Whirlwind (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Priority -6
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM04

Effects

In the wild, Whirlwind blows the target Pokémon away if they are of a lower level, and the battle ends.

In trainer battles (including linked battles), Whirlwind forces the target to switch out of battle (regardless of level) and is replaced with another Pokémon in the trainer's team.

Pokémon with the ability Suction Cups or those rooted by Ingrain are not affected by Whirlwind.

Changes

In Generations 1-5, Whirlwind has 100% accuracy (in other words, it is affected by Accuracy and Evasion stats).

In Generations 1-4, Whirlwind works on any level Pokémon in wild battles.

Whirlwind has a priority of -5 in Generation 3 and -1 in Generation 2.

In Generation 1, Whirlwind has no priority and only causes wild battles to end with no effect in trainer battles.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Whirlwind turns into Z-Whirlwind 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 Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Blows away the foe & ends battle.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Blows away the foe with wind and ends the battle.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The foe is made to switch out with an ally. In the wild, the battle ends.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The foe is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
Black​/​White The target is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.
Black 2​/​White 2 The target is blown away and switched. In the wild, a battle against a single Pokémon ends.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Whirlwind 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.

Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Level 29
Pidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Level 17
Pidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Level 17
Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Level 17
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Level 1
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Level 1
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Level 30
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Masquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Masquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Level 48
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Level 16
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 16
Tropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Level 21
Starly
#396 / Normal · Flying
Level 21
Staravia
#397 / Normal · Flying
Level 23
Staraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Level 23
Sigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Level 14
Rufflet
#627 / Normal · Flying
Level 55
Braviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Braviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Level 57
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Level 55
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 1
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 57
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Level 40
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Level 40
Noivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Level 40
Tapu Bulu
#787 / Grass · Fairy
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Whirlwind as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Venomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
Gen 1 — TM
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Moltres
#146 / Fire · Flying
Gen 1 — TM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 1 — TM