Poison Sting (move)

Move data

Type Poison
Category   Physical
Power 15
Accuracy 100
PP 35  (max. 56)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Poison Sting deals damage and has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.

Poison or Steel type Pokémon, those with the ability Immunity or those behind a Substitute cannot be poisoned.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Poisonium Z and uses its Z-Power, Poison Sting turns into Acid Downpour and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Poison Sting
Japanese どくばり (Doku Bari)
German Giftstachel
French Dard-Venin
Italian Velenospina
Spanish Picotazo Ven

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that may poison the target.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
A toxic attack with barbs, etc., that may poison.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The foe is stabbed with a toxic barb, etc. It may poison the foe.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The foe is stabbed with a poisonous barb of some sort. It may also poison the target.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
Sword​/​Shield The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Poison Sting at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 3
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 1
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Level 1
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 1
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 1
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Level 1
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Level 1
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Level 4
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Level 1
Mareanie
#747 / Poison · Water
Level 1
Toxapex
#748 / Poison · Water
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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