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Flail (move)

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Flail
じたばた Wriggling
Flail V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  Varies
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Category  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
The appeal works better the later it is performed.
Category  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earns double the score on the final performance.

Flail (Japanese: じたばた Wriggling) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It can be considered a variation of Reversal and the inverse of Eruption and Water Spout.

Effect

Flail inflicts damage and will inflict greater damage when the user's HP is low. The Base Power of Flail is calculated as follows:

User's Remaining HP Power
71% - 100% 20
36% - 70% 40
21% - 35% 80
11% - 20% 100
5% - 10% 150
1HP - 4% 200


Generation V

Flail's base damage is calculated by the following formula:

P = (48 * CurrentHP) ÷ MaxHP

P Power
P > 32 20
17 ≤ P ≤ 32 40
10 ≤ P ≤ 16 80
5 ≤ P ≤ 9 100
2 ≤ P ≤ 4 150
P ≤ 1 200


Description

Games Description
Stad2 An attack that increases in power if the user's HP is low. It could turn the tide in battle.
GSC Stronger if the user's HP is low.
RSEColo.XD Inflicts more damage when the user’s HP is down.
FRLG A desperate attack that becomes more powerful the less HP the user has.
PMDRB Inflicts damage on the target. The lower the user's HP, the greater the damage.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
The user flails about aimlessly to attack. It becomes more powerful the less HP the user has.
XY The user flails about aimlessly to attack. The less HP the user has, the greater the move's power.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
098 Krabby Krabby Water Water     49 45 45 45
099 Kingler Kingler Water Water     65 63 63 63
118 Goldeen Goldeen Water Water 24 24 21 21 21
119 Seaking Seaking Water Water 24 24 21 21 21
129 Magikarp Magikarp Water Water 30 30 30 30 30
158 Totodile Totodile Water Water       22 22 22
159 Croconaw Croconaw Water Water       24 24 24
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water       24 24 '
170 Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric 13 13 9 9 9
171 Lanturn Lanturn Water Electric 13 13 9 9 9
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock 10 9 --, 6 --, 6 --, 5 --, 5
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce Normal Normal     44 53 63 49 49
220 Swinub Swinub Ice Ground         40 40
222 Corsola Corsola Water Rock         52 50
231 Phanpy Phanpy Ground Ground 17 17 6 6 6
232 Donphan Donphan Ground Ground 17 17 --   '
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon Normal Normal   33 33 37 37
287 Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal   43 43 49 '
289 Slaking Slaking Normal Normal   43 43 49 '
324 Torkoal Torkoal Fire Fire   43 52 52 --, 52
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal   49 50 50 50
349 Feebas Feebas Water Water   30 30 30 '
370 Luvdisc Luvdisc Water Water   40 46 31 31
413 Wormadam Wormadam Bug Grass     38 38 38
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock     -- 6 5 5
480 Uxie Uxie Psychic Psychic     61 61 --, 61
535 Tympole Tympole Water Water       34 '
536 Palpitoad Palpitoad Water Ground       37 '
537 Seismitoad Seismitoad Water Ground       39 '
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle Bug Grass       43 43
550 Basculin Basculin Water Water       46 --, 46
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock       41 41
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock       50 50
588 Karrablast Karrablast Bug Bug       49 49
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo Ice Ice       36 36
614 Beartic Beartic Ice Ice       36 36
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk Electric Ground       55 --, 55
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby Normal Normal         29
660 Diggersby Diggersby Normal Ground         31
661 Fletchling Fletchling Normal Flying         16
662 Fletchinder Fletchinder Fire Flying         16
663 Talonflame Talonflame Fire Flying         16
682 Spritzee Spritzee Fairy Fairy         38
683 Aromatisse Aromatisse Fairy Fairy         38
692 Clauncher Clauncher Water Water         16
693 Clawitzer Clawitzer Water Water         16
703 Carbink Carbink Rock Fairy         35
704 Goomy Goomy Dragon Dragon         28
705 Sliggoo Sliggoo Dragon Dragon         28
706 Goodra Goodra Dragon Dragon         28
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
II III IV V VI
007 Squirtle Squirtle* Water Water Horsea Feebas Feebas TotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebas TotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk TotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk TotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfiskClauncherClawitzer
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground PhanpyDonphan PhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
037 Vulpix Vulpix Fire Fire PhanpyDonphan PhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
043 Oddish Oddish* Grass Poison Chikorita Chikorita Chikorita ParasChikorita ParasChikorita
046 Paras Paras* Bug Grass Chikorita Chikorita Chikorita SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal     DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
074 Geodude Geodude Rock Ground     Sudowoodo SudowoodoDwebbleCrustle SudowoodoDwebbleCrustle
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying PhanpyDonphan PhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersbyFletchlingFletchinderTalonflame
084 Doduo Doduo* Normal Flying Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Farfetch'd FletchlingFletchinderTalonflame
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Sudowoodo SudowoodoDwebbleCrustle SudowoodoDwebbleCrustle
098 Krabby Krabby* Water Water Kabuto Kabuto KrabbyKingler KrabbyKingler KrabbyKingler KrabbyKinglerCorsola KrabbyKinglerCorsolaClauncherClawitzer
114 Tangela Tangela* Grass Grass Chikorita Chikorita Chikorita ParasChikorita ParasChikorita
116 Horsea Horsea Water Water Magikarp MagikarpFeebas MagikarpFeebas MagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebas MagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk MagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk MagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfiskClauncherClawitzerGoomySliggooGoodra
127 Pinsir Pinsir* Bug Bug Paras Paras Paras SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast
133 Eevee Eevee Normal Normal PhanpyDonphan PhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic
140 Kabuto Kabuto* Rock Water Horsea Feebas KrabbyKinglerFeebas KrabbyKinglerFeebas KrabbyKinglerFeebas KrabbyKinglerCorsolaFeebas KrabbyKinglerCorsolaFeebas
152 Chikorita Chikorita* Grass Grass Squirtle Squirtle Squirtle TotodileCroconawFeraligatr TotodileCroconawFeraligatr TotodileCroconawFeraligatr
170 Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturn GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin
172 Pichu Pichu Electric Electric       DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersbySpritzeeAromatisse
204 Pineco Pineco* Bug Bug Paras Paras Paras SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturn GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin
214 Heracross Heracross* Bug Fighting Paras Paras Paras SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast
223 Remoraid Remoraid Water Water     GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnFeebasLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrChinchouLanturnFeebasLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrChinchouLanturnFeebasLuvdiscTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadBasculinStunfisk GoldeenSeakingMagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrChinchouLanturnCorsolaFeebasLuvdiscTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadBasculinStunfisk GoldeenSeakingMagikarpTotodileCroconawFeraligatrChinchouLanturnCorsolaFeebasLuvdiscTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadBasculinStunfiskClauncherClawitzer
270 Lotad Lotad Water Grass   Feebas Feebas TotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebas TotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk TotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk TotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfiskClauncherClawitzer
328 Trapinch Trapinch* Ground Ground     Paras SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast SewaddleDwebbleCrustleKarrablast
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal   PhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
339 Barboach Barboach Water Ground     GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin
393 Piplup Piplup Water Water     DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaFeebas TotodileCroconawFeraligatrDunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaFeebas TotodileCroconawFeraligatrDunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadCubchooBearticStunfisk TotodileCroconawFeraligatrDunsparceSwinubCorsolaPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadCubchooBearticStunfisk TotodileCroconawFeraligatrDunsparceSwinubCorsolaPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadCubchooBearticStunfiskBunnelbyDiggersbyClauncherClawitzer
417 Pachirisu Pachirisu Electric Electric     DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersbySpritzeeAromatisse
427 Buneary Buneary Normal Normal       DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
431 Glameow Glameow Normal Normal       DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpinda DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
456 Finneon Finneon Water Water     GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdisc GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin GoldeenSeakingMagikarpChinchouLanturnLuvdiscBasculin
504 Patrat Patrat Normal Normal       DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock       KrabbyKinglerTotodileCroconawFeraligatrFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk KrabbyKinglerTotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfisk KrabbyKinglerTotodileCroconawFeraligatrCorsolaFeebasTympolePalpitoadSeismitoadStunfiskClauncherClawitzer
572 Minccino Minccino Normal Normal       DunsparcePhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation IV

