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All Attacks That Hurt Teammates in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

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The precise means by which Pokemon do the fantastical things they do remains unclear to this day, but for the most part, they’ve got pretty good control over their abilities. That said, there are a few moves that certain Pokemon can perform that can get a bit out of hand, harming friend and foe alike. Here are all attacks that hurt teammates in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

All Attacks That Hurt Teammates in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

While the vast majority of the Pokemon battles you engage in in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are traditional, one-on-one affairs, there are a few instances where you’ll be engaged in either a double battle or a team battle. You’ll experience the former when taking on the Ghost-type Gym Leader, Ryme, while the latter occurs whenever you battle Titan Pokemon alongside Arven, or when you’re fighting in a Tera Raid.

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Normally, when you select a move in these kinds of battles, you’re then prompted to select a target. However, there are certain moves that, rather than a single target, strike the entire battlefield all at once, hitting both your opponent’s Pokemon and your or your ally’s Pokemon. It’d be wise to keep these moves in mind before you use them carelessly, lest you land yourself in an unfavorable position.

AOE Moves

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Here’s a list of moves that strike both opponents and teammates in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, as well as their types:

  • Boomburst (Normal)
  • Brutal Swing (Dark)
  • Bulldoze (Ground)
  • Corrosive Gas (Poison)
  • Discharge (Electric)
  • Earthquake (Ground)
  • Explosion (Normal)
  • Lava Plume (Fire)
  • Magnitude (Ground)
  • Misty Explosion (Fairy)
  • Parabolic Charge (Electric)
  • Petal Blizzard (Grass)
  • Self-Destruct (Normal)
  • Sludge Wave (Poison)
  • Surf (Water)
  • Teeter Dance (Normal)

To reiterate, if you’re in a one-on-one battle, you can use these moves all you want (except Self-Destruct and Explosion, maybe). Additionally, it is possible in double battles to coordinate your Pokemon so these moves can be used without harming them. If you had a Flying-type and a Ground-type out, for instance, the Ground-type could safely use Earthquake because Ground moves don’t affect Flying-types.

Area-affecting moves aren’t something you need to be hyper-vigilant of in Scarlet and Violet, but a bit of advanced learning is certainly preferable to accidentally knocking your own Pokemon out.

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