Skull Bash (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power 130
Accuracy 100
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM40

Effects

The user of Skull Bash will tuck in its head on the first turn and raise its Defense by one stage. On the second turn, Skull Bash deals damage.

If the user is holding a Power Herb, Skull Bash executes in one turn.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Skull Bash has base power 100 and 15 PP.

In Generation 1, Skull Bash does not raise the user's Defense.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Skull Bash turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 195.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
1st turn: Prepare 2nd turn: Attack
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Tucks in the head, then attacks on the next turn.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The user raises its DEFENSE in the 1st turn, then attacks in the 2nd turn.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense stat on the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Skull Bash 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.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Level 31
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 37
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 40
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Level 51
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 65
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 60
Tapu Bulu
#787 / Grass · Fairy
Level 58
Celesteela
#797 / Steel · Flying
Level 53

Learnt by breeding

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

Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Monster

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Charmander
#004 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Ekans
#023 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Arbok
#024 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 1 — TM
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 1 — TM
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Gen 1 — TM
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Gen 1 — TM
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Gen 1 — TM
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Gen 1 — TM
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Gen 1 — TM
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 1 — TM
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 1 — TM
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Gen 1 — TM
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Gen 1 — TM
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Persian
#053 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Golduck
#055 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Poliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Poliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Machop
#066 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Machoke
#067 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Machamp
#068 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Seel
#086 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Gen 1 — TM
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Gen 1 — TM
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Electrode
#101 / Electric
Gen 1 — TM
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Gen 1 — TM
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Gen 1 — TM
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Horsea
#116 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Seadra
#117 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Staryu
#120 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Starmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 1 — TM
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Gen 1 — TM
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Gen 1 — TM
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Gen 1 — TM
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Gen 1 — TM
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Gen 1 — TM
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Gen 1 — TM
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Gen 1 — TM
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Gen 1 — TM
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Gen 1 — TM
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Gen 1 — TM
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM