Skull Bash (move)

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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 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 Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

SquirtleSquirtle
#007 / Water
Level 31
WartortleWartortle
#008 / Water
Level 37
BlastoiseBlastoise
#009 / Water
Level 40
SharpedoSharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Level 51
BarbaracleBarbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
BarbaracleBarbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 65
AvaluggAvalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
AvaluggAvalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 60
Tapu BuluTapu Bulu
#787 / Grass · Fairy
Level 58
CelesteelaCelesteela
#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.

BulbasaurBulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
IvysaurIvysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
VenusaurVenusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Grass, Monster
Nidoran♀Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Field, Monster
NidorinaNidorina
#030 / Poison
Undiscovered
NidoqueenNidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Undiscovered
CuboneCubone
#104 / Ground
Monster
MarowakMarowak
#105 / Ground
Monster
Alolan MarowakMarowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Monster
RhyhornRhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
RhydonRhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
GoldeenGoldeen
#118 / Water
Water 2
SeakingSeaking
#119 / Water
Water 2
TorkoalTorkoal
#324 / Fire
Field
RelicanthRelicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 2
BidoofBidoof
#399 / Normal
Field, Water 1
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Field, Water 1
SnoverSnover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Grass, Monster
AbomasnowAbomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Grass, Monster
RhyperiorRhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
DrilburDrilbur
#529 / Ground
Field
ExcadrillExcadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Field
BouffalantBouffalant
#626 / Normal
Field