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
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if no other Pokémon has chosen the same Judge.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Affected by how well the previous Pokémon's move went.

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

Generations II and III

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

Generations IV and V

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

Generation VI

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

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.XD Raises defense, then attacks on the next turn.
DPPtHGSS The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.
SM The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense stat on the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
007 Squirtle Squirtle
Monster Water 1 35 40 40 31 31 31
008 Wartortle Wartortle
Monster Water 1 39 45 45 36 36 36
009 Blastoise Blastoise
Monster Water 1 42 55 55 39 39 39
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo
Water 2 Water 2 48 50 50 50XY
51ORAS
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle
Water 3 Water 3 1, 65
713 Avalugg Avalugg
Monster Monster 1, 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 Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
Monster Grass
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Monster Field
104 Cubone Cubone
Monster Monster
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Monster Field
118 Goldeen Goldeen
Water 2 Water 2
324 Torkoal Torkoal
Field Field
369 Relicanth Relicanth
Water 1 Water 2
399 Bidoof Bidoof
Water 1 Field
459 Snover Snover
Monster Grass
529 Drilbur Drilbur
Field Field
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant
Field Field
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 Egg Groups Machine
I
TM40
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
004 Charmander Charmander
Monster Dragon
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon
Monster Dragon
006 Charizard Charizard
Monster Dragon
007 Squirtle Squirtle
Monster Water 1
008 Wartortle Wartortle
Monster Water 1
009 Blastoise Blastoise
Monster Water 1
015 Beedrill Beedrill
Bug Bug
019 Rattata Rattata
Field Field
020 Raticate Raticate
Field Field
023 Ekans Ekans
Field Dragon
024 Arbok Arbok
Field Dragon
025 Pikachu Pikachu
Field Fairy
026 Raichu Raichu
Field Fairy
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Field Field
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Field Field
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Monster Field
030 Nidorina Nidorina
Undiscovered Undiscovered
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
Undiscovered Undiscovered
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
Monster Field
033 Nidorino Nidorino
Monster Field
034 Nidoking Nidoking
Monster Field
035 Clefairy Clefairy
Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable
Fairy Fairy
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Field Field
038 Ninetales Ninetales
Field Field
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Fairy Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy
046 Paras Paras
Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect
Bug Grass
052 Meowth Meowth
Field Field
053 Persian Persian
Field Field
054 Psyduck Psyduck
Water 1 Field
055 Golduck Golduck
Water 1 Field
056 Mankey Mankey
Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
Field Field
058 Growlithe Growlithe
Field Field
059 Arcanine Arcanine
Field Field
060 Poliwag Poliwag
Water 1 Water 1
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
Water 1 Water 1
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
Water 1 Water 1
063 Abra Abra
Human-Like Human-Like
064 Kadabra Kadabra
Human-Like Human-Like
065 Alakazam Alakazam
Human-Like Human-Like
066 Machop Machop
Human-Like Human-Like
067 Machoke Machoke
Human-Like Human-Like
068 Machamp Machamp
Human-Like Human-Like
072 Tentacool Tentacool
Water 3 Water 3
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel
Water 3 Water 3
077 Ponyta Ponyta
Field Field
078 Rapidash Rapidash
Field Field
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
Monster Water 1
080 Slowbro Slowbro
Monster Water 1
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
Field Flying
084 Doduo Doduo
Flying Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio
Flying Flying
086 Seel Seel
Water 1 Field
087 Dewgong Dewgong
Water 1 Field
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral
096 Drowzee Drowzee
Human-Like Human-Like
097 Hypno Hypno
Human-Like Human-Like
101 Electrode Electrode
Mineral Mineral
104 Cubone Cubone
Monster Monster
105 Marowak Marowak
Monster Monster
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee
Human-Like Human-Like
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
Human-Like Human-Like
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Monster Field
112 Rhydon Rhydon
Monster Field
113 Chansey Chansey
Fairy Fairy
114 Tangela Tangela
Grass Grass
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan
Monster Monster
116 Horsea Horsea
Water 1 Dragon
117 Seadra Seadra
Water 1 Dragon
118 Goldeen Goldeen
Water 2 Water 2
119 Seaking Seaking
Water 2 Water 2
120 Staryu Staryu
Water 3 Water 3
121 Starmie Starmie
Water 3 Water 3
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Human-Like Human-Like
123 Scyther Scyther
Bug Bug
124 Jynx Jynx
Human-Like Human-Like
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz
Human-Like Human-Like
126 Magmar Magmar
Human-Like Human-Like
128 Tauros Tauros
Field Field
130 Gyarados Gyarados
Water 2 Dragon
131 Lapras Lapras
Monster Water 1
133 Eevee Eevee
Field Field
134 Vaporeon Vaporeon
Field Field
135 Jolteon Jolteon
Field Field
136 Flareon Flareon
Field Field
137 Porygon Porygon
Mineral Mineral
139 Omastar Omastar
Water 1 Water 3
141 Kabutops Kabutops
Water 1 Water 3
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster
147 Dratini Dratini
Water 1 Dragon
148 Dragonair Dragonair
Water 1 Dragon
149 Dragonite Dragonite
Water 1 Dragon
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
Undiscovered Undiscovered
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Monster Field Island Scan - Blush Mountain
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Super Smash Bros. series

Description

Games Description
MDRB The user gains the Skull Bash status, causing it to attack strongly on the next turn. It is not possible to link this move.

In the anime

In the main series

Tracey Scyther Skull Bash.png Tierno Squirtle Skull Bash.png Blaine Magmar Skull Bash.png Tierno 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
Tierno's Squirtle Summer of Discovery! 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 or a white aura briefly flashes from Blastoise's body and then it charges towards it opponent and slams its head into the opponent.
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 Mega Evolution Special I None
Tierno's Blastoise Valuable Experience for All! 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
008 Wartortle Wartortle jumps at the opponent with its head down and strikes it with its head.
Tierno's Wartortle Good Friends, Great Training! 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 Pokémon Generations

None.png Lance Dragonite Skull Bash PG.png Blue Blastoise Skull Bash PG.png None.png
Dragonite 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 The Challenger Debut
149 Dragonite Dragonite slams its head into the opponent.
Lance's Dragonite The Challenger None

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu 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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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 Skull Bash 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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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 Stad.png Skull Bash Stad2.png Skull Bash Colo.png Skull Bash XD.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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 火箭頭槌 Huǒjiàn Tóuchuí
Denmark Flag.png Danish Skalle
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schedelbeuk
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kallolytty (S01)
Pääpusku (Johto series)
France Flag.png French Coud'krâne
Germany Flag.png German Schädelwumme
Greece Flag.png Greek Κρανιοκόπημα Kraniokópima
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 (Original series)
Cios głową (Series XY)
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Quebra Crânio
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Esmaga Crânios
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Udar Lobanjom
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Embestida Final (EP026)
Mega tope (EP034)
Embestida* (EP056)
Golpe de Cabeza* (EP059)
Cabezazo (EP098-present)
Spain Flag.png Spain Cabezazo
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Daskskalle
Huvudattack
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Tên Lửa Húc Đầu


Generation I TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation I HMs
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