According to Serebii:

False Swipe is a handy move as it will never knock out a Pokémon, but if you keep hitting it with False Swipe, then it will likely wobble.

But I'm seeing a lot of people saying that this is not true, e.g. GameFAQs. I've tried it with my Gutsy Spearow and I've never wobbled a pokemon in this way.

Can somebody confirm this?

2 Answers 2


No, False Swipe cannot wobble an enemy when reduced to 1HP. You actually have to deal damage to make it wobble, because it happens when you inflict a critical hit.

Morover, Serebii has removed that statement.


I cannot confirm exactly, but I would say it should cause wobbling since False Swipe can do damage but not faint a pokemon, meaning that you have plenty of chances to make it wobble. Hope this helped

  • But if the Pokemon already has 1 hp False Swipe won't do damage anymore. Rephrasing my question: does I actually need to inflict damage to wobble a Pokemon?
    – pinckerman
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 11:00

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