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Skull Bash

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Normal 100 100% 15 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage on the turn after it is used and boosts the user's Defense by one stage on the turn that it is selected. If the move is prevented from being used after the user has charged up, then the entire move is canceled, but PP is still deducted. If the user holds the item Power Herb, the move will not require a turn to charge.

Competitive Use

Like all moves that take a turn to charge up, Skull Bash is not a good competitive move. Unlike other charge-up moves like Shadow Force, Skull Bash does not allow the user to avoid attacks, but it does provide a temporary boost to Defense. Like all other charge-up moves, during the charge-up turn, the opponent can easily switch to a counter who can easily absorb the Skull Bash like Ferrothorn, giving the opponent momentum.

Related Moves

Return is stronger but does not boost Defense.

Double-Edge is much stronger, but does not boost Defense and has recoil damage.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Abomasnow Grass / Ice UU Snow Warning / Soundproof 90 92 75 92 85 60 494
Bibarel Normal / Water NU Simple / Unaware / Moody 79 85 60 55 60 71 410
Bidoof Normal LC Simple / Unaware / Moody 59 45 40 35 40 31 250
Blastoise Water UU Torrent / Rain Dish 79 83 100 85 105 78 530
Bouffalant Normal RU Reckless / Sap Sipper / Soundproof 95 110 95 40 95 55 490
Bulbasaur Grass / Poison LC Overgrow / Chlorophyll 45 49 49 65 65 45 318
Cubone Ground LC Rock Head / Lightningrod / Battle Armor 50 50 95 40 50 35 320
Drilbur Ground LC Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 60 85 40 30 45 68 328
Excadrill Ground / Steel Uber Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 110 135 60 50 65 88 508
Goldeen Water LC Swift Swim / Water Veil / Lightningrod 45 67 60 35 50 63 320
Marowak Ground NU Rock Head / Lightningrod / Battle Armor 60 80 110 50 80 45 425
Nidoqueen Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 90 82 87 75 85 76 495
Nidoran-F Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 55 47 52 40 40 41 275
Relicanth Water / Rock NU Swift Swim / Rock Head / Sturdy 100 90 130 45 65 55 485
Rhydon Ground / Rock RU Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 105 130 120 45 45 40 485
Rhyhorn Ground / Rock LC Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 80 85 95 30 30 25 345
Rhyperior Ground / Rock UU Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless 115 140 130 55 55 40 535
Seaking Water NU Swift Swim / Water Veil / Lightningrod 80 92 65 65 80 68 450
Sharpedo Water / Dark UU Rough Skin / Speed Boost 70 120 40 95 40 95 460
Snover Grass / Ice LC Snow Warning / Soundproof 60 62 50 62 60 40 334
Squirtle Water LC Torrent / Rain Dish 44 48 65 50 64 43 314
Torkoal Fire NU White Smoke / Shell Armor 70 85 140 85 70 20 470
Venusaur Grass / Poison OU Overgrow / Chlorophyll 80 82 83 100 100 80 525
Wartortle Water NU Torrent / Rain Dish 59 63 80 65 80 58 405