Poison Sting (move)

Poison Sting
どくばり Poison Needle
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Type  Poison
Category  Physical
PP  35 (max. 56)
Power  15
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going down in the same turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the last Pokémon to act before the user.

Poison Sting (Japanese: どくばり Poison Needle) is a damage-dealing Poison-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Poison Sting does damage and has a 20% chance of poisoning the target.

Generation II onwards

Poison Sting now has a 30% chance to poison the target.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Category  Physical
PP  20
Agile Strong
Power  30  20  40
Accuracy  100%  100%  100%
Action speed modifier
Self  0  0  +5
Target  0  +3  0
Additional effect
Chance  50%  50%  100%
Turns  5  3  7
   ?  ?
Inflicts the target with poison

Description

Games Description
Stad A Poison-type attack. Has a one-in-five chance of leaving the target with the lingering effects of poison.
Stad2 A Poison-type attack. Has a one-in-three chance of leaving the target poisoned.
GSC An attack that may poison the target.
RSEColoXD A toxic attack with barbs, etc., that may poison.
FRLG The foe is stabbed with a toxic barb, etc. It may poison the foe.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is stabbed with a poisonous barb of some sort. It may also poison the target.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
SV The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger to inflict damage. This may also poison the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0013    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0015    
 
Bug Bug 1, 17
0023     Field Dragon 10 9 8 4 4 4 4 1 4 4
0024     Field Dragon 1, 10 1, 9 1, 8 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1 1, 4 1
0027     Field Field 24 17 17 9 9BW
5B2W2
5 5 4 3 3 3
0028     Field Field 27 17 17 9 9BW
1, 5B2W2
1, 5 1, 5 1, 4 1 1 1
0029     Monster Field 14RGB
17Y
17 17 13 13 13 13 6 1 1
0030     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 14RGB
19Y
19 18 13 13 13 13 1, 6 1 1
0031    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 14RGB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0032     Monster Field 14RGB
17Y
17 17 13 13 13 13 6 1 1
0033     Monster Field 14RGB
19Y
19 18 13 13 13 13 1, 6 1 1
0034    
 
Monster Field 1, 14RGB
1Y
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0072    
 
Water 3 Water 3 18 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0073    
 
Water 3 Water 3 18 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0167    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0168    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0207    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0211    
 
Water 2 Water 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0211  
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 1 1
0265     Bug Bug 5 5 5 5 5 5 1
0266     Bug Bug 1
0267    
 
Bug Bug 1 1
0268     Bug Bug 1
0269    
 
Bug Bug 1 1
0315    
 
Fairy Grass 9 7 7 7 7 1, Evo. 1, Evo. 1
0331     Grass Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0332    
 
Grass Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0406    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
0407    
 
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0416    
 
Bug Bug 3 3BW
1B2W2
1 1 1 1 1
0451    
 
Bug Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0452    
 
Bug Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0453    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 8 8 8 8 1 1 1 1
0454    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8 1 1 1 1
0472    
 
Bug Bug 1 1
0543    
 
Bug Bug 5 5 5 1
0544    
 
Bug Bug 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1
0545    
 
Bug Bug 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1
0592  
Frillish
All forms
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 4
0593  
Jellicent
All forms
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1
0747    
 
Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1
0748    
 
Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1
0904    
 
Water 2 Water 2 1 1
0980    
 
Water 1 Field 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0595    
 
Bug Bug
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Poison Sting deals damage and may leave the target poisoned.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 3 - 19 - 73% - Front Enemy Yes
MDTDS 3 - 19 - 73% - Front Enemy Yes
BSL 3 - 19 - 73% - Front Enemy Yes
MDGtI 2 99 25 99 90% 98% Front Enemy Yes
SMD 2 99 25 99 90% 98% Front Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Conquest

 
>
 
Stars: ★
Power: 12
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: Has a 30% chance of poisoning each target.
Users:      
Grid assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.

