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Top 10 Healing Moves in "Pokémon"

Chansey using Soft-Boiled

Chansey using Soft-Boiled

Recovering HP in "Pokémon"

While you can utilize many strategies in Pokémon battles, the end goal is always the same—reduce your opponent's health to zero. But once your HP (Hit Points) is lost, they're not necessarily gone for good; a variety of healing attacks can replenish health (up to your max value).

Some moves recover HP based on damage dealt, others rely on weather conditions—which reign supreme? These are the 10 best life-recovering moves in the Pokémon video games!

10. Soft-Boiled

  • Type: Normal
  • PP: 5 (10 prior to Generation IX)
  • Debut: Generation 1

Soft-Boiled's usefulness has declined over the years, but it was one of the few early healing techniques available. It simply restores 50% of its user's HP. Unlike moves like Recover, you could use it outside of battle (prior to Generation VII) to sacrifice HP and give it to an injured party member.

Since Soft-Boiled was often used by Chansey and Blissey (who have an incredible amount of HP), you could often fully-heal a teammate while only spending a little of the user's health.

Pokémon That Can Learn Soft-Boiled

These Pokémon can learn Soft-Boiled by leveling up. The move debuted in Generation I, but it was only available through TM41.

  • Chansey (Learns by Gen II)
  • Blissey (Learns by Gen II)
  • Happiny (Learns by Gen VIII)
Throh using Pain Split

Throh using Pain Split

9. Pain Split

  • Type: Normal
  • PP: 20
  • Debut: Generation II

Formerly the signature move of Misdreavus, Pain Split offers a situational but powerful ability. It bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, and it adds the remaining HP of the user with that of your target, giving half that value to each.

Save Pain Split for when you're weakened and your opponent is at full health, letting you sap their life while replenishing your own. This works particularly well against HP tanks like Snorlax or Guzzlord. Remember that Pain Split can even affect Ghosts (who are only immune to Normal/Fighting damage attacks, not status ones).

Pokémon That Can Learn Pain Split

Here are the Pokémon that can learn Pain Split upon leveling up. This will vary by Generation.

  • Misdreavus
  • Gulpin (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Swalot (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Shuppet (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Banette (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Mismagius (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Giratina (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Trubbish (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Garbodor (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Solosis
  • Reuniclus
  • Litwick
  • Lampent
  • Chandelure (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Chespin
  • Quilladin
  • Chesnaught
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Gourgeist
  • Stufful
  • Bewear
  • Pyukumuku
  • Mimikyu
  • Magearna
  • Bramblin
  • Brambleghast
  • Flutter Mane
Paras using Leech Life

Paras using Leech Life

8. Leech Life

  • Type: Bug
  • PP: 10 (15 prior to Generation VII)
  • Debut: Generation 1

This move received possibly the biggest buff in Pokémon history, quadrupling in power from 20 to 80 as of Generation VII. And that boost is especially useful for Leech Life since the user regains health equal to 50% of the damage dealt.

While the move only has slightly above-average power, its full accuracy, strong offensive type, healing, and widespread availability makes it a formidable technique.

Pokémon That Can Learn Leech Life

These Pokémon can learn Leech Life by leveling up. Some creatures will learn the move past their debut Generation.

  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Paras
  • Parasect
  • Venonat
  • Venomoth
  • Victreebel (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Kabuto (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Kabutops (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Spinarak
  • Ariados
  • Crobat
  • Beautifly (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Dustox (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Nincada
  • Ninjask
  • Shedninja
  • Duskull (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Dusclops (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Kricketune
  • Dusknoir (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Joltik
  • Galvantula
  • Shelmet
  • Accelgor
  • Larvesta
  • Volcarona
  • Noibat
  • Noivern
  • Dewpider
  • Araquanid
  • Buzzwole
  • Slither Wing
Bulbasaur using Leech Seed

Bulbasaur using Leech Seed

7. Leech Seed

  • Type: Grass
  • PP: 10
  • Debut: Generation 1

Leech Seed offers a unique status condition that no other move can provide. The move itself doesn't deal damage and has decent 90 accuracy. Once seeded, enemies lose 1/8 of their max health at the end of each turn, and you regain as much. Even if the user faints, allies can still benefit from the seed (assuming they arrive in the same position).

