Tail Glow (move)

Tail Glow
ほたるび Firefly Light
Tail Glow VIII.png
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Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Ups the user's condition. Helps prevent nervousness.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Earn double the score in the next turn.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Gets the Pokémon pumped up. Helps prevent nervousness, too.

Tail Glow (Japanese: ほたるび Firefly Light) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature move of Volbeat.

Effect

Generations III and IV

Tail Glow increases the user's Special Attack by two stages.

Generations V to VII

Tail Glow now increases the user's Special Attack by three stages.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-Tail Glow, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Tail Glow cannot be selected in a battle.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Tail Glow is usable and functions as it did in previous generations.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD Flashes a light that sharply raises Sp. Atk.
FRLG The user flashes a light that sharply raises its Sp. Atk stat.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, sharply raising its Sp. Atk stat.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh*BDSPLA
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, drastically raising its Sp. Atk stat.
SwSh* This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
313   Volbeat
  Bug Human-Like 21 21 21 21XY
22ORAS
22 22BDSP
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy 1 1 1 1 1BDSP
796   Xurkitree
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
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, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Tail Glow is a move with 22PP. The user raises its Special Attack by two stages. This move is affected by Snatch and Taunt.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Special Attack by two levels.
MDTDS Boosts the user's Special Attack by 2 levels.
BSL じぶんの とくこうを 2だんかいあげる
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD It sharply boosts your Sp. Atk.*
It sharply boosts your Sp. Atk. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.*


In the anime

       
Romeo's Volbeat Volbeat
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Volbeat Volbeat's tail glows yellow.
Romeo's Beat Love at First Flight Debut
Romeo's Volbeat Love at First Flight Debut
A Coordinator's Volbeat Lessons in Lilycove None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it targets the user (thus it ignores accuracy and evasion checks).
  • Manaphy is able to learn Tail Glow, which contradicts both the Japanese and English names for the move (Manaphy is not a firefly nor does it have a tail). This may be due to the antennae on its head, and a reference to the bioluminescence of many deep sea fish.
    • Xurkitree is also not a firefly, and although it has a "tail", it does not light up.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 螢火 Yìhngfó
Mandarin 螢火 / 萤火 Yínghuǒ
  French Lumi-Queue*
Lumiqueue*
  German Schweifglanz
  Greek Φωσφορισμός
  Italian Codadiluce
  Korean 반딧불 Banditbul
Portuguese   Brazil Cauda Ardente
  Portugal Brilho
  Serbian Svetleći Rep
  Spanish Ráfaga
  Turkish Kuyruk Parıltısı
  Vietnamese Ánh Đom Đóm


Variations of the move Tail Glow
  Tail GlowCotton Guard


  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.