Arm Thrust (move)

Arm Thrust
つっぱり Thrust
Arm Thrust IX.png
Type  Fighting
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  15
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Startles the Pokémon that has the judge's attention.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Allows performance of the same move twice in a row.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

Arm Thrust (Japanese: つっぱり Thrust) is a damage-dealing Fighting-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was one of the signature moves of Makuhita and Hariyama.


Generations III and IV

Arm Thrust inflicts damage, hitting the target 2-5 times per use. There is a 37.5% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 37.5% chance that it will hit 3 times, a 12.5% chance that it will hit 4 times, and a 12.5% chance that it will hit 5 times. Each strike made has an equal chance to be a critical hit.

Arm Thrust may continue attacking after breaking a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the last strike of this move.

If the target has an Ability that activates upon contact, each strike counts individually, enabling the Ability to activate multiple times.

Pokémon with the Ability Skill Link will always hit five times when using Arm Thrust unless it misses.

Arm Thrust can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 2 bonus appeal points if Fake Out or Focus Energy was used in the previous turn.

If the user is holding a King's Rock or Razor Fang, each consecutive hit has an equal chance to cause the opponent to flinch.

Generation V onwards

There is now a 35% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 35% chance it will hit 3 times, a 15% chance it will hit 4 times, and a 15% chance it will hit 5 times.

If a Focus Sash activates before the last strike is dealt, the following strike will cause the defending Pokémon to faint. A Focus Band can still activate repeatedly to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent. Sturdy will activate with each hit if the defending Pokémon has a maximum HP of 1.

If the target has Weak Armor or Stamina, each strike will activate it.

If the target is holding a Rocky Helmet, the user is damaged for each strike.


Games Description
RSE Straight-arm punches that strike the foe 2 to 5 times.
FRLG A quick flurry of straight-arm punches that hit two to five times.
Colo.XD Straight-arm punches that hit the target 2 to 5 times.
The user looses a flurry of open-palmed arm thrusts that hit two to five times in a row.
The user lets loose a flurry of open-palmed arm thrusts that hit two to five times in a row.
SV The user attacks the target with open-palmed arm thrusts. This move hits two to five times in a row.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
214   Heracross
Bug Bug 1 1 1
296   Makuhita
  Human-Like Human-Like 10 7 7 7 7 7BDSP 7
297   Hariyama
  Human-Like Human-Like 1, 10 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7BDSP 1
499   Pignite
Field Field 17 17 1, Evo.
500   Emboar
Field Field 17 17 1
674   Pancham
  Field Human-Like 7 7 4
675   Pangoro
Field Human-Like 7 1, 7 1
922   Pawmo
Field Field Evo.
923   Pawmot
Field Field 25
992   Iron Hands
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
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

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Arm Thrust is a move with 2 base power, 78% accuracy, and 17 PP. It damages an enemy in front of the user 2 to 5 times. This move's base critical hit rate is lower than normal, at 2%.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's PP has been decreased to 10 and its accuracy to 40%.

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Arm Thrust
Attack power 19.26503 (Hit 1), 21.29293 (Hits 2-3), 25.34873 (Hit 4), 35.48822 (Hit 5)
Charge time 0.5 seconds (Hits 1-4), 0.7 seconds
Range type Arc (melee)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None


Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It hits two to five times in succession.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target using 2 to 5 attacks in a single turn.
BSL てきポケモンに 2〜5かいれんぞくで ダメージを あたえる
It damages an enemy 2 to 5 times in a row.

In the anime

Heracross Hariyama Emboar Pancham
The user looses a flurry of open-palmed arm thrusts.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Makuhita Makuhita repeatedly hits the opponent with alternating hands.
Brawly's Makuhita Brave the Wave Debut
  Hariyama Hariyama repeatedly hits the opponent with alternating hands, which sometimes glow white, orange, or light yellow.
Brawly's Hariyama A Meditite Fight! None
Tyson's Hariyama At the End of the Fray None
Fighting Dojo's Hariyama Pasta La Vista! None
Greta's Hariyama Wheel of Frontier None
Paul's Hariyama A Pyramiding Rage! None
Hala's Hariyama Trial and Tribulation! None
Hodge's Hariyama Serving Up the Flute Cup! None
  Emboar Emboar repeatedly hits the opponent with alternating hands.
Bianca's Emboar Search for the Clubultimate! None
  Pancham Pancham's hands glows white and it strikes the opponent with them.
Serena's Pancham Dreaming a Performer's Dream! None
  Heracross Heracross's hands glows multiple shades of blue and it strikes the opponent with one of them.
Goh's Heracross Trade, Borrow, and Steal! Heracross cannot legally learn Arm Thrust in Generation VIII

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 猛推 Máahngtēui
Mandarin 猛推 Měngtuī *
大力掌击 Dàlì Zhǎng Jī *
  Dutch Armstoot
  Finnish Kämmenisku (AG020)
Panssarinyrkki (AG131)
  French Cogne
  German Armstoß
  Greek Ώθηση Χειρός
  Hungarian Kéz Lökés
  Italian Sberletese
  Korean 손바닥치기 Sonbadak Chigi
  Polish Siła Ramion*
Długie Ramienie*
Pneumatyczne Ramienie*
Mocna Pięść*
Portuguese   Brazil Golpe de Braço (early anime, XY095-present, TCG, manga)
Propulsão de Braço (XY091)
Ataque de Braço (BW103)
  Portugal Impulso de Braços (Advanced; DP Galactic Battles)
Empurrão (Battle Frontier)
  Romanian Mișcarea Mâinii
  Serbian Probijanje Rukama
Spanish   Latin America Brasada
Golpe Múltiple (AG020)
Brazo Fuerte (AG031)
Empuje de Brazos (AG131)
Empujón (DP128)
  Spain Empujón
  Vietnamese Chưởng

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