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In the games, there will occasionally be a Pokémon that knows a move it cannot know when owned by the player. It is unknown whether most of these are actual mistakes on the part of the developers.

Pokémon with unobtainable movesets in the core games

Unobtainable for the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
149Dragonite.png Lance's Dragonite Barrier Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue
Pokémon Red and Blue
Lance's Dragonite knows Barrier in all Generation I games except Pokémon Yellow, although Dragonite could not know this move until Generation VI, in which a Dragonite based on Lance's that knows Barrier was distributed.
Lance Dragonite Barrier RGB.png
080Slowbro.png Juggler's Slowbro Metronome Pokémon Stadium Fuchsia Gym's Juggler's Slowbro knows Metronome in the Round 1 battle, although Slowbro cannot know this move.
142Aerodactyl.png Lance's Aerodactyl Rock Slide Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Lance's Aerodactyl knows Rock Slide in the Generation II games, although Aerodactyl could not know this move until Generation III.
Lance Aerodactyl Rock Slide GSC.png
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317Swalot.png
Chaser Emok's Gulpin and Swalot Thief Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Town, in the first and second battles, Emok's Gulpin knows Thief, although Gulpin cannot know this move. Similarly, in the third battle, Emok's Swalot knows Thief although Swalot cannot know this move.
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285Shroomish.png
Hunter Maiz's Koffing, Kirlia, and Shroomish Pound Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Maiz's Koffing, Kirlia, and Shroomish know Pound, although they cannot know this move.
270Lotad.png Bandana Guy Noxy's Lotad Fake Out Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Noxy's Lotad knows Fake Out, although Lotad cannot know this move. However, its evolution, Lombre, can.
271Lombre.png Hunter Zalo's Lombre Fury Attack Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave, Zalo's Lombre knows Fury Attack, although Lombre cannot know this move.
263Zigzagoon.png Hunter Meli's Zigzagoon Fury Swipes Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave, Meli's Zigzagoon knows Fury Swipes, although Zigzagoon cannot know this move. However, its evolution, Linoone, can.
089Muk.png Cooltrainer Cruik's Muk Shadow Ball Pokémon Colosseum In Mt. Battle Area 10 in Battle Mode Singles as well as in Battle Now, Cruik's Muk knows Shadow Ball, although Muk cannot learn this move until Generation IV.
227Skarmory.png Gonzap's Skarmory Hyper Beam Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Snagem Hideout, Gonzap's Skarmory knows Hyper Beam, although Skarmory cannot know this move.
171Lanturn.png Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn Earthquake Pokémon Emerald In Pokémon Emerald's Victory Road, Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn knows Earthquake, although Lanturn cannot know this move.
Cooltrainer Lanturn Earthquake E.png
046Paras.png Battle Sims Paras Sleep Powder Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In the "Healing status conditions" Battle Sim, the opposing Trainer's Paras knows Sleep Powder, although Paras cannot know this move. Battle Sims Paras Sleep Powder XD.png
242Blissey.png Battle CD 05 Blissey Reflect Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Battle CD 05, the player's Pokémon is a Blissey that knows Reflect. Blissey could only learn Reflect by teaching it to Chansey in a Generation I game and evolving it in a Generation II game. However, since it cannot be transferred to Generation III, Blissey cannot learn Reflect in XD. Battle CD 05 Blissey Reflect XD.png
068Machamp.png Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 07, the player's Pokémon is a Machamp that knows Swords Dance, although Machamp cannot know this move. Battle CD 07 Machamp Swords Dance XD.png
347Anorith.png Battle CD 38 Anorith Waterfall Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 38, one of Sim Trainer Burg's Pokémon is an Anorith that knows Waterfall, although Anorith cannot know this move.
158Totodile.png Battle Hall Totodile Brine Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Totodile in the Battle Hall know Brine,[1] although Totodile cannot know this move. Battle Hall Totodile Brine PtHGSS.png
315Roselia.png Battle Hall Roselia Sludge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Roselia in the Battle Hall know Sludge,[1] although Roselia cannot know this move. Battle Hall Roselia Sludge PtHGSS.png
347Anorith.png Battle Hall Anorith Stone Edge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Anorith in the Battle Hall know Stone Edge,[1] although Anorith cannot know this move. Battle Hall Anorith Stone Edge PtHGSS.png
413Wormadam-Sandy.png School Kid Ann's Wormadam Leaf Storm Pokémon Black and White On Unova Route 12 in Pokémon Black and White, School Kid Ann's Sandy Cloak Wormadam knows the move Leaf Storm, although Sandy Cloak Wormadam cannot know this move, only Plant Cloak Wormadam can; it should instead know Fissure. School Kid Ann Sandy Wormadam Leaf Storm BW.png
146Moltres.png En's Moltres Leer Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the downloadable The Legendary Rotation Battle! for PWT, En's Moltres knows Leer, although Moltres can only learn this move in Generation I (which cannot be transferred to Generation V). Rotation Battle Tournament En Moltres Leer B2W2.png
376Metagross.png Abel's Metagross Ice Beam Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the downloadable 2012: Masters Division Challenge for PWT, Abel's Metagross, due to an error, knows the illegal move Ice Beam. This error existed in the initial distribution of the tournament, which lasted from November 18 to 20, 2012, when the tournament was replaced with an updated version in which Metagross knows the correct move, Ice Punch.

