Tentacruel (Pokémon)

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Tentacool #072: Tentacool
Pokémon
#074: Geodude Geodude
Tentacruel
Jellyfish Pokémon
ドククラゲ
Dokukurage
#073
Tentacruel



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Poison
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Clear Body or Liquid Ooze Cacophony
Cacophony
Rain Dish
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
60 (14.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 3
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
5'03" 1.6 m
Tentacruel
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Weight
121.3 lbs. 55.0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
205
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
180
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
Tentacruel
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
2
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Shape
Body10.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F073.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
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Tentacruel (Japanese: ドククラゲ Dokukurage) is a dual-type Water/Poison Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Tentacool starting at level 30.

Biology

Tentacruel's orbs glowing

Tentacruel is a large, jellyfish-like Pokémon. It has clear, light blue body that has two large, red orbs on either side and smaller orb in the center. Its eyes are visible in its round lower body, which is black. Extending from its lower body are two blue, beak like appendages and numerous grayish tentacles. Its red orbs glow whenever it is excited or agitated, communicating with its own kind, and it may alert others to danger by stridently flashing them. They are also capable of refracting sunlight, storing energy, and firing ultrasonic waves.

Tentacruel's primarily light blue body helps it camouflage in the water. It has a total of 80 tentacles, which it can readily extend during hunts to ensnare its prey in a net-like shape before immobilizing it with poison. The tentacles can grow or shrink with ease. Its tentacles can absorb water to stretch even further. Most of these tentacles are hidden and kept short, leaving up to 14 exposed. However, it tends to lose tentacles as it ages. While Tentacruel are rarely seen, they can gather in large groups which scares away any nearby fish Pokémon. Tentacruel lives in underwater rock formations and can be found throughout the ocean.

In the anime

Tentacruel in the anime

Major appearances

In Tentacool & Tentacruel, a giant Tentacruel attacked the city of Porta Vista with a group of Tentacool in response to Nastina's plans to build a hotel on top of their territory. It was eventually talked out of continuing its rampage by Misty.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Fergus's Tentacruel was captured and cloned by Mewtwo. The Tentacruel clone was seen again in Mewtwo Returns.

In Bye Bye Psyduck, Marina used a Tentacruel in her battle with Misty. It battled Goldeen and won, but it was later defeated by Staryu.

In Viva Las Lapras, Captain Crook used multiple Tentacruel to help him poach Pokémon, until they were released by Misty.

In Around the Whirlpool, Captain Marius's Tentacruel got Ash and his friends out of the water using its tentacles. In the same episode, a Tentacruel was among the Pokémon stolen from the Pokémon Center of Blue Point Isle.

In Cerulean Blues, each of the Invincible Pokémon Brothers has a Tentacruel. They were used against Misty's Corsola and Gyarados, eventually hurting the latter. They were then blasted away by Gyarados's Hyper Beam.

In The Search for the Legend, Cassidy used a Tentacruel along with Butch's Cloyster in their attempt to capture a wild Moltres.

In The Great Eight Fate!, three Tentacruel were part of Juan's Sootopolis City Water Exhibit. They and Juan's other Pokémon were captured by Team Rocket, but they all worked together to escape. They reappeared in a flashback in the next episode.

In The Brockster Is In!, Team Rocket disturbed multiple Tentacruel. This resulted in them attacking a group of baby Pokémon, leaving them poisoned.

Two Tentacruel appeared in Fighting Back the Tears!. One appeared in a flashback, where it was revealed to have attacked James's Mareanie when it was still wild, whilst another appeared in the present day, where it also attacked Mareanie, only for James to ward it away.

Minor appearances

In a fantasy in Who Gets to Keep Togepi?, Misty hoped the Egg the group had might hatch into a Tentacruel.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Tentacruel was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In Round One - Begin!, a Trainer's Tentacruel competed in the Indigo Plateau Conference.

A Tentacruel appeared in a fantasy in Charizard Chills.

In The Power of One, multiple Tentacruel sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A Tentacruel appeared in Snorlax Snowman.

In The Joy of Water Pokémon, a Tentacruel was living in Lake Lucid, while another was receiving special treatment in a salt bath tank in the Pokémon Center located near the lake.

In Dueling Heroes, a Trainer's Tentacruel competed in the Whirl Cup.

A Tentacruel appeared in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!, under the ownership of Lola. It reappeared in a fantasy in Grating Spaces!.

A Coordinator's Tentacruel appeared in A Cacturne for the Worse.

