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Manga move errors

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In the Pokémon manga, a situation will sometimes occur in which a Pokémon knows a move it cannot learn legally in any of the games. It is unknown whether these are actual mistakes, a writing policy of not having to stick to the games too closely, or merely the Pokémon using an attribute that shares the name of a move in the games.

Occasionally, in-game event Pokémon that can be transferred onto the main series games have a move that is not normally included in that Pokémon's moveset (a prime example being Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire, which gave away four separate Pokémon with moves that were not normally available to that specific Pokémon).

List of manga Pokémon with moves that they cannot learn in the games

Ash and Pikachu

Artwork Name Move First use Picture
025Pikachu.png Ash's Pikachu Tackle One Half Of A Poké Ball Ash Pikachu Tackle AP.png
277Swellow.png Ash's Swellow Tackle Battle Till The End! Drake, One Of The Elite Four!l Ash Swellow Tackle AP.png
341Corphish.png Ash's Corphish Water Gun A 'Thank You' That Transcends Time Ash Corphish Brock Marshtomp Water Gun AP.png

Pokémon Adventures

Artwork Name Move First use Picture
064Kadabra.png Sabrina's Kadabra Hypnosis Kalling Kadabra Sabrina Kadabra Hypnosis Adventures.png
068Machamp.png Blue's Machamp Slam A Charizard... and a Champion Blue Machamp Slam.png
395Empoleon.png Platinum's Empoleon Vacuum Wave Floatzel and Jetsam Platinum Empoleon Vacuum Wave.png
448Lucario.png Riley's Lucario Bonemerang Deprogramming Porygon-Z Riley Lucario Bonemerang Adventures.png
489Phione.png Phione Heart Swap Different Dimension Battle XI Phione Heart Swap Adventures.png
042Golbat.png Petrel's Golbat Lick All About Arceus V Petrel Golbat Lick Adventures.png
517Munna.png Black's Musha Teleport School of Hard Knocks Musha Munna Teleport.png

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Artwork Name Move First use Picture
035Clefairy.png Red's Clefairy Barrier The Big Battle In The Viridian Forest!! Red Clefairy Barrier PM.png
035Clefairy.png Red's Clefairy Transform Take Out The Rival Onix!! Red Clefairy Transform PM.png
035Clefairy.png Red's Clefairy Tackle Pikachu Was Kidnapped!! Red Clefairy Tackle PMRS.png
068Machamp.png Green's Machamp Comet Punch The Pokémon Banana League (Part 2) Green Machamp Comet Punch PM.png
173Cleffa.png Cleffa Tackle Clefairy Becomes a Father…?! Cleffa Tackle PM.png
035Clefairy.png Red's Clefairy Hypnosis Great Discovery of the Fossil of the Era!! Red Clefairy Hypnosis PMDP.png

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Artwork Name Move First use Picture
016Pidgey.png Gold's Pidgey Peck The Legendary Pokémon Appears! Gold Pidgey Peck Golden Boys.png
153Bayleef.png Gold's Bayleef Stomp Extreme Power!! The Friday Pokémon Gold Bayleef Stomp Golden Boys.png

Pokémon Zensho

Sprite Name Move First use Picture
004Charmander.png Satoshi's Charmander Tackle Prologue: Pallet Town Satoshi Charmander Tackle Zensho.png

How I Became a Pokémon Card

Pokémon in How I Became a Pokémon Card will often use moves that they cannot learn in the games. These are generally not errors, though, because this series is based on the Pokémon TCG; the "illegal" moves Pokémon use in this series are moves from their TCG cards.

Former errors

Pokémon Zensho

Sprite Name Move First use Notes Picture
059Arcanine.png Blaine's Arcanine Fire Spin Cinnabar Island Blaine's Arcanine uses Fire Spin in the chapter. However, Arcanine was unable to learn Fire Spin until Generation II. Blaine Arcanine Fire Spin Zensho.png

Similar examples that are not manga move errors

Pokémon which can know a move in a previous game

Ash & Pikachu

Sprite Name Move First use Notes Picture
006Charizard.png Ash's Charizard DragonBreath Off To The Battle Frontier!! Ash's Charizard uses DragonBreath, which though impossible for Charizard to have in Generation III onward, was available to teach to Charizard by TM24 in Generation II. Ash Charizard DragonBreath AP.png

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team

Sprite Name Move First use Notes Picture
094Gengar.png Gengar Double-Edge Tears and Emotions - It's the Final Chapter! Gengar uses Double-Edge, which though impossible for Gengar to have in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, was available to teach to Gengar by TM10 in Generation I and Move Tutor in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Emerald, and XD. Team Meanies Gengar Double-Edge GRT.png

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Sprite Name Move First use Notes Picture
035Clefairy.png Red's Clefairy Rage Clefairy Transforms?! Red's Clefairy uses Rage, which though impossible to have in Generation III onward, was available to teach to Clefairy by TM20 in Generation I. Red Clefairy Rage PMRS.png

See also

Move errors in various Pokémon canons
AnimeMangaGameTCG


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