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Skull Bash (move)

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Skull Bash
ロケットずつき Rocket Headbutt
Skull Bash 2.png
Skull Bash 3.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  130
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Category  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Category  Tough
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if no other Pokémon has chosen the same Judge.

Skull Bash (Japanese: ロケットずつき Rocket Headbutt) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was the signature move of the Squirtle evolutionary line in Generation II. It was TM40 in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Skull Bash does nothing on the turn it is selected, other than say that the user lowered its head. On the following turn, Skull Bash will do damage, PP will be deducted from it, and it will count as the last move used. Once Skull Bash is selected, the user won't be able to switch out until it is disrupted or fully executed.

If Skull Bash is not fully executed, PP will not be deducted from it, and it will not count as the last move used. If the opponent uses Mirror Move during the turn that the user lowers its head, Mirror Move will copy the move that the user executed immediately before using Skull Bash (or fail if it can't).

Sleep, freeze, partial trapping, and flinching will pause but not disrupt the duration of Skull Bash.

In Stadium, Mirror Move will copy Skull Bash on either of the turns it takes to execute.

Generation II-III

On the turn it is selected, Skull Bash will raise the user's Defense by one level.

Generation IV-V

If a Power Herb is held by the user, Skull Bash can be executed in one turn.

Generation VI

Skull Bash's power changed from 100 to 130 and its PP changed from 15 to 10.

Description

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: XD description.
Games Description
Stad In the first turn, the attacker tucks in its head. The next turn, it head-butts at full steam.
Stad2 In the first turn, the attacker tucks its head. The next turn, it head-butts at full steam.
GSC 1st turn: Prepare
2nd turn: Attack
RSE Tucks in the head, then attacks on the next turn.
FRLG The user raises its Defense in the 1st turn, then attacks in the 2nd turn.
Colo. Raises defense, then attacks on the next turn.
PMDRB The user gains the Skull Bash status, causing it to attack strongly on the next turn. It is not possible to link this move.
DPPtHGSS The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.
BWB2W2
XY
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
007 Squirtle Squirtle Water Water 35 40 40 31 31 31
008 Wartortle Wartortle Water Water 39 45 45 36 36 36
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water 42 55 55 39 39 39
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo Water Dark     48 50 50 50
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water           --, 65
713 Avalugg Avalugg Ice Ice           --, 60
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
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseAvalugg
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison       SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseAvalugg
104 Cubone Cubone Ground Ground SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseAvalugg
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock       SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseAvalugg
118 Goldeen Goldeen Water Water       Sharpedo Sharpedo
324 Torkoal Torkoal* Fire Fire       Rhyhorn RhyhornBidoof RhyhornBidoof
369 Relicanth Relicanth Water Rock   SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseSharpedo SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseSharpedo SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseSharpedo SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseSharpedo
399 Bidoof Bidoof Normal Normal       SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise
459 Snover Snover Grass Ice       SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoise SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseAvalugg
529 Drilbur Drilbur* Ground Ground       RhyhornBidoof RhyhornBidoof
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant* Normal Normal       RhyhornBidoof RhyhornBidoof
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Type Machine
I
TM40
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
004 Charmander Charmander Fire Fire
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon Fire Fire
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying
007 Squirtle Squirtle Water Water
008 Wartortle Wartortle Water Water
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison
019 Rattata Rattata Normal Normal
020 Raticate Raticate Normal Normal
023 Ekans Ekans Poison Poison
024 Arbok Arbok Poison Poison
025 Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison
033 Nidorino Nidorino Poison Poison
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
035 Clefairy Clefairy Normal Normal
036 Clefable Clefable Normal Normal
037 Vulpix Vulpix Fire Fire
038 Ninetales Ninetales Fire Fire
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff Normal Normal
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Normal Normal
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
054 Psyduck Psyduck Water Water
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
058 Growlithe Growlithe Fire Fire
059 Arcanine Arcanine Fire Fire
060 Poliwag Poliwag Water Water
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl Water Water
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath Water Fighting
063 Abra Abra Psychic Psychic
064 Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic
065 Alakazam Alakazam Psychic Psychic
066 Machop Machop Fighting Fighting
067 Machoke Machoke Fighting Fighting
068 Machamp Machamp Fighting Fighting
072 Tentacool Tentacool Water Poison
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel Water Poison
077 Ponyta Ponyta Fire Fire
078 Rapidash Rapidash Fire Fire
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke Water Psychic
080 Slowbro Slowbro Water Psychic
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying
086 Seel Seel Water Water
087 Dewgong Dewgong Water Ice
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground
096 Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic
097 Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic
101 Electrode Electrode Electric Electric
104 Cubone Cubone Ground Ground
105 Marowak Marowak Ground Ground
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Fighting Fighting
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
113 Chansey Chansey Normal Normal
114 Tangela Tangela Grass Grass
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
116 Horsea Horsea Water Water
117 Seadra Seadra Water Water
118 Goldeen Goldeen Water Water
119 Seaking Seaking Water Water
120 Staryu Staryu Water Water
121 Starmie Starmie Water Psychic
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Psychic
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying
124 Jynx Jynx Ice Psychic
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric
126 Magmar Magmar Fire Fire
128 Tauros Tauros Normal Normal
130 Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying
131 Lapras Lapras Water Ice
133 Eevee Eevee Normal Normal
134 Vaporeon Vaporeon Water Water
135 Jolteon Jolteon Electric Electric
136 Flareon Flareon Fire Fire
137 Porygon Porygon Normal Normal
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal
147 Dratini Dratini Dragon Dragon
148 Dragonair Dragonair Dragon Dragon
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Other appearances

