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Curse

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Ghost - - 10 0 - None

Description

This move functions differently for Ghost-type Pokemon. If the user is a Ghost-type Pokemon it will put a curse on the target, dealing 1/4 of the foe's max HP to the target at the end of every turn. However, it also damages the user by 1/2 of its max HP when used. If the target has the ability Magic Guard, it will not be affected by the curse. This move cannot be blocked by Protect or Detect. This move cannot be blocked by Substitute. If the target uses Baton Pass, the replacement will continue to be affected by the curse. Fails if there is no target or if the target is already affected.

When used by a Pokemon that is not a Ghost-type, it will boost the user's Attack and Defense by one stage and lower the user's Speed by one stage. If used by a Ghost-type with Magic Guard this last effect also applies. However, it will fail if there is no target, despite working as a boosting move.

Competitive Use

This move has very different effects depending on what type of Pokemon uses it. Generally speaking, it's not good if used by a Ghost-type, since the target can simply switch out, negating the effects completely, not to mention that half your HP is a high price to pay for the effect. On the other hand, it can be useful on full stall teams that have problems dealing with that last Pokemon that is immune to Toxic, who can otherwise boost without fear of being forced out by phazing moves, and sweep the team, such as Metagross or Lucario. However, if Curse is used, it can create a "win condition" considering that the foe can't switch out to nullify the effects, and apart from Magic Guard users nothing is immune to it. A good user of this technique is Dusclops, due to its excellent bulk. Banette can also use this move as a suicidal technique after setting up Trick Room.

From a non-Ghost point of view, Curse is a boosting move that trades Speed for more Attack and Defense. Good candidates, therefore, are bulky Pokemon that simply don't care about Speed and invest fully in HP and Special Defense, letting Curse boost the rest. Unfortunately, due to the very fast-paced, offensive nature of most of the tiers, Curse is rarely seen in competitive play. Snorlax is certainly the most famous Curse user in the game, though its Curse sets are far less effective in the fifth generation OU metagame. However, CurseLax is still a very real threat in UU. Ferrothorn is about the only noteworthy user of Curse in OU, as not only does Curse boost its good Attack and Defense stats, but it also lowers its Speed, powering up its STAB Gyro Ball against slower threats.

