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Sky Attack (Japanese: ゴッドバード God Bird) is a damage-dealing Flying-type move introduced in Generation I. It was Moltres's signature move prior to Generation III. It was TM43 in Generation I.
Sky Attack does nothing on the turn it is selected, other than say that the user is glowing. On the following turn, Sky Attack will deal damage, PP will be deducted from it, and it will count as the last move used. Once Sky Attack is selected, the user won't be able to switch out until it is disrupted or fully executed.
If Sky Attack is not fully executed, PP will not be deducted from it, and it will not count as the last move used. If the target uses Mirror Move during the turn that the user is glowing, Mirror Move will copy the move that the user executed immediately before using Sky Attack (or fail if it can't).
Sleep, freeze, partial trapping, and flinching will pause but not disrupt the duration of Sky Attack.
In Stadium, Mirror Move will copy Sky Attack on either of the turns it takes to execute.
Sky Attack now has a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch. Otherwise, it is exactly the same as before.
Sky Attack now displays "<name> became cloaked in a harsh light!" instead of "<name> is glowing!". Otherwise, it is exactly the same as Generation III. If the user is holding a Power Herb, there will be no charge turn.
Sky Attack can hit non-adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.
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|| The strongest Flying-type attack. Energy is stored in the first turn, then fired the next turn.
|| Strongest Flying-type attack. Stores energy in the first turn, then fires in the next.
|| 1st turn: Prepare|
2nd turn: Attack
|| Searches out weak spots, then strikes the next turn.
|| A 2nd-turn attack move with a high critical-hit ratio. The foe may flinch.
|| A second-turn attack move with a high critical-hit ratio. It may also make the target flinch.
|| A second-turn attack move where critical hits land more easily. It may also make the target flinch.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| The user flaps their wings and creates a powerful gust to blow away the opponent.
|| First Chapter Used In
| ZMA Zapmolcuno
|| Zapmolcuno charges at the opponent and its body turns into a powerful tornado that blows the opponent away.
|| The Winged Legends
|| Altaria flies high into the air, then dives down and slams into the opponent with great force.
| Winona's Altaria
|| VS. Altaria
In other generations
- Except for Mew and Smeargle, all Pokémon who can learn Sky Attack are Flying-type Pokémon, and thus receive STAB for using it.
- Sky Attack has the highest base power of any Flying-type attack.
- In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Lugia can learn Sky Attack by leveling up but not from the Move Tutor.
- Sky Attack and Brave Bird share similar in-game animations; the only major difference is that where the former has a blue aura, the latter's is red. This is reversed in the anime.
- Despite crashing into the opponent like Brave Bird, this move does not make contact with the opponent.
- Sky Attack's in-game description erroneously states that it has a high critical hit rate.
- In Generation I, Sky Attack was the only Flying-type move to be taught by TM.
- It is also one of the two moves usable by standard form Missingno.
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