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This is an article for the move Substitute (TR20) and the Pokemon who can learn it and its location in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Isle of Armor, and the Crown Tundra DLC. Read on to see the Power, Accuracy, PP, and Effect, and see how to use it competitively.

Substitute - Type and Effect

Type Pokemon Normal Image
Category Pokemon Status Image
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 10
Effect The user creates a substitute for itself using some of its HP. The substitute serves as the user's decoy.
Max Move Max Guard
Power: -
TM / TR TR20

Pokemon That Learn Substitute

By Default

There are no Pokemon who learn this move by this method.

By Level Up

RotomRotom Heat RotomHeat Rotom Wash RotomWash Rotom
Frost RotomFrost Rotom Fan RotomFan Rotom Mow RotomMow Rotom

By TM / TR

BulbasaurBulbasaur IvysaurIvysaur VenusaurVenusaur
CharmanderCharmander CharmeleonCharmeleon CharizardCharizard
SquirtleSquirtle WartortleWartortle BlastoiseBlastoise
ButterfreeButterfree PikachuPikachu RaichuRaichu
Alolan RaichuAlolan Raichu SandshrewSandshrew Alolan SandshrewAlolan Sandshrew
SandslashSandslash Alolan SandslashAlolan Sandslash Nidoran♀Nidoran♀
NidorinaNidorina NidoqueenNidoqueen Nidoran♂Nidoran♂
NidorinoNidorino NidokingNidoking ClefairyClefairy
ClefableClefable VulpixVulpix Alolan VulpixAlolan Vulpix
NinetalesNinetales Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales JigglypuffJigglypuff
WigglytuffWigglytuff ZubatZubat GolbatGolbat
OddishOddish GloomGloom VileplumeVileplume
DiglettDiglett Alolan DiglettAlolan Diglett DugtrioDugtrio
Alolan DugtrioAlolan Dugtrio MeowthMeowth Alolan MeowthAlolan Meowth
Galarian MeowthGalarian Meowth PersianPersian Alolan PersianAlolan Persian
PsyduckPsyduck GolduckGolduck GrowlitheGrowlithe
ArcanineArcanine PoliwagPoliwag PoliwhirlPoliwhirl
PoliwrathPoliwrath AbraAbra KadabraKadabra
AlakazamAlakazam MachopMachop MachokeMachoke
MachampMachamp TentacoolTentacool TentacruelTentacruel
PonytaPonyta Galarian PonytaGalarian Ponyta RapidashRapidash
Galarian RapidashGalarian Rapidash Galarian SlowpokeGalarian Slowpoke SlowpokeSlowpoke
Galarian SlowbroGalarian Slowbro SlowbroSlowbro MagnemiteMagnemite
MagnetonMagneton Galarian FarfetchGalarian Farfetch'd FarfetchFarfetch'd
ShellderShellder CloysterCloyster GastlyGastly
HaunterHaunter GengarGengar OnixOnix
KrabbyKrabby KinglerKingler ExeggcuteExeggcute
ExeggutorExeggutor Alolan ExeggutorAlolan Exeggutor CuboneCubone
MarowakMarowak Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak HitmonleeHitmonlee
HitmonchanHitmonchan LickitungLickitung KoffingKoffing
WeezingWeezing Galarian WeezingGalarian Weezing RhyhornRhyhorn
RhydonRhydon ChanseyChansey TangelaTangela
KangaskhanKangaskhan HorseaHorsea SeadraSeadra
GoldeenGoldeen SeakingSeaking StaryuStaryu
StarmieStarmie Mr. MimeMr. Mime Galarian Mr. MimeGalarian Mr. Mime
ScytherScyther JynxJynx ElectabuzzElectabuzz
MagmarMagmar PinsirPinsir TaurosTauros
GyaradosGyarados LaprasLapras EeveeEevee
VaporeonVaporeon JolteonJolteon FlareonFlareon
PorygonPorygon OmanyteOmanyte OmastarOmastar
KabutoKabuto KabutopsKabutops AerodactylAerodactyl
SnorlaxSnorlax ArticunoArticuno Galarian ArticunoGalarian Articuno
ZapdosZapdos Galarian ZapdosGalarian Zapdos MoltresMoltres
