Skull Bash (move)

Skull Bash
ロケットずつき Rocket Headbutt
Skull Bash VIII.png
Skull Bash VIII 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  130
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if no other Pokémon has chosen the same Judge.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Affected by how well the previous Pokémon's move went.

Skull Bash (Japanese: ロケットずつき Rocket Headbutt) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. In Generation II, it was the signature move of the Squirtle evolutionary line. It was TM40 in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Skull Bash does nothing on the turn it is selected, other than say that the user lowered its head. On the following turn, Skull Bash will do damage, PP will be deducted from it, and it will count as the last move used. Once Skull Bash is selected, the user won't be able to switch out until it is disrupted or fully executed.

If Skull Bash is not fully executed, PP will not be deducted from it, and it will not count as the last move used. If the opponent uses Mirror Move during the turn that the user lowers its head, Mirror Move will copy the move that the user executed immediately before using Skull Bash (or fail if it can't).

Sleep, freeze, partial trapping, and flinching will pause but not disrupt the duration of Skull Bash.

In Stadium, Mirror Move will copy Skull Bash on either of the turns it takes to execute.

Generations II-V

On the turn it is selected, Skull Bash will raise the user's Defense by one level.

If a Power Herb is held by the user, Skull Bash can be executed in one turn.

Generation VI

Skull Bash's power is changed from 100 to 130 and its PP changed from 15 to 10.

Description

Games Description
Stad In the first turn, the attacker tucks in its head. The next turn, it head-butts at full steam.
Stad2 In the first turn, the attacker tucks its head. The next turn, it head-butts at full steam.
GSC 1st turn: Prepare
2nd turn: Attack
RSE Tucks in the head, then attacks on the next turn.
FRLG The user raises its Defense in the 1st turn, then attacks in the 2nd turn.
Colo.XD Raises defense, then attacks on the next turn.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense stat on the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1 35 40 40 31 31 31 31SMUSUM
45PE
36
008   Wartortle
  Monster Water 1 39 45 45 36 36 36 37SMUSUM
59PE
50
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1 42 55 55 39 39 39 40SMUSUM
75PE
56
119   Seaking
  Water 2 Water 2 1PE
319   Sharpedo
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 48 50 50 50XY
51ORAS
51
689   Barbaracle
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 1, 65 1, 65 1
713   Avalugg
  Monster Mineral 1, 60 1, 60 51
787   Tapu Bulu
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 58 70
797   Celesteela
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 53 70
844   Sandaconda
  Field Dragon 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
001   Bulbasaur
 
 
Monster Grass
029   Nidoran♀
  Monster Field HGSS
104   Cubone
  Monster Monster
111   Rhyhorn
 
 
Monster Field HGSS
118   Goldeen
  Water 2 Water 2
324   Torkoal
  Field Field HGSS
369   Relicanth
 
 
Water 1 Water 2
399   Bidoof
  Water 1 Field
459   Snover
 
 
Monster Grass HGSS
529   Drilbur
  Field Field
626   Bouffalant
  Field Field
833   Chewtle
  Monster Water 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
TM40
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
--
004   Charmander
  Monster Dragon
005   Charmeleon
  Monster Dragon
006   Charizard
 
 
Monster Dragon
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1
008   Wartortle
  Monster Water 1
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1
015   Beedrill
 
 
Bug Bug
019   Rattata
  Field Field
020   Raticate
  Field Field
023   Ekans
  Field Dragon
024   Arbok
  Field Dragon
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy
026   Raichu
  Field Fairy
027   Sandshrew
  Field Field
028   Sandslash
  Field Field
029   Nidoran♀
  Monster Field
030   Nidorina
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
031   Nidoqueen
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
032   Nidoran♂
  Monster Field
033   Nidorino
  Monster Field
034   Nidoking
 
 
Monster Field
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy
037   Vulpix
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
  Field Field
039   Jigglypuff
  Fairy Fairy
040   Wigglytuff
  Fairy Fairy
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass
047   Parasect
 
