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** Multiple turn moves such as {{m|Outrage}} will continue to be performed even if the move is deleted between turns. This can happen in both Single and Double Battles.
** Multiple turn moves such as {{m|Outrage}} will continue to be performed even if the move is deleted between turns. This can happen in both Single and Double Battles.
* In some instances in the anime, certain Pokémon have been shown to know more than just four moves at the same time, with as many as 10 being used [[Drake's Dragonite|in a single battle]]. The closest the anime has got to acknowledging the existence of move slots is the fact that the {{MTR}} of {{TRT}} can't learn {{m|Pay Day}} because of the effort exerted in learning to speak human language.
* In some instances in the anime, certain Pokémon have been shown to know more than just four moves at the same time, with as many as 10 being used [[Drake's Dragonite|in a single battle]]. The closest the anime has got to acknowledging the existence of move slots is the fact that the {{MTR}} of {{TRT}} can't learn {{m|Pay Day}} because of the effort exerted in learning to speak human language.
* [[Generation I]] introduced 165 moves; [[Generation II]] introduced 86 moves; [[Generation III]] introduced 103 moves; [[Generation IV]] introduced 113 moves; [[Generation V]] introduced 92 moves; [[Generation VI]] introduced 62 moves; and [[Generation VII]] introduced 107 moves, including 35 Z-Moves.
* [[Generation I]] introduced 165 moves; [[Generation II]] introduced 86 moves; [[Generation III]] introduced 103 moves; [[Generation IV]] introduced 113 moves; [[Generation V]] introduced 92 moves; [[Generation VI]] introduced 62 moves; [[Generation VII]] introduced 107 moves, including 35 [[Z-Move|Z-Moves]]; and [[Generation VIII]] introduced 80 moves, including 18 [[Max Move|Max Moves]] and 26 [[G-Max Move|G-Max Moves]].
==In other languages==
==In other languages==

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A move (Japanese: わざ move), also known as an attack (Japanese: こうげきわざ attack technique) or technique (Japanese: とくしゅわざ special technique), is the skill Pokémon primarily use in battle. In battle, a Pokémon uses one move each turn. Some moves (including those learned by Hidden Machine) can be used outside of battle as well, usually for the purpose of removing obstacles or exploring new areas.

In the core series

Characteristics of moves

A Pokémon can only know between one and four moves at a time, out of a pool of almost 800 total moves as of Generation VIII. However, no single Pokémon can learn every move; each and every Pokémon has a predetermined set of moves (known as a movelist, movepool, or learnset) that they can learn that relates to the type and concept of the species. Movelist sizes vary greatly among different Pokémon; some Pokémon, such as Ditto and Unown, can only learn one move, while Mew can learn 250 moves in Generation VII, and Smeargle can possess almost any move due to Sketch. Evolved Pokémon generally have larger movelists than their pre-evolved forms but learn moves naturally at a slower rate or even stop learning moves via level-up entirely. This may provide incentive to delay a Pokémon's evolution. Most Legendary trios and duos have similar movelists.

Pokémon are limited in the way that they may use their moves in battle. The number of times they can use each move is restricted by the move's Power Points. Power Points vary from move to move, but typically stronger moves have fewer Power Points than weaker moves. The amount of Power Points for each move may be altered by items such as [[PP Up. The only move that is not affected by Power Points is Struggle.

Moves that do not directly inflict damage are known as status moves. The damaging moves are divided into physical and special moves depending on the individual move's characteristics; the category of the move determines whether the move's damage depends on the user's Attack or Special Attack stat and the target's Defense or Special Defense. Each move has a type that determines how effective it is against various types of targets and whether it receives same-type attack bonus. It is important to note that prior to Generation IV, the move's category was dependent on the move's type, rather than a distinct variable.

Accuracy affects whether the move misses. The damage dealt by a damaging move is determined by its power. Some damaging moves have additional effects. Most moves can target only one adjacent Pokémon, but some moves instead can target the user, more than one Pokémon, or non-adjacent Pokémon.