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
Accelgor Bug RU Hydration / Sticky Hold / Unburden 80 70 40 100 60 145 495
Aerodactyl Rock / Flying RU Rock Head / Pressure / Unnerve 80 105 65 60 75 130 515
Aggron Steel / Rock RU Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 70 110 180 60 60 50 530
Anorith Rock / Bug LC Battle Armor / Swift Swim 45 95 50 40 50 75 355
Armaldo Rock / Bug NU Battle Armor / Swift Swim 75 125 100 70 80 45 495
Aron Steel / Rock LC Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 50 70 100 40 40 30 330
Banette Ghost NU Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 64 115 65 83 63 65 455
Bastiodon Rock / Steel NU Sturdy / Soundproof 60 52 168 47 138 30 495
Bibarel Normal / Water NU Simple / Unaware / Moody 79 85 60 55 60 71 410
Bidoof Normal LC Simple / Unaware / Moody 59 45 40 35 40 31 250
Blaziken Fire / Fighting Uber Blaze / Speed Boost 80 120 70 110 70 80 530
Bonsly Rock LC Sturdy / Rock Head / Rattled 50 80 95 10 45 10 290
Bulbasaur Grass / Poison LC Overgrow / Chlorophyll 45 49 49 65 65 45 318
Carracosta Water / Rock NU Solid Rock / Sturdy / Swift Swim 74 108 133 83 65 32 495
Chandelure Ghost / Fire UU Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 60 55 90 145 90 80 520
Chimecho Psychic NU Levitate 65 50 70 95 80 65 425
Chingling Psychic LC Levitate 45 30 50 65 50 45 285
Cofagrigus Ghost UU Mummy 58 50 145 95 105 30 483
Combusken Fire / Fighting NU Blaze / Speed Boost 60 85 60 85 60 55 405
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
Cranidos Rock LC Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 67 125 40 30 30 58 350
Crobat Poison / Flying UU Inner Focus / Infiltrator 85 90 80 70 80 130 535
Crustle Bug / Rock RU Sturdy / Shell Armor / Weak Armor 70 95 125 65 75 45 475
Dunsparce Normal NU Serene Grace / Run Away / Rattled 100 70 70 65 65 45 415
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
Dwebble Bug / Rock LC Sturdy / Shell Armor / Weak Armor 50 65 85 35 35 55 325
Eevee Normal LC Run Away / Adaptability / Anticipation 55 55 50 45 65 55 325
Electrike Electric LC Static / Lightningrod / Minus 40 45 40 65 40 65 295
Emboar Fire / Fighting RU Blaze / Reckless 110 123 65 100 65 65 528
Espeon Psychic OU Synchronize / Magic Bounce 65 65 60 130 95 110 525
Exeggcute Grass / Psychic LC Chlorophyll / Harvest 60 40 80 60 45 40 325
Exeggutor Grass / Psychic NU Chlorophyll / Harvest 95 95 85 125 65 55 520
Farfetch'd Normal / Flying NU Keen Eye / Inner Focus / Defiant 52 65 55 58 62 60 352
Ferroseed Grass / Steel RU Iron Barbs 44 50 91 24 86 10 305
Ferrothorn Grass / Steel OU Iron Barbs 74 94 131 54 116 20 489
Flareon Fire NU Flash Fire / Guts 65 130 60 95 110 65 525
Garbodor Poison NU Stench / Weak Armor / Aftermath 80 95 82 60 82 75 474
Gastly Ghost / Poison LC Levitate 30 35 30 100 35 80 310
Gastrodon Water / Ground OU Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force 111 83 68 92 82 39 475
Gengar Ghost / Poison OU Levitate 60 65 60 130 75 110 500
Geodude Rock / Ground LC Rock Head / Sturdy / Sand Veil 40 80 100 30 30 20 300
Gigalith Rock NU Sturdy / Sand Force 85 135 130 60 70 25 505
Glaceon Ice NU Snow Cloak / Ice Body 65 60 110 130 95 65 525
Golbat Poison / Flying NU Inner Focus / Infiltrator 75 80 70 65 75 90 455
Golem Rock / Ground NU Rock Head / Sturdy / Sand Veil 80 110 130 55 65 45 485
Golett Ground / Ghost LC Iron Fist / Klutz / No Guard 59 74 50 35 50 35 303
Golurk Ground / Ghost NU Iron Fist / Klutz / No Guard 89 124 80 55 80 55 483
Grimer Poison LC Stench / Sticky Hold / Poison Touch 80 80 50 40 50 25 325
Gulpin Poison LC Liquid Ooze / Sticky Hold / Gluttony 70 43 53 43 53 40 302
Haunter Ghost / Poison NU Levitate 45 50 45 115 55 95 405
Heatmor Fire NU Gluttony / Flash Fire / White Smoke 85 97 66 105 66 65 484
Hippopotas Ground LC Sand Stream / Sand Force 68 72 78 38 42 32 330
Hippowdon Ground OU Sand Stream / Sand Force 108 112 118 68 72 47 525
Jolteon Electric OU Volt Absorb / Quick Feet 65 65 60 110 95 130 525
Koffing Poison LC Levitate 40 65 95 60 45 35 340
Lairon Steel / Rock NU Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 60 90 140 50 50 40 430
Lampent Ghost / Fire NU Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 60 40 60 95 60 55 370
Lapras Water / Ice NU Water Absorb / Shell Armor / Hydration 130 85 80 85 95 60 535
Larvitar Rock / Ground LC Guts / Sand Veil 50 64 50 45 50 41 300
Leafeon Grass NU Leaf Guard / Chlorophyll 65 110 130 60 65 95 525
Lickilicky Normal NU Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine 110 85 95 80 95 50 515
Lickitung Normal LC Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine 90 55 75 60 75 30 385
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
Magcargo Fire / Rock NU Magma Armor / Flame Body / Weak Armor 50 50 120 80 80 30 410
