Substitute

Stats

Base PowerPower PointsAccuracy
10—%
Effect ChancePriorityTarget
—%0User

Taught via

TM/HM: 090

Move Flags

Flavor Text

The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user’s decoy.

Effect

Transfers 1/4 the user's max HP into a doll that absorbs damage and causes most negative move effects to fail. If the user leaves the field, the doll will vanish. If the user cannot pay the HP cost, this move will fail.

The doll takes damage as normal, using the user's stats and types, and will break when its HP reaches zero. Self-inflicted damage from confusion or recoil is not absorbed. Healing effects from opponents ignore the doll and heal the user as normal. Moves that work based on the user's HP still do so; the doll's HP does not influence any move.

The doll will block major status effects, confusion, and flinching. The effects of Smelling Salts and Wake-Up Slap do not trigger against a doll, even if the Pokémon behind the doll has the appropriate major status effect. Multi-turn trapping moves like Wrap will hit the doll for their regular damage, but the multi-turn trapping and damage effects will not activate.

Moves blocked or damage absorbed by the doll do not count as hitting the user or inflicting damage for any effects that respond to such, e.g., Avalanche, Counter, or a Rowap Berry. Magic Coat still works as normal, even against moves the doll would block. Opposing Pokémon that damage the doll with a leech move like Absorb are healed as normal.

It will also block Acupressure, Block, the curse effect of Curse, Dream Eater, Embargo, Flatter, Gastro Acid, Grudge, Heal Block, Leech Seed, Lock-On, Mean Look, Mimic, Mind Reader, Nightmare, Pain Split, Psycho Shift, Spider Web, Sketch, Swagger, Switcheroo, Trick, Worry Seed, and Yawn. A Pokémon affected by Yawn before summoning the doll will still fall to sleep.

The doll blocks Intimidate, but all other abilities act as though the doll did not exist. If the user has an ability that absorbs moves of a certain type for HP (such as Volt Absorb absorbing Thunder Wave), such moves will not be blocked.

Life Orb and berries that cause confusion still work as normal, but their respective HP loss and confusion are absorbed/blocked by the doll.

The user is still vulnerable to damage inflicted when entering or leaving the field, such as by Pursuit or Spikes; however, the doll will block the poison effect of Toxic Spikes.

The doll is passed on by Baton Pass. It keeps its existing HP, but uses the replacement Pokémon's stats and types for damage calculation.

All other effects work as normal.

Pokémon that learn Substitute by level (7)

Phoenixdex Pokémon (7)

Dauvespa
Dauvespa
Bug Ground
Overcoat
Cast Off
70/95/95/50/50/90
Level 44
Scaresteiff
Scaresteiff
Normal Ghost
Guard Down, Saboteur
Fluffy
110/85/80/110/65/70
Level 28
Dustley
Dustley
Normal
Pickup, Overcoat
Shield Dust
50/45/55/25/35/40
Level 45
Freye
Freye
Water Ground
Damp
Unaware
85/30/60/45/40/15
Level 13
Floundirt
Floundirt
Water Ground
Damp
Unaware
105/50/80/65/60/35
Level 13

Pokémon that learn Substitute via move relearner (1)

Phoenixdex Pokémon (1)

Pokémon that learn Substitute by TM/HM (403)

Phoenixdex Pokémon (271)