Galarian MoltresGalarian Moltres DratiniDratini DragonairDragonair
DragoniteDragonite MewtwoMewtwo MewMew
HoothootHoothoot NoctowlNoctowl CrobatCrobat
ChinchouChinchou LanturnLanturn CleffaCleffa
PichuPichu IgglybuffIgglybuff TogepiTogepi
TogeticTogetic NatuNatu XatuXatu
BellossomBellossom MarillMarill AzumarillAzumarill
SudowoodoSudowoodo PolitoedPolitoed WooperWooper
QuagsireQuagsire EspeonEspeon UmbreonUmbreon
Galarian SlowkingGalarian Slowking SlowkingSlowking DunsparceDunsparce
SteelixSteelix QwilfishQwilfish ScizorScizor
ShuckleShuckle HeracrossHeracross SneaselSneasel
SwinubSwinub PiloswinePiloswine CorsolaCorsola
Galarian CorsolaGalarian Corsola RemoraidRemoraid OctilleryOctillery
DelibirdDelibird MantineMantine SkarmorySkarmory
KingdraKingdra Porygon2Porygon2 TyrogueTyrogue
HitmontopHitmontop SmoochumSmoochum ElekidElekid
MagbyMagby MiltankMiltank BlisseyBlissey
RaikouRaikou EnteiEntei SuicuneSuicune
LarvitarLarvitar PupitarPupitar TyranitarTyranitar
LugiaLugia Ho-ohHo-oh CelebiCelebi
TreeckoTreecko GrovyleGrovyle SceptileSceptile
TorchicTorchic CombuskenCombusken BlazikenBlaziken
MudkipMudkip MarshtompMarshtomp SwampertSwampert
ZigzagoonZigzagoon Galarian ZigzagoonGalarian Zigzagoon LinooneLinoone
Galarian LinooneGalarian Linoone LotadLotad LombreLombre
LudicoloLudicolo SeedotSeedot NuzleafNuzleaf
ShiftryShiftry WingullWingull PelipperPelipper
RaltsRalts KirliaKirlia GardevoirGardevoir
NincadaNincada NinjaskNinjask ShedinjaShedinja
WhismurWhismur LoudredLoudred ExploudExploud
AzurillAzurill SableyeSableye MawileMawile
AronAron LaironLairon AggronAggron
ElectrikeElectrike ManectricManectric RoseliaRoselia
CarvanhaCarvanha SharpedoSharpedo WailmerWailmer
WailordWailord TorkoalTorkoal TrapinchTrapinch
VibravaVibrava FlygonFlygon SwabluSwablu
AltariaAltaria LunatoneLunatone SolrockSolrock
BarboachBarboach WhiscashWhiscash CorphishCorphish
CrawdauntCrawdaunt BaltoyBaltoy ClaydolClaydol
LileepLileep CradilyCradily AnorithAnorith
ArmaldoArmaldo FeebasFeebas MiloticMilotic
DuskullDuskull DusclopsDusclops AbsolAbsol
SnoruntSnorunt GlalieGlalie SphealSpheal
SealeoSealeo WalreinWalrein RelicanthRelicanth
BagonBagon ShelgonShelgon SalamenceSalamence
MetangMetang MetagrossMetagross RegirockRegirock
RegiceRegice RegisteelRegisteel LatiasLatias
LatiosLatios KyogreKyogre GroudonGroudon
RayquazaRayquaza JirachiJirachi ShinxShinx
LuxioLuxio LuxrayLuxray BudewBudew
RoseradeRoserade VespiquenVespiquen CherubiCherubi
CherrimCherrim ShellosShellos GastrodonGastrodon
DrifloonDrifloon DrifblimDrifblim BunearyBuneary
LopunnyLopunny StunkyStunky SkuntankSkuntank
BronzorBronzor BronzongBronzong BonslyBonsly
Mime Jr.Mime Jr. HappinyHappiny SpiritombSpiritomb
GibleGible GabiteGabite GarchompGarchomp
MunchlaxMunchlax RioluRiolu LucarioLucario
HippopotasHippopotas HippowdonHippowdon SkorupiSkorupi
DrapionDrapion CroagunkCroagunk ToxicroakToxicroak
MantykeMantyke SnoverSnover AbomasnowAbomasnow
WeavileWeavile MagnezoneMagnezone LickilickyLickilicky
RhyperiorRhyperior TangrowthTangrowth ElectivireElectivire
MagmortarMagmortar TogekissTogekiss LeafeonLeafeon
GlaceonGlaceon MamoswineMamoswine Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
GalladeGallade DusknoirDusknoir FroslassFroslass
RotomRotom Heat RotomHeat Rotom Wash RotomWash Rotom
