Sky Attack (move)

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Move data

Type Flying
Category Physical Physical
Power 140
Accuracy 90
PP 5  (max. 8)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red/Blue
Yellow
TM43

Effects

The user of Sky Attack will become cloaked in a harsh light on the first turn. On the second turn, Sky Attack deals damage and has a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch (if the target has not yet moved).

Pokémon with the ability Inner Focus or those behind a Substitute cannot be made to flinch. If the user is holding a Power Herb, Sky Attack executes in one turn.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets any single Pokemon on the field including non-adjacent ones.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
1st turn: Prepare 2nd turn: Attack
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Searches out weak spots, then strikes the next turn.
FireRed/LeafGreen A 2nd-turn attack move with a high critical-hit ratio. The foe may flinch.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A second-turn attack move with a high critical-hit ratio. It may also make the target flinch.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A second-turn attack move where critical hits land more easily. It may also make the target flinch.
X/Y A second-turn attack move where critical hits land more easily. This may also make the target flinch.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Sky Attack at the level specified. The level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page for details.

Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Level 1
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Level 99
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Level 99
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Level 64
Togekiss
#468 / Fairy · Flying
Level 1
Pidove
#519 / Normal · Flying
Level 50
Tranquill
#520 / Normal · Flying
Level 59
Unfezant
#521 / Normal · Flying
Level 66
Sigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Level 51
Hawlucha
#701 / Fighting · Flying
Level 48
Yveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Level 93

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Sky Attack as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Hoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Flying
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Flying
Taillow
#276 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Swellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Flying
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Flying

Learnt by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Sky Attack by the various move tutors in the games.

Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Hoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Swellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Pelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Staraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Togekiss
#468 / Fairy · Flying
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Pidove
#519 / Normal · Flying
Tranquill
#520 / Normal · Flying
Unfezant
#521 / Normal · Flying
Swoobat
#528 / Psychic · Flying
Sigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Swanna
#581 / Water · Flying
Braviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying

Learnt by Move Tutor (Generation 4)

Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Aerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Crobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Swellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Pelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Staraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Togekiss
#468 / Fairy · Flying
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying