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Howl

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Normal - - 40 0 - User

Description

Boosts the user's Attack by one stage.

Competitive Use

Howl is outclassed by Swords Dance, and should only be used when the latter is unavailable. There are a few Pokemon that find use in this move, such as Arcanine and Stoutland, who can sweep reasonably well with it. However, most players opt for the power of a Choice Band instead of Howl, due to the fact that use of a Choice Band means that the player doesn't have to waste a time setting up and can attack right off the bat. What's more, Howl takes up a moveslot, which could be used instead for another coverage move.

Related Moves

Sharpen is an exact equivalent.

Meditate is a Psychic-type equivalent.

Swords Dance is an alternative that raises Attack by two stages.

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
Camerupt Fire / Ground NU Magma Armor / Solid Rock / Anger Point 70 100 70 105 75 40 460
Cyndaquil Fire LC Blaze / Flash Fire 39 52 43 60 50 65 309
Electrike Electric LC Static / Lightningrod / Minus 40 45 40 65 40 65 295
Exploud Normal NU Soundproof / Scrappy 104 91 63 91 63 68 480
Growlithe Fire LC Intimidate / Flash Fire / Justified 55 70 45 70 50 60 350
Houndoom Dark / Fire UU Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 75 90 50 110 80 95 500
Houndour Dark / Fire LC Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 45 60 30 80 50 65 330
Lillipup Normal LC Vital Spirit / Pickup / Run Away 45 60 45 25 45 55 275
Luxray Electric NU Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 80 120 79 95 79 70 523
Manectric Electric RU Static / Lightningrod / Minus 70 75 60 105 60 105 475
Mightyena Dark NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Moxie 70 90 70 60 60 70 420
Ninetales Fire OU Flash Fire / Drought 73 76 75 81 100 100 505
Numel Fire / Ground LC Oblivious / Simple / Own Tempo 60 60 40 65 45 35 305
Poochyena Dark LC Run Away / Quick Feet / Rattled 35 55 35 30 30 35 220
Shinx Electric LC Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 45 65 34 40 34 45 263
Stoutland Normal NU Intimidate / Sand Rush / Scrappy 85 100 90 45 90 80 490
Typhlosion Fire RU Blaze / Flash Fire 78 84 78 109 85 100 534
Whismur Normal LC Soundproof / Rattled 64 51 23 51 23 28 240