Horn Drill (move)

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Horn Drill
つのドリル Horn Drill
Horn Drill IX.png
Horn Drill IX 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  30%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that made good appeals.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Earn +15 if all the Pokémon choose the same Judge.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that successfully showed their appeal.

Horn Drill (Japanese: つのドリル Horn Drill) is a Normal-type one-hit knockout move introduced in Generation I. It was TM07 in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Horn Drill always inflicts exactly 65535 HP damage if it hits. Its accuracy is 30%. Horn Drill will break a substitute if it hits.

Unlike other moves that skip the damage formula, Horn Drill does not bypass type immunities.

Horn Drill will not affect a target whose current Speed stat is greater than the user's current Speed stat.

Generation II

Horn Drill inflicts damage equal to the target's current HP. The accuracy of Horn Drill is now calculated using the following formula:

If the user is a lower level than the target, the move always fails (Speed no longer has any impact on the success of Horn Drill). If the user is 90 levels or more higher than the target, Horn Drill's accuracy is 100% (even though the formula would produce values over 100% for a difference of 91 or more).

This formula means that the accuracy starts at approximately 30% () when the Pokémon have the same level, and grows by approximately 0.78% () for every level higher than the target that the user is. This accuracy is affected by accuracy and evasion stats.

In the Generation II core series games only, Horn Drill can be countered by Counter for maximum damage if it misses. In Pokémon Stadium 2, Horn Drill cannot be countered by Counter.

Generation III onwards

Despite having an accuracy of 30% listed, Horn Drill's chance of hitting a Pokémon is instead calculated using the following formula:

This formula means that the accuracy starts at 30% when the Pokémon have the same level, and is 1% more likely to hit for every level the user is higher than the target. If the user is at least 70 levels higher than the target, Horn Drill will always hit. If the user is a lower level than the target, the move always fails.

This chance of hitting is not an accuracy: it is not affected by accuracy and evasion stats, nor is it affected by other accuracy modifiers such as Gravity, Wide Lens, and Compound Eyes. Additionally, Horn Drill cannot hit a semi-invulnerable Pokémon. However, effects that guarantee moves to hit (such as No Guard and Lock-On) still affect Horn Drill.

Horn Drill can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 2 bonus appeal points if Horn Attack was used in the previous turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination and will give an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Lock-On, Mind Reader and Miracle Eye was used in the prior turn.

When used in a Max Raid Battle against a Dynamax Pokémon while it is under the effect of a mysterious barrier, Horn Drill will deplete two bars of the barrier's strength. Otherwise, Horn Drill will always fail against Dynamax Pokémon.

Tera Raid bosses are unaffected by Horn Drill.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 A single-hit knockout attack. Learned only by Pokémon with a horn or horns.
GSC A one-hit KO, drill attack.
RSEColoXD A one-hit KO attack that uses a horn like a drill.
FRLG The horn is rotated like a drill to ram. The foe will faint if it hits.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is stabbed with a horn rotating like a drill. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
BWB2W2 The user stabs the target with a horn that rotates like a drill. If it hits, the target faints instantly.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
SV
The user stabs the target with a horn that rotates like a drill. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0032 Nidoran♂ PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field 36RGB
38Y
38 47 45 45 45 45 27
0033 Nidorino PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field 41RGB
46Y
46 53 58 58 58 58 47
0078 Rapidash FireIC Big.png Field Field 1
0087 Dewgong WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 1
0111 Rhyhorn GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field 45 37 38 37 63 63XY
53ORAS
53 55 60 60 60
0112 Rhydon GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field 48 37 38 37 71 1, 71XY
1, 62ORAS
1, 62 67 68 68 68
0118 Goldeen WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2 45 43 43 41 41 41XY
37ORAS
37 34 50 50
0119 Seaking WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2 48 49 49 47 47 47XY
40ORAS
40 39 58 58
0464 Rhyperior GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field 37 71 1, 71XY
1, 62ORAS
1, 62 68 68 68
0530 Excadrill GroundIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field 31 31 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
0696 Tyrunt RockIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Monster Dragon 49 49 48
0697 Tyrantrum RockIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Monster Dragon 53 53 54
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0030 Nidorina PoisonIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0031 Nidoqueen PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0032 Nidoran♂ PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field
0033 Nidorino PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field
0034 Nidoking PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Field
0077 Ponyta FireIC Big.png Field Field
0078 Rapidash FireIC Big.png Field Field
0086 Seel WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
0087 Dewgong WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
0111 Rhyhorn GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field
0112 Rhydon GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field
0118 Goldeen WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
0119 Seaking WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
0128 Tauros NormalIC Big.png Field Field
0131 Lapras WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
0139 Omastar RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
0148 Dragonair DragonIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
0149 Dragonite DragonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Dragon
0151 Mew PsychicIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0032 Nidoran♂ PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field
0077 Ponyta FireIC Big.png Field Field
0077 Ponyta
Ponyta
Galarian Form
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field
0086 Seel WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
0131 Lapras WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0131 Lapras WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 Dream World - Sparkling Sea
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0206 Dunsparce NormalIC Big.png Field Field New York City Pokémon Center
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Horn Drill defeats the target in one hit. Prior to Gates to Infinity, Horn Drill knocks out the target by dealing "calamitous damage" (Japanese: とてつもない タメージ tremendous damage) which is internally treated as 9999 damage. Additionally, it will fail against Ghost-type Pokémon.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB - - 12 - 35% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS - - 12 - 20% - Front Enemy No
BSL - - 12 - 20% - Front Enemy No
MDGtI - - 12 50 30% 50% Front Enemy No
SMD - - 12 30 30% 50% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon GO

GO Normal.png Horn Drill
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power ?
Energy cost ?
Duration 1.9 seconds
Damage window 0.5 - 1.5 seconds
Trainer Battles
Power ?
Energy cost ?
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Description

Games Description
MDRB Defeats the target in one shot--if it hits. It has no effect on a Ghost-type foe.
MDTDS Defeats the target in one shot if it hits successfully. It has no effect on a a Ghost-type enemy.
BSL てきポケモンを いちげきで たおしてしまうが めいちゅうしにくい ゴーストタイプの ポケモンには こうかがない
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
The enemy will faint if this attack hits, but it's hard to land this move. It has no effect on Ghost-type Pokémon.


In the anime

Main series

Juan Seaking Horn Drill.png
Seaking
Forrest Rhyperior Horn Drill.png
Rhyperior
Clay Excadrill Horn Drill.png
Excadrill
Rocket Prize Master Rhydon Horn Drill.png
Rhydon
The foe is stabbed with a horn rotating like a drill.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Rhydon Rhydon's horn spins like a drill and it charges at the opponent and stabs the opponent with its horn. Sometimes, the horn glows orange while using the move.
Blaine's Rhydon Riddle Me This Debut
An archaeologist's Rhydon Shell Shock! None
Pietra's Rhydon Right On, Rhydon! None
A Coordinator's Rhydon Harley Rides Again None
Head engineer's Rhydon Bibarel Gnaws Best! None
Team Rocket's Rhydon A Crackling Raid Battle! None
Seaking Seaking's horn spins like a drill and it hits the opponent with it, sometimes repeatedly.
The Cerulean Gym's Seaking The Misty Mermaid None
A Trainer's Seaking Round One - Begin! None
Juan's Seaking The Great Eight Fate! None
Goldeen Goldeen's horn spins like a drill and it hits the opponent with it.
Misty's Goldeen Just Add Water None
Rhyperior Rhyperior's horn spins like a drill and it hits the opponent with it.
Forrest's Rhyperior DPS02 None
Pokémon hunter's Rhyperior A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways! None
Excadrill The silver protrusion on the top of Excadrill's head glows silver and extends and it begins to spin like a drill. Excadrill stabs the opponent with it; or, Excadrill puts its arms up to its head and forms its body into a drill. Its claws glow orange, and Excadrill jumps into the air and then starts spinning like a drill, spreading that orange glow all over its body, and rams into the opponent, knocking them out instantly if the move hits.
Clay's Excadrill Battling the King of the Mines! None
Iris's Excadrill The Fiery Road to Mastership! None


Pokémon Origins

Giovanni Rhyhorn Horn Drill PO.png
Rhyhorn
Giovanni Rhydon Horn Drill PO.png
Rhydon
The foe is stabbed with a horn rotating like a drill. A hit will always result a knockout.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn's body becomes surrounded by light blue, spiraling streaks of energy. It then charges at the opponent and stabs it with its horn. If hit, the target will faint instantly.
Giovanni's Rhyhorn File 3: Giovanni Debut
Rhydon Rhydon's horn spins like a drill and its body becomes surrounded by light blue, spiraling streaks of energy. It then charges at the opponent and stabs it with its horn. If hit, the target will faint instantly.
Giovanni's Rhydon File 3: Giovanni None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Despite the implied need for a horn or horn-like apparatus to use this move, at least two Pokémon that don't have a horn but gain one upon evolution (Nidorina and Ponyta) can learn Horn Drill. Tyrunt and Tyrantrum do not have a horn, yet can still learn the move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 角鑽 Gokjyun
Mandarin 角鑽 / 角钻 Jiǎozuàn *
獨角鑽 / 独角钻 Dújiǎozuàn *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Vrtání rohem
Rohový vrtavý útok (Black & White series)
Denmark Flag.png Danish Hornboring
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Hoornboor
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sarvipora
France Flag.png French Empal'Korne
Germany Flag.png German Hornbohrer
Greece Flag.png Greek Τρυπανοκέρατο Trupanokérato
Italy Flag.png Italian Perforcorno
South Korea Flag.png Korean 뿔드릴 Ppuldeuril
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Horndrill
Poland Flag.png Polish Świdroróg*
Wiertłoróg*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Chifre Broca (Pokémon GO, anime, TCG, manga)
Perfurar com Chifre (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Perfuração de Chifre (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Broca de Chifre (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Săpătura cu Cornul
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Rog bušilica
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Perforador (EP058-EP061)
Perforadora (EP256)
Cuerno Barrera (AG110)
Taladro de Cuerno (DP057)
Excavación* (BW061)
Spain Flag.png Spain Perforador
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Hornborr
Thailand Flag.png Thai เขาสว่าน
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Boynuz Matkabı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Mũi Khoan Sừng


One-hit knockout moves
PhysicalIC HOME.png GuillotineHorn DrillFissure
SpecialIC HOME.png Sheer Cold



Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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