Thunder Wave (move)

Move data

Type Electric
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy 90
PP 20  (max. 32)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM16
Sword​/​Shield TM14

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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user launches a weak jolt of electricity that paralyzes the target.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Level 4
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Level 1
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Level 1
Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 8
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 20
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Level 8
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Level 1
Electrike
#309 / Electric
Level 1
Manectric
#310 / Electric
Level 1
Shinx
#403 / Electric
Level 32
Luxio
#404 / Electric
Level 42
Luxray
#405 / Electric
Level 48
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Level 25
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Level 25
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Level 25
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Level 25
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Level 25
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Level 25
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Level 16
Galvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
Level 16
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Level 32
Heliolisk
#695 / Electric · Normal
Level 1
Meltan
#808 / Steel
Level 24
Melmetal
#809 / Steel
Level 24

Learnt by TM

Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Slowpoke
Galarian Slowpoke
#079 / Psychic
Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro
#080 / Poison · Psychic
Staryu
#120 / Water
Mr. Mime
Galarian Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Ice
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Natu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
Xatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Zigzagoon
Galarian Zigzagoon
#263 / Dark · Normal
Linoone
Galarian Linoone
#264 / Dark · Normal
Ralts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
Kirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Rotom
#479 / Electric · 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
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Munna
#517 / Psychic
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Klink
#599 / Steel
Klang
#600 / Steel
Stunfisk
Galarian Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Steel
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Zweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Grubbin
#736 / Bug
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Salandit
#757 / Poison · Fire
Salazzle
#758 / Poison · Fire
Mimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Lunala
#792 / Psychic · Ghost
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Meltan
#808 / Steel
Wooloo
#831 / Normal
Toxtricity
Low Key Form
#849 / Electric · Poison
Toxtricity
Amped Form
#849 / Electric · Poison
Impidimp
#859 / Dark · Fairy
Morgrem
#860 / Dark · Fairy
Mr. Rime
#866 / Psychic · Ice
Morpeko
Full Belly Mode
#877 / Electric · Dark
Dreepy
#885 / Dragon · Ghost