Twineedle (move)

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Move data

Type Bug
Category Physical Physical
Power 25
Accuracy 100
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Twineedle deals damage and will strike twice (with 25 base power each time). It has a 20% chance of poisoning the target. Poison or Steel type Pokémon, those with the ability Immunity or those behind a Substitute cannot be poisoned. Each strike of Twineedle is treated like a separate attack:

  • Each strike can get a critical hit independently.
  • Abilities that activate on contact (Static, Weak Armor, Iron Barbs etc.) activate for each strike.
  • If the Sturdy ability, Focus Sash, or Focus Band activates before the final hit, the subsequent hit will still deal damage and therefore cause the opponent to faint.
  • If the first hit breaks a Substitute, the second hit will deal damage to the target Pokémon.

The move Counter only counters the final hit, but Bide counters the complete damage.

Changes

In Generations 1-2, Twineedle can poison Poison and Steel types. In Generations 2-4, if a Focus Sash or Focus Band activates before the final hit, subsequent hits do not cause the holder to faint.

In Generations 1-3, Twineedle ends immediately if any hit breaks a Substitute.

In Generation 1, each hit will always deal the same damage - if the first critical hits, so will the rest.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Jabs the foe twice using stingers.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Stingers on the forelegs jab the foe twice.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is stabbed twice with foreleg stingers. It may poison the foe.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The foe is stabbed twice by a pair of stingers. It may also poison the target.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user damages the target twice in succession by jabbing it with two spikes. It may also poison the target.
X/Y The user damages the target twice in succession by jabbing it with two spikes. This may also poison the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Twineedle 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 16
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Level 13

Learnt by breeding

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

Shellder
#090 / Water
Water 3
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Water 3
Spinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Bug, Water 3
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Bug, Water 3
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Bug
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Bug