Tail Glow (move)

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Tail Glow
ほたるび Firefly Light
Tail Glow IX.png
Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Ups the user's condition. Helps prevent nervousness.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Earn double the score in the next turn.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Gets the Pokémon pumped up. Helps prevent nervousness, too.

Tail Glow (Japanese: ほたるび Firefly Light) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature move of Volbeat.


Generations III and IV

Tail Glow increases the user's Special Attack by two stages.

Generations V onwards

Tail Glow now increases the user's Special Attack by three stages.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-Tail Glow, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Tail Glow cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
RSEColo.XD Flashes a light that sharply raises Sp. Atk.
FRLG The user flashes a light that sharply raises its Sp. Atk stat.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, sharply raising its Sp. Atk stat.
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, drastically raising its Sp. Atk stat.
This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
SV* The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, drastically boosting its Sp. Atk stat.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0313 Volbeat Volbeat
BugIC Big.png Bug Human-Like 21 21 21 21XY
22 22BDSP 22
0490 Manaphy Manaphy
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Fairy 1 1 1 1 1BDSP 1
0796 Xurkitree Xurkitree
ElectricIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
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

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Tail Glow raises the user's Special Attack by two stages. This move is affected by Snatch.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB - - 22 - —% - User User -
MDTDS - - 22 - —% - User User -
BSL - - 22 - —% - User User -
SMD - - 14 30 —% - User User -
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Tail Glow could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Tail Glow could be seen as a move used by Boss Volbeat.

BugIC RR.png Tail Glow
Charge time 2.1 seconds
Range type Circular (self)
Target Self
Additional effect Raises the user's Attack


Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Special Attack by two levels.
MDTDS Boosts the user's Special Attack by 2 levels.
BSL じぶんの とくこうを 2だんかいあげる
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It sharply boosts your Sp. Atk.*
It sharply boosts your Sp. Atk. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a IconTileSMD.pngWonder Tile.*

In the anime

Romeo Volbeat Tail Glow.png
Romeo's Volbeat
Volbeat Tail Glow.png
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Volbeat Volbeat's tail glows yellow.
Romeo's Beat Love at First Flight Debut
Romeo's Volbeat Love at First Flight Debut
A Coordinator's Volbeat Lessons in Lilycove None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it targets the user (thus it ignores accuracy and evasion checks).
  • Manaphy is able to learn Tail Glow, which contradicts both the Japanese and English names for the move (Manaphy is not a firefly nor does it have a tail). This may be due to the antennae on its head, and a reference to the bioluminescence of many deep sea fish.
    • Xurkitree is also not a firefly, and although it has a "tail", it does not light up.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 螢火 Yìhngfó
Mandarin 螢火 / 萤火 Yínghuǒ
France Flag.png French Lumi-QueueVIII+
Germany Flag.png German Schweifglanz
Greece Flag.png Greek Φωσφορισμός
Italy Flag.png Italian Codadiluce
South Korea Flag.png Korean 반딧불 Banditbul
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Cauda Ardente
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Brilho
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Svetleći Rep
Spain Flag.png Spanish LuminicolaIX+
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Kuyruk Parıltısı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Ánh Đom Đóm
Variations of the move Tail Glow
StatusIC HOME.png Tail GlowCotton Guard

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