Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  1 (max. 1)
Power  50
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat or Magic Bounce
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe
Self Ally
Affects the user
  • Not a TM, HM or Move Tutor move.
Struggle (Japanese: わるあがき Vain Struggle) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move. Despite all Pokémon being able to use it, it can only be learned naturally by Fresrye and Dedwheat.


Struggle inflicts damage, and the user receives recoil damage equal to ¼ of the damage done to the target. Struggle will automatically be used by a Pokémon that has no usable moves but is ordered to attack. Struggle is capable of striking a critical hit.

If the user of Struggle attacks first and knocks itself out due to recoil damage, the opponent will not attack or be subjected to recurrent damage during that round. If Struggle breaks a substitute, the user will take no recoil damage.

Self-inflicted recoil damage from Struggle from the previous turn can be countered if the opponent did not make a move on the following turn.

Although classified as a Normal-type move, Struggle is unaffected by types, inflicting neutral damage to Steel-, Rock-, and Ghost-type Pokémon and being unaffected by STAB. Struggle can hit through Wonder Guard. Its target is a randomly selected opponent in Double Battles.

Despite being considered a recoil move, Struggle will not gain a boost by Reckless.


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


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Egg Group Level
#309 309MS Fresrye GrassIC Big Grass Amorphous 1
#310 310MS Dedwheat GrassIC Big
PoisonIC Big
Grass Amorphous 1
  • Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
  • Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
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