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List of Pokemon That Can Learn False Swipe

List of Pokemon That Can Learn False Swipe

False Swipe is an attack that can leave an opposing Pokemon with one hit point making it extremely useful for catching Pokemon.

This is because weakening a Pokemon increases the chance of catching it. However, not all Pokemon can learn this move.

To help you, we made a list of the Pokemon that can learn it.

So if you want to catch Pokemon efficiently, here are the Pokemon that can learn False Swipe.

Which Pokemon Can Learn False Swipe?

Scizor Farfetch'd False Swipe
Scizor and Farfetch’d are two of the many Pokemon that can learn False Swipe – Source: Bulbapedia
  • Venusaur
  • Charizard
  • Blastoise
  • Grovyle
  • Sceptile
  • Nincada
  • Farfetch’d
  • Drednaw
  • Weavile
  • Cubone
  • Marowak
  • Scyther
  • Scizor
  • Kleavor
  • Zangoose
  • Gallade
  • Leavanny
  • Karrablast
  • Escavalier
  • Axew
  • Fraxure
  • Haxorus
  • Kommo-O
  • Kartana
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Mew
  • Urshifu
  • Zeraora
  • Zaccian

Why is False Swipe So Useful?

Let’s say you are trying to catch a new Pokemon you have not registered in your Pokedex or even a rare Shiny.

As mentioned above, one of the ways to increase the chance of catching it is to weaken it.

The problem is sometimes your Pokemon is too strong and even when using a weak move, it will crit, thus making the Pokemon faint.

This is where False Swipe comes in; with this move, the Pokemon that gets hit will always have 1 hit point left, making it easy to capture.

False Swipe Alternative

False Swipe is one of the best moves for catching Pokemon, but what if the Pokemon is a Ghost type which makes it immune to False Swipe.

The alternative is Dragon Rage and Sonic Boom which always deal 40 and 20 damage, respectively.

Unfortunately, it is not available in the latest Pokemon game series, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Another move is Hyper Fang, which deals 50% of the opposing Pokemon’s HP, but it is also a Normal type move, meaning Ghost types are immune to it.

The way to fix the Ghost immunity for Normal type Pokemon is to have them also learn Soak.

Soak changes the Pokemon’s type into a Water type, meaning those pesky Ghost types can now be hit with False Swipe.

Other moves, like Thunder Wave and Spore, can also increase the chance of catching Pokemon.