String Shot (move)

String Shot
いとをはく Spit Thread
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Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  —
Accuracy  95%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all adjacent foes, but not allies
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.

String Shot (Japanese: いとをはく Spit Thread) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generations I to V

String Shot decreases the targets' Speed stat by one stage.

In battles with multiple opponents, String Shot targets all adjacent foes.

Generation VI onward

String Shot now decreases the targets' Speed stat by two stages.

String Shot can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing any of the moves Electroweb, Spider Web and Sticky Web to give an extra three appeal points if used in the next turn.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-String Shot, the user's Speed stat is raised by one stage.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Strings are sprayed out and wrapped around the target to reduces its Speed.
GSC A move that lowers the foe's Speed.
RSEColo.XD Binds the foe with string to reduce its Speed.
FRLG The foe is bound with strings shot from the mouth to reduce its Speed.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth. It reduces the target's Speed stat.
BWB2W2 The targets are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth. This silk reduces the targets' Speed stat.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
The opposing Pokémon are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth that harshly lowers the Speed stat.
SwSh Opposing Pokémon are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth that harshly lowers the Speed stat.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
010   Caterpie
  Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug 1
013   Weedle
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
167   Spinarak
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
168   Ariados
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
265   Wurmple
  Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1
540   Sewaddle
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1
541   Swadloon
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1
542   Leavanny
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1
595   Joltik
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 12
596   Galvantula
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 12
636   Larvesta
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
637   Volcarona
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
664   Scatterbug
  Bug Bug 1 1
684   Swirlix
  Fairy Fairy 21
685   Slurpuff
  Fairy Fairy 21
736   Grubbin
  Bug Bug 4 5
737   Charjabug
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 4 1
738   Vikavolt
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 4 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
636   Larvesta
 
 
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.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
DP Pt HGSS
001   Bulbasaur
 
 
Monster Grass
002   Ivysaur
 
 
Monster Grass
003   Venusaur
 
 
Monster Grass
010   Caterpie
  Bug Bug
011   Metapod
  Bug Bug
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug
013   Weedle
 
 
Bug Bug
014   Kakuna
 
 
Bug Bug
015   Beedrill
 
 
Bug Bug
046   Paras
 
 
Bug Grass
047   Parasect
 
 
Bug Grass
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug
127   Pinsir
  Bug Bug
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
165   Ledyba
 
 
Bug Bug
166   Ledian
 
 
Bug Bug
167   Spinarak
 
 
Bug Bug
168   Ariados
 
 
Bug Bug
193   Yanma
 
 
Bug Bug
204   Pineco
  Bug Bug
205   Forretress
 
 
Bug Bug
213   Shuckle
 
 
Bug Bug
223   Remoraid
  Water 1 Water 2
224   Octillery
  Water 1 Water 2
226   Mantine
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
265   Wurmple
  Bug Bug
266   Silcoon
  Bug Bug
267   Beautifly
 
 
Bug Bug
268   Cascoon
  Bug Bug
269   Dustox
 
 
Bug Bug
283   Surskit
 
 
Water 1 Bug
284   Masquerain
 
 
Water 1 Bug
290   Nincada
 
 
Bug Bug
291   Ninjask
 
 
Bug Bug
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral
313   Volbeat
  Bug Human-Like
314   Illumise
  Bug Human-Like
345   Lileep
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
346   Cradily
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
347   Anorith
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
401   Kricketot
  Bug Bug
402   Kricketune
  Bug Bug
412   Burmy
  Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
414   Mothim
 
 
Bug Bug
415   Combee
 
 
Bug Bug
416   Vespiquen
 
 
Bug Bug
422   Shellos
  Water 1 Amorphous
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
469   Yanmega
 
 
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.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, String Shot is a move with 16PP and 75% accuracy. The attack travels up to 10 tiles away, and hits the first Pokémon it encounters, ally or enemy, lowering its Movement Speed by one level. This move is affected by Magic Coat and Taunt.

In Gates To Infinity it travels in a straight line until it hits a wall or enemy. If an enemy is hit from an adjacent tile they become unable to move. If hit from farther they lose speed.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Reduces the target's Movement Speed by one level, even at a distance.
MDTDS Reduces the target's Movement Speed by 1 level, even at a distance.
BSL はなれたポケモンの いどうそくどを 1だんかいさげる
MDGtI It reduces even a faraway Pokémon's Travel Speed.
SMD
MDRTDX
It reduces the Travel Speed of a Pokémon, even one far away.


In the anime

Main series

       
Spewpa Charjabug Caterpie Larvesta
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Caterpie Caterpie shoots white string from its mouth at the opponent, tying them up. Caterpie can also shoot it from its rear end to hang from trees.
Ash's Caterpie Ash Catches a Pokémon Debut
Multiple Caterpie from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Bucky's Caterpie The Dunsparce Deception None
Multiple wild Caterpie Celebi: The Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Caterpie For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Zander's Caterpie Caterpie's Big Dilemma None
A wild Caterpie Butterfree and Me! None
Goh's Caterpie Getting More Than You Battled For! None
  Spinarak Spinarak shoots a white string from its mouth or its abdomen and ties the opponent up.
Officer Jenny's Spinarak Spinarak Attack None
Bugsy's Spinarak Gettin' the Bugs Out None
A wild Spinarak Pikachu and Pichu None
Dr. Anna's Spinarak Hassle in the Castle None
Multiple wild Spinarak Ariados, Amigos None
Multiple wild Spinarak Celebi: The Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Spinarak For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Three wild Spinarak Hocus Pokémon None
A wild Spinarak Abandon Ship! None
  Metapod Metapod shoots white string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent.
Multiple Metapod from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Ash's Metapod I Choose You! None
  Weedle Weedle shoots white string from its mouth and ties up the opponent.
Multiple Weedle from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Multiple wild Weedle Celebi: The Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Weedle For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
  Kakuna Kakuna shoots white string from the hole right below its head at the opponent, tying it up. It can also shoot string from the back of its head to hang from trees.
Multiple Kakuna from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
  Ariados Ariados shoots multiple white strings from its mouth or abdomen at the opponent, tying it up.
Tōkichi's Ariados Ariados, Amigos None
Multiple wild Ariados For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Oakley's Ariados Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias None
Forrester Franklin's Ariados All in a Day's Wurmple None
Harley's Ariados A Hurdle for Squirtle None
A Trainer's Ariados From Cradle to Save None
Multiple wild Ariados Following a Maiden's Voyage! None
J's Ariados Mutiny in the Bounty! None
An Ariados captured by Kellyn's Capture Styler Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1 None
An Ariados Angie used briefly One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! None
A wild Ariados Historical Mystery Tour! None
Multiple wild Ariados DPS01 None
A wild Ariados A Slippery Encounter! None
A wild Ariados Defending the Homeland! None
A ninja's Ariados The Legend of the Ninja Hero! None
A wild Ariados Time After Time! None
Doctor Zed's four Ariados Secrets of the Jungle None
Katsuki's Ariados JN079 None
  Beautifly Beautifly shoots a white string from its mouth at the opponent, tying it up.
Janet's Beautifly All Things Bright and Beautifly! None
May's Beautifly Now That's Flower Power! None
  Wurmple Wurmple shoots white string from its mouth at the opponent. It can also shoot string from in between the two large horns behind it to hang from trees.
May's Wurmple All in a Day's Wurmple None
Jessie's Wurmple Which Wurmple's Which? None
Goh's two Wurmple Best Friend...Worst Nightmare! None
  Silcoon One of Silcoon's horns come out and it releases a thin white string from it and it can hang from it, or it shooots white string from the front of its face at the opponent, tying it up.
May's Silcoon A Mudkip Mission None
  Cascoon Cascoon releases a thin white string from the front of its face at the opponent, tying it up.
Jessie's Cascoon The Three Team Scheme! None
  Skitty Skitty releases a white string from a white orb on its paw at the opponent, tying it up.
May's Skitty All Torkoal, No Play Used via Assist
  Sewaddle Sewaddle releases a stream of white sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. It can also shoot string from the back of its head to hang from trees.
Ash's Sewaddle Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! None
  Leavanny Leavanny releases a stream of sticky white string from its mouth at the opponent.
Burgh's Leavanny Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! None
Ash's Leavanny Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 None
A Trainer's Leavanny Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! None
  Swadloon Swadloon opens its mouth and fires three or one white sticky strings from its mouth at the opponent. When the strings reach the opponent, they wrap themselves around its body.
Ash's Swadloon Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! None
A Trainer's Swadloon Lost at the Stamp Rally! None
A Trainer's Swadloon Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! None
  Larvesta Larvesta releases a white stream of sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. When the string hits the opponent, it wraps itself around its body.
Luke's Larvesta The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk! None
  Galvantula Galvantula releases a thick white stream of sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. When the string gets near the opponent, it wraps itself around its body.
Two wild Galvantula Crisis at Chargestone Cave! None
  Spewpa Spewpa shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
A wild Spewpa To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler! None
  Grubbin Grubbin shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
A wild Grubbin First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! None
A wild Grubbin Secrets of the Jungle None
  Charjabug Charjabug shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
Sophocles's Charjabug Mounting an Electrifying Charge! None
  Vikavolt Vikavolt shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
Sophocles's Vikavolt A High-Speed Awakening! None


