Horn Drill (move)

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Move data

Type Normal
Category Physical Physical
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 5  (max. 8)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red/Blue
Yellow
TM07

Effects

If it hits, Horn Drill is guaranteed to make the opponent faint. It is more likely to hit Pokémon that are of a lower level than the user.

Its accuracy (as a percentage) is calculated as below, ignoring all other accuracy and evasion modifiers:

UserLevel - TargetLevel + 30

This means that Horn Drill will fail against a target Pokémon at least 30 levels above the user.

Changes

In Generation 1, Horn Drill has 30% accuracy, but does not affect opponents faster than the user.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
A one-hit KO, drill attack.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
A one-hit KO attack that uses a horn like a drill.
FireRed/LeafGreen The horn is rotated like a drill to ram. The foe will faint if it hits.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The foe is stabbed with a horn rotating like a drill. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user stabs the target with a horn that rotates like a drill. If it hits, the target faints instantly.
X/Y The user stabs the target with a horn that rotates like a drill. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Horn Drill at the level specified. The level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page for details.

Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Level 45
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Level 58
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Level 63
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Level 71
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Level 41
Seaking
#119 / Water
Level 47
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Excadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Level 31
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Level 49
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 53

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Horn Drill as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Field
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Field
Seel
#086 / Water
Water 1, Field
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Water 1, Field
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Monster, Water 1