In the anime

In the main series

Tracey Scyther Skull Bash.png Ash Squirtle Skull Bash.png Blaine Magmar Skull Bash.png Gary Blastoise Skull Bash.png
Scyther Squirtle Magmar Blastoise
The user tucks in its head and rams the foe with it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
004 Charmander Charmander runs at the opponent with its head down and strikes it with its head.
Ash's Charmander Pokémon Scent-sation Debut
007 Squirtle Squirtle runs and jumps at the opponent with its head down and strikes it with its head, or Squirtle jumps into the air, becomes surrounded by a silver aura, and slams its head into the opponent.
Ash's Squirtle The Kangaskhan Kid None
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Squirtle The Ultimate Test None
126 Magmar Magmar hurtles itself at the opponent and hits it with its head.
Blaine's Magmar Volcanic Panic None
123 Scyther Scyther flies at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by a golden orb with golden streaks around it. It then slams its head into the opponent.
Tracey's Scyther A Way Off Day Off None
149 Dragonite Dragonite flies up and strikes the opponent with its head at high speed.
Drake's Dragonite Enter the Dragonite Japanese version only
133 Eevee Eevee runs at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by a white aura. It then strikes the opponent with its head.
Gary's Eevee The Rivalry Revival None
020 Raticate Raticate charges at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by golden streaks. It then slams its head into the opponent.
Cassidy's Raticate The Fortune Hunters None
009 Blastoise Blastoise slams its head into the opponent. Sometimes, its body becomes surrounded by a silver aura when using the attack.
A Blastoise Jessie borrowed from the Battle Park One Trick Phony! None
Gary's Blastoise Can't Beat the Heat! None
Sid's Blastoise Destiny Deoxys None
Siebold's Blastoise SS029 None
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo swims at the opponent and its body becomes surrounded by a bright white aura. It then slams its body into the opponent.
Multiple wild Sharpedo Sharpedo Attack! None

In Pokémon Origins

None.png Blue Blastoise Skull Bash PO.png None.png None.png
Blastoise
The user tucks in its head and rams the foe with it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
009 Blastoise Blastoise slams its head into the opponent.
Blue's Blastoise File 4 - Charizard Debut

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Skull Bash I.png Skull Bash II.png Skull Bash III.png Skull Bash 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
Skull Bash V.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

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 火箭頭槌 Huǒjiàn Tóuchuí
Denmark Flag.png Danish Skalle
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schedelbeuk
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kallolytty (season 1)
Pääpusku (Johto series)
France Flag.png French Coud'krâne
Germany Flag.png German Schädelwumme
Greece Flag.png Greek Κρανιοκόπημα
India Flag.png Hindi सख्त खोपरी Sakht Khopri
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Sundulan Roket
Italy Flag.png Italian Capocciata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 로케트박치기 Rocket Bakchigi
Poland Flag.png Polish Cios czaszką
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Quebra Crânio
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Parte Ossos
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Udar Lobanjom
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Golpe de Cabeza (anime)
Spain Flag.png Spain Cabezazo


Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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