Surf (move)

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Surf
なみのり Surfing
Surf.png
Surf OW.png
Type  Water
Category  Special
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  90
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all Pokémon adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Affected by how well the appeal in front goes.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  2 ♥♥
Startles all of the Pokémon to act before the user.

Surf (Japanese: なみのり Surfing) is a damage-dealing Water-type move introduced in Generation I. It is HM03 in Generations I through VI and TM94 in Generation VII.

Effect

In battle

Generations I and II

Surf inflicts damage and has no secondary effect.

Generation III

Surf can hit a Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turn of Dive, and if it does, it will have its power doubled for that Pokémon.

In a Double Battle, Surf will hit both opposing Pokémon.

Generation IV

Surf will now hit all adjacent Pokémon, including allies.

Generation V

If Surf hits a Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turn of Dive, its damage dealt to that Pokémon will be doubled instead of its power (resulting in virtually the same effect).

In Triple Battles, Surf will hit all other adjacent Pokémon, including allies.

Generation VI

Surf's power changed from 95 to 90. Surf will also destroy stalagmites found in the background of battles.

Outside of battle

Surf can be used outside of battle to travel over bodies of water. When doing so, wild Pokémon may be encountered. Surfing is a very important mechanic of the games and usually must be used to complete the game, as all main series games to date except Pokémon Black and White have required Surf in order to reach the Pokémon League where the Elite Four reside.

The speed of Surfing has varied dramatically through games. In Generations I and II, the speed was at the same speed as walking. In Generation III, the speed was increased to running speed. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Surfing speed was reduced to walking speed again. The speed was returned to running speed in Pokémon Platinum.

When Surf is used outside of battle, the sprite of an aquatic Pokémon carrying the player on the water is shown. This sprite is generic, so the same sprite is used for every surfing Pokémon, regardless of the Pokémon's own menu sprite. These sprites change between generations. In Generation I, the sprite used is the one used to display all aquatic Pokémon, and resembles Seel and Dewgong. In Generation II, the sprite resembles a red Lapras (blue in Crystal if the player is a girl). In both Generations I and II, a Pikachu using Surf will display a surfing Pikachu sprite instead of the normal one. From Generation III onwards, the sprite is indistinguishable as a specific Pokémon, although some Pokémon have special overworld sprites in the Generation VI games. In the Generation VI games, surfing on Lapras specifically will show the player riding on Lapras instead of the usual generic shape. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Kyogre, Wailmer and Sharpedo all have their own surfing model; additionally, Kyogre moves faster and has a larger hitbox, while Sharpedo moves twice as fast as normal but prevents fishing.

In Generation VII, Surf cannot be used outside of battle, as its function has been given to the Ride Pokémon Lapras and Sharpedo.

Description

Games Description
Stad A Water-type attack. The power of this technique is strong and highly accurate.
Stad2 A Water-type attack. This move is strong and highly accurate.
GSC A strong water-type attack.
RSEColo.XD Creates a huge wave, then crashes it down on the foe.
FRLG A big wave crashes down on the foe. Can also be used for crossing water.
DPPtHGSS It swamps the entire battlefield with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.*
It swamps the entire battlefield with a giant wave. It can also be used to cross water.*
BWB2W2 It swamps the area around the user with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
XYORAS The user attacks everything around it by swamping its surroundings with a giant wave. This can also be used for crossing water.
SM The user attacks everything around it by swamping its surroundings with a giant wave.

