- Base energy
Stolen by Snatch
Transfers 10%, 15%, or 20% of the user's health into a doll, which blocks moves targetting the user until the doll's health reaches 0.
The user channels its lifeforce into creating a construct in its exact likeness to take damage and protect it from status attacks. The substitute can do whatever its creator does and mimics the attacks made, but will not intentionally damage the opponent or benefit from protective side-effects of attacks such as Swords Dance. The amount of energy used to create a substitute is equal to half its health rounded up. Substitutes come in three sizes: small (approximately 10% health), medium (about 15% health), and large (about 20% health). There are numerous attacks that cannot be blocked by Substitute, including Acupressure, Attract, Curse, Destiny Bond, Disable, Encore, Foresight, Grudge, Guard Swap, Haze, Heart Swap, Helping Hand, Imprison, Me First, Mimic, Miracle Eye, Odor Sleuth, Perish Song, Power Swap, Power Trick, Psych Up, Reflect Type, Roar, Role Play, Sketch, Skill Swap, Spite, Taunt, Torment, or Whirlwind.
- A Pokémon cannot distinguish the size of its opponent's Substitute.