String Shot (move)

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Move data

Type Bug
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy 95
PP 40  (max. 64)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

String Shot lowers the target's Speed by two stages.

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

Changes

In Generations 1-5, String Shot lowers Speed by one stage.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all adjacent foes.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
A move that lowers the foe's SPEED.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Binds the foe with string to reduce its SPEED.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is bound with strings shot from the mouth to reduce its SPEED.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user’s mouth. It reduces the target’s Speed stat.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The targets are bound with silk blown from the user’s mouth. This silk reduces the targets’ Speed stat.
X/Y The opposing Pokémon are bound with silk blown from the user’s mouth that harshly lowers the Speed stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn String Shot 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.

Caterpie
#010 / Bug
Level 1
Weedle
#013 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Wurmple
#265 / Bug
Level 1
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Level 1
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Level 1
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Level 1
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Level 1
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Level 1
Scatterbug
#664 / Bug
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Bug
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Bug

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Remoraid
#223 / Water
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Octillery
#224 / Water
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Masquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Kricketot
#401 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Kricketune
#402 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Burmy
#412 / Bug
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Combee
#415 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Shellos
#422 / Water
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — Move tutor
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Gen 4 — Move tutor