Pokémon GO

  Poison Sting
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 5
Energy boost 7
Duration 0.6 seconds
Damage window 0.375 - 0.575 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 3
Energy boost 9
Turns 2
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                        
By Elite Fast TM
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Energy boost: 4 → 8
  • February 16, 2017
    • Duration: 0.575 → 1.075 seconds
  • February 21, 2017
    • Power: 6 → 5
    • Energy boost: 8 → 7
    • Duration: 1.075 → 0.6 seconds
Trainer Battles
  • November 9, 2020
    • Energy boost: 6 → 8
  • May 31, 2021
    • Energy boost: 8 → 9

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Poison Sting
★★
Attack power 26.14099
Charge time 0.5 seconds
Range type Projectile
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May poison the foe

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
(uses)
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Poison Sting Physical 1 12 14 100% An opponent Has a chance (30%) of leaving the target poisoned. Looker & Croagunk
Agatha & Arbok
Rika & Clodsire
Guzma & Ariados
Scottie/Bettie & Weedle/KakunaEgg
Scottie/Bettie & Ekans/ArbokEgg (Support role only)
Scottie/Bettie & Nidoran♀/Nidorina/NidoqueenEgg (Support/tech roles only)
Scottie/Bettie & Nidoran♂/Nidorino/NidokingEgg
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0: Has a moderate chance of leaving the target poisoned.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target poisoned, damaging it over several turns.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Poisoned status condition, which causes periodic damage.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで どくじょうたいにして いっていターンごとに ダメージを あたえる
Conq. Sting the enemy with a poisoned needle. May poison the target.
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Poisoned status condition. With the Poisoned status, the enemy keeps taking damage and can't restore its HP naturally.
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also make the enemy poisoned.


In the anime

Main series

 
Roserade
 
Skorupi
 
Toxapex
 
Tentacruel
The user strikes the target with poisonous stingers to inflict damage. This may also poison the target.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Weedle jumps at the opponent with its stinger pointed at it and stabs it.
A wild Weedle Challenge of the Samurai Debut
  Beedrill stabs the opponent with its body stinger.
Multiple wild Beedrill Challenge of the Samurai None
Jeanette Fisher's Beedrill The Fourth Round Rumble None
Multiple wild Beedrill A Battle of Aerial Mobility! None
  Arbok opens its mouth and fires multiple white darts from its mouth at the opponent.
Jessie's Arbok The Flame Pokémon-athon! None
  Tentacruel stabs the opponent with the large blue beak on its face; or, Tentacruel fires multiple white or purple darts from under its beak at the opponent; or, the middle orb on Tentacruel's forehead glows purple and it fires multiple purple darts from it at the opponent. On occasion, this will poison the opponent.
Marina's Tentacruel Bye Bye Psyduck None
Captain Crook's Tentacruel Viva Las Lapras None
Kim's Tentacruel Cerulean Blues None
Kail's Tentacruel Cerulean Blues None
Kai's Tentacruel Cerulean Blues None
A Coordinator's Tentacruel A Cacturne for the Worse None
Multiple wild Tentacruel The Brockster Is In! None
A Trainer's Tentacruel Making Battles in the Sand! None
  Gligar points the stinger at the end of its tail at the opponent, and it starts to glow white. It fires multiple white darts from the stinger at the opponent.
Gligarman's Gligar The Superhero Secret None
  Sandslash rolls into a ball and spins around quickly, firing white needles from out of the quills on its back at the opponent.
Koji's Sandslash Good 'Quil Hunting None
  Spinarak fires multiple white needles from its mouth at the opponent.
Bugsy's Spinarak Gettin' the Bugs Out None
  Nidorina fires multiple white darts from her mouth at the opponent.
Whitney's Nidorina A Goldenrod Opportunity None
  Venonat jumps into the air and spins around quickly, releasing multiple white needles from its body at the opponent.
Aya's Venonat Ariados, Amigos Venonat cannot legally learn Poison Sting
  Dustox opens its mouth and white or purple darts are fired from its mouth at the opponent.
Jessie's Dustox Seeing is Believing! None
  Cacturne fires multiple white or purple darts from the middle hole of its mouth at the opponent.
Harley's Cacturne A Cacturne for the Worse None
  Ariados fires multiple purple needles from its mouth at the opponent.
Multiple wild Ariados Following a Maiden's Voyage! None
Multiple wild Ariados Historical Mystery Tour! None
Multiple wild Ariados DPS01 None
A ninja's Ariados A Festival of Decisions! None
  Croagunk fires multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
Brock's Croagunk Gymbaliar! None
  Drapion opens its mouth and fires multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
J's Drapion Mutiny in the Bounty! None
  Nidoran♂ opens its mouth and fires multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
A wild Nidoran♂ Leading a Stray! None
  Whirlipede jumps into the air and spins its body quickly and fires multiple glowing purple darts from in between its antennae at the opponent.
Burgh's Whirlipede Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! None
A wild Whirlipede Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry! None
  Scolipede releases a spray of multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent; or, Scolipede's horns glow purple and it lunges forward, firing purple darts from its horns at the opponent.
Emmanuel's Scolipede Reunion Battles In Nimbasa! None
Three wild Scolipede A Cellular Connection! None
  Roserade releases a spray of multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
Cher's Roseradette Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! None
  Nidoking releases a spray of multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
A wild Nidoking Mystery on a Deserted Island! None
  Skorupi raises its tail and fires multiple light purple darts from it the opponent.
A Team Flare Grunt's Skorupi A Towering Takeover! None
  Toxapex latches onto its opponent with its body, stinging it with poison.
A wild Toxapex Fighting Back the Tears! None
  Nidorino shoots multiple darts of purple poison from its forehead towards the opponent.
Team Rocket's Nidorino Restore and Renew! None
  Venipede raises its tail and releases multiple purple darts from it at the opponent. On occasion, this will poison the opponent.
A wild Venipede The Same Moon, Now and Forever! None