This move beautifully blends offense with defense, and since it's volatile, you can combine it with standard non-volatile status conditions like poison or paralysis. To prevent enemies from switching out and ending the effect, trap them with moves like Fire Spin, or simply save Leech Seed for your opponent's final Pokémon.

Pokémon That Can Learn Leech Seed

Here are the Pokémon that can add Leech Seed to their moveset by leveling up.

  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Parasect (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Tangela (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Hoppip
  • Skiploom
  • Jumpluff
  • Sunkern (Learns by Gen IV)
  • Sunflora (Learns by Gen IV)
  • Celebi
  • Shroomish
  • Breloom
  • Roselia
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Cradily (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Turtwig
  • Grotle
  • Torterra
  • Roserade (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Cherubi
  • Cherrim
  • Leafeon (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Shaymin
  • Snivy
  • Servine
  • Serperior
  • Pansage
  • Cottonee
  • Whimiscott
  • Petilil
  • Lilligant
  • Maractus (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Deerling
  • Sawsbuck
  • Chespin
  • Quilladin
  • Chesnaught
  • Skiddo
  • Gogoat
  • Phantump
  • Trevenant
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Gourgeist
  • Comfey
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Celesteela
  • Flapple
  • Appletun
  • Calyrex
  • Smoliv
  • Dolliv
  • Arboliva
  • Wo-chien
Palossand using Shore Up

Palossand using Shore Up

6. Shore Up

  • Type: Ground
  • PP: 5 (10 prior to Generation IX)
  • Debut: Generation VII

Moves like Moonlight and Synthesis can restore more than half of the user's health under the right weather conditions, but they suffer penalties in other environments. Shore Up has a potential boost with no depreciation. In sandstorms (which are ideal for the Ground-type Palossand), the move recovers 2/3 health; otherwise, you still gain the usual 50%.

The move also contributes to a competitive combo; have an allied Smeargle purposefully attack Palossand using multi-hit Water Shuriken. The move won't inflict much damage, and it'll repeatedly trigger Palossand's Water Compaction, boosting his defense two stages with each hit. Have Palossand hold a Weakness Policy to simultaneously increase his attack and special attack, then use Shore Up if healing is needed. From there, you've got an insanely-boosted warrior to sweep through any threat.

Pokémon That Can Learn Shore Up

Sandygast and Palossand are the only Pokémon that can learn this move.

Yveltal using Oblivion Wing

Yveltal using Oblivion Wing

5. Oblivion Wing

  • Type: Dark
  • PP: 10
  • Debut: Generation VI

Like most legendary-exclusive attacks, Oblivion Wing is a formidable force, belonging to Y mascot Yvelatl. The move lands 80 damage with 100% accuracy, and unlike most healing attacks (which recover 50% of the damage), Oblivion Wing regains 75%!

Since Yveltal has strong offensive stats and the move triggers his Dark STAB (same-type attack bonus), you should deal and recover a fierce amount of damage with each usage.

Pokémon That Can Learn Oblivion Wing

Only Yveltal can learn Oblivion Wing.

Partner Eevee using Bouncy Bubble

Partner Eevee using Bouncy Bubble

4. Bouncy Bubble

  • Type: Water
  • PP: 15
  • Debut: Generation VII

Not to be confused with Bounce or Bubble, Bouncy Bubble is a surprisingly powerful technique. Only Partner Eevee (from Let's Go, Eevee!) can learn it as of this writing (through the Move Tutor), but it scores 90 power with full accuracy and regains 50% of the damage as health.

While this won't trigger Eevee's STAB, it provides nice coverage. In triple battles, you'll hit all adjacent opponents without harming allies.

Pokémon That Can Learn Bouncy Bubble

Your Partner Eevee from Let's Go, Eevee! is the only Pokémon that can learn this move. The move can't be used in later titles.

Snorlax using Rest

Snorlax using Rest

3. Rest

  • Type: Normal
  • PP: 5 (10 prior to Generation IX)
  • Debut: Generation I

When it comes to sheer HP recovery, Rest remains king (not counting attacks that knock the user out, like Healing Wish). It regenerates you to full health and removes any non-volatile status conditions.

