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みがわり Scapegoat
Generation: I
Battle Data
Type: Type Normal.gif
Category Status
Accuracy: —%
PP: 10*
Affects: User
Secondary Effect: None
Priority: 0
Contact: No
Contest Data
Contests (RSE)
Type: Smart
Appeal: 2 ♥♥
Jam: 0
Super Contests (DPPt)
Type: Smart
Appeal: 1
Contest Spectaculars (ORAS)
Type: Smart

Substitute (Japanese: みがわり Scapegoat) is a Normal-type move that, when used, will make a substitute of the user at the cost of 25% of its HP. The substitute will take the damage from the opposing Pokémon until it breaks. A substitute cannot be created if your Pokémon's health is less than 25% of its maximum HP. A one-hit KO attack will always break a substitute if it hits. Interestingly, in Generations 1 and 2, the Substitute takes the appearance of a Rhydon. In all subsequent games it is a plush toy that resembles a Larvitar. However, the most common theory is that it resembles the being inside Kangaskhan's pouch.

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