Tail Slap (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power 25
Accuracy 85
PP 10  (max. 16)
Makes contact? Yes
Introduced Generation 5

Machine/Record

Sword​/​Shield TM84

Effects

HitsProb.Power
23850
33875
418100
518125

Tail Slap hits 2-5 times per turn used. The probability of each interval is shown to the right, with the total power after each hit.

Each strike of Tail Slap is treated like a separate attack:

  • Each strike can get a critical hit independently.
  • Abilities that activate on contact (Static, Weak Armor, Iron Barbs etc.) activate for each strike.
  • If the Sturdy ability, Focus Sash, or Focus Band activates before the final hit, the subsequent hit will still deal damage and therefore cause the opponent to faint.
  • If the first hit breaks a Substitute, the second hit will deal damage to the target Pokémon.

The move Counter only counters the final hit, but Bide counters the complete damage.

The Skill Link ability will cause Tail Slap to always hit the maximum number of times.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Tail Slap turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 140.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Tail Slap
Japanese スイープビンタ (Sweep Binta)
German Kehrschelle
French Plumo-Queue
Italian Spazzasberla
Spanish Plumerazo

Game descriptions

Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user attacks by striking the target with its hard tail. It hits the target two to five times in a row.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user attacks by striking the target with its hard tail. It hits the target two to five times in a row.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user attacks by striking the target with its hard tail. It hits the target two to five times in a row.
Sword​/​Shield The user attacks by striking the target with its hard tail. It hits the target two to five times in a row.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Tail Slap 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.

Minccino
#572 / Normal
Level 32
Cinccino
#573 / Normal
Level 1
Nickit
#827 / Dark
Level 32
Thievul
#828 / Dark
Level 40

Learnt by TM

Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Skuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Nickit
#827 / Dark
Thievul
#828 / Dark
Zacian
Crowned Sword
#888 / Fairy · Steel
Zamazenta
Crowned Shield
#889 / Fighting · Steel