Chatter (move)

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おしゃべり Chatter
Chatter V.png
Type  Flying
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  65
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
  • Is a sound-based move
  • Usable outside of battle
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone but the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
+3 if lowest number of points in that turn
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Brings down the energy of any Pokémon that have already used a move this turn.

Chatter (Japanese: おしゃべり Chatter) is a damage-dealing Flying-type move introduced in Generation IV. It is the signature move of Chatot.


In battle

Generation IV

Chatter inflicts damage and may confuse the target. If the move has recorded audio from its field move functionality, that audio will play for the move's sound effect instead of Chatot's regular cry.

If Chatter has no audio data (as is the case for wild and NPC-owned Chatot), the chance of confusion is 1%. Otherwise, the chance of confusing the foe is determined by the volume of the recording.

Generally, the higher the volume of the recording is, the higher the chance of confusion. The recording is stored as a 1000-byte structure within the game as a 4-bit PCM (pulse code modulation) recording. When a sound is recorded, 1984 8-bit samples of microphone input are taken at roughly 2000 samples per second. 16 zero bytes are appended onto the end of this recording to create a 2000 byte 8-bit PCM recording, which is then downsized to a 4-bit PCM recording via a translation table:

8-bit -128 -127 - -112 -111 - -96 -95 - -80 -79 - -64 -63 - -48 -47 - -32 -31 - -16 -15 - 15 16 - 31 32 - 47 48 - 63 64 - 79 80 - 95 96 - 111 112 - 127
4-bit 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

To pack two 4-bit samples into a byte, the first sample takes up the lower four bits and the second sample takes up the upper 4 bits. Now, depending on the value of the 16th byte in the 1000-byte 4-bit PCM recording (corresponding to the 31st and 32nd samples from the original), the chance of confusion is as follows:

Value Volume Confusion odds
-31 or less Medium 11%
-30 to 29 Low 1%
30 or more High 31%

The volume level roughly corresponding to the specific values are given in the table. Note that since the sample is near the beginning of the recording, it is not necessary to maintain a high volume throughout the recording.

The odds of confusion are not affected by Serene Grace, but are affected by Shield Dust.

Generation V

Chatter can hit non-adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.

If Chatter has no audio data, the chance of confusion is now 0%.

Generation V games record 8000 8-bit samples at 8000 samples per second for its recordings, and convert every fourth sample taken from these, starting with the first sample, to the 1000-byte 4-bit PCM recording in the same manner as that of Generation IV. However, instead of one byte determining the confusion odds, the exclusive or of three bytes, the 100th, 500th, and 700th bytes (corresponding to the 397th, 401st, 1997th, 2001st, 2797th and 2801st samples of the original recording), are taken. The odds of confusion are calculated as follows:

Value Volume Confusion odds
99 or less Medium 10%
100 to 149 Low 0%
150 or more High 10%

Thus, it is necessary to maintain medium or high volume in roughly the first quarter-second for the maximum odds of confusion. The confusion odds are affected by Shield Dust, Serene Grace, Sheer Force, and the combined effect of Water Pledge and Fire Pledge.

Generation VI

Chatter's power was changed from 60 to 65. From this generation onward, sound can no longer be recorded. Instead, the move will always confuse the target. Despite no longer being able to record sound, Chatter still cannot be copied by Sketch.

Outside of battle

In Generations IV and V, Chatter can be used as a field move to record audio using the Nintendo DS's microphone. This audio will then play as Chatot's cry, as well as when Chatot uses Chatter. Audio recorded for Chatter gets distorted, possibly as a failsafe to prevent inappropriate language from being played back.

If Chatot is deposited in the PC, the recorded audio is reset to Chatot's default cry.


Games Description
DPPtHGSS The user attacks using a sound wave based on words it has learned. It may also confuse the foe.
BWB2W2 The user attacks using a sound wave based on words it has learned. It may also confuse the target.
XY The user attacks using a sound wave based on words it has learned. This confuses the target.
ORAS The user attacks the target with sound waves of deafening chatter. This confuses the target.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying 21 21 1, 21
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Chatter IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast


  • Chatter is the one of only three moves that cannot be Sketched, presumably because, as a field move, if used by a Pokémon other than Chatot, it does not temporarily change the battle cry of the respective Pokémon to the recorded version even if audio is recorded. This is because recording audio via Chatter activates a Pokémon's alternative cry, where Chatot's alternative cry exclusively depends on what was recorded when the Chatter field move is used; however, Chatter still remains not Sketchable even in Generation VI, where vocals cannot be recorded.
    • This makes it one of the only two true signature moves, the other one being Sketch itself. The only other moves which can't be Sketched are Struggle and Shadow moves, which cannot be learned naturally.
  • Prior to the Wi-Fi shutdown, Chatot was banned from the Pokémon Global Battle Union because of Chatter being used to record vulgar words.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 喋喋不休‎ Diédié-bùxiū
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kwetter
France Flag.png French Babil
Germany Flag.png German Geschwätz
Greece Flag.png Greek Τιτιβισμός
Italy Flag.png Italian Schiamazzo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 수다 Suda
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Tagarelar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cháchara

Variations of the move Aurora Beam
Physical SparkLow Sweep
Special Aurora BeamBubble BeamSludgePsybeamChatter

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