Iron Moth (Pokémon)

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Pokémon
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Iron Moth
Paradox Pokémon
テツノドクガ
Tetsunodokuga
#0994
Iron Moth



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Fire Poison
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Quark Drive Cacophony
Cacophony

Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Gender unknown
Catch rate
30 (8.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
No Eggs Discovered
Hatch time
50 cycles
Height
3'11" 1.2 m
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Weight
79.4 lbs. 36.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
285
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
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HP
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Atk
0
Def
3
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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Speed
Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Yellow
Base friendship
0
External Links

Iron Moth (Japanese: テツノドクガ Tetsunodokuga) is a dual-type Fire/Poison Paradox Pokémon introduced in Generation IX.

While not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, it is said to be a relative of Volcarona[1] from the distant future or a version of it[2] from a different timeline. It has an ancient counterpart called Slither Wing.

Biology

Iron Moth firing its "legs"

Iron Moth is very similar to Volcarona in appearance, resembling a robotic moth. It has four small "feet", red compound eyes, red horns on the sides of its head, and white armor plating covering its thorax. Its abdomen is black and light blue with two black diamond spots on the outside. It has six diamond-shaped wings that are mostly orange with white speckles and a single black triangle marking, which levitate a short distance away from its body.

In an article from an August issue of Occulture magazine, it is said that the name Iron Moth was borrowed from that of a flying object described in the Violet Book. Iron Moth is said to resemble Volcarona, and it would descend from the skies, following people around and occasionally attacking them. Some point to Iron Moth's aggression as evidence supporting that it may be a UFO controlled by alien life. It is speculated that something out there may be using Iron Moth to observe the people of the Pokémon world in preparation for an invasion. In the TCG, it was shown to be capable of sending its "legs" flying by themselves independently of its body. It has been seen releasing attacks from its six connected wings similarly to a cannon. While asleep, it turns itself off, connecting its wings to its back and causing the energy on its wings to disappear, making them black.

According to AI Turo, Iron Moth is an future Pokémon related to Volcarona. However, according to a Turo brought to the Crystal Pool by Terapagos, Iron Moth is a counterpart of Volcarona from another timeline. Its true origin is unknown. Iron Moth were brought to the depths of Area Zero by a time machine built by Professor Turo ten years ago.

In the anime

Major appearances

Minor appearances

In the manga

In the TCG

Main article: Iron Moth (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Generation IX Paldea
#386
Kitakami
#—
Blueberry
#—
Scarlet This Pokémon resembles an unknown object described in a paranormal magazine as a UFO sent to observe humanity.
Violet No records exist of this species being caught. Data is lacking, but the Pokémon's traits match up with an object described in an old book.


Pokédex Image Iron Moth SV.png
Iron Moth in the Paldea Pokédex

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Generation IX
Scarlet
Union Circle, Poké Portal News
Violet
Area Zero


In events

Poké Portal News
Games Event Tera Type Location Level Distribution period
V Slither Wing and Iron Moth Random
Grass
hide 75 September 22 to 24, 2023

In side games

Held items

Games Held items
Scarlet Violet

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
80
140 - 187 270 - 364
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
140
130 - 211 256 - 416
110
103 - 178 202 - 350
110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Total:
570
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ¼×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ¼×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ¼×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ¼×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ¼×
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Gust Flying Special 04040 100100% 35
011 Whirlwind Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Ember Fire Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Acid Spray Poison Special 04040 100100% 20
Rem.Rem. Electric Terrain Electric Status 0000 00——% 10
077 Struggle Bug Bug Special 05050 100100% 20
1414 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 08585% 15
2121 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
2828 Lunge Bug Physical 08080 100100% 15
3535 Screech Normal Status 0000 08585% 40
4242 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
4949 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100100% 10
5656 Fiery Dance Fire Special 08080 100100% 10
6363 Metal Sound Steel Status 0000 08585% 40
7070 Morning Sun Normal Status 0000 00——% 5
7777 Hurricane Flying Special 110110 07070% 10
8484 Bug Buzz Bug Special 09090 100100% 10
9191 Overheat Fire Special 130130 09090% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Iron Moth
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Iron Moth

