Thunder (move)

Move data

Type Electric
Category   Special
Power 110
Accuracy 70
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM25
Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM25
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM25
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM25
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM25
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM25
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM25
Let's Go Pikachu​/​Let's Go Eevee TM38

Effects

Thunder deals damage and has a 30% chance of paralyzing the target.

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

If used during rain, Thunder ignores accuracy. Conversely, if used during intense sunlight, its accuracy drops to 50%.

Thunder can hit Pokémon during the first stage of Bounce, Fly or Sky Drop.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Thunder has base power 120.

In Diamond/Pearl only, Thunder has a 30% chance of breaking through Protect or Detect during rain.

In Generation 1, the chance of paralysis is 10%.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Electrium Z and uses its Z-Power, Thunder turns into Gigavolt Havoc and has base power 185.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Thunder
Japanese かみなり (Kaminari)
German Donner
French Fatal-Foudre
Italian Tuono
Spanish Trueno

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that may cause paralysis.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
A lightning attack that may cause paralysis.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A brutal lightning attack that may also leave the foe paralyzed.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the foe to inflict damage. It may also leave the target paralyzed.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the target to inflict damage. It may also leave the target with paralysis.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the target to inflict damage. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
A wicked thunderbolt is dropped on the target to inflict damage. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Thunder 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.

Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 58
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Level 55
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 45
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 78
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Level 46
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 56
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 62
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Level 43
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 85
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Level 49
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Level 54
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Level 43
Minun
#312 / Electric
Level 43
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Level 55
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Level 61
Zekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Level 78
Heliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
Level 1
Dedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Level 45

Learnt by TM

Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Muk
#089 / Poison
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Absol
#359 / Dark
Regice
#378 / Ice
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 1 — TM