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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM19

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 Pokémon.

Other languages

English Iron Tail
Japanese アイアンテール (Iron Tail)
German Eisenschweif
French Queue de Fer
Italian Codacciaio
Spanish Cola Férrea

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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
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 from a move tutor in the games.

Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Arbok
#024 / Poison
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
#052 / Normal
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Furret
#162 / Normal
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Magby
#240 / Fire
Entei
#244 / Fire
Suicune
#245 / Water
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Feebas
#349 / Water
Milotic
#350 / Water
Absol
#359 / Dark
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Buizel
#418 / Water
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Servine
#496 / Grass
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Dewott
#502 / Water
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Panpour
#515 / Water
Audino
#531 / Normal
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Chespin
#650 / Grass
Fennekin
#653 / Fire
Braixen
#654 / Fire
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Skiddo
#672 / Grass
Gogoat
#673 / Grass
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Zygarde
50% Forme
#718 / Dragon · Ground
Popplio
#728 / Water
Brionne
#729 / Water
Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Rockruff
Own Tempo Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Salandit
#757 / Poison · Fire
Salazzle
#758 / Poison · Fire
Guzzlord
#799 / Dark · Dragon

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