Skull Bash (move)

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Move data

Type Normal
Category Physical Physical
Power 130
Accuracy 100
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red/Blue
Yellow
TM40

Effects

The user of Skull Bash will tuck in its head on the first turn and raise its Defense by one stage. On the second turn, Skull Bash deals damage.

If the user is holding a Power Herb, Skull Bash executes in one turn.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Skull Bash has base power 100 and 15 PP.

In Generation 1, Skull Bash does not raise the user's Defense.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
1st turn: Prepare 2nd turn: Attack
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Tucks in the head, then attacks on the next turn.
FireRed/LeafGreen The user raises its DEFENSE in the 1st turn, then attacks in the 2nd turn.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.
X/Y The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Skull Bash 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.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Level 31
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 36
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 39
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Level 50
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 65
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 60

Learnt by breeding

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

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Undiscovered
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Undiscovered
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Monster
Marowak
#105 / Ground
Monster
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Water 2
Seaking
#119 / Water
Water 2
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Field
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 2
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Field, Water 1
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Field, Water 1
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Grass, Monster
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Grass, Monster
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Drilbur
#529 / Ground
Field
Excadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Field
Bouffalant
#626 / Normal
Field