Quality Control Event Move Legalities

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This is going to be a similar format to the other thread on move legaltiies. If people want, I may include some minor event information, but if HTML experince proves this to look ugly (still have to test it), I'm leaning towards not including major identifiying information such as OT, ID, etc, just because this article is more focused on move legality rather than how to obtain the events. Hopefully, this will get done way faster than the last one!

One big difference I'm currenly considering is listing the events by Pokemon rather than move, since the event moves follow a much less consistent pattern than other old generation moves. I may even get rid of the generation classifcation all together, and put them in the columns, since several Pokemon get event moves VERY often! However, if anyone would prefer it to be labled by moves instead, let me know! I will at least be doing it by moves for generation 2 and 3, since unlike most other generations, these two actually do have events that share a LOT of moves.


Table of Contents

Introduction

Multigeneration Events

Arceus
Articuno
Blastoise
Celebi
Chansey and Blissey
Charizard
Darkrai
Deoxys
Eevee Family
Entei
Gastly and Haunter
Genesect
Gengar
Greninja
Heatran
Ho-Oh
Hypno
Jirachi
Kangaskhan
Lickilicky
Meloetta
Mewtwo
Moltres
Nidoqueen
Raichu and Pikachu
Raikou
Rayquaza
Shaymin and Shaymin-S
Suicune
Venusaur and Bulbasaur
Victini
Vileplume
Zapdos
Zekrom
Zoroark

Generation 2 Events

Azumarill
Blastoise
Delibird
Eevee Family (Espeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Vaporeon)
Feraligatr
Misdreavus
Nidoking
Nidoqueen
Kingdra
Pikachu and Raichu
Politoed
Poliwrath
Quagsire
Seaking
Snorlax
Tangela
Vileplume

Introduction

Throughout competitive Pokemon history, special event Pokemon have been released with exclusive moves, which often have an impact on competitive formats. Since these were often given out for short periods of time, in specfic reigons, or exclusively in specific generations, move legalitiy issues can get confusing. This aticle aims to clear up the confusion, to ease teambuilding for both Smogon formats and Gamefreak's Battle Spot Specials.

Multi Generation Pokemon

Unless noted otherwise, assume that these Pokemon are in a Cherish Ball, and can not be shiny.

Arceus

Move: Shadow Force
Generation: 4

Move: Spacial Rend
Generation: 4

Articuno

Ability: Snow Cloak
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Heal Bell
Other Notes: Snow Cloak is obtainable via a transfer from Generation 1 Virtual Console games, but these Articuno are not allowed on most 3DS ladders.

Blastoise

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 6
Illegal Abilities: Torrent
Relevant Illegal Moves: Aura Sphere, Fake Out, Muddy Water, Water Spout
Other Notes:

Move: Follow Me
Generation: 5
Illegal Abilities: Rain Dish
Relevant Illegal Moves: Aura Sphere, Fake Out, Muddy Water, Water Spout
Other Notes: This Blastoise was distributed in a Squirtle egg, meaning it comes in a Pokeball. It is also only obtainable in South Korean generation 5 games, and the Japanese versions of Black 2 and White 2.

Cacturne

Move: Encore
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Water Absorb
Relevant Illegal Moves: Nasty Plot, Switcheroo
Other Notes: The only known legitimate copies of this event have INSERT NATURE HERE

Celebi

Move: Nasty Plot
Generation: 4

Chansey and Blissey

Move: Wish
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Healer
Relevant Illegal Moves: Aromatherepy
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Timid nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Charizard

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 6
Illegal Abilities: Blaze
Relevant Illegal Moves: Ancient Power
Other Notes:

Move: Hold Hands
Generation: 6
Illegal Abilities: Solar Power
Relevant Illegal Moves: Ancient Power
Other Notes: Charizard with Hold Hands must be shiny.

Darkrai

Move: Spacial Rend
Generation: 4

Deoxys

Move: Meteor Mash
Generation: 4

Move: Nasty Plot
Generation: 5

Eevee Family

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 6, 7
Illegal Abilities: Any Hidden Ability
Relevant Illegal Moves: Stored Power, Yawn
Other Notes: The generation 7 Celebrate Eevee event is nature locked to Jolly.

