Thunder Wave (move)

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Move data

Type Electric
Category Status
Power
Accuracy 90
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red/Blue
Yellow
TM45
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
TM73
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
TM73
X/Y
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
TM73
Sun/Moon TM73

Effects

Thunder Wave paralyzes the opponent. 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 1-6, Thunder Wave has 100% accuracy.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Electrium Z and uses its Z-Power, Thunder Wave turns into Z-Thunder Wave and raises Special Defense one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
A move that may cause paralysis.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
A weak jolt of electricity that paralyzes the foe.
FireRed/LeafGreen A weak electric shock that is sure to cause paralysis if it hits.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A weak electric charge is launched at the foe. It causes paralysis if it hits.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A weak electric charge is launched at the target. It causes paralysis if it hits.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user launches a weak jolt of electricity that paralyzes the target.
Sun/Moon The user launches a weak jolt of electricity that paralyzes the target.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Thunder Wave at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

PikachuPikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 18
MagnemiteMagnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 11
MagnetonMagneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 11
ElectabuzzElectabuzz
#125 / Electric
Level 19
JolteonJolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 33
ZapdosZapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 8
DratiniDratini
#147 / Dragon
Level 5
DragonairDragonair
#148 / Dragon
Level 1
DragonairDragonair
#148 / Dragon
Level 5
DragoniteDragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Level 1
DragoniteDragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Level 5
ChinchouChinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Level 6
LanturnLanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Level 1
LanturnLanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Level 6
PichuPichu
#172 / Electric
Level 18
MareepMareep
#179 / Electric
Level 4
FlaaffyFlaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 1
FlaaffyFlaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 4
AmpharosAmpharos
#181 / Electric
Level 1
AmpharosAmpharos
#181 / Electric
Level 4
ElekidElekid
#239 / Electric
Level 19
NosepassNosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 13
ElectrikeElectrike
#309 / Electric
Level 1
ManectricManectric
#310 / Electric
Level 1
PluslePlusle
#311 / Electric
Level 1
MinunMinun
#312 / Electric
Level 1
PachirisuPachirisu
#417 / Electric
Level 33
MagnezoneMagnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 11
ElectivireElectivire
#466 / Electric
Level 19
ProbopassProbopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 13
RotomRotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Level 1
Rotom (Heat Rotom)Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Level 1
Rotom (Wash Rotom)Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Level 1
Rotom (Frost Rotom)Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Level 1
Rotom (Fan Rotom)Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Level 1
Rotom (Mow Rotom)Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Level 1
BlitzleBlitzle
#522 / Electric
Level 15
ZebstrikaZebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 1
ZebstrikaZebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 15
JoltikJoltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Level 4
GalvantulaGalvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
GalvantulaGalvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 4
TynamoTynamo
#602 / Electric
Level 1
EelektrikEelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 1
HelioptileHelioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Level 31
AmauraAmaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Level 5
AurorusAurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Level 1
AurorusAurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Level 5
DedenneDedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Level 23
XurkitreeXurkitree
#796 / Electric
Level 7

Learnt by TM

RattataRattata
#019 / Normal
RaticateRaticate
#020 / Normal
PikachuPikachu
#025 / Electric
RaichuRaichu
#026 / Electric
Alolan RaichuRaichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
ClefairyClefairy
#035 / Fairy
ClefableClefable
#036 / Fairy
JigglypuffJigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
WigglytuffWigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
AbraAbra
#063 / Psychic
KadabraKadabra
#064 / Psychic
AlakazamAlakazam
#065 / Psychic
SlowpokeSlowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
SlowbroSlowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
MagnemiteMagnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
MagnetonMagneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
DrowzeeDrowzee
#096 / Psychic
HypnoHypno
#097 / Psychic
VoltorbVoltorb
#100 / Electric
ElectrodeElectrode
#101 / Electric
ChanseyChansey
#113 / Normal
StaryuStaryu
#120 / Water
StarmieStarmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Mr. MimeMr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
ElectabuzzElectabuzz
#125 / Electric
GyaradosGyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
JolteonJolteon
#135 / Electric
PorygonPorygon
#137 / Normal
ZapdosZapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
DratiniDratini
#147 / Dragon
DragonairDragonair
#148 / Dragon
DragoniteDragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
MewtwoMewtwo
#150 / Psychic
MewMew
#151 / Psychic
ChinchouChinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
LanturnLanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
PichuPichu
#172 / Electric
CleffaCleffa
#173 / Fairy
IgglybuffIgglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
TogepiTogepi
#175 / Fairy
TogeticTogetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
NatuNatu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
XatuXatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
MareepMareep
#179 / Electric
FlaaffyFlaaffy
#180 / Electric
AmpharosAmpharos
#181 / Electric
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
MurkrowMurkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
SlowkingSlowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
MisdreavusMisdreavus
#200 / Ghost
GirafarigGirafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
DunsparceDunsparce
#206 / Normal
SnubbullSnubbull
#209 / Fairy
GranbullGranbull
#210 / Fairy
QwilfishQwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
RemoraidRemoraid
#223 / Water
OctilleryOctillery
#224 / Water
Porygon2Porygon2
#233 / Normal
StantlerStantler
#234 / Normal
ElekidElekid
#239 / Electric
MiltankMiltank
#241 / Normal
BlisseyBlissey
#242 / Normal
RaikouRaikou
#243 / Electric
TyranitarTyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
LugiaLugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Ho-ohHo-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
CelebiCelebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
ZigzagoonZigzagoon
#263 / Normal
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
RaltsRalts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
KirliaKirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
GardevoirGardevoir
#282 / Psychic · Fairy
NosepassNosepass
#299 / Rock
SkittySkitty
#300 / Normal
DelcattyDelcatty
#301 / Normal
AggronAggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
ElectrikeElectrike
#309 / Electric
ManectricManectric
#310 / Electric
PluslePlusle
#311 / Electric
MinunMinun
#312 / Electric
VolbeatVolbeat
#313 / Bug
IllumiseIllumise
#314 / Bug
SpoinkSpoink
#325 / Psychic
GrumpigGrumpig
#326 / Psychic
CastformCastform
#351 / Normal
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
ShuppetShuppet
#353 / Ghost
BanetteBanette
#354 / Ghost
ChimechoChimecho
#358 / Psychic
AbsolAbsol
#359 / Dark
RegirockRegirock
#377 / Rock
RegiceRegice
#378 / Ice
RegisteelRegisteel
#379 / Steel
LatiasLatias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
LatiosLatios
#381 / Dragon · Psychic
KyogreKyogre
#382 / Water
GroudonGroudon
#383 / Ground
RayquazaRayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
JirachiJirachi
#385 / Steel · Psychic
Deoxys (Normal Forme)Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys (Attack Forme)Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys (Defense Forme)Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys (Speed Forme)Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
BidoofBidoof
#399 / Normal
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
ShinxShinx
#403 / Electric
LuxioLuxio
#404 / Electric
LuxrayLuxray
#405 / Electric
PachirisuPachirisu
#417 / Electric
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
DrifloonDrifloon
#425 / Ghost · Flying
DrifblimDrifblim
#426 / Ghost · Flying
BunearyBuneary
#427 / Normal
LopunnyLopunny
#428 / Normal
MismagiusMismagius
#429 / Ghost
HonchkrowHonchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
ChinglingChingling
#433 / Psychic
Mime Jr.Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
HappinyHappiny
#440 / Normal
MagnezoneMagnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
ElectivireElectivire
#466 / Electric
TogekissTogekiss
#468 / Fairy · Flying
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
#474 / Normal
GalladeGallade
#475 / Psychic · Fighting
ProbopassProbopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
FroslassFroslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
RotomRotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Rotom (Heat Rotom)Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom (Wash Rotom)Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom (Frost Rotom)Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom (Fan Rotom)Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom (Mow Rotom)Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
UxieUxie
#480 / Psychic
MespritMesprit
#481 / Psychic
AzelfAzelf
#482 / Psychic
DialgaDialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
PalkiaPalkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
RegigigasRegigigas
#486 / Normal
Giratina (Altered Forme)Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
CresseliaCresselia
#488 / Psychic
DarkraiDarkrai
#491 / Dark
ArceusArceus
#493 / Normal
VictiniVictini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
WatchogWatchog
#505 / Normal
LillipupLillipup
#506 / Normal
HerdierHerdier
#507 / Normal
StoutlandStoutland
#508 / Normal
PurrloinPurrloin
#509 / Dark
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
MunnaMunna
#517 / Psychic
MusharnaMusharna
#518 / Psychic
BlitzleBlitzle
#522 / Electric
ZebstrikaZebstrika
#523 / Electric
WoobatWoobat
#527 / Psychic · Flying
SwoobatSwoobat
#528 / Psychic · Flying
AudinoAudino
#531 / Normal
SigilyphSigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
MinccinoMinccino
#572 / Normal
CinccinoCinccino
#573 / Normal
GothitaGothita
#574 / Psychic
GothoritaGothorita
#575 / Psychic
GothitelleGothitelle
#576 / Psychic
SolosisSolosis
#577 / Psychic
DuosionDuosion
#578 / Psychic
ReuniclusReuniclus
#579 / Psychic
DeerlingDeerling
#585 / Normal · Grass
SawsbuckSawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
EmolgaEmolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
JoltikJoltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
GalvantulaGalvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
FerroseedFerroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
KlinkKlink
#599 / Steel
KlangKlang
#600 / Steel
KlinklangKlinklang
#601 / Steel
TynamoTynamo
#602 / Electric
EelektrikEelektrik
#603 / Electric
EelektrossEelektross
#604 / Electric
ElgyemElgyem
#605 / Psychic
BeheeyemBeheeyem
#606 / Psychic
StunfiskStunfisk
#618 / Ground · Electric
PawniardPawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
BisharpBisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
DurantDurant
#632 / Bug · Steel
DeinoDeino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
ZweilousZweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
HydreigonHydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
CobalionCobalion
#638 / Steel · Fighting
Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
ZekromZekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Meloetta (Aria Forme)Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
GenesectGenesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
FurfrouFurfrou
#676 / Normal
EspurrEspurr
#677 / Psychic
Meowstic (Male)Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic (Female)Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
HelioptileHelioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
HelioliskHeliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
AmauraAmaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
AurorusAurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
DedenneDedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
XerneasXerneas
#716 / Fairy
Hoopa (Hoopa Confined)Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa (Hoopa Unbound)Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
GrubbinGrubbin
#736 / Bug
CharjabugCharjabug
#737 / Bug · Electric
VikavoltVikavolt
#738 / Bug · Electric
MorelullMorelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
ShiinoticShiinotic
#756 / Grass · Fairy
Type: NullType: Null
#772 / Normal
SilvallySilvally
#773 / Normal
TogedemaruTogedemaru
#777 / Electric · Steel
MimikyuMimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
DrampaDrampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Tapu KokoTapu Koko
#785 / Electric · Fairy
SolgaleoSolgaleo
#791 / Psychic · Steel
LunalaLunala
#792 / Psychic · Ghost
NihilegoNihilego
#793 / Rock · Poison
XurkitreeXurkitree
#796 / Electric
NecrozmaNecrozma
#800 / Psychic
MagearnaMagearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy