Spikes (move)

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Move data

Type Ground
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Layers Damage
1 18
2 16
3 14

Spikes lays a trap of spikes around the foe, which hurts Pokemon switching in to the opposing field. It can be used up to three times to inflict more damage on incoming Pokemon, equal to a fraction of the Pokemon's HP (see right).

The move will not cause damage to any raised Pokemon. Raised Pokémon are any Flying types or those under the effects of Levitate, Magnet Rise or Telekinesis. Full details in glossary.

Spikes can be cleared from the field by the moves Rapid Spin (around the user) or Defog (around the target).

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all Pokemon on the opposing field.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Hurts foes when they switch out.
Ruby/Sapphire Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching out.
FireRed/LeafGreen A trap of spikes is laid around the foe’s party to hurt foes switching in.
Emerald Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching in.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe’s feet. The trap hurts foes that switch into battle.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.
X/Y The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Spikes 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.

Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 28
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Level 28
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 28
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Level 28
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 33
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 35
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 33
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 28
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Level 15

Learnt by breeding

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

Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Water 1, Field
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Fairy, Grass
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Undiscovered
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Fairy, Grass
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Fairy, Mineral
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Grass
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Mineral
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Mineral
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Bug
Accelgor
#617 / Bug
Bug
Chespin
#650 / Grass
Field
Quilladin
#651 / Grass
Field
Chesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Field
Bunnelby
#659 / Normal
Field
Diggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
Field