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String Shot (move)

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String Shot
いとをはく Spit Thread
String Shot.png
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Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  —
Accuracy  95%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all adjacent foes, but not allies
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going down in the same turn.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

String Shot (Japanese: いとをはく Spit Thread) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generations I and II

String Shot decreases the target's Speed stat by one stage.

Generations III and IV

In Double Battles, String Shot targets all adjacent foes.

Generation V

In Triple Battles, String Shot targets all adjacent foes.

Generation VI

String Shot now decreases the target's Speed stat by two stages.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Strings are sprayed out and wrapped around the target to reduces its Speed.
GSC A move that lowers the foe's Speed.
RSEColo.XD Binds the foe with string to reduce its Speed.
FRLG The foe is bound with strings shot from the mouth to reduce its Speed.
PMDRB Reduces the target's Movement Speed by one level, even at a distance.
DPPtHGSS The foe is bound with silk blown from the user’s mouth. It reduces the target’s Speed stat.
BWB2W2 The targets are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth. This silk reduces the targets' Speed stat.
XY The opposing Pokémon are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth that harshly lowers the Speed stat.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
010 Caterpie Caterpie Bug Bug -- -- -- -- -- --
013 Weedle Weedle Bug Poison -- -- -- -- -- --
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison   -- -- -- -- --
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison   -- -- -- -- --
265 Wurmple Wurmple Bug Bug     -- -- -- --
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle Bug Grass         -- --
541 Swadloon Swadloon Bug Grass         -- --
542 Leavanny Leavanny Bug Grass         -- --
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric         -- --
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric         -- --
636 Larvesta Larvesta Bug Fire         -- --
637 Volcarona Volcarona Bug Fire         -- --
664 Scatterbug Scatterbug Bug Bug           --
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
636 Larvesta Larvesta Bug Fire       CaterpieWeedleSpinarakAriadosWurmpleSewaddleSwadloonLeavannyJoltikGalvantulaLarvestaVolcarona CaterpieWeedleSpinarakAriadosWurmpleSewaddleSwadloonLeavannyJoltikGalvantulaLarvestaVolcaronaScatterbug
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Type Game
DP Pt HGSS
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur Grass Poison
003 Venusaur Venusaur Grass Poison
010 Caterpie Caterpie Bug Bug
011 Metapod Metapod Bug Bug
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
013 Weedle Weedle Bug Poison
014 Kakuna Kakuna Bug Poison
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison
127 Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
165 Ledyba Ledyba Bug Flying
166 Ledian Ledian Bug Flying
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock
223 Remoraid Remoraid Water Water
224 Octillery Octillery Water Water
226 Mantine Mantine Water Flying
265 Wurmple Wurmple Bug Bug
266 Silcoon Silcoon Bug Bug
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying
268 Cascoon Cascoon Bug Bug
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison
283 Surskit Surskit Bug Water
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug
314 Illumise Illumise Bug Bug
345 Lileep Lileep Rock Grass
346 Cradily Cradily Rock Grass
347 Anorith Anorith Rock Bug
348 Armaldo Armaldo Rock Bug
401 Kricketot Kricketot Bug Bug
402 Kricketune Kricketune Bug Bug
412 Burmy Burmy Bug Bug
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Plant Cloak
Bug Grass
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
Bug Ground
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Trash Cloak
Bug Steel
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
415 Combee Combee Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
422 Shellos Shellos Water Water
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon Water Ground
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
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

