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Focus Punch

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Fighting 150 100% 20 -3 Physical Single non-user

Description

Tightens focus at the beginning of the turn, then attacks. The attack itself has a priority of -3. The move fails if the user is hit by an attack that causes direct damage before Focus Punch is used. The move does not fail if the opponent attacks the user while the user is behind a Substitute. Damage is boosted to 1.2x by the ability Iron Fist.

Competitive Use

Focus Punch is extremely powerful and accurate. The free turn required to use the move is best gained by the use of a Substitute, which will shield the user from attacks that may interrupt the move. The strategy is called SubPunch, and one of the most common users is Breloom. With its combination of Spore, Substitute, and Focus Punch, Breloom is able to almost always set up a Substitute and fire off its incredibly powerful STAB Focus Punches. Other notable SubPunch users include Golurk in UU and RU, and Kangaskhan in NU. Focus Punch is powerful, but otherwise impractical without the protection of a Substitute, so other powerful Fighting-type moves, such as Close Combat or Hi Jump Kick, are better choices for general use. However, Breloom is one Pokemon famous for its use of this move.

Related Moves

Close Combat is a more reliable alternative; however, it does lower Defense and Special Defense by one stage after use.

Hi Jump Kick is a more reliable alternative; however, if the attack misses the user suffers a heavy recoil.

Superpower is a more reliable alternative; however, after each use the user's Attack and Defense lower by one stage.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Beartic Ice NU Snow Cloak / Swift Swim 95 110 80 70 80 50 485
Breloom Grass / Fighting OU Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Technician 60 130 80 60 60 70 460
Buneary Normal LC Run Away / Klutz / Limber 55 66 44 44 56 85 350
Charizard Fire / Flying NU Blaze / Solar Power 78 84 78 109 85 100 534
Charmander Fire LC Blaze / Solar Power 39 52 43 60 50 65 309
Chimchar Fire LC Blaze / Iron Fist 44 58 44 58 44 61 309
Conkeldurr Fighting OU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 105 140 95 55 65 45 505
Cubchoo Ice LC Snow Cloak / Rattled 55 70 40 60 40 40 305
Darmanitan Fire UU Sheer Force / Zen Mode 105 140 55 30 55 95 480
Darumaka Fire LC Hustle / Inner Focus 70 90 45 15 45 50 315
Electabuzz Electric NU Static / Vital Spirit 65 83 57 95 85 105 490
Electivire Electric RU Motor Drive / Vital Spirit 75 123 67 95 85 95 540
Elekid Electric LC Static / Vital Spirit 45 63 37 65 55 95 360
Geodude Rock / Ground LC Rock Head / Sturdy / Sand Veil 40 80 100 30 30 20 300
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
Granbull Normal NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Rattled 90 120 75 60 60 45 450
Gurdurr Fighting NU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 85 105 85 40 50 40 405
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
Infernape Fire / Fighting OU Blaze / Iron Fist 76 104 71 104 71 108 534
Kangaskhan Normal NU Early Bird / Scrappy / Inner Focus 105 95 80 40 80 90 490
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
Lopunny Normal NU Cute Charm / Klutz / Limber 65 76 84 54 96 105 480
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
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
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
Shroomish Grass LC Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Quick Feet 60 40 60 40 60 35 295
Slaking Normal NU Truant 150 160 100 95 65 100 670
Snubbull Normal LC Intimidate / Run Away / Rattled 60 80 50 40 40 30 300
Timburr Fighting LC Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 75 80 55 25 35 35 305
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440