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Acupressure

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Normal - - 30 0 - User or partner

Description

Boosts a random stat, including accuracy and evasion, by two stages as long as the stat is not already at +6. Fails if no stat stage can be raised or if used on an ally with a Substitute. This move ignores Protect and Detect.

Competitive Use

Acupressure is an intriguing move that could have many useful applications. Its biggest draw is undoubtedly its ability to increase the evasion stat of the user without breaking the Evasion Clause, which prevents the use of moves such as Minimize and Double Team in Smogon's standard competitive metagames. However, in most cases it is not worth the bother to try to stall for the evasion boost, as the chances of it occurring before the user is knocked out by the opponent's attacks, and then being of use afterwards, are at best minimal. Competitively speaking, more reliable boosting moves are favored; however, Acupressure is infamous for its integral role in several noteworthy strategies for pulling off win streaks in the Battle Subway, when coupled with a Trick or Flash user—Drapion with Acupressure, Rest, Substitute, and Crunch is the most well-known of these.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Croagunk Poison / Fighting LC Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
Dodrio Normal / Flying NU Run Away / Early Bird / Tangled Feet 60 110 70 60 60 100 460
Doduo Normal / Flying LC Run Away / Early Bird / Tangled Feet 35 85 45 35 35 75 310
Drapion Poison / Dark RU Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye 70 90 110 60 75 95 500
Maractus Grass NU Water Absorb / Chlorophyll / Storm Drain 75 86 67 106 67 60 461
Medicham Fighting / Psychic RU Pure Power / Telepathy 60 60 75 60 75 80 410
Shuckle Bug / Rock NU Sturdy / Gluttony / Contrary 20 10 230 10 230 5 505
Skorupi Poison / Bug LC Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye 40 50 90 30 55 65 330
Tentacool Water / Poison LC Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 40 40 35 50 100 70 335
Tentacruel Water / Poison OU Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 80 70 65 80 120 100 515
Toxicroak Poison / Fighting OU Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 83 106 65 86 65 85 490