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

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.

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.

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.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets all adjacent Pokemon.

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
The user attacks everything around it by swamping its surroundings with a giant wave.

Learnt by TM

Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water

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