Thunder Wave (move)

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM73
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM73
Let's Go Pikachu​/​Let's Go Eevee TM16

Effects

Thunder Wave paralyzes the opponent. Paralyzed Pokémon have a 25% chance of not being able to attack, and their Speed is decreased by 50% (75% in Generations 1-6).

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 Pokémon.

Other languages

English Thunder Wave
Japanese でんじは (Denjiha)
German Donnerwelle
French Cage-Éclair
Italian Tuononda
Spanish Onda Trueno

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
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra 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 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 18
Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 7
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 7
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Level 19
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 33
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 8
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Level 5
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Level 1
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Level 5
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Level 1
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Level 5
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Level 6
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Level 1
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Level 6
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Level 18
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Level 4
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 1
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 4
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 1
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 4
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Level 19
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 13
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Level 1
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Level 1
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Level 1
Minun
#312 / Electric
Level 1
Pachirisu
#417 / Electric
Level 33
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 7
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Level 19
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 13
Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Level 1
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Level 1
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Level 1
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Level 1
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Level 1
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Level 1
Blitzle
#522 / Electric
Level 15
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 1
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 15
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Level 4
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 4
Tynamo
#602 / Electric
Level 1
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 1
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Level 31
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Level 5
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Level 1
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Level 5
Dedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Level 23
Xurkitree
#796 / Electric
Level 7

Learnt by TM

Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
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
Klink
#599 / Steel
Klang
#600 / Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Grubbin
#736 / Bug

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor