Tail Glow (move)

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Tail Glow
ほたるび Firefly Light
Tail Glow.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 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  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

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 one of Volbeat's signature moves.


Generation III and IV

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

Tail Glow will do nothing if the user's Special Attack has reached a level of +6 or a value of 999.

Generation V

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


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Reason: Colo and XD description.
Games Description
RSE Flashes a light that sharply raises Sp. Atk.
FRLG The user flashes a light that sharply raises its Sp. Atk stat.
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.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug 21 21 21 '
490 Manaphy Manaphy Water Water   -- -- '
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

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

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Tail Glow III.png Tail Glow 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


  • 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.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 螢火 Yínghuǒ
France Flag.png French Lumiqueue
Germany Flag.png German Schweifglanz
Greece Flag.png Greek Φωσφορισμός
Italy Flag.png Italian Codadiluce
South Korea Flag.png Korean 반딧불 Banditbul
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Cauda Iluminada
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Svetleći Rep
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ráfaga

Variations of the move Tail Glow
Status Tail GlowCotton Guard

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