Poison Touch (Ability)

Poison Touch どくしゅ
Underhanded Trick
Flavor text
Generation V
May poison targets when a Pokémon makes contact.
Generation VI
May poison a target when the Pokémon makes contact.
Generation VII
May poison a target when the Pokémon makes contact.
Generation VIII
May poison a target when the Pokémon makes contact.

Poison Touch (Japanese: どくしゅ Underhanded Trick) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.

Effect

In battle

If a Pokémon with this Ability uses a move that makes contact, there is a 30% chance the target will become poisoned. In Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White, this is a 20% chance instead.

This chance applies independently of any moves that may have a chance to poison the target with their own effect. If the attack's target holds a status condition-curing Berry, it is possible for a move's natural effect to inflict a status condition which the target's held item will then cure, only for the target to then be poisoned by Poison Touch. Poison Touch's chances also apply independently for each hit of a multi-strike move.

Poison Touch can poison a target hit by Dragon Tail or Circle Throw. Poison Touch can poison a target with Mummy before Mummy overwrites Poison Touch. Pokémon with Immunity, Shield Dust, or (during harsh sunlight) Leaf Guard cannot be poisoned by Poison Touch, unless the contact-making move is Sunsteel Strike.

In a link battle including a Japanese version of Pokémon Black or White and a non-Japanese version or Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the chance to poison is determined by the game of the player with the Pokémon with the Ability Poison Touch. As such, a Pokémon with Poison Touch owned by the player of a Japanese version of Pokémon Black or White will have a 20% chance to poison, whereas players of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and non-Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White will have a 30% chance.

Outside of battle

Poison Touch has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Poison Touch

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Grimer Poison Poison Stench Sticky Hold Poison Touch
  Grimer
Alolan Form
Poison Dark Poison Touch Gluttony Power of Alchemy
  Muk Poison Poison Stench Sticky Hold Poison Touch
  Muk
Alolan Form
Poison Dark Poison Touch Gluttony Power of Alchemy
  Sneasel
Hisuian Form
Fighting Poison Inner Focus Keen Eye Poison Touch
  Croagunk Poison Fighting Anticipation Dry Skin Poison Touch
  Toxicroak Poison Fighting Anticipation Dry Skin Poison Touch
  Seismitoad Water Ground Swift Swim Poison Touch Water Absorb
  Skrelp Poison Water Poison Point Poison Touch Adaptability
  Dragalge Poison Dragon Poison Point Poison Touch Adaptability
  Sneasler Fighting Poison Pressure None Poison Touch
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDGtI May inflict the Poisoned status on the attacker who hits it with a direct attack.*
When the Pokémon lands a direct attack like Tackle or Scratch, the target is sometimes afflicted with the Poisoned status condition!*
SMD When the Pokémon damages a target with a contact move like Tackle or Scratch, the target sometimes gets poisoned!


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

  • This Ability's Japanese, Korean, and Chinese names are a pun; 毒手 Dokushu is a figure of speech meaning treachery or an underhanded scheme, but the individual characters 毒 and 手 literally mean "poison" and "hand/touch".

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 毒手 Duhksáu
Mandarin 毒手 Dúshǒu
  French Toxitouche
  German Giftgriff
  Italian Velentocco
  Korean 독수 Doksu
  Portuguese Toque Venenoso
  Russian Дуновение Пыльцы Dunoveniye Pyl'tsy
  Spanish Toque Tóxico



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