Poison (status condition)

Pikachu poisoned in the anime
Leavanny badly poisoned in the anime

Poison (Japanese: poison) is a non-volatile status condition that causes a Pokémon to take damage over time. In the games, it is often abbreviated as PSN.

It is often caused by Poison-type moves. Poison- and Steel-type Pokémon are normally immune to being poisoned.

There is also a special kind of poison condition, known as bad poison (Japanese: 猛毒 deadly poison). The amount of poison damage inflicted to a badly poisoned Pokémon increases over time.

In the core series games


In battle

In battle, a poisoned Pokémon takes damage each turn. Regular poison inflicts a fixed amount of damage each turn, while bad poison inflicts an increasing amount of damage each turn. The exact amount of damage varies between generations.

Generation I

A poisoned Pokémon will take damage equal to 1/16 of its maximum HP every turn, after it attacks, or at the end of the turn if it did not attack. If a poisoned Pokémon causes an opponent to faint, the poisoned Pokémon will not take damage that turn.

A badly poisoned Pokémon takes damage equal to 1/16 of its maximum HP (rounded down, but set to 1 HP if it would be less) on the first turn, after which damage increases by 1/16 each time it takes poison damage. The damage stops increasing when it equals  . When a badly poisoned Pokémon is affected by Haze, switches out, or when the battle ends, its poison status becomes regular poison.

If a Pokémon badly poisoned by Toxic is also under the effect of Leech Seed, both types of recurrent damage will draw upon the same N value to calculate how many multiples of 1/16 of the Pokémon's HP is taken as damage, and both will increase that value. If a badly poisoned Pokémon successfully uses Rest, it will be cured of poison, but N is not reset; if it then suffers burn, Leech Seed or poison damage, that damage will draw upon the N value, and the N value will still increase by 1 each time (however, if the Pokémon is poisoned with Toxic, the N value will be reset to 1).

Generation II

A poisoned Pokémon will take damage equal to 1/8 of its maximum HP each turn.

Bad poison damage no longer interacts with other types of recurrent damage. Haze no longer affects poisoning.

While Steel-type Pokémon cannot be poisoned by Poison-type moves, they can be poisoned by Twineedle.

Generation III and IV

Poison damage is now taken at the end of each turn, regardless of whether a Pokémon faints.

A badly poisoned Pokémon will remain badly poisoned even if switched out or the battle ends, although the counter is reset.

Steel-type Pokémon can no longer be poisoned by any moves, including Twineedle.

Generation V onward

At the end of the battle, bad poison now becomes regular poison.

Poisoned Pokémon take double damage from Hex and Venoshock.

Poison- and Steel-type Pokémon can be poisoned by a Pokémon with the Ability Corrosion.

If a Dynamaxed opponent in a Max Raid Battle becomes badly poisoned, it will instantly become normal poison.

Outside of battle

From Generation I to IV, outside of battle, all poisoned Pokémon in the player's party lose one HP every four steps the player takes (every five steps in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen).

However, when the player is moving automatically (such as when following the NPC found at the East exit of Pewter City, or when stepping on the traps at the Team Rocket Hideout, or when entering Lance's room at the Indigo Plateau), the poison step count remains unchanged and no HP is lost as a result of poison.

Pokémon with Immunity do not take poison damage outside of battle. (Pokémon with Magic Guard still do, however.)

Generation I to III

Poisoned Pokémon take poison damage until they faint. If the player's last conscious Pokémon faints this way, the player blacks out.

Generation IV

Outside of battle, if a poisoned Pokémon is brought down to one HP due to poison damage, it will be cured of poison instead of fainting.

Generation V onward

Poisoned Pokémon no longer take poison damage outside of battle.


In Generation V, a poisoned Pokémon glows purple while in battle; from Generation VI onward, a poisoned Pokémon continuously releases bubbles of poison from its body.

In Generation V, the poison status condition icon for badly poisoned Pokémon has dark purple characters instead of white; in Generation VI, both the icon and text change color.

Regular poison

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Bad poison

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Regular poison


The following moves may poison the target:

Move Type Category Probability Power Accuracy Notes
Baneful Bunker Poison Status 100% —% If a Pokémon attempts to use a contact move on the user
Cross Poison Poison Physical 10% 70 100%
Fling Dark Physical 100% 70 100% If Poison Barb is held by the user
G-Max Befuddle Bug Varies 33.3% —% Exclusive G-Max Move of Gigantamax Butterfree
May also paralyze or sleep (33.3% chance of each)
G-Max Malodor Poison Varies 100% —% Exclusive G-Max Move of Gigantamax Garbodor
Poisons all opponents
G-Max Stun Shock Electric Varies 50% —% Exclusive G-Max Move of Gigantamax Toxtricity
May also paralyze (50% chance of each)
Gunk Shot Poison Physical 30% 120 80%
Poison Gas Poison Status 100% 90%
Poison Jab Poison Physical 30% 80 100%
Poison Powder Poison Status 100% 75% Grass types, as well as Pokémon with Overcoat and Safety Goggles, are immune to Poison Powder (Generation VI)
Poison Sting Poison Physical 30% 15 100%
Poison Tail Poison Physical 10% 50 100%
Psycho Shift Psychic Status 100% 100% If the user is poisoned
Secret Power Normal Physical 30% 70 100% May cause poison only when used in tall grass (Generation III only)
Shell Side Arm Poison Special 20% 90 100%
Sludge Poison Special 30% 65 100%
Sludge Bomb Poison Special 30% 90 100%
Sludge Wave Poison Special 10% 95 100%
Smog Poison Special 40% 30 70%
Toxic Spikes Poison Status 100% —% Upon switching in, if the move was used once.
Toxic Thread Poison Status 100% 100%
Twineedle Bug Physical 20% 25 100% Each hit has a separate chance of poisoning.
Other causes

A Pokémon has a 30% chance of being poisoned after making contact with a Pokémon with the Poison Point Ability, and a 9% chance after making contact with a Pokémon with Effect Spore. Poison Touch has a 30% chance (20% in the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White) of poisoning the target when the user uses a contact move. A Pokémon can also be poisoned if it directly poisons a Pokémon with the Synchronize Ability.

Bad poison


The following moves may badly poison the target:

Move Type Category Probability Power Accuracy Notes
Fling Dark Physical 100% 30 100% If Toxic Orb is held by user
Poison Fang Poison Physical 50% 50 100% Had a 30% chance of badly poisoning in Generations III-V
Psycho Shift Psychic Status 100% 100% If the user is badly poisoned
Toxic Poison Status 100% 90% Never misses when used by a Poison-type Pokémon from Generation VI onwards
Toxic Spikes Poison Status 100% —% Upon switching in, if the move was used twice
Other causes

The item Toxic Orb badly poisons the holder at the end of the turn. From Generation V onward, a Pokémon can also be badly poisoned if it badly poisons a Pokémon with Synchronize (prior to Generation V, Synchronize only inflicts regular poison).


Poison (including bad poison) can be cured with the use of an Antidote, Drash Berry (Generation III only) and Pecha Berry (PSNCureBerry in Generation II). In addition, like all other major status conditions, it can be cured by the items Full Heal, Rage Candy Bar, Lava Cookie, Old Gateau, Casteliacone, Lumiose Galette, Shalour Sable, Big Malasada, Full Restore, Heal Powder, Lum Berry (MiracleBerry in Generation II), and Sacred Ash.

The moves Refresh and Rest remove the poison status condition from the user, while Heal Bell (unless the Pokémon has Soundproof as their Ability in Generation III and IV) and Aromatherapy remove it from all Pokémon in the user's party. In addition, the move Psycho Shift shifts the poison onto its target (thereby healing the user). In Generation I only, using Haze cures the opponent from poison.

Pokémon with Natural Cure will be cured upon switching out, those with the Hydration Ability will be cured whilst it is raining. Pokémon with Shed Skin have a 1/3 chance of being cured every turn, and Pokémon with Healer have a 30% chance of curing their allies.


In general, Steel- and Poison-type Pokémon cannot be poisoned. However, they can be poisoned by Pokémon with the Corrosion Ability. Additionally, in Generation II, the move Twineedle can poison Steel-type Pokémon. If a Pokémon is poisoned while not Poison- or Steel-type (such as while affected by a type-changing move or before evolving into a Poison-type or Steel-type Pokémon), it will remain poisoned.

Pokémon with the Ability Immunity cannot be poisoned. Pokémon with the Comatose Ability and Minior in Meteor Form are completely immune to being poisoned. Pokémon with the Ability Pastel Veil will prevent itself and its allies from being poisoned. Pokémon with the Ability Leaf Guard will be protected from status conditions in harsh sunlight. The Ability Magic Guard will prevent damage due to poison from being taken in battle; however, it does not prevent the damage from being taken outside of battle.

The moves Safeguard and Misty Terrain (for grounded Pokémon) will protect the party from status conditions for five turns. A Pokémon behind a substitute cannot be poisoned, except due to Synchronize or a held Toxic Orb.


While poisoning and badly poisoning, like all major status conditions, have primarily negative effects, it can be advantageous to be poisoned in certain conditions. Pokémon with Guts, Marvel Scale, and Quick Feet will have their Attack, Defense, and Speed increased by 50%, respectively, if poisoned or afflicted by any other non-volatile status condition excluding sleep and freeze; however, in Generation IV, sleep will increase the Attack of Pokémon with Guts. Poisoning will increase the attack of a Pokémon with Toxic Boost by 50%, and the base power of Facade is doubled (from 70 to 140) when inflicted with poison. A Pokémon with Poison Heal will regain 1/8th of its maximum HP at the end of each turn instead of taking damage. When capturing Pokémon, the poison status also adds a 1.5× multiplier to the catch rate of any given Pokémon.

In competitive battling in Generation I, as Pokémon were not healed before link battles in the handheld games, players would often enter battles with their Pokémon already poisoned, as it prevented them from being affected by other more harmful status conditions; also, poison only inflicted 1/16 of the Pokémon's total HP as damage each turn rather than 1/8 as it does from Generation II onward. This tactic was not viable in the Pokémon Stadium series, as Pokémon were restored to full health before battle in these games.

Other in-game effects

If a poisoned Pokémon gains the Ability Immunity through the use of Skill Swap, Trace or another method, the poison or bad poison status will be removed.

In Pokémon Emerald, when the player is inside the Battle Pyramid, the types of Pokémon encountered on each floor follow a set of categories, on the second floor the player will encounter Pokémon that poison as their main tactic.

In the Generation IV games, Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, at the Battle Arcade, one of the effects caused by the roulette is causing the poison status; Pokémon that would normally be immune to poison are unaffected. The poison will last for a single battle.

If a Pokémon has Merciless and hits a poisoned target, it will score a critical hit.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Like the main games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon also features both normal poisoning as well as bad poisoning. When a Pokémon is poisoned, it takes damage every ten turns and is also prevented from regenerating HP. Poison does not disappear over turns. When a Pokémon is badly poisoned, it takes damage every two turns and also prevents regenerating HP. Similar to the main games, the poison conditions do not disappear over turns but can be healed with certain moves or items, and by going to the next floor.

Rumble series

Poison and bad poison (Poisoned and Badly Poisoned when inflicted in-game) are negative statuses in the Rumble series. When a Pokémon is Poisoned, its HP will gradually drain at a rate determined by the Power of the Pokémon that inflicted it for ten seconds. However, if the affected Pokémon is controlled by a player, moving around will make the condition wear off faster, with the minimum duration depending roughly on the Pokémon's Speed. While Poisoned, purple bubbles emanate from around the affected Pokémon's head. The effects under Badly Poisoned are similar, but the rate at which HP is depleted gradually increases while the status lasts and purple smoke emanates from the Pokémon's head instead of bubbles. Though most negative statuses will replace one another if one is inflicted while another is present, Poisoned cannot replace Badly Poisoned (though Badly Poisoned will replace Poisoned).

No types are immune to poison or bad poison, but Pokémon with the Poison Boost or Steady Special Traits cannot be poisoned or badly poisoned, and those with the Reflector Trait will cause the user of the poison-inflicting move to become poisoned or badly poisoned instead if hit by one.

Pokémon Conquest

Like the main series, a Pokémon inflicted with poison is protected from other status conditions and does not wear off over time. Normal poison can be inflicted by attacks, abilities, or by a Pokémon ending their turn in a poison bog. Bad poison can only be inflicted by the effect of Poison Fang. As in the main series, Poison- and Steel-types are immune to poison. Poison can be cured through certain Warrior Skills, items, or by ending a Pokémon's turn in a hot spring or a water bucket.

Pokémon afflicted with normal poison lose 1/8th their max HP, rounded down, at the end of their side's turn, even if the poisoned Pokémon itself took no action. Pokémon afflicted with bad poisoning lose 1/16th of their max HP initially, with damage increasing by 1/16 at the end of their side's turn. Enemy Warriors defeated through poison damage are not treated as being defeated by the player, and thus cannot be recruited after the battle.

Pokémon Shuffle

In Pokémon Shuffle, a poisoned Pokémon takes 50% more damage from Poison-type Pokémon.

Poison can be inflicted by Pokémon with the Poison Skill.

Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost, and Steel-type Pokémon are immune to poison.

In the anime

Ash poisoned

The poison status has been shown multiple times in the anime:

Original series

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

  • In Sharpedo Attack!, while Brock was battling a Sharpedo, it suddenly fainted. He examined it and realized that it had been poisoned by Seviper's Poison Tail. Brock did everything he could for Sharpedo, but even though he didn't have any medicine, Sharpedo's poison got cured by itself after a while.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Pokémon the Series: XY

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In the manga

Pikachu poisoned in Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

In The Secret of Kangaskhan, Red cured a poisoned baby Kangaskhan with an Antidote.

In A Tale of Ninetales, Red's Pikachu named Pika, while under Blue's ownership, used Toxic to badly poison a wild Ninetales that Blue was trying to catch.

