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Zekrom and Reshiram using Bolt Strike and Blue Flare, their signature moves

In the Pokémon fandom, the term signature move is often used to refer to a move that can only be learned by a single Pokémon or its evolutionary relatives usually in the same evolutionary line. Most are learned by leveling up but some can be learned through other means when no Pokémon can learn the move by leveling up. Note that any of the moves included in this classification (except for Chatter) can be learned by Smeargle by use of Sketch, making Sketch and Chatter the only moves that are truly exclusive to one Pokémon legitimately. Also, some of these moves can be passed down via breeding to other Pokémon or are known by certain event Pokémon.

List of Pokémon and their signature moves

# Pokémon Generation
I II III IV V VI
003 Venusaur Venusaur Frenzy Plant
Venusaur
Venusaur
Venusaur
006 Charizard Charizard Blast Burn
Charizard
Charizard
Charizard
007 Squirtle Squirtle Skull Bash
Squirtle
Squirtle
Squirtle
008 Wartortle Wartortle Skull Bash
Wartortle
Wartortle
Wartortle
009 Blastoise Blastoise Skull Bash Hydro Cannon
Blastoise
Blastoise
Blastoise
015 Beedrill Beedrill Twineedle Twineedle Twineedle Twineedle
Beedrill
Beedrill
Beedrill
016 Pidgey Pidgey Gust* FeatherDance
Pidgey
Pidgey
Pidgey
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Gust* FeatherDance
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Gust* FeatherDance
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
019 Rattata Rattata Hyper Fang
Super Fang
Hyper Fang
Super Fang
Hyper Fang
Super Fang
Rattata
Rattata
Rattata
020 Raticate Raticate Hyper Fang
Super Fang
Hyper Fang
Super Fang
Hyper Fang
Super Fang
Raticate
Raticate
Raticate
023 Ekans Ekans Glare
Ekans
Ekans
Ekans
024 Arbok Arbok Glare
Arbok
Arbok
Arbok
025 Pikachu Pikachu Volt Tackle Volt Tackle Volt Tackle Volt Tackle
Pikachu
Pikachu
Pikachu
026 Raichu Raichu Volt Tackle Volt Tackle Volt Tackle Volt Tackle
Raichu
Raichu
Raichu
043 Oddish Oddish Petal Dance
Oddish
Oddish
Oddish
044 Gloom Gloom Petal Dance
Gloom
Gloom
Gloom
046 Paras Paras Spore Spore
Paras
Paras
Paras
047 Parasect Parasect Spore Spore
Parasect
Parasect
Parasect
050 Diglett Diglett Fissure
Diglett
Diglett
Diglett
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Fissure
Dugtrio
Dugtrio
Dugtrio
052 Meowth Meowth Pay Day Pay Day Pay Day Pay Day Pay Day
Meowth
Meowth
Meowth
053 Persian Persian Pay Day Pay Day
Persian
Persian
Persian
059 Arcanine Arcanine ExtremeSpeed
Arcanine
Arcanine
Arcanine
064 Kadabra Kadabra Kinesis* Kinesis Kinesis Kinesis Kinesis Kinesis
Ally Switch
Kadabra
Kadabra
Kadabra
065 Alakazam Alakazam Kinesis* Kinesis Kinesis Kinesis Kinesis Kinesis
Ally Switch
Alakazam
Alakazam
Alakazam
066 Machop Machop Low Kick* Vital Throw
Machop
Machop
Machop
067 Machoke Machoke Low Kick* Vital Throw
Machoke
Machoke
Machoke
068 Machamp Machamp Low Kick* Vital Throw
Machamp
Machamp
Machamp
090 Shellder Shellder Clamp Clamp Icicle Spear Icicle Spear
Shellder
Shellder
Shellder
091 Cloyster Cloyster Clamp
Cloyster
Cloyster
Cloyster
092 Gastly Gastly Night Shade
Gastly
Gastly
Gastly
093 Haunter Haunter Night Shade
Haunter
Haunter
Haunter
094 Gengar Gengar Night Shade
Gengar
Gengar
Gengar
098 Krabby Krabby Crabhammer Crabhammer
Krabby
Krabby
Krabby
099 Kingler Kingler Crabhammer Crabhammer
Kingler
Kingler
Kingler
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute Barrage Barrage Barrage Barrage Barrage Barrage
Exeggcute
Exeggcute
Exeggcute
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor Barrage Barrage Barrage Barrage Barrage Barrage
Exeggutor
Exeggutor
Exeggutor
104 Cubone Cubone Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Rush
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Rush
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Cubone
Cubone
Cubone
105 Marowak Marowak Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Rush
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Rush
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Bone Club
Bonemerang
Marowak
Marowak
Marowak
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Jump Kick
Hi Jump Kick
Rolling Kick
Mega Kick
Jump Kick
Hi Jump Kick
Rolling Kick
Mega Kick*
Jump Kick
Rolling Kick
Mega Kick
Rolling Kick
Mega Kick
Rolling Kick
Mega Kick
Rolling Kick
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Mach Punch Vacuum Wave*
Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
113 Chansey Chansey Softboiled Softboiled* Softboiled Softboiled Soft-Boiled
Chansey
Chansey
Chansey
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Dizzy Punch Dizzy Punch
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
118 Goldeen Goldeen Waterfall
Goldeen
Goldeen
Goldeen
119 Seaking Seaking Waterfall
Seaking
Seaking
Seaking
120 Staryu Staryu Camouflage
Staryu
Staryu
Staryu
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Substitute
Mr. Mime
Mr. Mime
Mr. Mime
124 Jynx Jynx Lovely Kiss Lovely Kiss Lovely Kiss Lovely Kiss Lovely Kiss Lovely Kiss
Jynx
Jynx
Jynx
129 Magikarp Magikarp Splash
Magikarp
Magikarp
Magikarp
137 Porygon Porygon Conversion
Sharpen
Conversion
Conversion2
Sharpen
Conversion
Conversion 2
Sharpen
Conversion
Conversion 2
Sharpen
Conversion
Conversion 2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Porygon
Porygon
Porygon
146 Moltres Moltres Sky Attack
Moltres
Moltres
Moltres
147 Dratini Dratini Outrage
Dratini
Dratini
Dratini
148 Dragonair Dragonair Outrage
Dragonair
Dragonair
Dragonair
149 Dragonite Dragonite Outrage
Dragonite
Dragonite
Dragonite
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psystrike Psystrike
Mewtwo
Mewtwo
Mewtwo
167 Spinarak Spinarak Spider Web Spider Web Spider Web
Spinarak
Spinarak
Spinarak
168 Ariados Ariados Spider Web Spider Web Spider Web
Ariados
Ariados
Ariados
172 Pichu Pichu Volt Tackle Volt Tackle Volt Tackle Volt Tackle
Pichu
Pichu
Pichu
196 Espeon Espeon Morning Sun
Espeon
Espeon
Espeon
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Pain Split Pain Split Pain Split*
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
204 Pineco Pineco Spikes*
Pineco
Pineco
Pineco
205 Forretress Forretress Spikes*
Forretress
Forretress
Forretress
212 Scizor Scizor Metal Claw*
Scizor
Scizor
Scizor
214 Heracross Heracross Megahorn
Heracross
Heracross
Heracross
215 Sneasel Sneasel Beat Up Beat Up
Sneasel
Sneasel
Sneasel
224 Octillery Octillery Octazooka Octazooka Octazooka Octazooka Octazooka
Octillery
Octillery
Octillery
225 Delibird Delibird Present Present Present Present Present
Delibird
Delibird
Delibird
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Wing
Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory
233 Porygon2 Porygon2 Conversion
Conversion2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Porygon2
Porygon2
Porygon2
235 Smeargle Smeargle Sketch Sketch Sketch Sketch Sketch
Smeargle
Smeargle
Smeargle
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop Triple Kick
Rolling Kick
Triple Kick
Rolling Kick
Triple Kick
Rolling Kick
Triple Kick
Rolling Kick
Triple Kick
Rolling Kick
Hitmontop
Hitmontop
Hitmontop
241 Miltank Miltank Milk Drink Milk Drink Milk Drink Milk Drink
Miltank
Miltank
Miltank
242 Blissey Blissey Softboiled Softboiled* Softboiled Softboiled Soft-Boiled
Blissey
Blissey
Blissey
249 Lugia Lugia Aeroblast Aeroblast Aeroblast Aeroblast Aeroblast
Lugia
Lugia
Lugia
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Sacred Fire Sacred Fire Sacred Fire Sacred Fire
Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh
251 Celebi Celebi Hold Back
Celebi
Celebi
Celebi
253 Grovyle Grovyle Leaf Blade
Grovyle
Grovyle
Grovyle
254 Sceptile Sceptile Leaf Blade
Sceptile
Sceptile
Sceptile
257 Blaziken Blaziken Blaze Kick
Blaziken
Blaziken
Blaziken
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp Muddy Water
Marshtomp
Marshtomp
Marshtomp
260 Swampert Swampert Muddy Water
Swampert
Swampert
Swampert
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf Extrasensory
Nuzleaf
Nuzleaf
Nuzleaf
287 Slakoth Slakoth Slack Off
Slakoth
Slakoth
Slakoth
289 Slaking Slaking Slack Off
Slaking
Slaking
Slaking
296 Makuhita Makuhita SmellingSalt
Arm Thrust
SmellingSalt
Arm Thrust
SmellingSalt Smelling Salts
Makuhita
Makuhita
Makuhita
297 Hariyama Hariyama SmellingSalt
Arm Thrust
SmellingSalt
Arm Thrust
SmellingSalt Smelling Salts
Hariyama
Hariyama
Hariyama
300 Skitty Skitty Assist
Skitty
Skitty
Skitty
313 Volbeat Volbeat Signal Beam*
Tail Glow
Volbeat
Volbeat
Volbeat
315 Roselia Roselia GrassWhistle
Roselia
Roselia
Roselia
327 Spinda Spinda Teeter Dance Teeter Dance
Spinda
Spinda
Spinda
331 Cacnea Cacnea Needle Arm Needle Arm
Cacnea
Cacnea
Cacnea
332 Cacturne Cacturne Needle Arm Needle Arm
Cacturne
Cacturne
Cacturne
335 Zangoose Zangoose Crush Claw
Zangoose
Zangoose
Zangoose
336 Seviper Seviper Poison Tail Poison Tail
Seviper
Seviper
Seviper
351 Castform Castform Weather Ball
Castform
Castform
Castform
363 Spheal Spheal Ice Ball Ice Ball Ice Ball
Spheal
Spheal
Spheal
364 Sealeo Sealeo Ice Ball Ice Ball Ice Ball
Sealeo
Sealeo
Sealeo
365 Walrein Walrein Ice Ball Ice Ball Ice Ball
Walrein
Walrein
Walrein
380 Latias Latias Mist Ball Mist Ball Mist Ball Mist Ball
Latias
Latias
Latias
381 Latios Latios Luster Purge Luster Purge Luster Purge Luster Purge
Latios
Latios
Latios
382 Kyogre Kyogre Origin Pulse
Kyogre
Kyogre
Kyogre
383 Groudon Groudon Precipice Blades
Groudon
Groudon
Groudon
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Ascent
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
385 Jirachi Jirachi Doom Desire Doom Desire Doom Desire Doom Desire
Jirachi
Jirachi
Jirachi
386 Deoxys Deoxys Psycho Boost Psycho Boost Psycho Boost Psycho Boost
Deoxys
Deoxys
Deoxys
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Defend Order
Heal Order
Attack Order
Defend Order
Heal Order
Attack Order
Defend Order
Heal Order
Attack Order
Vespiquen
Vespiquen
Vespiquen
441 Chatot Chatot Chatter Chatter Chatter
Chatot
Chatot
Chatot
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Rock Wrecker
Rhyperior
Rhyperior
Rhyperior
474 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z Conversion
Conversion 2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Conversion
Conversion 2
Porygon-Z
Porygon-Z
Porygon-Z
483 Dialga Dialga Roar of Time Roar of Time Roar of Time
Dialga
Dialga
Dialga
484 Palkia Palkia Spacial Rend Spacial Rend Spacial Rend
Palkia
Palkia
Palkia
485 Heatran Heatran Magma Storm Magma Storm Magma Storm
Heatran
Heatran
Heatran
486 Regigigas Regigigas Crush Grip Crush Grip Crush Grip
Regigigas
Regigigas
Regigigas
487 Giratina Giratina Shadow Force Shadow Force Shadow Force
Giratina
Giratina
Giratina
488 Cresselia Cresselia Lunar Dance Lunar Dance Lunar Dance
Cresselia
Cresselia
Cresselia
490 Manaphy Manaphy Heart Swap Heart Swap Heart Swap
Manaphy
Manaphy
Manaphy
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Void Dark Void Dark Void
Darkrai
Darkrai
Darkrai
492 Shaymin Shaymin Seed Flare Seed Flare Seed Flare
Shaymin
Shaymin
Shaymin
493 Arceus Arceus Judgment Judgment Judgment
Arceus
Arceus
Arceus
494 Victini Victini Searing Shot Searing Shot
Victini
Victini
Victini
498 Tepig Tepig Heat Crash Heat Crash
Tepig
Tepig
Tepig
499 Pignite Pignite Heat Crash Heat Crash
Pignite
Pignite
Pignite
500 Emboar Emboar Heat Crash Heat Crash
Emboar
Emboar
Emboar
531 Audino Audino Secret Power Secret Power
Audino
Audino
Audino
538 Throh Throh Storm Throw*
Throh
Throh
Throh
570 Zorua Zorua Night Daze Night Daze
Zorua
Zorua
Zorua
571 Zoroark Zoroark Night Daze Night Daze
Zoroark
Zoroark
Zoroark
572 Minccino Minccino Tail Slap Tail Slap
Minccino
Minccino
Minccino
573 Cinccino Cinccino Tail Slap Tail Slap
Cinccino
Cinccino
Cinccino
577 Solosis Solosis Skill Swap*
Solosis
Solosis
Solosis
578 Duosion Duosion Skill Swap*
Duosion
Duosion
Duosion
579 Reuniclus Reuniclus Skill Swap*
Reuniclus
Reuniclus
Reuniclus
586 Sawsbuck Sawsbuck Horn Leech
Sawsbuck
Sawsbuck
Sawsbuck
595 Joltik Joltik Electroweb* Electroweb
Joltik
Joltik
Joltik
596 Galvantula Galvantula Electroweb* Electroweb
Galvantula
Galvantula
Galvantula
599 Klink Klink Gear Grind
Shift Gear
Gear Grind
Shift Gear
Klink
Klink
Klink
600 Klang Klang Gear Grind
Shift Gear
Gear Grind
Shift Gear
Klang
Klang
Klang
601 Klinklang Klinklang Gear Grind
Shift Gear
Gear Grind
Shift Gear
Klinklang
Klinklang
Klinklang
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant Head Charge Head Charge
Bouffalant
Bouffalant
Bouffalant
637 Volcarona Volcarona Fiery Dance Fiery Dance
Volcarona
Volcarona
Volcarona
638 Cobalion Cobalion Sacred Sword
Cobalion
Cobalion
Cobalion
639 Terrakion Terrakion Sacred Sword
Terrakion
Terrakion
Terrakion
640 Virizion Virizion Sacred Sword
Virizion
Virizion
Virizion
643 Reshiram Reshiram Fusion Flare
Blue Flare
Fusion Flare
Blue Flare
Reshiram
Reshiram
Reshiram
644 Zekrom Zekrom Fusion Bolt
Bolt Strike
Fusion Bolt
Bolt Strike
Zekrom
Zekrom
Zekrom
646 Kyurem Kyurem Glaciate Glaciate
Kyurem
Kyurem
Kyurem
646 Kyurem Kyurem
White Kyurem
Fusion Flare
Ice Burn
Fusion Flare
Ice Burn
Kyurem
Kyurem
Kyurem
646 Kyurem Kyurem
Black Kyurem
Fusion Bolt
Freeze Shock
Fusion Bolt
Freeze Shock
Kyurem
Kyurem
Kyurem
647 Keldeo Keldeo Secret Sword
Sacred Sword
Secret Sword
Keldeo
Keldeo
Keldeo
648 Meloetta Meloetta Relic Song Relic Song
Meloetta
Meloetta
Meloetta
649 Genesect Genesect Techno Blast Techno Blast
Genesect
Genesect
Genesect
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught Spiky Shield
Chesnaught
Chesnaught
Chesnaught
655 Delphox Delphox Mystical Fire
Delphox
Delphox
Delphox
658 Greninja Greninja Water Shuriken
Mat Block
Greninja
Greninja
Greninja
666 Vivillon Vivillon Powder
Vivillon
Vivillon
Vivillon
667 Litleo Litleo Noble Roar
Litleo
Litleo
Litleo
668 Pyroar Pyroar Noble Roar
Pyroar
Pyroar
Pyroar
674 Pancham Pancham Parting Shot
Pancham
Pancham
Pancham
675 Pangoro Pangoro Parting Shot
Pangoro
Pangoro
Pangoro
681 Aegislash Aegislash King's Shield
Aegislash
Aegislash
Aegislash
683 Aromatisse Aromatisse Aromatic Mist
Aromatisse
Aromatisse
Aromatisse
686 Inkay Inkay Topsy-Turvy
Happy Hour
Inkay
Inkay
Inkay
687 Malamar Malamar Topsy-Turvy
Malamar
Malamar
Malamar
694 Helioptile Helioptile Electrify
Helioptile
Helioptile
Helioptile
695 Heliolisk Heliolisk Electrify
Heliolisk
Heliolisk
Heliolisk
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Flying Press*
Hawlucha
Hawlucha
Hawlucha
707 Klefki Klefki Fairy Lock
Crafty Shield
Klefki
Klefki
Klefki
708 Phantump Phantump Forest's Curse
Phantump
Phantump
Phantump
709 Trevenant Trevenant Forest's Curse
Trevenant
Trevenant
Trevenant
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo Trick-or-Treat
Pumpkaboo
Pumpkaboo
Pumpkaboo
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist Trick-or-Treat
Gourgeist
Gourgeist
Gourgeist
716 Xerneas Xerneas Geomancy
Xerneas
Xerneas
Xerneas
717 Yveltal Yveltal Oblivion Wing
Yveltal
Yveltal
Yveltal
718 Zygarde Zygarde Land's Wrath
Zygarde
Zygarde
Zygarde
719 Diancie Diancie Diamond Storm
Diancie
Diancie
Diancie

Shadow moves

# Pokémon Move
144 Menu XD 144.png Articuno Shadow Chill
145 Menu XD 145.png Zapdos Shadow Bolt
146 Menu XD 146.png Moltres Shadow Fire
249 Menu XD 249S.png Shadow Lugia Shadow Blast

One-off signature moves

Victini using Fusion Flare, Fusion Bolt, and V-create

This is a list of signature moves that at only one point, another Pokémon had the ability to acquire:


Other signature move examples

Dialga using its signature move, Roar of Time, in The Rise of Darkrai

TM/HM or Move Tutor that are exclusive by level-up

Moves commonly associated with certain Pokémon

  • Although Megahorn was no longer Heracross's signature move starting in Generation III, it was still the only Bug-type Pokémon that could learn the move prior to Generation V, where Megahorn is now learnable by Scolipede, Karrablast and Escavalier.
  • Lucario is usually associated with Aura Sphere and Force Palm, but ten Pokémon (including Lucario) can learn Aura Sphere in total plus two with Riolu from Almia and Raikou from Event, in addition to the Squirtle family through breeding. 10 Pokémon (including Lucario) can learn Force Palm. In Generation V and VI, Lucario and the Mienshao family are the only Fighting-type Pokémon to learn Aura Sphere by leveling up.
    • Lucario no longer learns Force Palm in Generation VI (although Riolu can still learn it).
  • Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise are often associated with Solar Beam, Flamethrower, and Hydro Pump, respectively, due to them frequently being depicted using those moves in various Pokémon media (such as the anime).
  • Electrode are most commonly seen using Explosion, with it being shown to use it most in the anime.
  • Jolteon and Vaporeon's signature moves are said to be Pin Missile and Acid Armor, respectively. Both abilities are alluded to in both Pokémon's various Pokédex entries. However, many Pokémon learn both moves by leveling up, and some through breeding. Likewise, Umbreon's Moonlight matches Espeon's Morning Sun, though others can learn it even in its introductory generation.
  • Suicune, being known as the Aurora Pokémon, is associated with the move Aurora Beam.
  • Although Clefairy can learn Meteor Mash by leveling up in any Generation III game, the only Pokémon that could have it legitimately before release of FireRed and LeafGreen were Metang and its evolved form, Metagross.
  • Ditto has Transform as its only move and is most associated with it; however, Mew is also able to learn it.
  • Until Generation III, Koffing and Weezing were the only Poison-type Pokémon capable of learning Smog, and are still the only Poison-type Pokémon to learn the move by level-up.
  • The move Razor Shell is tied to Oshawott's evolutionary line, although it can also be learned by Shellder.
  • Although Blaze Kick was no longer Blaziken's signature move from Generation III, it remains the only Fire-type Pokémon to learn it by level up.
  • The Venipede family are the only Pokémon besides Golem which can learn Steamroller. They are also the only Bug-type Pokémon to learn it.
  • Castform was the only Pokémon capable of learning Weather Ball prior to Generation IV. However, due to Shadow moves only being present in Generation III, it remains the only Pokémon capable of taking advantage of Weather Ball's ???-type effect during Shadow Sky.
  • Each of Rotom's forms has its own signature move that cannot be carried over to any of its other forms. However, none of these five moves are exclusive to it.
  • In Generation V, Sacred Sword was exclusively learned by the Swords of Justice, being a signature move of a Legendary group rather than an evolutionary family.
  • No Pokémon can learn V-create outside of event distributions. Victini was the first to gain access to it and is often associated with the move. However, later, a Rayquaza with V-create was available as the winner of a popularity poll held in Japan in 2011, making it no longer Victini's signature move.

Trivia

See also

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