Toxic Spikes (move)

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Move data

Type Poison
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 4

Effects

Toxic Spikes lays a trap of poisonous spikes around the foe, which poison Pokémon switching in to the opposing field. If used more than once, incoming Pokémon will be badly poisoned.

The spikes will not poison any raised Pokémon, nor does it affect Poison or Steel types, nor Pokémon with the abilities Immunity or Magic Guard. Raised Pokémon are any Flying types or those under the effects of Levitate, Magnet Rise or Telekinesis. Full details in glossary.

Toxic Spikes can be cleared from the field by the moves Rapid Spin (around the user) or Defog (around the target). Poison type Pokémon (that are not raised) will absorb the spikes upon switching in, removing their effect.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all Pokemon on the opposing field.

Game descriptions

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the foe’s feet. They poison foes that switch into battle.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opponent’s feet. They poison opponents that switch into battle.
X/Y The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opposing team’s feet. They poison opposing Pokémon that switch into battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Toxic 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.

Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Level 25
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 31
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 35
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Level 31
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Level 35
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Level 15
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Level 15
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 1
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 21
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 28
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 28
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 34
Trubbish
#568 / Poison
Level 7
Garbodor
#569 / Poison
Level 7

Learnt by breeding

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

Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Koffing
#109 / Poison
Amorphous
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Bug
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Mineral, Amorphous
Froakie
#656 / Water
Water 1
Frogadier
#657 / Water
Water 1
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Water 1
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Water 1, Dragon
Dragalge
#691 / Poison · Dragon
Water 1, Dragon