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Elemental Hyper Beams

In Gen. III, only Charizard, Venusaur and Blastoise could learn Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant and Hydro Cannon, respectively. The Johto starters could learn it too, but only by being traded from XD (just like Lugia and Psycho Boost). Should the 3 HB variations be included in this list, since other "former" signature moves are also included?--Darthrai 02:12, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Feel free to add it at the bottom of the page, but note that all the fully-evolved starters can learn them in Generation IV. LordArceus 00:11, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
You know, there's not really too much of a point to replying to topics well over a month old. --((Marton imos)) 00:23, 4 November 2008 (UTC)


Should Skarmory with Steel Wing be included here? After all, it is the only Pokemon that can learn it naturally.

That would be a good case to make. Question is, how many others do that? TTEchidna 03:14, 15 July 2007 (UTC)
Hitmonlee with Mega Kick Zurqoxn 03:56, 15 July 2007 (UTC)
And I'm sure there are more, like Hitmonchan and Vacuum Wave. I, too, am used to call moves "signature" when they're exclusive to few by leveling up. --Johans 16:55, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

What about Porygon-Z and Trick Room? Though Trick Room is a TM, only Porygon-Z learns it naturally. Tesh 17:55, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

What about Metagross and Meteor Mash? --Mooshykris 22:02, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Clefairy learns Meteor Mash, though...hardly exclusive... --Myrmidom

And Chimchar with Facade, this is the same scenario as Trick Room. Tesh 15:18, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Level-up otherwise exclusive to TMs?

Okay, I just wanted to organize what's been said above. What we have so far is...

TM or HM Move Pokémon Level Generation
TM01 Focus Punch Vigoroth 43 III
43 IV
TM21 Frustration Buneary 13 IV
TM27 Return Lopunny 13 IV
TM42 Facade Chimchar 31 IV
TM47 Steel Wing Skarmory 49 II
32 III
38 IV
HM05 (Generation III) Flash Volbeat -- IV
TM72 Avalanche Smoochum 31 IV
TM72 Avalanche Jynx 33 IV
TM92 Trick Room Porygon-Z -- IV
HM07 Waterfall Goldeen 37 I
38 II
38 III
37 IV
HM07 Waterfall Seaking 39 I
41 II
41 III
40 IV

If anyone thinks of any others, go on and add them in here. TTEchidna 23:54, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

As I said above, Hitmonlee with Mega Kick. Zurqoxn 01:52, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
I placed it here so that we stay in a Generation III/IV scope. --Johans 04:22, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Uh, Raquazza and Fly! Only he learns through level up!--Quick Man 12:57, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

  • coughs* Salamence. That's like his family's evolution story line. And I think it should be at least mentioned about Abra, and how he only uses Teleport.
Read this Blastoise RULZ 20:03, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

Meowth's Pay Day (Generation I's TM16) should probably be in this section as well... Blue Charizard 18:00, 2 April 2010

Level-up otherwise exclusive to Move Tutors?

This might be useful if "signature move" is furtherly redefined. --Johans 04:21, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Move Pokémon Level Generation
Mega Kick Hitmonlee 53 I
46 II
46 III
49 IV

Level-up otherwise exclusive to breeding?

In the article, Octazooka is listed as being signature of only Octillery, and Present is listed as being signature of only Delibird (just to mention some), which is true only if the definition of "signature moves" includes this type of moves. --Johans 06:06, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Move Pokémon Level Generation
Icicle Spear Shellder 8 III (FR/LG)
13 IV
SmellingSalt Makuhita 31 III
22 IV
SmellingSalt Hariyama 33 III
22 IV
Vacuum Wave Hitmonchan 26 IV

About evolved forms

Should stone-induced evolved forms be listed? Pikachu and Raichu appear in the article. However, the species that actually learns Volt Tackle is Pichu (making the Battle Revolution Pikachu a trivia section material). If Raichu can appear in the list, then Togekiss and Mismagius should, too. --Johans 20:36, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

No, I think that only the Pokémon that learns the move should be listed. So Pichu should be listed, but it's evolutions shouldn't. Only if the evolution learns the move then they an be listed. So both Cubone and Marowak learn Bonemerang, therefore both should be listed. TESHTALK 15:57, 28 October 2007 (UTC)


Would Splash be eligible for inclusion here? A bunch of Pokémon can learn the move nowadays, but back in Generation I it was very much Magikarp's trademark. A similar case is already included on the list (Petal Dance, which was exclusive to the Oddish line in Generation I). Bikini Miltank 08:48, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

You're right, according to the current status of the article. But I think that kind of moves shouldn't appear in the list. IMO, in any case, Generation III stuff is the only past generation that should be mentioned, as it's compatible with Generation IV, but I still don't like the idea.
I take it this all started with the ExtremeSpeed Dratini from the trivia section, right? Well, that Dratini is obsolete, too. I propose we get rid of ExtremeSpeed Dratini and there won't be need for the ExtremeSpeed Arcanine and the other obsolete groups. --Johans 16:18, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

NO! Lol, we should split this article into each Generation, with a trivia section for Pokémon that do not learn a move naturally. Like Dratini in GenII. I think this would be better. TESHTALK FUN 16:20, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Yeah... one of the things I was going to suggest was listing the likes of Splash, ExtremeSpeed and so on in a seperate table, for moves that were once exclusive to a single line, but aren't anymore. I think these moves are certainly worth mentioning somewhere in the article, as they might still be relevant to someone who's playing any of the older games. Bikini MiltankMoo, I say. 23:33, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
You mean like Blaziken's Blaze Kick? Optimatum♏Talk|Hi 05:03, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
Splash/Magikarp should be there, and Blaze Kick/Blaziken should have been there ages ago! MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 05:05, 31 December 2007 (UTC)


ok, sorry about that, but i think Zap Cannon should at least be there, other than the TM, only it and Porygon could learn it in Gen II. on that note, hows about Magnet Bomb, which only they and Nosepass/Probopass can learn? MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 04:59, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Skay. Magnet Bomb, however.. I think we should add that. Tina δ 05:05, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
idk, i still think Zap Cannon should be there. i didnt even know Porygon could learn it untill a few mins ago. MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 05:06, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
As of GenIV, 13 Pokémon can learn Zap Cannon.. Tina δ 05:10, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
As in check the Zap Cannon page...Optimatum♏Talk|Hi 05:12, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
ok, i thought there were notes for previous Gens. MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 05:20, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

now wait a minute...Tina agreed that Magnet Bomb should be added as a sig move. besides, the page even says, "can only be learned by a single Pokémon or a very small select group of Pokémon." both Magnemite and Probopass are Steel with magnet-ness. MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 05:29, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

So? That would mean I had to kick in the kickingfeet Pokémon and the chicken...Reasons:
  1. They don't seem to be related...
  2. Five Pokémon isn't a small group
  3. Tina agreed, so I'm saying the opposite...

Optimatum♏Talk|Hi 05:31, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

  1. they are related, magnet-ness alnog with both lvling up at Coronet
  2. its technically only 2 Pokemon, Magnemite and Probopass, the page lists Mag's evo line and Probopass twice (for some reason)
MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 05:37, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
Ack! You win...Optimatum♏Talk|Hi 05:39, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
i didnt fight because its Magnemite, i just fought for the truth! that being said, i still think Blaziken should be on there with a note about Gen 3 or somthing. MAGNEDETHTARIDNEDOPT 05:43, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
Capitalized please...Hitmonlee and Blaziken seems select enough...Optimatum♏Talk|Hi 05:44, 31 December 2007 (UTC)


This page needs to be split up into Generations I think. There are too many prior to Genration IV. TESHIGIGAS RAWR!! 20:44, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

No, No. That's not needed. It's fine how it is. --Theryguy512 21:22, 8 February 2008 (UTC)
But then we could sychronise the trivia into it as well. TESHIGIGAS RAWR!! 18:11, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Small group?

Since Mathis seems to have decided to take a chainsaw to the list, I have to ask: How big is a "small group" of Pokémon? - Cassius335 12:24, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

small group denotes 2 evo lines. so, as seen above, with Magnet Bomb, only two pokemon can learn it, with the exception of their own evos. -- MAGNEDETH 19:31, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
Ok. *points at the top of the page* What about Meteor Mash then? - Cassius335 00:45, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
well, somone should add that to the page. along with the others in my opinion. though, it could be argued that Math earlier had the right idea. super exclusive only. -- MAGNEDETH 00:55, 13 April 2008 (UTC)


In Generation III, Staryu was the only Pokemon who could learn Camouflage. Mothim can now learn it in Gen IV. Nevertheless, I would assume that Staryu would count as a Pokémon with a signature move before Gen IV. -TIMMY

Added. Zurqoxn 20:31, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
Really, exactly two Pokemon knowing a move is still pretty exclusive. - Cassius335 09:07, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
We're still missing Mothim on there though...I guess I'll add it unless anyone has any objections...ht14 00:35, 16 May 2008 (UTC)


Well, Skitty (and Delecatty, but Skitty Evolves into that) were the only ones to know assist until Generation IV, I think Skitty deserves a mention (Delecatty doesn't scince she only learns VIA from Skitty knowing before evelution).--Quick Man 13:26, 14 April 2008 (UTC)


This article NEEDS some cleanup... some signature moves don't make sense and some are in a lot of pokemon, so they should be removed. I think if a pokemon prior to Gen IV now learns a GEN IV move, it shouldn't be mentioned, 'cause it's obvious that another pokemon will learn the same move (for example Relicanth that learns Cranidos' signature. in that case Relicanth should be removed). If someone doesn't agree with me, then just undo it. hfc2X 00:47, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

It's fine. PL12 00:48, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
It's fine if it's only one or two different evolution families. TTEchidna 04:04, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Crush Grip

What about the Combusken who has Crush Grip in PBR - unsigned comment from Tannerbro (talkcontribs)

That Combusken is unobtainable hfc2X 18:15, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
I have seen no proof that exsits. Can someone (an admin) hide that comment until there is a picture or video shown so we can back up such a far fetched claim? The Placebo Effect 02:47, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
No, hiding comments is virtually the same as deleting them, which isn't allowed. MoldyOrange 02:48, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
I'm actually now wondering if this person was mistaking Crush Grip for the breedable Crush Claw... TTEchidna 01:14, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Meteor Mash

Meteor Mash should definitely be included, like only 2 pokémon lines can learn it, and like skull bash, is listed here which also has 2 pokémon lines so why shouldn't Meteor Mash be? And why is some Hitmonlee's and other POkemon's moves are asterixed when Medicham later on has Hi Jump Kick and isnt asterixed?? It should only be asterixed when the sig move has gone completely over eg extremespeed which the others rayquaza etc arent listed... ... --<large> "[[User:WoWy|<font color="blue";>WoWy</font>]]"</large>''([[User talk:Wowy|<font color="green";>><</font>]])'' 05:45, 23 July 2008 (UTC)Wowy

I think this article is the most controvesrial thing... I think that a signature move should be a move that onle ONE Pokémon learns... I mean these are the REAL signature moves:
  • Volt Tackle (Pikachu family)
  • Pay Day (Meowth)
  • Kinesis (Kadabra and Alakazam)
  • Barrage (Exeggcute family)
  • Bone Club (Cubone and Marowak)
  • Lovely Kiss (Smoochum and Jynx)
  • Conversion, Conversion2 and Sharpen (Porygons)
  • Spider Web (Spinarak and Ariados)
  • Pain Split (Misdreavus)
  • Octazooka (Octillery)
  • Present (Delibird)
  • Sketch (Smeargle)
  • Triple Kick (Hitmontop)
  • Milk Drink (Miltank)
  • Aeroblast (Lugia)
  • Sacred Fire (Ho-Oh)
  • Arm Thrust (Makuhita and Hariyama)
  • Teeter Dance (Spinda)
  • Poison Tail (Seviper)
  • Ice Ball (Spheal family)
  • Mist Ball (Latias)
  • Luster Purge (Latios)
  • Doom Desire (Jirachi)
  • Psycho Boost (Deoxys)
  • Attack, Defend and Heal Orders (Vespiqueen)
  • Chatter (Chatot)
  • Rock Wrecker (Rhyperior)
  • Roar of Time (Dialga)
  • Spacial Rend (Palkia)
  • Magma Storm (Heatran)
  • Crush Grip (Regigigas)
  • Shadow Force (Giratina)
  • Lunar Dance (Cresselia)
  • Heart Swap (Manaphy)
  • Dark Void (Darkrai)
  • Seed Flare (Shaymin)
  • Judgement (Arceus)
Any other move should not be in the list, because more than a family learns it. Remember that a signature is something that's from your own and no one else. That's why repeated moves should not be in the list. hfc2X 18:15, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
I agree with this. Also, Bonemerang is another exclusive move to the Cubone family. ~$aturn¥oshi THE VOICES 18:55, 23 July 2008 (UTC)


I'll add Splash becoz only Magikarp had Splash in Gen I with an asterix sign, while Meteor Mash also becoz there are some moves listed here that have more than one move per pokémon, usally two. And who said that only one family needs a signature move and when it has two it's not. I've never seen any official guide saying that. And Icicle Spear, Smelligsalt and Vacuum Wave I'll add becoz Octazooka is here which can also be bred. These moves are VERY free to undo if u wish. Oh and i'll add assist with an asterix as only skitty can learn in Gen III--Wowy 07:17, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Signature moves can be bred, that's obvious, but no Pokémon can normally learn them. This article NEEDS to be redone. 'nuff said. hfc2X 12:56, 14 August 2008 (UTC)


I see someone's cleaned it up but waterfall should be included but with an * coz ONLY goldeen and seaking learnt in Gen I coz it wasnt a TM/HM there could be more moves like this--Wowy 23:47, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

I also noticed mimic is a signatre move for sudowoodo, however in ONLY generation II because in Generation I it was a TM, I'm not sure about MIMIC--Wowy 23:50, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
What about featherDance?--Wowy 06:15, 6 September 2008 (UTC)


Could someone add that signature moves are recommended for the pokemon learning them. Also, you forgot about the legendaries. - unsigned comment from Xknight 511 (talkcontribs)

In some cases they aren't. Take for example Ho-Oh in Gen II and III. He has Higher Attack than Sp. Atk, but his Signature move focuses in Sp. Atk. So it depends on the trainer. hfc2X 07:01, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Sorted by generation?

How ab out instead of making it so pokemon has a note saying when the move isn't signature, we make a page or section on this page for each generation? The Placebo Effect 15:22, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Do you mean have sections like "Signature moves in Generation I" and "Signature moves in Generation II"? If so, I think that's a great idea. Baby G 15:39, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
I think that' s very good idea too. Rikki Kitsune 19:28, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
I've been working on this for the past month, using a Word document. But it hasn't been going so well. You see, some signature moves just came off the top of my head, but I'm having trouble remembering whether or not there are any signature moves other than the ones in my document. But don't fear, I'll get it finished soon. --Baby G (talk to me) (see my edits) 20:58, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Unprotect please

Kenji-girl protected this article because she was losing in the edit war. I told her that I promise to stop edit warring, but she's completely ignoring me. Can someone please unprotect this article? Baby G 15:38, 6 September 2008 (UTC)


Should i add Platinum signature moves, coz I added scyther with Vacuum Wave and somone took it off... Look at Serebii and it says it can learn it...--WowyXD \⁄!!!-talk 07:08, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Well, yeah Serebii knows lots of things, but he isn't very relliable at times... and you NEED to fix your signature!!! hfc2X 22:48, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Actually, Scyther can learn Vacuum Wave via the move relearner in Pastoria, so it is indeed one of Scyther's moves.--*River* *Aura* 00:53, 4 August 2009 (UTC)


Why Camouflage is here? It can be learned by two pokémon --CorsolaSplash 18:32, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

As long as it's learnable by a relative few Pokémon (out of 493, two is VERY few), it goes here. I don't know where we should put the threshold, however, but as long as less than 1% of all Pokémon learn a move (not counting their evolutions) it should go here. TTEchidna 01:16, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
I kinda think it should be limited to one evolution family, ESPECIALLY if two very unrelated Pokémon (like Scyther and Hitmonlee as mentioned with Vacuum Wave above) both know the move. If you think that's too extreme/harsh, maybe if two somewhat similar Pokémon both know the move (like if they have common design elements or something). ←{Berrymaster|Talk|Contrib}→ 01:24, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
Moves only count as signature moves if only one Pokémon are one evolution family can learn them. Besides, Hitmonchan and Scyther aren't the only 2 Pokémon that can legitimatelly have Vacuum Wave. About 30 others can learn it from the Platinum tutor. --Baby G (talk to me) (see my edits) 21:01, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Well, that brings up a similar issue... moves that can be learned other than level-up by many, but level-only for a few. TTEchidna 21:06, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
I used to think that level up was all that counted, but about a month ago, Kenji-girl said that other methods (breeding, TMs, etc.) do count when it comes to signature moves. So Vacuum Wave has actually never been Hitmonchan's signature move, since several others could learn it by breeding before Platinum. --Baby G (talk to me) (see my edits) 21:48, 17 October 2008 (UTC)


Why signature move of Ditto and Mew is the Transform (which is written), a Fly isn't a signature move of Salamence and Rayquaza. Era64 11:29, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Well, for Ditto at least, Transform is its only move. Mew just has that "DNA of all Pokémon in it" deal that lets him transform.- unsigned comment from Phred (talkcontribs)
But it's not a signature move, since more than one Pokémon learns it by level, and Mew and Ditto aren't in an evolution family. --Chocolate 20:31, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
It's still a small group of Pokemon. So it's limited to who can learn it. Also once again I think this needs to be split into generations. TESHIGIGAS 20:55, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
But Kenji-girl said that signature moves are moves only learned by one Pokémon, or one evolution family. "Small groups" don't count unless they're in the same evolution family. Also, I've been working on generation splitting for a while now, and I'm almost done. --Chocolate 20:59, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
It does say at the beggining of the page that they can only be learned by a single Pokémon or a very small select group of Pokémon. So Mew and Transform should be on there. If it's like 3 Pokemon in different evolution families and it can be bred into others, then it isn't a signature move really. And thank you for splitting this into generations (when you're done!). TESHIGIGAS 21:11, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
Well, okay, maybe Transform isn't Mew's signature move, but it's surely Ditto's. I mean, it's the ONLY thing it can do. --Phred 23:50, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


Aura Sphere----Ultamatecharizard 17:47, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

No. Several others can use it as well. --((Marton imos)) 23:53, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
ya but some Pokémon can use other signature moves and pretty much every Lucario in the anime knows it,and I'm not sure why Togekiss learns it all other Pokémon that learn it because their legendary I mean Chimchar gets Blaze Kick by breeding but it's still Blazikens move------AMERICAN ELECTION TODAY!
Sigh....This is because Blaziken was the only one that could learn it until Gen IV... ht14 19:13, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
Lucario is no more Legendary than Togekiss. Not even more rare. --PLA 07:26, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Stop Removing Relicanth, Cranidos, Rampardos, and Mothim

I quote, from the top of the page: "Signature moves are moves that can only be learned by a single Pokémon or a very small select group of Pokémon by level-up (with the exception of Pikachu's Volt Tackle), usually in the same evolutionary line." So stop removing it, ok? The Dark Fiddler - You enter a poorly lit room... 20:12, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

I don't understand the idea behind "signature moves" in many evolutionary lines. Okay then, add there every other move that is in very few movepools. You, go then add Hoppip's Splash in Gen II (there was IIRC only Hoppip and Magikarp back then), Rayquaza's Extremespeed in Gen III and every friggin other move that is in 2 or 3 movepools, okay? Happy hunting, though it won't change my mind about the fact that the introduction there is wrong. UltimateSephiroth (about me · chat · edits) 20:15, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
Maybe they should be there; I'm personally too lazy to hunt them, and would rather either A) Keep it like it is, or B) get the intro changed, which is what you should do if you think its wrong. The Dark Fiddler - You enter a poorly lit room... 20:18, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
I'd do the B) if I could, but I can't be sure which way (one family or few families) is more common among players and therefore my edit would be opinionated. UltimateSephiroth (about me · chat · edits) 20:22, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
I don't know where the small group of Pokémon came from. That wasn't my idea of a signature move when I created this page. Maybe if the Pokémon were physically alike it would be okay. But Relicanth, Cranidos, and Mothim have nothing in common. Two different families should be the max if at all. Definitely not three. --ケンジガール 22:13, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
It is two families: Relicanth and Cranidos for Head something or other; Mothim's being removed for a different move, Camoflouge or however its spelled. The Dark Fiddler - You enter a poorly lit room... 22:15, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
Either way, either Relicanth needs to be added because it also knows Head Smash (and is more adept at using it due to Rock Head) or Cranidos/Ramparados need to be removed.--JacobCrystal 16:15, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

This page is in need of SERIOUS clean-up.

Some moves are counted as signature when they're limited to one Pokémon. Some are counted when they're limited to two Pokémon. Some three Pokémon. Where's the limit? I think two families should be the most.(Branched families are fine.) I'd prefer only one family, but I'll accept anything, just agree on something.

Some moves are counted as "signature" if they're limited to one(or a few) Pokémon NATURALLY...other moves are counted if they're limited OVERALL. I think that TMs/HMs/tutors/"bonus" moves should not matter, Waterfall is still Goldeen and Seaking's signature move. I'd accept the other way too, but it needs to be CONSISTENT.

Not to mention a few of the asterisks are wrong...and some without asterisks could use some. Or it could be split to generations, but I think asterisks work just fine.

The Pikachu that knows Volt Tackle doesn't need to be in the one-off section. Yes, it's only Pichu's signature move...but Pikachus can normally learn it by evolving from Pichu! Pikachu shouldn't be in the table, that is correct, but it doesn't need to be in the one-off either. That should be for examples that COULD NOT happen otherwise, like the Dratini with ExtremeSpeed.Flint A 20:09, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

My opinion is that if a move can be learned by any or all of the Pokémon of one family naturally or by TM, it is a signature move. If a move is shared with an other family or it is a TM that can be used or a move tutor move that can be taught on more than the family in question, it is not a signature move. Event Pokémon are obviously excluded. UltimateSephiroth (about me · chat · edits) 22:48, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
That sounds fine to me, a more "exclusive" definition of signature move. Although if something was a signature move at one point, I'd expect it there with an asterisk. The most important thing is that a definition is made. "More is lost by indecision than by wrong decision."Flint A 11:03, 21 June 2009 (UTC)


In GenerationIII, Roselia was the only one who could learn GrassWhistle by leveling up(to lv 29). There are many other pokemon that can learn it now in Generation IV, but it used to be a move unique only to Roselia(by level up). --PKFL 531 01:38, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Removing moves

Before I edit the actual page, I want to see if everyone agrees to this.

I was thinking of removing the following moves since they're "Signature" titles are questionable:

-Petal Dance

-Crush Claw


-Super Fang

-Beat Up

-Pain Split




-Weather Ball




-Leaf Blade

Yes yes, I know that's quite a lot of moves to pick out. But let's be honest, These moves are a little too common to be "Signature" thanks to other Pokémon showing up or Pokémon learning said moves via Breeding, Level up, Move tutor, TM/HM etc.

If you don't agree with this, I'll ignore this. Or if you want only a specific move or two gone, I'll only get rid of those instead.- unsigned comment from Ninterror (talkcontribs)

Personally, I think it might be better to either do away with this article, or sort in into 4 articles, one for each generaton RB Golbat 20:37, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
I agree with the idea of splitting them up as these moves were all once signature moves. Turtwig A Contributions Talk 00:53, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Why make a whole other article? It says in the asterisk that it was "Prior to Generation X". Just leave it as it is. --ケンジガール 02:46, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Many of those moves are already noted as being signature moves prior to a Generation, as the person above said. However, Beat Up, Crush Claw, Pain Split, Feather Dance, Assist and Extrasensory, are different. They're signature moves in that only a select few Pokémon learn by level up, but can be taught in other ways. In the "Other signature move examples" section, such things are noted, where a move is learned by more than one Pokémon but only by one by level up. I say we move the mentioned moves to a whole new section for "Level Up Signature Moves", where we list the signature moves if we go by moves learned through level and not by tutor or TM or breeding. Drake Clawfang 05:32, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant and Hydro Cannon

I would just like to say that I have finally added the elemental hyper beams to the bottom of the page. Feel free to delete it if you like, but I do think that this edit would help the bulbapedia community. ----GEN1KING ([[User talk:TALK]]) 06:12, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

I would disagree here. The signature moves of Charizard, Venusaur, and Blastoise have always been and will always be Flamethrower, SolarBeam, and Hydro Pump, respectively. SSBB even confirms that Charizard's signature move is Flamethrower (not Blast Burn). Andros 1337 18:13, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
In most cases I would agree with you, but by the definition f signature move on Bulbapedia, that is extremely inacurate. Though true in a certain sense, Blastoise is not the only pokémon to learn Hydro Pump, and same goes for the rest. Also, no offense, but Super Smash Bros. Trophies are not exactly the most reliable source for canon information :p --GEN1KING 06:50, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Former Signature moves!

We should have a section for Pokémon who's moves used to be signature moves, instead of keeping them with the other Pokémon. --Kimori Geckarbor Hinoarashi 13:48, 12 December 2009 (UTC) User talk:Kimori-Hinoarashi "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." - Adam Savage, after being proven wrong.--Mythbusters


Alright, I went for it and changed the main body to only refer to Generation IV signature moves. The list of former signature moves near the bottom might be better as some sort of table, but I'm not good at making tables and it wouldn't be like just copying the first table, as we'd need "unsignature" dates. Also, that list should not be considered comprehensive; it's just the ones that were there already plus the ones from the old list. There might be some missing.

The only controversial change I think is that I specifically limited signature moves to one evolutionary family only, but I seem to see quite a bit of support for that on the talk page and I feel it's the only sensible decision myself. --Yoshi348 20:04, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

just because you "see the support" doesnt mean you just do it, you dont have that power. it has to be definitively discussed for sure. i have undone your edits, but barring a proper definitive discussion, it can be re-added. i want to see what people think in an uncluttered manor. i personally dont see a huge problem in your way, but i also think we can find a better, cleaner layout than yours. -- MAGNEDETH 20:16, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Phantom asterisk

Pokemon that had their signature moves learned by other Pokemon with the coming of a new generation were marked with an asterisk. There wasn't a note at the bottom saying what the asterisk was for, but rather one of those things you highlight (dunno what that's called). We should at least have a note in addition to it. Flyingtypefan 00:00, 10 May 2010 (UTC)

Arcanine's ExtremeSpeed.

Shouldn't it say "Prior to Generation II"? It currently says "Prior to generation III". --PLA 16:10, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

No, it was Arcanine's sig move prior to gen II, that is, before gen II. Extremespeed didn't exist prior to gen II - unsigned comment from Malake256 (talkcontribs)
Right. I forgot the distinction between Crystal and Gen. II. It was unique to Arcanine "Prior to Crystal". --PLA 07:19, 6 June 2010 (UTC)


Signature moves can be moved by any pokemon knowing Metronome. My Togepi used metronome, and used Doom Desire! Panther2598 thats kind of obvious i mean metronome uses a random move from every move existing in a generation and they never said that they couldn't be used they just said that they can't be learned Juarmo 05:06, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Oath of Fire, Water and Grass

Do you think we should add that?-444Zekrom 04:23, 03 September 2010 (UTC)

We should wait until the games are released. For all we know, they could be used by the other starters similar to the elemental Hyper Beams. --ケンジガール 07:18, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant, and Hydro Cannon again

In Generation III, since Charizard, Venusaur, and Blastoise are the only ones who could learn those techniques, they are considered signature moves in that sense yes? So shouldn't they be added to the list and mentioned on the respective moves articles?--Darknesslover5000 05:32, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

I'll take it. Move tutor?--444Zekrom 10:15, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
They were only the only ones to learn those moves until Pokemon XD came out, which is still third-gen. --HeroicJay 10:23, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Hmm... Prior to XD? Hahaha...--444Zekrom 07:43, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
I think it's better not to take XD in consideration, because that game has distributed multiple signature moves, like Psycho Boost or Extrasensory. So I would say prior to generation IV--Grrgrrgrr1000 10:40, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

"prior to gen ..." signature moves

If, according to te article, Signature moves are by definition only learned by either a single Pokémon or a small group of Pokémon, then a lot of the moves listed that say they were signature moves prior to a certain generation were still signature moves, (in cases such as extemespeed, for at least until the generation after) as the definition in no way implies that the pokémon that can learn it have to be related by evolution it just states either that the move can be learned only as a level up move and even then, only by a small number of Pokémon or that the move can only be learned by level up by a small number of pokémon (in which case almost all, if not all are still signature moves). because even though the way the definition is phrased it can be rephrased either way it most certainly can't be rephrased both ways because they are different from meanings from eachother but are synonyms to different definitions of the phrase that defines signature moves. Juarmo 05:07, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Ultimate Starter Type Moves

techinically, the elemental hyper beams would be no less signature moves of the gen 1 starter evolutions in gen 3 than deoxys and its psycho boost (as purified shadow Lugia knew it). In fact, probably less of one as you catch the Lugia but you recieve the XD Jhoto starters from an event (albeit an in game one but still) also if Oddish and Glooms signature that ceased to be a signature by Gen 2 is on the list shouldn't arcanine and his extremespeed be on the list too. if i remember correctly dragon's den dratini didn't count towards extremespeed not still being arcanine's signature move in gen 2 so why should the XD Jhoto starters they're both in game events. Juarmo 23:28, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Shadow Signature Moves

I think it should be noted that Shadow Bolt, Shadow Chill, Shadow Fire and Shadow Blast are Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres and Shadow Lugia Signature Moves in Pokémon XD. --Criққѳ~* 16:52, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Clamp was another one of the Shellder line's signature moves...

...Until Gen III that is. Could somebody add this? - 050294 01:21, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

Another idea

I had an idea for a new column. I would like to mention what kind of signature move they are.

  • Exclusive means: Only available to the poke himself, or the evolutionary line of that poke.
  • Limited means: A few other pokes can learn it as well by leveling up or by breeding.
  • LU exclusive means: The move is exclusive to a certain poke line by leveling up, but several other pokes can learn it by breading or tutoring.
  • Common means: The move is now available to a plenty of pokes. Only mentioned if the move used to be exclusive.
  • N/A means: it didn't exist that gen.

# Name Move Gen I Gen II Gen III Gen IV Gen V
015 Beedrill Beedrill Twineedle Exclusive
Lv. 20
lv. 20
lv. 20
lv. 16
lv. 16

--Grrgrrgrr1000 10:40, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

Limited would not be implemented; signature move means it is limited to an individual or family, so those are former signature moves. Level up exclusive is possible, but I don't think it should be implemented. --SnorlaxMonster 11:24, 18 December 2010 (UTC)


It's not clear from which game the levels are. I also don't see the point of noting the levels. --Grrgrrgrr1000 10:41, 25 December 2010 (UTC)


for the 14th Movie it was said that an event Victini would be given out have the move V-Generate and Ball of Fire, as V-Generate is currently a move only an event Victini can know, should it be put in the 'one-off signature moves' section? Azure42 15:38, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

My definition of 'Signature Move'

I say the definition should be "A move that a Pokémon is best known for." As a result, this means that a move that is common can be the signature move of another Pokémon (for example, Rollout can be learned by several different kinds of Pokémon, but Geodude's evolutionary family may have it as their signature move, because Graveler is said to use it often down mountains in Firered's description of it). Another example is Psycho Cut - Gallade would most likely have the attack as its signature move had this description of signature move been used. --Psyblade 18:43, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

I think it's a very good point, however, Pokédex entries sometimes state misleading facts, such as Dusclops learning Hypnosis, which it actually can't. So, although a good definition of "signature move", I don't think it's good enough to point Pokédex entries in the article. hfc2X 23:59, 27 January 2011 (UTC)


The trivia says, that Vespiquen is the only Pokémon with 3 signature moves, while the same is true for Kyurem (as the table says). Shouldn't it be edited? --KingisNitro 08:46, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

No, because Kyurem can't actually learn Ice Burn or Freeze Shock. They are speculated to be its signature moves. --SnorlaxMonster 08:58, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Cubone and Marowak

Both of these are only listed under Former Signature Moves, however both have two current signature moves. Bone Rush, out. Bone Club and Bonemerang, good. So why aren't Cubone and Marowak under the current signature moves? Ikarishipper900 01:10, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Current definition is SERIOUSLY flawed!

The current definition of signature move here is seriously flawed. The definition should be the move the Pokémon is most known for, not any random move that is exclusive to it. While at times moves that a Pokémon is most known for may also be exclusive to it (such as Smeargle's Sketch), that is not always the case. For example, even though Charizard was the only Pokémon able to learn Blast Burn prior to XD, Charizard is never shown using it in any Pokémon media; usually Charizard is shown using Flamethrower, and in the anime, Seismic Toss. Furthermore, Charizard is a Gen I Pokémon, and it is absurd to say that a Gen III move is its signature move, considering Charizard predates Gen III.

I really think the definition should be corrected here. Andros 1337 00:05, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

I don't think it's flawed at all. A signature move exclusive to that Pokémon. Meaning that the move can only be learned by that Pokémon. While Rollout is well know for a Miltank for example that doesn't make it a signature move. Sketch is a signature move because only one Pokémon can learn it and that is Smergle. This was discussed before. --Pokemaster97 00:09, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Random move? How is it a random move when it's a move that can only be learned by a single Pokémon or its family? Just because a certain move is showed off more by a certain Pokémon does not mean it's its signature. Signature refers to a Pokémon's exclusive move which means it can only be learned by a certain Pokémon or at a certain time.
Your definition seems to be judged by what you have seen in the anime which is biased to all other media. All things should relate to the game which are used universally. Might as well say BubbleBeam is Piplup's signature move and Thunderbolt is Pikachu's. --ケンジガール 00:18, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
What about Ditto's Transform, which is obviously Ditto's signature move because it is Ditto's ONLY move, despite the fact that Mew can learn Transform as well? The fact is, Charizard is never shown using Blast Burn in the anime or any other Pokémon media besides the main games. Also, consider that Blast Burn is a tutored move, not a level-up move. Andros 1337 00:46, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Plus, SSB confirms Flamethrower as Charizard's signature move. Andros 1337 00:54, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Leveling up has nothing to do with it. Volt Tackle is an egg move that is bred on to Pichu. There's also Meloetta who can only learn its signature move through tutoring. And again, the amount of times the move is shown in the anime has nothing to do with it. In the defense of Transform, Mew has the capability of learning every move through the move tutor in XD from Generation III and below. Though I'll give you that Mew can learn that one by level up. Not to mention that it's Ditto's only move. --ケンジガール 01:03, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Also, SSB is not a true Pokémon game to be taking sources from... It's Charizard signature move in that game, not in the Pokémon games. --ケンジガール 01:03, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
So, could you tell me what was Charizard's signature move in Gens I and II? The definition of the word "signature" does not mean "exclusive", it means what the Pokémon is most notable for. Andros 1337 06:27, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Another example: Take a look at Vaporeon and Jolteon. Obviously their signature moves are Acid Armor and Pin Missile, respectively, as confirmed by their Pokédex entries. However, even in Gen I, Grimer and Muk were able to learn Acid Armor as well, and Beedrill was able to learn Pin Missile. If those aren't Vaporeon's and Jolteon's signature moves, I don't know what else can be. Andros 1337 06:31, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
See... the thing is Flamethrower can be other Pokémon's most known move. Every single Fire-type can learn it in some way. It's not so signature when so many other Pokémon can use it too.
None of Vaporeon's and Jolteon's Pokédex entries say that Acid Armor and Pin Missile are their signature moves. --ケンジガール 06:47, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
While they don't mention the moves by name, they mention that Vaporeon can melt into water, and that Jolteon can raise its fur to pierce foes. That implies Acid Armor and Pin Missile, respectively. Andros 1337 15:20, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

I think you're not understanding here. Not all Pokémon have signature moves. A signature move is a move only that Pokémon or it's family can learn. Examples: Meowth Pay Day Chansey and Blissy Softboiled, The Porygon family Conversion and Conversion 2. This is what a signature move is. Your argument is incorrect. --Pokemaster97 15:26, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

No, that is your own interpretation of a signature move, which is clearly defective for the reasons I gave above. Unless we find an official source confirming your interpretation is correct, it is nothing but a fan implication. Andros 1337 18:16, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Your last comment applies equally to your own definition. I suggest you take a step back and calm down. Also, signature, used as an adjective implies distinctiveness, not commonness. Thus, the current definition is correct to the meaning of the word, so you will need very strong official evidence in order for it to change. Werdnae (talk) 20:17, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
I don't feel like the definition is flawed, but maybe an allowance for Ditto would be nice. Ikarishipper900 15:52, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Clefairy and Meteor Mash

I don't understand this. In the Other signature move examples section, it says: "Although Clefairy can learn Meteor Mash by leveling up in any Generation III game, the only Pokémon that were able to learn it legally before release of FireRed and LeafGreen were Metang and its evolved form, Metagross." However, the Metang, Meteor Mash, and Clefairy articles don't make any mention of this, and the sentence itself doesn't make any sense. --Enervation 23:43, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

It's saying that since you couldn't get Clefairy until FRLG came out, despite that Clefairy can learn Meteor Mash in RS, Clefairy couldn't because there weren't any Clefairy in RS. Bluesun 00:38, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

New design

I'm REALLY liking the new template, but I think it could use a little more organization. Like, either we organize them by number (the only ones not by number are the ones grouped with their cross-generational evolutions), or by the generation in which they gained their signature move (then by number). I'm not sure...what does everyone think? LimeGreenCharizard 16:35, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

I agree it should be done by Ndex number. It's too jumbled and a little confusing as it is. If someone wanted to look for Pikachu, they have to go down to Pichu, and that's just sloppy. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 16:43, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Yeah I agree with what was said above. It is kind of confusing. Ndex would be a little more organized. --Pokemaster97 16:45, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
How about making the columns sortable? Also the Pikachu line's placement was something I forgot to fix, so I'll move them to 025. Pikiwyn talk 16:57, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Sortable sounds fine to me. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 17:01, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

V-create still a signature move?

Now that Rayquaza knows V-create via event (the same way that Victini learns it), is V-create still Victini's signature move, is it both Victini's and Rayquaza's, or is it not a signature move at all? Personally, I'd remove it from the list for now, since now it's a one-off move for both Victini and Rayquaza. --Darthrai 19:35, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

You make a lot of sense, and I'd certainly wait for more people to weigh in. However, I think that the name of V-Create certainly points it to it being a signature move of Victini, since many things about Victini are closely associated with the letter V. There isn't really a set standard to which we can hold a "signature move," so I think claiming its status as "debatable" is appropriate. --P o L i 20:27, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
There's a bunch a moves on the list that are like that. Why change it now? Personally, I don't think we should change the status of a signature move just because of an event. They do that all the time. Like the Victini from the movie with Zekrom and Reshiram's moves and the Lugia from XD with Deoxys's move. Rayquaza cannot normally get that move and unless it is normal, then we shouldn't worry about it. --ケンジガール 00:22, 21 January 2012 (UTC)
Just realized V-create is the move Victini only knows by event as well. Just still, to me it was obviously made for it. --ケンジガール 00:24, 21 January 2012 (UTC)
Agreed - V-create was made for Victini (and I think that I made that clear on the page), but neither Victini nor Rayquaza can learn it through normal gameplay (both of them learn it via event). As for it being a signature move because it was made for Victini, I think Megahorn presents a similar case (though not to the same degree). It was made for Heracross in Generation II (why else would a generic horn attack be Bug-type?) until they made all sorts of other Pokémon, both old and new, able to learn it in future generations. Now, V-create is much more "characteristic" of Victini and probably won't become a widespread move, but having aesthetics and themes associated with a certain Pokémon doesn't seem like a criterion for being a signature move at the moment according to the page's description (we can always change it though). Darthrai 04:15, 21 January 2012 (UTC)
I personally don't feel it applies to what the meaning of signature move is as it says it can be learned by level up or other means. Think of it this way. If Relic Song is given by event to another Pokémon, say Cresselia, does that mean it's not Meloetta's signature move anymore because it doesn't learn it by level up even though that's what changes its form? Some common sense should be used in these instead of following the definition so strictly. If the Pokémon itself has an obvious connection to the move we should take that into consideration. --ケンジガール 00:35, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
Which is why I had to revert Darthrai and MisterE13--SandmanDP 00:37, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
Actually, it's not as simple as that. The thing is, Meloetta can learn Relic Song via tutor; if the same tutor could be used to teach it to Cresselia, I wouldn't personally consider it Meloetta's signature move anymore (since they can both obtain the move on equally favorable terms). However, if Cresselia got the move via event, I'd still personally consider it Meloetta's signature move, since Meloetta obtains it on more favorable terms. Right now, Victini and Rayquaza both know V-create on equally favorable terms (a one-off move for both Pokémon); however, you're right that we should consider if the Pokémon has an obvious connection to the move, so we should make that clear. (In Relic Song's case, it helps that, unlike V-create, it doesn't scream "THIS MOVE BELONGS TO MELOETTA".) Darthrai 19:05, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
You're still not making any sense. Relic Song is Meloetta's, and V-create is Victini's. Roar of Time and Spacial Rend are Dialga and Palkia's respectively despite movie 10 Dialga and movie 12 Arceus. Please stop dragging this--SandmanDP 19:08, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
And Dialga and Palkia know Roar of Time and Spacial Rend via level-up, whereas Darkrai and Arceus only know it via event. It's not the same. Still, the current definition and status is good, I just think it's worth noting that Rayquaza and Victini both get V-create through similar methods despite it being Victini's signature move. I don't think this has ever happened before, especially since event-exclusive moves only debuted this generation.Darthrai 19:19, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
It is very much the same. Darkrai and Arceus learn it by equal means... Please stop. V-Create is Victini's signature move and happens to lend it to Rayquaza ONCE. Doesn't mean V-Create isn't Victini's signature movI'd also like to point out

"Also, some of these moves can be passed down via breeding to other Pokémon or are known by certain event Pokémon". Case closed. --SandmanDP 19:21, 29 January 2012 (UTC)

Sure, but if we go a long time without this kind of thing happening again (event-exclusive signature moves being known by both the Pokémon they're intended for and another Pokémon on equal terms), maybe the issue can be revisited.Darthrai 19:31, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
It doesn't have to be revisited. Leave it alone. Admins have already spoken on the matter and say to leave it alone--SandmanDP 19:33, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
I meant like several years or when Gen VI comes around with more event-exclusive moves. When I said "a long time", I meant "a long time" and that I don't think it's worth starting any further arguments at this point in Pokémon event history (so I'm leaving it alone) Oh well, in any case it's just one minor piece of stating the obvious about one event, I shouldn't have made a big deal about it.--Darthrai 19:34, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
By the definition of signature move, V-create is not Victini's signature move. However, it is a move that is associated with Victini. So based on Victini's associations with the move, you could say that it is its "signature move", but that is not the definition of signature move. To keep the definition firm, we cannot consider it to be Victini's signature move unless it learns it via a method other than event, like how we didn't consider it Victini's signature move until it was distributed with it. So what should happen is this; V-create should not be listed as a signature move of Victini, but it should most certainly be listed under "Other signature move examples". --SnorlaxMonster 14:54, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

Can I suggest that, perhaps, V-Create isn't a Signature Move, so much as an Event Move? It's a move that cannot be known by any pokemon except perhaps via an Event, at least at a certain point. Another example would be Volt Tackle, which, until the release of Pokemon Emerald, couldn't be learned by any pokemon, or Kinesis, which couldn't be learned by any pokemon until Pokemon Yellow. Note that an "Event Move" wouldn't necessarily have been released via Event, it's just that, without an event, it would be unavailable up to a certain time (this could include moves only found as egg moves up to a certain point, if any exist). And on a side note, if a pokemon uses Metronome, and then Smeargle Sketches it, will it learn Metronome, or the resulting move? I ask because, if Smeargle sketches the metronomed move, then it would be possible for it to sketch Volt Tackle in RS/FRLG, or V-Create in DP. Aielyn 15:19, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Another example of an Event move is a little more literal than the others - Snarl. At this time, it is only available through obtaining an Event Zoroark, and then breeding it to other pokemon from there. However, once another event, the Lock Capsule, is made available, it will be available as a TM... but still, it's an Event Move, since you need an event to access it in either case. Aielyn 06:56, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
Those are more "delayed release moves" than "event" moves. And I don't think it is really that relevant (by your definition, Kinesis is both a signature move and an "event move"). And to answer your question, Smeargle will Sketch Metronome. --SnorlaxMonster 12:48, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
Isn't "delayed release" just another word for "event", in this context? After all, you can catch Mew in Emerald, but you can't do so until a delayed release event. When Ruby/Sapphire were released, one couldn't legitimately get Volt Tackle. Not knowing how they'd give you access to the move, wouldn't it be reasonable to consider it an event-exclusive move? That the "event" ended up being "the release of Emerald" is irrelevant to this point. And yes, Kinesis would be both an event move and a signature move - nothing wrong with that. It was an event move in Red/Blue, and then a signature move after that. Volt Tackle was an event move in RS/FRLG, and a signature move after that. V-Create is currently an event move. It may happen that, with the "third version" release, Victini will be able to learn V-Create by move tutor or level up, in which case it would be a signature move. Until the move can be "learned", it really can't be called a signature move. It is speculated that the move was made for Victini, but it's only speculation, it hasn't been confirmed. It's entirely possible that, come the next pokemon game, it will be Rayquaza that learns it naturally, and not Victini... would that make it a Rayquaza signature move? Aielyn 04:37, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
The reason I used "delayed release" over "event" is because event specifically refers to things only available via event distributions, which is not true of things like Kinesis and Volt Tackle. It is unreasonable to assume a move is an event move if it has not been released yet—those are "unreleased moves" (Sacred Sword and Relic Song of course are exceptions due to being triggered by events, and Snarl was as well before it was available due to the event TM). However, I'm not really sure how this "event move" argument is relevant here anyway. And Mew in Emerald is still event-exclusive. However, I agree with you that it is not currently a signature move, and that it may become one again in the next game. Also, I highly doubt Rayquaza will learn it outside of events if Victini doesn't—however, it is possible that if there is a move tutor, they would both be able to learn it. --SnorlaxMonster 10:03, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
The relevance is that it gives an argument towards not including V-Create on this page. Indeed, I'd argue that, even prior to the event Rayquaza, it was not a Signature Move, because the move was only available through an event, and thus couldn't be reliably associated with Victini, even if Victini was the only one that had gotten it. Let me give you a hypothetical analogy. Suppose that, during Gen III, an event occurred for FRLG, where you got a Voltorb that knows Volt Tackle. Would that make Volt Tackle a Voltorb signature move? I mean, it has "Volt" in it, and only Voltorb would have it. I'd argue that, until the move is part of a pokemon's available moveset without an event, it cannot be a signature move. Aielyn 11:09, 3 February 2012 (UTC)
In your hypothetical situation, I would argue that Volt Tackle would be Voltorb's signature move until another Pokémon could learn the move, with events always being ignored if there is another way for a Pokémon to learn it. However, since we agree about the way the page should be now and are merely debating hypotheticals, I don't think we need to continue this discussion unless someone argues for the inclusion of V-create. --SnorlaxMonster 11:21, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

I'm sorry fellas but V-create actually is Victini's signature move!! Just not in Japan, because in that country Rayquaza can learn it. But this still means its Victini's signature move in the rest of the whole world!!! Just add V-create with a little star explaining its not a signature move anymore in Japan and we're done. Nickvang (talk) 14:28, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

I'm sorry...

...but your definition of "signature move" is seriously flawed. Any definition of the term that doesn't allow Transform and Moonlight to be categorized as Ditto and Umbreon's respective signature moves is just wrong. So what if there were few other Pokémon who learned it in the generation it was introduced on? We're too worried about following rules and guidelines to the point that we're sacrificing common sense. Everyone considers Transform to Ditto's signature move despite Mew (who is only a event Pokémon and thus didn't even exist for the average player back in the Gen I days) learning it, too. And considering that Espeon's signature move is Morning Sun, it's obvious that the developers intended Moonlight to be considered the signature move of his counterpart, Umbreon. - Ericss 17:53, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

I can see Ditto being an exception. But Umbereon and Moonlight? I never once thought of it being a signature move for Umbreon. And they only reason we consider it a signature for Espeon in Gen II is because it was the only Pokémon that could learn it.
Anyway, please look a few sections up to see the definition of "signature". It means distinctive. It's not distinctive when other Pokémon can learn it too. --ケンジガール 05:44, 4 March 2012 (UTC)
Wouldn't that make Ditto a Signature Pokemon for Transform? Aielyn 09:25, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
If another Pokémon can learn a move via level, TM or breeding it is not considered a signature move. A signature move must be a move only usable by one Pokémon (Mew can learn Transform and Clefairy, Oddish, Cresselia etc. can learn Moonlight).--ForceFire 10:08, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

Oshawott and evolutions

Shouldn't Razor Shell be Oshawott/Dewott/Samurott's signature moves? JacobTheDoduo 19:36, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Shellder also learns it by level. So no. Werdnae (talk) 20:55, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Signature Move recovery

Ok, "Also, some of these moves can be passed down via breeding to other Pokémon or are known by certain event Pokémon." Well how about Signature Move recovery? Sometimes there's only one Pokémon able to learn a move in that generation: Skarmory and Steel Wing for exemple, but because many Pokémon can learn it in a previous generation it isn't a Signature Move. This means that if TM 47 hadn't existed in gen 3 and 4 but in gen 5, Steel Wing would've been Skarmory's Signature Move for two generations and it would've lost this status in gen 5. But now its reversed and so it means Steel Wing isn't Skarmory's Signature Move in any generation!? I personally don't think so. And by the way Mega Kick is Hitmonlee's Signature Move, but there many Pokémon able to learn it in Firered and Leafgreen. So that's why Steel Wing (still for exemple) has to be Skarmory Signature Move. Nickvang (talk) 14:40, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

I agree. They have been added. --SnorlaxMonster 11:22, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

One table more.

In 'Other signature move examples' are many exemples of moves which only one evolutionary line can learn by leveling up, but can be learned by other Pokémon too via TM. Could we give those exemples their own table? Just like the one for the real signature moves. This would make the page a little more clear. Nickvang (talk) 19:42, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

Squirtle's evolutionary family and Sharpedo are the only Pokémon to learn Skull Bash by leveling up, but other Pokémon could learn it through TM40 in Generation I.

Sudowoodo is the only Pokémon to learn Mimic by leveling up in Generation II, but other Pokémon could learn it through TM31 in Generation I and Move Tutor in Generation III. In Generations II, IV and V and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Hitmonlee is the only Pokémon who can learn Mega Kick. However, in Generation I and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, others could learn it through TM and Move Tutor respectively. Unown can learn only Hidden Power; however, almost every other Pokémon can learn it via TM10 in Generation II and beyond. Although several Pokémon can learn it by TM, until Generation III only Diglett and Dugtrio could learn Dig by level up. Prior to Generation V, Vigoroth is the only Pokémon to learn Focus Punch by leveling up, although many other Pokémon can learn it via TM01. Porygon-Z is the only Pokémon to learn Trick Room by leveling up, although that move can be learned via TM92. Almost every Pokémon is able to learn Facade via TM42. However, Chimchar is the only one to learn it by leveling up prior to Generation V. Although only Panpour and its evolution are the only Pokémon to learn Scald by leveling up, other Pokémon can learn it via TM55. Also, Pansage is currently the only Pokémon to learn Grass Knot by leveling up, yet other Pokémon can learn it via TM86. Kadabra and Alakazam are the only Pokémon to learn Ally Switch by leveling up, but other Pokémon can learn it through TM51 in Generation V. Sawk is the only Pokémon to learn Rock Smash by leveling up, but other Pokémon can learn it through TM94 in Generation V. Emolga is the only Pokémon to learn Volt Switch by leveling up, but other Pokémon can learn it through TM72 in Generation V. Nickvang (talk) 19:47, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

Do skill swap and steel wing really count as signature moves?

I think something should only be considered a signature more IF only one Pokémon or only the Pokémon from one evolutionary line can learn it since the beginning. But I wouldn't say that steel wing is really Skarmory's signature move since it was a TM earlier on. Yeah, it's no longer a TM, but that doesn't make it Skarmory's signature move all of a sudden.

Also regarding skill swap, that's also a move that used to be a TM, so I wouldn't say it's a signature move either. What do you guys think? TheBlazikenMaster (talk) 15:18, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Steel Wing is definitely a signature move, because even though it was a TM for several generations, Skarmory learned it by level up in all those generations as well, and was the only Pokemon to learn it by level up. If anything, I think it should be listed as Skarmory's signature move in Gen 2-5 instead of just 5. Skill Swap is a slightly trickier matter that will probably require a more refined definition of "signature move" to resolve satisfactorily one way or the other.
Personally, I think we should refine the definition so that it doesn't matter if a plethora of Pokemon can learn a move by a "lower"/"less common" method (i.e. TMs, Move Tutors, events); as long as only one family can learn it by level up, that is its signature move. (And if nothing learns it by level up and only one thing learns it by another method, that's also a signature move, of course.) But that's just my opinion. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 16:01, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
In that case would you say that return is Lopunny's signature move? Sure, that move was introduced long before Loponny was but Lopunny is the only Pokémon that learns it by level up. TheBlazikenMaster (talk) 16:12, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
That's why I said Skill Swap (which is in the same boat) is a tricky matter. There should probably be a provision where widely/universally-available TMs like Return aren't signature moves unless the one Pokémon that learns it by level up has been able to learn it at least as long as the move has been a TM. On the other hand, something like Softboiled was obviously Chansey's signature move even in Gen 1, in which nothing learned it by level up and the TM was only learnable by Chansey and Mew (which, of course, can learn anything). Of course, those are both extremes on opposite sides of the spectrum, and examples that are somewhere in the middle (like Skill Swap) are more difficult to figure. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 17:24, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

A few things...

First... Why don't egg moves disqualify a signature move? Due to them, moves like Present and Beat Up are VERY widespread, compared to moves like Softboiled and Needle Arm that get disqualified for very small numbers of other Pokemon. Second... Why does Volt Tackle count as a Pikachu signature when it can't learn it by any means itself? (It can only get it by evolving a Pichu that knows it <which should also qualify Raichu and a bunch of other families' Pokemon if this counts> or by events <which have been noted to generally not count>.) Third... Why does Sacred Sword (and relatedly, Fusion Flare/Bolt) count as a signature move for the Swords of Justice (who aren't technically related by family) when Rolling Kick (which only Hitmonlee and Hitmontop, who are related, can learn, excluding egg moves) doesn't from Generation 2 onwards? Fourth... Needle Arm isn't learned by anything other than Cacnea/Cacturne in Generation 4, either. (It's only marked as being signature in Generation 3.) Fifth... Only the Whismur line learned Sleep Talk, except by breeding, in Ruby and Sapphire. RiverShock (talk) 16:00, 25 March 2013 (UTC)