Essentials

Skull Bash

Normal physical

Generation 1

Summary

Raises the user's Defense by one stage. User charges for one turn before attacking.

Damage Dealt

  • Bug 1
  • Dark 1
  • Dragon 1
  • Electric 1
  • Fairy 1
  • Fighting 1
  • Fire 1
  • Flying 1
  • Ghost 0
  • Grass 1
  • Ground 1
  • Ice 1
  • Normal 1
  • Poison 1
  • Psychic 1
  • Rock ½
  • Steel ½
  • Water 1

Stats

Power
130; percentile 93.2
Accuracy
100%
PP
10, up to 16 with PP Up PP Up
Target
Selected Pokémon
Effect chance
100
Priority
0 (normal)

Flags

Machines

Generation 1
TM40
Generation 2
Not a TM
Generation 3
Not a TM
Generation 4
Not a TM
Generation 5
Not a TM
Generation 6
Not a TM

Effect

Inflicts regular damage. Raises the user's Defense by one stage. User then charges for one turn before attacking.

This move cannot be selected by Sleep Talk.

Meta

This reflects how the games treat moves and may be somewhat idealistic.

History

Before Gold, Silver

Does not raise Defense.

Flavor

Flavor Text

Generation 2
Gold, Silver, Crystal

1st turn: Prepare 2nd turn: Attack

Generation 3
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald

Tucks in the head, then attacks on the next turn.

FireRed, LeafGreen

The user raises its DEFENSE in the 1st turn, then attacks in the 2nd turn.

Generation 4
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver

The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.

Generation 5
Black, White, Black 2, White 2

The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Generation 6
X, Y

The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Foreign Names

French
Coud'Krâne
Spanish
Cabezazo
Italian
Capocciata
German
Schädelwumme
Czech
Úder lebkou
Japanese
ロケットずつき (rokettozutsuki)

Contests

Generation 3 Contest

Type
Tough
Appeal
Jam
♥♥♥♥
Flavor text
Badly startles the Pokémon in front.
Use after
None
Use before
None

Generation 4 Super Contest

Type
Tough
Appeal
Flavor text
Earn +3 if no other Pokémon has chosen the same Judge.
Use after
None
Use before
None

Similar moves

No other moves have the same effect as Skull Bash.

Pokémon

Normal Pokémon get STAB, and have their types highlighted in green.

Pokémon with higher Attack are more suited to Skull Bash's physical damage, and have the stat highlighted in green.

Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Diamond, Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold, SoulSilver Generation 5 Generation 6 Pokémon Type Ability Gender Egg Group HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd Total
Level up: Learned when a Pokémon reaches a certain level.
35 40 40 31 31 31 31 Squirtle Water Torrent
Rain Dish
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
44 48 65 50 64 43 314
39 45 45 36 36 36 36 Wartortle Water Torrent
Rain Dish
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
59 63 80 65 80 58 405
42 55 55 39 39 39 39 Blastoise Water Torrent
Rain Dish
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
79 83 100 85 105 78 530
39 Blastoise Mega Blastoise Water Mega Launcher ⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
79 103 120 135 115 78 630
48 50 50 50 50 Sharpedo Water Dark Rough Skin
Speed Boost
½ male, ½ female Water 2 70 120 40 95 40 95 460
Barbaracle Rock Water Sniper
Tough Claws
Pickpocket
½ male, ½ female Water 3 72 105 115 54 86 68 500
Avalugg Ice Ice Body
Own Tempo
Sturdy
½ male, ½ female Monster 95 117 184 44 46 28 514
Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Diamond, Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold, SoulSilver Generation 5 Generation 6 Pokémon Type Ability Gender Egg Group HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd Total
Egg: Appears on a newly-hatched Pokémon, if the father had the same move.
• • • • • • Bulbasaur Grass Poison Overgrow
Chlorophyll
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Grass
45 49 49 65 65 45 318
• • • Nidoran♀ Poison Poison Point
Rivalry
Hustle
always female Monster
Field
55 47 52 40 40 41 275
• • • • • • Cubone Ground Rock Head
Lightning Rod
Battle Armor
½ male, ½ female Monster 50 50 95 40 50 35 320
• • • Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod
Rock Head
Reckless
½ male, ½ female Monster
Field
80 85 95 30 30 25 345
• • Goldeen Water Swift Swim
Water Veil
Lightning Rod
½ male, ½ female Water 2 45 67 60 35 50 63 320
• • • Torkoal Fire White Smoke
Shell Armor
½ male, ½ female Field 70 85 140 85 70 20 470
• • • • • Relicanth Water Rock Swift Swim
Rock Head
Sturdy
⅞ male, ⅛ female Water 1
Water 2
100 90 130 45 65 55 485
• • Bidoof Normal Simple
Unaware
Moody
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
59 45 40 35 40 31 250
• • • Snover Grass Ice Snow Warning
Soundproof
½ male, ½ female Monster
Grass
60 62 50 62 60 40 334
• • Drilbur Ground Sand Rush
Sand Force
Mold Breaker
½ male, ½ female Field 60 85 40 30 45 68 328
• • Bouffalant Normal Reckless
Sap Sipper
Soundproof
½ male, ½ female Field 95 110 95 40 95 55 490
Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Diamond, Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold, SoulSilver Generation 5 Generation 6 Pokémon Type Ability Gender Egg Group HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd Total
Machine: Can be taught at any time by using a TM or HM.
40 Charmander Fire Blaze
Solar Power
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Dragon
39 52 43 60 50 65 309
40 Charmeleon Fire Blaze
Solar Power
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Dragon
58 64 58 80 65 80 405
40 Charizard Fire Flying Blaze
Solar Power
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Dragon
78 84 78 109 85 100 534
40 Squirtle Water Torrent
Rain Dish
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
44 48 65 50 64 43 314
40 Wartortle Water Torrent
Rain Dish
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
59 63 80 65 80 58 405
40 Blastoise Water Torrent
Rain Dish
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster
Water 1
79 83 100 85 105 78 530
40 Beedrill Bug Poison Swarm
Sniper
½ male, ½ female Bug 65 90 40 45 80 75 395
40 Rattata Normal Run Away
Guts
Hustle
½ male, ½ female Field 30 56 35 25 35 72 253
40 Raticate Normal Run Away
Guts
Hustle
½ male, ½ female Field 55 81 60 50 70 97 413
40 Ekans Poison Intimidate
Shed Skin
Unnerve
½ male, ½ female Field
Dragon
35 60 44 40 54 55 288
40 Arbok Poison Intimidate
Shed Skin
Unnerve
½ male, ½ female Field
Dragon
60 85 69 65 79 80 438
40 Pikachu Electric Static
Lightning Rod
½ male, ½ female Field
Fairy
35 55 40 50 50 90 320
40 Raichu Electric Static
Lightning Rod
½ male, ½ female Field
Fairy
60 90 55 90 80 110 485
40 Sandshrew Ground Sand Veil
Sand Rush
½ male, ½ female Field 50 75 85 20 30 40 300
40 Sandslash Ground Sand Veil
Sand Rush
½ male, ½ female Field 75 100 110 45 55 65 450
40 Nidoran♀ Poison Poison Point
Rivalry
Hustle
always female Monster
Field
55 47 52 40 40 41 275
40 Nidorina Poison Poison Point
Rivalry
Hustle
always female Undiscovered 70 62 67 55 55 56 365
40 Nidoqueen Poison Ground Poison Point
Rivalry
Sheer Force
always female Undiscovered 90 92 87 75 85 76 505
40 Nidoran♂ Poison Poison Point
Rivalry
Hustle
always male Monster
Field
46 57 40 40 40 50 273
40 Nidorino Poison Poison Point
Rivalry
Hustle
always male Monster
Field
61 72 57 55 55 65 365
40 Nidoking Poison Ground Poison Point
Rivalry
Sheer Force
always male Monster
Field
81 102 77 85 75 85 505
40 Clefairy Fairy Cute Charm
Magic Guard
Friend Guard
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 70 45 48 60 65 35 323
40 Clefable Fairy Cute Charm
Magic Guard
Unaware
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 95 70 73 95 90 60 483
40 Vulpix Fire Flash Fire
Drought
¼ male, ¾ female Field 38 41 40 50 65 65 299
40 Ninetales Fire Flash Fire
Drought
¼ male, ¾ female Field 73 76 75 81 100 100 505
40 Jigglypuff Normal Fairy Cute Charm
Competitive
Friend Guard
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 115 45 20 45 25 20 270
40 Wigglytuff Normal Fairy Cute Charm
Competitive
Frisk
¼ male, ¾ female Fairy 140 70 45 85 50 45 435
40 Paras Bug Grass Effect Spore
Dry Skin
Damp
½ male, ½ female Bug
Grass
35 70 55 45 55 25 285
40 Parasect Bug Grass Effect Spore
Dry Skin
Damp
½ male, ½ female Bug
Grass
60 95 80 60 80 30 405
40 Meowth Normal Pickup
Technician
Unnerve
½ male, ½ female Field 40 45 35 40 40 90 290
40 Persian Normal Limber
Technician
Unnerve
½ male, ½ female Field 65 70 60 65 65 115 440
40 Psyduck Water Damp
Cloud Nine
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
50 52 48 65 50 55 320
40 Golduck Water Damp
Cloud Nine
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
80 82 78 95 80 85 500
40 Mankey Fighting Vital Spirit
Anger Point
Defiant
½ male, ½ female Field 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
40 Primeape Fighting Vital Spirit
Anger Point
Defiant
½ male, ½ female Field 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
40 Growlithe Fire Intimidate
Flash Fire
Justified
¾ male, ¼ female Field 55 70 45 70 50 60 350
40 Arcanine Fire Intimidate
Flash Fire
Justified
¾ male, ¼ female Field 90 110 80 100 80 95 555
40 Poliwag Water Water Absorb
Damp
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1 40 50 40 40 40 90 300
40 Poliwhirl Water Water Absorb
Damp
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1 65 65 65 50 50 90 385
40 Poliwrath Water Fighting Water Absorb
Damp
Swift Swim
½ male, ½ female Water 1 90 95 95 70 90 70 510
40 Abra Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 25 20 15 105 55 90 310
40 Kadabra Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
40 Alakazam Psychic Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 55 50 45 135 95 120 500
40 Machop Fighting Guts
No Guard
Steadfast
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 70 80 50 35 35 35 305
40 Machoke Fighting Guts
No Guard
Steadfast
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 80 100 70 50 60 45 405
40 Machamp Fighting Guts
No Guard
Steadfast
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 90 130 80 65 85 55 505
40 Tentacool Water Poison Clear Body
Liquid Ooze
Rain Dish
½ male, ½ female Water 3 40 40 35 50 100 70 335
40 Tentacruel Water Poison Clear Body
Liquid Ooze
Rain Dish
½ male, ½ female Water 3 80 70 65 80 120 100 515
40 Ponyta Fire Run Away
Flash Fire
Flame Body
½ male, ½ female Field 50 85 55 65 65 90 410
40 Rapidash Fire Run Away
Flash Fire
Flame Body
½ male, ½ female Field 65 100 70 80 80 105 500
40 Slowpoke Water Psychic Oblivious
Own Tempo
Regenerator
½ male, ½ female Monster
Water 1
90 65 65 40 40 15 315
40 Slowbro Water Psychic Oblivious
Own Tempo
Regenerator
½ male, ½ female Monster
Water 1
95 75 110 100 80 30 490
40 Farfetch'd Normal Flying Keen Eye
Inner Focus
Defiant
½ male, ½ female Flying
Field
52 65 55 58 62 60 352
40 Doduo Normal Flying Run Away
Early Bird
Tangled Feet
½ male, ½ female Flying 35 85 45 35 35 75 310
40 Dodrio Normal Flying Run Away
Early Bird
Tangled Feet
½ male, ½ female Flying 60 110 70 60 60 100 460
40 Seel Water Thick Fat
Hydration
Ice Body
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
65 45 55 45 70 45 325
40 Dewgong Water Ice Thick Fat
Hydration
Ice Body
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Field
