Zap Cannon (move)

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Move data

Type Electric
Category Special Special
Power 120
Accuracy 50
PP 5  (max. 8)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold/Silver
Crystal
TM07

Effects

Zap Cannon deals damage and paralyzes the target, if it hits. Paralyzed Pokémon have a 25% chance of not being able to attack, and their Speed is decreased by 75%.

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

Changes

In Generations 2-3, Zap Cannon has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
An attack that always paralyzes.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Powerful and sure to cause paralysis, but inaccurate.
FireRed/LeafGreen An electric blast is fired like a cannon to inflict damage and paralyze.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
X/Y The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Zap Cannon at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

MagnemiteMagnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 49
MagnetonMagneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
MagnetonMagneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 63
PorygonPorygon
#137 / Normal
Level 62
ZapdosZapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 1
ZapdosZapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 92
AmpharosAmpharos
#181 / Electric
Level 1
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 64
Porygon2Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon2Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 62
NosepassNosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 43
RegirockRegirock
#377 / Rock
Level 55
RegiceRegice
#378 / Ice
Level 55
RegisteelRegisteel
#379 / Steel
Level 55
Deoxys (Attack Forme)Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 61
MagnezoneMagnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
MagnezoneMagnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 63
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 62
ProbopassProbopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 43
KlinkKlink
#599 / Steel
Level 54
KlangKlang
#600 / Steel
Level 60
KlinklangKlinklang
#601 / Steel
Level 1
KlinklangKlinklang
#601 / Steel
Level 66
EelektrikEelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 69
EelektrossEelektross
#604 / Electric
Level 1
GenesectGenesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Level 66

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Zap Cannon in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

RaikouRaikou
#243 / Electric
Gen 4 — Special