Waterfall (move)

Move data

Type Water
Category   Physical
Power 80
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Makes contact? Yes
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
HM07
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
HM07
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
HM07
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
HM05
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
HM05
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM98
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee TM25
Sword​/​Shield TR16

Effects

Waterfall deals damage and has a 20% chance of causing the target to flinch (if the target has not yet moved).

Pokémon with the ability Inner Focus or those behind a Substitute cannot be made to flinch.

Changes

In Generations 1-3, Waterfall has no secondary effect.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Waterium Z and uses its Z-Power, Waterfall turns into Hydro Vortex and has base power 160.

Outside of battle

Allows a surfing Pokémon to ascend a waterfall. In Diamond, Pearl & Platinum, Waterfall is required to descend waterfalls, but in other games it is not.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Waterfall
Japanese たきのぼり (Taki Nobori)
German Kaskade
French Cascade
Italian Cascata
Spanish Cascada

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An aquatic charge attack.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Charges the foe with speed to climb waterfalls.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A powerful charge attack. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
The user charges the foe at an awesome speed. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver The user charges at the foe rapidly, and may make it flinch. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user charges at the target and may make it flinch. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user charges at the target and may make it flinch. This can also be used to climb a waterfall.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user charges at the target and may make it flinch.
Sword​/​Shield The user charges at the target and may make it flinch.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Waterfall 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.

Goldeen
#118 / Water
Level 35
Seaking
#119 / Water
Level 37
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Level 21

Learnt by TR

Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Horsea
#116 / Water
Seadra
#117 / Water
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Seaking
#119 / Water
Staryu
#120 / Water
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Wailord
#321 / Water
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Feebas
#349 / Water
Milotic
#350 / Water
Mantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Skrelp
#690 / Poison · Water
Popplio
#728 / Water
Brionne
#729 / Water
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Araquanid
#752 / Water · Bug
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Golisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Drednaw
#834 / Water · Rock
Eiscue
Ice Face
#875 / Ice
Arctovish
#883 / Water · Ice
Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
#892 / Fighting · Water