Spider Web (move)

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Spider Web
クモのす Spider Web
Spider Web VII.png
Spider Web VII 2.png
Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Makes all Pokémon after the user nervous.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the remaining Pokémon nervous.

Spider Web (Japanese: クモのす Spider Web) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation II. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature move of Spinarak and Ariados.


Generation II

Spider Web prevents the target from switching out or fleeing (including via Teleport). It bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. Spider Web's effect only applies as long as the Pokémon that used it remains in battle.

It will hit the target even if it has used Protect or Detect.

The affected Pokémon can still switch out via Baton Pass, but in that case, the Pokémon that switches in will now be affected. Conversely, the Pokémon that used Spider Web can switch out with Baton Pass and the effects of Spider Web will still apply. Also, if the affected Pokémon is Roared at or hit with a Whirlwind, they will still be switched out.

If a wild Pokémon uses Spider Web on the player's Pokémon, the player will be unable to escape.

Generations III and IV

Pokémon affected by Spider Web can escape (but not switch out) if the Pokémon has the Ability Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball.

It is now blocked by Protect and Detect.

Pokémon affected by Spider Web can now switch out with U-turn.

Spider Web can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 2 bonus appeal points if String Shot was used in the previous turn.

Generation V

If a Pokémon traps a target with Spider Web and then switches with Baton Pass the target will no longer be trapped. Pokémon affected by Spider Web can switch out with Volt Switch. Also, Dragon Tail and Circle Throw will force the affected Pokémon to switch out.

Generations VI and VII

Spider Web no longer affects Ghost-type Pokémon. It will now hit the target even if it has used Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Pokémon affected by Spider Web can also switch out with Parting Shot.

Spider Web can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, giving the user an extra three appeal points if String Shot was used in the prior turn. It can also be used to start a combination, causing certain moves (Explosion, Memento, Perish Song and Self-Destruct) to give an extra three appeal points if used in the next turn.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-Spider Web, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.

Generation VIII onwards

Spider Web cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
Stad2 Sticky strings that prevent the target from escaping until the attacking Pokémon is gone.
GSC Prevents fleeing or switching.
RSE Ensnares the foe to stop it from fleeing or switching.
FRLG Ensnares the foe with sticky string so it doesn't flee or switch out.
Colo.XD Ensnares the target to stop it from switching.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user ensnares the foe with a thin, gooey silk so it can't flee from battle.
The user ensnares the target with thin, gooey silk so it can't flee from battle.
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
0167 Spinarak BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 37 37 29 29 29 29
0168 Ariados BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 43 43 32 32 32 32
0595 Joltik BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
0596 Galvantula BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
0751 Dewpider WaterIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 1 Bug 8
0752 Araquanid WaterIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 1 Bug 1, 8
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

Spider Web targets the enemy in front and inflicts the stuck status condition (previously Leg HoldRB and Shadow HoldTDSBSL). This status prevents the Pokémon from moving (but may attack) and unable to switch places with the team leader. From Super Mystery Dungeon onward, Ghost-type Pokémon cannot become stuck. This move is affected by Magic Coat.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB - - 16 - 100% - Front Enemy Yes
MDTDS - - 16 - 100% - Front Enemy Yes
BSL - - 16 - 100% - Front Enemy Yes
MDGtI - - 13 50 100% - Front Enemy Yes
SMD - - 13 30 100% - Front Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Spider Web could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Spider Web could be seen as a move used by Boss Ariados.

BugIC RR.png Spider Web
Charge time 0.86 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Target Enemy
Additional effect Prevents the foe from moving


Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Leg Hold status on the target, making it incapable of movement.
MDTDS Afflicts the targeted enemy with a Shadow Hold status condition. A Pokémon with the Shadow Hold status is incapable of movement.
BSL てきポケモンを かげふみじょうたいにかえる かげふみじょうたいの ポケモンは いどうできない
MDGtI It causes the Stuck status condition to an enemy. With the Stuck status, the enemy can't move.
SMD It causes an enemy to get stuck.

In the anime

Galvantula Spider Web.png
Harley Ariados Spider Web.png
Officer Jenny Spinarak Spider Web.png
Dewpider Spider Web.png
The user ensnares the foe with a thin, gooey silk so it can't flee.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Spinarak Spinarak releases multiple strings of white sticky thread from its mouth and abdomen all around, one after another. Eventually, the strings make a web.
Officer Jenny's Spinarak Spinarak Attack Debut
Ariados Ariados shoots white string from its mouth or abdomen. The string then splits to form a web, or Ariados spits cobwebs from its mouth.
Tōkichi's Ariados Ariados, Amigos None
Harley's Ariados The Saffron Con None
Galvantula Galvantula fires a thick white thread from its mouth. The thread then splits and becomes a web.
Multiple wild Galvantula Crisis at Chargestone Cave! None
Dewpider Dewpider fires multiple white sticky threads from its abdomen, forming a web.
A wild Dewpider Dewpider Ascending! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it ignores accuracy and evasion checks.
  • In Generation VIII, it is the only one of Mean Look's variants that cannot be used in a battle.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 蛛網 Jyūmóhng *
蛛絲 Jyūsī *
Mandarin 蛛網 / 蛛网 Zhūwǎng *
蛛絲 / 蛛丝 Zhūsī *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Spinnenweb
Finland Flag.png Finnish Seittihyökkäys
France Flag.png French Toile
Germany Flag.png German Spinnennetz
Greece Flag.png Greek Αραχνοϊστός
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jaring Laba-Laba
Italy Flag.png Italian Ragnatela
South Korea Flag.png Korean 거미집 Geomijip
Poland Flag.png Polish Sieć Pająka
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Teia de Aranha
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Paukova Mreža
Spain Flag.png Spanish Telaraña
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Örümcek Ağı
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Lưới Nhện*
Mạng Nhện*

Variations of the move Mean Look
StatusIC HOME.png BlockMean LookSpider Web

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