Frost RotomFrost Rotom Fan RotomFan Rotom Mow RotomMow Rotom
UxieUxie MespritMesprit AzelfAzelf
DialgaDialga PalkiaPalkia HeatranHeatran
RegigigasRegigigas GiratinaGiratina Giratina (Origin Forme)Giratina (Origin Forme)
CresseliaCresselia VictiniVictini LillipupLillipup
HerdierHerdier StoutlandStoutland PurrloinPurrloin
LiepardLiepard MunnaMunna MusharnaMusharna
PidovePidove TranquillTranquill UnfezantUnfezant
RoggenrolaRoggenrola BoldoreBoldore GigalithGigalith
WoobatWoobat SwoobatSwoobat DrilburDrilbur
ExcadrillExcadrill AudinoAudino TimburrTimburr
GurdurrGurdurr ConkeldurrConkeldurr TympoleTympole
PalpitoadPalpitoad SeismitoadSeismitoad ThrohThroh
SawkSawk VenipedeVenipede WhirlipedeWhirlipede
ScolipedeScolipede CottoneeCottonee WhimsicottWhimsicott
PetililPetilil LilligantLilligant BasculinBasculin
SandileSandile KrokorokKrokorok KrookodileKrookodile
DarumakaDarumaka Galarian DarumakaGalarian Darumaka DarmanitanDarmanitan
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan MaractusMaractus DwebbleDwebble
CrustleCrustle ScraggyScraggy ScraftyScrafty
SigilyphSigilyph YamaskYamask Galarian YamaskGalarian Yamask
CofagrigusCofagrigus TirtougaTirtouga CarracostaCarracosta
ArchenArchen ArcheopsArcheops TrubbishTrubbish
GarbodorGarbodor ZoruaZorua ZoroarkZoroark
MinccinoMinccino CinccinoCinccino GothitaGothita
GothoritaGothorita GothitelleGothitelle SolosisSolosis
DuosionDuosion ReuniclusReuniclus VanilliteVanillite
VanillishVanillish VanilluxeVanilluxe EmolgaEmolga
KarrablastKarrablast EscavalierEscavalier FoongusFoongus
AmoongussAmoonguss FrillishFrillish JellicentJellicent
JoltikJoltik GalvantulaGalvantula FerroseedFerroseed
FerrothornFerrothorn KlinkKlink KlangKlang
KlinklangKlinklang ElgyemElgyem BeheeyemBeheeyem
LitwickLitwick LampentLampent ChandelureChandelure
AxewAxew FraxureFraxure HaxorusHaxorus
CubchooCubchoo BearticBeartic CryogonalCryogonal
ShelmetShelmet AccelgorAccelgor StunfiskStunfisk
Galarian StunfiskGalarian Stunfisk MienfooMienfoo MienshaoMienshao
DruddigonDruddigon GolettGolett GolurkGolurk
PawniardPawniard BisharpBisharp BouffalantBouffalant
RuffletRufflet BraviaryBraviary VullabyVullaby
MandibuzzMandibuzz HeatmorHeatmor DurantDurant
DeinoDeino ZweilousZweilous HydreigonHydreigon
LarvestaLarvesta VolcaronaVolcarona CobalionCobalion
TerrakionTerrakion VirizionVirizion TornadusTornadus
Tornadus (Therian Forme)Tornadus (Therian Forme) ThundurusThundurus Thundurus (Therian Forme)Thundurus (Therian Forme)
ReshiramReshiram ZekromZekrom LandorusLandorus
Landorus (Therian Forme)Landorus (Therian Forme) KyuremKyurem KeldeoKeldeo
GenesectGenesect BunnelbyBunnelby DiggersbyDiggersby
FletchlingFletchling FletchinderFletchinder TalonflameTalonflame
PanchamPancham PangoroPangoro EspurrEspurr
MeowsticMeowstic HonedgeHonedge DoubladeDoublade
AegislashAegislash SpritzeeSpritzee AromatisseAromatisse
SwirlixSwirlix SlurpuffSlurpuff InkayInkay
MalamarMalamar BinacleBinacle BarbaracleBarbaracle
SkrelpSkrelp DragalgeDragalge ClauncherClauncher
ClawitzerClawitzer HelioptileHelioptile HelioliskHeliolisk
TyruntTyrunt TyrantrumTyrantrum AmauraAmaura
AurorusAurorus SylveonSylveon HawluchaHawlucha
DedenneDedenne CarbinkCarbink GoomyGoomy
SliggooSliggoo GoodraGoodra KlefkiKlefki
PhantumpPhantump TrevenantTrevenant PumpkabooPumpkaboo
GourgeistGourgeist BergmiteBergmite AvaluggAvalugg
NoibatNoibat NoivernNoivern XerneasXerneas
YveltalYveltal ZygardeZygarde Zygarde (Complete Forme)Zygarde (Complete Forme)
DiancieDiancie VolcanionVolcanion RowletRowlet
DartrixDartrix DecidueyeDecidueye LittenLitten
TorracatTorracat IncineroarIncineroar PopplioPopplio
BrionneBrionne PrimarinaPrimarina GrubbinGrubbin
CharjabugCharjabug VikavoltVikavolt CutieflyCutiefly
RibombeeRibombee RockruffRockruff Lycanroc (Midday Form)Lycanroc (Midday Form)
Lycanroc (Midnight Form)Lycanroc (Midnight Form) Lycanroc (Dusk Form)Lycanroc (Dusk Form) WishiwashiWishiwashi
MareanieMareanie ToxapexToxapex MudbrayMudbray
MudsdaleMudsdale DewpiderDewpider AraquanidAraquanid
FomantisFomantis LurantisLurantis MorelullMorelull
ShiinoticShiinotic SalanditSalandit SalazzleSalazzle
StuffulStufful BewearBewear BounsweetBounsweet
SteeneeSteenee TsareenaTsareena ComfeyComfey
OranguruOranguru PassimianPassimian WimpodWimpod
GolisopodGolisopod SandygastSandygast PalossandPalossand
PyukumukuPyukumuku Type: NullType: Null SilvallySilvally
TurtonatorTurtonator TogedemaruTogedemaru MimikyuMimikyu
DrampaDrampa DhelmiseDhelmise Jangmo-oJangmo-o
Hakamo-oHakamo-o Kommo-oKommo-o Tapu KokoTapu Koko
Tapu LeleTapu Lele Tapu BuluTapu Bulu Tapu FiniTapu Fini
SolgaleoSolgaleo LunalaLunala NihilegoNihilego
BuzzwoleBuzzwole PheromosaPheromosa XurkitreeXurkitree
CelesteelaCelesteela KartanaKartana GuzzlordGuzzlord
NecrozmaNecrozma MagearnaMagearna MarshadowMarshadow
StakatakaStakataka BlacephalonBlacephalon PoipolePoipole
NaganadelNaganadel ZeraoraZeraora MeltanMeltan
MelmetalMelmetal GrookeyGrookey ThwackeyThwackey
RillaboomRillaboom ScorbunnyScorbunny RabootRaboot
CinderaceCinderace SobbleSobble DrizzileDrizzile
InteleonInteleon SkwovetSkwovet GreedentGreedent
RookideeRookidee CorvisquireCorvisquire CorviknightCorviknight
DottlerDottler OrbeetleOrbeetle NickitNickit
ThievulThievul GossifleurGossifleur EldegossEldegoss
WoolooWooloo DubwoolDubwool ChewtleChewtle
DrednawDrednaw YamperYamper BoltundBoltund
RolycolyRolycoly CarkolCarkol CoalossalCoalossal
FlappleFlapple AppletunAppletun SilicobraSilicobra
SandacondaSandaconda CramorantCramorant ArrokudaArrokuda
BarraskewdaBarraskewda ToxelToxel ToxtricityToxtricity
SizzlipedeSizzlipede CentiskorchCentiskorch ClobbopusClobbopus
GrapploctGrapploct SinisteaSinistea PolteageistPolteageist
HatennaHatenna HattremHattrem HattereneHatterene
ImpidimpImpidimp MorgremMorgrem GrimmsnarlGrimmsnarl
ObstagoonObstagoon PerrserkerPerrserker CursolaCursola
SirfetchSirfetch'd RunerigusRunerigus MilceryMilcery
AlcremieAlcremie FalinksFalinks PincurchinPincurchin
SnomSnom FrosmothFrosmoth StonjournerStonjourner
EiscueEiscue IndeedeeIndeedee MorpekoMorpeko
CufantCufant CopperajahCopperajah DracozoltDracozolt
ArctozoltArctozolt DracovishDracovish ArctovishArctovish
DuraludonDuraludon DreepyDreepy DrakloakDrakloak
Mr. RimeMr. Rime DragapultDragapult ZacianZacian
ZamazentaZamazenta EternatusEternatus KubfuKubfu
Urshifu Single-Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style ZarudeZarude RegielekiRegieleki
RegidragoRegidrago GlastrierGlastrier SpectrierSpectrier
CalyrexCalyrex Calyrex (Ice Rider)Calyrex (Ice Rider) Calyrex (Shadow Rider)Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

