Zap Cannon (move)

Move data

Type Electric
Category   Special
Power 120
Accuracy 50
PP 5  (max. 8)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

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.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Zap Cannon 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.

Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Level 49
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Level 63
Porygon
#137 / Normal
Level 62
Zapdos
#145 / Electric · Flying
Level 99
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 1
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 60
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 62
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 43
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 55
Regice
#378 / Ice
Level 55
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 55
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 61
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 1
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Level 63
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 62
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 43
Klink
#599 / Steel
Level 54
Klang
#600 / Steel
Level 60
Klinklang
#601 / Steel
Level 66
Eelektrik
#603 / Electric
Level 69
Eelektross
#604 / Electric
Level 1
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Level 66
Vikavolt
#738 / Bug · Electric
Level 41
Xurkitree
#796 / Electric
Level 73

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Persian
#053 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Muk
#089 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Gastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Haunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Voltorb
#100 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Electrode
#101 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Koffing
#109 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Weezing
#110 / Poison
Gen 2 — TM
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Gen 2 — TM
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Gen 2 — TM
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Staryu
#120 / Water
Gen 2 — TM
Starmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Gen 2 — TM
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Gen 2 — TM
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Gen 2 — TM
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Gen 2 — TM
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Gen 2 — TM
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Gen 2 — TM
Girafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
Gen 2 — TM
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 2 — TM
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Gen 2 — TM
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Gen 2 — TM
Raikou
#243 / Electric
Gen 4 — Special
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 2 — TM
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Gen 2 — TM