Poison Sting (move)

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Poison Sting
どくばり Poison Needle
Poison Sting IX.png
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Type  Poison
Category  Physical
PP  35 (max. 56)
Power  15
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • 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  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the Pokémon that appealed before the user.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going down in the same turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  3 ♥♥♥
Startles the last Pokémon to act before the user.

Poison Sting (Japanese: どくばり Poison Needle) is a damage-dealing Poison-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Poison Sting does damage and has a 20% chance of poisoning the target.

Generation II onwards

Poison Sting now has a 30% chance to poison the target.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Category  Physical
PP  20
Agile Strong
Power  30  20  40
Accuracy  100%  100%  100%
Action speed modifier
Self  0  0  +5
Target  0  +3  0
Additional effect
Chance  50%  50%  100%
Turns  5  3  7
   ?  ?
Inflicts the target with poison

Description

Games Description
Stad A Poison-type attack. Has a one-in-five chance of leaving the target with the lingering effects of poison.
Stad2 A Poison-type attack. Has a one-in-three chance of leaving the target poisoned.
GSC An attack that may poison the target.
RSEColo.XD A toxic attack with barbs, etc., that may poison.
FRLG The foe is stabbed with a toxic barb, etc. It may poison the foe.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is stabbed with a poisonous barb of some sort. It may also poison the target.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
SV The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger to inflict damage. This may also poison the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0013 Weedle BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0015 Beedrill BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - - - - - 1, 17
0023 Ekans PoisonIC Big.png Field Dragon 10 9 8 4 4 4 4 1 4 4
0024 Arbok PoisonIC Big.png Field Dragon 1, 10 1, 9 1, 8 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1 1, 4 1
0027 Sandshrew GroundIC Big.png Field Field 24 17 17 9 9BW
5B2W2
5 5 4 3 3 3
0028 Sandslash GroundIC Big.png Field Field 27 17 17 9 9BW
1, 5B2W2
1, 5 1, 5 1, 4 1 1 1
0029 Nidoran♀ PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field 14RGB
17Y
17 17 13 13 13 13 6 1 1
0030 Nidorina PoisonIC Big.png No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 14RGB
19Y
19 18 13 13 13 13 1, 6 1 1
0031 Nidoqueen PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 14RGB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0032 Nidoran♂ PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field 14RGB
17Y
17 17 13 13 13 13 6 1 1
0033 Nidorino PoisonIC Big.png Monster Field 14RGB
19Y
19 18 13 13 13 13 1, 6 1 1
0034 Nidoking PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Field 1, 14RGB
1Y
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0072 Tentacool WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 18 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0073 Tentacruel WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 18 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0167 Spinarak BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0168 Ariados BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0207 Gligar GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0211 Qwilfish WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0211 Qwilfish
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
DarkIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 1 1
0265 Wurmple BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 5 5 5 5 5 5 1
0266 Silcoon BugIC Big.png Bug Bug - - - - - - 1
0267 Beautifly BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - - 1 1
0268 Cascoon BugIC Big.png Bug Bug - - - - - - 1
0269 Dustox BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - - 1 1
0315 Roselia GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 9 7 7 7 7 1, Evo. 1, Evo. 1
0331 Cacnea GrassIC Big.png Grass Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0332 Cacturne GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0406 Budew GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered - - - - - - 1
0407 Roserade GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Fairy Grass 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0416 Vespiquen BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 3 3BW
1B2W2
1 1 1 1 - 1
0451 Skorupi PoisonIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Bug Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0452 Drapion PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Bug Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0453 Croagunk PoisonIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 8 8 8 8 1 1 1 1
0454 Toxicroak PoisonIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8 1, 8 1 1 1 1
0472 Gliscor GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug - - - - 1 1 -
0543 Venipede BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 5 5 5 1
0544 Whirlipede BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1
0545 Scolipede BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1
0592 Frillish
Frillish
All forms
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous - - - 4
0593 Jellicent
Jellicent
All forms
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous - - - 1
0747 Mareanie PoisonIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1
0748 Toxapex PoisonIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1
0904 Overqwil DarkIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 1 1
0980 Clodsire PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 1
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 Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0595 Joltik BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug
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

Poison Sting deals damage and may leave the target poisoned.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 3 - 19 - 73% - Front Enemy Yes
MDTDS 3 - 19 - 73% - Front Enemy Yes
BSL 3 - 19 - 73% - Front Enemy Yes
MDGtI 2 99 25 99 90% 98% Front Enemy Yes
SMD 2 99 25 99 90% 98% Front Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Stars: ★
Power: 12
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: Has a 30% chance of poisoning each target.
Users: Ekans   Venipede
Grid assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.

Pokémon GO

GO Poison.png Poison Sting
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 5
Energy boost 7
Duration 0.6 seconds
Damage window 0.375 - 0.575 seconds
Poison Sting GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 3
Energy boost 9
Turns 2
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
WeedleKakunaEkansNidoran♀NidorinaNidoran♂NidorinoTentacoolSpinarakAriadosQwilfishQwilfish (Hisuian Form)SilcoonCascoonCacneaVespiquenSkorupiDrapionCroagunkVenipedeWhirlipedeMareanieOverqwilClodsire
By Elite Fast TM
By GO Snapshot
Smeargle
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Energy boost: 4 → 8
  • February 16, 2017
    • Duration: 0.575 → 1.075 seconds
  • February 21, 2017
    • Power: 6 → 5
    • Energy boost: 8 → 7
    • Duration: 1.075 → 0.6 seconds
Trainer Battles
  • November 9, 2020
    • Energy boost: 6 → 8
  • May 31, 2021
    • Energy boost: 8 → 9

Pokémon Rumble Rush

PoisonIC RR.png Poison Sting
★★
Attack power 26.14099
Charge time 0.5 seconds
Range type Projectile
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May poison the foe
Poison Sting Rumble Rush.png

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Physical 1 12 14 100% An opponent Has a chance (30%) of leaving the target poisoned. Looker & Croagunk
Scottie/Bettie & Support/Tech Nidoran♀/Nidorina/Nidoqueen Egg
Scottie/Bettie & Weedle/Kakuna Egg
Scottie/Bettie & Support Ekans/Arbok Egg
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0: Has a moderate chance of leaving the target poisoned.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also leave the target poisoned, damaging it over several turns.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Poisoned status condition, which causes periodic damage.
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 どくじょうたいにして いっていターンごとに ダメージを あたえる
Conq. Sting the enemy with a poisoned needle. May poison the target.
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Poisoned status condition. With the Poisoned status, the enemy keeps taking damage and can't restore its HP naturally.
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also make the enemy poisoned.


