Tail Whip (move)

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Move data

Type Normal
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy 100
PP 30  (max. 48)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Tail Whip lowers the target's Defense by one stage.

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

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all adjacent foes.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Lowers the foe's DEFENSE.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Wags the tail to lower the foe’s DEFENSE.
FireRed/LeafGreen The user wags its tail cutely, making the foe lower its DEFENSE stat.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user wags its tail cutely, making the foe less wary. The target’s Defense stat is lowered.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stat.
X/Y The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Tail Whip 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 4
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 1
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 4
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 1
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 4
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Level 1
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 1
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 1
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Level 1
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 7
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 7
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Level 1
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Level 4
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Level 4
Golduck
#055 / Water
Level 1
Golduck
#055 / Water
Level 4
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Level 4
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Level 1
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Level 4
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Level 3
Marowak
#105 / Ground
Level 1
Marowak
#105 / Ground
Level 3
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Level 5
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Level 10
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Level 1
Seaking
#119 / Water
Level 1
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Level 3
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Level 1
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Level 1
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 1
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Level 1
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Level 5
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Level 2
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Level 1
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Level 2
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Level 6
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 1
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Level 6
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 1
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Level 6
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Level 1
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Level 1
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Level 1
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Level 1
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 1
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Level 1
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Level 1
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Level 5
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 5
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 1
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 5
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Level 2
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Level 1
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Level 1
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Level 1
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 1
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Level 1
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Level 3
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Level 3
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Level 3
Oshawott
#501 / Water
Level 5
Dewott
#502 / Water
Level 1
Dewott
#502 / Water
Level 5
Samurott
#503 / Water
Level 1
Samurott
#503 / Water
Level 5
Blitzle
#522 / Electric
Level 4
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 1
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 4
Basculin
#550 / Water
Level 1
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Level 7
Fennekin
#653 / Fire
Level 1
Braixen
#654 / Fire
Level 1
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
Skiddo
#672 / Grass
Level 9
Gogoat
#673 / Grass
Level 9
Furfrou
#676 / Normal
Level 15
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Level 9
Dragalge
#691 / Poison · Dragon
Level 9
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Level 1
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Level 1
Tyrantrum
#697 / Rock · Dragon
Level 1
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Level 1
Dedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Meowth
#052 / Normal
Field
Persian
#053 / Normal
Field
Pachirisu
#417 / Electric
Fairy, Field
Glameow
#431 / Normal
Field
Purugly
#432 / Normal
Field
Minccino
#572 / Normal
Field
Cinccino
#573 / Normal
Field