Learning and unlearning

Since Pokémon Red and Green, there have been three main methods of acquiring moves on a Pokémon: by leveling up, by use of Technical Machines and by use of Hidden Machines. Generation II added two further methods: Egg Moves learned through breeding, and moves taught by a Move Tutor. Starting in Generation VII, some Pokémon learn new moves when they evolve no matter what level they are when they evolve.

Pokémon obtained via specific methods, such as events or purification, may know "special moves" that they otherwise could not learn.

A Pokémon can only know four moves at a time. In order to learn new moves once four have been learned, it must forget one old move for every new move. Some moves cannot be forgotten naturally, such as moves learned by HM. To remove these, a Trainer must incorporate the help of a Move Deleter. Moves that the Pokémon does not currently know and was able to learn at an earlier level (Generations II to VI) or at any level (Generation VII and above) can be learned with the help of a Move Reminder.

In Generation I only, moves learned via level-up won't be learned if a Pokémon gains enough EXP Points to "skip" the level on which they are learned, while in Generation II they were learned after leveling up. Since Generation III, they are learned while the Pokémon levels up.

Unique moves

Some Pokémon have moves specific to themselves or their evolutionary line. These unique moves are known as signature moves. Some of these moves are powerful moves that only certain Legendary and Mythical Pokémon can learn, such as Dialga's Roar of Time or Volcanion's Steam Eruption. Other moves serve to highlight game mechanics or create unusual effects. One example is Smeargle's Sketch, which allows it to possess almost every conceivable move.


Several Pokémon evolve while knowing a certain move.

Previous evolution Move evolution Additional evolution
Lickitung is the lowest in its line Lickitung
Rare Candy + TM Rock
Level Up
(knowing Rollout)
Lickilicky does not evolve
Tangela is the lowest in its line Tangela
Rare Candy + TM Rock
Level Up
(knowing Ancient Power)
Tangrowth does not evolve
Eevee is the lowest in its line Eevee
Rare Candy + TM Fairy + ♥♥
Level Up
(knowing Fairy-type move with
at least two levels of Affection)

Sylveon does not evolve
Aipom is the lowest in its line Aipom
Rare Candy + TM Normal
Level Up
(knowing Double Hit)
Ambipom does not evolve
Yanma is the lowest in its line Yanma
 Bug  Flying 
Rare Candy + TM Rock
Level Up
(knowing Ancient Power)
 Bug  Flying 
Yanmega does not evolve
 Ice  Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 33+
 Ice  Ground 
Rare Candy + TM Rock
Level Up
(knowing Ancient Power)
 Ice  Ground 
Mamoswine does not evolve
Bonsly is the lowest in its line Bonsly
Rare Candy + TM Normal
Level Up
(knowing Mimic)
Sudowoodo does not evolve
Mime Jr. is the lowest in its line Mime Jr.
Mime Jr.
 Psychic  Fairy 
Rare Candy + TM Normal
Level Up
(knowing Mimic)
Mr. Mime
Mr. Mime
 Psychic  Fairy 
Mr. Mime does not evolve
Rare Candy + TM Normal
Level Up
(knowing Mimic in Galar)
Mr. Mime
Mr. Mime
 Ice  Psychic 
Rare Candy
Level 42+
Mr. Rime
Mr. Rime
 Ice  Psychic 
Rare Candy
Level 18+
Rare Candy + TM Normal
Level Up
(knowing Stomp)
Tsareena does not evolve
Poipole is the lowest in its line Poipole
Rare Candy + TM Dragon
Level Up
(knowing Dragon Pulse)
 Poison  Dragon 
Naganadel does not evolve
Clobbopus is the lowest in its line Clobbopus
Rare Candy + TM Dark
Level Up
(knowing Taunt)
Grapploct does not evolve

Deprecated moves

The following moves were removed from the core series games Pokémon Sword and Shield and cannot be used. It is unknown if future games will support them.

Deprecated moves
Move Type
Assist Normal
Baddy Bad Dark
Barrage Normal
Barrier Psychic
Bestow Normal
Bide Normal
Bone Club Ground
Bouncy Bubble Water
Bubble Water
Buzzy Buzz Electric
Camouflage Normal
Captivate Normal
Chip Away Normal
Clamp Water
Comet Punch Normal
Constrict Normal
Dizzy Punch Normal
Double Slap Normal
Dragon Rage Dragon
Egg Bomb Normal
Embargo Dark
Feint Attack Dark
Flame Burst Fire
Flash Normal
Floaty Fall Flying
Foresight Normal
Freezy Frost Ice
Frustration Normal
Glitzy Glow Psychic
Grass Whistle Grass
Heal Block Psychic
Heal Order Bug
Heart Stamp Psychic
Hidden Power Normal
Ice Ball Ice
Ion Deluge Electric
Jump Kick Fighting
Karate Chop Fighting
Kinesis Psychic
Lucky Chant Normal
Magnet Bomb Steel
Magnitude Ground
Me First Normal
Meditate Psychic
Miracle Eye Psychic
Mirror Move Flying
Mirror Shot Steel
Mud Bomb Ground
Mud Sport Ground
Natural Gift Normal
Needle Arm Grass
Nightmare Ghost
Odor Sleuth Normal
Ominous Wind Ghost
Psywave Psychic
Punishment Dark
Pursuit Dark
Rage Normal
Razor Wind Normal
Refresh Normal
Return Normal
Rock Climb Normal
Rolling Kick Fighting
Rototiller Ground
Sappy Seed Grass
Secret Power Normal
Sharpen Normal
Signal Beam Bug
Silver Wind Bug
Sizzly Slide Fire
Sky Drop Flying
Sky Uppercut Fighting
Smelling Salts Normal
Snatch Dark
Sonic Boom Normal
Sparkly Swirl Fairy
Spider Web Bug
Spike Cannon Normal
Splishy Splash Water
Spotlight Normal
Steamroller Bug
Synchronoise Psychic
Telekinesis Psychic
Trump Card Normal
Twineedle Bug
Wake-Up Slap Fighting
Water Sport Water
Wring Out Normal
Zippy Zap Electric

In addition, all Z-Moves and the Partner Power moves Pika Papow and Veevee Volley were also removed from the game.

In other games

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In the Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Mystery Dungeon game mechanics → Attacks

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, Pokémon can learn and use up to four moves much like in the core series games. When Pokémon level up, they learn the same moves as they would in a contemporaneous core series game. However, all Pokémon also have a basic attack (called a regular attack) that they can use that does not require PP. The regular attack can be used any time, but the player can only use one of their character's learned moves at a time, depending on which move they've "set". Other Pokémon in the player's party will use their learned moves at their own discretion, but the player is able to set or unset any number of their moves to partially control what they do as well.

Two to four moves can also be linked so that they can be executed all at once, in a single turn. Defeating an enemy with a linked move will boost the resulting experience by 50%.

While moves have PP like in the core games, the default amount of PP for a move may be different than in the core games. Pokémon can also relearn moves at different places in the games much like the Move Reminder in the core games:

Unlike the Move Reminder, however, these facilities can teach Pokémon any move they or their pre-evolutions can learn by leveling up.

In the Pokémon Ranger series

Main article: Field Move (Ranger)
Main article: Poké Assist

In the Pokémon Ranger games, Field Moves and Poké Assists may be considered analogues to moves. Field Moves are used against environmental obstacles in the world, while Poké Assists are used to help Rangers capture Pokémon with the Capture Styler.

In Pokémon Shuffle

In Pokémon Shuffle, Pokémon do not have moves, but they still attack and damage each other so that the player can capture wild Pokémon. Effectively, every Pokémon's attack has the same basic strength.

In Pokémon Conquest

In Pokémon Conquest, a Pokémon only has one move. As a Pokémon's link with its Warrior increases, so does its move rank. If a Pokémon is able to achieve a Perfect Link with its Warrior and maximize its move rank, some moves will gain new effects, such as Leaf Storm and Outrage.

