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Sky Attack (move)

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Sky Attack
ゴッドバード God Bird
Sky Attack V.png
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Type  Flying
Category  Physical
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  140
Accuracy  90%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone but the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Affected by how well the appeal in front goes.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if no other Pokémon has chosen the same Judge.

Sky Attack (Japanese: ゴッドバード God Bird) is a damage-dealing Flying-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM43 in Generation I. In Generation II, it was the signature move of Moltres.

Effect

Generation I-II

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.

Generation III

Sky Attack now has a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch, and has an increased critical hit ratio. Otherwise, it is exactly the same as before.

Generation IV

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.

Generation V

Sky Attack can hit non-adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.

Description

Games Description
Stad The strongest Flying-type attack. Energy is stored in the first turn, then fired the next turn.
Stad2 Strongest Flying-type attack. Stores energy in the first turn, then fires in the next.
GSC 1st turn: Prepare
2nd turn: Attack
RSEColo.XD Searches out weak spots, then strikes the next turn.
FRLG A 2nd-turn attack move with a high critical-hit ratio. The foe may flinch.
DPPtHGSS A second-turn attack move with a high critical-hit ratio. It may also make the target flinch.
BWB2W2 A second-turn attack move where critical hits land more easily. It may also make the target flinch.
XY A second-turn attack move where critical hits land more easily. This may also make the target flinch.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying 60 73 85 78 78 --, 78
164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying       -- -- --
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying       99 99 99
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying       99 99 99
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying     59 70 77 64 --, 64
468 Togekiss Togekiss Fairy Flying       -- -- --
519 Pidove Pidove Normal Flying         50 50
520 Tranquill Tranquill Normal Flying         59 59
521 Unfezant Unfezant Normal Flying         66 66
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying         51 50
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying           48
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying           93
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
II III IV V VI
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying   Altaria NoctowlAltariaTogekiss NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot* Normal Flying   PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowDoduoDodrioAerodactyl Altaria NoctowlAltariaTogekiss NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph
198 Murkrow Murkrow* Dark Flying   PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowDoduoDodrioAerodactyl Altaria NoctowlAltariaTogekiss NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph
227 Skarmory Skarmory* Steel Flying   PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotSpearowFearowDoduoDodrioAerodactyl Altaria NoctowlAltariaTogekiss NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying   Altaria NoctowlAltariaTogekiss NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph NoctowlAltariaTogekissPidoveTranquillUnfezantSigilyph
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Type Machine
I
TM43
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
016 Pidgey Pidgey Normal Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Type Game
FRLG E XD DP Pt HGSS BW B2W2
016 Pidgey Pidgey Normal Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying
164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying
176 Togetic Togetic Normal Flying
177 Natu Natu Psychic Flying
178 Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying
225 Delibird Delibird Ice Flying
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying
277 Swellow Swellow Normal Flying
278 Wingull Wingull Water Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying
333 Swablu Swablu Normal Flying
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying
468 Togekiss Togekiss Normal Flying
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying
519 Pidove Pidove Normal Flying
520 Tranquill Tranquill Normal Flying
521 Unfezant Unfezant Normal Flying
528 Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying
567 Archeops Archeops Rock Flying
581 Swanna Swanna Water Flying
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Dark Flying
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
018 018 Pidgeot Normal Flying Pokémon Game ShowBW
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Dawn Togekiss Sky Attack.png Ash Noctowl Sky Attack.png Antonio Tranquill Sky Attack.png Drake Altaria Sky Attack.png
Togekiss Noctowl Tranquill Altaria
The user glows silver and attacks the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
227 Skarmory Skarmory's body glows white or orange and flies into the opponent at top speed.
Attila's Skarmory The Legend of Thunder! Debut
A wild Skarmory All Torkoal, No Play None
334 Altaria Altaria's body becomes surrounded in red flames and it flies into the opponent.
Drake's Altaria Vanity Affair None
198 Murkrow Murkrow's body becomes surrounded by a white aura and it flies into the opponent
Paul's Murkrow Top-Down Training! None
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow's body becomes surrounded by a white aura and it flies into the opponent.
Paul's Honchkrow Lost Leader Strategy! None
468 Togekiss Togekiss's body becomes surrounded by a white aura and it flies into the opponent. As it flies, a white trail of energy is left behind it.
Dawn's Togekiss Dawn of a Royal Day! None
164 Noctowl Noctowl's eyebrow tufts glow white and it flies into the air as it prepares for the attack. Then, its body becomes surrounded by a white aura and it flies into the opponent.
Ash's Noctowl Working on a Right Move! None
520 Tranquill Tranquill flies up into the air, then turns around and flies straight down at the opponent. Its body then becomes surrounded in a clear aura with white energy around it and it flies into the opponent at top speed.
Antonio's Tranquill Reunion Battles In Nimbasa! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations


Sky Attack I.png Sky Attack II.png Sky Attack III.png Sky Attack IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Sky Attack Stadium.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • Sky Attack has the highest base power of any Flying-type move.
  • Sky Attack and Brave Bird share similar in-game animations in Generation IV and V; the only major difference is that the former has a blue aura, the latter has a red aura. This was* reversed in the anime.
    • In the Japanese version, there are even more similarities with Sky Attack being named "God Bird."
  • In Generation I, Sky Attack was the only Flying-type move that could be taught via TM.
  • It is one of the two moves usable by standard form Missingno.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 高空攻擊 Gāokōng Gōngjí
Denmark Flag.png Danish Himmelangreb
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Luchtaanval
Finland Flag.png Finnish Taivashyökkäys
France Flag.png French Piqué
Germany Flag.png German Himmelsfeger
Greece Flag.png Greek Ουράνια Επίθεση
India Flag.png Hindi आसमानी हमला Aasmani Hamla
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Burung Dewa
Serangan Udara
Italy Flag.png Italian Aeroattacco
South Korea Flag.png Korean 불새 Bul Sae
Poland Flag.png Polish Podniebny Atak
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Ataque do Céu
Romania Flag.png Romanian Atacul Ceresc
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Vazdušni Napad
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Ataque Celestial
Spain Flag.png Spain Ataque Aéreo


References


Variations of the move Sky Attack
Physical Sky AttackFreeze Shock
Special Ice Burn


Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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