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Close Combat

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Fighting 120 100% 5 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage. Lowers the user's Defense by one stage 100% of the time, and lowers Special Defense by one stage if and only if Defense is attempted to be lowered by the effect of this move.

Competitive Use

Close Combat is possibly the most lauded Fighting-type move in the game, and undoubtedly one of the best offensive moves out there, since it has a very high 120 Base Power, a fairly inconsequential side effect, and provides the amazing Fighting-type coverage. It does lower both of the user's defensive stats by one stage, but most users of it are frail anyway, as well as fast.

Related Moves

Hi Jump Kick is a stronger alternative that will inflict heavy recoil should the user miss.

Superpower is an alternative with 120 Base Power, but lowers the user's Attack and Defense by one stage.

Brick Break is an alternative with 75 Base Power that can also destroy Reflect and Light Screen.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Arcanine Fire UU Intimidate / Flash Fire / Justified 90 110 80 100 80 95 555
Cobalion Steel / Fighting UU Justified 91 90 129 90 72 108 580
Gallade Psychic / Fighting RU Steadfast / Justified 68 125 65 65 115 80 518
Granbull Normal NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Rattled 90 120 75 60 60 45 450
Growlithe Fire LC Intimidate / Flash Fire / Justified 55 70 45 70 50 60 350
Hariyama Fighting RU Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 144 120 60 40 60 50 474
Heracross Bug / Fighting UU Swarm / Guts / Moxie 80 125 75 40 95 85 500
Hitmonchan Fighting RU Keen Eye / Iron Fist / Inner Focus 50 105 79 35 110 76 455
Hitmonlee Fighting RU Limber / Reckless / Unburden 50 120 53 35 110 87 455
Hitmontop Fighting UU Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast 50 95 95 35 110 70 455
Infernape Fire / Fighting OU Blaze / Iron Fist 76 104 71 104 71 108 534
Keldeo Water / Fighting OU Justified 91 72 90 129 90 108 580
Lucario Fighting / Steel OU Steadfast / Inner Focus / Justified 70 110 70 115 70 90 525
Machamp Fighting UU Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 90 130 80 65 85 55 505
Machoke Fighting NU Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 80 100 70 50 60 45 405
Machop Fighting LC Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 70 80 50 35 35 35 305
Makuhita Fighting LC Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 72 60 30 20 30 25 237
Mankey Fighting LC Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
Meloetta Normal / Psychic UU Serene Grace 100 77 77 128 128 90 600
Meloetta-P Normal / Fighting UU Serene Grace 100 128 90 77 77 128 600
Pinsir Bug NU Hyper Cutter / Mold Breaker / Moxie 65 125 100 55 70 85 500
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
Sawk Fighting NU Sturdy / Inner Focus / Mold Breaker 75 125 75 30 75 85 465
Snubbull Normal LC Intimidate / Run Away / Rattled 60 80 50 40 40 30 300
Staraptor Normal / Flying BL Intimidate / Reckless 85 120 70 50 50 100 475
Teddiursa Normal LC Pickup / Quick Feet / Honey Gather 60 80 50 50 50 40 330
Terrakion Rock / Fighting OU Justified 91 129 90 72 90 108 580
Ursaring Normal NU Guts / Quick Feet / Unnerve 90 130 75 75 75 55 500
Virizion Grass / Fighting UU Justified 91 90 72 90 129 108 580
Zangoose Normal NU Immunity / Toxic Boost 73 115 60 60 60 90 458