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Iron Barbs (Ability)

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Iron Barbs てつのトゲ
Steel Thorns
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Generation V
Inflicts damage to the Pokémon on contact.
Generation VI
Inflicts damage to the attacker on contact.

Iron Barbs (Japanese: てつのトゲ Steel Thorns) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Ferroseed and Ferrothorn.


In battle

When a Pokémon with Iron Barbs is hit with a move that makes contact, the attacker loses 1/8 of its own maximum HP, after all turn-based damage is dealt. If the user is holding a Rocky Helmet the damage will stack (dealing 7/24 of the attacker's maximum HP). The damage will repeat for multi-strike moves such as Fury Swipes and Gear Grind. If Iron Barbs causes both the user and the attacker to faint, then the attacker will faint first.

Outside of battle

Iron Barbs has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Iron Barbs

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel Iron Barbs None None
Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel Iron Barbs None Anticipation
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Épine de Fer
Germany Flag.png German Eisenstachel
Italy Flag.png Italian Spineferrate
South Korea Flag.png Korean 철가시 Cheol Gasi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Espinhos de Ferro
Spain Flag.png Spanish Punta Acero

Variations of the Ability Rough Skin
Rough SkinIron Barbs
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