By Egg Move

There are no Pokemon who learn this move by this method.

By Move Tutor

There are no Pokemon who learn this move by this method.

Competitive Analysis

Subtitute has the effect of the user taking 1/4th of their current HP and brings out a subtitute in battle. While the substitute in place, it will take damage for the user as well as status conditions and stat changes brought about by other Pokemon. After the substitute takes a certain amount of damage, it will disappear and the user will again take its place. The user will still take damage from weather effects however. The Infiltrator Ability bypasses the substitute as well as Sound-Based Moves.

An example user of this is Gengar who can dish out strong attacks while being protected through the subtitute.

Gengar - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Substitute Locations

Purchase from the Wild Area Trader

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Watt Trader.png
Substitute (TR20) is available to purchase from the Watt Traders in the Wild Area for 3000 Watts.

The Watt Traders' selection of TM and TRs changes everyday so make sure to check what's in stock!

How to Farm Watts Quickly

A Possible Drop from Max Raids

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It's also possible to get Substitute (TR20) from Normal-type Max Raid dens as a reward for defeating or catching the resident Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokemon.

How to Max Raid With Friends

Get from the Cram-o-Matic

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It's also possible to get Substitute (TR20) from the Cram-o-Matic, although the chances are still low even when using the right items.

How to Use the Cram-o-Matic

Get from Ballimere Lake

Substitute (TR20) can be found in the Ballimere Lake area of the Crown Tundra DLC.

Ballimere Lake Map and Obtainable Pokemon

Related Links

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List of All New Moves (Crown Tundra Updated)
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