Cindigre
Cindigre
Fire
Blaze
Strong Jaw
50/64/40/40/55/60
Faintrick
Faintrick
Normal
Unnerve
44/66/50/35/33/57
Fraudkill
Fraudkill
Normal
Play Dead
74/106/80/65/63/87
Mambar
Mambar
Poison
Sturdy
Rattled
30/40/66/35/35/84
Crocoal
Crocoal
Fire
Blaze
Beguile
52/55/43/70/40/58
Feucrota
Feucrota
Fire
Blaze
Beguile
66/69/54/90/50/76
Burungin
Burungin
Fire Dark
Blaze
Beguile
84/85/74/121/70/101
Cerisol
Cerisol
Grass Fire
Flower Gift
75/80/80/117/80/93
Ramfere
Ramfere
Electric Dark
Static
Minus
90/115/90/55/85/75
Freye
Freye
Water Ground
Damp
Unaware
85/30/60/45/40/15
Halirth
Halirth
Water Ground
Damp
Unaware
125/70/100/85/80/55
Caslot
Caslot
Dark Fairy
Lucky Shot
Moody
70/77/80/77/80/113
Bojina
Bojina
Ghost
Beguile
Pressure
80/90/60/40/65/65
Noperajina
Noperajina
Ghost
Beguile
Illusion
100/120/80/65/85/80
Fallorite
Fallorite
Rock Fire
Levitate
45/70/85/55/50/30
Volstarite
Volstarite
Rock Fire
Levitate
65/120/135/95/70/50
Dasfix
Dasfix
Steel Poison
Levitate
45/55/40/60/70/30
Malraja
Malraja
Steel Poison
Levitate
80/90/75/95/120/65
Makima
Makima
Normal
Levitate
40/10/55/55/55/40
Makitaku
Makitaku
Normal Psychic
Levitate
70/30/105/105/105/70
Loftitan-R
Loftitan-R
Steel
Pressure
Sturdy
80/100/105/50/105/40
Asgolan
Asgolan
Fire Fairy
Blaze
Prankster
73/75/65/107/95/120

Canon Pokémon (132)

Vulpix
Vulpix
Fire
Flash Fire
Drought
38/41/40/50/65/65
Ninetales
Ninetales
Fire
Flash Fire
Drought
73/76/75/81/100/100
Mega Kangaskhan
Mega Kangaskhan
Normal
Parental Bond
105/125/100/60/100/100
Mareep
Mareep
Electric
Static
Plus
55/40/40/65/45/35
Flaaffy
Flaaffy
Electric
Static
Plus
70/55/55/80/60/45
Ampharos
Ampharos
Electric
Static
Plus
90/75/85/115/90/55
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Ghost
Levitate
60/60/60/85/85/85
Remoraid
Remoraid
Water
Hustle, Sniper
Moody
35/65/35/65/35/65
Phanpy
Phanpy
Ground
Pickup
Sand Veil
90/60/60/40/40/40
Donphan
Donphan
Ground
Sturdy
Sand Veil
90/120/120/60/60/50
Mega Mawile
Mega Mawile
Steel Fairy
Huge Power
50/105/125/55/95/50
Mega Aggron
Mega Aggron
Steel
Filter
70/140/230/60/80/50
Mega Sharpedo
Mega Sharpedo
Water Dark
Strong Jaw
70/140/70/110/65/105
Mega Camerupt
Mega Camerupt
Fire Ground
Sheer Force
70/120/100/145/105/20
Mega Altaria
Mega Altaria
Dragon Fairy
Pixilate
75/110/110/110/105/80
Duskull
Duskull
Ghost
Levitate
Frisk
20/40/90/30/90/25
Dusclops
Dusclops
Ghost
Pressure
Frisk
40/70/130/60/130/25
Mega Absol
Mega Absol
Dark
Magic Bounce
65/150/60/115/60/115
Mega Glalie
Mega Glalie
Ice
Refrigerate
80/120/80/120/80/100
Cherubi
Cherubi
Grass
Chlorophyll
45/35/45/62/53/35
Cherrim
Cherrim
Grass
Flower Gift
70/60/70/87/78/85
Mismagius
Mismagius
Ghost
Levitate
60/60/60/105/105/105
Dusknoir
Dusknoir
Ghost
Pressure
Frisk
45/100/135/65/135/45
Cryogonal
Cryogonal
Ice
Levitate
80/50/50/95/135/105
Durant
Durant
Bug Steel
Swarm, Hustle
Truant
58/109/112/48/48/109
Honedge
Honedge
Steel Ghost
No Guard
45/80/100/35/37/28
Doublade
Doublade
Steel Ghost
No Guard
59/110/150/45/49/35
Clauncher
Clauncher
Water
Mega Launcher
50/53/62/58/63/44
Clawitzer
Clawitzer
Water
Mega Launcher
71/73/88/120/89/59
Diancie
Diancie
Rock Fairy
Clear Body
50/100/150/100/150/50
Mega Diancie
Mega Diancie
Rock Fairy
Magic Bounce
50/160/110/160/110/110