Flail (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Flail deals more damage the lower the user's HP. The following formula is used:

N = 48 × CurrentHP ÷ MaxHP

The value of N is then used to determine the base power, as per the table below. It converts to some quite specific percentages which are also shown.

Ratio (N)HP (%)Power
0 ≤ N < 20 - 4.16200
2 ≤ N < 44.17 - 10.41150
5 ≤ N < 910.42 - 20.82100
10 ≤ N < 1620.83 - 35.4180
17 ≤ N < 3235.42 - 68.7440
33 ≤ N ≤ 4868.75 - 10020

Changes

In Generations 2-4, Flail used a multiplier of 64 instead of 48. The table below shows the appropriate numbers.

Ratio (N)HP (%)Power
0 ≤ N < 20 - 3.12200
2 ≤ N < 63.13 - 9.35150
6 ≤ N < 139.36 - 20.30100
13 ≤ N < 2220.31 - 34.3780
22 ≤ N < 4334.38 - 67.1840
43 ≤ N ≤ 6467.19 - 10020

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Flail turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 160.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Flail
Japanese じたばた (Jitabata)
German Dreschflegel
French Fléau
Italian Flagello
Spanish Azote

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Stronger if the user's HP is low.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Inflicts more damage when the user’s HP is down.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A desperate attack that becomes more powerful the less HP the user has.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user flails about aimlessly to attack. It becomes more powerful the less HP the user has.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user flails about aimlessly to attack. It becomes more powerful the less HP the user has.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user flails about aimlessly to attack. The less HP the user has, the greater the move’s power.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user flails about aimlessly to attack. The less HP the user has, the greater the move’s power.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Flail at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Krabby
#098 / Water
Level 45
Kingler
#099 / Water
Level 63
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Level 13
Seaking
#119 / Water
Level 13
Magikarp
#129 / Water
Level 30
Totodile
#158 / Water
Level 22
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Level 24
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Level 24
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Level 31
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Level 33
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Level 1
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Level 5
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 51
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Level 40
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Level 50
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Level 6
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 29
Slakoth
#287 / Normal
Level 33
Slaking
#289 / Normal
Level 39
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 42
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Level 50
Feebas
#349 / Water
Level 30
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Level 1
Luvdisc
#370 / Water
Level 26
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Level 38
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Level 38
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Level 38
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Level 5
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Level 1
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Level 61
Tympole
#535 / Water
Level 34
Palpitoad
#536 / Water · Ground
Level 37
Seismitoad
#537 / Water · Ground
Level 39
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Level 43
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Level 34
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Level 41
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 50
Karrablast
#588 / Bug
Level 49
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Level 36
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Level 36
Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Electric
Level 1
Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Electric
Level 55
Bunnelby
#659 / Normal
Level 29
Diggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
Level 32
Fletchling
#661 / Normal · Flying
Level 16
Fletchinder
#662 / Fire · Flying
Level 16
Talonflame
#663 / Fire · Flying
Level 16
Spritzee
#682 / Fairy
Level 38
Aromatisse
#683 / Fairy
Level 38
Clauncher
#692 / Water
Level 16
Clawitzer
#693 / Water
Level 16
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Level 35
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Level 28
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Level 28
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 28
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Level 31
Stufful
#759 / Normal · Fighting
Level 19
Bewear
#760 / Normal · Fighting
Level 19
Bounsweet
#761 / Grass
Level 29
Komala
#775 / Normal
Level 26
Turtonator
#776 / Fire · Dragon
Level 17

Learnt by breeding

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

Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Fairy, Field
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Field
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Field
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Field
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Field
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Field
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Field
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Mineral
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Mineral