In A Hollow Victreebel, Red used his Victreebel's Poison Powder to poison a Nidoking in order to make him easier to catch. This is in spite of the fact that Nidoking, as a Poison Pokémon, should be immune to the move.

In A Charizard...and a Champion, during the Indigo League Tournament finals, Blue's Charizard was poisoned after Red had his Venusaur, Saur, use Poison Powder on him. This forced Blue to recall Charizard and send Machamp out in his place. Later on in the round, Blue's Machamp was badly poisoned by a Toxic attack from Red's Snorlax, Snor, forcing Blue to recall him and send Ninetales out in his place.

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter

In Put Your Beast Foot Forward, Blue and his Charizard and Golduck were badly poisoned by a Toxic attack from a swarm of wild Shuckle commanded by Orm's Shuckle.

Emerald chapter

In Swanky Showdown with Swalot, Spenser's Crobat badly poisoned an Electrode with Poison Fang during a demonstration battle at the Battle Frontier opening ceremony.

In Just My Luck...Shuckle, Lucy's Seviper badly poisoned Emerald's borrowed Blissey with Poison Fang. However, she was later cured from it thanks to her Natural Cure. During the same round, Emerald's borrowed Starmie and Rapidash were also badly poisoned, the former by a Toxic attack from Lucy's Shuckle and the latter by Seviper's Poison Fang.

In You Need to Chill Out, Regice, Emerald's borrowed Hitmonchan was badly poisoned by a Toxic attack from Brandon's Registeel, causing it to faint when Emerald was unable to find a proper healing item from his Battle Bag.

Platinum chapter

In Uprooting Seedot, Platinum's rental Qwilfish poisoned and subsequently defeated a Seedot with Toxic Spikes during Platinum's Battle Factory challenge.

In Outlasting Ledian, Thorton's rental Ledian was poisoned by Platinum's rental Qwilfish activating its Poison Point Ability, resulting it fainting from the poison damage soon after.

Black & White chapter

In Big City Battles, Black's Braviary, Brav, was poisoned by Burgh's Whirlipede activating its Poison Point Ability, causing it to faint soon after.

In Into the Quarterfinals!, Black's Galvantula, Tula, was poisoned by Looker's Croagunk during the Pokémon League quarterfinals, almost costing him the match.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter

In The Party Crasher and Guzma the Destroyer, Gladion's Porygon was poisoned by a Poison Gas attack from Moon's Alolan Grimer. After the battle, Gladion used a Pecha Berry to heal it.

In Battle in Vast Poni Canyon, Faba's Hypno was poisoned by Plumeria's Salazzle.

Sword & Shield chapter

In Toasty!! Battle Against Toxapex, Henry's Thwackey, Twiggy, was poisoned when Nessa's Toxapex protected itself with Baneful Bunker.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

In GDZ68, Shu's Pikachu was badly poisoned by a Toxic attack from a Trainer's Kingdra. Shu was able to cure him with an Antidote.

In the TCG

A poison marker from the TCG
Main article: Special Conditions (TCG) → Poisoned

In the Trading Card Game, Poisoned is one of the five Special Conditions along with Asleep, Burned, Confused, and Paralyzed. When a Pokémon is Poisoned, a poison counter is placed on it and one damage counter is put on the Pokémon in between each turn. Some attacks require the player to put two, three, or even four damage counters on a Pokémon between turns, instead of the normal one. The condition can be removed by returning the affected Pokémon to the Bench or by evolving it. Unlike the Pokémon games, a Pokémon can be afflicted with Poison and Burned at the same time, along with one of Asleep, Confused, and Paralyzed.


  • Poison is the only status condition to have an effect outside of battle; however, from Generation V onward, it no longer has an effect outside of battle either.

In other languages


Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 中毒 Jungduhk
Mandarin 中毒 Zhòngdú
  Danish Forgiftet
  Dutch Vergiftigd
  Finnish Myrkytys
  French Empoisonné
  German Vergiftet*
  Italian Avvelenato
  Korean Dok
  Norwegian Forgifet
  Polish Zatruty
  Portuguese Envenenado
  Russian Отравлен Otravlen
  Spanish Envenenado
  Swedish Förgifad
  Thai พิษ poison
  Vietnamese Nhiễm độc

Badly poisoned

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 猛毒 Máahngduhk
Mandarin 猛毒 Měngdú *
剧毒 Jùdú *
French   Canada Très empoisonné*
  Europe Gravement empoisonné
  German Schwer vergiftet*
  Italian Iperavvelenato
  Korean 맹독 Maengdok
  Brazilian Portuguese Gravemente envenenado
  Spanish Gravemente envenenado
  Vietnamese Kịch độc

Status conditions

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