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 level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page 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 by Move Tutor (Generation 4)

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Caterpie
#010 / Bug
Metapod
#011 / Bug
Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Weedle
#013 / Bug · Poison
Kakuna
#014 / Bug · Poison
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Remoraid
#223 / Water
Octillery
#224 / Water
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Wurmple
#265 / Bug
Silcoon
#266 / Bug
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Cascoon
#268 / Bug
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Masquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Kricketot
#401 / Bug
Kricketune
#402 / Bug
Burmy
#412 / Bug
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Combee
#415 / Bug · Flying
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Shellos
#422 / Water
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying