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Drain Punch

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Fighting 75 100% 10 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage. The user recovers half of the HP lost by the target, rounded up. If Big Root is held by the user, the HP recovered is 1.3x normal, rounded half down. If the target has the ability Liquid Ooze, no HP will be restored and the user will take damage equal to the amount it would otherwise have healed instead. Damage is boosted to 1.2x by the ability Iron Fist.

Competitive Use

Drain Punch is a move that was reborn with the onset of the fifth generations. It was almost totally unused previously because it had a fairly low Base Power and PP. In this generation, it was boosted to 75 Base Power and 16 max PP, which alone gave the move a new breath of life and is now the reliable STAB move of choice on most Fighting-types, most of the time alongside Bulk Up. Obvious mentions go to Conkeldurr and Gallade, as both Pokemon have enough bulk to set up at least one boost and slowly recover their lost health with Drain Punch and Leftovers. The fact that both can use a priority move can also improve their survival by a great amount. Toxicroak is notable for receiving recovery in the rain with Dry Skin, allowing it to constantly set up Substitutes and further recover the lost health with Drain Punch.

Related Moves

Close Combat is a much more powerful alternative that lowers the user's Defense and Special Defense by 1 stage.

Superpower is a much more powerful alternative that lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1 stage.

Hi Jump Kick is an even more powerful alternative that causes the user to lose 50% of its health when it misses.

Giga Drain is a special Grass-type equivalent.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Breloom Grass / Fighting OU Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Technician 60 130 80 60 60 70 460
Conkeldurr Fighting OU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 105 140 95 55 65 45 505
Croagunk Poison / Fighting LC Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
Gurdurr Fighting NU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 85 105 85 40 50 40 405
Ledian Bug / Flying NU Swarm / Early Bird / Iron Fist 55 35 50 55 110 85 390
Ledyba Bug / Flying LC Swarm / Early Bird / Rattled 40 20 30 40 80 55 265
Medicham Fighting / Psychic RU Pure Power / Telepathy 60 60 75 60 75 80 410
Mienfoo Fighting LC Inner Focus / Regenerator / Reckless 45 85 50 55 50 65 350
Mienshao Fighting UU Inner Focus / Regenerator / Reckless 65 125 60 95 60 105 510
Scrafty Dark / Fighting UU Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 65 90 115 45 115 58 488
Scraggy Dark / Fighting LC Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 50 75 70 35 70 48 348
Seismitoad Water / Ground NU Swift Swim / Poison Touch / Water Absorb 105 85 75 85 75 74 499
Shroomish Grass LC Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Quick Feet 60 40 60 40 60 35 295
Timburr Fighting LC Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 75 80 55 25 35 35 305
Toxicroak Poison / Fighting OU Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 83 106 65 86 65 85 490