Thunder (move)

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Move data

Type Electric
Category Special Special
Power 110
Accuracy 70
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red/Blue
Yellow
TM25
Gold/Silver
Crystal
TM25
Ruby/Sapphire
FireRed/LeafGreen
Emerald
TM25
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
TM25
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
TM25
X/Y TM25

Effects

Thunder deals damage and has a 30% chance of paralyzing the target.

Electric type Pokémon, those with the ability Limber or those behind a Substitute cannot be paralyzed.

If used during rain, its accuracy rises to 100%. Conversely, if used during intense sunlight, its accuracy drops to 50%.

Thunder can hit Pokemon using Fly and Bounce, the latter dealing double damage.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Thunder has base power 120.

In Diamond/Pearl only, Thunder has a 30% chance of breaking through Protect or Detect during rain.

In Generation 1, the chance of paralysis is 10%.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
An attack that may cause paralysis.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
A lightning attack that may cause paralysis.
FireRed/LeafGreen A brutal lightning attack that may also leave the foe paralyzed.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the foe to inflict damage. It may also leave the target paralyzed.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the target to inflict damage. It may also leave the target with paralysis.
X/Y A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the target to inflict damage. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Thunder at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 50
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Level 55
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 45
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 78
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Level 46
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 56
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 62
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Level 43
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 85
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Level 52
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Level 66
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Level 42
Minun
#312 / Electric
Level 42
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Level 55
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Level 67
Zekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Level 78
Heliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
Level 1
Dedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Level 45

Learnt by TM

Rattata
#019 / Normal
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Persian
#053 / Normal
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Muk
#089 / Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Voltorb
#100 / Electric
Electrode
#101 / Electric
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Koffing
#109 / Poison
Weezing
#110 / Poison
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Staryu
#120 / Water
Starmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Furret
#162 / Normal
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Slakoth
#287 / Normal
Vigoroth
#288 / Normal
Slaking
#289 / Normal
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Delcatty
#301 / Normal
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Minun
#312 / Electric
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Castform
#351 / Normal
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Regice
#378 / Ice
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Latias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Latios
#381 / Dragon · Psychic
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Groudon
#383 / Ground
Rayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
Jirachi
#385 / Steel · Psychic
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Pachirisu
#417 / Electric
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Drifloon
#425 / Ghost · Flying
Drifblim
#426 / Ghost · Flying
Lopunny
#428 / Normal
Mismagius
#429 / Ghost
Glameow
#431 / Normal
Purugly
#432 / Normal
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Lickilicky
#463 / Normal
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Mesprit
#481 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Palkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Regigigas
#486 / Normal
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Victini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Blitzle
#522 / Electric
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Audino
#531 / Normal
Cinccino
#573 / Normal
Solosis
#577 / Psychic
Duosion
#578 / Psychic
Reuniclus
#579 / Psychic
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Klinklang
#601 / Steel
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Stunfisk
#618 / Electric · Ground
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Zekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Aromatisse
#683 / Fairy
Dragalge
#691 / Poison · Dragon
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Heliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Dedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Xerneas
#716 / Fairy