Toxic Spikes (move)

Toxic Spikes
どくびし Toxic Spikes
Toxic Spikes IX.png
Toxic Spikes IX 2.png
Type  Poison
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 IV
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
The Pokémon appealing after self cannot raise its voltage that turn.
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.

Toxic Spikes (Japanese: どくびし Toxic Spikes) is a non-damaging Poison-type move introduced in Generation IV. It was TR54 in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and is TM091 in Generation IX.

Effect

Generation IV

Toxic Spikes sets an entry hazard around the target Pokémon. One layer of Toxic Spikes causes opposing Pokémon to acquire the poison status ailment upon switching in, while two or more layers causes opposing Pokémon to become badly poisoned.

Toxic Spikes has no effect against Flying-type, Poison-type, or Steel-type Pokémon or Pokémon with the Ability Immunity, Levitate, Leaf Guard (during intense sunlight), or Magic Guard. If a Pokemon is under the affect of Magnet Rise, it will not be affected by Toxic Spikes. However, a Flying or Levitating Pokémon will be affected if it is switched in while holding an Iron Ball, while Gravity is in effect, or if Baton Passed an Ingrain.

If a Poison-type Pokémon that is not also a Flying-type or has the Ability Levitate is switched in, it will absorb Toxic Spikes and the effect of Toxic Spikes will end. Also, if a Poison-type Pokémon that is also a Flying-type or has the Ability Levitate is switched in holding the item Iron Ball or while Gravity is in effect, it will absorb Toxic Spikes. The moves Rapid Spin and Defog remove the effect of Toxic Spikes; Rapid Spin removes Toxic Spikes set around the user of Rapid Spin while Defog removes Toxic Spikes set around the target of Defog.

Toxic Spikes does not activate the Ability Synchronize unless a Pokémon on the field directly causes Synchronizing Pokémon to switch in, such as by using the moves Roar or Whirlwind.

Generations V-VII

If a Pokémon is holding an Air Balloon, it will not be affected by Toxic Spikes, unless Gravity is in effect. A Poison-type Pokémon holding an Air Balloon will not absorb Toxic Spikes, unless Gravity is in effect.

Toxic Spikes can now be reflected with Magic Coat. Magic Guard will not prevent poisoning status but will prevent poison damage.

A Pokemon with Comatose will not be poisoned by Toxic Spikes.

Toxic Spikes does not activate the Ability Synchronize at all, even if a Pokémon on the field directly causes Synchronizing Pokémon to switch in, such as by using a move like Roar or Dragon Tail.

Toxic Spikes can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing certain moves (Circle Throw, Dragon Tail, Hex, Roar, Venom Drench, Venoshock and Whirlwind) to give an extra three appeal points if used in the next turn.

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

Generation VIII onwards

A Pokemon holding Heavy-Duty Boots is immune to Toxic Spikes when entering battle. A grounded Poison-type Pokémon holding Heavy-Duty Boots can still remove Toxic Spikes on switching in.

Description

Games Description
DPPtHGSSPBR The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the foe's feet. They poison foes that switch into battle.
BWB2W2 The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opponent's feet. They poison opponents that switch into battle.
XYORAS The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opposing team's feet. They poison opposing Pokémon that switch into battle.
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
SV
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the feet of the opposing team. The spikes will poison opposing Pokémon that switch into battle.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0015    
 
Bug Bug 25 25 25 29 29
0029     Monster Field 31 31 31 31 20 20
0030     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 35 35 35 35 21 21
0031    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
0032     Monster Field 31 31 31 31 20 20
0033     Monster Field 35 35 35 35 21 21
0034    
 
Monster Field 1 1
0072    
 
Water 3 Water 3 15 15 15XY
13ORAS
13
0073    
 
Water 3 Water 3 15 15 15XY
13ORAS
13
0091    
 
Water 3 Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0194  
Wooper
Paldean Form
 
 
Water 1 Field 12
0205    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
0211    
 
Water 2 Water 2 21 21 21 21 36 36 36
0211  
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 36
0315    
 
Fairy Grass 28 28 28 28 20 20
0386  
Deoxys
Normal Forme
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 25
0386  
Deoxys
Attack Forme
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 25
0386  
Deoxys
Speed Forme
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 25
0407    
 
Fairy Grass 1 1
0451    
 
Bug Water 3 34DP
28PtHGSS
28BW
34B2W2
34 34 15 15
0452    
 
Bug Water 3 34DP
28PtHGSS
28BW
34B2W2
34 34 15 15
0568     Mineral Mineral 7 7 7 15
0569     Mineral Mineral 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 15
0747    
 
Water 1 Water 1 13 30 30
0748    
 
Water 1 Water 1 1, 13 30 30
0793    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 29 40
0904    
 
Water 2 Water 2 36
0970    
 
Mineral Mineral 1
0980    
 
Water 1 Field 4
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.


By TM/TR

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0023     Field Dragon
0024     Field Dragon
0029     Monster Field
0030     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0031    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0032     Monster Field
0033     Monster Field
0034    
 
Monster Field
0048    
 
Bug Bug
0049    
 
Bug Bug
0072    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0073    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0089     Amorphous Amorphous
0090     Water 3 Water 3
0091    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0093    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0094    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0109     Amorphous Amorphous
0110     Amorphous Amorphous
0110  
Weezing
Galarian Form
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0138    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0139    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0167    
 
Bug Bug
0168    
 
Bug Bug
0194    
 
Water 1 Field
0194  
Wooper
Paldean Form
 
 
Water 1 Field
0195    
 
Water 1 Field
0199  
Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
0204     Bug Bug
0205    
 
Bug Bug
0207    
 
Bug Bug
0211    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0211  
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
0215  
Sneasel
Hisuian Form
 
 
Field Field
0275    
 
Field Grass
0315    
 
Fairy Grass
0316     Amorphous Amorphous
0317     Amorphous Amorphous
0331     Grass Human-Like
0332    
 
Grass Human-Like
0407    
 
Fairy Grass
0416    
 
Bug Bug
0434    
 
Field Field
0435    
 
Field Field
0451    
 
Bug Water 3
0452    
 
Bug Water 3
0472    
 
Bug Bug
0543    
 
Bug Bug
0544    
 
Bug Bug
0545    
 
Bug Bug
0562     Mineral Amorphous
0562  
Yamask
Galarian Form
 
 
Mineral Amorphous
0563     Mineral Amorphous
0568     Mineral Mineral
0569     Mineral Mineral
0616     Bug Bug
0617     Bug Bug
0656     Water 1 Water 1
0657     Water 1 Water 1
0658  
Greninja
All available forms
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
0690    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0691    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0747    
 
Water 1 Water 1
0748    
 
Water 1 Water 1
0793    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0803     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0804    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0849  
Toxtricity
All forms
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0867    
 
Mineral Amorphous
0871     Water 1 Amorphous
0890    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0903    
 
Field Field
0904    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0908    
 
Field Grass
0917     Bug Bug
0918     Bug Bug
0948    
 
Grass Grass
0949    
 
Grass Grass
0965    
 
Mineral Mineral
0966    
 
Mineral Mineral
0969    
 
Mineral Mineral
0970    
 
Mineral Mineral
0980    
 
Water 1 Field
0994    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0048    
 
Bug Bug
0109     Amorphous Amorphous
0138    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0167    
 
Bug Bug
0204     Bug Bug
0543    
 
Bug Bug
0562     Mineral Amorphous
0616     Bug Bug USUM
0656     Water 1 Water 1
0690    
 
Water 1 Dragon
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.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0204     Bug Bug Dream World - Dream Park
0545    
 
Bug Bug Dream World - Pleasant Forest
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.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0543    
 
Bug Bug Island Scan - Route 4SM
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

Toxic Spikes causes the user to create a Toxic Spikes trap underneath them, as long as it is a land tile that is neither stairs nor Kecleon Shop carpet. The trap also cannot be laid in hallways and the entrance of a room. Any Pokémon that triggers a Toxic Spikes trap will become poisoned and be damaged (10 HP damage in the Explorers series, 20 HP damage in Super Mystery Dungeon). Poison-type and Steel-type Pokémon will still be damaged from the trap though they will not be poisoned. Flying-type and levitating Pokémon will also be affected by the Toxic Spikes trap.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDTDS - - 18 - —% - Tile below user Floor -
BSL - - 18 - —% - Tile below user Floor -
MDGtI - - 17 50 —% - Tile below user Floor -
SMD - - 17 40 —% - Tile below user Floor -
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

