Zap Cannon (move)

Move data

Type Electric
Category   Special
Power 120
Accuracy 50
PP 5  (max. 8)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 2

Machine/Record

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM07

Effects

Zap Cannon deals damage and paralyzes the target, if it hits. Paralyzed Pokémon have a 25% chance of not being able to attack, and their Speed is decreased by 50% (75% in Generations 1-6).

Electric type Pokémon, those with the ability Limber or those behind a Substitute cannot be paralyzed.

Changes

In Generations 2-3, Zap Cannon has base power 100.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Electrium Z and uses its Z-Power, Zap Cannon turns into Gigavolt Havoc and has base power 190.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Zap Cannon
Japanese でんじほう (Denjihō)
German Blitzkanone
French Élecanon
Italian Falcecannone
Spanish Electrocañón

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
An attack that always paralyzes.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Powerful and sure to cause paralysis, but inaccurate.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An electric blast is fired like a cannon to inflict damage and paralyze.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
Sword​/​Shield The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Zap Cannon 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.

Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 52
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 64
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Level 60
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 70
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 60
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Level 78
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 66
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 66
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 66
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 64
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 60
Klink
#599 / Steel
Level 44
Klang
#600 / Steel
Level 48
Klinklang
#601 / Steel
Level 48
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Level 70
Vikavolt
#738 / Bug · Electric
Level 64
Xurkitree
#796 / Electric
Level 70
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Level 84
Regieleki
#894 / Electric
Level 66