Type  Ghost
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat or Magic Bounce
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe
Self Ally
Affects the user
  • Not a TM, HM or Move Tutor move.

Curse is a non-damaging Ghost-type move.


Curse acts differently depending on whether the user has the Ghost type or not. If the user changes type before using Curse, Curse will obey the user's type at the time of the move's execution.

Ghost-type Pokémon[]

The user will lose half of its maximum HP (rounded down) and put a curse on the target. If the user has less than half of its maximum HP remaining, the move will execute fully but cause the user to faint. A cursed Pokémon will lose ¼ of its maximum HP at the end of each turn. The curse will remain until the Pokémon switches out or the battle ends. This move is not blocked by Protect or Detect.

The user does not lose HP if Curse misses (due to a move with a semi-invulnerable turn) or fails (due to the target already being affected by Curse).

Non-Ghost-type Pokémon[]

The user's Speed stat will drop by one stage and its Attack stat and Defense stat will rise by one stage each. Despite being an effect acting on the user, this move will fail if there are no opponents on the field.


A move that works differently for the Ghost type than for all the other types.


By leveling up[]

# Pokémon Type Level
027 Pebblosa Pebblosa Normal Normal 44
028 Terratetra Terratetra Normal Rock 54
029 Gigaard Gigaard Normal Rock 62
051 Perishroom Perishroom Poison Ghost 33
086 Burrowl Burrowl Ground Ground 45
109 Chelonite Chelonite Psychic Rock 10
111 Magnitogre Magnitogre Steel Steel 41
117 Pueblant Pueblant Bug Rock 42
118 Cahokisect Cahokisect Bug Rock 58
127 Ignishell Ignishell Fire Fire 20
128 Shelosene Shelosene Fire Steel 20
129 Flarrapin Flarrapin Fire Steel 20
130 Desoula Desoula Ghost Flying 26
131 Necrow Necrow Ghost Flying 26
135 Calphite Calphite Rock Ground 51
136 Indrolith Indrolith Rock Ground 64
140 Forthorn Forthorn Ghost Grass 42
154 Leukoon Leukoon Ghost Normal 19
161 Chilloth Chilloth Water Water 27
162 Soakoth Soakoth Water Water 27
194 Gilla Gilla Poison Poison 53
195 Hornizard Hornizard Poison Poison 61
196 Ankillosore Ankillosore Poison Ground 61
219 Draggar Draggar Water Water 43
220 Ragnarow Ragnarow Water Dragon 43
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 Type Father
Direct Chain
020 Pengliff Pengliff Ice Ice PebblosaTerratetraGigaardBurrowlChelonitePueblantCahokisectCalphiteIndrolithLeukoon KoblinSkurrowIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinDesoulaNecrowDoppoleChillothSoakothGillaHornizardAnkillosoreDraggarRagnarow
024 Koblin Koblin Dark Dark CheloniteIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinCalphiteIndrolithGillaHornizardAnkillosore PengliffPebblosaTerratetraGigaardBurrowlSkurrowPueblantCahokisectDesoulaNecrowDoppoleLeukoonChillothSoakothDraggarRagnarow
086 Burrowl Burrowl Ground Ground PebblosaTerratetraGigaardDesoulaNecrowCalphiteIndrolithLeukoon PengliffKoblinSkurrowChelonitePueblantCahokisectIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinDoppoleChillothSoakothGillaHornizardAnkillosoreDraggarRagnarow
099 Skurrow Skurrow Ground Ground PebblosaTerratetraGigaardBurrowlCalphiteIndrolithLeukoonDraggarRagnarow PengliffKoblinChelonitePueblantCahokisectIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinDesoulaNecrowDoppoleChillothSoakothGillaHornizardAnkillosore
135 Calphite Calphite Rock Ground PebblosaTerratetraGigaardBurrowlCheloniteIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinIndrolithLeukoonGillaHornizardAnkillosore PengliffKoblinSkurrowPueblantCahokisectDesoulaNecrowDoppoleChillothSoakothDraggarRagnarow
147 Doppole Doppole Normal Normal CheloniteIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinCalphiteIndrolithGillaHornizardAnkillosore PengliffKoblinPebblosaTerratetraGigaardBurrowlSkurrowPueblantCahokisectDesoulaNecrowLeukoonChillothSoakothDraggarRagnarow
154 Leukoon Leukoon Ghost Normal PebblosaTerratetraGigaardBurrowlCalphiteIndrolith PengliffKoblinSkurrowChelonitePueblantCahokisectIgnishellSheloseneFlarrapinDesoulaNecrowDoppoleChillothSoakothGillaHornizardAnkillosoreDraggarRagnarow
201 Icetope Icetope Ice Poison NO VALID FATHERS! NO VALID FATHERS!
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By a prior evolution[]

# Pokémon Type Prior evolution
110 Galaxagos Galaxagos Psychic Rock Chelonite
132 Vultergyst Vultergyst Ghost Flying DesoulaNecrow
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.