png
BW Long Grass Sp.png BW Long Grass Su.png BW Long Grass Au.png BW Long Grass Wi.png
BW Dark Long Grass Sp.png BW Dark Long Grass Su.png BW Dark Long Grass Au.png BW Dark Long Grass Wi.png
XYORAS Long Grass.png
SMUSUM Long Grass.png SMUSUM Long Grass jungle.png


Patch of seaweed

Seaweed (Japanese: 海草 sea grass) is located underwater in Hoenn as an underwater equivalent to tall grass on land. In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, seaweed can be found underwater on Routes 124 and 126. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it appears underwater on Routes 107, 124, 126, 128, 129, and 130. The chance of encountering Pokémon in seaweed is lower than that of tall grass.

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ORAS Seaweed.png

Dark grass

Dark tall grass (Japanese: むら dark tall grass) is exclusive to Generation V. In dark grass, not only are Pokémon found usually at much higher levels than those in regular grass, but there is a chance of encountering two wild Pokémon at a time, in a Double Battle. Pokémon encountered in dark grass are often similar to those found in normal grass areas of the route, but not identical (in particular, Pokémon encountered in dark grass may be slightly more difficult to catch). Often, Pokémon which are rare in normal grass are more common in dark grass. Pokémon encountered in dark grass may also have a 1% chance of holding a special item.

Patches of dark grass are typically separated from patches of normal grass. Dark grass does not rustle. There is also long dark grass, which behaves like both types of grass simultaneously.

BW Dark Grass Sp.png BW Dark Grass Su.png BW Dark Grass Au.png BW Dark Grass Wi.png
BW Dark Long Grass Sp.png BW Dark Long Grass Su.png BW Dark Long Grass Au.png BW Dark Long Grass Wi.png

Rustling grass

Main article: Phenomenon

Rustling grass (Japanese: れるむら rustling tall grass) is found in Generation V, in virtually any area with patches of tall grass. Occasionally, a patch of grass can be seen shaking. Entering such a patch triggers a battle with a wild Pokémon. The Pokémon found in rustling grass differ from route to route, but all areas (except Route 19) contain Audino. In most areas, it is possible to encounter in rustling grass the evolved forms of Pokémon found in regular grass. Regular tall grass has a chance to start rustling for every step the player takes. Rustling grass will stop shaking if the player enters a battle, or if they leave the area (even if that specific grass patch remains on the screen). Dark grass does not rustle.

BW Rustling Grass Sp.png BW Rustling Grass Su.png BW Rustling Grass Au.png BW Rustling Grass Wi.png


Flowers (Japanese: 花畑 flower bed) are a kind of overworld tile introduced in Generation VI that function like tall grass. The Pokémon that can be found in one color of flowers may be different than those found in another color or in tall grass; especially with Flabébé (whose flower generally matches which patch it is found in). In Kalos, flowers can be yellow, red, or purple; in Alola, they can only be yellow or red.

Flowers that yield wild Pokémon appear in the following locations.

XY Yellow Flowers.png XY Red Flowers.png XY Purple Flowers.png
SMUSUM Yellow Flowers.png SMUSUM Red Flowers.png

In battle

Certain moves have special effects when used in a battle on a grass tile.

Cutting grass

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In spin-off games

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, tall grass appears in all of the game's stages except for Panic Parade. Unlike in the main series, tall grass is unrelated to the function of wild Pokémon. Instead, Pokémon can hide within the tall grass. Standing in tall grass prevents players from the opposing team from seeing the Pokémon unless both players are next to each other. (Wild Pokémon are invisible to the Pokémon of both teams.)

Some effects interact with tall grass. Comfey's Unite Move, Flowery Fields Forever, creates tall grass. Its Triage Ability triggers when it enters tall grass, allowing Comfey to collect flowers. Goodra's Gooey Ability allows it to recover HP for a short amount of time when entering tall grass. Inteleon's Unite Move, Azure Spy Vision, allows it to see opposing Pokémon in tall grass. Leafeon's Chlorophyll Ability only fills its gauge while Leafeon is not in tall grass. Mimikyu's Shadow Sneak extends farther from Mimikyu if the move goes through tall grass. Meowscarada's Trailblaze has increased range when Meowscarada is standing in tall grass. While hidden in tall grass, opponents can still receive damage. However, moves that require a target cannot be performed against Pokémon hidden in tall grass. Some attacks, such as Comfey's Magical Leaf, can target opponents hidden within tall grass.


In other languages

Tall grass

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 草叢 Chóuchùhng
Mandarin 草叢 / 草丛 Cǎocóng
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Vysoká tráva
French Canada Flag.png Canada Herbe haute*
France Flag.png Europe Hautes herbes
Germany Flag.png German Hohes Gras
Italy Flag.png Italian Erba alta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 풀숲 Pulsup
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Grama alta*
Mato cerrado*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hierba alta
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bụi cây

Long grass

Language Title
France Flag.png French Longues herbes
Germany Flag.png German Sehr hohes Gras
Italy Flag.png Italian Erba molto alta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 긴 풀숲 Gin Pulsup
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hierba muy alta


Language Title
France Flag.png French Algues
Germany Flag.png German Seegras
Italy Flag.png Italian Alghe
South Korea Flag.png Korean 해초 Haecho
Spain Flag.png Spanish Algas

Dark tall grass

Language Title
France Flag.png French Herbes sombres
Germany Flag.png German Dunkles hohes Gras
Italy Flag.png Italian Erba di colore scuro
South Korea Flag.png Korean 색이 진한 풀숲 Saegi Jinhan Pulsup
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hierba alta oscura

Rustling grass

Language Title
France Flag.png French Hautes herbes remuantes
Germany Flag.png German Raschelndes hohes Gras
Italy Flag.png Italian Erba alta che ondeggia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흔들리는 풀숲 Heundeullineun Pulsup
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hierba alta que se mueve


Language Title
France Flag.png French Fleurs
Germany Flag.png German Blumen
Italy Flag.png Italian Fiori
South Korea Flag.png Korean 꽃밭 Kkotbat
Spain Flag.png Spanish Flores

Special tiles in the Pokémon games
Cave tileHoleIce tileLedgeMarsh tilePuddleSand tileSnow tile
Spin tileSoft soilTall grassTrapWarp tileWater tile
Dungeon tile

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