Iron Barbs (Ability)

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Iron Barbs てつのトゲ
Steel Thorns
Flavor text
Generation V
Inflicts damage to the Pokémon on contact.
Generation VI
Inflicts damage to the attacker on contact.
Generation VII
Inflicts damage to the attacker on contact with iron barbs.

Iron Barbs (Japanese: てつのトゲ Steel Thorns) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. Prior to Generation VII, it was the signature Ability of Ferroseed and Ferrothorn. All Pokémon that have this Ability are Steel types.


In battle

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, the attacking Pokémon takes damage equal to 1/8 of its own maximum HP. If Iron Barbs causes both the Pokémon with this Ability and the attacking Pokémon to faint, then the attacking Pokémon will faint first.

If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact (such as Fury Swipes), each hit will activate this Ability.

Outside of battle

Iron Barbs has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Iron Barbs

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel Iron Barbs None None
Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel Iron Barbs None Anticipation
Togedemaru Togedemaru Electric Steel Iron Barbs Lightning Rod Sturdy
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In other games


Games Description
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD When the Pokémon is hit with a contact move like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is damaged a little!


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鐵刺 Titchi
Mandarin 鐵刺 / 铁刺 Tiěcì
France Flag.png French Épine de Fer
Germany Flag.png German Eisenstachel
Italy Flag.png Italian Spineferrate
South Korea Flag.png Korean 철가시 Cheol Gasi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Espinhos de Ferro
Russia Flag.png Russian Желзные Шипы Zhelzyye Shipy
Spain Flag.png Spanish Punta Acero

Variations of the Ability Rough Skin
Rough SkinIron Barbs
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