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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

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
149Dragonite.png Lance's Dragonite Barrier Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue
Pokémon Red and Blue
Lance's Dragonite knows Barrier in the Generation I games, although Dragonite cannot legitimately learn this move by any means. Lance Dragonite Barrier Generation I.png
142Aerodactyl.png Lance's Aerodactyl Rock Slide Pokémon 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. Lance Aerodactyl Rock Slide Gold.png
148Dragonair.png Winona's Dragonair Earthquake Pokémon 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.
171Lanturn.png Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn Earthquake Pokémon Emerald Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn knows Earthquake in Pokémon Emerald, although Lanturn cannot legitimately learn this move by any means. Cooltrainer Lanturn Earthquake Emerald.png
046Paras.png Battle Sims Paras Sleep Powder Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In the "Healing status conditions" Battle Sim, the opposing Trainer's Paras knows Sleep Powder, a move which Paras cannot legally learn.
068Machamp.png Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 07, the player's Pokémon is a Machamp whose known moves include Swords Dance, a move which Machamp cannot learn. Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance XD.png
158Totodile.png Battle Hall Totodile Brine Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Totodile in the Battle Hall know Brine,[1] which it cannot learn legally.
315Roselia.png Battle Hall Roselia Sludge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Roselia in the Battle Hall know Sludge,[1] which it cannot learn legally.
347Anorith.png Battle Hall Anorith Stone Edge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Anorith in the Battle Hall know Stone Edge,[1] which it cannot learn legally.
413Wormadam-Sandy.png School Kid Ann's Wormadam Leaf Storm Pokémon Black and White School Kid Ann's Sandy Cloak Wormadam knows the move Leaf Storm; however, as a Sandy Cloak Wormadam it doesn't have access to this move; it should instead know Fissure.
146Moltres.png En's Moltres Leer Pokémon 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.
376Metagross.png Abel's Metagross Ice Beam Pokémon 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.
282Gardevoir.png Gardevoir Fairy Wind Pokémon X and Y In the E3 trailer for Pokémon X and Y, Gardevoir was seen using Fairy Wind. When the game was finally released, however, Gardevoir could not learn that move by any legitimate means. XY Prerelease Gardevoir Fairy Wind.png

In the spin-off games

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
118Goldeen.png Goldeen Splash Super Smash Bros.,
Super Smash Bros. Melee,
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Goldeen that may emerge from a Poké Ball knows Splash, although Goldeen cannot legitimately learn this move by any means in any game. Goldeen SSBB.png
094Gengar.png Team Meanies Gengar Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team When this Gengar being escorted through Mt. Freeze and Murky Cave with the player, it knows Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack, as well as the legitimate move Taunt. These moves are the first four level-up moves learned by Absol or Sneasel, the former is a Pokémon that helps the player in the journey up Mt. Freeze after defeating Articuno for the first time in Frosty Forest.
384Rayquaza.png Rayquaza Dig Super Smash Bros. Brawl In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of Rayquaza's attacks is Dig, which it cannot learn legitimately in the games. Rayquaza Dig SSBB.jpg

Illegal move combinations

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
009Blastoise.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 could not learn both simultaneously at the time, as there was no Pokémon in the same Egg Group as Blastoise that could learn both of these moves.
026Raichu.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 is a Generation II move that is only obtainable by breeding.
030Nidorina.png Twins Min and Lyn's Nidorina Charm and Body Slam Pokémon Stadium 2 Twins Min and Lyn, the second opponents in the Azalea Gym R-2, have this Nidorina. While Nidorina can learn both of these moves individually, there is no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously, as Charm is a Generation II move that is only obtainable by breeding while Body Slam is a Generation I TM.
036Clefable.png Boarder Claude's Clefable Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick Pokémon Stadium 2 Boarder Claude, the seventh opponent in the Poké Cup Poké Ball R-2, has this Clefable. While Clefable can learn all three moves individually, there is no way for it to legally know all three moves simultaneously. Clefable can only learn Charm (a Generation II move) as a Cleffa, while Mega Punch and Mega Kick are Generation I TMs.
066Machop.png Youngster Bernie's Machop Vital Throw and Counter Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in Little Cup R-2, has this Machop. While Machop can learn both of these moves, it cannot know both moves since Vital Throw, a Generation II move, has to be passed down through breeding, while Counter is a Generation I TM.
103Exeggutor.png Bruno's Exeggutor AncientPower and Explosion Pokémon Stadium 2 While Exeggutor can learn both of these moves individually, there was no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously at the time. AncientPower is an Egg move that does not exist in Generation I, while Explosion is a Generation I TM.
021Spearow.png Battle Hall Spearow Quick Attack and Scary Face Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Spearow in the Battle Hall know both Quick Attack and Scary Face; while Spearow can learn both of these moves individually, there was no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously at the time. Spearow can only learn these moves by breeding, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than Spearow or Fearow, that can learn Scary Face is Aerodactyl, which cannot learn Quick Attack.
096Drowzee.png Drowzee Assist and Barrier Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Battle Frontier opponents, except in the Battle Hall, may use a Drowzee with Assist and Barrier; while Drowzee can learn both of these moves individually, there was no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously at the time. Drowzee and Hypno can only inherit Assist from Spinda and the Chimchar family, neither of which can learn Barrier.
207Gligar.png Gligar Sand Tomb and Metal Claw Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Battle Frontier opponents, except in the Battle Hall, may use a Gligar with Sand Tomb and Metal Claw; while Gligar can learn both of these moves individually, there was no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously at the time. Gligar and Gliscor can only inherit Metal Claw from Scizor, the Nincada family, and (by chain breeding) the Paras family; however, none of these Pokémon can learn Sand Tomb.
115Kangaskhan.png Kangaskhan Double-Edge and Circle Throw Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Battle Subway opponents may use a Kangaskhan with Double-Edge and Circle Throw; while Kangaskhan can learn both of these moves individually, there is no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously. Kangaskhan can only inherit Circle Throw from the Whismur family, which cannot learn Double-Edge (except by Generation III Move Tutor, but Circle Throw did not exist until Generation V).
576Gothitelle.png Gothitelle Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Battle Subway opponents may use a Gothitelle with Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye; while Gothitelle can learn both of these moves individually, there was no way for it to legally know both moves simultaneously at the time. Gothitelle can only inherit Mirror Coat from Lopunny, which cannot learn Miracle Eye.
047Parasect.png Walter's Parasect Bullet Seed and Leech Seed Pokémon Black 2 and White 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.
169Crobat.png Janine's Crobat Hypnosis and Brave Bird Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Janine uses this Crobat in the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments. While Crobat can learn these moves by breeding, it could not learn both simultaneously at the time, as there is no Pokémon in the same Egg Group as Crobat that can learn both of these moves.
306Aggron.png Byron's Aggron Head Smash and Dragon Rush Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Byron uses this Aggron in the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments. While Aggron can learn these moves by breeding, it could not learn both simultaneously at the time, as it can receive Head Smash only from the Cranidos family and Dragon Rush only from the Gible family.
617Accelgor.png Burgh's Accelgor Guard Split and Spikes Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Burgh uses this Accelgor in the Unova Leaders Tournament. While Accelgor can learn these moves by breeding, it could not learn both simultaneously at the time, as it can receive Guard Split only from Shuckle and Spikes only from the Pineco family.

Pokémon that know a move at an earlier level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
221Piloswine.png Pryce's Piloswine Fury Attack Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pryce's Piloswine knows Fury Attack at level 31, although Piloswine doesn't learn this move until level 33. Swinub does not learn the move at all, which makes passing it up via breeding impossible. Pryce Piloswine Fury Attack Gold Silver Crystal.png
137Porygon.png Poké Fan Rex's Porygon Recover Pokémon Stadium 2 Poké Fan Rex, the eighth trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Porygon that knows Recover at level 5, although Porygon doesn't learn this move until level 20 in Generation II (28 in Generation I), and cannot learn any level up moves through breeding.
275Shiftry.png Sidney's Shiftry Extrasensory Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald During the battle, Sidney's Shiftry knows Extrasensory at level 48, although it cannot learn it until level 49 as a Nuzleaf. Seedot cannot learn this move, which makes passing it up via breeding impossible. Sidney Shiftry Extrasensory Ruby Sapphire Emerald.png
334Altaria.png Winona's Altaria Dragon Dance Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald During initial battle, Winona's Altaria knows Dragon Dance at level 33, although Altaria doesn't learn this move until level 40. Swablu doesn't learn this move, which makes passing it up via breeding impossible. Winona Altaria Dragon Dance Ruby Sapphire Emerald.png
509Purrloin.png Bianca's Purrloin Growl Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 During the capture tutorial, Bianca captures a wild Purrloin that knows Growl. However, the Purrloin is only at level 2, while Purrloin shouldn't be able to learn Growl until level 3.

References

See also

Move errors in various Pokémon canons
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