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Confuse Ray

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Ghost - 100% 10 0 - Single non-user

Description

Confuses the target. Despite being a Ghost-type move, it will successfully confuse Normal-type targets. Pokemon protected by Magic Coat or the ability Magic Bounce are unaffected and instead redirect this move back to the user. Pokemon with the ability Own Tempo are immune.

Competitive Use

This is the best non-damaging confusion move in the game (though admittedly that's not saying much). Confuse Ray is a 100% accuracy move that induces confusion to any Pokemon, unless they have the ability Own Tempo or are protected by Safeguard. Very few battlers will use it, as it's not appealing for trainers to bet on a 50% chance for the target not to attack. In this fast and offensive metagame, there is simply not enough time for it to provide a return on the turns taken to use it, especially as the target can always just switch out. Generally, it is preferably to use something like Machamp's DynamicPunch, which not only does damage but also keeps offensive momentum.

In most cases, the only trainers who will use Confuse Ray competitively are those who are trying to annoy you to death, such as on the infamous Thunder Wave / Attract / Confuse Ray Snow Cloak Froslass in the hail. More commonly, it is used on bulky Pokemon in conjunction with a paralysis move to create the annoying "parafusion" condition, in which case the target has only a 25% chance to successfully pull off a move on average. A notable user of that technique is Regigigas, who will often have to stall for several turns to be rid of its Slow Start ability.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Banette Ghost NU Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 64 115 65 83 63 65 455
Bronzong Steel / Psychic UU Levitate / Heatproof / Heavy Metal 67 89 116 79 116 33 500
Bronzor Steel / Psychic LC Levitate / Heatproof / Heavy Metal 57 24 86 24 86 23 300
Chandelure Ghost / Fire UU Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 60 55 90 145 90 80 520
Chinchou Water / Electric LC Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb 75 38 38 56 56 67 330
Clamperl Water LC Shell Armor / Rattled 35 64 85 74 55 32 345
Corsola Water / Rock NU Hustle / Natural Cure / Regenerator 55 55 85 65 85 35 380
Cradily Rock / Grass NU Suction Cups / Storm Drain 86 81 97 81 107 43 495
Crobat Poison / Flying UU Inner Focus / Infiltrator 85 90 80 70 80 130 535
Cryogonal Ice RU Levitate 70 50 30 95 135 105 485
Drapion Poison / Dark RU Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye 70 90 110 60 75 95 500
Duosion Psychic NU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 65 40 50 125 60 30 370
Dusclops Ghost UU Pressure 40 70 130 60 130 25 455
Dusknoir Ghost RU Pressure 45 100 135 65 135 45 525
Duskull Ghost LC Levitate 20 40 90 30 90 25 295
Feebas Water LC Swift Swim / Adaptability 20 15 20 10 55 80 200
Frillish Water / Ghost LC Water Absorb / Cursed Body / Damp 55 40 50 65 85 40 335
Froslass Ice / Ghost BL Snow Cloak / Cursed Body 70 80 70 80 70 110 480
Gallade Psychic / Fighting RU Steadfast / Justified 68 125 65 65 115 80 518
Gardevoir Psychic NU Synchronize / Trace / Telepathy 68 65 65 125 115 80 518
Gastly Ghost / Poison LC Levitate 30 35 30 100 35 80 310
Gengar Ghost / Poison OU Levitate 60 65 60 130 75 110 500
Golbat Poison / Flying NU Inner Focus / Infiltrator 75 80 70 65 75 90 455
Golduck Water NU Damp / Cloud Nine / Swift Swim 80 82 78 95 80 85 500
Gorebyss Water NU Swift Swim / Hydration 55 84 105 114 75 52 485
Grumpig Psychic NU Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Gluttony 80 45 65 90 110 80 470
Haunter Ghost / Poison NU Levitate 45 50 45 115 55 95 405
Honchkrow Dark / Flying UU Insomnia / Super Luck / Moxie 100 125 52 105 52 71 505
Huntail Water NU Swift Swim / Water Veil 55 104 105 94 75 52 485
Illumise Bug NU Oblivious / Tinted Lens / Prankster 65 47 55 73 75 85 400
Jellicent Water / Ghost OU Water Absorb / Cursed Body / Damp 100 60 70 85 105 60 480
Kabuto Rock / Water LC Swift Swim / Battle Armor / Weak Armor 30 80 90 55 45 55 355
Kabutops Rock / Water RU Swift Swim / Battle Armor / Weak Armor 60 115 105 65 70 80 495
Lampent Ghost / Fire NU Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 60 40 60 95 60 55 370
Lanturn Water / Electric RU Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb 125 58 58 76 76 67 460
Lapras Water / Ice NU Water Absorb / Shell Armor / Hydration 130 85 80 85 95 60 535
Lileep Rock / Grass LC Suction Cups / Storm Drain 66 41 77 61 87 23 355
Litwick Ghost / Fire LC Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 50 30 55 65 55 20 275
Magby Fire LC Flame Body / Vital Spirit 45 75 37 70 55 83 365
Magmar Fire NU Flame Body / Vital Spirit 65 95 57 100 85 93 495
Magmortar Fire RU Flame Body / Vital Spirit 75 95 67 125 95 83 540
Mantine Water / Flying NU Swift Swim / Water Absorb / Water Veil 65 40 70 80 140 70 465
Mantyke Water / Flying LC Swift Swim / Water Absorb / Water Veil 45 20 50 60 120 50 345
Milotic Water UU Marvel Scale / Cute Charm 95 60 79 100 125 81 540
Mime Jr. Psychic LC Soundproof / Filter / Technician 20 25 45 70 90 60 310
Misdreavus Ghost NU Levitate 60 60 60 85 85 85 435
Mismagius Ghost UU Levitate 60 60 60 105 105 105 495
Mr. Mime Psychic NU Soundproof / Filter / Technician 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
Murkrow Dark / Flying NU Insomnia / Super Luck / Prankster 60 85 42 85 42 91 405
Natu Psychic / Flying NU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 40 50 45 70 45 70 320
Ninetales Fire OU Flash Fire / Drought 73 76 75 81 100 100 505
Psyduck Water LC Damp / Cloud Nine / Swift Swim 50 52 48 65 50 55 320
Ralts Psychic LC Synchronize / Trace / Telepathy 28 25 25 45 35 40 198
Regigigas Normal NU Slow Start 110 160 110 80 110 100 670
Reuniclus Psychic OU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 110 65 75 125 85 30 490
Rotom Electric / Ghost RU Levitate 50 50 77 95 77 91 440
Rotom-C Electric / Grass RU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-F Electric / Ice NU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-H Electric / Fire UU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-S Electric / Flying NU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-W Electric / Water OU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Sableye Dark / Ghost UU Keen Eye / Stall / Prankster 50 75 75 65 65 50 380
Shedinja Bug / Ghost NU Wonder Guard / Wonder Guard 1 90 45 30 30 40 236
Shuppet Ghost LC Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 44 75 35 63 33 45 295
Skorupi Poison / Bug LC Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye 40 50 90 30 55 65 330
Solosis Psychic LC Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 45 30 40 105 50 20 290
Spiritomb Ghost / Dark RU Pressure / Infiltrator 50 92 108 92 108 35 485
Spoink Psychic LC Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Gluttony 60 25 35 70 80 60 330
Stantler Normal NU Intimidate / Frisk / Sap Sipper 73 95 62 85 65 85 465
Starmie Water / Psychic OU Illuminate / Natural Cure / Analytic 60 75 85 100 85 115 520
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
Umbreon Dark UU Synchronize / Inner Focus 95 65 110 60 130 65 525
Vespiquen Bug / Flying NU Pressure / Unnerve 70 80 102 80 102 40 474
Volbeat Bug NU Illuminate / Swarm / Prankster 65 73 55 47 75 85 400
Watchog Normal NU Illuminate / Keen Eye / Analytic 60 85 69 60 69 77 420
Xatu Psychic / Flying UU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 65 75 70 95 70 95 470
Zubat Poison / Flying LC Inner Focus / Infiltrator 40 45 35 30 40 55 245