Whirlwind (move)

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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 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 Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

ButterfreeButterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Level 22
PidgeyPidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Level 17
PidgeottoPidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Level 17
PidgeotPidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Level 17
LugiaLugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Level 1
Ho-ohHo-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Level 1
BeautiflyBeautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
DustoxDustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Level 30
ShiftryShiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
MasquerainMasquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
MasquerainMasquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
Level 48
MakuhitaMakuhita
#296 / Fighting
Level 16
HariyamaHariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 16
TropiusTropius
#357 / Grass · Flying
Level 21
StarlyStarly
#396 / Normal · Flying
Level 21
StaraviaStaravia
#397 / Normal · Flying
Level 23
StaraptorStaraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Level 23
SigilyphSigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Level 14
RuffletRufflet
#627 / Normal · Flying
Level 55
BraviaryBraviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
BraviaryBraviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Level 57
VullabyVullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Level 55
MandibuzzMandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 1
MandibuzzMandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 57
VolcaronaVolcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Level 40
NoibatNoibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Level 40
NoivernNoivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Level 40

Learnt by breeding

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

SpearowSpearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Flying
FearowFearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Flying
ZubatZubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
Flying
GolbatGolbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
Flying
AerodactylAerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
Flying
SnorlaxSnorlax
#143 / Normal
Monster
HoothootHoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
Flying
NoctowlNoctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
Flying
CrobatCrobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
Flying
YanmaYanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Bug
MurkrowMurkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Flying
SkarmorySkarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Flying
TaillowTaillow
#276 / Normal · Flying
Flying
SwellowSwellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Flying
SpoinkSpoink
#325 / Psychic
Field
GrumpigGrumpig
#326 / Psychic
Field
CranidosCranidos
#408 / Rock
Monster
RampardosRampardos
#409 / Rock
Monster
HonchkrowHonchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Flying
MunchlaxMunchlax
#446 / Normal
Undiscovered
HippopotasHippopotas
#449 / Ground
Field
HippowdonHippowdon
#450 / Ground
Field
SkorupiSkorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Bug, Water 3
DrapionDrapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Bug, Water 3
YanmegaYanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Bug