Poison Tail (move)

Move data

Type Poison
Category Physical  Physical
Power 50
Accuracy 100
PP 25  (max. 40)
Makes contact? Yes
Introduced Generation 3

Machine/Record

Scarlet​/​Violet TM26

Effects

Poison Tail deals damage and has a 10% chance of poisoning the target. It also has an increased critical hit ratio (18 instead of 124).

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 Tail 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 Tail
Japanese ポイズンテール (Poison Tail)
German Giftschweif
French Queue-Poison
Italian Velenocoda
Spanish Cola Veneno

Game descriptions

Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Has a high critical-hit ratio. May also poison.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An attack with a high critical-hit ratio. It may also poison the foe.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
An attack with a high critical-hit ratio. This tail attack may also poison the foe.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user hits the target with its tail. It may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user hits the target with its tail. This may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user hits the target with its tail. This may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
Sword​/​Shield
B.Diamond​/​S.Pearl
The user hits the target with its tail. This may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
Scarlet​/​Violet The user hits the target with its tail. This move has a heightened chance of landing a critical hit and may also poison the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Poison Tail 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.

Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Level 25
Dragalge
#691 / Poison · Dragon
Level 25
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 1
Eternatus
#890 / Poison · Dragon
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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