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Pin Missile (Japanese: ミサイルばり Missile Needle) is a damage-dealing Bug-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation I.
Pin Missile inflicts damage, hitting the target 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. Ignoring the possibility of missing, it will hit 3 times on average, giving it an average power of 42. Although only the first strike can be a critical hit, each successive one will deal the same amount of damage.
Pin Missile will end immediately if it breaks a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the last strike of this move.
Pin Missile has a base power of 14 and an accuracy of 85%.
All strikes now do damage independently, consequently enabling any of them to be critical.
Pin Missile may now continue attacking after breaking a substitute.
Pokémon with the Ability Skill Link will always hit five times when using Pin Missile, if it does not miss. However, no Pokémon could naturally possess both Skill Link and Pin Missile until Generation VI.
There is now a 33.3% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 33.3% chance it will hit 3 times, a 16.7% chance it will hit 4 times, and a 16.7% chance it will hit 5 times. Ignoring the possibility of missing, it will hit 3.168 times on average, giving it an average power of 44.352.
If a Focus Sash, Focus Band, or Sturdy activates before the last strike is dealt, the following strike will cause the defending Pokémon to faint. A Focus Band can still activate repeatedly to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent of the previous one.
If the target has Weak Armor, each strike will activate it.
Pin Missile now has a base power of 25 and an accuracy of 95%. Ignoring the possibility of missing, it will hit 3.168 times on average, giving it an average power of 79.2.
|| An attack that fires many needle-like projectiles from the body. Strikes several times.
|| Fires pins that strike 2-5 times.
|| Sharp pins are fired to strike 2 to 5 times.
|| Sharp pins are shot at the foe and hit two to five times at once.
|| Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It hits two to five times in succession.
|| Sharp pins are shot at the foe in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.
| 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 Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga
- Jolteon was revealed to have used Pin Missile in PW31, but only the move itself was shown.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
In the Pokémon Try Adventure manga
| The user fires spikes from their body at the opponent.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Drapion fires large spikes from its body at the opponent.
| Soro's Drapion
In other generations
- Before Generation VI, Pin Missile was the only move with a base power of 14. It was also one of three moves in the core series games to have a base power that is not a multiple of 5, the other two being Comet Punch and Fury Swipes.
In other languages