Spikes (move)

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Move data

Type Ground
Category Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Layers Damage
1 18
2 16
3 14

Spikes lays a trap of spikes around the foe, which hurts Pokemon switching in to the opposing field. It can be used up to three times to inflict more damage on incoming Pokemon, equal to a fraction of the Pokemon's HP (see right).

The move will not cause damage to any raised Pokemon. Raised Pokémon are any Flying types or those under the effects of Levitate, Magnet Rise or Telekinesis. Full details in glossary.

Spikes can be cleared from the field by the moves Rapid Spin (around the user) or Defog (around the target).

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Groundium Z and uses its Z-Power, Spikes turns into Z-Spikes and raises Defense one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all Pokemon on the opposing field.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Hurts foes when they switch out.
Ruby/Sapphire Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching out.
FireRed/LeafGreen A trap of spikes is laid around the foe’s party to hurt foes switching in.
Emerald Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching in.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe’s feet. The trap hurts foes that switch into battle.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.
Sun/Moon The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Spikes 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.

CloysterCloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 28
PinecoPineco
#204 / Bug
Level 28
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 28
QwilfishQwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 1
SkarmorySkarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Level 28
CacneaCacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 30
CacturneCacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 30
Deoxys (Defense Forme)Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
GreninjaGreninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 28
Greninja (Ash-Greninja)Greninja
Ash-Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 28
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Level 15

Learnt by breeding

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

OmanyteOmanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
OmastarOmastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
DelibirdDelibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Field, Water 1
RoseliaRoselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Fairy, Grass
SnoruntSnorunt
#361 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
GlalieGlalie
#362 / Ice
Fairy, Mineral
BudewBudew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Undiscovered
RoseradeRoserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Fairy, Grass
FroslassFroslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Fairy, Mineral
VenipedeVenipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Bug
WhirlipedeWhirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Bug
ScolipedeScolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Bug
MaractusMaractus
#556 / Grass
Grass
DwebbleDwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
CrustleCrustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
TrubbishTrubbish
#568 / Poison
Mineral
GarbodorGarbodor
#569 / Poison
Mineral
FerroseedFerroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Grass, Mineral
ShelmetShelmet
#616 / Bug
Bug
AccelgorAccelgor
#617 / Bug
Bug
ChespinChespin
#650 / Grass
Field
QuilladinQuilladin
#651 / Grass
Field
ChesnaughtChesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Field
BunnelbyBunnelby
#659 / Normal
Field
DiggersbyDiggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
Field
WimpodWimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Bug, Water 3
GolisopodGolisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Bug, Water 3