Toxic Spikes (move)

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Move data

Type Poison
Category Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 4

Effects

Toxic Spikes lays a trap of poisonous spikes around the foe, which poison Pokémon switching in to the opposing field. If used more than once, incoming Pokémon will be badly poisoned.

The spikes will not poison any raised Pokémon, nor does it affect Poison or Steel types, nor Pokémon with the abilities Immunity or Magic Guard. Raised Pokémon are any Flying types or those under the effects of Levitate, Magnet Rise or Telekinesis. Full details in glossary.

Toxic Spikes can be cleared from the field by the moves Rapid Spin (around the user) or Defog (around the target). Poison type Pokémon (that are not raised) will absorb the spikes upon switching in, removing their effect.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Poisonium Z and uses its Z-Power, Toxic Spikes turns into Z-Toxic 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

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the foe’s feet. They poison foes that switch into battle.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opponent’s feet. They poison opponents that switch into battle.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opposing team’s feet. They poison opposing Pokémon that switch into battle.
Sun/Moon The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the feet of the opposing team. The spikes will poison opposing Pokémon that switch into battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Toxic 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.

BeedrillBeedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Level 29
Nidoran♀Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Level 31
NidorinaNidorina
#030 / Poison
Level 35
Nidoran♂Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Level 31
NidorinoNidorino
#033 / Poison
Level 35
TentacoolTentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Level 13
TentacruelTentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Level 13
CloysterCloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 1
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
QwilfishQwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 21
RoseliaRoselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Level 28
SkorupiSkorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 34
DrapionDrapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 34
TrubbishTrubbish
#568 / Poison
Level 7
GarbodorGarbodor
#569 / Poison
Level 1
GarbodorGarbodor
#569 / Poison
Level 7
MareanieMareanie
#747 / Poison · Water
Level 13
ToxapexToxapex
#748 / Poison · Water
Level 1
ToxapexToxapex
#748 / Poison · Water
Level 13
NihilegoNihilego
#793 / Rock · Poison
Level 29

Learnt by breeding

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

VenonatVenonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Bug
VenomothVenomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Bug
KoffingKoffing
#109 / Poison
Amorphous
WeezingWeezing
#110 / Poison
Amorphous
OmanyteOmanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
OmastarOmastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
SpinarakSpinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
Bug
AriadosAriados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Bug
PinecoPineco
#204 / Bug
Bug
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Bug
VenipedeVenipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Bug
WhirlipedeWhirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Bug
ScolipedeScolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Bug
YamaskYamask
#562 / Ghost
Amorphous, Mineral
CofagrigusCofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Amorphous, Mineral
FroakieFroakie
#656 / Water
Water 1
FrogadierFrogadier
#657 / Water
Water 1
GreninjaGreninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Water 1
SkrelpSkrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Dragon, Water 1
DragalgeDragalge
#691 / Poison · Dragon
Dragon, Water 1