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SolarBeam (Japanese: ソーラービーム SolarBeam) is a very highly-damaging Template:Type2 move introduced in Generation I.
SolarBeam does nothing on the turn it is selected, other than say that the user took in sunlight. On the following turn, SolarBeam will do damage, PP will be deducted from it, and it will count as the last move used. Once SolarBeam is selected, the user won't be able to switch out until it is disrupted or fully executed.
If SolarBeam is not fully executed, PP will not be deducted from it, and it will not count as the last move used. If the opponent uses Mirror Move during the turn that the user takes in sunlight, Mirror Move will copy the move that the user executed immediately before using SolarBeam (or fail if it can't).
Sleep, freeze, partial trapping, and flinching will pause but not disrupt the duration of SolarBeam.
In Pokémon Stadium, Mirror Move will copy SolarBeam on either of the turns it takes to execute.
SolarBeam will not need a turn to charge if used during the effects of the move Sunny Day and will only do half its normal damage if used during the effect of the move Rain Dance,Sandstorm or Hail.
Generation II and III
SolarBeam will be executed in one turn when Sunny Day is in effect, and will be executed in three turns if Rain Dance is in effect.
The held item Power Herb can allow its holder to charge and fire a SolarBeam in one turn. The Power Herb is consumed in the process. Otherwise, SolarBeam functions the same as Generation III.
Ivysaur uses SolarBeam as part of Pokémon Trainer's Final Smash; Triple Finish.
In the anime
Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur gathers light in its bulb, then fires it.
Meganium. Meganium's neck flower glows white, then it fires the SolarBeam.
Solrock. As many of its attacks, Solarbeam is created in its top rock, which turns white as it gathers solar energy. It fires the beam from a ball of light in front of the rock.
Vileplume. A white beam is fired from the hole in Vileplume's flower on its head.
Sceptile: The seeds on Sceptile's back glow white, then Sceptile fires the beam from its mouth.
Budew. Budew opens up the tops of its bud and then white ball of light is created between them. It then fires the attack.
Roselia. Roselia sticks its hands up and the flowers on them collect energy. It then puts the flowers together and fires the attack.
Munchlax. Munchlax gathers sunlight in its mouth, then fires the beam to the target.
In other languages
- French: Lance-Soleil
- German: Solarstrahl
- Italian: Solarraggio
- Spanish: Rayo Solar
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