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 X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 57
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 73
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Level 62
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 1
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 92
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 1
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 64
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 62
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 50
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 1
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 65
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 1
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 65
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 1
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 65
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 81
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 73
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 62
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 50
Klink
#599 / Steel
Level 54
Klang
#600 / Steel
Level 60
Klinklang
#601 / Steel
Level 1
Klinklang
#601 / Steel
Level 66
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 69
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Level 1
Genesect
#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.

Raikou
#243 / Electric
Gen 4 — Special