Surf (move)

Move data

Type Water
Category   Special
Power 90
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
HM03
Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
HM03
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
HM03
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
HM03
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
HM03
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
HM03
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM94
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM47

Effects

Surf deals damage. In double battles it will hit all Pokémon on the field; in triple battles it will hit all adjacent Pokémon.

If the opponent is hidden underwater from using Dive, Surf will hit with double power.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Surf has base power 95.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Waterium Z and uses its Z-Power, Surf turns into Hydro Vortex and has base power 175.

Outside of battle

Surf is used to cross water. While surfing, wild Pokémon may appear. It can only be used with the appropriate Gym Badge.

From Generation 3 onward it's possible to fish while surfing; previously one could only fish at the water's edge.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Surf
Japanese なみのり (Naminori)
German Surfer
French Surf
Italian Surf
Spanish Surf

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
A strong water-type attack.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Creates a huge wave, then crashes it down on the foe.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A big wave crashes down on the foe. Can also be used for crossing water.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
It swamps the entire battlefield with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
It swamps the area around the user with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user attacks everything around it by swamping its surroundings with a giant wave. This can also be used for crossing water.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user attacks everything around it by swamping its surroundings with a giant wave.

Learnt by TM

Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Krabby
#098 / Water
Kingler
#099 / Water
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Horsea
#116 / Water
Seadra
#117 / Water
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Seaking
#119 / Water
Staryu
#120 / Water
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Furret
#162 / Normal
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Suicune
#245 / Water
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Wailord
#321 / Water
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Feebas
#349 / Water
Milotic
#350 / Water
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Huntail
#367 / Water
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Luvdisc
#370 / Water
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Piplup
#393 / Water
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Buizel
#418 / Water
Shellos
#422 / Water
Finneon
#456 / Water
Mantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Palkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Phione
#489 / Water
Manaphy
#490 / Water
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Dewott
#502 / Water
Panpour
#515 / Water
Audino
#531 / Normal
Tympole
#535 / Water
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Swanna
#581 / Water · Flying
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Froakie
#656 / Water
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Skiddo
#672 / Grass
Gogoat
#673 / Grass
Swirlix
#684 / Fairy
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Popplio
#728 / Water
Brionne
#729 / Water
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Toxapex
#748 / Poison · Water
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Araquanid
#752 / Water · Bug
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Golisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 4 — Special
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 4 — Pre-evolution