This has been officially confirmed as an error, due to being based on a real-world Trainer.

2012 Masters Division Challenge Abel Metagross Ice Beam B2W2.png

Unobtainable combinations of moves

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
009Blastoise.png Psychic Mason's Blastoise Mirror Coat and Haze Pokémon Stadium 2 Psychic Mason, the eighth Trainer in the Poké Cup Ultra Ball R-2, has a Blastoise that knows both Mirror Coat and Haze. While Blastoise can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Blastoise can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Water 1 Egg Group and Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Blastoise family, that can learn Mirror Coat is Corsola, which cannot learn Haze.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

102Exeggcute.png Youngster Bernie's Exeggcute Mega Drain and AncientPower Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup R-2 has an Exeggcute that knows both Mega Drain and AncientPower. While Exeggcute can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Exeggcute can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but there were no Pokémon in the Grass Egg Group that could know both of these moves at the same time.
028Sandslash.png Chuck's Sandslash Metal Claw and Rock Slide Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 Battle, Chuck has a Sandslash that knows both Metal Claw and Rock Slide. While Sandslash can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Sandslash can only learn the Generation II move Metal Claw as an Egg Move in Pokémon Crystal, whereas it can only learn Rock Slide as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutors for Rock Slide in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (as well as the TM for Rock Slide from Generation IV onward) and Sandslash maintaining Metal Claw as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

073Tentacruel.png Pryce's Tentacruel Mirror Coat and Reflect Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 Battle, Pryce has a Tentacruel that knows both Mirror Coat and Reflect. While Tentacruel can know both of these moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Tentacruel can only learn the Generation II move Mirror Coat as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Reflect as a Generation I TM.
026Raichu.png Lt. Surge's Raichu Surf and Reversal Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 battle, Lt. Surge has a Raichu that knows both Surf and Reversal. While Raichu can know both of these moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Raichu can only learn the Generation II move Reversal as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Surf as a Move Tutor move as a Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium (Japanese) or international versions of Pokémon Stadium (English).
030Nidorina.png Twins Min and Lyn's Nidorina Charm and Body Slam Pokémon Stadium 2 Twins Min and Lyn, the second opponents in the Azalea Gym R-2, have a Nidorina that knows both Charm and Body Slam. While Nidorina can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Nidorina can only learn the Generation II move Charm as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Body Slam as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Body Slam in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Nidorina maintaining Charm as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

036Clefable.png Boarder Claude's Clefable Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick Pokémon Stadium 2 Boarder Claude, the seventh opponent in the Poké Cup Poké Ball R-2, has a Clefable that knows Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick. While Clefable can know all three of these moves individually, it could not know all three simultaneously at the time. Clefable can only learn the Generation II move Charm as a Cleffa, whereas it can only learn Mega Punch and Mega Kick as Generation I TMs.

Due to the Move Tutors for Mega Punch and Mega Kick in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Cleffa maintaining Charm as a level-up move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

103Exeggutor.png Bruno's Exeggutor AncientPower and Explosion Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 battle, Bruno has an Exeggutor that knows both AncientPower and Explosion. While Exeggutor can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Exeggutor can only learn the Generation II move AncientPower as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Explosion as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutors for Explosion in FireRed and LeafGreen (as well as the TM for Explosion from Generation IV onward) and Exeggutor maintaining AncientPower as an Egg Move (as well as the Move Tutor for AncientPower in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver), this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

198Murkrow.png St. Performer Shuf's Murkrow Confuse Ray and Perish Song Pokémon Colosseum In Under Colosseum in the Story Mode, Shuf has a Murkrow that knows both Confuse Ray and Perish Song. While Murkrow can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Murkrow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but there were no Pokémon in the Flying Egg Group that could know both of these moves at the same time.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

068Machamp.png Bodybuilder Okona's Machamp Encore and Rolling Kick Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Quick Battle, Okona has a Machamp that knows both Encore and Rolling Kick. While Machamp can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Machamp can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but there were no Pokémon in the Human-Like Egg Group that could know both of these moves at the same time.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

021Spearow.png Battle Hall Spearow Quick Attack and Scary Face Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver All Spearow in the Battle Hall know both Quick Attack and Scary Face. While Spearow can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Spearow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than Spearow or Fearow, that can learn Scary Face is Aerodactyl, which cannot learn Quick Attack.

Due to Archen and Archeops, Pokémon in the Flying Egg Group that can be male, learning both Quick Attack and Scary Face by level-up in Generation V, this combination is possible from Generation V onward.

096Drowzee.png Drowzee Assist and Barrier Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Battle Frontier opponents, except in the Battle Hall, may use a Drowzee that knows both Assist and Barrier. While Drowzee can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Drowzee can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than Drowzee or Hypno, that can learn Assist are Spinda and the Chimchar family, which cannot learn Barrier.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

207Gligar.png Gligar Sand Tomb and Metal Claw Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Battle Frontier opponents, except in the Battle Hall, may use a Gligar that knows both Sand Tomb and Metal Claw. While Gligar can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Gligar can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than Gligar or Gliscor, that can learn Metal Claw are Scizor, the Nincada family and the Paras family, which cannot learn Sand Tomb.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

115Kangaskhan.png Kangaskhan Double-Edge and Circle Throw Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Battle Subway opponents may use a Kangaskhan that knows both Double-Edge and Circle Throw. While Kangaskhan can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Kangaskhan can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than Kangaskhan, that can learn Circle Throw are the Whismur family, which cannot know both Double-Edge and Circle Throw simultaneously; the Whismur family can only learn Circle Throw as an Egg Move from Generation V onward, whereas they can only learn Double-Edge from a Generation III Move Tutor.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible for Kangaskhan in Generation VI.

576Gothitelle.png Gothitelle Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Battle Subway opponents may use a Gothitelle that knows both Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye. While Gothitelle can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Gothitelle can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Gothitelle family, that can learn Mirror Coat is Lopunny, which cannot learn Miracle Eye.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

047Parasect.png Walter's Parasect Bullet Seed and Leech Seed Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Walter, an opponent in the Bug Type Expert Tournament, has a Parasect that knows both Bullet Seed and Leech Seed. While Parasect can know both of these moves individually, it cannot know both simultaneously. Parasect can only learn Leech Seed as an Egg Move from Generation V onward, whereas it can only learn Bullet Seed as a Generation III or IV TM.
169Crobat.png Janine's Crobat Hypnosis and Brave Bird Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments, Janine has a Crobat that knows both Hypnosis and Brave Bird. While Crobat can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Crobat can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Crobat family, that can learn Hypnosis are the Hoothoot family, Sigilyph, and the Pidove family, which cannot learn Brave Bird.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

306Aggron.png Byron's Aggron Head Smash and Dragon Rush Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments, Byron has an Aggron that knows both Head Smash and Dragon Rush. While Aggron can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Aggron can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Aggron family, that can learn Dragon Rush are the Charmander family, the Gible family and the Rhyhorn family, which cannot learn Head Smash.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

357Tropius.png Winona's Tropius Leaf Blade and Curse Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the The Battle Between Legendary Pokémon, Winona has a Tropius that knows both Leaf Blade and Curse. While Tropius can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Tropius can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Plant and Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than Tropius, that can learn Leaf Blade are Victreebel, Bellossom, Grovyle and Sceptile, and the Snivy family, which cannot learn Curse.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

617Accelgor.png Burgh's Accelgor Guard Split and Spikes Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 In the Unova Leaders Tournament, Burgh has an Accelgor that knows both Guard Split and Spikes. While Accelgor can know both of these moves individually, it could not know both simultaneously at the time. Accelgor can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than Shelmet or Accelgor, that can learn Guard Split is Shuckle, which cannot learn Spikes.

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves in Generation VI, this combination is possible in Generation VI.

Moves known at an early level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
130Gyarados.png Pika Cup Rental Gyarados Hydro Pump, Leer, and Bite Pokémon Stadium The rental Gyarados available for the Pika Cup knows Hydro Pump, Leer, and Bite at level 15. Although Gyarados can learn these moves at level 1 in Red, Green, and Blue, it can only be obtained at level 15 in Yellow or in Generation II, where it learns these moves at a later level. Since no Move Reminder exists in Red, Green, or Blue, it cannot be taught these moves.
221Piloswine.png Pryce's Piloswine Fury Attack Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pryce's Piloswine knows Fury Attack at level 31, although Piloswine doesn't learn this move until level 33. Swinub does not learn the move at all, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
Pryce Piloswine L31 Fury Attack GSC.png
100Voltorb.png Little Cup Rental Voltorb Mirror Coat Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Voltorb available for the Little Cup knows Mirror Coat at level 5, although Voltorb doesn't learn this move until level 41. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
100Voltorb.png Youngster Bernie's Voltorb Mirror Coat Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Voltorb that knows Mirror Coat at level 5, although Voltorb doesn't learn this move until level 41. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
081Magnemite.png Little Cup Rental Magnemite Supersonic and Lock-On Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Magnemite available for the Little Cup knows Supersonic and Lock-On at level 5, although Magnemite doesn't learn these moves until level 11 (29 in Generation I) and level 27, respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
081Magnemite.png PokéFan Janet's Magnemite Lock-On Pokémon Stadium 2 PokéFan Janet, the fourth Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Magnemite that knows Lock-On at level 5, although Magnemite doesn't learn this move until level 27. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
137Porygon.png Little Cup Rental Porygon Sharpen Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Porygon available for the Little Cup knows Sharpen at level 5, although Porygon doesn't learn this move until level 24 in Generation II. While it can learn this move at level 1 in Generation I, it cannot be taught to a low enough level Porygon because no Move Reminder exists in Generation I. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
137Porygon.png Poké Fan Rex's Porygon Recover Pokémon Stadium 2 Poké Fan Rex, the eighth Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Porygon that knows Recover at level 5, although Porygon doesn't learn this move until level 20 in Generation II (28 in Generation I). It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
275Shiftry.png Sidney's Shiftry Extrasensory Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Sidney's Shiftry knows Extrasensory at level 48, although Shiftry doesn't learn this move until level 49 as a Nuzleaf. Seedot cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
Sidney Shiftry L48 Extrasensory RSE.png
334Altaria.png Winona's Altaria Dragon Dance Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald During the initial battle, Winona's Altaria knows Dragon Dance at level 33, although Altaria doesn't learn this move until level 40. Swablu cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
Winona Altaria L33 Dragon Dance RSE.png
271Lombre.png Bandana Guy Noxy's and Hunter Valen's Lombre Uproar Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, the Lombre owned by Bandana Guy Noxy and Hunter Valen each know Uproar at level 34 and level 37 respectively, although Lombre doesn't learn this move until level 43. Lotad cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
343Baltoy.png Cipher Peon Kass's and Hunter Drovic's Baltoy Cosmic Power Pokémon Colosseum In the Relic Cave and in Mt. Battle during the Cipher invasion, the Baltoy owned by Cipher Peon Kass and Hunter Drovic each know Cosmic Power at level 35 and level 36 respectively, although Baltoy doesn't learn this move until level 37. Baltoy cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because it is a genderless Pokémon.
264Linoone.png Hunter Meli's Linoone Slash Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Meli's Linoone knows Slash at level 39, although Linoone doesn't learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
259Marshtomp.png Dakim's Marshtomp Muddy Water Pokémon Colosseum During the first battle, Dakim's Marshtomp knows Muddy Water at level 36, although Marshtomp doesn't learn this move until level 37. Mudkip cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
284Masquerain.png Cipher Peon Dioge's Masquerain Silver Wind Pokémon Colosseum At Realgam Tower during the first battle, Dioge's Masquerain knows Silver Wind at level 42, although Masquerain doesn't learn this move until level 47. Surskit cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
284Masquerain.png Bodybuilder Lona's Masquerain Stun Spore and Whirlwind Pokémon Colosseum In The Under during the first battle, Lona's Masquerain knows Stun Spore and Whirlwind at level 39, although Masquerain doesn't learn these moves until level 40 and level 53 respectively. Surskit cannot learn these moves, which means it cannot know them at a lower level due to breeding.
284Masquerain.png Cipher Peon Nore's Masquerain Whirlwind Pokémon Colosseum At the Snagem Hideout during the rematch, Nore's Masquerain knows Whirlwind at level 52, although Masquerain doesn't learn this move until level 53. Surskit cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
082Magneton.png Chaser Trus's Magneton Zap Cannon and Tri Attack Pokémon Colosseum Trus's Magneton knows Tri Attack and Zap Cannon at level 40, although Magneton doesn't learn these moves until level 44 and level 62 respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.
375Metang.png Hunter Aline's and Cipher Peon Petro's Metang Iron Defense Pokémon Colosseum Aline's and Petro's Metang know Iron Defense at level 39, although Metang doesn't learn this move until level 44. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move until Generation IV.
375Metang.png Hunter Zalo's Metang Meteor Mash Pokémon Colosseum During the rematch, Zalo's Metang knows Meteor Mash at level 39, although Metang doesn't learn this move until level 50. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move.
040Wigglytuff.png Bodybuilder Givern's Wigglytuff Hyper Voice Pokémon Colosseum Givern's Wigglytuff knows Hyper Voice at level 43, although Wigglytuff doesn't learn this move until level 44 as a Jigglypuff. Igglybuff cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
264Linoone.png Norman's Linoone Slash Pokémon Emerald Norman's Linoone knows Slash at level 29, although Linoone doesn't learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
144Articuno.png Cooltrainer Noxon's Articuno Sheer Cold Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness Noxon's Articuno knows Sheer Cold at level 64, although Articuno doesn't learn this move until level 85. It cannot know it at a lower level due to it being a legendary Pokémon.
509Purrloin.png Bianca's Purrloin Growl Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 During the capture tutorial, Bianca captures a wild Purrloin that knows Growl at level 2, although Purrloin doesn't learn this move until level 3. Tutorial Purrloin L2 Growl B2W2.png
615Cryogonal.png Wulfric's Cryogonal Confuse Ray Pokémon X and Y In the first rematch in the Battle Chateau, Wulfric's Cryogonal knows Confuse Ray at level 40, although Cryogonal doesn't learn this move until level 45. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding since it is a genderless Pokémon.

