Needle Arm (move)

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Needle Arm
ニードルアーム Needle Arm
Needle Arm V.png
Type  Grass
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  60
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Needle Arm (Japanese: ニードルアーム Needle Arm) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature move of Cacnea and Cacturne.


Needle Arm inflicts damage and has a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch.


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Games Description
RSE Attacks with thorny arms. May cause flinching.
FRLG An attack using thorny arms. It may make the foe flinch.
The user attacks by wildly swinging its thorny arms. It may also make the target flinch.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass 37 45 45 ''''
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark 41 53 53 ''''
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass     22 ''''
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

James Mime Jr Mimic Needle Arm.png Harley Cacturne Needle Arm.png James Cacnea Needle Arm.png None.png
Mime Jr. Cacturne Cacnea
The user attacks by wildly swinging its thorny arms.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
331 Cacnea One of Cacnea's arms glows white. It then swings its arm and hits the opponent with it.
James's Cacnea A Mudkip Mission Debut
332 Cacturne The dark green patches on Cacturne's arms and legs glow white and grow into huge needles.
Harley's Cacturne A Hurdle for Squirtle None
439 Mime Jr. The ball on top of Mime Jr's head glows white, and both of its arms glow white as well. It then hits the opponent with one of its arms.
James's Mime Jr. Dawn's Early Night! Used via Mimic

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Needle Arm III.png Needle Arm IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
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 針葉暗器 Zhēnyè Ànqì
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Naald Arm
Finland Flag.png Finnish Piikki-isku (early AG, BF)
Neulamäjäys (later AG)
France Flag.png French Poing Dard
Germany Flag.png German Nietenranke
Greece Flag.png Greek Βελονογροθιά
India Flag.png Hindi सुइओं की बाहें Suion Ki Baahein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pugnospine
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Braço de Agulha
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Braço Agulha
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Bodljikava Ruka
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Brazo Aguja
Spain Flag.png Spain Brazo Pincho

Variations of the move Needle Arm
Physical Needle ArmForce Palm

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