The price you pay is falling asleep for two turns—but crafty Trainers can mitigate this drawback with sleep-requiring moves like Snore or Sleep Talk. Alternatively, you can immediately wake up by holding a Chesto Berry, essentially giving a single-use full heal. In the story modes of the Kanto games, you can also undo sleep with the reusable Poké Flute item, making Rest-bearing companions like Snorlax invaluable allies.

Pokémon That Can Learn Rest

Here are the Pocket Monsters that can add Rest to their moveset by leveling them up.

  • Jigglypuff
  • Wigglytuff (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Slowpoke (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Slowbro (Learns by Gen VII)
  • Seel
  • Dewgong
  • Lickitung (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Tauros (Learns by Gen II)
  • Snorlax
  • Sentret
  • Furret
  • Shuckle
  • Teddiursa
  • Ursaring
  • Zigzagoon
  • Linoone
  • Slakoth (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Vigoroth (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Slaking (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Whismur
  • Loudred
  • Exploud
  • Nosepass
  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Spoink
  • Grumpig
  • Barboach
  • Whiscash
  • Spheal
  • Sealeo
  • Walrein
  • Relicanth
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Jirachi
  • Bidoof (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Bibarel (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Munchlax (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Hippopotas (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Hippowdon (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Lickilicky (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Probopass
  • Uxie
  • Mespirit
  • Azelf
  • Cubchoo
  • Beartic
  • Dedenne
  • Yungoos
  • Gumshoos
  • Skwovet
  • Greedent
  • Obstagoon
  • Ursaluna
  • Greavard
  • Houndstone
  • Dondozo
  • Cetoddle
  • Cetitan
  • Scream Tail
Shiinotic using Strength Sap

Shiinotic using Strength Sap

2. Strength Sap

  • Type: Grass
  • PP: 10
  • Debut: Generation VII

Strength Sap is the special attack of Shiinotic's evolutionary line, but it can be taught to the Bellsprout, Oddish, and Hoppip families through breeding.

No matter who learns it, the move reduces your target's attack stat by one stage, then it heals your HP by their attack value before it was lowered! The stronger your opponent, the more HP you'll restore. This move will weaken their blows in the meantime; try aiming this at physical sweepers to quickly limit their options.

Pokémon That Can Learn Strength Sap

Only a handful of Pokémon can learn this move by leveling up.

  • Corsola (Galarian form)
  • Drifblim (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Morelull
  • Shiinotic
  • Polteageist
  • Cursola
Florges using Grassy Terrain

Florges using Grassy Terrain

1. Grassy Terrain

  • Type: Grass
  • PP: 10
  • Debut: Generation VI

Like Leech Seed, Grassy Terrain excels at mixing offense with defense. The user creates a field-wide terrain for five turns that recovers 1/16 HP for all grounded Pokémon (flyers won't benefit from it). Additionally, anyone affected receives a 50% increase to Grass attacks and takes half damage from Bulldoze, Earthquake, and Magnitude.

This sculpts your Grass allies into dominating sweepers who become extra resistant to Ground attacks. And while Grass is normally a bad match-up against Flying, the terrain evens the field as aerial foes (and allies) won't reap the field's health-regenerating benefit, evening your odds.

Pokémon That Can Learn Grassy Terrain

Train these Pokémon so they can learn this move.

  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Voltorb (Hisuian form)
  • Electrode (Hisuian form)
  • Tangela
  • Bellossom (Learns by Gen VIII)
  • Roserade
  • Tangrowth
  • Flabébé
  • Floette
  • Florges
  • Comfey
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Rillaboom
  • Calyrex
  • Meowscarada
  • Smoliv
  • Dolliv
  • Arboliva
  • Wo-chien

Healing Held Items in "Pokémon"

In addition to today's moves, you can heal any contender over time using the Leftovers held item, have them recover HP upon damaging foes with the Shell Bell, or refresh them by consuming various Berries. Several abilities also heal you when hit by certain attacks.

Watch out for the recovery-preventing Heal Block technique, but for now, as we await Nintendo's next batch of HP-restoring moves, vote for your favorite attack. I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!

© 2019 Jeremy Gill

Comments

dailytop10 from Davao City on June 28, 2019:

thats why i hate miltank...so op hahaha