90 70 80 70 95 70 475
40 Gengar Ghost Poison Levitate ½ male, ½ female Amorphous 60 65 60 130 75 110 500
40 Onix Rock Ground Rock Head
Sturdy
Weak Armor
½ male, ½ female Mineral 35 45 160 30 45 70 385
40 Drowzee Psychic Insomnia
Forewarn
Inner Focus
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
40 Hypno Psychic Insomnia
Forewarn
Inner Focus
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
40 Electrode Electric Soundproof
Static
Aftermath
genderless Mineral 60 50 70 80 80 140 480
40 Cubone Ground Rock Head
Lightning Rod
Battle Armor
½ male, ½ female Monster 50 50 95 40 50 35 320
40 Marowak Ground Rock Head
Lightning Rod
Battle Armor
½ male, ½ female Monster 60 80 110 50 80 45 425
40 Hitmonlee Fighting Limber
Reckless
Unburden
always male Human-Like 50 120 53 35 110 87 455
40 Hitmonchan Fighting Keen Eye
Iron Fist
Inner Focus
always male Human-Like 50 105 79 35 110 76 455
40 Lickitung Normal Own Tempo
Oblivious
Cloud Nine
½ male, ½ female Monster 90 55 75 60 75 30 385
40 Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod
Rock Head
Reckless
½ male, ½ female Monster
Field
80 85 95 30 30 25 345
40 Rhydon Ground Rock Lightning Rod
Rock Head
Reckless
½ male, ½ female Monster
Field
105 130 120 45 45 40 485
40 Chansey Normal Natural Cure
Serene Grace
Healer
always female Fairy 250 5 5 35 105 50 450
40 Tangela Grass Chlorophyll
Leaf Guard
Regenerator
½ male, ½ female Grass 65 55 115 100 40 60 435
40 Kangaskhan Normal Early Bird
Scrappy
Inner Focus
always female Monster 105 95 80 40 80 90 490
40 Horsea Water Swift Swim
Sniper
Damp
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Dragon
30 40 70 70 25 60 295
40 Seadra Water Poison Point
Sniper
Damp
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Dragon
55 65 95 95 45 85 440
40 Goldeen Water Swift Swim
Water Veil
Lightning Rod
½ male, ½ female Water 2 45 67 60 35 50 63 320
40 Seaking Water Swift Swim
Water Veil
Lightning Rod
½ male, ½ female Water 2 80 92 65 65 80 68 450
40 Staryu Water Illuminate
Natural Cure
Analytic
genderless Water 3 30 45 55 70 55 85 340
40 Starmie Water Psychic Illuminate
Natural Cure
Analytic
genderless Water 3 60 75 85 100 85 115 520
40 Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy Soundproof
Filter
Technician
½ male, ½ female Human-Like 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
40 Scyther Bug Flying Swarm
Technician
Steadfast
½ male, ½ female Bug 70 110 80 55 80 105 500
40 Jynx Ice Psychic Oblivious
Forewarn
Dry Skin
always female Human-Like 65 50 35 115 95 95 455
40 Electabuzz Electric Static
Vital Spirit
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 65 83 57 95 85 105 490
40 Magmar Fire Flame Body
Vital Spirit
¾ male, ¼ female Human-Like 65 95 57 100 85 93 495
40 Tauros Normal Intimidate
Anger Point
Sheer Force
always male Field 75 100 95 40 70 110 490
40 Gyarados Water Flying Intimidate
Moxie
½ male, ½ female Water 2
Dragon
95 125 79 60 100 81 540
40 Lapras Water Ice Water Absorb
Shell Armor
Hydration
½ male, ½ female Monster
Water 1
130 85 80 85 95 60 535
40 Eevee Normal Run Away
Adaptability
Anticipation
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 55 55 50 45 65 55 325
40 Vaporeon Water Water Absorb
Hydration
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 130 65 60 110 95 65 525
40 Jolteon Electric Volt Absorb
Quick Feet
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 65 65 60 110 95 130 525
40 Flareon Fire Flash Fire
Guts
⅞ male, ⅛ female Field 65 130 60 95 110 65 525
40 Porygon Normal Trace
Download
Analytic
genderless Mineral 65 60 70 85 75 40 395
40 Omastar Rock Water Swift Swim
Shell Armor
Weak Armor
⅞ male, ⅛ female Water 1
Water 3
70 60 125 115 70 55 495
40 Kabutops Rock Water Swift Swim
Battle Armor
Weak Armor
⅞ male, ⅛ female Water 1
Water 3
60 115 105 65 70 80 495
40 Snorlax Normal Immunity
Thick Fat
Gluttony
⅞ male, ⅛ female Monster 160 110 65 65 110 30 540
40 Dratini Dragon Shed Skin
Marvel Scale
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Dragon
41 64 45 50 50 50 300
40 Dragonair Dragon Shed Skin
Marvel Scale
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Dragon
61 84 65 70 70 70 420
40 Dragonite Dragon Flying Inner Focus
Multiscale
½ male, ½ female Water 1
Dragon
91 134 95 100 100 80 600
40 Mewtwo Psychic Pressure
Unnerve
genderless Undiscovered 106 110 90 154 90 130 680
40 Mew Psychic Synchronize genderless Undiscovered 100 100 100 100 100 100 600

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