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