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Twineedle (Japanese: ダブルニードル Double Needle) is a damage-dealing Bug-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation I. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature move of Beedrill.
Twineedle inflicts damage, hitting the target twice per use. Each strike has a 20% chance of poisoning the target. Although only the first strike can be a critical hit, the second one will deal the same amount of damage.
Twineedle will end immediately if the first strike breaks a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the second strike of this move.
Each strike now does damage independently, consequently enabling either of them to be critical.
In this generation only, Twineedle can poison Steel- and Poison-type Pokémon.
Generations III and IV
Twineedle will now hit again if the first strike breaks a substitute.
If the first strike activates the target's Focus Sash, Focus Band, or Sturdy, the second one will cause the defending Pokémon to faint. A Focus Band can still activate again to prevent fainting, but this chance is independent of the previous one.
If the target has Weak Armor, each strike will activate it.
|| An attack that strikes twice. The target may occasionally become poisoned.
|| Jabs the foe twice using stingers.
|| Stingers on the forelegs jab the foe twice.
|| Foreleg stingers jab twice and may poison.
|| The foe is stabbed twice with foreleg stingers. It may poison the foe.
|| Hits the target twice, even at a distance. It may also leave the target poisoned, damaging it over several turns.
|| The foe is stabbed twice by a pair of stingers. It may also poison the target.
|| The user damages the target twice in succession by jabbing it with two spikes. It may also poison the target.
|| The enemy is stabbed twice by a pair of stingers. It may also poison the target.
|| The user damages the target twice in succession by jabbing it with two spikes. This may also poison the target.
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|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
In other games
Twineedle is the only move of Beedrill. This move hits twice and may poison the target.
|Orange squares indicate hit area.|
Blue squares indicate area Pokémon the Pokémon will need to move to perform the move.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
Table assumes the Pokémon is in the square marked by ^.
In the anime
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
- Twineedle is the only non-Poison-type move that can poison under normal conditions.
- Twineedle is the only move that can poison a Steel-type Pokémon. However, this only occurs in Generation II.
In other languages