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Psycho Cut

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Psychic 70 100% 20 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage and has a critical hit rate one stage higher than normal. Assuming there are no other critical hit modifiers in play, this move has a 1/8 chance to get a critical hit instead of a 1/16 chance.

Competitive Use

For various reasons, including its movepool distribution, Psycho Cut is mostly seen in RU and NU, where Psychic-type and Dark-type physical attackers roam. Gallade, Medicham, and Absol love using this move to destroy Poison- and Fighting-types, as the former of which resist the Fighting-type STABs of Gallade and Medicham, while the latter of which resist Absol's STAB. Psycho Cut's main advantages over the similar Zen Headbutt are its 100% accuracy and its non-contact property, which prevents abilities like Mummy, Static, and Cute Charm from activating. The increased critical hit ratio can also be useful.

Related Moves

Zen Headbutt is a slightly more powerful option with a 20% chance to flinch the target.

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
Alakazam Psychic OU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 55 50 45 135 85 120 490
Bisharp Dark / Steel UU Defiant / Inner Focus / Pressure 65 125 100 60 70 70 490
Cresselia Psychic BL2 Levitate 120 70 120 75 130 85 600
Drowzee Psychic LC Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
Gallade Psychic / Fighting RU Steadfast / Justified 68 125 65 65 115 80 518
Hypno Psychic NU Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
Kadabra Psychic NU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
Medicham Fighting / Psychic RU Pure Power / Telepathy 60 60 75 60 75 80 410
Mewtwo Psychic Uber Pressure / Unnerve 106 110 90 154 90 130 680
Pawniard Dark / Steel LC Defiant / Inner Focus / Pressure 45 85 70 40 40 60 340
Spinda Normal NU Own Tempo / Tangled Feet / Contrary 60 60 60 60 60 60 360