Spikes (move)

Spikes
まきびし Caltrop
Spikes VIII.png
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Type  Ground
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Affected by Magic Coat and Magic Bounce
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all foes
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Makes all Pokémon after the user nervous.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the remaining Pokémon nervous.

Spikes (Japanese: まきびし Caltrop) is a non-damaging Ground-type move introduced in Generation II. It is TR23 in Generation VIII. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, it was the signature move of Pineco and Forretress.

Effect

Generation II

Spikes sets an entry hazard around the enemy team's field. Pokémon who switch into the spike-ridden field take 12.5% of their maximum HP in damage. Flying-type Pokémon are immune to this damage. The move Rapid Spin removes Spikes around the user.

Spikes glitch

In this generation only, Pokémon fainting from Spikes will not run the regular faint checks until later, meaning that player can potentially end up with a Pokémon with 0HP on the field which hasn't fainted if the game loop doesn't do any further unrelated faint checks later. The easiest way to reproduce this is to have a Pokémon faint to Perish Song, then switch into a Pokémon who immediately faints from Spikes.

Generations III and IV

Spikes can now be set up to three times, each increasing the damage done to the opponent upon switching in. One layer of Spikes will damage the opponent Pokémon by 1/8 (12.5%) of its maximum HP, two layers will deal 1/6 (16.67%), and three layers will deal 1/4 (25%). Any Pokémon with Levitate will also be immune to the damage.

The move Defog will remove Spikes around its target. Any Pokémon under the effect of Magnet Rise or Magic Guard Ability are unaffected by the damage. However, Flying and Levitating Pokémon are affected under Gravity, while holding Iron Ball, or if Baton Passed an Ingrain.

Generation V

Spikes can now be reflected with Magic Coat and the Ability Magic Bounce. Any Pokémon holding an Air Balloon will be immune to the damage.

Generation VI onward

Defog now removes all Spikes from play regardless of which side of the field they were placed on.

Spikes can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing Circle Throw, Dragon Tail, Roar, and Whirlwind to give an extra three appeal points if used in the next turn.

If powered up by a Groundium Z into Z-Spikes, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 An attack that scatters Spikes and injures opponent Pokémon when they switch.
GSC Hurts foes when they switch out.
RSColo.XD Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching out.
E Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching in.
FRLG A trap of spikes is laid around the foe's party to hurt foes switching in.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe's feet. The trap hurts foes that switch into battle.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team's feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
091   Cloyster
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 33C 33RSE
36FRLG
28 28 28 28 1
204   Pineco
  Bug Bug 43 43 23DP
28PtHGSS
28 28 28
205   Forretress
 
 
Bug Bug 49 49 23DP
28PtHGSS
28 28 28
211   Qwilfish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 1C 1 1 1 1 1 20
227   Skarmory
 
 
Flying Flying 42 27DP
28PtHGSS
28 28 28 44
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like 33 33 33 33XY
30ORAS
30
332   Cacturne
 
 
Grass Human-Like 35 35 35 35XY
30ORAS
30
386   Deoxys
Defense Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 20 33 33 33XY
25ORAS
25
658   Greninja
 
 
Water 1 Water 1 28 28
707   Klefki
 
 
Mineral Mineral 15 15
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TR

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TR23
028   Sandslash
  Field Field
028   Sandslash
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
091   Cloyster
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
211   Qwilfish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
214   Heracross
 
 
Bug Bug
225   Delibird
 
 
Water 1 Field
227   Skarmory
 
 
Flying Flying
315   Roselia
 
 
Fairy Grass
361   Snorunt
  Fairy Mineral
362   Glalie
  Fairy Mineral
406   Budew
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
407   Roserade
 
 
Fairy Grass
478   Froslass
 
 
Fairy Mineral
543   Venipede
 
 
Bug Bug
544   Whirlipede
 
 
Bug Bug
545   Scolipede
 
 
Bug Bug
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass
557   Dwebble
 
 
Bug Mineral
558   Crustle
 
 
Bug Mineral
568   Trubbish
  Mineral Mineral
569   Garbodor
  Mineral Mineral
597   Ferroseed
 
 
Grass Mineral
598   Ferrothorn
 
 
Grass Mineral
616   Shelmet
  Bug Bug
617   Accelgor
  Bug Bug
659   Bunnelby
  Field Field
660   Diggersby
 
 
Field Field
707   Klefki
 
 
Mineral Mineral
767   Wimpod
 
 
Bug Water 3
768   Golisopod
 
 
Bug Water 3
804   Naganadel
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
837   Rolycoly
  Mineral Mineral
838   Carkol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
839   Coalossal
 
 
Mineral Mineral
871   Pincurchin
  Water 1 Amorphous
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
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
225   Delibird
 
 
Water 1 Field
361   Snorunt
  Fairy Mineral
406   Budew
 
 
Fairy Grass
543   Venipede
 
 
Bug Bug
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass
557   Dwebble
 
 
Bug Mineral
568   Trubbish
  Mineral Mineral
597   Ferroseed
 
 
Grass Mineral
616   Shelmet
  Bug Bug
650   Chespin
  Field Field
659   Bunnelby
  Field Field
767   Wimpod
 
 
Bug Water 3
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 V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
556   Maractus
  Grass Grass Dream World - Rugged Mountain
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
652   Chesnaught
 
 
Field Field Island Scan - Exeggutor IslandUSUM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
225   Delibird
 
 
Water 1 Field New York City Pokémon Center
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, Darkness and Sky, Spikes has 22PP. The user creates a Spiked Tile underneath them, as long as it's a land tile that is neither stairs nor Kecleon carpet. Any Pokémon that triggers a Spiked Tile will lose 20 HP. The trap cannot be laid in hallways and the entrance of a room. This move is affected by Taunt.

Description

Games Description
MDRB The user places spikes underfoot. The Spiked Tile inflicts damage on foes that step on it.
MDTDS Turns the user's tile into a Spiked Tile trap. A Spiked Tile trap inflicts damage on enemies that step on it.
BSL あしもとに わな『まきびし』を つくる わな『まきびし』を ふんだ てきポケモンは ダメージをうける
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD It turns your tile into a Spikes trap. A Spikes trap damages Pokémon that step on it.


In the anime

       
Skarmory Pineco Effect Forretress
The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe's feet.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Pineco Pineco spins around and purple spikes come out of its body and hit the opponent.
Brock's Pineco Ariados, Amigos Debut
  Forretress Forretress spins around and glowing white spikes comes out of its body and hit the opponent, or Forretress fires black spikes at the opponent that surround it. When the opponent gets pricked by them, it hurts them.
Brock's Forretress A Tail with a Twist None
  Skarmory Skarmory spins its body rapidly and multiple glowing metallic red spikes come out of its body and fall onto the battlefield. The spikes sink into the ground when they land. When the opponent switches to another Pokémon, small explosions go off under their feet, hurting them.
Barry's Skarmory Casting a Paul on Barry! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Try Adventure


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Despite Spikes being a Ground-type move, only two Ground-type Pokémon can learn it: Sandslash and Diggersby.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 撒菱 Saatlìhng *
Mandarin 撒菱 Sālíng *
滿地星 Mǎndìxīng *
捲捲菱 Juǎnjuǎnlíng *
  Czech Ostny
  Dutch Spikes
  Finnish Naulaisku (OS)
Piikki-isku (AG)
  French Picots
  German Stachler
  Greek Καρφιά
  Indonesian Duri
Spike
  Italian Punte
  Korean 압정뿌리기 Apjeong Ppurigi
  Polish Kolce*
Atak Ukłucia*
Portuguese   Brazil Tachinhas (PS136-present)
Espinhos (early anime, PS115)
  Portugal Farpas
  Serbian Šiljci
Spanish   Latin America Púas (DP184-present)
Picos (EP176)
Espinas (AG008)
Agujas (AG156)
  Spain Púas
  Vietnamese Rải Đinh




Variations of the move Spikes
  SpikesStealth RockToxic SpikesSticky Web


Generation VIII TMs
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Generation VIII TRs
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  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.