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
025 025 Pikachu Electric Pokéwalker - Yellow Forest
417 417 Pachirisu Electric Pokéwalker - Resort
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
084 084 Doduo Normal Flying Dream World - Pleasant Forest
140 140 Kabuto Rock Water Dream World - Sparkling Sea
214 214 Heracross Bug Fighting Dream World - Dream Park
564 564 Tirtouga Water Rock Dream World - Sparkling Sea
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

By event

Generation II

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
041 041 Zubat Poison Flying New York Pokémon Center
086 086 Seel Water New York Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In other games

Mystery Dungeon series

Flail does 2× damage if the user is under 75% health, 4× damage if the user is under 50% health, and 8× damage if the user is under 25% HP.

In the anime

Magikarp Flail.png Brock Bonsly Flail.png Brock Sudowoodo Flail.png None.png
Magikarp Bonsly Sudowoodo
The user flails about aimlessly to attack.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
129 Magikarp Magikarp hits the opponent repeatedly with its tailfin.
A wild Magikarp The Ties That Bind Debut
438 Bonsly Bonsly flails around, jumping from one foot to the other quickly.
Brock's Bonsly King and Queen for a Day! None
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo flails around its arms and legs, then throws the opponent, or Sudowoodo runs up to the opponent and flails around its arms and legs, hitting the opponent repeatedly.
Brock's Sudowoodo Leave It To Brocko! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Flail II.png Flail III.png Flail IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 手足慌亂 Shǒuzú Huāngluàn
Finland Flag.png Finnish Läpsyttely
France Flag.png French Fléau
Germany Flag.png German Dreschflegel
Greece Flag.png Greek Μαστίγωμα
Italy Flag.png Italian Flagello
South Korea Flag.png Korean 바둥바둥 Badungbadung
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Debater
Romania Flag.png Romanian Biciul
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Mlaćenje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Azote


Variations of the move Flail
Physical FlailReversal


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