A Tentacruel appeared in the opening sequence of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, the Pokémon Summer Academy provided a Tentacruel to a student for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

A Tentacruel appeared in the opening sequence of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Multiple Tentacruel appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

Multiple Tentacruel appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

A Tentacruel appeared in a fantasy in Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!.

Multiple Tentacruel appeared in The Island Whisperer!.

A Tentacruel appeared in I Choose You!.

A wild Tentacruel appeared in Alola, Kanto!.

In Securing the Future!, a Tentacruel joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

A Tentacruel appeared in Pikachu's Exciting Adventure!.

A Tentacruel appeared in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP019 Tentacruel Ash's Pokédex Tentacruel, a Jellyfish Pokémon. An evolved form of the Tentacool. Its numerous tentacles serve as a powerful weapon. It is known as "The Gangster of the Sea."
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP113 Tentacruel Ash's Pokédex Tentacruel, the Jellyfish Pokémon. Its potent poison stingers can quickly paralyze its victims.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP190 Tentacruel Dawn's Pokédex Tentacruel, the Jellyfish Pokémon, and the evolved form of Tentacool. Tentacruel uses its tentacles to capture prey and holds it until weakened from poison.

In the manga

Tentacruel in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pocket Monsters manga

A Tentacruel appeared in JNM01.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Multiple Tentacruel debuted in Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, where they served as obstacles during a bike race.

A Tentacruel appeared in The Kindest Tentacruel, where it led Yellow to a trapped baby Tentacool, which she helped save. As thanks for her efforts, the Tentacruel brought Yellow to visit the legendary underwater dome underneath the Vermilion Harbor. When the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman later tried to get there himself, the Tentacruel threw him out of the water.

A Tentacruel appeared in The Last Battle X, under the ownership of Koga.

A Tentacruel appeared in a fantasy in PSs1.

Archie's Tentacruel appeared in It All Ends Now V.

A Tentacruel was one of the aquarium Pokémon seen in Archie's collection in Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt I.

Guile Hideout used a Tentacruel in The Final Battle I.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

A Tentacruel appeared in Let's Survive This Sea Battle.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Tentacruel appeared in Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Baseball Tournament!, where it was one of the Pokémon that took part in a baseball match.