Entei

Move: Extreme Speed
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilities: Inner Focus
Relevant Illegal Moves: Curse, Detect
Other Notes: This Entei is nature locked to Adamant, and must be shiny.

Move: Howl
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilities: Inner Focus
Relevant Illegal Moves: Curse, Detect
Other Notes: This Entei is nature locked to Adamant, and must be shiny.

Move: Flare Blitz
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilities: Inner Focus
Relevant Illegal Moves: Curse, Detect
Other Notes: This Entei is nature locked to Adamant, and must be shiny.

Gastly and Haunter

Move: Sludge Wave
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Clear Smog, Disable, Haze, Perish Song
Other Notes: Gastly learned Sludge Wave when obtained from Dream World.

Genesect

Move: Blaze Kick
Generation: 5
Other Notes: This Genesect must by shiny, and is nature locked to Hasty. It is also only obtainable in Japanese generation 5 games.

Move: Extreme Speed
Generation: 5
Other Notes: This Genesect must by shiny, and is nature locked to Hasty. It is also only obtainable in Japanese generation 5 games.

Move: Shift Gear
Generation: 5
Other Notes: This Genesect must by shiny, and is nature locked to Hasty. It is also only obtainable in Japanese generation 5 games.

Gengar

Move: Sludge Wave
Generation: 5, 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Clear Smog, Disable, Haze, Perish Song
Other Notes: Gengar from generation 6 must be in a Dusk Ball and be shiny. Generation 5 Gengars must be obtained from Dream World as a Gastly.

Greninja

Move: Happy Hour
Generation: 6
Illegal Abilities: Torrent
Relevant Illegal Moves: Toxic Spikes
Other Notes: There is an alternate Froakie event that was given out in a Cherish Ball and has Torrent, which can be used to fool opponents.

Heatran

Move: Eruption
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilities: Flame Body
Other Notes: This Heatran is nature locked to Quiet.

Ho-Oh

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 6
Illegal Abilities: Regenerator
Relevant Illegal Moves: Curse, Detect
Other Notes: This Ho-Oh must by shiny.

Hypno
Move: Belly Drum
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Inner Foucs
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Lonely nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Move: Wish
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Inner Focus
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Lonely nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Jirachi
Move: Draco Meteor
Generation: 4, 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam, Happy Hour, Heart Stamp, Moonblast, Play Rough
Other Notes: Follow Me is only legal on Draco Meteor Jirachi from generation 5.

Move: Follow Me
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam, Happy Hour, Heart Stamp, Moonblast, Play Rough
Other Notes: This Jirachi is only obtainable on Japanese Black and White games.

Move: Happy Hour
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam, Draco Meteor, Follow Me, Heart Stamp, Moonblast, Play Rough
Other Notes: This event is only redeemable on European and Japanese 3DS.

Move: Heart Stamp
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam, Draco Meteor, Follow Me, Happy Hour, Moonblast, Play Rough
Other Notes:

Move: Moonblast
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam, Draco Meteor, Follow Me, Happy Hour, Heart Stamp, Play Rough
Other Notes:

Move: Play Rough
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam, Draco Meteor, Follow Me, Happy Hour, Heart Stamp, Moonblast
Other Notes:

Kangaskhan

Move: Wish
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Inner Foucs
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Modest nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Move: Yawn
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Inner Focus
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Modest nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Lickilicky

Move: Heal Bell
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Cloud Nine
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Naughty nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Move: Wish
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Cloud Nine
Other Notes: The only known legitmate copy of this event has a Naughty nature, and is in a Pokeball due to being distributed in an egg.

Meloetta

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 7

Mewtwo

Move: Heal Pulse
Generation: 5
Illegal Abilities: Pressure

Moltres

Ability: Flame Body
Generation: 6
Other Notes: While Flame Body Moltres is obtainable via generation 1 Virtual Console games, the generation 6 event is the only one legal in Battle Spot.

Nidoqueen

Move: Sucker Punch
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Horn Drill
Other Notes: This move was obtained via catching a Nidoran-Female in Dream World.

