Iron Tail (move)

Move data

Type Steel
Category   Physical
Power 100
Accuracy 75
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM23
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM23
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM23

Effects

Iron Tail deals damage and has a 30% chance of lowering the target's Defense by one stage.

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

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Steelium Z and uses its Z-Power, Iron Tail turns into Corkscrew Crash and has base power 180.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that may reduce DEFENSE.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Attacks with a rock-hard tail. May lower DEFENSE.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An attack with a steel-hard tail. It may lower the foe’s DEFENSE stat.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The foe is slammed with a steel-hard tail. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. It may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. This may also lower the target’s Defense stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. This may also lower the target’s Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Iron Tail 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.

Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 40
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 40
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 34
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 35
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 35
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Level 42
Guzzlord
#799 / Dark · Dragon
Level 29

Learnt by breeding

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

Learnt by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Iron Tail by the various move tutors in the games.

Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Magby
#240 / Fire
Entei
#244 / Fire
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Absol
#359 / Dark
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Zygarde
50% Forme
#718 / Dragon · Ground
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Iron Tail in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Cyndaquil
#155 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Quilava
#156 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Typhlosion
#157 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM