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Assurance

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Dark 50 100% 10 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage. If the target has received damage on this turn before this move was used, this move's Base Power is doubled. However, if the target received damage by any of the following methods Base Power will not double: self-inflicted damage by using an attack (Curse, Belly Drum, or Substitute), hit itself in confusion, recoil from Struggle, or being hit with the move Pain Split. If the target is dealt zero damage from an attack that would have damaged it, except for the effect of a final modifier or the attack itself, then Base Power will be doubled.

Competitive Use

Assurance is a rare sight competitively, as it faces competition as a physical Dark-type attack from the much more reliable Crunch, as well as from Payback. However, since Payback no longer hits with doubled power on the switch, Assurance is now the best Dark-type attack with which to hit a predicted Ghost- or Psychic-type switch-in provided that Stealth Rock or Spikes is present. Assurance also suits slower, more defensive Pokemon since its power cannot be doubled if the user moves first. Donphan is a Pokemon that may be seen to use Assurance, since it lacks a better Dark-type move, and has the above attributes, often needing to hit spinblockers on the switch.

Related Moves

Payback has the same Base Power, but its power is doubled instead if the opponent moves first.

Crunch is a similar move hitting with a reliable 80 Base Power, and with a chance to lower Defense.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Absol Dark RU Pressure / Super Luck / Justified 65 130 60 75 60 75 465
Aerodactyl Rock / Flying RU Rock Head / Pressure / Unnerve 80 105 65 60 75 130 515
Axew Dragon LC Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 46 87 60 30 40 57 320
Beartic Ice NU Snow Cloak / Swift Swim 95 110 80 70 80 50 485
Beedrill Bug / Poison NU Swarm / Sniper 65 80 40 45 80 75 385
Bisharp Dark / Steel UU Defiant / Inner Focus / Pressure 65 125 100 60 70 70 490
Cranidos Rock LC Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 67 125 40 30 30 58 350
Cubchoo Ice LC Snow Cloak / Rattled 55 70 40 60 40 40 305
Deino Dark / Dragon LC Hustle 52 65 50 45 50 38 300
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
Donphan Ground OU Sturdy / Sand Veil 90 120 120 60 60 50 500
Emboar Fire / Fighting RU Blaze / Reckless 110 123 65 100 65 65 528
Fearow Normal / Flying NU Keen Eye / Sniper 65 90 65 61 61 100 442
Fraxure Dragon NU Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 66 117 70 40 50 67 410
Girafarig Normal / Psychic NU Inner Focus / Early Bird / Sap Sipper 70 80 65 90 65 85 455
Glameow Normal LC Limber / Own Tempo / Keen Eye 49 55 42 42 37 85 310
Haxorus Dragon OU Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 76 147 90 60 70 97 540
Honchkrow Dark / Flying UU Insomnia / Super Luck / Moxie 100 125 52 105 52 71 505
Hydreigon Dark / Dragon OU Levitate 92 105 90 125 90 98 600
Koffing Poison LC Levitate 40 65 95 60 45 35 340
Krookodile Ground / Dark UU Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 95 117 70 65 70 92 509
Larvitar Rock / Ground LC Guts / Sand Veil 50 64 50 45 50 41 300
Liepard Dark NU Limber / Unburden / Prankster 64 88 50 88 50 106 446
Mankey Fighting LC Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
Meowth Normal LC Pickup / Technician / Unnerve 40 45 35 40 40 90 290
Mightyena Dark NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Moxie 70 90 70 60 60 70 420
Murkrow Dark / Flying NU Insomnia / Super Luck / Prankster 60 85 42 85 42 91 405
Oshawott Water LC Torrent / Shell Armor 55 55 45 63 45 45 308
Patrat Normal LC Run Away / Keen Eye / Analytic 45 55 39 35 39 42 255
Pawniard Dark / Steel LC Defiant / Inner Focus / Pressure 45 85 70 40 40 60 340
Persian Normal NU Limber / Technician / Unnerve 65 70 60 65 65 115 440
Poochyena Dark LC Run Away / Quick Feet / Rattled 35 55 35 30 30 35 220
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
Purrloin Dark LC Limber / Unburden / Prankster 41 50 37 50 37 66 281
Purugly Normal NU Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Defiant 71 82 64 64 59 112 452
Rampardos Rock NU Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 97 165 60 65 50 58 495
Raticate Normal NU Run Away / Guts / Hustle 55 81 60 50 70 97 413
Rattata Normal LC Run Away / Guts / Hustle 30 56 35 25 35 72 253
Samurott Water NU Torrent / Shell Armor 95 100 85 108 70 70 528
Sandile Ground / Dark LC Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 50 72 35 35 35 65 292
Seviper Poison NU Shed Skin / Infiltrator 73 100 60 100 60 65 458
Sharpedo Water / Dark UU Rough Skin / Speed Boost 70 120 40 95 40 95 460
Skarmory Steel / Flying OU Keen Eye / Sturdy / Weak Armor 65 80 140 40 70 70 465
Spearow Normal / Flying LC Keen Eye / Sniper 40 60 30 31 31 70 262
Swoobat Psychic / Flying NU Unaware / Klutz / Simple 67 57 55 77 55 114 425
Tepig Fire LC Blaze / Thick Fat 65 63 45 45 45 45 308
Tyranitar Rock / Dark OU Sand Stream / Unnerve 100 134 110 95 100 61 600
Umbreon Dark UU Synchronize / Inner Focus 95 65 110 60 130 65 525
Watchog Normal NU Illuminate / Keen Eye / Analytic 60 85 69 60 69 77 420
Weavile Dark / Ice UU Pressure / Pickpocket 70 120 65 45 85 125 510
Weezing Poison NU Levitate 65 90 120 85 70 60 490
Woobat Psychic / Flying LC Unaware / Klutz / Simple 55 45 43 55 43 72 313
Zweilous Dark / Dragon NU Hustle 72 85 70 65 70 58 420