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Thunder

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Electric 120 70% 10 0 Special Single non-user

Description

Deals damage and has a 30% chance to paralyze the target. In rain, this move has 100% accuracy. In sun, this move has 50% accuracy. This move can hit a target using Bounce, Fly, or Sky Drop.

Competitive Use

In past generations Thunder lived in relative obscurity due to its poor accuracy, with nearly all players opting to choose the more reliable, and still powerful, Thunderbolt instead. However, everything has changed in BW with the prominence of Drizzle in the OU metagame. Thanks to the constant rain available to players, Thunder is seen much more in the metagame than in the past, due to Thunder having perfect accuracy, leaving little reason to drop it in favor of Thunderbolt. A Nasty Plot-boosted Thunder is even one of the main reasons why Thundurus was banned from OU (of course other factors were involved). Thunder even sees more use in the lower tiers, RU in particular, due to Galvantula being able to take advantage of the move thanks to Compoundeyes boosting the accuracy of Thunder up to 91%.

Of course, Thunder still sees a ton of use in Ubers, as it did in DPP, thanks in large part to the near omnipresence of Drizzle Kyogre. Thunder is one of the most dangerous weapons a Pokemon can wield in Ubers to take down the titan, as well as many of the other Ubers that sport a weakness to Electricity, such as Lugia and Ho-Oh.

Related Moves

Discharge is a less powerful alternative with a high paralysis chance.

Thunderbolt is a less powerful alternative.

Hurricane is a Flying-type move which also gains 100% accuracy in rain.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Absol Dark RU Pressure / Super Luck / Justified 65 130 60 75 60 75 465
Aggron Steel / Rock RU Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 70 110 180 60 60 50 530
Aipom Normal LC Run Away / Pickup / Skill Link 55 70 55 40 55 85 360
Ambipom Normal UU Technician / Pickup / Skill Link 75 100 66 60 66 115 482
Ampharos Electric NU Static / Plus 90 75 75 115 90 55 500
Arceus-Bug Bug Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Dark Dark Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Dragon Dragon Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Electric Electric Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Fighting Fighting Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Fire Fire Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Flying Flying Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Ghost Ghost Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Grass Grass Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Ground Ground Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Ice Ice Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Normal Normal Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Poison Poison Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Psychic Psychic Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Rock Rock Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Steel Steel Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Arceus-Water Water Uber Multitype 120 120 120 120 120 120 720
Audino Normal NU Healer / Regenerator / Klutz 103 60 86 60 86 50 445
Azelf Psychic UU Levitate 75 125 70 125 70 115 580
Banette Ghost NU Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 64 115 65 83 63 65 455
Bastiodon Rock / Steel NU Sturdy / Soundproof 60 52 168 47 138 30 495
Bibarel Normal / Water NU Simple / Unaware / Moody 79 85 60 55 60 71 410
Bidoof Normal LC Simple / Unaware / Moody 59 45 40 35 40 31 250
Blissey Normal OU Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Healer 255 10 10 75 135 55 540
Blitzle Electric LC Lightningrod / Motor Drive / Sap Sipper 45 60 32 50 32 76 295
Castform Normal NU Forecast 70 70 70 70 70 70 420
Chansey Normal BL Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Healer 250 5 5 35 105 50 450
Chinchou Water / Electric LC Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb 75 38 38 56 56 67 330
Cinccino Normal RU Cute Charm / Technician / Skill Link 75 95 60 65 60 115 470
Clefable Normal RU Cute Charm / Magic Guard / Unaware 95 70 73 85 90 60 473
Cranidos Rock LC Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 67 125 40 30 30 58 350
Darkrai Dark Uber Bad Dreams 70 90 90 135 90 125 600
Delcatty Normal NU Cute Charm / Normalize / Wonder Skin 70 65 65 55 55 70 380
Deoxys Psychic Uber Pressure 50 150 50 150 50 150 600
Deoxys-A Psychic Uber Pressure 50 180 20 180 20 150 600
Deoxys-D Psychic Uber Pressure 50 70 160 70 160 90 600
Deoxys-S Psychic Uber Pressure 50 95 90 95 90 180 600
Dialga Steel / Dragon Uber Pressure / Telepathy 100 120 120 150 100 90 680
Dragonair Dragon NU Shed Skin / Marvel Scale 61 84 65 70 70 70 420
Dragonite Dragon / Flying OU Inner Focus / Multiscale 91 134 95 100 100 80 600
Dratini Dragon LC Shed Skin / Marvel Scale 41 64 45 50 50 50 300
Drifblim Ghost / Flying NU Aftermath / Unburden / Flare Boost 150 80 44 90 54 80 498
Drifloon Ghost / Flying LC Aftermath / Unburden / Flare Boost 90 50 34 60 44 70 348
Dunsparce Normal NU Serene Grace / Run Away / Rattled 100 70 70 65 65 45 415
Duosion Psychic NU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 65 40 50 125 60 30 370
Eelektross Electric NU Levitate 85 115 80 105 80 50 515
Electabuzz Electric NU Static / Vital Spirit 65 83 57 95 85 105 490
Electivire Electric RU Motor Drive / Vital Spirit 75 123 67 95 85 95 540
Electrike Electric LC Static / Lightningrod / Minus 40 45 40 65 40 65 295
Electrode Electric NU Soundproof / Static / Aftermath 60 50 70 80 80 140 480
Elekid Electric LC Static / Vital Spirit 45 63 37 65 55 95 360
Emolga Electric / Flying NU Static / Motor Drive 55 75 60 75 60 103 428
Ferrothorn Grass / Steel OU Iron Barbs 74 94 131 54 116 20 489
Froslass Ice / Ghost BL Snow Cloak / Cursed Body 70 80 70 80 70 110 480
Furret Normal NU Run Away / Keen Eye / Frisk 85 76 64 45 55 90 415
Galvantula Bug / Electric RU Compoundeyes / Unnerve / Swarm 70 77 60 97 60 108 472
Genesect Bug / Steel Uber Download 71 120 95 120 95 99 600
Gengar Ghost / Poison OU Levitate 60 65 60 130 75 110 500
Girafarig Normal / Psychic NU Inner Focus / Early Bird / Sap Sipper 70 80 65 90 65 85 455
Giratina Ghost / Dragon Uber Pressure / Telepathy 150 100 120 100 120 90 680
Giratina-O Ghost / Dragon Uber Levitate / Levitate 150 120 100 120 100 90 680
Glameow Normal LC Limber / Own Tempo / Keen Eye 49 55 42 42 37 85 310
Granbull Normal NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Rattled 90 120 75 60 60 45 450
Grimer Poison LC Stench / Sticky Hold / Poison Touch 80 80 50 40 50 25 325
Groudon Ground Uber Drought 100 150 140 100 90 90 670
Gyarados Water / Flying OU Intimidate / Moxie 95 125 79 60 100 81 540
Ho-Oh Fire / Flying Uber Pressure / Regenerator 106 130 90 110 154 90 680
Illumise Bug NU Oblivious / Tinted Lens / Prankster 65 47 55 73 75 85 400
Jirachi Steel / Psychic OU Serene Grace 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Jolteon Electric OU Volt Absorb / Quick Feet 65 65 60 110 95 130 525
Kangaskhan Normal NU Early Bird / Scrappy / Inner Focus 105 95 80 40 80 90 490
Kecleon Normal NU Color Change 60 90 70 60 120 40 440
Klinklang Steel RU Plus / Minus / Clear Body 60 100 115 70 85 90 520
Koffing Poison LC Levitate 40 65 95 60 45 35 340
Kyogre Water Uber Drizzle 100 100 90 150 140 90 670
Lanturn Water / Electric RU Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb 125 58 58 76 76 67 460
Lapras Water / Ice NU Water Absorb / Shell Armor / Hydration 130 85 80 85 95 60 535
Latias Dragon / Psychic OU Levitate 80 80 90 110 130 110 600
Latios Dragon / Psychic OU Levitate 80 90 80 130 110 110 600
Lickilicky Normal NU Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine 110 85 95 80 95 50 515
Lickitung Normal LC Own Tempo / Oblivious / Cloud Nine 90 55 75 60 75 30 385
Linoone Normal NU Pickup / Gluttony / Quick Feet 78 70 61 50 61 100 420
Lopunny Normal NU Cute Charm / Klutz / Limber 65 76 84 54 96 105 480
Lugia Psychic / Flying Uber Pressure / Multiscale 106 90 130 90 154 110 680
Luxray Electric NU Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 80 120 79 95 79 70 523
Magnemite Electric / Steel LC Magnet Pull / Sturdy / Analytic 25 35 70 95 55 45 325
Magneton Electric / Steel RU Magnet Pull / Sturdy / Analytic 50 60 95 120 70 70 465
Magnezone Electric / Steel OU Magnet Pull / Sturdy / Analytic 70 70 115 130 90 60 535
Manectric Electric RU Static / Lightningrod / Minus 70 75 60 105 60 105 475
Mankey Fighting LC Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
Mareep Electric LC Static / Plus 55 40 40 65 45 35 280
Meloetta Normal / Psychic UU Serene Grace 100 77 77 128 128 90 600
Meloetta-P Normal / Fighting UU Serene Grace 100 128 90 77 77 128 600
Meowth Normal LC Pickup / Technician / Unnerve 40 45 35 40 40 90 290
Mesprit Psychic RU Levitate 80 105 105 105 105 80 580
Mew Psychic UU Synchronize 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Mewtwo Psychic Uber Pressure / Unnerve 106 110 90 154 90 130 680
Miltank Normal NU Thick Fat / Scrappy / Sap Sipper 95 80 105 40 70 100 490
Mime Jr. Psychic LC Soundproof / Filter / Technician 20 25 45 70 90 60 310
Minun Electric NU Minus 60 40 50 75 85 95 405
Misdreavus Ghost NU Levitate 60 60 60 85 85 85 435
Mismagius Ghost UU Levitate 60 60 60 105 105 105 495
Mr. Mime Psychic NU Soundproof / Filter / Technician 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
Muk Poison NU Stench / Sticky Hold / Poison Touch 105 105 75 65 100 50 500
Munchlax Normal NU Pickup / Thick Fat / Gluttony 135 85 40 40 85 5 390
Nidoking Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 81 92 77 85 75 85 495
Nidoqueen Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 90 82 87 75 85 76 495
Nidoran-F Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 55 47 52 40 40 41 275
Nidoran-M Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 46 57 40 40 40 50 273
Nosepass Rock LC Sturdy / Magnet Pull / Sand Force 30 45 135 45 90 30 375
Pachirisu Electric NU Run Away / Pickup / Volt Absorb 60 45 70 45 90 95 405
Palkia Water / Dragon Uber Pressure / Telepathy 90 120 100 150 120 100 680
Persian Normal NU Limber / Technician / Unnerve 65 70 60 65 65 115 440
Pichu Electric LC Static / Lightningrod 20 40 15 35 35 60 205
Pikachu Electric NU Static / Lightningrod 35 55 30 50 40 90 300
Plusle Electric NU Plus 60 50 40 85 75 95 405
Porygon Normal LC Trace / Download / Analytic 65 60 70 85 75 40 395
Porygon-Z Normal UU Adaptability / Download / Analytic 85 80 70 135 75 90 535
Porygon2 Normal UU Trace / Download / Analytic 85 80 90 105 95 60 515
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
Probopass Rock / Steel NU Sturdy / Magnet Pull / Sand Force 60 55 145 75 150 40 525
Purugly Normal NU Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Defiant 71 82 64 64 59 112 452
Raichu Electric NU Static / Lightningrod 60 90 55 90 80 100 475
Raikou Electric UU Pressure / Volt Absorb 90 85 75 115 100 115 580
Rampardos Rock NU Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 97 165 60 65 50 58 495
Raticate Normal NU Run Away / Guts / Hustle 55 81 60 50 70 97 413
Rattata Normal LC Run Away / Guts / Hustle 30 56 35 25 35 72 253
Rayquaza Dragon / Flying Uber Air Lock 105 150 90 150 90 95 680
Regice Ice NU Clear Body / Ice Body 80 50 100 100 200 50 580
Regigigas Normal NU Slow Start 110 160 110 80 110 100 670
Regirock Rock NU Clear Body / Sturdy 80 100 200 50 100 50 580
Registeel Steel UU Clear Body / Light Metal 80 75 150 75 150 50 580
Reuniclus Psychic OU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 110 65 75 125 85 30 490
Rhydon Ground / Rock RU Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 105 130 120 45 45 40 485
Rhyhorn Ground / Rock LC Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 80 85 95 30 30 25 345
Rhyperior Ground / Rock UU Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless 115 140 130 55 55 40 535
Rotom Electric / Ghost RU Levitate 50 50 77 95 77 91 440
Rotom-C Electric / Grass RU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-F Electric / Ice NU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-H Electric / Fire UU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-S Electric / Flying NU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Rotom-W Electric / Water OU Levitate 50 65 107 105 107 86 520
Shieldon Rock / Steel LC Sturdy / Soundproof 30 42 118 42 88 30 350
Shinx Electric LC Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 45 65 34 40 34 45 263
Shuppet Ghost LC Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 44 75 35 63 33 45 295
Skitty Normal LC Cute Charm / Normalize / Wonder Skin 50 45 45 35 35 50 260
Slaking Normal NU Truant 150 160 100 95 65 100 670
Slakoth Normal LC Truant 60 60 60 35 35 30 280
Snorlax Normal UU Immunity / Thick Fat / Gluttony 160 110 65 65 110 30 540
Snubbull Normal LC Intimidate / Run Away / Rattled 60 80 50 40 40 30 300
Solosis Psychic LC Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 45 30 40 105 50 20 290
Stantler Normal NU Intimidate / Frisk / Sap Sipper 73 95 62 85 65 85 465
Starmie Water / Psychic OU Illuminate / Natural Cure / Analytic 60 75 85 100 85 115 520
Staryu Water LC Illuminate / Natural Cure / Analytic 30 45 55 70 55 85 340
Stoutland Normal NU Intimidate / Sand Rush / Scrappy 85 100 90 45 90 80 490
Stunfisk Ground / Electric NU Static / Limber / Sand Veil 109 66 84 81 99 32 471
Tauros Normal NU Intimidate / Anger Point / Sheer Force 75 100 95 40 70 110 490
Thundurus Electric / Flying Uber Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Tyranitar Rock / Dark OU Sand Stream / Unnerve 100 134 110 95 100 61 600
Uxie Psychic RU Levitate 75 75 130 75 130 95 580
Victini Psychic / Fire UU Victory Star 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440
Volbeat Bug NU Illuminate / Swarm / Prankster 65 73 55 47 75 85 400
Voltorb Electric LC Soundproof / Static / Aftermath 40 30 50 55 55 100 330
Watchog Normal NU Illuminate / Keen Eye / Analytic 60 85 69 60 69 77 420
Weezing Poison NU Levitate 65 90 120 85 70 60 490
Wigglytuff Normal NU Cute Charm / Frisk 140 70 45 75 50 45 425
Zangoose Normal NU Immunity / Toxic Boost 73 115 60 60 60 90 458
Zapdos Electric / Flying UU Pressure / Lightningrod 90 90 85 125 90 100 580
Zebstrika Electric NU Lightningrod / Motor Drive / Sap Sipper 75 100 63 80 63 116 497
Zekrom Dragon / Electric Uber Teravolt 100 150 120 120 100 90 680
Zigzagoon Normal LC Pickup / Gluttony / Quick Feet 38 30 41 30 41 60 240