Iron Tail (move)

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Move data

Type Steel
Category Physical Physical
Power 100
Accuracy 75
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold/Silver
Crystal
TM23
Ruby/Sapphire
FireRed/LeafGreen
Emerald
TM23
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
TM23

Effects

Iron Tail deals damage and has a 30% chance of lowering the target's Defense by one stage.

Stats can be lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
An attack that may reduce DEFENSE.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Attacks with a rock-hard tail. May lower DEFENSE.
FireRed/LeafGreen An attack with a steel-hard tail. It may lower the foe’s DEFENSE stat.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The foe is slammed with a steel-hard tail. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
X/Y The target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. This may also lower the target’s Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Iron Tail at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 40
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 40
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 36
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 40
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 40
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Level 42

Learnt by breeding

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

Ekans
#023 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Undiscovered
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Undiscovered
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Field, Monster
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Field
Persian
#053 / Normal
Field
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Field
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Field
Seel
#086 / Water
Field, Water 1
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Field, Water 1
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Human-Like
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Dragon, Water 1
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Dragon, Water 1
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Dragon, Water 1
Sentret
#161 / Normal
Field
Furret
#162 / Normal
Field
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Field, Monster
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Field, Monster
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Field, Monster
Magby
#240 / Fire
Undiscovered
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Monster
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Field
Seviper
#336 / Poison
Dragon, Field
Feebas
#349 / Water
Dragon, Water 1
Milotic
#350 / Water
Dragon, Water 1
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Monster
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Monster
Pachirisu
#417 / Electric
Fairy, Field
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Field
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Field
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Bug, Water 3
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Bug, Water 3
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Magmortar
#467 / Fire
Human-Like
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Field, Grass
Servine
#496 / Grass
Field, Grass
Serperior
#497 / Grass
Field, Grass
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Field
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Field
Minccino
#572 / Normal
Field
Cinccino
#573 / Normal
Field
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Field
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Fraxure
#611 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Haxorus
#612 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Druddigon
#621 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Dragon
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Dragon
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Dragon

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Iron Tail in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Charmander
#004 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Squirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Golduck
#055 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Marowak
#105 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Chikorita
#152 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Meganium
#154 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Totodile
#158 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Donphan
#232 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Entei
#244 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Suicune
#245 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Marshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Swampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Breloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Delcatty
#301 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Minun
#312 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Spoink
#325 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Grumpig
#326 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Absol
#359 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Salamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Groudon
#383 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Rayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Monferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Infernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Buizel
#418 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Buneary
#427 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lopunny
#428 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Glameow
#431 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Purugly
#432 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lickilicky
#463 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mesprit
#481 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Oshawott
#501 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Dewott
#502 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Samurott
#503 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Simisage
#512 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Panpour
#515 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Simipour
#516 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Audino
#531 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor