Sky Attack (move)

Move data

Type Flying
Category   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.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Flyinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Sky Attack turns into Supersonic Skystrike and has base power 200.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

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

Other languages

English Sky Attack
Japanese ゴッドバード (God Bird)
German Himmelsfeger
French Piqué
Italian Aeroattacco
Spanish Ataque Aéreo

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A second-turn attack move where critical hits land more easily. This may also make the target flinch.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
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 numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Level 78
Noctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Level 99
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Level 99
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Level 1
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Level 59
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 50
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.

Learnt by move tutor

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

Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Oricorio
Baile Style
#741 / Fire · Flying

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM