String Shot (move)

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String Shot
いとをはく Spit Thread
String Shot.png
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Type  Bug
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  —
Accuracy  95%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all adjacent foes, but not allies
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.

String Shot (Japanese: いとをはく Spit Thread) is a non-damaging Bug-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Generations I to V

String Shot decreases the target's Speed stat by one stage.

In battles with multiple opponents, String Shot targets all adjacent foes.

Generation VI onwards

String Shot now decreases the target's Speed stat by two stages.

String Shot can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing any of the moves Electroweb, Spider Web and Sticky Web to give an extra three appeal points if used in the next turn.

If powered up by a Buginium Z into Z-String Shot, the user's Speed stat raises one stage.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Strings are sprayed out and wrapped around the target to reduces its Speed.
GSC A move that lowers the foe's Speed.
RSEColo.XD Binds the foe with string to reduce its Speed.
FRLG The foe is bound with strings shot from the mouth to reduce its Speed.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth. It reduces the target's Speed stat.
BWB2W2 The targets are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth. This silk reduces the targets' Speed stat.
XYORAS
SM
The opposing Pokémon are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth that harshly lowers the Speed stat.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
010 Caterpie Caterpie
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
013 Weedle Weedle
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
167 Spinarak Spinarak
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
168 Ariados Ariados
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
265 Wurmple Wurmple
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
541 Swadloon Swadloon
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
542 Leavanny Leavanny
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
595 Joltik Joltik
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
596 Galvantula Galvantula
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
636 Larvesta Larvesta
BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
637 Volcarona Volcarona
BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1
664 Scatterbug Scatterbug
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1 1
736 Grubbin Grubbin
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 4
737 Charjabug Charjabug
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 4
738 Vikavolt Vikavolt
BugIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 4
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 Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
636 Larvesta Larvesta
BugIC Big.png
FireIC 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.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
DP Pt HGSS
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass
003 Venusaur Venusaur
GrassIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Monster Grass
010 Caterpie Caterpie
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
011 Metapod Metapod
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
012 Butterfree Butterfree
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
013 Weedle Weedle
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
014 Kakuna Kakuna
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
015 Beedrill Beedrill
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
046 Paras Paras
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Grass
048 Venonat Venonat
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
049 Venomoth Venomoth
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
127 Pinsir Pinsir
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
165 Ledyba Ledyba
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
166 Ledian Ledian
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
167 Spinarak Spinarak
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
168 Ariados Ariados
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
193 Yanma Yanma
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
204 Pineco Pineco
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug
213 Shuckle Shuckle
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Bug
223 Remoraid Remoraid
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 2
224 Octillery Octillery
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 2
226 Mantine Mantine
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
265 Wurmple Wurmple
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
266 Silcoon Silcoon
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
267 Beautifly Beautifly
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
268 Cascoon Cascoon
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
269 Dustox Dustox
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug
283 Surskit Surskit
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Bug
284 Masquerain Masquerain
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Bug
290 Nincada Nincada
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug
291 Ninjask Ninjask
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
292 Shedinja Shedinja
BugIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
313 Volbeat Volbeat
BugIC Big.png Bug Human-Like
314 Illumise Illumise
BugIC Big.png Bug Human-Like
345 Lileep Lileep
RockIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
346 Cradily Cradily
RockIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
347 Anorith Anorith
RockIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
348 Armaldo Armaldo
RockIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
401 Kricketot Kricketot
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
402 Kricketune Kricketune
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
412 Burmy Burmy
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Plant Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Bug Bug
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Trash Cloak
BugIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Bug Bug
414 Mothim Mothim
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
415 Combee Combee
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
422 Shellos Shellos
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous
469 Yanmega Yanmega
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC 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

Description

Games Description
MDRB Reduces the target's Movement Speed by one level, even at a distance.
MDTDS Reduces the target's Movement Speed by 1 level, even at a distance.

