Top 8 Underrated Pokemon Attacks

Updated on May 21, 2017
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In between Pokémon journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

Pokemon Moves

In the Pokemon video games, each creature can only maintain four attacks at once, so Trainers must painstakingly assign the ideal repertoire. A Pokemon is only as good as the attacks it knows, and wily players can predict and counter the most famous strikes. We've all seen Earthquakes and Hyper Beams already; none of those are appearing today.

Instead, we'll be tackling lesser-known but still awesome techniques to consider when assembling your squad. Here are the eight most underrated Pokemon attacks!

8. Spore

Power/Accuracy: -/100

Effect: Puts non-Grass opponents to sleep

Notable users: Parasect, Breloom, Amoonguss

Combo it with: Attacks that only work on sleeping foes, like Dream Eater or Nightmare. Or simply wail on your opponent while they waste turns asleep.

Xurkitree's Tail Glow increases its already formidable Special Attack
Xurkitree's Tail Glow increases its already formidable Special Attack

7. Tail Glow

Power/Accuracy: -/ -

Effect: Raises user's Special Attack by two stages (or three, as of Gen. 5)

Admittedly, only a handful of creatures can learn Tail Glow, but few can deny its lethal offensive capabilities, especially once Black and White came around. Three stages of Special Attack in one turn? Heck yes!

Notable Users: Volbeat, Manaphy, Xurkitree

Combo it with: Anything dealing Special Attack damage.

6. Stored Power

Power/Accuracy: 20*/100

Power increases by 20 for each positive status change the user has. This gives a maximum power of 860!

Cool thing here is Stored Power doesn't get weaker for negative status changes.

Notable Users: Gardevoir, Latios, Necrozma

Combo it with: Status-buffing moves, Baton Pass to transfer status changes.


5. Grass/Water/Fire Pledge

Power/Accuracy: 50 (80 as of Gen. 6)/100

If another Pokemon on your team uses a different Pledge in the same turn, only the second Pledge functions, dealing 150 damage and creating an effect based on the two used:

  • Grass/Water: Creates a swamp on the opponent's field that quarters opposing speed for four turns, almost guaranteeing your Pokemon will hit first.
  • Grass/Fire: Inflicts 1/8 max. health damage to non-Fire foes each turn for four turns.
  • Water/Fire: Doubles probability of secondary effects on user's side of the field for four turns.

My favorite of the three is the Grass/Fire combo, creating an inferno that consistently incinerates foes. Of course, the Pledge techniques only truly shine in double or triple battles; pick another move for one-on-one clashes.

Notable Users: All Fire, Grass, and Water starters, like Charizard or Swampert

Combo it with: One of the other Pledge attacks (duh)

4. Shell Smash

Power/Accuracy: -/ -

Effect: Decreases user's Defense and Special Defense to sharply increase Attack, Special Attack, and Speed.

Yea, this attack results in lower defenses, but two negative stat changes for six positive ones is a heck of a deal.

Notable Users: Omastar, Magcargo, Carracosta

Combo it with: Make use of your boosted Speed and Attack by hitting foes hard before they hit back!


3. Pain Split


Adds your current HP and your opponent's, then divides by two and assigns the halves to each Pokemon. Will always hit under normal conditions.

Pain Split is a great way to both restore health and inflict damage to fresh fighters. The accuracy guarantee is just icing on the cake.

Notable Users: Misdreavus, Reuniclus, Chesnaught

Combo it with: Low health makes Pain Split go in your favor; use moves like Belly Drum or Double-Edge.

2. Clear Smog

Power/Accuracy: 50/ -

Effect: Deals damage and resets all stat changes on the target to zero.

Clear Smog works great for both damaging and debuffing foes. Like Pain Split, it'll always hit unless your opponent is using an auto-dodge move like Fly.

Notable Users: Gengar, Magmortar, Nihilego

Combo it with: Here it's more like don't combo it with moves that debuff foes, because those stat changes will be reset too. Instead, focus on raw offense while your opponent buffs only to be reset.

Mega Venusaur
Mega Venusaur

1. Leech Seed

Power/Accuracy: -/90

Drains 1/8 of the foe's health each turn and adds it to your Pokemon's HP.

Leech Seed both harms your foe and heals you each turn. It's fairly accurate, and doesn't count as a status condition, so you can still Toxic, Spore, or Thunder Wave your opponent. It continues to function if even your Pokemon is defeated, providing your next fighter with an awesome advantage.

Notable Users: Venusaur, Celebi, Celesteela

Combo it with: Protect, to block moves and heal each turn, or Mean Look to prevent switching.

Which attack do you favor?

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Hopefully you've learned some potent and underutilized strategies to help build your team. Feel free to vote for your favorite of today's moves, or leave a comment detailing your preferred attack.

Don't forget to make use of alternative moves through Breeding and TMs, and stay tuned for more Pokemon countdowns!


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