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

  Toxic Spikes
Charge time 1.26 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Target Enemy
Additional effect Badly poisons the foe

Description

Games Description
MDTD Turns the user's tile into a Toxic Spikes trap. A Toxic Spikes trap inflicts damage on enemies that step on it and may also inflict them with a Poisoned status.
MDS Turns the user's tile into a Toxic Spikes trap. A Toxic Spikes trap inflicts damage on enemies that step on it and inflicts them with a Poisoned status.
BSL あしもとに わな『どくびし』を つくる わな『どくびし』を ふんだ てきポケモンは ダメージをうける しかも どくじょうたいに かわる
MDGtI It turns your tile into a  Toxic Spikes trap. A  Toxic Spikes trap damages enemies that step on it and causes the Poisoned status.
SMD It turns your tile into a  Toxic Spikes trap. A  Toxic Spikes trap damages enemies that step on it, making them poisoned.


In the anime

 
Drapion
 
The field
 
Affecting Pokémon
 
Trubbish
An orb is launched into the air. The orb then divides into multiple spikes that hit the floor. Anyone who touches the floor is poisoned.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Drapion opens its mouth and a dark purple orb forms inside it. It then fires the ball into the air, which spirals and releases four small streams of purple smoke from the top of the ball. The orb then explodes, forming multiple smaller orbs that fall and sink into the battlefield. The smaller orbs leave trails of purple smoke behind them as they fall. Any opposing non-Poison-type Pokémon that steps on the battlefield instantly becomes poisoned. However, the spikes will disappear if a Poison-type Pokémon steps onto the field.
Paul's Drapion A Real Rival Rouser! Debut
  Trubbish opens its mouth and a dark purple orb forms inside it. Trubbish then fires the orb into the air, leaving purple streams of energy behind it as it does. The orb then explodes in the air and smaller magenta orbs with a dark purple aura around them fall to the battlefield and sink into the ground. When the orbs sink into the ground, they leave behind a ring of magenta energy for a moment. When the opponent steps on where the orbs of energy sank into the ground, a small explosion occurs under its feet and a ring of purple energy expands outwards, damaging it.
A wild Trubbish Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Battle Revolution, the positioning of the spikes change every time a different animation is played.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 毒菱 Duhklìhng *
毒尖釘 Duhkjīmdēng *
Mandarin 毒菱 Dúlíng *
毒尖釘 Dújiāndīng *
  Dutch Giftige punten
  French Pics Toxik
  German Giftspitzen
  Greek Τοξικές Άκανθοι
  Indonesian Paku Beracun
  Italian Fielepunte
  Korean 독압정 Dok Apjeong
  Norwegian Giftnåler
  Polish Toksyczne Kolce
Portuguese   Brazil Espinhos Tóxicos (TCG)
Espinhos Venenosos (anime)
  Portugal Farpas Tóxicas
Spanish   Latin America Picos Tóxicos (BW)
Púas Tóxicas (DP)
  Spain Púas Tóxicas
  Vietnamese Đinh Độc


Variations of the move Spikes
  SpikesStealth RockToxic SpikesSticky Web


Generation VIII TMs
SwSh
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4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
BDSP
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VIII TRs (SwSh)
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2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation IX TMs
SV
001002003004005006007008009010011012013014015016017018019
020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038
039040041042043044045046047048049050051052053054055056057
058059060061062063064065066067068069070071072073074075076
077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095
096097098099100101102103104105106107108109110111112113114
115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133
134135136137138139140141142143144145146147148149150151152
153154155156157158159160161162163164165166167168169170171
Added in SV 2.0.1
172173174175176177178179180181182183184185186
187188189190191192193194195196197198199200201
Added in SV 3.0.0
202203204205206207208209210211212213214215216
217218219220221222223224225226227228229


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