Mamoswine Ice / Ground OU Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 110 130 80 70 60 80 530
Manectric Electric RU Static / Lightningrod / Minus 70 75 60 105 60 105 475
Miltank Normal NU Thick Fat / Scrappy / Sap Sipper 95 80 105 40 70 100 490
Misdreavus Ghost NU Levitate 60 60 60 85 85 85 435
Mismagius Ghost UU Levitate 60 60 60 105 105 105 495
Mudkip Water LC Torrent / Damp 50 70 50 50 50 40 310
Muk Poison NU Stench / Sticky Hold / Poison Touch 105 105 75 65 100 50 500
Munchlax Normal NU Pickup / Thick Fat / Gluttony 135 85 40 40 85 5 390
Munna Psychic LC Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy 76 25 45 67 55 24 292
Musharna Psychic NU Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy 116 55 85 107 95 29 487
Onix Rock / Ground LC Rock Head / Sturdy / Weak Armor 35 45 160 30 45 70 385
Piloswine Ice / Ground NU Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 100 100 80 60 60 50 450
Quagsire Water / Ground RU Damp / Water Absorb / Unaware 95 85 85 65 65 35 430
Rampardos Rock NU Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 97 165 60 65 50 58 495
Regice Ice NU Clear Body / Ice Body 80 50 100 100 200 50 580
Regirock Rock NU Clear Body / Sturdy 80 100 200 50 100 50 580
Registeel Steel UU Clear Body / Light Metal 80 75 150 75 150 50 580
Rhydon Ground / Rock RU Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 105 130 120 45 45 40 485
Rhyhorn Ground / Rock LC Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 80 85 95 30 30 25 345
Rhyperior Ground / Rock UU Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless 115 140 130 55 55 40 535
Roggenrola Rock LC Sturdy / Sand Force 55 75 85 25 25 15 280
Shellos Water LC Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force 76 48 48 57 62 34 325
Shelmet Bug LC Hydration / Shell Armor / Overcoat 50 40 85 40 65 25 305
Shieldon Rock / Steel LC Sturdy / Soundproof 30 42 118 42 88 30 350
Shuppet Ghost LC Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 44 75 35 63 33 45 295
Skarmory Steel / Flying OU Keen Eye / Sturdy / Weak Armor 65 80 140 40 70 70 465
Slaking Normal NU Truant 150 160 100 95 65 100 670
Slakoth Normal LC Truant 60 60 60 35 35 30 280
Slowbro Water / Psychic UU Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 95 75 110 100 80 30 490
Slowking Water / Psychic RU Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 95 75 80 100 110 30 490
Slowpoke Water / Psychic LC Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 90 65 65 40 40 15 315
Slugma Fire LC Magma Armor / Flame Body / Weak Armor 40 40 40 70 40 20 250
Snorlax Normal UU Immunity / Thick Fat / Gluttony 160 110 65 65 110 30 540
Spheal Ice / Water LC Thick Fat / Ice Body / Oblivious 70 40 50 55 50 25 290
Spiritomb Ghost / Dark RU Pressure / Infiltrator 50 92 108 92 108 35 485
Steelix Steel / Ground RU Rock Head / Sturdy / Sheer Force 75 85 200 55 65 30 510
Stunfisk Ground / Electric NU Static / Limber / Sand Veil 109 66 84 81 99 32 471
Sudowoodo Rock NU Sturdy / Rock Head / Rattled 70 100 115 30 65 30 410
Sunflora Grass NU Chlorophyll / Solar Power / Early Bird 75 75 55 105 85 30 425
Sunkern Grass LC Chlorophyll / Solar Power / Early Bird 30 30 30 30 30 30 180
Swalot Poison NU Liquid Ooze / Sticky Hold / Gluttony 100 73 83 73 83 55 467
Swampert Water / Ground UU Torrent / Damp 100 110 90 85 90 60 535
Swinub Ice / Ground LC Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 50 50 40 30 30 50 250
Tepig Fire LC Blaze / Thick Fat 65 63 45 45 45 45 308
Tirtouga Water / Rock LC Solid Rock / Sturdy / Swift Swim 54 78 103 53 45 22 355
Torchic Fire LC Blaze / Speed Boost 45 60 40 70 50 45 310
Torkoal Fire NU White Smoke / Shell Armor 70 85 140 85 70 20 470
Torterra Grass / Ground NU Overgrow / Shell Armor 95 109 105 75 85 56 525
Tropius Grass / Flying NU Chlorophyll / Solar Power / Harvest 99 68 83 72 87 51 460
Trubbish Poison LC Stench / Sticky Hold / Aftermath 50 50 62 40 62 65 329
Turtwig Grass LC Overgrow / Shell Armor 55 68 64 45 55 31 318
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
Vaporeon Water OU Water Absorb / Hydration 130 65 60 110 95 65 525
Venusaur Grass / Poison OU Overgrow / Chlorophyll 80 82 83 100 100 80 525
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440
Wailmer Water LC Water Veil / Oblivious / Pressure 130 70 35 70 35 60 400
Wailord Water NU Water Veil / Oblivious / Pressure 170 90 45 90 45 60 500
Walrein Ice / Water NU Thick Fat / Ice Body / Oblivious 110 80 90 95 90 65 530
Weezing Poison NU Levitate 65 90 120 85 70 60 490
Wooper Water / Ground LC Damp / Water Absorb / Unaware 55 45 45 25 25 15 210
Yamask Ghost LC Mummy 38 30 85 55 65 30 303
Zangoose Normal NU Immunity / Toxic Boost 73 115 60 60 60 90 458
Zubat Poison / Flying LC Inner Focus / Infiltrator 40 45 35 30 40 55 245