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So, if a Mewtwo used Psystrike on a Ferrothorn, would it take Iron Barbs recoil?

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no, because it is a special attack, it just affects the defence stat. It never makes contact.

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Do you have a source?
He's right though.
OK. Although you would think... PsySTRIKE
I'm i girl btw ^^
and yes, i have a source. http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Psystrike
here, to the right under the picture, it says "does not make contact"