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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  0
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat or Magic Bounce
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe
Self Ally
Affects the user
  • TM90

Substitute is an Normal-type status move. It is TM90 and can be bought at the Game Corner at Rustbolt City.


Substitute uses 25% of the user's total HP to create a Substitute; if the user does not have enough HP remaining, the move fails. The Substitute will then take damage for the user until it runs out of health.

Any damage over the maximum health of the Substitute is blocked, but multi-strike moves will continue attacking after a Substitute is broken. Substitutes do not protect the user from damage from effects such as confusion, recoil, weather damage, or a Life Orb.

While a Substitute is up, the user cannot be inflicted with any status condition, have its lowered, or be caused to flinch by an opponent's move. Some secondary effects from moves such as Knock Off, Thief, or Dragon Tail are also cancelled. Preexisting status conditions and lowered stats persist after a Substitute is created. Moves used by a Pokémon with Infiltrator bypass Substitutes, as do the following:

  • After You
  • Aromatherapy
  • Aromatic Mist
  • Attract
  • Bestow
  • Boomburst
  • Bug Buzz
  • Chatter
  • Confide
  • Conversion 2
  • Curse
  • Destiny Bond
  • Disable
  • Disarming Voice
  • Echoed Voice
  • Encore
  • Foresight
  • Grass Whistle
  • Growl
  • Grudge
  • Guard Swap
  • Haze
  • Heal Bell
  • Heart Swap
  • Helping Hand
  • Hyper Voice
  • Imprison
  • Mean Look
  • Metal Sound
  • Mimic
  • Miracle Eye
  • Noble Roar
  • Odor Sleuth
  • Parting Shot
  • Perish Song
  • Play Nice
  • Powder
  • Power Swap
  • Psych Up
  • Reflect Type
  • Relic Song
  • Roar
  • Role Play
  • Round
  • Screech
  • Sing
  • Skill Swap
  • Snarl
  • Snore
  • Speed Swap
  • Spider Web
  • Spikes
  • Spite
  • Supersonic
  • Taunt
  • Tickle
  • Torment
  • Transform
  • Uproar
  • Whirlwind


The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user's decoy.

Pokémon that learn Substitute

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
227 Normal Baawool Normal Normal 35
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Any Pokémon can learn Substitute, except Formling.


TM/HM list and HM items
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