Pokémon Origins

       
Metapod
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Metapod Metapod shoots white, sticky string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent, reducing its speed
Red's Metapod File 1: Red Debut


Pokémon Generations

       
Caterpie
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Caterpie Caterpie shoots white, sticky strings from its mouth at the opponent.
A wild Caterpie The Adventure Debut


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Movie adaptations


Pokémon Adventures


  • Janine's Ariados was revealed to know String Shot on the official web site, but he was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


Pokémon RéBURST


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • String Shot is the only Bug-type status move that has an accuracy less than 100%.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 吐絲 Tousī
Mandarin 吐絲 / 吐丝 Tǔsī
  Czech Zámotkový útok
  Danish Trådskud
  Dutch Bindschot
  Finnish Rihmaisku*
Narulaukaus (M05)
  French Sécrétion
  German Fadenschuss
  Greek Νηματική Έκκριση
  Hindi धागा छोरो Dhaga Choro
  Indonesian Tembakan Benang
  Italian Millebave
  Korean 실뿜기 Silppumgi
  Polish Pajęcza Nić*
Strzał Siecią*
Strzał Liną*
Atak Liną*
Strzał Sznurkiem*
Sznur*
Atak Sznurkiem/Strzał Śliną/Atak Śliną*
Strzał*
Wystrzał*
Wiążący Strzał*
Lepka Sieć*
Portuguese   Brazil Tiro de Seda (early anime)
Estilingada (BW103-present, TCG)
Lançador de Teias (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lança Teia (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lança-Teias (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lança-Teia (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Arremesso de Teia (anime)
Estilingada (TCG)
  Romanian Salva de Lovituri
  Serbian Struna
Spanish   Latin America Disparo de Seda (EP003, BW018-present)
Telaraña (EP144, AG014)
Hilo de Seda (EP191)
Lanza Hilos (M05)
Resortera (AG013)
Ataque de Hilo (AG021)
Hilo (AG025-AG033)
Lanza Hilo (AG058)
Tiro de Hielo (AG142, DP071)
Tiro de Hilo (AG144-DP020)
Lanza Seda (DP153)
  Spain Disparo Demora*
Disp. Demora*
  Swedish Stringskott
  Vietnamese Phóng Tơ



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