Poison Sting (move)

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Move data

Type Poison
Category Physical Physical
Power 15
Accuracy 100
PP 35  (max. 56)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Poison Sting deals damage and has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.

Poison or Steel type Pokémon, those with the ability Immunity or those behind a Substitute cannot be poisoned.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
An attack that may poison the target.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
A toxic attack with barbs, etc., that may poison.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is stabbed with a toxic barb, etc. It may poison the foe.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The foe is stabbed with a poisonous barb of some sort. It may also poison the target.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
X/Y The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Poison Sting 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.

Weedle
#013 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Level 4
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Level 1
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Level 4
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 5
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 5
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 13
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 13
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Level 1
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Level 13
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Level 13
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Level 1
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Wurmple
#265 / Bug
Level 5
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 7
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 1
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 1
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 1
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Level 8
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Level 1
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Level 8
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 5
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 5
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 5

Learnt by breeding

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

Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Bug
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Bug