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Twineedle (Japanese: ダブルニードル Double Needle) is a damage-dealing Bug-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation I. Prior to Generation V, it was Beedrill's signature move.
Twineedle inflicts damage, striking twice per use. Each hit has a 20% chance of poisoning the target. Although only the first hit can be a critical hit, the second hit will deal the same amount of damage.
Twineedle will not hit twice if the first hit breaks a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the second hit of this move.
Same as Generation I, except now it can poison Steel- and Poison-type Pokémon. Also, both hits will do damage independently, consequently enabling either of them to be critical.
Same as Generation II, but it cannot poison Steel- and Poison-type Pokémon.
Same as Generation III, except it will continue attacking after a substitute is broken.
Unlike previous generations, if the first hit activates the target's Focus Sash, Focus Band, or Sturdy, the second hit will cause the defending Pokémon to faint; however, Focus Band can still activate again to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent of the previous one. Each hit will cause Weak Armor to activate.
|| An attack that strikes twice. The target may occasionally become poisoned.
|| Jabs the foe twice using stingers.
|| Stingers on the forelegs jab the foe twice.
|| The foe is stabbed twice with foreleg stingers. It may poison the foe.
|| Foreleg stingers jab twice and may poison.
|| The foe is stabbed twice by a pair of stingers. It may also poison the target.
|| The user damages the target twice in succession by jabbing it with two spikes. It may also poison the target.
|| The enemy is stabbed twice by a pair of stingers. It may also poison the target.
|| --, 13
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other generations
- Twineedle is the only non-Poison-type move that can poison under normal conditions.
- In Generation II, Twineedle is the only move that can poison a Steel-type Pokémon, since those games excepted the Bug-type move.
- Shellder is the only non-Bug-type Pokémon able to learn Twineedle.
- Escavalier is the only Bug-type Pokémon able to learn Twineedle that is not also Poison.
In other languages