 
Bug Grass
052   Meowth
  Field Field
053   Persian
  Field Field
054   Psyduck
  Water 1 Field
055   Golduck
  Water 1 Field
056   Mankey
  Field Field
057   Primeape
  Field Field
058   Growlithe
  Field Field
059   Arcanine
  Field Field
060   Poliwag
  Water 1 Water 1
061   Poliwhirl
  Water 1 Water 1
062   Poliwrath
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
066   Machop
  Human-Like Human-Like
067   Machoke
  Human-Like Human-Like
068   Machamp
  Human-Like Human-Like
072   Tentacool
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
073   Tentacruel
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
077   Ponyta
  Field Field
078   Rapidash
  Field Field
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1
083   Farfetch'd
 
 
Flying Field
084   Doduo
 
 
Flying Flying
085   Dodrio
 
 
Flying Flying
086   Seel
  Water 1 Field
087   Dewgong
 
 
Water 1 Field
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
101   Electrode
  Mineral Mineral
104   Cubone
  Monster Monster
105   Marowak
  Monster Monster
106   Hitmonlee
  Human-Like Human-Like
107   Hitmonchan
  Human-Like Human-Like
108   Lickitung
  Monster Monster
111   Rhyhorn
 
 
Monster Field
112   Rhydon
 
 
Monster Field
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster
116   Horsea
  Water 1 Dragon
117   Seadra
  Water 1 Dragon
118   Goldeen
  Water 2 Water 2
119   Seaking
  Water 2 Water 2
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
122   Mr. Mime
  Human-Like Human-Like
123   Scyther
 
 
Bug Bug
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
125   Electabuzz
  Human-Like Human-Like
126   Magmar
  Human-Like Human-Like
128   Tauros
  Field Field
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
133   Eevee
  Field Field
134   Vaporeon
  Field Field
135   Jolteon
  Field Field
136   Flareon
  Field Field
137   Porygon
  Mineral Mineral
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster
147   Dratini
  Water 1 Dragon
148   Dragonair
  Water 1 Dragon
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
111   Rhyhorn
 
 
Monster Field Island Scan - Blush MountainSM
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 and Explorers of Time and Darkness and Sky, Skull Bash is a move with 10 base power, 100% accuracy, and 15 PP. This attack hits enemy in the front; this move's damage is doubled at the end of damage calculation. Unlike in main series, the Defense boost exists only in the charging phase. Being a two-turn move, this move cannot be linked.

Pokémon GO

Skull Bash is a Charged Attack in Pokémon GO that has been available since July 9, 2019.

  Skull Bash
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 130
Energy cost 100  
Duration 3.1 seconds
Damage window 1.8 - 2.3 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 130
Energy cost 75  
Secondary effect   1 Defense
Effect chance 100%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
       
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Super Smash Bros. series

Pikachu uses Skull Bash as its side special from Super Smash Bros. Melee onwards. Skull Bash can be charged up to inflict more damage and knockback, as well as launching Pikachu further sideways, making it usable for recovering.

Pichu uses Skull Bash as its side special. It is similar to Pikachu's, but can be charged longer and can deal even more damage and knockback, though hurts Pichu a little upon release. Pichu cannot legitimately learn Skull Bash in the main games, however.

Description

Games Description
MDRB The user gains the Skull Bash status, causing it to attack strongly on the next turn. It is not possible to link this move.
MDTDS Gives the user a Skull Bash status, which causes the Pokémon to charge power for 1 turn, then try a powerful attack on the next turn. It also boosts the Pokémon's Defense while charging. You can't link this move.
BSL ロケットずつきじょうたいになり ちからをため つぎのこうどうで いりょくのたかい こうげきを くりだす しかも ちからをためたターンは ぼうぎょがあがるぞ このわざは ポケモンタワーでは くりだせない
MDGtI  UNUSED
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Charge it to increase the power and distance.*
SMD You tuck your head to boost your Defense and then damage an enemy on the next turn.*
You'll get the Skull Bash status condition, which lets you charge power to try a powerful attack on the next turn. It also boosts your Defense. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.*


