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Type  Normal
Category  Status
Accuracy  —%
PP  10 (max. 16)
Priority  {{{priority}}}
The user makes a copy of itself using some of its HP. The copy serves as the user's decoy.
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe
Self Ally
Affects the user

Substitute is a status Normal-type move. It is contained within TM90, which is located in Victory Road or received from Professor Bamb'o for registering 30 Pokémon in the PokéDex.


It 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 lowered its stats, inflicted with any status condition, 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:

Pokémon that learn Substitute

By leveling up

Dex # Pokémon Type Level
#128 Duplicat Duplicat Normal Unknown 22

Via TM

All Pokémon can learn Substitute, except Magikarp.

By breeding

Dex # Pokémon Type Father
#149 Pufluff Pufluff Ice Fairy Any Field (Egg Group) or Fairy (Egg Group) Pokémon
#150 Alpico Alpico Ice Fairy
#151 Anderind Anderind Ice Ground

TMs and HMs