Poison Tail (move)

Move data

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

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 116).

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.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Poison 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.

Seviper
#336 / Poison
Level 9
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 19
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 19
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 19
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Level 23
Dragalge
#691 / Poison · Dragon
Level 23

Learnt by breeding

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