Unobtainable combinations of moves for the current level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes
066Machop.png Youngster Bernie's Machop Vital Throw and Counter Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup Round 2, has a level 5 Machop that knows both Vital Throw and Counter. While Machop can know both of these moves simultaneously if it is taught Counter as a TM in Generation I and transferred forward to Generation II to learn Vital Throw at level 31, this combination is impossible at level 5 because the only way Machop would be able to know Vital Throw at level 5 is by breeding, and Generation II moves cannot be traded back to Generation I for it to then learn Counter by TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Counter in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Machop maintaining Vital Throw as level-up move, this combination is possible at level 5 from Generation III onward.

Unobtainable until a later game in the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
450Hippowdon.png Veteran Brenden's Hippowdon Dig Pokémon Platinum In Victory Road after collecting the National Pokédex, Brenden's Hippowdon knows Dig. While Hippowdon could not know this move at the time Pokémon Platinum was released, it can learn it in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver (which was released later) then be traded to Pokémon Platinum.

Moves known at an early level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
284Masquerain.png Viola's Masquerain Air Slash Pokémon X and Y In the first rematch in the Battle Chateau, Viola's Masquerain knows Air Slash at level 40. While Masquerain doesn't learn this move until level 47 in Pokémon X and Y and Surskit cannot learn this move (so it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding), it can learn it at level 38 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (which was released later) then be traded to Pokémon X and Y.

Errors in promotional material

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
282Gardevoir.png Gardevoir Fairy Wind Pokémon X and Y In the E3 trailer for Pokémon X and Y, Gardevoir used Fairy Wind, although Gardevoir cannot know this move in the released version of the game. XY Prerelease Gardevoir Fairy Wind.png
131Lapras.png Lapras Scald Pokémon X and Y In the banner of Summer 2013 World Hobby Fair for Pokémon X and Y promotion, Lapras was seen using Scald, although Lapras cannot know this move in the released version of the game. XY Prerelease Lapras Scald.png
257Blaziken-Mega.png Mega Blaziken Ice Punch Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire In pre-release screenshots for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire posted on the official Pokémon website, Mega Blaziken used Ice Punch, although Blaziken cannot know this move in the released version of the game. As a result, the official Japanese Pokémon site posted an apology and the images were removed. ORAS Prerelease Mega Blaziken Ice Punch.png

Discrepancies in spin-off games

In spin-off games, sometimes Pokémon will know moves they wouldn't be able to know in the core games.

Super Smash Bros. series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
118Goldeen.png Goldeen Splash Super Smash Bros. series In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Goldeen that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Splash, although Goldeen cannot know this move in any game. Goldeen SSBB.png
172Pichu.png Pichu Skull Bash and Agility Super Smash Bros. Melee In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pichu's side special is Skull Bash and its up special is Agility, although Pichu cannot know these moves in any game. Pichu Skull Bash Melee.png
201Unown.png Unown Take Down Super Smash Bros. Melee In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Unown that may emerge from a Poké Ball use Take Down, although Unown cannot know this move in any game.
251Celebi.png Celebi Fly Super Smash Bros. Melee,
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Celebi that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Fly, although Celebi cannot know this move in any game. Celebi SSBB.png
384Rayquaza.png Rayquaza Dig Super Smash Bros. Brawl In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of Rayquaza's attacks is Dig, although Rayquaza cannot know this move in any game. Rayquaza Dig SSBB.png
385Jirachi.png Jirachi Fly Super Smash Bros. Brawl In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Jirachi that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Fly, although Jirachi cannot know this move in any game. Jirachi SSBB.png
438Bonsly.png Bonsly Tackle Super Smash Bros. Brawl In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Bonsly that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Tackle, although Bonsly cannot know this move in any game. Bonsly SSBB.png
495Snivy.png Snivy Razor Leaf Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Snivy that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Razor Leaf, although Snivy cannot know this move in any game. Snivy SSB4.png

Moves that were possible at one point in the core series games

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
025Pikachu.png Pikachu Skull Bash Super Smash Bros. Brawl,
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
From Super Smash Bros. Melee onward, Pikachu's side special is Skull Bash. Although Pikachu cannot learn this move in Generation III onward, it was available to teach Pikachu via TM40 in Generation I, making it a possible move at the release of Melee (during Generation II). Skull Bash SSBB.png
150Mewtwo.png Mewtwo Teleport Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U From its debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee onward, Mewtwo's up special is Teleport. Although Mewtwo cannot learn this move in Generation III onward, it was available to teach Mewtwo via TM30 in Generation I, making it a possible move at the release of Melee (during Generation II). None.png

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
094Gengar.png Team Meanies Gengar Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team When this Gengar being escorted through Mt. Freeze and Murky Cave with the player, it knows Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack—moves Gengar cannot know in any game—as well as the legitimate move Taunt. These moves are the first four level-up moves of Absol or Sneasel in these games, the former being a Pokémon that helps the player in the journey up Mt. Freeze after defeating Articuno for the first time in Frosty Forest. Gengar Quick Attack PMD RB.png

Pokémon Rumble series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
175Togepi.png Gift Togepi Draining Kiss Pokémon Rumble World A Togepi acquired via a password knows Draining Kiss, although Togepi cannot know this move in any game. Gift Togepi Draining Kiss Rumble World.png
656Froakie.png Gift Froakie Water Shuriken Pokémon Rumble World A Froakie acquired via a password knows Water Shuriken, although Froakie cannot know this move prior to evolving into Greninja in any game. Gift Froakie Water Shuriken Rumble World.png

