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Bonemerang, a swipe move, in action

Swipe moves, also called multi-hit moves, are moves that strike an opponent more than one time in the same turn. Most swipe moves will hit the opponent 2-5 times in a turn, but some work differently. Swipe moves generally have low base power and imperfect accuracy to compensate for the fact that they hit multiple times. Bide and Counter only take the final hit of a swipe move into consideration.

Generation I

Swipe moves stop instantly upon breaking an enemy Substitute. If an opponent is knocked out by a swipe move, the game does not state how many times the attack hit. Only the first hit of a swipe move could be a critical hit, but in such an event, all subsequent hits would also do double damage.

Generation II

The game now states how many times a swipe move hit if it knocked out an enemy. If a Pokémon's Focus Band activates against a hit of a swipe move, all subsequent hits will not knock it out. The King's Rock will take each hit into consideration when determining whether or not the opponent will flinch. Each individual hit of a swipe move has its own chance of being a critical hit, and if the first hit is a critical hit, it no longer makes subsequent hits deal that much damage.

Generation III

Pokémon with abilities that rely on the opponent making physical contact can activate on each hit of a swipe move that makes contact.

Generation IV

If a swipe move breaks a Substitute (and didn't use the last hit to break it), the move continues, striking the Pokémon that was behind the Substitute. A Focus Sash activated by a swipe move will protect the holder from the rest of the attack. Pokémon with the Skill Link ability are guaranteed that any 2-5 hit swipe move they use will hit the full five times. The Razor Fang will take each hit into consideration when determining whether or not the opponent will flinch.

Generation V

The Focus Sash and Focus Band no longer protect the holder against multiple hits of a swipe move (unless the Focus Band activates multiple times). The newly upgraded Sturdy only activates against one single hit of a swipe move (provided said hit would have knocked out the target and that said target was at full HP to begin with). The ability Weak Armor is activated by each hit of a swipe move. The newly upgraded ability Stench will take each hit into consideration when determining whether or not the opponent will flinch.

List of swipe moves

2-5 hits per turn

Most swipe moves have a chance to hit an opponent two, three, four, or five times in one turn. These moves have better odds of hitting fewer times, but will always have the maximum of five hits when used by a Pokémon with Skill Link.

Number of hits Chance of happening
2 37.5%
3 37.5%
4 12.5%
5 12.5%

Name Base power Accuracy Notes
Arm Thrust 15 100% Until Generation V, was the signature move of Makuhita and Hariyama.
Barrage 15 85% Signature move of Exeggcute and Exeggutor.
Bone Rush 25 90% Until Generation IV, was a signature move of Cubone and Marowak.
Bullet Seed 25 100%
Comet Punch 18 85%
DoubleSlap 15 85%
Fury Attack 15 85%
Fury Swipes 18 80%
Icicle Spear 25 100% Prior to Generation V, was the signature move of Shellder.
Pin Missile 14 85%
Rock Blast 25 90%
Spike Cannon 20 100%
Tail Slap 25 85% Signature move of Minccino and Cinccino.

2 hits per turn

Several swipe moves hit an opponent exactly twice in one turn. For the most part, these moves are found on fewer Pokémon, several of them being signature moves, and generally have higher power than other swipe moves, as they only hit twice.

Name Base power Accuracy Notes
Bonemerang 50 90% One of the signature moves of Cubone and Marowak
Double Hit 35 90% Required for Aipom to evolve into Ambipom.
Double Kick 30 100%
Dual Chop 40 90%
Gear Grind 50 85% One of the signature moves of Klink, Klang, and Klinklang.
Twineedle 25 100% Prior to Generation V, the signature move of Beedrill.

1-3 hit(s) per turn

Triple Kick works differently from other swipe moves. It will hit an opponent three times in one turn, but its base power (10 originally) will increase by 10 with each hit. However, unlike other swipe moves, each hit has its own accuracy check, and once one hit misses, the entire move is ended.

Name Base power Accuracy Notes
Triple Kick 10 90% Signature move of Hitmontop.


  • DoubleSlap is the only swipe move with "double" in its name that can hit 2-5 times.
  • Triple Kick is the only swipe move that powers up on each consecutive hit, and the only one where hits after the first one can miss.

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