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Thunder Wave

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority
Electric - 100% 20 0

Description

Paralyzes the target. Has no effect on Ground Pokémon.

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. 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, 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 afflicted 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 utilized with the use of confusion, often referred to as parafusion. Unlike sleep, paralysis is not limited by any competitive clause, so you can try to spread it amongst the whole opposing team, granting a great advantage in the match.

Related Moves

Glare is a less accurate Normal-type equivalent.

Stun Spore is a less accurate Grass-type equivalent.

Pokémon Type Tier HP Atk Def Spc Spe BST
Alakazam Psychic OU 55 50 45 135 120 405
Chansey Normal OU 250 5 5 105 50 415
Clefable Normal UU 95 70 73 85 60 383
Dragonite Dragon / Flying OU 91 134 95 100 80 500
Electabuzz Electric UU 65 83 57 85 105 395
Electrode Electric UU 60 50 70 80 140 400
Hypno Psychic UU 85 73 70 115 67 410
Jolteon Electric UU 65 65 60 110 130 430
Magneton Electric UU 50 60 95 120 70 395
Mew Psychic Uber 100 100 100 100 100 500
Mewtwo Psychic Uber 106 110 90 154 130 590
Mr. Mime Psychic UU 40 45 65 100 90 340
Porygon Normal UU 65 60 70 75 40 310
Raichu Electric UU 60 90 55 90 100 395
Slowbro Water / Psychic OU 95 75 110 80 30 390
Starmie Water / Psychic OU 60 75 85 100 115 435
Wigglytuff Normal UU 140 70 45 50 45 350
Zapdos Electric / Flying OU 90 90 85 125 100 490