Raichu, Alolan Raichu, and Pikachu

Move: Endeavor
Generation: 4, 6
Illegal Abilities:
Relevant Illegal Moves: Extreme Speed, Nasty Plot, Surf, Yawn
Other Notes: Generation 4 Endeavor Pikachu must be shiny and have the Static Ability, and Encore and Fake Out are illegal with these. Generation 6 Pikachu can not be shiny, but has access to Fake Out, Encore, and Lighting Rod.

Move: Extreme Speed
Generation: 5
Illegal Abilities: Lighting Rod
Relevant Illegal Moves: Endeavor, Encore, Nasty Plot, Surf, Yawn
Other Notes: This Pikachu is only obtainable in Japanese Black and White games.

Move: Surf
Generation: 6, 7
Illegal Abilities: Lighting Rod
Relevant Illegal Moves: Endeavor, Encore, Extreme Speed, Nasty Plot, Yawn
Other Notes: While Surf is obtainable in every generation, Surf must be deleted in order to transfer it from previous generations.

Move: Yawn
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilities: Lighting Rod
Relevant Illegal Moves: Endeavor, Encore, Extreme Speed, Nasty Plot, Surf
Other Notes: This Pikachu is only obtainable on Japanese Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum games.

Raikou

Move: Aura Sphere
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilites: Inner Focus
Relevant Illegal Moves: Detect
Other Notes: This Raikou is nature locked to Rash, and must be shiny.

Move: Extreme Speed
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilites: Inner Focus
Relevant Illegal Moves: Detect
Other Notes: This Raikou is nature locked to Rash, and must be shiny.

Move: Weather Ball
Generation: 4
Illegal Abilites: Inner Focus
Relevant Illegal Moves: Detect
Other Notes: This Raikou is nature locked to Rash, and must be shiny.

Rayquaza

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: V-Create
Other Notes: Mega Rayquaza is unable to use Z-moves, and thus has no use for Celebrate.

Move: V-create
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Celebrate
Other Notes: This Rayquaza is only obtainable in Japanese Black and White games.

Shaymin and Shaymin-S

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 7

Suicune

Move: Extreme Speed
Generation: 4
Other Notes: This Suicune is nature locked to Relaxed, and must be shiny.

Venusaur and Bulbasaur

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 6
Illegal Abilities: Overgrow
Relevant Illegal Moves: Leaf Storm

Victini

Move: Blue Flare
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Celebrate, Fusion Bolt, Fusion Flare

Move: Bolt Strike
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Celebrate, Fusion Bolt, Fusion Flare

Move: Celebrate
Generation: 7
Relevant Illegal Moves: Blue Flare, Bolt Strile, Fusion Bolt, Fusion Flare, Glaciate

Move: Fusion Bolt
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Blue Flare, Bolt Strike, Celebrate, Glaciate

Move: Fusion Flare
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Blue Flare, Bolt Strike, Celebrate, Glaciate

Move: Glaciate
Generation: 5
Relevant Illegal Moves: Celebrate, Fusion Bolt, Fusion Flare

Move: V-create
Generation: 5, 6, 7
Relevant Illegal Moves:

Vileplume and Bellossom

Move: Leech Seed
Generation: 3
Illegal Abilities: Effect Spore
Relevant Illegal Moves: After You, Strength Sap
Other Notes: Vileplume must be hatched from an event Oddish Egg, meaning it must be in a Pokeball. The only relevant known legitmate natures are (NOTE: I gotta look these up, its a long, weird list lol). Vileplume can only get Moonblast if it is transfered as an Oddish or Gloom starting in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Zapdos

Ability: Static
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Baton Pass, Extrasensory, Metal Sound, Reflect
Other Notes: While Static Zapdos is obtainable via a generation 1 Virtual Console transfer, this event is the only way to obtain one that's useable in Battle Spot.

Zekrom

Move: Haze
Generation: 5
Other Notes: This Zekrom is only obtainable in Pokemon Black.

Zoroark

Move: Sludge Bomb
Generation: 6
Relevant Illegal Moves: Detect, Fake Tears, Memento


Generation 2 Events

Unlike other events, since these moves were given out on generation 2 cartridges, they are unable to be transfered to higher generations.

