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Volt Tackle (Japanese: ボルテッカー Volteccer) is a damage-dealing Electric-type move introduced in Generation III. It is the signature move of the Pichu evolutionary line.
Volt Tackle inflicts damage, and the user receives recoil damage equal to ⅓ of the damage done to the target. This move has a 10% chance of paralyzing the target.
|| A life-risking tackle that slightly hurts the user.
|| The user throws an electrified tackle. It hurts the user a little.
|| A life-risking tackle that also hurts the user.
|| The user electrifies itself, then charges at the foe. It causes considerable damage to the user as well.
|| The user electrifies itself, then charges. It causes considerable damage to the user and may leave the target with paralysis.
|| Charge the target while shrouded in electricity, with a potential to inflict paralysis. The user is weakened for 1 turn.
|| The user electrifies itself, then charges. This also damages the user quite a lot. This may leave the target with paralysis.
From Pokémon Emerald onward, if either parent of a baby Pichu holds a Light Ball when the Egg is produced, the Pichu will know Volt Tackle when it hatches. However, Volt Tackle is not an Egg move, and cannot be passed down by simply breeding with a parent that knows the move. The only way for Pichu to hatch knowing Volt Tackle is for one of the parents to hold a Light Ball.
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Pichu can learn Volt Tackle at level 50 if it has at least 333 IQ points. If this requirement is not met until after reaching level 50, Volt Tackle can be relearned at the Gulpin Link Shop.
In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, Pichu has a chance of learning Volt Tackle as an Egg move by obtaining a Pichu Egg from a mission.
In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Pikachu can learn Volt Tackle once Paradise reaches Perfect Rank.
In other games
Volt Tackle is the only move of Raichu.
Pikachu preparing to use Volt Tackle
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Volt Tackle is Pikachu's Final Smash. When used, Pikachu will be enveloped by a blue ball of electricity. The ball does major damage and can even pass through platforms, though it is very hard to control.
"Pikachu, transformed into a ball of light that can slam into foes. It can also fly to chase down those who try to jump out of range. Sparks get stronger when you press the attack button. However, its increased inertia makes midair movement tough. If you get carried away flying, the effect will end, and you'll destroy yourself. Be careful it doesn't happen to you."
In the anime
In the manga
In the movie adaptations
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| The user generates powerful electricity and fires it at the opponent.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Pichu fires a powerful bolt of electricity from one of its hands, or its body becomes surrounded by streaks of electricity. It then flies towards the opponent at a high speed and crashes into them.
| Gold's Pibu
|| The Last Battle XIV
Given the name Super Rising Thunder in its first appearance
|| Pikachu's body becomes surrounded by streaks of electricity. It then flies towards the opponent at a high speed and crashes into them.
| Red's Pika
|| The Final Battle IX
| Yellow's Chuchu
|| The Final Battle IX
In other generations
- Volt Tackle's Japanese name, ボルテッカー Volteccer, comes from an attack that Pulseman, the protagonist of a Game Freak game of the same name, uses. Both attacks are in reference to Tekkaman, whose signature attack is called Voltekka.
- Volt Tackle is the only move that causes recoil to have ever been a special move, due to it being an Electric-type move introduced in Generation III (if Flare Blitz, Wood Hammer, and Wild Charge existed in Generation III, they would have been special as well).
- Prior to Generation V, Volt Tackle was the only move that could not be learned by leveling up, TM, HM, or Move Tutor by any Pokémon (not counting Struggle). It now shares this status with V-create, Celebrate, Happy Hour, and Hold Back.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Volt Tackle is Pikachu's Final Smash. Despite it taking damage from the move in the core series, Pikachu takes no damage from the move when used in Brawl.
In other languages