Pokémon Origins

 
Nidorino


The foe is stabbed with a poisonous barb of some sort.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Nidorino fires a purple-glowing spike from his horn at the opponent.
A Trainer's Nidorino File 1: Red Debut


In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pokémon Zensho


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 毒針 Duhkjām
Mandarin 毒針 / 毒针 Dúzhēn
  Czech Jedovaté žihadlo
  Danish Giftstik
  Dutch Gifangel
  Finnish Myrkkypistos (original series)
Myrkkypiikki (Advanced Generation)
  French Dard-Venin
  German Giftstachel
  Greek Δηλητηριώδες Κεντρί Dilitiriúdes Kentrí
  Hindi ज़ेहेरीली सुई Zehereeli Sui
  Indonesian Jarum Beracun
  Italian Velenospina
  Korean 독침 Dokchim
  Norwegian Giftangrep
  Polish Trujące Żądło
Portuguese   Brazil Ferrão Venenoso (games, BW098-present, Unleashed-present, manga)
Ferroada Venenosa (Base Set-HeartGold & SoulSilver)
Picada Venenosa (early anime)
Espinhos Venenosos (early anime)
  Portugal Picada Venenosa
  Romanian Acul Otrăvit
Acul Veninos
  Russian Ядовитое жало Yadovitoe zhalo
  Serbian Otrovna žaoka
Spanish   Latin America Piquete Venenoso (EP033, HS02, HS03, AG093-DP152, BW098)
Astillas Venenosas (EP040)
Picotazo Venenoso (EP053-AG006, AG033, AG052, BW039)
Aguja Venenosa (AG028, AG062, DP190)
Piquete de Veneno (AG077)
Piquete Veneno (AG079)
Hilo Venenoso (BW023)
  Spain Picotazo Veneno*
Picotazo Ven*
  Swedish Giftgadd
  Thai เหล็กในพิษ
  Turkish Zehirli İğne
  Vietnamese Kim Độc


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