In the anime

In the main series

Spewpa String Shot.png Harley Ariados String Shot.png Azalea Gym Caterpie Weedle Metapod Kakuna String Shot.png Luke Larvesta String Shot.png
Spewpa Ariados Caterpie, Weedle, Metapod and Kakuna Larvesta
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
010 Caterpie Caterpie shoots white string from its mouth at the opponent, tying them up. Caterpie can also shoot it from its rear end to hang from trees.
Ash's Caterpie Ash Catches a Pokémon! Debut
Multiple Caterpie from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Bucky's Caterpie The Dunsparce Deception None
Multiple wild Caterpie Celebi: Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Caterpie For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Xander's Caterpie Caterpie's Big Dilemma None
A wild Caterpie Butterfree and Me! None
167 Spinarak Spinarak shoots a white string from its mouth or its abdomen and ties the opponent up.
Officer Jenny's Spinarak Spinarak Attack None
Bugsy's Spinarak Gettin' the Bugs Out None
A wild Spinarak Pikachu and Pichu None
Dr. Anna's Spinarak Hassle in the Castle None
Multiple wild Spinarak Ariados, Amigos None
Multiple wild Spinarak Celebi: Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Spinarak For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Three wild Spinarak Hocus Pokémon None
A wild Spinarak Abandon Ship! None
011 Metapod Metapod shoots white string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent.
Multiple Metapod from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
013 Weedle Weedle shoots white string from its mouth and ties up the opponent.
Multiple Weedle from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
Multiple wild Weedle Celebi: Voice of the Forest None
Multiple wild Weedle For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
014 Kakuna Kakuna shoots white string from the hole right below its head at the opponent, tying it up. It can also shoot string from the back of its head to hang from trees.
Multiple Kakuna from the Azalea Gym Gettin' the Bugs Out None
168 Ariados Ariados shoots multiple white strings from its mouth or its abdomen at the opponent, tying it up.
Tōkichi's Ariados Ariados, Amigos None
Multiple wild Ariados For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! None
Oakley's Ariados Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias None
Forrester Franklin's Ariados All in a Day's Wurmple None
Harley's Ariados A Hurdle for Squirtle None
A Trainer's Ariados From Cradle to Save None
Multiple wild Ariados Following a Maiden's Voyage! None
J's Ariados Mutiny in the Bounty! None
An Ariados captured by Kellyn's Capture Styler Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1 None
An Ariados Angie used briefly One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! None
A wild Ariados Historical Mystery Tour! None
Multiple wild Ariados SS024 None
A wild Ariados A Slippery Encounter! None
A wild Ariados Defending the Homeland! None
A Ninja's Ariados The Legend of the Ninja Hero! None
267 Beautifly Beautifly shoots a white string from its mouth at the opponent, tying it up.
Janet's Beautifly All Things Bright and Beautifly! None
May's Beautifly Now That's Flower Power! None
265 Wurmple Wurmple shoots white string from its mouth at the opponent. It can also shoot string from in between the two large horns behind it to hang from trees.
May's Wurmple All in a Day's Wurmple None
Jessie's Wurmple Which Wurmple's Which? None
266 Silcoon One of Silcoon's horns come out and it releases a thin white string from it and it can hang from it, or it shooots white string from the front of its face at the opponent, tying it up.
May's Silcoon A Mudkip Mission None
268 Cascoon Cascoon releases a thin white string from the front of its face at the opponent, tying it up.
Jessie's Cascoon The Three Team Scheme! None
300 Skitty Skitty releases a white string from a white orb on its paw at the opponent, tying it up.
May's Skitty All Torkoal, No Play Used via Assist
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle releases a stream of white sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. It can also shoot string from the back of its head to hang from trees.
Ash's Sewaddle Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! None
542 Leavanny Leavanny releases a stream of sticky white string from its mouth at the opponent.
Burgh's Leavanny Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest! None
Ash's Leavanny Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 None
A Trainer's Leavanny Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! None
541 Swadloon Swadloon opens its mouth and fires three or one white sticky strings from its mouth at the opponent. When the strings reach the opponent, they wrap themselves around its body.
Ash's Swadloon Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! None
A Trainer's Swadloon Lost at the Stamp Rally! None
A Trainer's Swadloon Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! None
636 Larvesta Larvesta releases a white stream of sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. When the string hits the opponent, it wraps itself around its body.
Luke's Larvesta The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk! None
596 Galvantula Galvantula releases a thick white stream of sticky string from its mouth at the opponent. When the string gets near the opponent, it wraps itself around its body.
Two wild Galvantula Crisis at Chargestone Cave! None
665 Spewpa Spewpa shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
A wild Spewpa To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler! None
736 Grubbin Grubbin shoots a stream of white thread from its mouth at the opponent, preventing it from moving by tying it up.
A wild Grubbin First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! None

In Pokémon Origins

None.png Red Metapod String Shot PO.png None.png None.png
Metapod
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
011 Metapod Metapod shoots white, sticky string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent, reducing its speed
Red's Metapod File 1: Red Debut

In Pokémon Generations

None.png Caterpie String Shot PG.png None.png None.png
Caterpie
The foe is bound with silk blown from the user's mouth.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
010 Caterpie Caterpie shoots white, sticky string from the middle of its body and ties up the opponent, reducing its speed
A wild Caterpie The Adventure Debut

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In the Pokémon RéBURST manga


In other generations

Core series games

String Shot I.png String Shot II.png String Shot III.png String Shot IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
String Shot V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Spin-off series games

String Shot Stadium.png String Shot Stad2.png String Shot Colo.png String Shot XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
String Shot PBR.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
String Shot PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • String Shot is the only Bug-type status move that has an accuracy less than 100%.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 吐絲 Tousī
Mandarin 吐絲 / 吐丝 Tǔsī
Denmark Flag.png Danish Trådskud
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Bindschot
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rihmaisku*
Narulaukaus (M05)
France Flag.png French Sécrétion
Germany Flag.png German Fadenschuss
Greece Flag.png Greek Νηματική Έκκριση
India Flag.png Hindi धागा छोरो Dhaga Choro
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Tembakan Benang
Italy Flag.png Italian Millebave
South Korea Flag.png Korean 실뿜기 Silppumgi
Poland Flag.png Polish Strzał Siecią (DP070)
Pajęcza Nić
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Tiro de Seda (early anime)
Estilingada (BW103-present, TCG)
Lançador de Teias (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lança Teia (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lança-Teias (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Lança-Teia (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Arremesso de Teia (anime)
Estilingada (TCG)
Romania Flag.png Romanian Salva de Lovituri
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Struna
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Disparo de Seda (EP003, BW018-present)
Telaraña (EP144, AG014)
Hilo de Seda (EP191)
Lanza Hilos (M05)
Resortera (AG013)
Ataque de Hilo (AG021)
Hilo (AG025-AG033)
Lanza Hilo (AG058)
Tiro de Hielo (AG142, DP071)
Tiro de Hilo (AG144-DP020)
Lanza Seda (DP153)
Spain Flag.png Spain Disp. Demora
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Stringskott
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phóng Tơ


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