Learnset

By TM/HM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
HM03
II
HM03
III
HM03
IV
HM03
V
HM03
VI
HM03
VII
TM94
007 Squirtle Squirtle
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
008 Wartortle Wartortle
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
009 Blastoise Blastoise
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
034 Nidoking Nidoking
PoisonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Field
054 Psyduck Psyduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
055 Golduck Golduck
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
060 Poliwag Poliwag
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
WaterIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
072 Tentacool Tentacool
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
079 Slowpoke Slowpoke
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
080 Slowbro Slowbro
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
086 Seel Seel
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
087 Dewgong Dewgong
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
090 Shellder Shellder
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
091 Cloyster Cloyster
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
098 Krabby Krabby
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
099 Kingler Kingler
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
108 Lickitung Lickitung
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
112 Rhydon Rhydon
GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
116 Horsea Horsea
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
117 Seadra Seadra
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
118 Goldeen Goldeen
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
119 Seaking Seaking
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
120 Staryu Staryu
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
121 Starmie Starmie
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
128 Tauros Tauros
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
130 Gyarados Gyarados
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 2 Dragon
131 Lapras Lapras
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
134 Vaporeon Vaporeon
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
138 Omanyte Omanyte
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
139 Omastar Omastar
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
140 Kabuto Kabuto
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
141 Kabutops Kabutops
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
143 Snorlax Snorlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
147 Dratini Dratini
DragonIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
148 Dragonair Dragonair
DragonIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
149 Dragonite Dragonite
DragonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Dragon
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
158 Totodile Totodile
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
159 Croconaw Croconaw
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
161 Sentret Sentret
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
162 Furret Furret
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
170 Chinchou Chinchou
WaterIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
171 Lanturn Lanturn
WaterIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
183 Marill Marill
WaterIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Water 1 Fairy
184 Azumarill Azumarill
WaterIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Water 1 Fairy
186 Politoed Politoed
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
194 Wooper Wooper
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
195 Quagsire Quagsire
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
199 Slowking Slowking
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
215 Sneasel Sneasel
DarkIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
223 Remoraid Remoraid
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 2
224 Octillery Octillery
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 2
226 Mantine Mantine
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
230 Kingdra Kingdra
WaterIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Water 1 Dragon
241 Miltank Miltank
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
245 Suicune Suicune
WaterIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar
RockIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Monster Monster
249 Lugia Lugia
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
258 Mudkip Mudkip
WaterIC Big.png Monster Water 1
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
260 Swampert Swampert
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
264 Linoone Linoone
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
270 Lotad Lotad
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass
271 Lombre Lombre
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo
WaterIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Water 1 Grass
279 Pelipper Pelipper
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Flying
295 Exploud Exploud
NormalIC Big.png Monster Field
296 Makuhita Makuhita
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
297 Hariyama Hariyama
FightingIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like
298 Azurill Azurill
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
306 Aggron Aggron
SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster
318 Carvanha Carvanha
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
320 Wailmer Wailmer
WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
321 Wailord Wailord
WaterIC Big.png Field Water 2
339 Barboach Barboach
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
340 Whiscash Whiscash
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
341 Corphish Corphish
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
349 Feebas Feebas
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
350 Milotic Milotic
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Dragon
363 Spheal Spheal
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
364 Sealeo Sealeo
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
365 Walrein Walrein
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
366 Clamperl Clamperl
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
367 Huntail Huntail
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
368 Gorebyss Gorebyss
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
369 Relicanth Relicanth
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 2
370 Luvdisc Luvdisc
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
380 Latias Latias
DragonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
381 Latios Latios
DragonIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
382 Kyogre Kyogre
WaterIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza
DragonIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
393 Piplup Piplup
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
394 Prinplup Prinplup
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
395 Empoleon Empoleon
WaterIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
400 Bibarel Bibarel
NormalIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
409 Rampardos Rampardos
RockIC Big.png Monster Monster
418 Buizel Buizel
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
419 Floatzel Floatzel
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
422 Shellos Shellos
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous
445 Garchomp Garchomp
DragonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
446 Munchlax Munchlax
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
456 Finneon Finneon
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
457 Lumineon Lumineon
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
458 Mantyke Mantyke
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
461 Weavile Weavile
DarkIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Field Field
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior
GroundIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Field
484 Palkia Palkia
WaterIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
489 Phione Phione
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Fairy
490 Manaphy Manaphy
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Fairy
493 Arceus Arceus
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
501 Oshawott Oshawott
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
502 Dewott Dewott
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
503 Samurott Samurott
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
507 Herdier Herdier
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
508 Stoutland Stoutland
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
515 Panpour Panpour
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
516 Simipour Simipour
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
531 Audino Audino
NormalIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
535 Tympole Tympole
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
536 Palpitoad Palpitoad
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
537 Seismitoad Seismitoad
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
550 Basculin Basculin
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
565 Carracosta Carracosta
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
580 Ducklett Ducklett
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Flying
581 Swanna Swanna
WaterIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Water 1 Flying
592 Frillish Frillish
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
593 Jellicent Jellicent
WaterIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
594 Alomomola Alomomola
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 2
612 Haxorus Haxorus
DragonIC Big.png Monster Dragon
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo
IceIC Big.png Field Field
614 Beartic Beartic
IceIC Big.png Field Field
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk
GroundIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous
621 Druddigon Druddigon
DragonIC Big.png Dragon Monster
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
635 Hydreigon Hydreigon
DarkIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Dragon Dragon
647 Keldeo Keldeo
WaterIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
656 Froakie Froakie
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
657 Frogadier Frogadier
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1
658 Greninja Greninja
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
660 Diggersby Diggersby
NormalIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
672 Skiddo Skiddo
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
673 Gogoat Gogoat
GrassIC Big.png Field Field
674 Pancham Pancham
FightingIC Big.png Field Human-Like
675 Pangoro Pangoro
FightingIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Human-Like
676 Furfrou Furfrou
NormalIC Big.png Field Field
684 Swirlix Swirlix
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
685 Slurpuff Slurpuff
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
688 Binacle Binacle
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3
690 Skrelp Skrelp
PoisonIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Dragon
691 Dragalge Dragalge
PoisonIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Water 1 Dragon
692 Clauncher Clauncher
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3
693 Clawitzer Clawitzer
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3
694 Helioptile Helioptile
ElectricIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
695 Heliolisk Heliolisk
ElectricIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
712 Bergmite Bergmite
IceIC Big.png Monster Monster
713 Avalugg Avalugg
IceIC Big.png Monster Monster
728 Popplio Popplio
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
729 Brionne Brionne
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
730 Primarina Primarina
WaterIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Water 1 Field
746 Wishiwashi Wishiwashi
WaterIC Big.png Water 2 Water 2
747 Mareanie Mareanie
PoisonIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
748 Toxapex Toxapex
PoisonIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1
751 Dewpider Dewpider
WaterIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 1 Bug
752 Araquanid Araquanid
WaterIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 1 Bug
767 Wimpod Wimpod
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Bug Water 3
768 Golisopod Golisopod
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Bug Water 3
773 Silvally Silvally
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
779 Bruxish Bruxish
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
780 Drampa Drampa
NormalIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
781 Dhelmise Dhelmise
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
788 Tapu Fini Tapu Fini
WaterIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
Stad0 Stad
025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
172 Pichu Pichu
ElectricIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy Pokémon Battle Revolution
Pokéwalker - Yellow Forest
489 Phione Phione
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Fairy My Pokémon Ranch
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By events

