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

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
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
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
Klink
#599 / Steel
Klang
#600 / Steel
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Grubbin
#736 / Bug

Usable via Nature Power

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

Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
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
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Numel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy