Vise Grip (move)

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If you were looking for the move with the English name Clamp, see Clamp (move).

Vise Grip
はさむ Clamp
Vise Grip IX.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  30 (max. 48)
Power  55
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
A highly appealing move.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Vise Grip (Japanese: はさむ Clamp), spelled ViceGrip from Generations I to V and Vice Grip from Generations VI to VII, is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.


Vise Grip inflicts damage and has no secondary effect.

Vise Grip can be used as the first move of a Pokémon Contest combination, causing Bind and Guillotine to score double the normal appeal if used in the next turn.


Games Description
StadStad2 A Normal-type attack used only by Pokémon with pincers. The target is gripped and injured.
GSC Grips with powerful pincers.
RSE Grips the foe with large and powerful pincers.
Colo.XD Grips the target with large and powerful pincers.
Huge, impressive pincers grip and squeeze the foe.
The target is gripped and squeezed from both sides to inflict damage.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
098 Krabby Krabby
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 20 12 12 5 5 5 5
099 Kingler Kingler
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 1, 20 1, 12 1, 12 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5
127 Pinsir Pinsir
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
303 Mawile Mawile
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Field Fairy 21 21 21 21XY
341 Corphish Corphish
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3 10 10 10 10XY
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7
599 Klink Klink
SteelIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1
600 Klang Klang
SteelIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1
601 Klinklang Klinklang
SteelIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1
632 Durant Durant
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 4
692 Clauncher Clauncher
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3 9 9 5 5
693 Clawitzer Clawitzer
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3 9 1, 9 1 1
736 Grubbin Grubbin
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1 1
737 Charjabug Charjabug
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1
738 Vikavolt Vikavolt
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1
739 Crabrawler Crabrawler
FightingIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 1
895 Regidrago Regidrago
DragonIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
950 Klawf Klawf
RockIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 1
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 and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, ViceGrip is a move with 6 base power, 90% accuracy and 22PP. The user attacks enemy in front of them.

Pokémon GO

GO Normal.png Vise Grip
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 35
Energy cost 33
Duration 1.9 seconds
Damage window 1.1 - 1.5 seconds
Vice Grip GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 40
Energy cost 40
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible


Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 15 → 25
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 25 → 35
    • Energy cost: 20 → 33
    • Duration: 2.1 → 1.9 seconds
    • Damage window: 1.85 - 2.1 → 1.1 - 1.5 seconds

Pokémon Rumble Rush

NormalIC RR.png Vise Grip
Attack power 21.58998
Charge time 0.78 seconds
Range type Arc (melee)
Number of hits 2
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None
Vise Grip Rumble Rush.png


Games Description
Inflicts damage on the target.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる
It damages an enemy.

In the anime

Rodman Clauncher Vice Grip.png Ash Corphish ViceGrip.png Ash Kingler ViceGrip.png Ash Krabby ViceGrip.png
Clauncher Corphish Kingler Krabby
Huge, impressive pincers grip and squeeze the foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Pinsir Pinsir Pinsir grabs the opponent with the horns on its head.
Samurai's Pinsir Challenge of the Samurai Debut
Howie's Pinsir The Ole' Berate and Switch! None
Krabby Krabby Krabby pinches the opponent with one or both of its claws.
A wild Krabby The Evolution Solution None
Ash's Krabby Round One - Begin! None
Kingler Kingler Kingler pinches the opponent with one or both of its claws.
Ash's Kingler Round One - Begin! None
Corphish Corphish Corphish pinches the opponent with one or both of its claws.
A wild Corphish Which Wurmple's Which? None
Ash's Corphish Seeing is Believing! None
Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Crawdaunt slams one of its claws into the opponent.
Mr. Saridakis's Crawdaunt On Olden Pond None
Clauncher Clauncher Clauncher pinches the opponent with one of its claws.
Rodman's Clauncher Going for the Gold! None

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 夾住 Gaapjyuh *
剪斷 Jíndyuhn *
鉗住 Kìhmjyuh *
Mandarin 夾住 / 夹住 Jiāzhù *
剪斷 Jiǎnduàn *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Pevné sevření
Denmark Flag.png Danish Skruestik
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Handgreep
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kuristusote*
France Flag.png European French Force Poigne
Germany Flag.png German Klammer
Greece Flag.png Greek Λαβή Σφιγκτήρας
India Flag.png Hindi दमदार शिकंजा Damdaar Shikanja
Italy Flag.png Italian Presa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 찝기 Jjipgi
Poland Flag.png Polish Atak Kleszczami*
Atak Szczypcami*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Agarramento Compressor (GO*, Sword & Shield–present)
Agarramento Viciado (GO*, Noble VictoriesUnbroken Bonds, manga)
Vice-Agarrar (anime)
Aperto com Garra (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Garra Tenaz (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Stega
Spain Flag.png Spanish Agarre
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Kloattack
Thailand Flag.png Thai หนีบ
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Kıskaç Kolu
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Kẹp


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