Pokémon GO

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
039Jigglypuff.png Jigglypuff Play Rough Pokémon GO Jigglypuff can have Play Rough as a Special Attack, although Jigglypuff cannot know this move in the core series games before evolving into Wigglytuff. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Jigglypuff could know, but existing Jigglypuff with the move retain it. None.png
050Diglett.png Diglett Mud Shot Pokémon GO Diglett can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, although Diglett cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Diglett could know, but existing Diglett with the move retain it. None.png
051Dugtrio.png Dugtrio Mud Shot Pokémon GO Dugtrio can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, although Dugtrio cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Dugtrio could know, but existing Dugtrio with the move retain it. None.png
075Graveler.png Graveler Mud Shot Pokémon GO Graveler can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, although Graveler cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Graveler could know, but existing Graveler with the move retain it. None.png
076Golem.png Golem Mud Shot Pokémon GO Golem can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack, although Golem cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Golem could know, but existing Golem with the move retain it. None.png
088Grimer.png Grimer Acid Pokémon GO Grimer can have Acid as a Fast Attack, although Grimer cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Grimer could know, but existing Grimer with the move retain it. None.png
089Muk.png Muk Acid Pokémon GO Muk can have Acid as a Fast Attack, although Muk cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Muk could know, but existing Muk with the move retain it. None.png
106Hitmonlee.png Hitmonlee Stomp Pokémon GO Hitmonlee can have Stomp as a Special Attack, although Hitmonlee cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Hitmonlee could know, but existing Hitmonlee with the move retain it. None.png
109Koffing.png Koffing Acid Pokémon GO Koffing can have Acid as a Fast Attack, although Koffing cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Koffing could know, but existing Koffing with the move retain it. None.png
110Weezing.png Weezing Acid Pokémon GO Weezing can have Acid as a Fast Attack, although Weezing cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Weezing could know, but existing Weezing with the move retain it. None.png
113Chansey.png Chansey Psybeam Pokémon GO Chansey can have Psybeam as a Special Attack, although Chansey cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Chansey could know, but existing Chansey with the move retain it. None.png
120Staryu.png Staryu Quick Attack Pokémon GO Staryu can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, although Staryu cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Staryu could know, but existing Staryu with the move retain it. None.png
121Starmie.png Starmie Quick Attack Pokémon GO Starmie can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, although Starmie cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Starmie could know, but existing Starmie with the move retain it. None.png
121Starmie.png Starmie Psybeam Pokémon GO Starmie can have Psybeam as a Special Attack, although Starmie cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Starmie could know, but existing Starmie with the move retain it. None.png
132Ditto.png Ditto Pound Pokémon GO Ditto can have Pound as a Fast Attack, although Ditto cannot know this move in the core series games. None.png
137Porygon.png Porygon Quick Attack Pokémon GO Porygon can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, although Porygon cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Porygon could know, but existing Porygon with the move retain it. None.png
151Mew.png Mew Hurricane Pokémon GO Mew can have Hurricane as a Special Attack, although Mew cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Mew could know, but existing Mew with the move retain it. None.png
151Mew.png Mew Moonblast Pokémon GO Mew can have Moonblast as a Special Attack, although Mew cannot know this move in the core series games. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Mew could know, but existing Mew with the move retain it. None.png

Moves that were possible at one point in the core series games

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
086Seel.png Seel Water Gun Pokémon GO Seel can have Water Gun as a Special Attack. Although Seel cannot learn this move in Generation III onward, it was available to teach Seel via TM12 in Generation I. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Seel could know, but existing Seel with the move retain it. None.png
130Gyarados.png Gyarados Dragon Breath Pokémon GO Gyarados can have Dragon Breath as a Special Attack. Although Gyarados cannot learn this move in Generation III onward, it was available to teach Gyarados via TM24 in Generation II. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Gyarados could know, but existing Gyarados with the move retain it. None.png
139Omastar.png Omastar Rock Throw Pokémon GO Omastar can have Rock Throw as a Fast Attack. Although Omastar cannot learn this move in Generation III onward, it was available through an event in Generation II. As part of the August 20, 2016 server update, this move was removed from the list of moves Omastar could know, but existing Omastar with the move retain it. None.png

References

Move errors in various Pokémon canons
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