Needle Arm (move)

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Needle Arm
ニードルアーム Needle Arm
Needle Arm VII.png
Type  Grass
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  60
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Needle Arm (Japanese: ニードルアーム Needle Arm) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature move of Cacnea and Cacturne.


Generation III to VII

Needle Arm inflicts damage and has a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch. In Generation III only, Needle Arm will deal double the damage if its target had previously used Minimize.

Generation VIII onwards

Needle Arm cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
RSEColo.XD Attacks with thorny arms. May cause flinching.
FRLG An attack using thorny arms. It may make the foe flinch.
The user attacks by wildly swinging its thorny arms. It may also make the target flinch.
The user attacks by wildly swinging its thorny arms. This may also make the target flinch.
This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0331 Cacnea GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like 37 45 45 45XY
0332 Cacturne GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 41 53 53 53XY
0556 Maractus GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 22 22 22
0651 Quilladin GrassIC Big.png Field Field 26 1, Evo.
0652 Chesnaught GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Field 26 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Needle Arm deals damage and may cause the enemy to flinch.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB 12 - 11 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDTD 12 - 11 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDS 36 - 11 - 88% - Front Enemy No
BSL 36 - 11 - 88% - Front Enemy No
SMD 8 99 20 40 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

GrassIC RR.png Needle Arm
Attack power 33.04546
Charge time 0.54 seconds
Range type Square
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May flinch the foe
Needle Arm Rumble Rush.png


Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also cause the target to cringe, making it incapable of action.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Cringe status condition, which makes its actions fail.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで ひるみじょうたいにして わざや こうげきを だせなくする
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also cause the enemy to flinch.

In the anime

James Mime Jr Mimic Needle Arm.png
Mime Jr.
Harley Cacturne Needle Arm.png
James Cacnea Needle Arm.png
Quilladin Needle Arm.png
The user attacks by wildly swinging its thorny arms.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Cacnea One of Cacnea's arms glows white. It then swings its arm and hits the opponent with it.
James's Cacnea A Mudkip Mission Debut
Cacturne The dark green patches on Cacturne's arms and legs glow white and grow into huge needles.
Harley's Cacturne A Hurdle for Squirtle None
Mime Jr. The ball on top of Mime Jr's head glows white, and both of its arms glow white as well. It then hits the opponent with one of its arms.
James's Mime Jr. Dawn's Early Night! Used via Mimic
Quilladin A light green orb of energy with four spikes on it forms around both of Quilladin's arms. It then hits the opponent with its arms.
A wild Quilladin Love Strikes! Eevee, Yikes! None

In the manga

Let's Play the Pokémon Card Game XY!

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 尖刺臂 Jīmchi Bei *
針葉暗器 Jāmyihp Amhei *
Mandarin 尖刺臂 Jiāncì Bì *
針葉暗器 / 针叶暗器 Zhēnyè Ànqì *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Naaldarm
Finland Flag.png Finnish Piikki-isku (S06; S08)
Neulamäjäys (S07)
France Flag.png French Poing Dard
Germany Flag.png German Nietenranke
Greece Flag.png Greek Βελονογροθιά
India Flag.png Hindi सुइओं की बाहें Suion Ki Baahein
Italy Flag.png Italian Pugnospine
South Korea Flag.png Korean 바늘 팔 Baneul Pal
Poland Flag.png Polish Igłoramię
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Braço de Agulha (Pokémon the Series: XY-present, TCG, manga)
Braço Agulha
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Braço Agulha
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Bodljikava ruka
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Brazo Aguja
Spain Flag.png Spain Brazo Pincho
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cánh Tay Kim Châm

Variations of the move Needle Arm
PhysicalIC HOME.png Needle ArmForce Palm

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