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Spike Cannon (Japanese: とげキャノン Spike Cannon) is a damage-dealing Normal-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation I.
Spike Cannon inflicts damage, hitting 2-5 times per use. There is a 37.5% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 37.5% chance that it will hit 3 times, a 12.5% chance that it will hit 4 times, and a 12.5% chance that it will hit 5 times. This gives the attack an average power of 60. Although only the first hit can be a critical hit, each successive hit will deal the same amount of damage.
Spike Cannon will end immediately if it breaks a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the last hit of this move.
Generation II and III
Same as Generation I, but all hits will do damage independently, consequently enabling any of them to be critical.
Same as previous generations, except it will continue attacking after a substitute is broken.
Due to the introduction of the Ability Skill Link, a Pokémon with said Ability will always hit five times when using Spike Cannon, if it does not miss.
Unlike previous generations, if Focus Sash, Focus Band, or Sturdy activate before the last hit is dealt, the following hit will cause the defending Pokémon to faint; however, Focus Band can still activate repeatedly to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent of the previous one. Each hit will cause Weak Armor to activate.
|| A physical attack consisting of two to five consecutive hits. Highly accurate.
|| Fires spikes to hit 2-5 times.
|| Launches sharp spikes that strike 2 to 5 times.
|| Sharp spikes are fired at the foe to strike two to five times.
|| Sharp pins are fired to strike 2 to 5 times.
|| Sharp spikes are fired at the foe to strike two to five times in rapid succession.
|| Sharp spikes are shot at the target in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| The user fires a spike or horn at the opponent.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Cloyster fires the horn on its head at the opponent. A new horn then appears and takes its place.
| Lorelei's Cloyster
In other generations
- In Generation I, Omanyte is able to learn Spike Cannon, despite lacking any visible spikes to use the move.
In other languages