Azumarill

Move: Hydro Pump
Relevant Illegal Moves: Perish Song

Blastoise

Move: Zap Cannon

Delibird

Move: Spikes
Relevant Illegal Moves: Rapid Spin

Donphan

Move: Encore
Relevant Illegal Moves: Body Slam

Eevee Family (Espeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Vaporeon)

Move: Growth

Feraligatr

Move: Submission
Relevant Illegal Moves: Crunch

Golduck

Move: Petal Dance
Relevant Illegal Moves: Cross Chop, Hypnosis

Meganium

Move: Petal Dance
Relevat Illegal Moves: Swords Dance, Leech Seed

Misdreavus

Move: Hypnosis
Other Notes: Hypnosis is banned with Perish Song in GSC OU.

Nidoking

Move: Lovely Kiss
Relevant Illegal Moves: Morning Sun
Other Notes: Counter requires a tradeback.

Move: Morning Sun
Relevant Illegal Moves: Counter, Lovely Kiss
Other Notes:

Nidoqueen

Move: Lovely Kiss
Relevant Illegal Moves: Moonlight
Other Notes: Counter requires a tradeback.

Move: Morning Sun
Relevant Illegal Moves: Counter, Lovely Kiss

Kingdra

Move: Haze

Pikachu and Raichu

Move: Sing
Other Notes: In order to learn Surf, Pikachu must be transfered to a generation 1 game. In the Japanese Pokemon Stadium, Pikachu Cup must be cleared while in the player's party. In the international Pokemon Stadium, Round 2 of Prime Cup must be cleared with Pikachu in the final battle, and no rental Pokemon can be used.

Politoed

Move: Lovely Kiss
Other Notes: Politoed must learn Belly Drum before it evolves from Poliwhirl.

Poliwrath

Move: Lovely Kiss
Other Notes: Poliwrath must learn Belly Drum before it evolves from Poliwhirl

Quagsire

Move: Belly Drum

Seaking

Move: Swords Dance

Snorlax

Move: Lovely Kiss

Tangela

Move: Leech Seed
Relevant Illegal Moves: Reflect

Vileplume and Bellossom

Move: Leech Seed
 
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Alright, this is ready for Quality Control checking now! Over 2 weeks is much better than over 2 years :P.

I don't need to highlight NEARLY as many people here, since I was able to check most analyses for these Pokemon! So I'll be highlight two kinds of people:

Wifi folks who know event stuff: Blueforce Lego shiny finder

GSC QC people since some of those analyses seem really out of date, and I'm not sure how "right" they are: Earthworm Fear Conflict FriendOfMrGolem120 neomon Lavos BKC

This thread is gonna work a lot like the generation exclusive move legality article. For those of you that don't know what that is, here's the big idea!

This article is trying to cover all move legality stuff with event moves, as long as they are SLIGHTLY competitively relevant.

By slighty, this can get sorta extreme. To use some examples of how far this has gone for this article in particular:

-Delibird is mentioned in the GSC section just because the analysis mentioned it could be used as a UU Spiker, Spikes is an event move, and its illegal with Rapid Spin.

-Hypnosis Misdreavious is mentioned for GSC, specfically so in the Other Notes part, I can mention that its banned with Perish Song.

-Extreme Speed is mentioned on Suicune because some AV Suicunes use that in Battle Spot Specials.

-Moonblast and Play Rough Jirachi are mentioned because I remember some people considered using it in the Doubles Legendary Only battle spot special to hit Yveltal harder on the switch with Xerneas support, but decided not to because its illegal with Follow Me.

So in additon to actually good competitive moves, this article aims to mention one that are even other options material, or are "too good to be true", and are illegal with important moves.

Also, note that some sections are blank on Pokemon. This is because a lot of these Pokemon are going to have charts that show all their event moves, so the blank sections are just to be conistent with the chart!

Also one more thing: Something I'm unsure about is how regional local events work for generations 4 and 5. I know in Gens 6-7, local events are USUALLY redeemable on any game (big exception is Happy Hour JirachI), but I'm not sure how those work with gens 4 and 5, which is important for the other notes section. Anyone know how they work?
 

