Tail Whip (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy 100
PP 30  (max. 48)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Tail Whip lowers the target's Defense by one stage.

Stats can be lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Tail Whip turns into Z-Tail Whip and raises Attack one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all adjacent foes.

Other languages

English Tail Whip
Japanese しっぽをふる (Shippo o Furu)
German Rutenschlag
French Mimi-Queue
Italian Colpocoda
Spanish Látigo

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Lowers the foe’s DEFENSE.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Wags the tail to lower the foe’s DEFENSE.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The user wags its tail cutely, making the foe lower its DEFENSE stat.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user wags its tail cutely, making the foe less wary. The target’s Defense stat is lowered.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stat.
Sword​/​Shield The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stats.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Tail Whip 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.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Level 1
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 1
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 1
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 1
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Level 1
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Level 1
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Level 1
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Level 1
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Level 1
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Level 1
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Level 5
Ponyta
Galarian Ponyta
#077 / Psychic
Level 5
Rapidash
#078 / Fire
Level 1
Rapidash
Galarian Rapidash
#078 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 1
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Level 1
Seaking
#119 / Water
Level 1
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Level 1
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Level 1
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 1
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Level 1
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Level 1
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Level 1
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Level 1
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Level 1
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 1
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 6
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 1
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Level 1
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 1
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Level 1
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Level 1
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Level 1
Heliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
Level 1
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Level 1
Meltan
#808 / Steel
Level 8
Melmetal
#809 / Steel
Level 1
Skwovet
#819 / Normal
Level 1
Greedent
#820 / Normal
Level 1
Nickit
#827 / Dark
Level 1
Thievul
#828 / Dark
Level 1
Yamper
#835 / Electric
Level 1
Boltund
#836 / Electric
Level 1
Morpeko
Full Belly Mode
#877 / Electric · Dark
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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