Essentials

Struggle

Normal physical

Generation 1

Summary

User takes 1/4 its max HP in recoil.

Damage Dealt

  • Bug 1
  • Dark 1
  • Dragon 1
  • Electric 1
  • Fairy 1
  • Fighting 1
  • Fire 1
  • Flying 1
  • Ghost 0
  • Grass 1
  • Ground 1
  • Ice 1
  • Normal 1
  • Poison 1
  • Psychic 1
  • Rock ½
  • Steel ½
  • Water 1

Stats

Power
50; percentile 23.8
Accuracy
— (cannot miss)
PP
n/a
Target
Random opponent
Effect chance
n/a
Priority
0 (normal)

Machines

Generation 1
Not a TM
Generation 2
Not a TM
Generation 3
Not a TM
Generation 4
Not a TM
Generation 5
Not a TM
Generation 6
Not a TM

Effect

Inflicts typeless regular damage. User takes 1/4 its max HP in recoil. Ignores accuracy and evasion modifiers.

This move is used automatically when a Pokémon cannot use any other move legally, e.g., due to having no PP remaining or being under the effect of both Encore and Torment at the same time.

This move's recoil is not treated as recoil for the purposes of anything that affects recoil, such as the ability Rock Head. It also is not prevented by Magic Guard.

This move cannot be copied by Mimic, Mirror Move, or Sketch, nor selected by Assist or Metronome, nor forced by Encore.

Meta

This reflects how the games treat moves and may be somewhat idealistic.

History

Before Diamond, Pearl

The user receieves 1/2 of the damage dealt in recoil.

Before Gold, Silver

Inflicts Normal-type damage.

Flavor

Flavor Text

Generation 2
Gold, Silver, Crystal

Used only if all PP are exhausted.

Generation 3
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald

Used only if all PP are gone. Also hurts the user a little.

FireRed, LeafGreen

An attack that is used only if there is no PP. It also hurts the user.

Generation 4
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver

An attack that is used in desperation only if the user has no PP. It also hurts the user slightly.

Generation 5
Black, White, Black 2, White 2

An attack that is used in desperation only if the user has no PP. It also hurts the user slightly.

Generation 6
X, Y

An attack that is used in desperation only if the user has no PP. This also damages the user a little.

Foreign Names

Japanese
わるあがき (waruagaki)
Korean
발버둥
French
Lutte
German
Verzweifler
Spanish
Combate
Italian
Scontro
Czech
Zoufalý útok

Contests

Generation 3 Contest

Type
Cool
Appeal
♡♡♡♡
Jam
Flavor text
A highly appealing move.
Use after
None
Use before
None

Generation 4 Super Contest

Type
Cool
Appeal
♡♡♡
Flavor text
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Use after
None
Use before
None

Similar moves

No other moves have the same effect as Struggle.

Pokémon

Normal Pokémon get STAB, and have their types highlighted in green.

Pokémon with higher Attack are more suited to Struggle's physical damage, and have the stat highlighted in green.

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