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Leech Seed

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Grass - 90% 10 0 - Single non-user

Description

Plants a seed on the target. The target loses 1/8 of its maximum HP at the end of every turn, and the user gains the amount of HP lost. Leech Seed's effect lasts until the target switches out. If the user switches out, then the Pokemon that replaced it gains the healing effect. If the target KOes a Pokemon on the user's team while under the effect of Leech Seed, it does not lose any HP on that turn. Leech Seed's effect is prevented by Magic Guard. Grass-types are unaffected. Pokemon protected by Magic Coat or the ability Magic Bounce are unaffected and instead use this move themselves. Using Rapid Spin frees the user from Leech Seed. In a double or triple battle, if the Pokemon being healed by Leech Seed is KOed, and there are no Pokemon on its team to replace it, then the effect disappears. If Big Root is held by the recipient, 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 instead.

Competitive Use

Leech Seed is one of the best support moves in the game. It is almost always found on any defensive Grass-type that learns it, and can be used just as well by offensive Pokemon. On defensive Pokemon, Leech Seed provides additional recovery, sapping the HP of the target. This gives your Pokemon an immediate advantage, which can be passed to other team members for recovery support, similar to Wish passing. Leech Seed is sometimes the only form of recovery a Pokemon uses. Ferrothorn is an excellent example—its relatively low HP ensures a sizable return from the target's HP, and this damage stacks with other residual damage, such as that from Iron Barbs, to deadly effect.

Offensive Pokemon can employ the tried and true SubSeed strategy. This pairs well with good offensive coverage, and makes fast frail Pokemon much harder to deal with. Breloom is one of the most famous SubSeeders, commonly pairing Substitute and Leech Seed with the unique SporePunch combo. This blend of strategies allows Breloom to bypass faster threats, threaten stall, and completely neutralize checks. This is one of the best examples of Leech Seed's utility.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Abomasnow Grass / Ice UU Snow Warning / Soundproof 90 92 75 92 85 60 494
Breloom Grass / Fighting OU Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Technician 60 130 80 60 60 70 460
Bulbasaur Grass / Poison LC Overgrow / Chlorophyll 45 49 49 65 65 45 318
Cacnea Grass LC Sand Veil / Water Absorb 50 85 40 85 40 35 335
Cacturne Grass / Dark NU Sand Veil / Water Absorb 70 115 60 115 60 55 475
Carnivine Grass NU Levitate 74 100 72 90 72 46 454
Celebi Psychic / Grass OU Natural Cure 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Cherrim Grass NU Flower Gift 70 60 70 87 78 85 450
Cherubi Grass LC Chlorophyll 45 35 45 62 53 35 275
Chikorita Grass LC Overgrow / Leaf Guard 45 49 65 49 65 45 318
Cottonee Grass LC Prankster / Infiltrator / Chlorophyll 40 27 60 37 50 66 280
Deerling Normal / Grass LC Chlorophyll / Sap Sipper / Serene Grace 60 60 50 40 50 75 335
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
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
Hoppip Grass / Flying LC Chlorophyll / Leaf Guard / Infiltrator 35 35 40 35 55 50 250
Jumpluff Grass / Flying NU Chlorophyll / Leaf Guard / Infiltrator 75 55 70 55 85 110 450
Lilligant Grass RU Chlorophyll / Own Tempo / Leaf Guard 70 60 75 110 75 90 480
Lotad Water / Grass LC Swift Swim / Rain Dish / Own Tempo 40 30 30 40 50 30 220
Ludicolo Water / Grass NU Swift Swim / Rain Dish / Own Tempo 80 70 70 90 100 70 480
Maractus Grass NU Water Absorb / Chlorophyll / Storm Drain 75 86 67 106 67 60 461
Meganium Grass NU Overgrow / Leaf Guard 80 82 100 83 100 80 525
Pansage Grass LC Gluttony / Overgrow 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
Paras Bug / Grass LC Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp 35 70 55 45 55 25 285
Parasect Bug / Grass NU Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp 60 95 80 60 80 30 405
Petilil Grass LC Chlorophyll / Own Tempo / Leaf Guard 45 35 50 70 50 30 280
Roselia Grass / Poison NU Natural Cure / Poison Point / Leaf Guard 50 60 45 100 80 65 400
Roserade Grass / Poison UU Natural Cure / Poison Point / Technician 60 70 55 125 105 90 505
Sawsbuck Normal / Grass NU Chlorophyll / Sap Sipper / Serene Grace 80 100 70 60 70 95 475
Sceptile Grass RU Overgrow / Unburden 70 85 65 105 85 120 530
Seedot Grass LC Chlorophyll / Early Bird / Pickpocket 40 40 50 30 30 30 220
Serperior Grass NU Overgrow / Contrary 75 75 95 75 95 113 528
Shaymin Grass UU Natural Cure 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Shaymin-S Grass / Flying Uber Serene Grace 100 103 75 120 75 127 600
Shiftry Grass / Dark NU Chlorophyll / Early Bird / Pickpocket 90 100 60 90 60 80 480
Shroomish Grass LC Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Quick Feet 60 40 60 40 60 35 295
Simisage Grass NU Gluttony / Overgrow 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
Snivy Grass LC Overgrow / Contrary 45 45 55 45 55 63 308
Snover Grass / Ice LC Snow Warning / Soundproof 60 62 50 62 60 40 334
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
Tangela Grass NU Chlorophyll / Leaf Guard / Regenerator 65 55 115 100 40 60 435
Tangrowth Grass RU Chlorophyll / Leaf Guard / Regenerator 100 100 125 110 50 50 535
Torterra Grass / Ground NU Overgrow / Shell Armor 95 109 105 75 85 56 525
Treecko Grass LC Overgrow / Unburden 40 45 35 65 55 70 310
Tropius Grass / Flying NU Chlorophyll / Solar Power / Harvest 99 68 83 72 87 51 460
Turtwig Grass LC Overgrow / Shell Armor 55 68 64 45 55 31 318
Venusaur Grass / Poison OU Overgrow / Chlorophyll 80 82 83 100 100 80 525
Whimsicott Grass RU Prankster / Infiltrator / Chlorophyll 60 67 85 77 75 116 480