Whirlwind (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 20  (max. 32)
Priority -6
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

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 Pokémon.

Other languages

English Whirlwind
Japanese ふきとばし (Fukitobashi)
German Wirbelwind
French Cyclone
Italian Turbine
Spanish Remolino

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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. In the wild, this ends a battle against a single Pokémon.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Level 20
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Sigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
Level 25
Rufflet
#627 / Normal · Flying
Level 42
Braviary
#628 / Normal · Flying
Level 42
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Level 36
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Level 36
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Level 1
Noibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
Level 28
Noivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
Level 28

Learnt by breeding

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