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Deals damage. It has a 1/3 chance for the move to hit either 2 or 3 times, and a 1/6 chance to hit either 4 or 5 times. If a Focus Sash or the ability Sturdy is activated through one of the hits, another hit will KO the target. Each hit is treated as a separate attack, and thus abilities such as Weak Armor will activate for every hit taken, and every hit has a separate flinch rate if used with King's Rock, Razor Fang, or Stench, and a separate critical hit chance. Color Change will only activate on the last hit of the move. However, the items Life Orb and Metronome treat all the hits as a single attack. If this move breaks a Substitute, the attack can still continue and hurt the target. If the target holds a Chilan or Jaboca Berry, it will only affect the first hit of this move. If the user has the ability Skill Link, this move will always hit five times.
Tail Slap is the preferred Normal-type move on Cinccino. With two wonderful abilities in Technician and Skill Link, Tail Slap will be doing considerable damage to anything that doesn't resist it. With Technician, it hits 75 Base Power at the worst, so it isn't weak. With Skill Link, it will always hit at 125 Base Power, outdamaging Return for that matter. Overall, Tail Slap is an excellent move for Cinccino to use alongside Skill Link or Technician.
Return is stronger on average.
Double-Edge is much stronger on average and has recoil damage.
Rock Blast is a more accurate Rock-type variant.
Bone Rush is a less accurate Ground-type variant.
Icicle Spear is a more accurate Ice-type variant.
Bullet Seed is a more accurate Grass-type variant.