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Surf (Japanese: なみのり Surfing) is a damage-dealing Water-type move introduced in Generation I. It is HM03 in all generations.
Generations I and II
Surf inflicts damage and has no secondary effect.
Same as the previous generations, but in a Double Battle, Surf will hit both opposing Pokémon. Its base Power is doubled if it is targeted at a Pokémon using Dive.
Generations IV and V
Same as the previous generation; however, in Double and Triple Battles, Surf will hit all other adjacent Pokémon, including allies.
Outside of battle
Surf can be used outside of battle to travel over bodies of water. When doing so, wild Pokémon may be encountered. Surfing is a very important mechanic of the games and must be used to complete the game, as all main series games to date have required Surf in order to reach Pokémon League where the Elite Four reside.
The speed of Surfing has varied dramatically through games. In Generations I and II, the speed was at the same speed as walking. In Generation III the speed was increased to running-speed. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Surfing speed was reduced to walking speed again. The speed was returned to running speed in Pokémon Platinum.
When Surf is used outside of battle, the sprite of a specific sea Pokémon floating on the water is shown, resembling the player being carried by the Pokémon. In Generation I, the generic Water type sprite, which resembles Seel and Dewgong, is shown (unless Pikachu is surfing, in which case a surfing Pikachu sprite is shown instead). In Generation II, a generic Water type sprite resembling Lapras is shown (unless Pikachu is surfing, in which case a surfing Pikachu sprite is shown instead). From Generation III onward, the sprite is indistinguishable as a specific Pokémon.
|| A Water-type attack. The power of this technique is strong and highly accurate.
|| A Water-type attack. This move is strong and highly accurate.
|| A strong water-type attack.
|| Creates a huge wave, then crashes it down on the foe.
|| A big wave crashes down on the foe. Can also be used for crossing water.
|| It swamps the entire battlefield with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
|| It swamps the area around the user with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Piplup creates a wave and then surfs on it, pushing any players it hits. Anyone caught in it will be pushed until Piplup disappears, or pushes the character off the stage. Piplup will keep using Surf even when off the stage.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Be a Master!! Pokémon BW manga
| A large wave is formed by the user that hits the entire battlefield.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Panpour summons a huge wave that hits the entire battlefield.
| Monta's Panpour
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Breath of Dragonair Part 3, Pika used Surf by shaping his substitute into a surfboard, as a Surfing Pikachu. This technique has been used in later chapters.
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga
In other generations
Outside of battle
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Reason: Male sprite from Black 2 and White 2.
- Surf is used by Pokémon in order to swim and carry humans on their backs simultaneously. However, some of the Pokémon that can learn it are far too small to even carry a child on their backs, such as Barboach.
- Junichi Masuda revealed in an interview that Surf is his favorite move.
- Surf and Fly are the only HM moves that become event-exclusive moves on certain Pokémon, both on Pikachu.
- Surf has the highest power of all HM moves, and is the only HM move to hit multiple targets.
- If Secret Power is used in the ocean in Generation III, it will have the animation of Surf.
- There is an unused item allowing players to cross water, identical to Surf in Red, Blue, and Yellow. It has been fan-named as "surfboard".
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