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In the games, on rare occasions there will be a Pokémon that knows a move it cannot legally learn in any game. It is unknown whether these are actual mistakes or not.

List of in-game Pokémon with moves they can't learn in the games

Illegal moves

Sprite Name Move Game Notes Picture
149.png Lance's Dragonite Barrier GEN1.1Pokémon Red and Blue Lance's Dragonite knows Barrier in the Generation I games, although Dragonite cannot legitimately learn this move by any means. 200px
142.png Lance's Aerodactyl Rock Slide GEN2.1Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Lance's Aerodactyl knows Rock Slide in the Generation II games, although Aerodactyl could not legitimately learn this move until Generation III. 200px
148.png Winona's Dragonair Earthquake GEN3.3Pokémon Emerald Winona has a Dragonair that knows Earthquake in her second and third rematches in Pokémon Emerald, a move that Dragonair cannot learn until it evolves into a Dragonite.
171.png Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn Earthquake GEN3.3Pokémon Emerald Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn knows Earthquake in the Generation III games, although Lanturn cannot legitimately learn this move by any means.
046.png Battle Sims' Paras Sleep Powder GEN3.5Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In the "Healing status conditions" Battle Sim, the opposing Trainer's Paras knows Sleep Powder, a move which Paras cannot learn.
068.png Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance GEN3.5Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 07, the player's Pokémon is a Machamp that knows moves including Swords Dance, a move which Machamp cannot learn. Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance XD.png
527.png Strange Lady ???'s Woobat Confuse Ray GEN5.2Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the first movie in the Die Pforten des Zauberreichs Series at Pokéstar Studios, Bellelba (referred to in battle as "Strange Lady ???") uses a Woobat that knows Confuse Ray, a move which Woobat cannot learn.
528.png Strange Lady ???'s Swoobat Confuse Ray GEN5.2Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the first movie in the Die Pforten des Zauberreichs Series at Pokéstar Studios, Bellelba (referred to in battle as "Strange Lady ???") uses a Swoobat that knows Confuse Ray, a move which Swoobat cannot learn.
146.png En's Moltres Leer GEN5.2Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the downloadable Rotation Battle Tournament for PWT, En's Moltres has Leer, a move that Moltres could learn in Generation I but cannot have legitimately in Generation V.
376.png Abel's Metagross Ice Beam GEN5.2Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the downloadable 2012: Masters Division Challenge for PWT, Abel's Metagross, due to an error, has the illegal move Ice Beam. This error existed in the initial distribution of the tournament, which lasted from November 18 to November 20, 2012, where the tournament was replaced with an updated version where Metagross knew the correct move, Ice Punch.

Illegal move combinations

Sprite Name Moves Game Notes
009.png Psychic Mason's Blastoise Mirror Coat and Haze Pokémon Stadium 2 This is the eighth Trainer in Poké Cup Ultra Ball R-2. While Blastoise can learn these moves by breeding, it cannot learn both simultaneously, as there is no Pokémon in the same Egg group as Blastoise that can learn both of these moves.
026.png Lt. Surge's Raichu Surf and Reversal Pokémon Stadium 2 Lt. Surge has this Raichu when fighting him in R-2. While Raichu can learn both of these moves individually, there is no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously. Surf can only be obtained as a special move as a Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium, while Reversal can only be obtained by breeding.
103.png Bruno's Exeggutor AncientPower and Explosion Pokémon Stadium 2 While Exeggutor can learn both of these moves individually, there is no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously. AncientPower is an Egg move that does not exist in Generation I, while Explosion is a Generation I TM.
047.png Walter's Parasect Bullet Seed and Leech Seed Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 Bullet Seed was a TM available to Parasect in Generations III and IV, but Leech Seed is only available to Parasect by breeding beginning in Generation V.

Pokémon that know a move at an earlier level

Sprite Name Move Game Notes Picture
221.png Pryce's Piloswine Fury Attack GEN2.2Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pryce's Piloswine knows Fury Attack at level 31, although Piloswine doesn't learn this move until level 33. In addition, Swinub does not learn the move at all.
334.png Winona's Altaria Dragon Dance GEN3.2Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Winona's Altaria knows Dragon Dance at level 33, although Altaria doesn't learn this move until level 40.

See also

Move errors in various Pokémon canons
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