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Thunder Wave

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Electric - 100% 20 0 - Single non-user

Description

Paralyzes the target. Pokemon protected by Magic Coat or the ability Magic Bounce are unaffected and instead redirect this move back to the user.

Competitive Use

Thunder Wave is an extremely useful move, and possibly the best and most widely distributed status-inducing move in the game. It provides 100% accurate paralysis, and with high distribution, can be used by a ton of Pokemon, such as Ferrothorn and Slowbro. Although Ground-types are immune, this move is almost always a safe bet, and will rarely disappoint. While paralysis isn't as useful as sleep, and some would argue burn, it is still extremely useful for a variety of reasons and can be used for many different strategies. As paralysis cuts the Speed of the inflicted almost down to nothing, it makes it suddenly plausible for normally slow Pokemon to outspeed the enemy's team and take them out one by one. Paralysis also tends to fully incapacitate the opponent in the most useful of times, and this can be further abused with the use of flinching moves and confusion. When combined with confusion, the condition is normally referred to as parafusion. Throw in a flinching move to confusion, and suddenly the opponent has a very low chance of moving successfully. This strategy is most commonly abused by Jirachi and Togekiss, who also sport the Serene Grace ability to make their flinching moves a higher chance to cause the opponent to flinch. A very annoying, and powerful, strategy indeed.

Related Moves

Glare is a less accurate Normal-type equivalent.

Stun Spore is a less accurate Grass-type equivalent.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Abra Psychic LC Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 25 20 15 105 55 90 310
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
Alakazam Psychic OU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 55 50 45 135 85 120 490
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
Beheeyem Psychic NU Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 75 75 75 125 95 40 485
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
Bisharp Dark / Steel UU Defiant / Inner Focus / Pressure 65 125 100 60 70 70 490
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
Buneary Normal LC Run Away / Klutz / Limber 55 66 44 44 56 85 350
Castform Normal NU Forecast 70 70 70 70 70 70 420
Celebi Psychic / Grass OU Natural Cure 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Chansey Normal BL Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Healer 250 5 5 35 105 50 450
Chimecho Psychic NU Levitate 65 50 70 95 80 65 425
Chinchou Water / Electric LC Volt Absorb / Illuminate / Water Absorb 75 38 38 56 56 67 330
Chingling Psychic LC Levitate 45 30 50 65 50 45 285
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
Cleffa Normal LC Cute Charm / Magic Guard / Friend Guard 50 25 28 45 55 15 218
Cobalion Steel / Fighting UU Justified 91 90 129 90 72 108 580
Cresselia Psychic BL2 Levitate 120 70 120 75 130 85 600
Darkrai Dark Uber Bad Dreams 70 90 90 135 90 125 600
Deerling Normal / Grass LC Chlorophyll / Sap Sipper / Serene Grace 60 60 50 40 50 75 335
Deino Dark / Dragon LC Hustle 52 65 50 45 50 38 300
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
Drowzee Psychic LC Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
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
Durant Bug / Steel RU Swarm / Hustle / Truant 58 109 112 48 48 109 484
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
Elgyem Psychic LC Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 55 55 55 85 55 30 335
Emolga Electric / Flying NU Static / Motor Drive 55 75 60 75 60 103 428
Ferroseed Grass / Steel RU Iron Barbs 44 50 91 24 86 10 305
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
Gallade Psychic / Fighting RU Steadfast / Justified 68 125 65 65 115 80 518
Galvantula Bug / Electric RU Compoundeyes / Unnerve / Swarm 70 77 60 97 60 108 472
Gardevoir Psychic NU Synchronize / Trace / Telepathy 68 65 65 125 115 80 518
Genesect Bug / Steel Uber Download 71 120 95 120 95 99 600
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
Gothita Psychic LC Frisk / Shadow Tag 45 30 50 55 65 45 290
Gothitelle Psychic BL Frisk / Shadow Tag 70 55 95 95 110 65 490
Gothorita Psychic NU Frisk / Shadow Tag 60 45 70 75 85 55 390
Granbull Normal NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Rattled 90 120 75 60 60 45 450
Groudon Ground Uber Drought 100 150 140 100 90 90 670
Grumpig Psychic NU Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Gluttony 80 45 65 90 110 80 470
Gyarados Water / Flying OU Intimidate / Moxie 95 125 79 60 100 81 540
Happiny Normal LC Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Friend Guard 100 5 5 15 65 30 220
Ho-Oh Fire / Flying Uber Pressure / Regenerator 106 130 90 110 154 90 680
Honchkrow Dark / Flying UU Insomnia / Super Luck / Moxie 100 125 52 105 52 71 505
Hydreigon Dark / Dragon OU Levitate 92 105 90 125 90 98 600
Hypno Psychic NU Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
Igglybuff Normal LC Cute Charm / Friend Guard 90 30 15 40 20 15 210
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
Joltik Bug / Electric LC Compoundeyes / Unnerve / Swarm 50 47 50 57 50 65 319
Kadabra Psychic NU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
Kecleon Normal NU Color Change 60 90 70 60 120 40 440
Klang Steel NU Plus / Minus / Clear Body 60 80 95 70 85 50 440
Klink Steel LC Plus / Minus / Clear Body 40 55 70 45 60 30 300
Klinklang Steel RU Plus / Minus / Clear Body 60 100 115 70 85 90 520
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
Latias Dragon / Psychic OU Levitate 80 80 90 110 130 110 600
Latios Dragon / Psychic OU Levitate 80 90 80 130 110 110 600
Liepard Dark NU Limber / Unburden / Prankster 64 88 50 88 50 106 446
Lillipup Normal LC Vital Spirit / Pickup / Run Away 45 60 45 25 45 55 275
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
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
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
Minccino Normal LC Cute Charm / Technician / Skill Link 55 50 40 40 40 75 300
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
Munna Psychic LC Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy 76 25 45 67 55 24 292
Murkrow Dark / Flying NU Insomnia / Super Luck / Prankster 60 85 42 85 42 91 405
Musharna Psychic NU Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy 116 55 85 107 95 29 487
Natu Psychic / Flying NU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 40 50 45 70 45 70 320
Nosepass Rock LC Sturdy / Magnet Pull / Sand Force 30 45 135 45 90 30 375
Octillery Water NU Suction Cups / Sniper / Moody 75 105 75 105 75 45 480
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
Pawniard Dark / Steel LC Defiant / Inner Focus / Pressure 45 85 70 40 40 60 340
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
Probopass Rock / Steel NU Sturdy / Magnet Pull / Sand Force 60 55 145 75 150 40 525
Purrloin Dark LC Limber / Unburden / Prankster 41 50 37 50 37 66 281
Qwilfish Water / Poison RU Poison Point / Swift Swim / Intimidate 65 95 75 55 55 85 430
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
Ralts Psychic LC Synchronize / Trace / Telepathy 28 25 25 45 35 40 198
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
Remoraid Water LC Hustle / Sniper / Moody 35 65 35 65 35 65 300
Reuniclus Psychic OU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 110 65 75 125 85 30 490
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
Sawsbuck Normal / Grass NU Chlorophyll / Sap Sipper / Serene Grace 80 100 70 60 70 95 475
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
Sigilyph Psychic / Flying RU Wonder Skin / Magic Guard / Tinted Lens 72 58 80 103 80 97 490
Skitty Normal LC Cute Charm / Normalize / Wonder Skin 50 45 45 35 35 50 260
Slowbro Water / Psychic UU Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 95 75 110 100 80 30 490
Slowking Water / Psychic RU Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 95 75 80 100 110 30 490
Slowpoke Water / Psychic LC Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 90 65 65 40 40 15 315
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
Spoink Psychic LC Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Gluttony 60 25 35 70 80 60 330
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
Swoobat Psychic / Flying NU Unaware / Klutz / Simple 67 57 55 77 55 114 425
Thundurus Electric / Flying Uber Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Togekiss Normal / Flying UU Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck 85 50 95 120 115 80 545
Togepi Normal LC Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck 35 20 65 40 65 20 245
Togetic Normal / Flying NU Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck 55 40 85 80 105 40 405
Tynamo Electric LC Levitate 35 55 40 45 40 60 275
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
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
Wigglytuff Normal NU Cute Charm / Frisk 140 70 45 75 50 45 425
Woobat Psychic / Flying LC Unaware / Klutz / Simple 55 45 43 55 43 72 313
Xatu Psychic / Flying UU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 65 75 70 95 70 95 470
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
Zweilous Dark / Dragon NU Hustle 72 85 70 65 70 58 420