In contrast to the core series, the Speed stat does not affect when a Pokémon goes, but instead affects the accuracy of attacks, with faster Pokémon being harder to hit and better able to land attacks than slower Pokémon. Moves are also not split into physical and special categories; all moves use the attacking Pokémon's Attack and the defending Pokémon's Defense stats, and there is no Special Attack or Special Defense.

In Pokémon GO

Move menu

In Pokémon GO, moves are divided into two kinds: Fast Attacks (Japanese: ノーマルアタック Normal Attack) and Charged Attacks (Japanese: スペシャルアタック Special Attack). At the start, every Pokémon knows one of each kind of move, randomly chosen from their species' possible move pool, which can be viewed on the Pokémon's summary screen. A Pokémon's Fast Attack or Charged Attack can be randomly changed to a different move, within its specie's move pool, using a Fast TM or Charged TM respectively. When a Pokémon evolves, its moves are again randomly reselected.

A Pokémon can learn a second Charged Attack using large amount of Stardust and Candy. Caterpie, Metapod, Weedle, Kakuna, Magikarp, Ditto, Wynaut, Wobbuffet, Smeargle, Wurmple, Silcoon, Cascoon, Taillow, Feebas, Beldum, Kricketot cannot learn a second Charged Attack.

Stardust Candy Pokémon
GO Stardust icon.png10,000 GO Slowpoke Candy.png25 Pokémon with 1 km Buddy distance
Starter Pokémon
Baby Pokémon
GO Stardust icon.png50,000 GO Slowpoke Candy.png50 Pokémon with 3 km Buddy distance
(except starter and baby Pokémon)
GO Stardust icon.png75,000 GO Slowpoke Candy.png75 Pokémon with 5 km Buddy distance
(except starter and baby Pokémon)
GO Stardust icon.png100,000 GO Slowpoke Candy.png100 Pokémon with 20 km Buddy distance

In a Gym or Raid Battle, the player can command a Fast Attack at any time by simply tapping on the screen. Charged Attacks, however, can only be used when the energy meter has been sufficiently filled. A Charged Attack's energy cost can be seen next to the move's name on the Pokémon's summary screen and at the bottom of the screen during battle, represented by a gauge divided evenly into one to three* bars (depending on the move). Using a Pokémon's Charged Attack consumes one of these bars. The meter is charged by attacking with Fast Attacks or taking damage (0.5 energy per HP lost). When ready, the Charged Attack's button will illuminate, and the player can command a Charged Attack by pressing it. Likewise to how different Charged Attacks have varying energy costs, different Fast Attacks may charge up energy at different rates, but these values are not visible in game.

In Gyms and Raids, all moves have a duration that determines how long it takes to cast it. Generally, a Charged Attack would have a longer duration than a Fast Attack. Duration is important to consider because an attack with a higher power may not necessarily deal more damage over time if it takes much longer to cast each individual attack. Within each attack's duration is a damage window, a period of time when damage is actually dealt. Successfully dodging an attack within the damage window mitigates damage by 75%.

In Trainer Battles, while Fast Attacks work in a similar fashion, the mechanics of Charged Attacks are changed slightly. Rather than a segmented energy bar, the Charged Attack only has one meter to fill, in the form of its button. Once full, the button will illuminate, and the player can activate the attack by pressing it and power it up during a minigame sequence.

Charged Attacks in Trainer Battles do not have a duration. Instead, the battle is paused for five seconds while the attacker charges its attack and the opponent decides on using a Protect Shield. A Fast Attack's duration in this mode is measured in "turns", a 0.5-second interval of time. This is effectively similar to durations in Gym battles, but with all durations set to multiples of 0.5 seconds and no separate damage windows.

The physical/special distinction from the core games does not exist in Pokémon GO. Both Fast Attacks and Charged Attacks use the attacking Pokémon's Attack and the defending Pokémon's Defense stats.

See also: List of moves in Pokémon GO

In the anime

Moves in the anime often appear different to how they are depicted in the games. Ash's Pikachu often uses Agility as a physical attacking move, rather than a move that merely raises Speed. The almost limitless nature of the anime lends itself to many more differences between the games and anime in relation to Pokémon's moves. Pokémon are able to use many more moves outside of battle, such as Bulbasaur's Vine Whip.