In the anime

Main series

       
Scyther Squirtle Magmar Blastoise
The user tucks in its head and rams the foe with it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Charmander Charmander runs at the opponent with its head down and strikes it with its head.
Ash's Charmander Pokémon Scent-sation Debut
  Squirtle Squirtle runs and jumps at the opponent with its head down and strikes it with its head, or Squirtle jumps into the air, becomes surrounded by a silver aura, and slams its head into the opponent.
Ash's Squirtle The Kangaskhan Kid None
Tierno's Squirtle Summer of Discovery! None
  Magmar Magmar hurtles itself at the opponent and hits it with its head.
Blaine's Magmar Volcanic Panic None
  Scyther Scyther flies at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by a golden orb with golden streaks around it. It then slams its head into the opponent.
Tracey's Scyther A Way Off Day Off None
  Dragonite Dragonite flies up and strikes the opponent with its head at high speed.
Drake's Dragonite Enter the Dragonite Japanese version only
  Eevee Eevee runs at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by a white aura. It then strikes the opponent with its head.
Gary's Eevee The Rivalry Revival None
  Raticate Raticate charges at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by golden streaks. It then slams its head into the opponent.
Cassidy's Raticate The Fortune Hunters None
  Blastoise Blastoise slams its head into the opponent. Sometimes, its body becomes surrounded by a silver aura when using the attack or a white aura briefly flashes from Blastoise's body and then it charges towards its opponent and slams its head into the opponent.
A Blastoise Jessie borrowed from the Battle Park One Trick Phony! None
Gary's Blastoise Can't Beat the Heat! None
Sid's Blastoise Destiny Deoxys None
Siebold's Blastoise Mega Evolution Special I None
Tierno's Blastoise Valuable Experience for All! None
A Sailor's Blastoise A Glaring Rivalry! None
Neesha's Blastoise I Choose You! None
  Sharpedo Sharpedo swims at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by a bright white aura. It then slams its body into the opponent.
Multiple wild Sharpedo Sharpedo Attack! None
  Wartortle Wartortle jumps at the opponent with its head down and strikes it with its head.
Tierno's Wartortle Good Friends, Great Training! None


Pokémon Origins

       
Blastoise
The user tucks in its head and rams the foe with it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Blastoise Blastoise slams its head into the opponent.
Blue's Blastoise File 4: Charizard Debut


Pokémon Generations

       
Dragonite Blastoise
The user tucks in its head and rams the foe with it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Blastoise Blastoise slams its head into the opponent.
Blue's Blastoise The Challenger Debut
  Dragonite Dragonite slams its head into the opponent.
Lance's Dragonite The Challenger None


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


The Electric Tale of Pikachu


Pokémon Adventures


  • Green's Blastoise, Blasty, was revealed to know Skull Bash on the official website, but he has never been shown using the move.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 火箭頭錘 Fójin Tàuhchèuih *
火箭頭鎚 Fójin Tàuhchèuih *
火箭頭擊 Fójin Tàuhgīk *
Mandarin 火箭頭錘 / 火箭头锤 Huǒjiàn Tóuchuí *
火箭頭槌 Huǒjiàn Tóuchuí *
  Czech Hlavový náraz
  Danish Skalle*
  Dutch Schedelbeuk
  Finnish Kallolytty (S01)
Pääpusku (Johto series)
French   Canada Coud'Krâne*
  Europe Coud'krâne
  German Schädelwumme
  Greek Κρανιοκόπημα Kraniokópima
  Hindi सख्त खोपरी Sakht Khopri
  Indonesian Sundulan Roket
  Italian Capocciata
  Korean 로케트박치기 Roketeubakchigi
  Polish Cios Głową*
Krótki Cios*
Atak Czaszki*
Cios Czaszką*
Atak Głową*
Uderzenie Głową*
Atak Frontalny*
Ognisty Pocisk*
Rakietowy Taran*
Portuguese   Brazil Quebra-crânio (Pokémon GO, anime, TCG)
Quebracrânio (manga)
Golpe de Cabeça (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Esmaga Crânios
  Russian Удар черепом Udar cherepom
  Serbian Udar Lobanjom
Spanish   Latin America Embestida Final (EP026)
Mega tope (EP034)
Embestida* (EP056)
Golpe de Cabeza* (EP059)
Cabezazo (EP098-present)
  Spain Cabezazo
  Swedish Danskskalle*
Nickstöt*
Huvudattack*
  Thai พุ่งหัวจรวด
  Vietnamese Tên Lửa Húc Đầu



Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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