In the TCG

Main article: Tentacruel (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#073
Red The tentacles are normally kept short. On hunts, they are extended to ensnare and immobilize prey.
Blue
Yellow Its 80 tentacles can stretch and contract freely. They wrap around prey and weaken it with poison.
Stadium It has 80 tentacles. Once they wrap around an enemy, the tentacles will not release, no matter what.
Generation II Johto
#163
Gold Its 80 tentacles absorb water and stretch almost endlessly to constrict its prey and enemies.
Silver In battle, it extends all 80 of its tentacles to entrap its opponent inside a poisonous net.
Crystal When its 80 feelers absorb water, it stretches to become like a net to entangle its prey.
Stadium 2 Its 80 tentacles absorb water and stretch almost endlessly to constrict its prey and enemies.
Generation III Hoenn
#067
Kanto
#073
Ruby Tentacruel has large red orbs on its head. The orbs glow before lashing the vicinity with a harsh ultrasonic blast. This Pokémon's outburst causes rough waves around it.
Sapphire Tentacruel has tentacles that can be freely elongated and shortened at will. It ensnares prey with its tentacles and weakens the prey by dosing it with a harsh toxin. It can catch up to 80 prey at the same time.
Emerald It lives in complex rock formations on the ocean floor and traps prey using its 80 tentacles. Its red orbs glow when it grows excited or agitated.
FireRed It has 80 tentacles that move about freely. They can sting, causing poisoning and sharp, stabbing pain.
LeafGreen The tentacles are normally kept short. On hunts, they are extended to ensnare and immobilize prey.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#137
Johto
#165
Diamond With 80 tentacles for ensnaring victims, it prevents escape until the prey is weakened by poison.
Pearl It alerts others to danger by stridently flashing the red orbs on its head.
Platinum It extends its 80 tentacles to form an encircling poisonous net that is difficult to escape.
HeartGold Its 80 tentacles absorb water and stretch almost endlessly to constrict its prey and enemies.
SoulSilver In battle, it extends all 80 of its tentacles to entrap its opponent inside a poisonous net.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It extends its 80 tentacles to form an encircling poisonous net that is difficult to escape.
White
Black 2 It extends its 80 tentacles to form an encircling poisonous net that is difficult to escape.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Coastal #026
Hoenn
#069
X The tentacles are normally kept short. On hunts, they are extended to ensnare and immobilize prey.
Y It has 80 tentacles that move about freely. They can sting, causing poisoning and sharp, stabbing pain.
Omega Ruby Tentacruel has large red orbs on its head. The orbs glow before lashing the vicinity with a harsh ultrasonic blast. This Pokémon's outburst creates rough waves around it.
Alpha Sapphire Tentacruel has tentacles that can be freely elongated and shortened at will. It ensnares prey with its tentacles and weakens the prey by dosing it with a harsh toxin. It can catch up to 80 prey at the same time.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #107
Alola
USUM: #130
Kanto
#073
Sun Normally, it has 80 poisonous tentacles. The longer one has been alive, the fewer tentacles it will have.
Moon Although these Pokémon are rare, when a large outbreak of them occurs, all fish Pokémon disappear from the surrounding sea.
Ultra Sun It fires off ultrasonic waves from its red orbs to weaken its prey, and then it wraps them up in its 80 tentacles.
Ultra Moon It communicates with others of its kind by lighting up the red orbs on its head. When the orbs are blinking, it's a warning sign.
Let's Go Pikachu Its 80 tentacles can stretch and contract freely. They wrap around prey and weaken it with poison.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #041
Sword When the red orbs on Tentacruel's head glow brightly, watch out. The Pokémon is about to fire off a burst of ultrasonic waves.
Shield Its 80 tentacles can stretch and shrink freely. Tentacruel ensnares prey in a net of spread-out tentacles, delivering venomous stings to its catch.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Evolve Tentacool
Blue (Japan)
Evolve Tentacool
Yellow
Routes 19, 20, and 21 (Super Rod)
Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 20, 21, 26, 27 and 41, New Bark Town, Olivine City*, Pallet Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island (Surfing and Super Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 19, 32, 34 and 40, Cherrygrove City, Cianwood City, Whirl Islands, Union Cave* (Surfing)
Crystal
Routes 20, 21, 26, 27 and 41, New Bark Town, Olivine City*, Pallet Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island (Surfing and Super Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 19, 32, 34 and 40, Cherrygrove City, Cianwood City, Whirl Islands, Union Cave* (Surfing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Abandoned Ship (surfing and Super Rod)
Emerald
Abandoned Ship (Surfing and Super Rod)
FireRed LeafGreen
Treasure Beach, Kindle Road, Bond Bridge, Five Isle Meadow, Memorial Pillar, Water Labyrinth, Resort Gorgeous, Water Path, Green Path, Outcast Island, Tanoby Ruins, One Island, Five Island, Icefall Cave, Trainer Tower (Surfing)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Routes 205, 213, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 226, and 230, Pastoria City, Canalave City, Sunyshore City, Valley Windworks, Fuego Ironworks, Iron Island, Pokémon League (Surfing)
Platinum
Routes 205, 212, 213, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 226, and 230, Pastoria City, Canalave City, Sunyshore City, Valley Windworks, Fuego Ironworks, Iron Island, Pokémon League (Surfing)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 20, 21, 26, 27, and 41, New Bark Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Pallet Town (Surfing and Super Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 19, 32, 34, and 40, Cherrygrove City, Union Cave*, Whirl Islands*, Olivine City, Cianwood City (Surfing)
Route 47 (Super Rod)
Pal Park
Sea
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Tentacool
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Routes 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, and 133, Mossdeep City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Shoal Cave, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road, Battle Resort (Surfing)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Poni Wilds (Surfing)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Routes 14 and 15, Poni Breaker Coast (Surfing)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Routes 4, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 24, Seafoam Islands (Sea Skim)
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Evolve Tentacool
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Tentacool
Trozei!
Secret Storage 11, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Stormy Sea (B31F-B39F), Silver Trench (B35F-B44F), Grand Sea (B21F-B30F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Surrounded Sea (B1F-B20F), Miracle Sea (B1F-B18F, Deep Miracle Sea B1F-B3F), Bottomless Sea (B1F-B49F)
MD Sky
Surrounded Sea (B1F-B20F), Miracle Sea (B1F-B18F, Deep Miracle Sea B1F-B3F), Bottomless Sea (B1F-B49F)
Ranger: SoA
Sea of Wailord
Rumble
Bright Beach (Normal Mode C & S, Advanced Mode C & A)
Ranger: GS
Eastern Sea
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Beach: Sunny Seashore
Rumble U
Unidentified Flying Objects
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 4
Shuffle
Nacht Carnival: Stage 546
Rumble World
Pearl Marsh: Moonlit Island (Center Boss, Back)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea, Mewtwo Sea, Zygarde Sea, Bulbasaur Sea

