Toxic Spikes (move)

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Toxic Spikes
どくびし Toxic Spikes
Toxic Spikes.png
Type  Poison
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all foes
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
The Pokémon appealing after self cannot raise its voltage that turn.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Toxic Spikes (Japanese: どくびし Toxic Spikes) is a non-damaging Template:Type2 move introduced in Generation IV.


Toxic Spikes sets an entry hazard around the target Pokémon. One layer of Toxic Spikes causes opposing Pokémon to acquire the Poison status ailment upon switching in, while two layers causes opposing Pokémon to become badly poisoned. More than two layers has no effect; the incoming Pokemon receives the same bad poisoning.

Toxic Spikes has no effect against Template:Type2, Template:Type2, Template:Type2 Pokémon or Pokémon with the ability Immunity, Levitate, or Magic Guard. If a Poison-type Pokémon that is not also a Flying-type or have the ability Levitate is switched in, it will absorb Toxic Spikes and the effect of Toxic Spikes will end. Also, if a Poison-type Pokémon holding the item Iron Ball or switching in while Gravity is in effect that is also a Flying-type or has the ability Levitate is switched in, it will absorb Toxic Spikes. However, Flying and Levitating Pokémon are affected under Gravity, while holding Iron Ball, or if Baton Passed an Ingrain. The moves Rapid Spin and Defog remove the effect of Toxic Spikes; Rapid Spin removes Toxic Spikes set around the Rapid Spinner while Defog removes Toxic Spikes set around the target of Defog. Toxic Spikes does not activate the ability Synchronize unless a Pokémon on the field directly causes Synchronizing Pokémon to switch in, such as by using the moves Roar or Whirlwind.

Generation V

Toxic Spikes can now be reflected with Magic Coat.

Mystery Dungeon

Toxic Spikes creates a Toxic Spikes trap underneath the user. Any Pokémon that steps on a Toxic Spikes will be poisoned. The trap is hidden until a Pokémon activates it and has no effect on the user or allies. However, Toxic Spikes tile cannot be layed under one-tile ways and the entrance of a room.


Games Description
DPPtHGSS The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the foe's feet. They poison foes that switch into battle.
BW The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opponent's feet. They poison opponents that switch into battle.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison 25 25 '
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison 31 31 '
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison 35 35 '
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison 31 31 '
033 Nidorino Nidorino Poison Poison 35 35 '
072 Tentacool Tentacool Water Poison 15 15 '
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel Water Poison 15 15 '
091 Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice -- -- '
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel -- -- '
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison 21 21 '
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison 28 28 '
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug 34 28 28 '
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark 34 28 28 '
568 Trubbish Trubbish Poison Poison   7 '
569 Garbodor Garbodor Poison Poison   --, 7 '
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
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water TentacoolTentacruelCloysterSkorupiDrapion TentacoolTentacruelCloysterSkorupiDrapion
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison no BeedrillForretressSkorupiDrapion
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

Paul Drapion Toxic Spikes.png Paul Drapion Toxic Spikes field.png Paul Drapion Toxic Spikes effect.png Trubbish Toxic Spikes.png
Drapion The field Affecting Pokémon Trubbish
An orb is launched into the air. The orb then divides into multiple spikes that hit the floor. Anyone who touches the floor is poisoned.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
452 Drapion Drapion opens its mouth and a dark purple orb forms inside it. It then fires the ball into the air, which spirals and releases four small streams of purple smoke from the top of the ball. The orb then explodes, forming into multiple smaller orbs that fall and sink into the battlefield. The smaller orbs leave trails of purple smoke behind them as they fall. Any Pokémon that steps on the battlefield besides the user, their body becomes surrounded by purple static and purple waves and indigo bubbles rise from the ground over the opponent's body, damaging them.
Paul's Drapion A Real Rival Rouser! Debut
568 Trubbish Trubbish opens its mouth and a dark purple orb forms inside it. Trubbish then fires the orb into the air, leaving behind purple streams of energy behind it as it does. The orb then explodes in the air and smaller magenta orbs with a dark purple aura around them fall to the battlefield and sink into the ground. When the orbs sink into the ground, they leave behind a ring of magenta energy for a moment. When the opponent steps on where the orbs of energy sank into the ground, a small explosion occurs under its feet and a ring of purple energy expand outwards, damaging it.
A wild Trubbish Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Toxic 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

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 毒尖釘 Dú​jiān​ Dīng​
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Gifstekels
France Flag.png French Pics Toxik
Germany Flag.png German Giftspitzen
Greece Flag.png Greek Τοξικές Άκανθοι
Italy Flag.png Italian Fielepunte
South Korea Flag.png Korean 독압정 Dok Apjeong
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Giftnåler
Poland Flag.png Polish Toksyczne Kolce
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Espinhos Tóxicos
Spain Flag.png Spanish Púas Tóxicas

Variations of the move Spikes
Status SpikesStealth RockToxic SpikesSticky Web
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