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Also one more thing: Something I'm unsure about is how regional local events work for generations 4 and 5. I know in Gens 6-7, local events are USUALLY redeemable on any game (big exception is Happy Hour JirachI), but I'm not sure how those work with gens 4 and 5, which is important for the other notes section. Anyone know how they work?
Much better timing indeed :P Thanks Tmon, I'll peruse later. To answer this quoted bit tho, I believe gen 4/5 were language locked. I.e. It took a JPN cart to get a JPN event, ENG to get ENG, etc. And since there wasn't a language select built into the carts back in the day, this is essentially synonymous with a region lock. Might have my technicalities swapped, but someone will correct me if so ;) Relevant thread
 

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What about the Gen 1 event moves? This includes things like Surf and Fly Pikachu, Pay Day Rapidash, and Dragon Rage Magikarp. Granted apart from pikachu almost none were competitively relevant.

For GSC you're missing the Petal Dance learners (psyduck, chikorita, meowth maybe others). Also Encore Donphan.
 

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What about the Gen 1 event moves? This includes things like Surf and Fly Pikachu, Pay Day Rapidash, and Dragon Rage Magikarp. Granted apart from pikachu almost none were competitively relevant.

For GSC you're missing the Petal Dance learners (psyduck, chikorita, meowth maybe others). Also Encore Donphan.
Major reason I didn't include gen 1 event moves was because the big relevant one (Surf Pikachu) is also a Pokemon Stadium tutor move. Granted, the way you get it in both the Japanese and International versions is almost as convoluted as one of those ancient Pokemon cheat codes, so if you think I should include that, let me know!

I added Donphan, Meganium and Psyduck, but according to Bulbapedia, Meowth actually gets it in gen 3, is that relevant there?

Also on a side note, looking up Phanpy made me realize I forgot to mention Cacturne lol

Anyways for shiny finder , here's a change log!

Added for multigen:

Encore Cacturne (needs legal natures, I'll look that up tonight and edit that here, along with Vileplume / Bellossom)
Regional Legalities for Follow Me Blastoise, Follow Me Jirachi, Yawn Pikachu, Extreme Speed Pikachu, V-create Rayquaza

Added for Gen 2:

Petal Dance Meganium and Petal Dance Golduck
Encore Donphan
 

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Encore Cacturne (needs legal natures, I'll look that up tonight and edit that here, along with Vileplume / Bellossom)
And I'm back. I can't speak for what's (remotely) competitive, so I can only really fact check here. Finishing off this quoted bit aside,
  • May or may not be worth putting (or even correct lol), but I think the Celebrate Gen 1 starters are Male locked.
  • Heart Stamp Jirachi event also gets Play Rough, so the two are legal together.
  • Think Mewtwo is Timid locked.
  • Assuming we're thinking of the same event, I think the Gen 4 Endeavor Pika (really, Pichu) is Jolly. Also, would it not be possible to import the Endeavor Gen 4 Pichu as such into Gen 7 to get Nasty Plot as a level up move?
  • Nitpick, but you list Vileplume and Bellossom on the same entry, but only include the info for Vileplume (i.e. illegal ability). Keeping with this entry, After You is also a USUM move tutor so I think it could be legal.
  • Which Leech Seed Tangela event are you referring to? I couldn't find that one.
  • Are you sure those Wish events are legit? I know they are uploaded and ripped from an actual mon, but I'm not sure of their original source (if you're not sure, could always just take out the word legit).
  • Not sure if Espeed Zigzagoon (Gen 3) or Linoone (Gen 6) is worth including since it's now a USUM egg move, but I know that event was coveted for a while.
Sorry if some of those are incorrect (I think they're right, but it was a lot to look over lol), but worth double-checking/considering at least. Either way, nice work Tmon. Thanks for the compilation.
 

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Any plan on mentioning Wish Bagon? Not sure how viable is but I'd say it at least qualifies for "remotely." The major illegality is Dragon Dance, and there's Hydro Pump too.
 

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