Thunderbolt (move)

Move data

Type Electric
Category   Special
Power 90
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM24
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM24
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM24
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM24
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM24
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM24
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM36
Sword​/​Shield TM24

Effects

Thunderbolt deals damage and has a 10% chance of paralyzing the target.

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

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Thunderbolt has base power 95.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Electrium Z and uses its Z-Power, Thunderbolt turns into Gigavolt Havoc and has base power 175.

When Alolan Raichu is holding Aloraichium Z and uses its Z-Power, Thunderbolt turns into Stoked Sparksurfer and has base power 175.

When Pikachu in a cap is holding Pikashunium Z and uses its Z-Power, Thunderbolt turns into 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt and has base power 195.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Thunderbolt
Japanese 10まんボルト (Jūman Volt)
German Donnerblitz
French Tonnerre
Italian Fulmine
Spanish Rayo

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that may cause paralysis.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
A strong electrical attack that may paralyze the foe.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A strong electrical attack that may also leave the foe paralyzed.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
A strong electric blast is loosed at the foe. It may also leave the foe paralyzed.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
A strong electric blast is loosed at the target. It may also leave the target with paralysis.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A strong electric blast crashes down on the target. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
A strong electric blast crashes down on the target. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Thunderbolt 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 42
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Level 1
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Level 1
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Level 49
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Level 40
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Level 49
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 44
Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Electric
Level 45
Zekrom
#644 / Dragon · Electric
Level 22
Helioptile
#694 / Electric · Normal
Level 49
Vikavolt
#738 / Bug · Electric
Level 1
Xurkitree
#796 / Electric
Level 37

Learnt by TM

Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Meowth
#052 / Normal
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
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Muk
#089 / Poison
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Staryu
#120 / Water
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Furret
#162 / Normal
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Ralts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
Kirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Regice
#378 / Ice
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
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
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Palkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Victini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Audino
#531 / Normal
Joltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
Klink
#599 / Steel
Klang
#600 / Steel
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Swirlix
#684 / Fairy
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Malamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Xerneas
#716 / Fairy
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Grubbin
#736 / Bug
Mimikyu
#778 / Ghost · Fairy
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Lunala
#792 / Psychic · Ghost
Nihilego
#793 / Rock · Poison
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy

Usable via Nature Power

These Pokémon can use Thunderbolt through Nature Power on certain terrain. See the Nature Power movedex for more details.

Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Oddish
#043 / Grass · Poison
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Tangela
#114 / Grass
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Quilava
#156 / Fire
Sunkern
#191 / Grass
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Numel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Camerupt
#323 / Fire · Ground
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Cherubi
#420 / Grass
Cherrim
#421 / Grass
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Finneon
#456 / Water
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Servine
#496 / Grass
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Foongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Chespin
#650 / Grass
Floette
#670 / Fairy
Florges
#671 / Fairy
Skiddo
#672 / Grass
Gogoat
#673 / Grass
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Phantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Xerneas
#716 / Fairy
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Rowlet
#722 / Grass · Flying
Dartrix
#723 / Grass · Flying
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy
Morelull
#755 / Grass · Fairy
Steenee
#762 / Grass
Comfey
#764 / Fairy
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon