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まきびし Caltrop
Type  Ground
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all foes
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Makes all Pokémon after the user nervous.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Spikes (Japanese: まきびし Caltrop) is a non-damaging Ground-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Pokémon Crystal, it was the signature move of the Pineco evolutionary line.


Generation II

Spikes sets an entry hazard around the enemy team's field. Pokémon who switch into the spike-ridden field take 12.5% of their maximum HP in damage. Flying-type Pokémon are immune to this damage. The move Rapid Spin removes Spikes around the user.

Generation III

Spikes can now be set up to three times, each increasing the damage done to the opponent upon switching in. One layer of Spikes will damage the opponent Pokémon by 12.5% of its maximum HP, two layers will deal 16.67%, and three layers will deal 25%. Any Pokémon with Levitate will prevent the damage.

Generation IV

The move Defog will remove Spikes around its target. Any Pokémon under the effect of Magnet Rise or Magic Guard Ability are unaffected by the damage. However, Flying and Levitating Pokémon are affected under Gravity, while holding Iron Ball, or if Baton Passed an Ingrain.

Generation V

Spikes can now be reflected with Magic Coat.

Mystery Dungeon

Spikes creates a Spiked Tile underneath the user. Any Pokémon that steps on a Spiked Tile will lose 20 HP each. When this move is used by the player, the tile will remain hidden until a foe Pokémon steps on it; but if the move was used by a foe Pokémon, the player will be able to see it so it can be avoided at all times. However, Spiked Tile cannot be laid under one-tile ways and the entrance of a room.


Games Description
An attack that scatters Spikes and injures opponent Pokémon when they switch.
Hurts foes when they switch out.
RS Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching out.
E Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching in.
FRLG A trap of spikes is laid around the foe’s party to hurt foes switching in.
Sets spikes that hurt a foe switching out.
The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe’s feet. The trap hurts foes that switch into battle.
The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team's feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
091 Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice   33 33 36 28 28 '
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug 43 43 23 28 28 '
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel 49 49 23 28 28 '
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison   -- -- -- -- '
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying   42 27 28 28 '
331 Cacnea Cacnea Grass Grass   33 33 33 '
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark   35 35 35 '
386 Deoxys Deoxys Psychic Psychic   20 33 33 '
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
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water   Cloyster Cloyster Cloyster
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison   CacneaCacturne CacneaCacturne CacneaCacturne
361 Snorunt Snorunt Ice Ice   Roselia Roselia Roselia
406 Budew Budew Grass Poison     CacneaCacturne CacneaCacturne
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison       PinecoForretress
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass       CacneaCacturne
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock       PinecoForretress
568 Trubbish Trubbish Poison Poison       DwebbleFerroseed
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel       CacneaCacturne
616 Shelmet Shelmet Bug Bug       PinecoForretress
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation II

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
225 225 Delibird Ice Flying New York City Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
556 556 Maractus Grass Dream World - Rugged Mountain
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Barry Skarmory Spikes.png Brock Pineco Spikes.png Barry Skarmory Spikes effect.png Brock Forretress Spikes.png
Skarmory Pineco Effect Forretress
The user lays a trap of spikes at the foe's feet.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
204 Pineco Pineco spins around and purple spikes come out of its body and hit the opponent.
Brock's Pineco Ariados, Amigos Debut
205 Forretress Forretress spins around and glowing white spikes comes out of its body and hit the opponent, or Forretress fires black spikes at the opponent that surround it. When the opponent gets pricked by them, it hurts them.
Brock's Forretress A Tail with a Twist None
227 Skarmory Skarmory spins its body rapidly and multiple glowing metallic red spikes come out of its body and fall onto the battlefield. The spikes sink into the ground when they land. When the opponent switches to another Pokémon, small explosions go off under their feet, hurting them.
Barry's Skarmory Casting a Paul on Barry! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Spikes II.png Spikes III.png Spikes 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


  • The Japanese name of Spikes refers to Makibishi, the Japanese version of the caltrop.
  • Despite being a Ground-type move, no Ground-type Pokémon can actually learn Spikes.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 滿地星 Mǎn​dì​xīng*
捲捲菱 Juǎnjuǎnlíng*
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Stekels
Finland Flag.png Finnish Naulaisku (OS)
Piikki-isku (AG)
France Flag.png French Picots
Germany Flag.png German Stachler
Greece Flag.png Greek Καρφιά
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Duri
Italy Flag.png Italian Punte
South Korea Flag.png Korean 압정뿌리기 Apjeong Ppurigi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Espinhos
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Šiljci
Spain Flag.png Spanish Púas

Variations of the move Spikes
Status SpikesStealth RockToxic SpikesSticky Web
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