Skull Bash (move) – Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia


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Skull Bash (Japanese: ロケットずつき Rocket Headbutt) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. In Generation II, it was the signature move of the Squirtle evolutionary line. It was TM40 in Generation I.

Effect

Generation I

Skull Bash does nothing on the turn it is selected, other than say that the user lowered its head. On the following turn, Skull Bash will do damage, PP will be deducted from it, and it will count as the last move used. Once Skull Bash is selected, the user won’t be able to switch out until it is disrupted or fully executed.

If Skull Bash is not fully executed, PP will not be deducted from it, and it will not count as the last move used. If the opponent uses Mirror Move during the turn that the user lowers its head, Mirror Move will copy the move that the user executed immediately before using Skull Bash (or fail if it can’t).

Sleep, freeze, partial trapping, and flinching will pause but not disrupt the duration of Skull Bash.

In Stadium, Mirror Move will copy Skull Bash on either of the turns it takes to execute.

Generations II-V

On the turn it is selected, Skull Bash will raise the user’s Defense by one level.

If a Power Herb is held by the user, Skull Bash can be executed in one turn.

Generation VI

Skull Bash’s power is changed from 100 to 130 and its PP changed from 15 to 10.

Description

Games Description
Stad In the first turn, the attacker tucks in its head. The next turn, it head-butts at full steam.
Stad2 In the first turn, the attacker tucks its head. The next turn, it head-butts at full steam.
GSC 1st turn: Prepare
2nd turn: Attack
RSE Tucks in the head, then attacks on the next turn.
FRLG The user raises its Defense in the 1st turn, then attacks in the 2nd turn.
Colo.XD Raises defense, then attacks on the next turn.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the foe on the next turn.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense in the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense stat on the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Learnset

By leveling up

By breeding

By TM

Special move

Generation VII

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team and Explorers of Time and Darkness and Sky, Skull Bash is a move with 10 base power, 100% accuracy, and 15 PP. This attack hits enemy in the front; this move’s damage is doubled at the end of damage calculation. Unlike in main series, the Defense boost exists only in the charging phase. Being a two-turn move, this move cannot be linked.

Pokémon GO

Skull Bash is a Charged Attack in Pokémon GO that has been available since July 9, 2019.

Super Smash Bros. series

Pikachu uses Skull Bash as its side special from Super Smash Bros. Melee onwards. Skull Bash can be charged up to inflict more damage and knockback, as well as launching Pikachu further sideways, making it usable for recovering.

Pichu uses Skull Bash as its side special. It is similar to Pikachu’s, but can be charged longer and can deal even more damage and knockback, though hurts Pichu a little upon release. Pichu cannot legitimately learn Skull Bash in the main games, however.

Description

Games Description
MDRB The user gains the Skull Bash status, causing it to attack strongly on the next turn. It is not possible to link this move.
MDTDS Gives the user a Skull Bash status, which causes the Pokémon to charge power for 1 turn, then try a powerful attack on the next turn. It also boosts the Pokémon’s Defense while charging. You can’t link this move.
BSL ロケットずつきじょうたいになり ちからをため つぎのこうどうで いりょくのたかい こうげきを くりだす しかも ちからをためたターンは ぼうぎょがあがるぞ このわざは ポケモンタワーでは くりだせない
MDGtI IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Charge it to increase the power and distance.*
SMD You tuck your head to boost your Defense and then damage an enemy on the next turn.*
You’ll get the Skull Bash status condition, which lets you charge power to try a powerful attack on the next turn. It also boosts your Defense. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a IconTileSMD.pngWonder Tile.*

In the anime

Main series

Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Generations

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Pokémon Adventures

  • Green’s Blastoise, Blasty, was revealed to know Skull Bash on the official web site, but he was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages