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In the games, there will occasionally be a Pokémon that knows a move it cannot know when owned by the player. It is unknown whether most of these are actual mistakes on the part of the developers.

Pokémon with unobtainable movesets in the core series games

Unobtainable for the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
149Dragonite.png Lance's Dragonite Barrier Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue
Pokémon Red and Blue
Lance's Dragonite knows Barrier in all Generation I games except Pokémon Yellow, although Dragonite could not know this move until Generation VI, in which a Dragonite based on Lance's that knows Barrier was distributed.
Lance Dragonite Barrier RGB.png
142Aerodactyl.png Lance's Aerodactyl Rock Slide Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Lance's Aerodactyl knows Rock Slide in the Generation II games, although Aerodactyl could not know this move until Generation III.
Lance Aerodactyl Rock Slide GSC.png
171Lanturn.png Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn Earthquake Pokémon Emerald In Pokémon Emerald's Victory Road, Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn knows Earthquake, although Lanturn cannot know this move.
Cooltrainer Lanturn Earthquake E.png
158Totodile.png Battle Hall Totodile Brine Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Totodile in the Battle Hall know Brine, although Totodile cannot know this move. Battle Hall Totodile Brine PtHGSS.png
315Roselia.png Battle Hall Roselia Sludge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Roselia in the Battle Hall know Sludge, although Roselia cannot know this move. Battle Hall Roselia Sludge PtHGSS.png
347Anorith.png Battle Hall Anorith Stone Edge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Anorith in the Battle Hall know Stone Edge, although Anorith cannot know this move. However, its evolution, Armaldo, can. Battle Hall Anorith Stone Edge PtHGSS.png
007Squirtle.png Ace Trainer Nick's Squirtle Curse Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver On Union Cave B2F in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ace Trainer Nick's Squirtle knows the move Curse, although Squirtle cannot know this move in Generation IV. This is likely due to Nick's Squirtle retaining its moveset from Pokémon Gold and Silver, in which it could learn Curse.
413Wormadam-Sandy.png School Kid Ann's Wormadam Leaf Storm Pokémon Black and White On Unova Route 12 in Pokémon Black and White, School Kid Ann's Sandy Cloak Wormadam knows the move Leaf Storm, although Sandy Cloak Wormadam cannot know this move, only Plant Cloak Wormadam can; it should instead know Fissure. School Kid Ann Sandy Wormadam Leaf Storm BW.png
146Moltres.png En's Moltres Leer Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the downloadable The Legendary Rotation Battle! for PWT, En's Moltres knows Leer, although Moltres can only learn this move in Generation I (which cannot be transferred to Generation V). Rotation Battle Tournament En Moltres Leer B2W2.png
376Metagross.png Abel's Metagross Ice Beam Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the downloadable 2012: Masters Division Challenge for PWT, Abel's Metagross, due to an error, knows the illegal move Ice Beam. This error existed in the initial distribution of the tournament, which lasted from November 18 to 20, 2012, when the tournament was replaced with an updated version in which Metagross knows the correct move, Ice Punch.

This has been officially confirmed as an error, due to being based on a real-world Trainer.

2012 Masters Division Challenge Abel Metagross Ice Beam B2W2.png
594Alomomola.png Totem Wishiwashi's Ally Alomomola Water Gun Pokémon Sun and Moon In the battle against Totem Wishiwashi at Brooklet Hill, the Totem Pokémon can summon an ally Alomomola which knows Water Gun, although Alomomola cannot know this move.
213Shuckle.png Battle Royal Shuckle Stockpile Pokémon Sun and Moon (v1.0) In the Battle Royal, one of the Pokémon that can be used by opponents is a Shuckle that knows Stockpile, although Shuckle cannot know this move. This only occurs in v1.0 of Pokémon Sun and Moon; in v1.1, this Shuckle instead knows Double Team.
784Kommo-o.png Battle Tree Kommo-o Shell Smash Pokémon Sun and Moon (v1.0) In the Battle Tree, one of the Pokémon that can be used by opponents is a Kommo-o that knows Shell Smash, although Kommo-o cannot know this move. This only occurs in v1.0 of Pokémon Sun and Moon; in v1.1, this Kommo-o instead knows Draco Meteor.
095Onix.png Hiker Jim's Onix Wrap Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! In the Underground Path (Kanto Routes 7-8), Onix Master Jim has an Onix that knows Wrap, although Onix cannot know this move. It was likely intended to be Bind, a move that Onix can learn.
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Wild Area NewsDrilburExcadrill Hydro Pump Pokémon Shield For a portion of the first day of this round of the Wild Area News for April 28 to May 11, 2020, ★ Drilbur raids originating from Shield came with the illegal move Hydro Pump. The same raids for the rest of the event's duration, or from Sword, come with the correct move, Scratch. Players who caught a Drilbur with Hydro Pump cannot trade or battle online with it unless that move is deleted.
These erroneous Drilbur otherwise function like other Drilbur, and can evolve into Excadrill with Hydro Pump.

Unobtainable combinations of moves

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves from Generation VI onward, all Egg Move combinations are possible from Generation VI onward.

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
021Spearow.png Battle Hall Spearow Quick Attack and Scary Face Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Spearow in the Battle Hall know both Quick Attack and Scary Face. While Spearow can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Spearow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than Spearow or Fearow, that can learn Scary Face is Aerodactyl, which cannot learn Quick Attack.

Due to Archen and Archeops, Pokémon in the Flying Egg Group that can be male, learning both Quick Attack and Scary Face by level-up in Generation V, this combination is possible from Generation V onward.

096Drowzee.png Drowzee Assist and Barrier Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Battle Frontier opponents, except in the Battle Hall, may use a Drowzee that knows both Assist and Barrier. While Drowzee can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Drowzee can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than Drowzee or Hypno, that can learn Assist are Spinda and the Chimchar family, which cannot learn Barrier.
207Gligar.png Gligar Sand Tomb and Metal Claw Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Battle Frontier opponents, except in the Battle Hall, may use a Gligar that knows both Sand Tomb and Metal Claw. While Gligar can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Gligar can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than Gligar or Gliscor, that can learn Metal Claw are Scizor, the Nincada family and the Paras family, which cannot learn Sand Tomb.
115Kangaskhan.png Kangaskhan Double-Edge and Circle Throw Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Battle Subway opponents may use a Kangaskhan that knows both Double-Edge and Circle Throw. While Kangaskhan can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Kangaskhan can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than Kangaskhan, that can learn Circle Throw are the Whismur family, which cannot know both Double-Edge and Circle Throw simultaneously; the Whismur family can only learn Circle Throw as an Egg Move from Generation V onward, whereas they can only learn Double-Edge from a Generation III Move Tutor.
576Gothitelle.png Gothitelle Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Battle Subway opponents may use a Gothitelle that knows both Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye. While Gothitelle can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Gothitelle can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Gothitelle family, that can learn Mirror Coat is Lopunny, which cannot learn Miracle Eye.
047Parasect.png Walter's Parasect Bullet Seed and Leech Seed Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Walter, an opponent in the Bug Type Expert Tournament, has a Parasect that knows both Bullet Seed and Leech Seed. While Parasect can know both of these moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Parasect can only learn Leech Seed as an Egg Move from Generation V onward, whereas it can only learn Bullet Seed as a Generation III or IV TM.
169Crobat.png Janine's Crobat Hypnosis and Brave Bird Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments, Janine has a Crobat that knows both Hypnosis and Brave Bird. While Crobat can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Crobat can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Crobat family, that can learn Hypnosis are the Hoothoot family, Sigilyph, and the Pidove family, which cannot learn Brave Bird.
306Aggron.png Byron's Aggron Head Smash and Dragon Rush Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments, Byron has an Aggron that knows both Head Smash and Dragon Rush. While Aggron can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Aggron can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Aggron family, that can learn Dragon Rush are the Charmander family, the Gible family and the Rhyhorn family, which cannot learn Head Smash.
357Tropius.png Winona's Tropius Leaf Blade and Curse Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon, Winona has a Tropius that knows both Leaf Blade and Curse. While Tropius can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Tropius can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Plant and Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than Tropius, that can learn Leaf Blade are Victreebel, Bellossom, Grovyle and Sceptile, and the Snivy family, which cannot learn Curse.
617Accelgor.png Burgh's Accelgor Guard Split and Spikes Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the Unova Leaders Tournament, Burgh has an Accelgor that knows both Guard Split and Spikes. While Accelgor can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Accelgor can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than Shelmet or Accelgor, that can learn Guard Split is Shuckle, which cannot learn Spikes.

Moves known at an early level

Due to the Move Reminder being able to teach moves the Pokémon would learn at higher levels in Generation VII, all moves can be taught at any level in Generation VII.

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
221Piloswine.png Pryce's Piloswine Fury Attack Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pryce's Piloswine knows Fury Attack at level 31, although Piloswine doesn't learn this move until level 33. Swinub does not learn the move at all, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
Pryce Piloswine L31 Fury Attack GSC.png
275Shiftry.png Sidney's Shiftry Extrasensory Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Sidney's Shiftry knows Extrasensory at level 48, although Shiftry doesn't learn this move until level 49 as a Nuzleaf. Seedot cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Nuzleaf learning Extrasensory at level 36 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Shiftry can know Extrasensory at level 48 in Generation VI onward.

Sidney Shiftry L48 Extrasensory RSE.png
334Altaria.png Winona's Altaria Dragon Dance Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald During the initial battle, Winona's Altaria knows Dragon Dance at level 33, although Altaria doesn't learn this move until level 40. Swablu cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Altaria learning Dragon Dance at level 30 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Altaria can know Dragon Dance at level 33 in Generation VI onward.

Winona Altaria L33 Dragon Dance RSE.png
264Linoone.png Norman's Linoone Slash Pokémon Emerald Norman's Linoone knows Slash at level 29, although Linoone doesn't learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
464Rhyperior.png Bertha's Rhyperior Rock Wrecker Pokémon Platinum During the initial battle, Bertha's Rhyperior knows Rock Wrecker at level 55, although Rhyperior doesn't learn this move until level 61. Rhyhorn cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Rhyperior learning Rock Wrecker at level 1 in Pokémon X and Y, Rhyperior can know Rock Wrecker at level 55 in Generation VI onward.

509Purrloin.png Bianca's Purrloin Growl Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 During the capture tutorial, Bianca captures a wild Purrloin that knows Growl at level 2, although Purrloin doesn't learn this move until level 3.

While Purrloin can know Growl at level 2 due to breeding even in Generation V, this is not possible for wild Purrloin.

Tutorial Purrloin L2 Growl B2W2.png
615Cryogonal.png Wulfric's Cryogonal Confuse Ray Pokémon X and Y In the first rematch in the Battle Chateau, Wulfric's Cryogonal knows Confuse Ray at level 40, although Cryogonal doesn't learn this move until level 45. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
880Dracozolt.png Gym Challenger Corvin's Dracozolt Bolt Beak Pokémon Sword and Shield In the Champion tournaments, Corvin's Dracozolt knows Bolt Beak at level 58, although Dracozolt doesn't learn this move until level 63. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is in the Undiscovered Egg Group.
882Dracovish.png Gym Challenger Terry's Dracovish Fishious Rend Pokémon Sword and Shield In the Champion tournaments, Terry's Dracovish knows Fishious Rend at level 57, although Dracovish doesn't learn this move until level 63. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is in the Undiscovered Egg Group.

Unobtainable until a later game in the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
450Hippowdon.png Veteran Brenden's Hippowdon Dig Pokémon Platinum In Victory Road after collecting the National Pokédex, Brenden's Hippowdon knows Dig. While Hippowdon could not know this move at the time Pokémon Platinum was released, it can learn it in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (which was released later) then be traded to Pokémon Platinum.
130Gyarados.png Lysandre's Gyarados Iron Head Pokémon X and Y In all three battles with Lysandre in Pokémon X and Y, his Gyarados knows Iron Head, a move which it cannot learn in Pokémon X and Y. Although Gyarados can learn Iron Head in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, at the time Pokémon X and Y were released it was not possible to transfer Pokémon from the Generation V games to Pokémon X and Y due to Poké Transporter not yet having been released. After the release of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, transferring Pokémon from the Generation V games became possible, making it possible to obtain a Gyarados with Iron Head. Additionally, Gyarados can also learn Iron Head in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (which were released after Pokémon X and Y) and then be transferred to Pokémon X or Y either through trading or through Pokémon Bank.

Moves known at an early level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
284Masquerain.png Viola's Masquerain Air Slash Pokémon X and Y In the first rematch in the Battle Chateau, Viola's Masquerain knows Air Slash at level 40. While Masquerain doesn't learn this move until level 47 in Pokémon X and Y and Surskit cannot learn this move (so it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding), it can learn it at level 38 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (which was released later) then be traded to Pokémon X and Y.

Errors in promotional material

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
282Gardevoir.png Gardevoir Fairy Wind Pokémon X and Y In the E3 trailer for Pokémon X and Y, Gardevoir used Fairy Wind, although Gardevoir cannot know this move in the released version of the game. XY Prerelease Gardevoir Fairy Wind.png
131Lapras.png Lapras Scald Pokémon X and Y In the banner of Summer 2013 World Hobby Fair for Pokémon X and Y promotion, Lapras was seen using Scald, although Lapras cannot know this move in the released version of the game. XY Prerelease Lapras Scald.png
257Blaziken-Mega.png Mega Blaziken Ice Punch Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire In pre-release screenshots for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire posted on the official Pokémon website, Mega Blaziken used Ice Punch, although Blaziken cannot know this move in the released version of the game. As a result, the official Japanese Pokémon site posted an apology and the images were removed. ORAS Prerelease Mega Blaziken Ice Punch.png

Pokémon with unobtainable movesets in the side series games

Unobtainable for the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
080Slowbro.png Juggler's Slowbro Metronome Pokémon Stadium Fuchsia Gym's Juggler's Slowbro knows Metronome in the Round 1 battle, although Slowbro cannot know this move.
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Chaser Emok's Gulpin and Swalot Thief Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Town, in the first and second battles, Emok's Gulpin knows Thief, although Gulpin cannot know this move. Similarly, in the third battle, Emok's Swalot knows Thief although Swalot cannot know this move.
Emok Gulpin Thief Colo.png
Emok Swalot Thief Colo.png
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Chaser Maiz's Koffing, Kirlia, and Shroomish Pound Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Maiz's Koffing, Kirlia, and Shroomish know Pound, although they cannot know this move.
Maiz Koffing Pound Colosseum.png
Maiz Kirlia Pound Colosseum.png
Maiz Shroomish Pound Colosseum.png
270Lotad.png Bandana Guy Noxy's Lotad Fake Out Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Noxy's Lotad knows Fake Out, although Lotad cannot know this move. However, its evolution, Lombre, can.
Noxy Lotad Fake Out Colo.png
271Lombre.png Hunter Zalo's Lombre Fury Attack Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave, Zalo's Lombre knows Fury Attack, although Lombre cannot know this move.
Hunter Lombre Fury Attack Colosseum.png
263Zigzagoon.png Hunter Meli's Zigzagoon Fury Swipes Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave, Meli's Zigzagoon knows Fury Swipes, although Zigzagoon cannot know this move. However, its evolution, Linoone, can.
025Pikachu.png Bodybuilder Rapoz's Pikachu Tackle Pokémon Colosseum In Mt. Battle Area 1 in Battle Mode Singles as well as in Battle Now, Rapoz's Pikachu knows Tackle, although Pikachu cannot know this move.
198Murkrow.png Area Leader Crayal's Murkrow Mirror Coat Pokémon Colosseum In Mt. Battle Area 5 in Battle Mode Singles as well as in Battle Now, Crayal's Murkrow knows Mirror Coat, although Murkrow cannot know this move.
089Muk.png Cooltrainer Cruik's Muk Shadow Ball Pokémon Colosseum In Mt. Battle Area 10 in Battle Mode Singles as well as in Battle Now, Cruik's Muk knows Shadow Ball, although Muk cannot learn this move until Generation IV.
Cruik Muk Shadow Ball Colo.png
046Paras.png Battle Sims Paras Sleep Powder Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In the "Healing status conditions" Battle Sim, the opposing Trainer's Paras knows Sleep Powder, although Paras cannot know this move until Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Battle Sims Paras Sleep Powder XD.png
357Tropius.png Battle Sims Tropius Rain Dance Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In the "Single Battle Combos" Battle Sim, the player's Tropius knows Rain Dance, although Tropius cannot know this move.
242Blissey.png Battle CD 05 Blissey Reflect Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Battle CD 05, the player's Pokémon is a Blissey that knows Reflect. Blissey could only learn Reflect by teaching it to Chansey in a Generation I game and evolving it in a Generation II game. However, since it cannot be transferred to Generation III, Blissey cannot learn Reflect in XD. Battle CD 05 Blissey Reflect XD.png
096Drowzee.png Battle CD 02 Drowzee Strength Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Battle CD 02,Habtel's pokemon is a Drowzee that knows Strength although Drowzee cannot know this move. 256px
068Machamp.png Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 07, the player's Pokémon is a Machamp that knows Swords Dance, although Machamp cannot know this move. Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance XD.png
347Anorith.png Battle CD 38 Anorith Waterfall Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 38, one of Sim Trainer Burg's Pokémon is an Anorith that knows Waterfall, although Anorith cannot know this move.
274Nuzleaf.png Gonzap's Nuzleaf Aerial Ace Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Snagem Hideout, Gonzap's Nuzleaf knows Aerial Ace, although Nuzleaf cannot know this move.
227Skarmory.png Gonzap's Skarmory Hyper Beam Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Snagem Hideout, Gonzap's Skarmory knows Hyper Beam, although Skarmory cannot know this move.
101Electrode.png Supertrainer Libal's Electrode Reflect Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Mt. Battle Area 10, Libal's Electrode knows Reflect. Electrode can only learn Reflect prior to Generation III via TM in Generation I. However, because Generation I Pokémon cannot be transferred to Generation III, Electrode cannot know Reflect in XD.

Unobtainable combinations of moves

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
001Bulbasaur.png Picnicker Stacy's Bulbasaur Razor Wind and Skull Bash Pokémon Stadium 2 Picnicker Stacy, the second Trainer in the Little Cup R-2 has a Bulbasaur that knows both Razor Wind and Skull Bash. While Bulbasaur can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Bulbasaur can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Grass Egg Group or Monster Egg Group Pokémon that can learn Razor Wind, other than the Bulbasaur family, is the Totodile family, which cannot learn Skull Bash.

Due to Pokémon of the same species being able to pass Egg Moves to each other in the Pokémon Nursery in Generation VIII and Bulbasaur that know Razor Wind being able to be transfered to the Generation VIII games from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation II games, this combination is possible from Generation VIII onward.

008Wartortle.png Cooltrainer Vince's Wartortle Mirror Coat and Reflect Pokémon Stadium 2 Cooltrainer Vince, the second opponent in Blackthorn Gym R-2, has a Wartortle that knows both Mirror Coat and Reflect. While Wartortle can know both moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Wartortle can only learn the Generation II move Mirror Coat as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Reflect as a Generation I TM.

Due to Pokémon of the same species being able to pass Egg Moves to each other in the Pokémon Nursery in Generation VIII and Wartortle that know Reflect being able to be transferred to the Generation VIII games from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I games, this combination is possible from Generation VIII onward.

009Blastoise.png Psychic Mason's Blastoise Mirror Coat and Haze Pokémon Stadium 2 Psychic Mason, the eighth Trainer in the Poké Cup Ultra Ball R-2, has a Blastoise that knows both Mirror Coat and Haze. While Blastoise can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Blastoise can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Water 1 Egg Group and Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Blastoise family, that can learn Mirror Coat is Corsola, which cannot learn Haze.
022Fearow.png Youngster Wyatt's Fearow Tri Attack and Scary Face Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Wyatt, the second Trainer in the Poké Cup Master Ball R-2, has a Fearow that knows both Tri Attack and Scary Face. While Fearow can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Fearow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Fearow family, that can learn Scary Face is Aerodactyl, which cannot learn Tri Attack.
026Raichu.png Lt. Surge's Raichu Surf and Reversal Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 battle, Lt. Surge has a Raichu that knows both Surf and Reversal. While Raichu can know both moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Raichu can only learn the Generation II move Reversal as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Surf as a Move Tutor move as a Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium (Japanese) or international versions of Pokémon Stadium (English).

Due to Raichu and its evolutionary relatives being made compatible with Surf and Reversal when they became Technical Records in Pokémon Sword and Shield, this combination is possible in Generation VIII.

028Sandslash.png Chuck's Sandslash Metal Claw and Rock Slide Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 Battle, Chuck has a Sandslash that knows both Metal Claw and Rock Slide. While Sandslash can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Sandslash can only learn the Generation II move Metal Claw as an Egg Move in Pokémon Crystal, whereas it can only learn Rock Slide as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Rock Slide in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Sandslash maintaining Metal Claw as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

030Nidorina.png Twins Min and Lyn's Nidorina Charm and Body Slam Pokémon Stadium 2 Twins Min and Lyn, the second opponents in the Azalea Gym R-2, have a Nidorina that knows both Charm and Body Slam. While Nidorina can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Nidorina can only learn the Generation II move Charm as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Body Slam as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Body Slam in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Nidorina maintaining Charm as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

036Clefable.png Boarder Claude's Clefable Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick Pokémon Stadium 2 Boarder Claude, the seventh opponent in the Poké Cup Poké Ball R-2, has a Clefable that knows Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick. While Clefable can know all three of these moves individually, it could not know all three simultaneously at the time. Clefable can only learn the Generation II move Charm as a Cleffa, whereas it can only learn Mega Punch and Mega Kick as Generation I TMs.

Due to the Move Tutors for Mega Punch and Mega Kick in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Cleffa maintaining Charm as a level-up move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

073Tentacruel.png Pryce's Tentacruel Mirror Coat and Reflect Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 Battle, Pryce has a Tentacruel that knows both Mirror Coat and Reflect. While Tentacruel can know both moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Tentacruel can only learn the Generation II move Mirror Coat as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Reflect as a Generation I TM.

Due to Tentacruel learning Mirror Coat at level 1 and learning Reflect as a TM move in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, this combination is possible in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Due to Pokémon of the same species being able to pass Egg Moves to each other in the Pokémon Nursery in Generation VIII and Tentacruel that know Reflect being able to be transfered to the Generation VIII games from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! or the Virtual Console releases of the Generation II games, this combination is also possible from Generation VIII onward.

102Exeggcute.png Youngster Bernie's Exeggcute Mega Drain and AncientPower Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup R-2 has an Exeggcute that knows both Mega Drain and AncientPower. While Exeggcute can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Exeggcute can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Grass Egg Group Pokémon that can learn Ancient Power, other than the Exeggute family, are the Chikorita family and the Bulbasaur family, but the Chikorita family cannot learn Mega Drain and the Bulbasaur family cannot know both Mega Drain and Ancient Power simultaneously—the Bulbasaur family can only know the Generation II move Ancient Power as an event Pokémon, but can only learn Mega Drain from a Generation I TM.

Due to Pokémon of the same species being able to pass Egg Moves to each other in the Pokémon Nursery in Generation VIII and Exeggcute that know Mega Drain being able to be transfered to the Generation VIII games from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! or the Virtual Console releases of the Generation II games, this combination is possible from Generation VIII onward.

103Exeggutor.png Bruno's Exeggutor AncientPower and Explosion Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 battle, Bruno has an Exeggutor that knows both AncientPower and Explosion. While Exeggutor can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Exeggutor can only learn the Generation II move AncientPower as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Explosion as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Explosion in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Exeggutor maintaining Ancient Power as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

212Scizor.png Sabrina's Scizor Reversal and Light Screen Pokémon Stadium 2 Durring her R-2 battle, Sabrina has a Scizor that knows both Reversal and Light Screen. While Scizor can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Scizor can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Scizor family, that can learn Reversal are Heracross and Yanma, which cannot learn Light Screen.

Due to being made compatiblte with the TM for Light Screen in Generation V and Scizor maintaining Reversal as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation V onward.

198Murkrow.png St. Performer Shuf's Murkrow Confuse Ray and Perish Song Pokémon Colosseum In Under Colosseum in the Story Mode, Shuf has a Murkrow that knows both Confuse Ray and Perish Song. While Murkrow can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Murkrow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than Murkrow, that can learn Perish Song are the Swablu family, which cannot learn Confuse Ray.
068Machamp.png Bodybuilder Okona's Machamp Encore and Rolling Kick Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Quick Battle, Okona has a Machamp that knows both Encore and Rolling Kick. While Machamp can know both moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Machamp can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Machamp family, that can learn Rolling Kick are Hitmonlee and Hitmontop, which cannot learn Encore.

Moves known at an early level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
130Gyarados.png Pika Cup Rental Gyarados Hydro Pump, Leer, and Bite Pokémon Stadium The rental Gyarados available for the Pika Cup knows Hydro Pump, Leer, and Bite at level 15. Although Gyarados can learn these moves at level 1 in Red, Green, and Blue, it can only be obtained at level 15 in Yellow or in Generation II, where it learns these moves at a later level. Since no Move Reminder exists in Red, Green, or Blue, it cannot be taught these moves.
081Magnemite.png Little Cup Rental Magnemite Supersonic and Lock-On Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Magnemite available for the Little Cup knows Supersonic and Lock-On at level 5, although Magnemite doesn't learn these moves until level 11 (29 in Generation I) and level 27, respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.

Due to Magnemite learning Supersonic at level 4 in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Magnemite can know Supersonic at level 5 in Generation V onward.

081Magnemite.png PokéFan Janet's Magnemite Lock-On Pokémon Stadium 2 PokéFan Janet, the fourth Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Magnemite that knows Lock-On at level 5, although Magnemite doesn't learn this move until level 27. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
100Voltorb.png Little Cup Rental Voltorb Mirror Coat Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Voltorb available for the Little Cup knows Mirror Coat at level 5, although Voltorb doesn't learn this move until level 41. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
100Voltorb.png Youngster Bernie's Voltorb Mirror Coat Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Voltorb that knows Mirror Coat at level 5, although Voltorb doesn't learn this move until level 41. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
120Staryu.png Little Cup Rental Staryu Light Screen Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Staryu available for the Little Cup knows Light Screen at level 5, although Staryu doesn't learn this move until level 43 (42 in Generation I). It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
137Porygon.png Little Cup Rental Porygon Sharpen Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Porygon available for the Little Cup knows Sharpen at level 5, although Porygon doesn't learn this move until level 24 in Generation II. While it can learn this move at level 1 in Generation I, it cannot be taught to a low enough level Porygon because no Move Reminder exists in Generation I. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.

Due to Porygon learning Sharpen at level 1 in Generation IV, Porygon can know Sharpen at level 5 in Generation IV onward.

137Porygon.png Poké Fan Rex's Porygon Recover Pokémon Stadium 2 Poké Fan Rex, the eighth Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Porygon that knows Recover at level 5, although Porygon doesn't learn this move until level 20 in Generation II (28 in Generation I). It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
271Lombre.png Bandana Guy Noxy and Hunter Valen's Lombre Uproar Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, the Lombre owned by Bandana Guy Noxy and Hunter Valen each know Uproar at level 34 and level 37 respectively, although Lombre doesn't learn this move until level 43. Lotad cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Lotad and Lombre being able to learn Uproar via Move Tutor in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Lombre can know Uproar at level 34 and level 37 in Generation IV onward.

Noxy Lombre Uproar L34 Colo.png
Valen Lombre Uproar L37 Colo.png
343Baltoy.png Cipher Peon Kass and Hunter Drovic's Baltoy Cosmic Power Pokémon Colosseum In the Relic Cave and in Mt. Battle during the Cipher invasion, the Baltoy owned by Cipher Peon Kass and Hunter Drovic each know Cosmic Power at level 35 and level 36 respectively, although Baltoy doesn't learn this move until level 37. Baltoy cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because it is a genderless Pokémon.

Due to Baltoy learning Cosmic Power at level 31 in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Baltoy can know Cosmic Power at level 35 and level 36 in Generation V onward.

Kass Baltoy Cosmic Power L35 Colo.png
Drovis Baltoy Cosmic Power L36 Colo.png
264Linoone.png Hunter Meli's Linoone Slash Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Meli's Linoone knows Slash at level 39, although Linoone doesn't learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Linoone learning Slash at level 32 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Linoone can know Slash at level 39 in Generation VI onward.

Meli Linoone Slash L39 Colo.png
264Linoone.png Hunter Doken's Linoone Slash Pokémon Colosseum In the Pyrite Building during the rematch, Doken's Linoone knows Slash at level 37, although Linoone doesn't learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Linoone learning Slash at level 32 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Linoone can know Slash at level 37 in Generation VI onward.

259Marshtomp.png Dakim's Marshtomp Muddy Water Pokémon Colosseum During the first battle, Dakim's Marshtomp knows Muddy Water at level 36, although Marshtomp doesn't learn this move until level 37. Mudkip cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
Dakim Marshtomp L36 Muddy Water Colo.png
284Masquerain.png Cipher Peon Dioge's Masquerain Silver Wind Pokémon Colosseum At Realgam Tower during the first battle, Dioge's Masquerain knows Silver Wind at level 42, although Masquerain doesn't learn this move until level 47. Surskit cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Masquerain learning Silver Wind at level 40 in Generation IV, Masquerain can know Silver Wind at level 42 in Generation IV onward.

Dioge Masquerain L42 Silver Wind Colo.png
284Masquerain.png Bodybuilder Lona's Masquerain Stun Spore and Whirlwind Pokémon Colosseum In The Under during the first battle, Lona's Masquerain knows Stun Spore and Whirlwind at level 39, although Masquerain doesn't learn these moves until level 40 and level 53 respectively. Surskit cannot learn these moves, which means it cannot know them at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Masquerain learning Stun Spore at level 33 in Generation IV, Masquerain can know Stun Spore at level 39 in Generation IV onward. Due to Masquerain learning Whirlwind at level 1 in Generation VI, Masquerain can know Whirlwind at level 39 in Generation VI onward.

284Masquerain.png Cipher Peon Nore's Masquerain Whirlwind Pokémon Colosseum At the Snagem Hideout during the rematch, Nore's Masquerain knows Whirlwind at level 52, although Masquerain doesn't learn this move until level 53. Surskit cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Masquerain learning Whirlwind at level 1 in Generation VI, Masquerain can know Whirlwind at level 39 in Generation VI onward.

Nore Masquerain L52 Whirlwind Colo.png
082Magneton.png Chaser Trus's Magneton Zap Cannon and Tri Attack Pokémon Colosseum Trus's Magneton knows Tri Attack and Zap Cannon at level 40, although Magneton doesn't learn these moves until level 44 and level 62 respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.

Due to Magneton learning Tri Attack at level 1 in Generation IV, Magneton can know Tri Attack at level 40 in Generation IV onward. Due to Magneton learning Zap Cannon at level 1 in Generation VI, Magneton can know Zap Cannon at level 40 in Generation VI onward.

Trus Magneton L40 Zap Cannon Colo.png
Trus Magneton L40 Tri Attack Colo.png
375Metang.png Hunter Aline's Metang Iron Defense Pokémon Colosseum Aline's Metang knows Iron Defense at level 39, although Metang doesn't learn this move until level 44. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move until Generation IV.

Due to Beldum and Metang being able to learn Iron Defense via Move Tutor in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Metang can know Iron Defense at level 39 in Generation IV onward.

Aline Metang L39 Iron Defense Colo.png
375Metang.png Hunter Zalo's Metang Meteor Mash Pokémon Colosseum During the rematch, Zalo's Metang knows Meteor Mash at level 39, although Metang doesn't learn this move until level 50. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move.
Zalos Metang L39 Meteor Mash Colo.png
040Wigglytuff.png Bodybuilder Givern's Wigglytuff Hyper Voice Pokémon Colosseum Givern's Wigglytuff knows Hyper Voice at level 43, although Wigglytuff doesn't learn this move until level 44 as a Jigglypuff. Igglybuff cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Igglybuff, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff being able to learn Hyper Voice via Move Tutor in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Wigglytuff can know Hyper Voice at level 43 in Generation V onward.

Givern Wigglytuff L43 Hyper Voice Colo.png
196Espeon.png Fun Old Man Berlo's Espeon Morning Sun Pokémon Colosseum In Mt. Battle Area 8 in Battle Mode Singles, Berlo's Espeon knows Morning Sun at level 50 minimum although Espeon doesn't learn this move until level 52. Eevee cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
375Metang.png Cipher Peon Petro's Metang Iron Defense Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Petro's Metang know Iron Defense at level 39, although Metang doesn't learn this move until level 44. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move until Generation IV.

Due to Beldum and Metang being able to learn Iron Defense via Move Tutor in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Metang can know Iron Defense at level 39 in Generation IV onward.

144Articuno.png Cooltrainer Noxon's Articuno Sheer Cold Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Noxon's Articuno knows Sheer Cold at level 64, although Articuno doesn't learn this move until level 85. It cannot know it at a lower level due to it being a Legendary Pokémon.

Due to Articuno learning Sheer Cold at level 1 in Generation VI, Articuno can know Sheer Cold at level 64 in Generation VI onward.

Unobtainable combinations of moves for the current level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes
066Machop.png Youngster Bernie's Machop Vital Throw and Counter Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup Round 2, has a level 5 Machop that knows both Vital Throw and Counter. While Machop can know both of these moves simultaneously if it is taught Counter as a TM in Generation I and transferred forward to Generation II to learn Vital Throw at level 31, this combination is impossible at level 5 because the only way Machop would be able to know Vital Throw at level 5 is by breeding, and Generation II moves cannot be traded back to Generation I for it to then learn Counter by TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Counter in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Machop maintaining Vital Throw as a level-up move, this combination is possible at level 5 from Generation III onward.

Discrepancies in spin-off games

In spin-off games, sometimes Pokémon will know moves they wouldn't be able to know in the core games.

Super Smash Bros. series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
118Goldeen.png Goldeen Splash Super Smash Bros. series In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Goldeen that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Splash, although Goldeen cannot know this move in any game. Goldeen SSBB.png
172Pichu.png Pichu Skull Bash and Agility Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pichu's side special is Skull Bash and its up special is Agility, although Pichu cannot know these moves in any game. Pichu Skull Bash Melee.png
201Unown.png Unown Take Down Super Smash Bros. Melee In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Unown that may emerge from a Poké Ball use Take Down, although Unown cannot know this move in any game.
251Celebi.png Celebi Fly Super Smash Bros. Melee,
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Celebi that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Fly, although Celebi cannot know this move in any game. Celebi SSBB.png
384Rayquaza.png Rayquaza Dig Super Smash Bros. Brawl In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of Rayquaza's attacks is Dig, although Rayquaza cannot know this move in any game. Rayquaza Dig SSBB.png
385Jirachi.png Jirachi Fly Super Smash Bros. Brawl In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Jirachi that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Fly, although Jirachi cannot know this move in any game. Jirachi SSBB.png
438Bonsly.png Bonsly Tackle Super Smash Bros. Brawl In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Bonsly that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Tackle, although Bonsly cannot know this move in any game. Bonsly SSBB.png
495Snivy.png Snivy Razor Leaf Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Snivy that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Razor Leaf, although Snivy cannot know this move in any game. Snivy SSB4.png

Moves that were possible at one point in the core series games

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
025Pikachu.png Pikachu Skull Bash Super Smash Bros. Brawl,
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
From Super Smash Bros. Melee onward, Pikachu's side special is Skull Bash. Although Pikachu cannot know this move from Generation III to VI, it was available to teach Pikachu via TM40 in Generation I, making it a possible move at the release of Melee (during Generation II). Skull Bash SSBB.png
150Mewtwo.png Mewtwo Teleport Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U From its debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee onward, Mewtwo's up special is Teleport. Although Mewtwo cannot know this move from Generation III to VI, it was available to teach Mewtwo via TM30 in Generation I, making it a possible move at the release of Melee (during Generation II). None.png

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
094Gengar.png Team Meanies Gengar Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team When this Gengar is being escorted through Mt. Freeze and Murky Cave with the player, it knows Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack—moves Gengar cannot know in any game—as well as the legitimate move Taunt. These moves are the first four level-up moves of Absol or Sneasel in these games, the former being a Pokémon that helps the player in the journey up Mt. Freeze after defeating Articuno for the first time in Frosty Forest.

This was changed in the remake; it now has Shadow Ball, Sucker Punch, Hypnosis, and Dream Eater.

Gengar Quick Attack PMD RB.png

Pokémon Rumble series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
175Togepi.png Gift Togepi Draining Kiss Pokémon Rumble World A Togepi acquired via a password knows Draining Kiss, although Togepi couldn't learn this move until Generation VIII when it became a TM that Togepi can learn. Gift Togepi Draining Kiss Rumble World.png
656Froakie.png Gift Froakie Water Shuriken Pokémon Rumble World A Froakie acquired via a password knows Water Shuriken, although Froakie cannot know this move prior to evolving into Greninja in any game. Gift Froakie Water Shuriken Rumble World.png

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, several Pokémon may learn moves that they cannot learn in the core series games. While it is possible to transfer some Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, their moves are not transferred, so these moves cannot be transferred to the core series games.

As part of the August 19, 2016 server update, all moves of that type were removed from their respective Pokémon's move pools. However, later updates introduced additional cases where Pokémon can have moves that they cannot know in the core series games.

The following table lists moves that have been removed from the Pokémon's permanent move pools. Unlike most other legacy moves, and with the exception of Stomp for Hitmonlee, these moves cannot be learned using an Elite Fast TM or Elite Charged TM.

Pokémon Move Notes

Diglett

Diglett Mud Shot Diglett obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Dugtrio

Dugtrio Mud Shot Dugtrio obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Graveler

Graveler Mud Shot Graveler obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Golem

Golem Mud Shot Golem obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Grimer

Grimer Acid Grimer obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Muk

Muk Acid Muk obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Hitmonlee

Hitmonlee Stomp Hitmonlee obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Stomp as a Charged Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.
Currently, Hitmonlee can learn Stomp using an Elite Charged TM.

Koffing

Koffing Acid Koffing obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Weezing

Weezing Acid Weezing obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Chansey

Chansey Psybeam Chansey obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Psybeam as a Charged Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Staryu

Staryu Quick Attack Staryu obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Starmie

Starmie Quick Attack
Psybeam
Starmie obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack and Psybeam as a Charged Attack, but cannot know these moves in the core series games.

Porygon

Porygon Quick Attack Porygon obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Pichu

Pichu Quick Attack Pichu obtained prior to February 16, 2017 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games.

Shedinja

Shedinja Bite Due to an oversight, Shedinja obtained early on November 1, 2018 can have Bite as a Fast Attack, but cannot know this move in the core series games. Shedinja's Fast Attack pool was changed shortly after its official release.

Moves that were possible in previous generations

The following lists moves that could be learned in prior generations, but not transferable to the Generation VI games, the most recent games at the time of Pokémon GO's release.

Pokémon Move Notes

Seel

Seel Water Gun Seel obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Water Gun as a Fast Attack. Although Seel cannot learn this move from Generation III onward, it was possible to teach via TM12 in Generation I (which could not be transferred to the Generation VI games, the most recent games at the time of Pokémon GO's release).
Currently, Seel can only learn this move using an Elite Fast TM.

Gyarados

Gyarados Dragon Breath Gyarados can have Dragon Breath as a Fast Attack. Although Gyarados cannot learn this move from Generation III onward, it was possible to teach via TM24 in Generation II (which could not be transferred to the Generation VI games, the most recent games at the time of Pokémon GO's release).

Former errors

Pokémon Move Notes

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff Play Rough Jigglypuff obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Play Rough as a Charged Attack, but could not know this move in core series games prior to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (which had not been released when Jigglypuff was first able to learn this move in Pokémon GO). In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Jigglypuff can learn the move via TM44.
Currently, Jigglypuff can only learn this move in Pokémon GO using an Elite Charged TM.

Omastar

Omastar Rock Throw Omastar obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Rock Throw as a Fast Attack. Although Omastar cannot know this move from Generation III onward, it was available through an event in Generation II.
Omastar can learn this move through leveling up in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
Currently, Omastar can only learn this move in Pokémon GO using an Elite Fast TM.

Shadow and Purified Pokémon

Due to the mechanics behind Shadow Pokémon, the listed Pokémon will have Frustration as their Charged Attack and will have Return as their Charged Attack once purified, but these cannot learn either of these moves in the core series games.

Pokémon Moves

Magikarp

Magikarp Frustration
Return

Weedle

Weedle

Kakuna

Kakuna

Wobbuffet

Wobbuffet

Beldum

Beldum

Pokémon Quest

As most of these moves can be obtained by the player, the errors also apply to their evolved forms as well.

Artwork Name Move Notes Picture
010Caterpie.png Caterpie Take Down and Lunge Caterpie can learn Take Down and Lunge, two moves it cannot learn in the core series games. Caterpie Take Down Quest.png
Caterpie Lunge Quest.png
013Weedle.png Weedle Lunge Weedle can learn Lunge, a move it cannot learn in the core series games. Weedle Lunge Quest.png
123Scyther.png Scyther Lunge Scyther can learn Lunge, a move it cannot learn in the core series games. Scyther Lunge Quest.png
079Slowpoke.png Slowpoke Ice Punch Slowpoke can learn Ice Punch, a move it can only learn as Slowbro or Slowking in the core series games. Slowpoke Ice Punch Quest.png
063Abra.png Abra Psybeam Abra can learn Psybeam, a move it can only learn as Kadabra in the core series games. Abra Psybeam Quest.png
109Koffing.png Koffing Lava Plume Koffing can know Lava Plume in Pokémon Quest, a move it can't learn in the core series games. Koffing Lava Plume Quest.png
129Magikarp.png Magikarp Hyper Beam In Happenstance Island, if the random boss is Magikarp, it can use Hyper Beam. Magikarp Hyper Beam Quest.png
118Goldeen.png Goldeen Splash Goldeen can learn Splash in Pokémon Quest, a move it can't learn in the core series. Goldeen Splash Quest.png
146Moltres.png Moltres Lava Plume Moltres can know Lava Plume in Pokémon Quest, a move it can't learn in the core series. Moltres Lava Plume Quest.png
151Mew.png Mew Recover Mew can learn Recover in Pokémon Quest, a move it can't learn in the core series. Mew Recover Quest.png
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