Talk:Egg Move

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Moves listed as "Start" on Pokemon that cannot be obtained through breeding

Pokemon at the top of the evolutionary chain, which cannot be obtained through breeding, have moves listed as "Start". For example, Togekiss learns aura sphere at the start, but there is no way to breed a Togekiss, as it is at the top of the evolutionary chain. Also, legendary Pokemon have moves listed at start, but they have no egg group. Can somebody explain this? - unsigned comment from Dreeb (talkcontribs)

No, egg moves are those gained in breeding, not at the "start". Start moves can only be learned through the move relearner. —darklordtrom 04:44, 16 November 2009 (UTC)


Why is the title Egg moves, instead of Egg move? --SnorlaxMonster 08:37, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

It's not any more. Titles should be in the singular. —darklordtrom 08:46, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

Huston, I Have a Confusion

I bred the following two Pokémon:

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Water Unknown
Held item:
Moby Lv.54
Water Spout
Water Unknown
Psychic Status
Water Physical
Flying Physical
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Normal Unknown
Held item:
Aipom Lv.36
Baton Pass
Normal Status
Normal Physical
Fury Swipes
Normal Physical
Dark Physical

And the offspring was

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Normal Unknown
Run Away
Held item:
Aipom Lv.1
Normal Physical
Tail Whip
Normal Status

With Aipom only knowing its two start moves. Shouldn't it have known Bounce, one of its egg moves? The only reason I can come up with is that Wailord learned Bounce in the Day-Care and wasn't taken out until after he bred with Aipom.

Please help! ----Zewis (29) 11:15, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Your only reason is right. Put them back in the daycare and try again, the eggs should hatch into Bounce Aipom this time. - unsigned comment from Missingno. Master (talkcontribs) 12:00, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
Thank you a lot. I'll try it. ----Zewis (29) 14:09, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

More confusion from someone else

I don't get it. My male tyranitar with dark pulse won't pass the move onto a newborn charmander. Why not?--Celibi25 16:50, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Charmander can't learn Dark Pulse by any method. So it will never have it as a newborn. Werdnae (talk) 18:37, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Possible Correction Regarding Gen III Mechanics

I was using a CodeBreaker GBA device to experiment with the mechanics behind breeding in FireRed, and found that if I inserted an artificially designed Pokemon that knew moves that it normally should not in to a box in my PC, withdrew it and placed in in the Daycare with a breeding-compatible Pokemon, the impossible move would be passed on two the offspring, even if said move was not possible for the offspring to normally learn either.

Here's a case scenario:

A Male Charmander that has been created with a normal moveset with the exception of one move: Perish Song. Normally a Charmander cannot learn this move. A Female Marowack with an ordinary moveset (unhacked).

When bred, I produced a Cubone which knew Perish Song, despite the fact Cubone too should not be able to learn the move.

I just think it's an interesting anecdote regarding breeding-mechanics that, at least in FireRed, it appears that during the breeding process, the game assumes that the father's moveset is valid and does not actually check it (which makes sense in normal circumstances) when passing moves on to offspring. This may be useful should future glitches that could result from this lack of checking, are discovered. - unsigned comment from GetOutOfBox (talkcontribs)

Actually, Perish Song is an egg move for Cubone. You can get it to learn it legally with a Lapras father. --SnorlaxMonster 12:28, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Egg Moves Through Ditto?

What would happen if you took a Pokémon that knows an egg move and you bred it with a Ditto? Would the offspring know the egg move, too? I'm working on breeding a Pawniard that knows Psycho Cut, and I have a Drowzee from the Dream World that knows Psycho Cut, (which is one of both Drozee's and Pawniard's egg moves) but it's a female. Is there any way around this? ----Zewis (29) 21:39, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Pawniard can't obtain psycho cut through drowzee, pawinard can only obtain it from kadabra and alakazam. - unsigned comment from VictoryStar (talkcontribs)

Both Drowzee and Pawniard are in the Human-Like Egg Group, and both can be either gender, so it can. The reason we don't list it on the breeding tables is we only list the most direct parents. --SnorlaxMonster 06:00, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
So, to extend on this topic for each of the types of moves,
1st scenario: If I breed a Gengar with Mean Look with a Ditto, will the Gastly end up having Mean Look?
2nd scenario: If I breed a male Gliscor knowing X-Scissor with a Ditto, will the Gligar have X-Scissor? How about if I breed a female Gliscor? Tk3141 03:25, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
I did some experimenting a while back with this on Diamond, with a hacked Ditto to see how the game treats it in different breeding scenarios. The Ditto had Transform / Explosion / Hyper Beam / Ice Beam. I performed three breeding experiments on it to see if egg moves would be passed along.
  1. Lunatone - Egg hatched with normal lv1 moves
  2. Male Golem - Egg hatched with Defense Curl / Rock Smash / Earthquake / Rock Climb (last three were moves father Golem had)
  3. Female Lapras - Egg hatched with Growl / Water Gun / Hyper Beam / Ice Beam
So, it'd appear that Ditto does act as the father when paired with a female Pokémon, for the purposes of Egg moves. RacieB (talk) 00:58, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

Bad Example

In this article, it talks about how certain Pokémon cannot learn egg moves, and it points out that they generally cannot learn TMs or HMs either. But the two examples it uses are Unown and Beldum, both of which are genderless as well as not learning TMs or HMs. Would it be better to use an gendered example, like Caterpie or Tynamo? --Zewis (29) 18:36, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Caterpie can inherit Bug Bite (a move it normally learns at Lv.15) if both parents knew the move when breeding, so it's not a good example either. Also note that genderless Pokemon can never inherit any moves at all, due to lack of a "father" to inherit them from. For now I'm going to rephrase that entry to say "genderless" instead of "certain". (Tynamo is still a good example, though.)