Tail Glow (move)

Tail Glow
ほたるび Firefly Glow
Tail Glow IX.png
Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  0
  • 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
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Self: Affects the user
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 Glow) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature move of Volbeat.


Generations III and IV

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

Generations V onwards

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.


Games Description
RSEColoXD 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.
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, drastically raising its Sp. Atk stat.
This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
SV* The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, drastically boosting its Sp. Atk stat.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0313     Bug Human-Like 21 21 21 21XY
22 22 22
0490     Water 1 Fairy 1 1 1 1 1 1
0796     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.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Tail Glow raises the user's Special Attack by two stages. This move is affected by Snatch.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB - - 22 - —% - User User -
MDTDS - - 22 - —% - User User -
BSL - - 22 - —% - User User -
SMD - - 14 30 —% - User User -
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Tail Glow could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Tail Glow could be seen as a move used by Boss Volbeat.

  Tail Glow
Charge time 2.1 seconds
Range type Circular (self)
Target Self
Additional effect Raises the user's Attack


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
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
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  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


  • 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-QueueVIII+
  German Schweifglanz
  Greek Φωσφορισμός
  Italian Codadiluce
  Korean 반딧불 Banditbul
Portuguese   Brazil Cauda Ardente
  Portugal Brilho
  Serbian Svetleći Rep
  Spanish LuminicolaIX+
  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.