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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.

Contents

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 Cloyster
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 33C 33RSE
36FRLG
28 28 28 28 1
204 Pineco Pineco
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 43 43 23DP
28PtHGSS
28 28 28
205 Forretress Forretress
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug 49 49 23DP
28PtHGSS
28 28 28
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 1C 1 1 1 1 1 20
227 Skarmory Skarmory
SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying 42 27DP
28PtHGSS
28 28 28 44
331 Cacnea Cacnea
GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like 33 33 33 33XY
30ORAS
30
332 Cacturne Cacturne
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 35 35 35 35XY
30ORAS
30
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 20 33 33 33XY
25ORAS
25
658 Greninja Greninja
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1 28 28
707 Klefki Klefki
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
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 Sandslash
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Alolan Form
IceIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field
091 Cloyster Cloyster
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
214 Heracross Heracross
BugIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
225 Delibird Delibird
IceIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
227 Skarmory Skarmory
SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Flying Flying
315 Roselia Roselia
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass
361 Snorunt Snorunt
IceIC Big.png Fairy Mineral
362 Glalie Glalie
IceIC Big.png Fairy Mineral
406 Budew Budew
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
407 Roserade Roserade
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass
478 Froslass Froslass
IceIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Fairy Mineral
543 Venipede Venipede
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
545 Scolipede Scolipede
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
556 Maractus Maractus
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
557 Dwebble Dwebble
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
558 Crustle Crustle
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
568 Trubbish Trubbish
PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
569 Garbodor Garbodor
PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral
616 Shelmet Shelmet
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
617 Accelgor Accelgor
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
660 Diggersby Diggersby
NormalIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
707 Klefki Klefki
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
767 Wimpod Wimpod
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Bug Water 3
768 Golisopod Golisopod
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Bug Water 3
837 Rolycoly Rolycoly
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
838 Carkol Carkol
RockIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
839 Coalossal Coalossal
RockIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
871 Pincurchin Pincurchin
ElectricIC Big.png 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 Omanyte
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
225 Delibird Delibird
IceIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
361 Snorunt Snorunt
IceIC Big.png Fairy Mineral
406 Budew Budew
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass
543 Venipede Venipede
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
556 Maractus Maractus
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass
557 Dwebble Dwebble
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
568 Trubbish Trubbish
PoisonIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral
616 Shelmet Shelmet
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
650 Chespin Chespin
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
767 Wimpod Wimpod
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
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 Maractus
GrassIC Big.png 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 Chesnaught
GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
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 Delibird
IceIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
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 IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It turns your tile into a Spikes trap. A Spikes trap damages Pokémon that step on it.

In the anime

Barry Skarmory Spikes.png Brock Pineco Spikes.png Barry Skarmory Spikes effect.png Brock Forretress Spikes.png
Skarmory Pineco Effect Forretress
The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe's feet.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
204 Pineco Pineco spins around and purple spikes come out of its body and hit the opponent.
Brock's Pineco Ariados, Amigos Debut
205 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
227 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

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Try Adventure manga


In other generations

Core series games

Spikes II.png Spikes III.png Spikes IV.png Spikes V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Spikes VI.png Spikes VII.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Side series games

Spikes Stad2.png Spikes Colo.png Spikes XD.png Spikes PBR.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Spin-off series games

Spikes PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 撒菱 Saatlìhng *
Mandarin 撒菱 Sālíng *
滿地星 Mǎn​dì​xīng *
捲捲菱 Juǎnjuǎnlíng *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Spikes
Finland Flag.png Finnish Naulaisku (OS)
Piikki-isku (AG)
France Flag.png French Picots
Germany Flag.png German Stachler
Greece Flag.png Greek Καρφιά
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Duri
Spike
Italy Flag.png Italian Punte
South Korea Flag.png Korean 압정뿌리기 Apjeong Ppurigi
Poland Flag.png Polish Kolce*
Atak Ukłucia*
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Tachinhas (PS136-present)
Espinhos (early anime, PS115)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Farpas
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Šiljci
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Púas (DP184-present)
Picos (EP176)
Espinas (AG008)
Agujas (AG156)
Spain Flag.png Spain Púas
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Rải Đinh



Variations of the move Spikes
Status SpikesStealth RockToxic SpikesSticky Web


Generation VIII TMs
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75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation VIII TRs
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75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899


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