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Hydro Cannon (move)

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Hydro Cannon
ハイドロカノン Hydro Cannon
Hydro Cannon XY.png
Type  Water
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  150
Accuracy  90%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jams the others, and misses one turn of appeals.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +3 if the Pokémon that just went hit max Voltage.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Hydro Cannon (Japanese: ハイドロカノン Hydro Cannon) is a damage-dealing Water-type move introduced in Generation III.


Hydro Cannon inflicts damage and then forces the user to recharge during the next turn. Unless this attack misses, the user will always have to recharge.


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Reason: Colo and XD description.
Games Description
RSE Powerful, but leaves the user immobile the next turn.
FRLG The foe is hit with a watery cannon. The user can’t move on the next turn.
DPPtHGSS The foe is hit with a watery blast. The user must rest on the next turn, however.
BW The target is hit with a watery blast. The user must rest on the next turn, however.


By Move Tutor

Various Move Tutors will teach Hydro Cannon to the fully evolved Water-type starters if their friendship rating is maximized:

# Pokémon Type Game
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water
260 Swampert Swampert Water Ground
395 Empoleon Empoleon Water Steel
503 Samurott Samurott Water Water
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

Special move

Generation III

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
158 158 Totodile Water Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

By event

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
007 007 Squirtle Water Sticker Promotional Kanto Starter Eggs
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Gary Blastoise Hydro Cannon.png Barry Empoleon Hydro Cannon.png Kenny Empoleon Hydro Cannon.png None.png
Blastoise Barry's Empoleon Kenny's Empoleon
Energy is gathered to form a powerful blast of water.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
009 Blastoise Blastoise fires two powerful orbs of water from its cannons at the opponent.
Gary's Blastoise Ill-Will Hunting! Debut
395 Empoleon Empoleon opens its beak and a blue flash of light appears in front of it. Then, a glowing light blue ball of water appears in front of Empoleon's beak where the flash was and Empoleon fires it at the opponent. Sometimes, Empoleon fires three light blue balls of water, one after the other.
Barry's Empoleon Barry's Busting Out All Over! None
Kenny's Empoleon Last Call - First Round! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Hydro Cannon III.png Hydro Cannon DPPt.png Hydro Cannon HGSS.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG DPPt Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast


  • Smeargle is the only Pokémon that is not a Water-type starter Pokémon able to learn Hydro Cannon, due to Sketch.
  • Mew, though repeatedly said on the Pokédex to be able to learn any move, is not able to learn Hydro Cannon, because the tutors only want to teach it to Water-type starter Pokémon.
  • This move has so far been used by rivals' Pokémon in the anime: Gary's Blastoise, Barry's Empoleon and Kenny's Empoleon.
  • Despite being only available in Generation III and beyond, Hydro Cannon appeared early on in the Pokémon TCG on a Blastoise card.
  • Hydro Cannon along with its variations is tied with Quick Attack and its variations to have the most variations.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 水電炮 Shuǐdiànpào
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Hydro Kanon
France Flag.png French Hydroblast
Germany Flag.png German Aquahaubitze
Greece Flag.png Greek Υδραυλικό Ολμοβόλο
India Flag.png Hindi पानी की तोफ Paani ki Toap
Italy Flag.png Italian Idrocannone
South Korea Flag.png Korean 하이드로캐논 Hydrocannon
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Hidro Canhão
Romania Flag.png Romanian Tunul Hidro
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Hidro Top
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hidrocañón

Variations of the move Hyper Beam
Physical Giga ImpactRock Wrecker
Special Hyper BeamBlast BurnFrenzy PlantHydro CannonRoar of Time

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