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Whirlwind (move)

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Whirlwind
ふきとばし Blow Away
Whirlwind V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  %
Priority  -6*
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Category  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Scrambles the order of appeals on the next turn.
Category  Smart
Appeal  0  
Earn +15 if all the Pokémon choose the same Judge.

Whirlwind (Japanese: ふきとばし Blow Away) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM04 in said generation.

Effect

Generation I

Whirlwind can be used to automatically end wild Pokémon battles and has normal priority. Even if a wild Pokémon uses the move, the battle will end. However, it has no effect in a Trainer battle. Also, its accuracy is 85%.

Generation II

Now, when in battle against a Trainer, Whirlwind will force a switch with a randomly chosen Pokémon from the Trainer's party. If there isn't another Pokémon, Whirlwind will fail. It also has a priority of -1. If two Pokémon use Whirlwind at the same time, the faster one will fail and the slower one will switch it out. Its accuracy is 100% from Generation II on. Additionally, it now can hit Pokémon using Fly.

Generation III

Whirlwind will fail when used against Pokémon with the Ability Suction Cups or rooted by Ingrain. In a Trainer battle, rather than switching out to a random Pokémon in the party, it switches out to the next Pokémon in line that has not fainted. Whirlwind has a priority of -5. If two Pokémon use Whirlwind at the same time, instead of the faster one failing, the faster one will go first and switch the slower one out.

Generation IV

Same as before, but it now has a priority of -6.

Generation V

Whirlwind no longer works on same- and higher-level targets in wild Pokémon battles, but can still force higher-leveled opponents to switch in Trainer battles, and can now be reflected with Magic Coat or Magic Bounce.

Generation VI

Whirlwind is now unaffected by accuracy and evasion. Whirlwind can now hit a target even if it has used Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Description

Games Description
Stad Generates a powerful wind that blows away wild Pokémon. Useful in the wild only.
Stad2 A powerful wind that blows the target away. The opposing trainer must use a new Pokémon.
GSC Blows away the foe & ends battle.
RSE Blows away the foe with wind and ends the battle.
FRLG The foe is made to switch out with an ally. In the wild, the battle ends.
Colo.XD Blows away the target, switching it out of battle.
DPPtHGSS The foe is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
BW The target is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
B2W2 The target is blown away and switched. In the wild, a battle against a single Pokémon ends.
XY The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying 26 23 23 23 22 22 22
016 Pidgey Pidgey Normal Flying 19 21 19 17 17 17
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying 21 23 20 17 17 17
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying --, 21 23 20 17 17 17
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying   77 -- -- -- '
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying   77 -- -- -- '
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying     27 27 27 27
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison     27 27 27 27
275 Shiftry Shiftry Grass Dark       -- -- --
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying     53 54 54 --, 54
296 Makuhita Makuhita Fighting Fighting     22 16 16 16
297 Hariyama Hariyama Fighting Fighting     22 16 16 16
357 Tropius Tropius Grass Flying     27 27 27 27
396 Starly Starly Normal Flying       21 21 21
397 Staravia Staravia Normal Flying       23 23 23
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying       23 23 23
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying         14 14
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying         55 '
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying         57 '
629 Vullaby Vullaby Dark Flying         55 55
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Dark Flying         57 57
637 Volcarona Volcarona Bug Fire         40 40
714 Noibat Noibat Flying Dragon           40
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon           40
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     PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
SigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal     Tropius Tropius Tropius
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying Butterfree ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerain ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerain ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerainVolcarona ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerainVolcarona
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeot PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying     PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptor PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviary PidgeyPidgeottoPidgeotStarlyStaraviaStaraptorSigilyphRuffletBraviaryNoibatNoivern
325 Spoink Spoink Psychic Psychic       Shiftry Shiftry
408 Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock     Tropius Tropius Tropius
446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Normal     Tropius Tropius Tropius
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground       Shiftry Shiftry
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug     ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerain ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerainVolcarona ButterfreeBeautiflyDustoxMasquerain
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
TM04
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
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
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison
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
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 II

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
220 220 Swinub Ice Ground New York City Pokémon Center
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 other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Whirlwind blows away the opponent in front in a straight line, contrary to the direction it is facing. If it hits a wall, it takes 5 damage. If it hits another Pokémon, both Pokémon take 5 damage.

In the anime

Lance Dragonite Whirlwind.png Falkner Pidgeot Whirlwind.png Aaron Beautifly Whirlwind.png Jessie Dustox Whirlwind.png
Dragonite Pidgeot Beautifly Dustox
The user blows a large gust of wind at the opponent or an attack.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
012 Butterfree Butterfree flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them.
Ash's Butterfree Clefairy and the Moon Stone Debut
Ritchie's Happy A Friend in Deed None
Lisa's Butterfree Spell of the Unown None
Xander's Butterfree Caterpie's Big Dilemma None
041 Zubat Zubat flaps its wings at a high speed and a strong gust of wind is created from them.
Brock's Zubat Clefairy and the Moon Stone Japanese version only
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them.
Ash's Pidgeotto Clefairy and the Moon Stone None
049 Venomoth Venomoth flaps its wings and a strong gust is released from them.
Assunta's Venomoth Friends to the End None
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot flaps its wings and a strong gust of wind is created from them.
Falkner's Pidgeot Fighting Flyer with Fire None
227 Skarmory Skarmory flaps its wings and a gust of wind strong enough to stop attacks comes out of them.
A wild Skarmory Delibird's Dilemma None
A wild Skarmory Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate None
149 Dragonite Dragonite flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them.
Lance's Dragonite Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution Dragonite cannot legally learn Whirlwind
A wild Dragonite Great Bowls of Fire! Dragonite cannot legally learn Whirlwind
275 Shiftry Shiftry waves its hand and a huge gust of wind is released from it and blows the opponent away.
A wild Shiftry Jump for Joy! None
269 Dustox Dustox flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them.
Jessie's Dustox Watt's with Wattson None
297 Hariyama Hariyama waves both of its arms into the air and a powerful wind blows the opponent into the air, or Hariyama swings one of its hands to the side and creates a wind that blows the opponent away.
A wild Hariyama Pikachu's Island Adventure None
398 Staraptor Staraptor flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them.
Professor Rowan's Staraptor Following a Maiden's Voyage! None
267 Beautifly Beautifly flaps its wings at a high speed and creates a gust of wind from them.
Aaron's Beautifly A Trainer and Child Reunion! None
143 Snorlax Snorlax takes a deep breath and then releases a gust of wind from its mouth.
Unknown Trainer's Snorlax Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In other generations

Whirlwind I.png Whirlwind II.png Whirlwind III.png Whirlwind 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 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
Whirlwind 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 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

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 旋風 Xuànfēng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Hvirvelvind
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Wervelwind
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tuulenpyörre
France Flag.png French Cyclone
Germany Flag.png German Wirbelwind
Greece Flag.png Greek Στρόβιλος
India Flag.png Hindi अंधी तूफ़ान Andhi Toofan
Italy Flag.png Italian Turbine
South Korea Flag.png Korean 날려버리기 Nallyeobeorigi
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Virvelvind
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Redemoinho de Vento
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Remoinho
Romania Flag.png Romanian Vârtejul
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Vihor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Remolino
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Hortum


Variations of the move Roar
Status RoarWhirlwind



Generation I TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation I HMs
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