In Pokémon battles, moves may be used in unorthodox manners, especially to overcome type disadvantage. Invented, anime-exclusive moves have existed since the third episode, and custom-made moves have been prevalent in the Diamond & Pearl series. Additionally, during Contest Battles, moves are often fused together to create brand-new attacks.

The process in which moves are learned is also markedly different. Even though it has been mentioned in The School of Hard Knocks and Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up? that moves can be learned at certain levels, Pokémon seem to learn them more at random, including moves that are not learned by levelling up in the games (such as Pikachu's Volt Tackle). Similar to Move Tutors in the game, Pokémon can also learn moves by special training from certain people. For instance, Chaz helped Ash's Pikachu learn Iron Tail, and Clayton helped Buizel learn Ice Punch.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Water Gun was the first move used in the Pokémon Adventures manga. Since then, moves have debuted in a story arc corresponding to the generation in which the move was introduced. The exceptions are Generation I's Roar which was not properly used in battle until the Generation II Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, and Sweet Scent, a Generation II move which debuted in the Yellow chapter, a Generation I arc.

In the TCG

Main article: Attack (TCG)

In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, attacks are similar to moves. Pokémon cards generally have only one or two attacks, but different cards of the same species may have different attacks. The TCG also often introduces attacks that do not exist in the core series, and it does not limit the attacks a Pokémon can know to those it can learn in the core series games.

In the TFG

In the Pokémon Trading Figure Game, Pokémon figures have a ring around their base which is divided into colored sections, some of which are moves. Depending on the figure, Pokémon may have as few as one or as many as four moves. Battles are fought by spinning the Pokémon and its ring inside the base, and the section that stops under an arrow on the base determines its action in the battle (which may also be affected by the outcome of the opposing Pokémon's spin).


  • After a move is issued, if that Pokémon levels up before its in-battle turn and replaces the move currently awaiting execution with a new move, the new move will be used instead of the old one.
    • In Generation VI, the old move can still be used.
    • Multiple turn moves such as Outrage will continue to be performed even if the move is deleted between turns. This can happen in both Single and Double Battles.
  • In some instances in the anime, certain Pokémon have been shown to know more than just four moves at the same time, with as many as 10 being used in a single battle. The closest the anime has got to acknowledging the existence of move slots is the fact that the Meowth of Team Rocket can't learn Pay Day because of the effort exerted in learning to speak human language.
  • Generation I introduced 165 moves; Generation II introduced 86 moves; Generation III introduced 103 moves; Generation IV introduced 113 moves; Generation V introduced 92 moves; Generation VI introduced 62 moves; Generation VII introduced 107 moves, including 35 Z-Moves; and Generation VIII introduced 80 moves, including 18 Max Moves and 26 G-Max Moves.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 招式 Jīusīk *
絕招 Jyuhtjīu*
絕技 Jyuhtgeih*
必殺技 Bītsaatgeih*
必殺絕招 Bītsaat Jyuhtjīu*
Mandarin 招式 Zhāoshì*
絕招 Juézhāo*
技能 Jìnéng*
必殺技 Bìshājì*
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Útok
Denmark Flag.png Danish Træk*
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Aanval
Finland Flag.png Finnish Hyökkäys*
French Canada Flag.png Canada Mouvement*
France Flag.png Europe Attaque
Germany Flag.png German Attacke
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Mozdulat
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jurus
Italy Flag.png Italian Mossa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 기술 Gisul
Lithuania Flag.png Lithuanian Ataka
Malaysia Flag.png Malaysian Jurus
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Trekk*
Poland Flag.png Polish Ruch
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Movimento
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Técnica
Romania Flag.png Romanian Mișcare
Russia Flag.png Russian Атака Ataka
Spain Flag.png Spanish Movimiento
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Attack*
Thailand Flag.png Thai ท่า Tha
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Chiêu Thức
Đòn Đánh

See also

Move properties

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