In the anime

Main series

Toxapex Poison Sting.png
Toxapex
Cher Roserade Poison Sting.png
Roserade
Tentacruel Poison Sting.png
Tentacruel
Team Flare Skorupi Poison Sting.png
Skorupi
The user strikes the target with poisonous stingers to inflict damage. This may also poison the target.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Weedle Weedle jumps at the opponent with its stinger pointed at it and stabs it.
A wild Weedle Challenge of the Samurai Debut
Beedrill Beedrill stabs the opponent with its body stinger.
Multiple wild Beedrill Challenge of the Samurai None
Jeanette Fisher's Beedrill The Fourth Round Rumble None
Multiple wild Beedrill A Battle of Aerial Mobility! None
Arbok Arbok opens its mouth and fires multiple white darts from its mouth at the opponent.
Jessie's Arbok The Flame Pokémon-athon! None
Tentacruel Tentacruel stabs the opponent with the large blue beak on its face; or, Tentacruel fires multiple white or purple darts from under its beak at the opponent; or, the middle orb on Tentacruel's forehead glows purple and it fires multiple purple darts from it at the opponent. On occasion, this will poison the opponent.
Marina's Tentacruel Bye Bye Psyduck None
Captain Crook's Tentacruel Viva Las Lapras None
Kim's Tentacruel Cerulean Blues None
Kail's Tentacruel Cerulean Blues None
Kai's Tentacruel Cerulean Blues None
A Coordinator's Tentacruel A Cacturne for the Worse None
Multiple wild Tentacruel The Brockster Is In! None
A Trainer's Tentacruel Making Battles in the Sand! None
Gligar Gligar points the stinger at the end of its tail at the opponent, and it starts to glow white. It fires multiple white darts from the stinger at the opponent.
Gligarman's Gligar The Superhero Secret None
Sandslash Sandslash rolls into a ball and spins around quickly, firing white needles from out of the quills on its back at the opponent.
Koji's Sandslash Good 'Quil Hunting None
Spinarak Spinarak fires multiple white needles from its mouth at the opponent.
Bugsy's Spinarak Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Nidorina Nidorina fires multiple white darts from her mouth at the opponent.
Whitney's Nidorina A Goldenrod Opportunity None
Venonat Venonat jumps into the air and spins around quickly, releasing multiple white needles from its body at the opponent.
Aya's Venonat Ariados, Amigos Venonat cannot legally learn Poison Sting
Dustox Dustox opens its mouth and white or purple darts are fired from its mouth at the opponent.
Jessie's Dustox Seeing is Believing! None
Cacturne Cacturne fires multiple white or purple darts from the middle hole of its mouth at the opponent.
Harley's Cacturne A Cacturne for the Worse None
Ariados Ariados fires multiple purple needles from its mouth at the opponent.
Multiple wild Ariados Following a Maiden's Voyage! None
Multiple wild Ariados Historical Mystery Tour! None
Multiple wild Ariados DPS01 None
A ninja's Ariados A Festival of Decisions! None
Croagunk Croagunk fires multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
Brock's Croagunk Gymbaliar! None
Drapion Drapion opens its mouth and fires multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
J's Drapion Mutiny in the Bounty! None
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ opens its mouth and fires multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
A wild Nidoran♂ Leading a Stray! None
Whirlipede Whirlipede jumps into the air and spins its body quickly and fires multiple glowing purple darts from in between its antennae at the opponent.
Burgh's Whirlipede Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! None
A wild Whirlipede Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry! None
Scolipede Scolipede releases a spray of multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent; or, Scolipede's horns glow purple and it lunges forward, firing purple darts from its horns at the opponent.
Emmanuel's Scolipede Reunion Battles In Nimbasa! None
Three wild Scolipede A Cellular Connection! None
Roserade Roserade releases a spray of multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
Cher's Roseradette Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! None
Nidoking Nidoking releases a spray of multiple purple darts from its mouth at the opponent.
A wild Nidoking Mystery on a Deserted Island! None
Skorupi Skorupi raises its tail and fires multiple light purple darts from it the opponent.
A Team Flare Grunt's Skorupi A Towering Takeover! None
Toxapex Toxapex latches onto its opponent with its body, stinging it with poison.
A wild Toxapex Fighting Back the Tears! None
Nidorino Nidorino shoots multiple darts of purple poison from its forehead towards the opponent.
Team Rocket's Nidorino Restore and Renew! None
Venipede Venipede raises its tail and releases multiple purple darts from it at the opponent. On occasion, this will poison the opponent.
A wild Venipede The Same Moon, Now and Forever! None


Pokémon Origins

Nidorino Poison Sting PO.png
Nidorino


The foe is stabbed with a poisonous barb of some sort.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Nidorino Nidorino fires a purple-glowing spike from his horn at the opponent.
A Trainer's Nidorino File 1: Red Debut


In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pokémon Zensho


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 毒針 Duhkjām
Mandarin 毒針 / 毒针 Dúzhēn
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Jedovaté žihadlo
Denmark Flag.png Danish Giftstik
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Gifangel
Finland Flag.png Finnish Myrkkypistos (original series)
Myrkkypiikki (Advanced Generation)
France Flag.png French Dard-Venin
Germany Flag.png German Giftstachel
Greece Flag.png Greek Δηλητηριώδες Κεντρί Dilitiriúdes Kentrí
India Flag.png Hindi ज़ेहेरीली सुई Zehereeli Sui
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jarum Beracun
Italy Flag.png Italian Velenospina
South Korea Flag.png Korean 독침 Dokchim
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Giftangrep
Poland Flag.png Polish Trujące Żądło
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Ferrão Venenoso (games, BW098-present, Unleashed-present, manga)
Ferroada Venenosa (Base Set-HeartGold & SoulSilver)
Picada Venenosa (early anime)
Espinhos Venenosos (early anime)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Picada Venenosa
Romania Flag.png Romanian Acul Otrăvit
Acul Veninos
Russia Flag.png Russian Ядовитое жало Yadovitoe zhalo
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Otrovna žaoka
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Piquete Venenoso (EP033, HS02, HS03, AG093-DP152, BW098)
Astillas Venenosas (EP040)
Picotazo Venenoso (EP053-AG006, AG033, AG052, BW039)
Aguja Venenosa (AG028, AG062, DP190)
Piquete de Veneno (AG077)
Piquete Veneno (AG079)
Hilo Venenoso (BW023)
Spain Flag.png Spain Picotazo Veneno*
Picotazo Ven*
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Giftgadd
Thailand Flag.png Thai เหล็กในพิษ
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Zehirli İğne
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Kim Độc


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