In the main series

Spewpa String Shot.png Forrester Ariados String Shot.png Azalea Gym Caterpie Weedle Metapod Kakuna String Shot.png Luke Larvesta String Shot.png
Spewpa Ariados Caterpie, Weedle, Metapod and Kakuna Larvesta
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
010 Caterpie Caterpie shoots white string from its mouth at the opponent, tying them up. Caterpie can also shoot it from its rear end to hang from trees.
Ash's Caterpie Ash Catches a Pokémon! Debut
Multiple Caterpie from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Bucky's Caterpie The Dunsparce Deception None
Multiple wild Caterpie Celebi: Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Caterpie For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Xander's Caterpie Caterpie's Big Dilemma None
A wild Caterpie Butterfree and Me! None
167 Spinarak Spinarak shoots a white string from its mouth or its abdomen and ties the opponent up.
Officer Jenny's Spinarak Spinarak Attack None
Bugsy's Spinarak Gettin' the Bugs Out None
A wild Spinarak Pikachu and Pichu None
Dr. Anna's Spinarak Hassle in the Castle None
Multiple wild Spinarak Ariados, Amigos None
Multiple wild Spinarak Celebi: Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Spinarak For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Three wild Spinarak Hocus Pokémon None
A wild Spinarak Abandon Ship! None
011 Metapod Metapod shoots white string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent.
Multiple Metapod from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
013 Weedle Weedle shoots white string from its mouth and ties up the opponent.
Multiple Weedle from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Multiple wild Weedle Celebi: Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Weedle For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
014 Kakuna Kakuna shoots white string from the hole right below its head at the opponent, tying it up. It can also shoot string from the back of its head to hang from trees.
Multiple Kakuna from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
168 Ariados Ariados shoots multiple white strings from its mouth or its abdomen at the opponent, tying it up.
Tōkichi's Ariados Ariados, Amigos None
Multiple wild Ariados For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Oakley's Ariados Pokémon Heroes None
Forrester Franklin's Ariados All in a Day's Wurmple None
Harley's Ariados A Hurdle for Squirtle None
Unknown Trainer's Ariados From Cradle to Save None
Multiple wild Ariados Following a Maiden's Voyage! None
J's Ariados Mutiny in the Bounty! None
An Ariados captured by Kellyn's Capture Styler Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1 None
An Ariados Angie used briefly One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! None
A wild Ariados Historical Mystery Tour! None
Multiple wild Ariados SS024 None
267 Beautifly Beautifly shoots a white string from its mouth at the opponent, tying it up.
Janet's Beautifly All Things Bright and Beautifly! None
May's Beautifly Now That's Flower Power! None
265 Wurmple Wurmple shoots white string from its mouth at the opponent. It can also shoot string from in between the two large horns behind it to hang from trees.
May's Wurmple All in a Day's Wurmple None
Jessie's Wurmple Which Wurmple's Which? None
266 Silcoon One of Silcoon's horns come out and it releases a thin white string from it and it can hang from it, or it shooots white string from the front of its face at the opponent, tying it up.
May's Silcoon A Mudkip Mission None
268 Cascoon Cascoon releases a thin white string from the front of its face at the opponent, tying it up.
Jessie's Cascoon The Three Team Scheme! None
300 Skitty Skitty releases a white string from a white orb on its paw at the opponent, tying it up.
May's Skitty All Torkoal, No Play Used via Assist
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle releases a stream of white sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. It can also shoot string from the back of its head to hang from trees.
Ash's Sewaddle Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! None
542 Leavanny Leavanny releases a stream of sticky white string from its mouth at the opponent.
Burgh's Leavanny Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! None
Ash's Leavanny Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 None
Unknown Trainer's Leavanny Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! None
541 Swadloon Swadloon opens its mouth and fires three or one white sticky strings from its mouth at the opponent. When the strings reach the opponent, they wrap themselves around its body.
Ash's Swadloon Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! None
Unknown Trainer's Swadloon Lost at the Stamp Rally! None
Unknown Trainer's Swadloon Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! None
636 Larvesta Larvesta releases a white stream of sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. When the string hits the opponent, it wraps itself around its body.
Luke's Larvesta The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk! None
596 Galvantula Galvantula releases a thick white stream of sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. When the string gets near the opponent, it wraps itself around its body.
Two wild Galvantula Crisis at Chargestone Cave! None
665 Spewpa Spewpa shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
A wild Spewpa To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler! None

In Pokémon Origins

None.png Red Metapod String Shot PO.png None.png None.png
Metapod
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
011 Metapod Metapod shoots white, sticky string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent, reducing its speed
Red's Metapod File 1 - Red Debut

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In the Pokémon RéBURST manga


In other generations

String Shot I.png String Shot II.png String Shot III.png String Shot 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
String Shot V.png String Shot 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
String Shot Stadium.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

  • String Shot is the only Bug-type status move that has an accuracy less than 100%.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 吐絲 Tǔsī
Denmark Flag.png Danish Trådskud
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Bindschot
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rihmaisku*
Narulaukaus (M05)
France Flag.png French Sécrétion
Germany Flag.png German Fadenschuss
Greece Flag.png Greek Νηματική Έκκριση
India Flag.png Hindi धागा छोरो Dhaga Choro
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Tembakan Benang
Italy Flag.png Italian Millebave
South Korea Flag.png Korean 실뿜기 Silppumgi
Poland Flag.png Polish Strzał Siecią
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Jato de Seda
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Arremesso de Teia
Romania Flag.png Romanian Salva de Lovituri
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Struna
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Disparo de Seda (EP003, BW018-present)
Telaraña (EP144, AG014)
Hilo de Seda (EP191)
Lanza Hilos (M05)
Resortera (AG013)
Ataque de Hilo (AG021)
Hilo (AG025-AG033)
Lanza Hilo (AG058)
Tiro de Hielo (AG142, DP071)
Tiro de Hilo (AG144-DP020)
Lanza Seda (DP153)
Spain Flag.png Spain Disp. Demora


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