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Pin Missile (move)

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Pin Missile
ミサイルばり Missile Needle
Pin Missile.png
Pin Missile 2.png
Type  Bug
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  25
Accuracy  95%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Startles the Pokémon that has the Judge's attention.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Allows performance of the same move twice in a row.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

Pin Missile (Japanese: ミサイルばり Missile Needle) is a damage-dealing Bug-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

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%.

Generation II

All strikes now do damage independently, consequently enabling any of them to be critical.

Generation III

Pin Missile may now continue attacking after breaking a substitute.

Generation IV

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.

Generation V

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.

Generation VI

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.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 An attack that fires many needle-like projectiles from the body. Strikes several times.
GSC Fires pins that strike 2-5 times.
RSEColo.XD Sharp pins are fired to strike 2 to 5 times.
FRLG Sharp pins are shot at the foe and hit two to five times at once.
PMDRB Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It hits two to five times in succession.
DPPtHGSS Sharp pins are shot at the foe in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
Sharp spikes are shot at the target in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison 30 35 35 28 28 28
135 Jolteon Jolteon Electric Electric 48 36 36 36 36 36 25 25
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison       36 36 36
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison       41 41 41
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison   28 28 21 37 37 37
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting           31
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon Normal Normal     25 25 25 25
19
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass     21 21 21 21
38
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark     21 21 21 21
38
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug       12 12 9 9
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark       --, 12 12 12 9 9
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass         10 10
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel         18 18
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel         18 18
650 Chespin Chespin Grass Grass           18
651 Quilladin Quilladin Grass Grass           20
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught Grass Fighting           20
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
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug Beedrill Beedrill BeedrillSpinarakAriadosSkorupiDrapion BeedrillSpinarakAriadosSkorupiDrapion BeedrillSpinarakAriadosHeracrossSkorupiDrapion
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison   CacneaCacturne CacneaCacturne CacneaCacturneMaractusFerroseedFerrothorn CacneaCacturneMaractusFerroseedFerrothorn
406 Budew Budew Grass Poison     CacneaCacturne CacneaCacturneMaractusFerroseedFerrothorn CacneaCacturneMaractusFerroseedFerrothorn
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison       BeedrillSpinarakAriadosSkorupiDrapion BeedrillSpinarakAriadosHeracrossSkorupiDrapion
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric       BeedrillSpinarakAriadosSkorupiDrapion BeedrillSpinarakAriadosHeracrossSkorupiDrapion
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

Sparky Jolteon Pin Missile.png Clemont Chespin Pin Missile.png Cameron Ferrothorn Pin Missile.png Paul Drapion Pin Missile.png
Jolteon Chespin Ferrothorn Drapion
The opponent is hit with a massive amount of pins.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
135 Jolteon Jolteon's fur becomes spiky and fires yellow needles at the opponent.
Sparky's Jolteon The Battling Eevee Brothers Debut
Ethan's Jolteon Get Along, Little Pokémon None
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish sucks up water to expand its body. Then, it glows white and shoots white needles at the opponent, its body gradually shrinking to regular size.
Harrison's Qwilfish Dueling Heroes None
Dorian's Qwilfish Just Add Water None
015 Beedrill Beedrill's stingers glow white and shoot either multiple small, white needles or two large needles the size of its stingers at the opponent.
Jimmy's Beedrill The Legend of Thunder! None
Galen's two Beedrill Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea None
331 Cacnea The spikes on Cacnea's arms glow white and shoot either a barrage of white needles or white, arrow-shaped streams of pins at the opponent. Sometimes the pins are fired from the spikes on its head.
James's Cacnea A Poached Ego! None
332 Cacturne Cacturne shoots white streams of pins from its spikes at the opponent.
Harley's Cacturne Rhapsody in Drew None
452 Drapion Drapion's claws glow white and are raised above its head, where a thin, white line forms and connects them. Drapion thrusts its claws forward and shoots white streams of pins at the opponent. It can also fire from its tail claw.
J's Drapion Ill-Will Hunting! None
Aaron's Drapion A Trainer and Child Reunion! None
Paul's Drapion Familiarity Breeds Strategy! None
439 Mime Jr. The ball on Mime Jr.'s head glows white. Its hands glow white and shoot white streams of pins at the opponent.
James's Mime Jr. Dawn's Early Night! Used via Mimic
451 Skorupi Skorupi's claws glow white and fire white, arrow-shaped streams of pins at the opponent.
A Coordinator's Skorupi Another One Gabites the Dust! None
556 Maractus Maractus's claws glow white and fire three streams of white pins at the opponent. Maractus sometimes raises its arms before firing.
Toby's Marra A Maractus Musical! None
Toby's Racca A Maractus Musical! None
Toby's Tussy A Maractus Musical! None
598 Ferrothorn The ends of Ferrothorn's vines glow white and fire white, arrow-shaped streams at the opponent.
Cameron's Ferrothorn The Road to Humilau! None
650 Chespin The spikes on Chespin's head stiffen and glow white. It then fires white orbs trailing green streams of light at the opponent.
Clemont's Chespin Mega-Mega Meowth Madness! None
Mairin's Chespie Mega Evolution Special I None

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


In other generations

Pin Missile I.png Pin Missile II.png Pin Missile III.png Pin Missile 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 XY 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
Pin Missile V.png Pin Missile PMD RB.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 XY 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
Pin Missile Stad.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 XY 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

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 飛彈針 Fēi​dàn​ Zhēn
Denmark Flag.png Danish Nålemissil
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Naaldraket
Finland Flag.png Finnish Neulaohjus (original series)
Piikkiohjus (Advanced Generation)
France Flag.png French Dard-Nuée
Germany Flag.png German Nadelrakete
Greece Flag.png Greek Βλήματα Βελόνες
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jarum Rudal
Peluru Jarum
Italy Flag.png Italian Missilspillo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 바늘미사일 Bineul Missile
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Nålestikk
Poland Flag.png Polish Szpilopocisk
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Míssil de Espinhos
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Ataque Míssil

Míssil (Black and White series)

Romania Flag.png Romanian Proiectilul Ascuțit
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Bodljikavi Projektil
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Misiles Aguja (EP040)
Ataque Misil (EP101)
Misil de Agua (EP216)
Misiles Pin (EP256)
Misil Aguja (TLoT, AG123-present)
Spain Flag.png Spain Pin Misil


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