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Silver Leaf Silver Leaf (100%)
Yellow*
Diamond Pearl Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)
Sun Moon Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)
Sword Shield Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
80
140 - 187 270 - 364
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total:
515
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.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 120.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/2
Power
3/3 ★★★
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
13/16 ★★

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Reflect Type Normal Status 0000 00——% 15
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
044 Acid Poison Special 04040 100100% 30
088 Wrap Normal Physical 01515 09090% 20
1212 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
1616 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100100% 20
2020 Screech Normal Status 0000 08585% 40
2424 Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
2828 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100100% 10
3434 Acid Armor Poison Status 0000 00——% 20
4040 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100100% 20
4646 Surf Water Special 09090 100100% 15
5252 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100100% 10
5858 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tentacruel
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tentacruel
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
By TM/HM
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM16Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM16 Screech Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 40
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM28Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM28 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM36Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM45Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM45 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM55Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM55 Brine Water Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM57Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM57 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM73Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM73 Cross Poison Poison Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM74Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM74 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM77Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM77 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM97Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM97 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR00Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR03Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR16Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR22Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR45Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR54Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR54 Toxic Spikes Poison Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR57Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR78Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR78 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TR84Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR91Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR91 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR92Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR92 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tentacruel
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tentacruel
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
By breeding
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Acupressure Normal Status —% 30
Aqua Ring Water Status —% 20
Aurora Beam Ice Special 65 100% 20
Confuse Ray Ghost Status 100% 10
Haze Ice Status —% 30
Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100% 20
Mirror Coat Psychic Special 100% 20
Rapid Spin Normal Physical 20 100% 40
Tickle Normal Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Tentacruel in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Tentacruel in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tentacruel
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tentacruel
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
By tutoring
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh IoA Corrosive Gas Poison Status 100% 40
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tentacruel
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tentacruel
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations
By a prior evolution
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tentacruel
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tentacruel
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin073.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS073.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani073.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -30%
Friend Area: Bountiful Sea
Phrases
51%-100% HP Know how many of these tentacles I have? Eighty!
26%-50% HP I don't like this. My health is out by half.
1%-25% HP Useless... I can barely raise my tentacles...
Level up Yes! Leveled up! I feel invigorated!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 073.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Water
Poké Assist: Water PA.png
Water
Field move: Crush 2 field move.png
(Crush ×2)
Browser entry R-234
It shoots poisonous needles and scatters poison to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Water
Poké Assist:
(present)
Water Assist.png
Water
Field move:
(present)
Crush 1 field move.png
(Crush ×1)
Not available in the past.
Browser entry R-277
It spits bubbles around itself that make Pokémon Slowed.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Poison
Attack Power: ★★★★★

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Pokémon Shuffle
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Poison
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 110 Raise Max Level.png 5

#677
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Poison Pact
Increases damage done by Poison types in the combo.


Pokémon GO
GO073.png Base Stamina: 190 Base Attack: 166 Base Defense: 209
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Acid, Poison Jab
Charged Attacks: Hydro Pump, Sludge Wave, Blizzard, Acid Spray*

Evolution

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Unevolved
Tentacool
 Water  Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 30
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First evolution
Tentacruel
 Water  Poison 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
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Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
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Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
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Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
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Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
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Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
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Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
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073XYMS.png For other sprites and images, please see Tentacruel images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Tentacruel may take inspiration from the jellyfish and the Portuguese man o' war. It also shares some characteristics of a squid. Tentacruel also resembles several varieties of the bug-eyed monster and other alien invaders from 1950s B-movies, which is reflected in its ability to fire lasers from the gems on its head.

Name origin

Tentacruel is a combination of tentacle and cruel or ruler (referencing it as the line's final evolutionary stage).

Dokukurage literally means 毒水母 (poison jellyfish).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドククラゲ Dokukurage Literally 毒水母 poison jellyfish
France Flag.png French Tentacruel Same as English name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tentacruel Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Tentoxa From Tentakel and toxisch
Italy Flag.png Italian Tentacruel Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 독파리 Tokpari From dok and 해파리 haepari
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 多腳水母 Dōgeukséuimóuh Literally "Many feet jellyfish"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 毒刺水母 Dúcìshuǐmǔ Literally "Venomous sting jellyfish"


External links

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