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Toxic Spikes

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Poison - - 20 0 - Enemy field

Description

Lays down poison-inducing spikes on the foe's field. If this move is used twice, the Toxic Spikes will badly poison the foe. Fails after two layers are present on the target's side of the field. Only affects grounded Pokemon.

Grounded Pokemon are Pokemon that are not part Flying-type, do not have the ability Levitate, do not have Ingrain active, do not have Magnet Rise active, and are not holding an Air Balloon. If Gravity is active, all Pokemon are grounded. All Pokemon holding an Iron Ball are grounded.

If a Pokemon is Baton Passed a Substitute, it is still poisoned by Toxic Spikes. If Safeguard is in effect when a Pokemon switches in, it is not poisoned by Toxic Spikes. All layers are removed from foe's side of the field when they use Rapid Spin, or when the user's team uses Defog. If a player switches in a grounded Poison-type Pokemon while Toxic Spikes are on that player's side of the field, the Toxic Spikes are removed, even if Safeguard is in effect or the Pokemon is Baton Passed a Substitute. In a double or triple battle, this move will affect all opposing Pokemon. Toxic Spikes do not activate the ability Synchronize. Pokemon with the ability Magic Guard can be poisoned by Toxic Spikes, but do not take damage from the poison. Pokemon protected by Magic Coat or the ability Magic Bounce are unaffected and instead use this move themselves.

Competitive Use

Softening up your opponent with residual damage is always a great idea. Of the three types of entry hazards, Toxic Spikes—which can be laid by Tentacruel, Forretress, and Roserade— presents the biggest threat to defensively oriented teams, as Toxic poison wears down their Pokemon in no time. If you need a bit of extra damage against grounded threats, consider adding Toxic Spikes to further pressure your opponent. Just be warned that most dedicated stall teams will pack a grounded Poison-type or spinner to remove the Toxic Spikes.

Related Moves

Spikes is an entry hazard that deals consistent damage at the moment of entry, and also cannot hit Pokemon immune to Ground-type attacks.

Stealth Rock is a hazard that does Rock-type damage at the moment of entry.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Ariados Bug / Poison NU Swarm / Insomnia / Sniper 70 90 70 60 60 40 390
Beedrill Bug / Poison NU Swarm / Sniper 65 80 40 45 80 75 385
Cloyster Water / Ice OU Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 50 95 180 85 45 70 525
Drapion Poison / Dark RU Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye 70 90 110 60 75 95 500
Forretress Bug / Steel OU Sturdy / Overcoat 75 90 140 60 60 40 465
Garbodor Poison NU Stench / Weak Armor / Aftermath 80 95 82 60 82 75 474
Nidoking Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 81 92 77 85 75 85 495
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
Nidoran-M Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 46 57 40 40 40 50 273
Omanyte Rock / Water LC Swift Swim / Shell Armor / Weak Armor 35 40 100 90 55 35 355
Omastar Rock / Water RU Swift Swim / Shell Armor / Weak Armor 70 60 125 115 70 55 495
Pineco Bug LC Sturdy / Overcoat 50 65 90 35 35 15 290
Qwilfish Water / Poison RU Poison Point / Swift Swim / Intimidate 65 95 75 55 55 85 430
Roselia Grass / Poison NU Natural Cure / Poison Point / Leaf Guard 50 60 45 100 80 65 400
Roserade Grass / Poison UU Natural Cure / Poison Point / Technician 60 70 55 125 105 90 505
Scolipede Bug / Poison NU Poison Point / Swarm / Quick Feet 60 90 89 55 69 112 475
Skorupi Poison / Bug LC Battle Armor / Sniper / Keen Eye 40 50 90 30 55 65 330
Spinarak Bug / Poison LC Swarm / Insomnia / Sniper 40 60 40 40 40 30 250
Tentacool Water / Poison LC Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 40 40 35 50 100 70 335
Tentacruel Water / Poison OU Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 80 70 65 80 120 100 515
Trubbish Poison LC Stench / Sticky Hold / Aftermath 50 50 62 40 62 65 329
Venipede Bug / Poison LC Poison Point / Swarm / Quick Feet 30 45 59 30 39 57 260
Venomoth Bug / Poison BL2 Shield Dust / Tinted Lens / Wonder Skin 70 65 60 90 75 90 450
Venonat Bug / Poison LC Compoundeyes / Tinted Lens / Run Away 60 55 50 40 55 45 305