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM004Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM004 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM007Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM013Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM013 Acid Spray Poison Special 04040 100}}100% 20
TM014Bag TM Flying SV Sprite.png TM014 Acrobatics Flying Physical 05555 100}}100% 15
TM015Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM015 Struggle Bug Bug Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM017Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM017 Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM021Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM021 Pounce Bug Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
TM023Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM023 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
TM024Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM024 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM025Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM032Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM032 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM038Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM038 Flame Charge Fire Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
TM045Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM045 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM047Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM049Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM049 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM060Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM060 U-turn Bug Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM065Bag TM Flying SV Sprite.png TM065 Air Slash Flying Special 07575 095}}95% 15
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM075Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM075 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM079Bag TM Fairy SV Sprite.png TM079 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM085Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM091Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM091 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM093Bag TM Steel SV Sprite.png TM093 Flash Cannon Steel Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM118Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM118 Heat Wave Fire Special 09595 090}}90% 10
TM119Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM119 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM120Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM120 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM125Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM125 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM130Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM136Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM136 Electric Terrain Electric Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM141Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM141 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TM152Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM157Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM157 Overheat Fire Special 130130 090}}90% 5
TM160Bag TM Flying SV Sprite.png TM160 Hurricane Flying Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM162Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM162 Bug Buzz Bug Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM163Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM163 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM165Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM165 Flare Blitz Fire Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TM168Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM168 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM171Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM175Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM175 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM185Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM185 Lunge Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM214Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM214 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TM220Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM220 Meteor Beam Rock Special 120120 090}}90% 10
TM223Bag TM Steel SV Sprite.png TM223 Metal Sound Steel Status 0000 085}}85% 40
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Iron Moth
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Iron Moth

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Iron Moth
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Iron Moth
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Iron Moth

Side game data

Pokémon GO
File:GO0994.png Base HP: 190 Base Attack: 281 Base Defense: 194
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks:
Charged Attacks:

Evolution data

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Unevolved
Iron Moth
 Fire  Poison 



Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Cross-Generation
HOME
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Trivia

  • Iron Moth and Slither Wing can be considered counterparts of one another.
    • Both share one type with Volcarona, but neither share the same type with each other.
    • Both are the first Paradox Pokémon used by the AI Professors in their battles with the player.
  • Iron Moth has the highest base Special Attack stat of all Paradox Pokémon.

Origin

Iron Moth is based on Volcarona. Its descriptions in the Pokédex and the Occulture magazine suggest it is based on a UFO, specifically a foo fighter, a type of UFO which was often described as a ball of fire, and whose name may have come from a corruption of the French word feu, meaning fire. Its appearance may also be based on satellites and space telescopes, particularly the James Webb Space Telescope, while its wings resemble solar panels or LED displays.

Name origin

Iron Moth may come from the words iron and moth.

Tetsunodokuga can be taken literally as 鉄の毒蛾 tetsu no dokuga (iron venomous moth).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese テツノドクガ Tetsunodokuga From 鉄の毒蛾 tetsu no dokuga
France Flag.png French Mite-de-Fer From mite de fer
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ferropolilla From ferro- and polilla
Germany Flag.png German Eisenfalter From Eisen and Falter
Italy Flag.png Italian Falenaferrea From falena and ferrea
South Korea Flag.png Korean 무쇠독나방 Musoedongnabang From 무쇠 musoe and 독나방 dongnabang
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 鐵毒蛾 / 铁毒蛾 Tiědú'é From 鐵 / 铁 tiě and 毒蛾 dú'é
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 鐵毒蛾 Titduhkngòh From tit and 毒蛾 duhkngòh


Related articles

Notes

  1. AI SadaS/AI TuroV: "Through analysis of its genetic makeup, as well as its behavioral patterns...I came to realize that what I had discovered was in fact an ancientS/futuristicV form of Cyclizar, the Pokémon commonly ridden in this region." (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet)
  2. Professor SadaS/Professor TuroV: "I am researching methods to catch Pokémon that live in different timelines, so I might transport them to the present day in my own timeline." (Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Indigo Disk)

External links

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