Generation I

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy Nintendo 64
CoroCoro Comics
Nintendo Power
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy Yokohama Events
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy 2007 TCG World Championships
Birthday Event
PC Yokohama Event
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy Minato Mirai Landmark Tower Pikachu
Minato Mirai Cosmo World Pikachu
Minato Mirai Red Brick Warehouse Pikachu
Minato Mirai Captain Pikachu
Minato Mirai Pacifico Pikachu
Pokémon Center Online Pikachu
Pika Pika Pokémon Spa Pikachu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Piplup using Surf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Piplup creates a wave and then surfs on it, pushing any players it hits. Anyone caught in it will be pushed until Piplup disappears, or pushes the character off the stage. Piplup will keep using Surf even when off the stage.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Oshawott uses the move with a similar effect.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. Inflicts double damage on a diving foe.

In the anime

In the main series

Kyle Crawdaunt Surf.png Caesar Surf.png Marcellus Remoraid Surf.png Juan Whiscash Surf.png
Crawdaunt Dewott Remoraid Whiscash
The user creates a large wave and rides it. It then crashes it down on the target.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
112 Rhydon Rhydon summons a huge wave that it rides on and then crashes it down on the opponent.
Pietra's Rhydon Right On Rhydon! Debut
Unknown Trainer's Rhydon Tag! We're It! None
223 Remoraid Remoraid creates a huge wave and rides on it.
Marcellus's Remoraid Octillery the Outcast None
183 Marill Marill creates a huge wave and rides on it. The wave crashes down on the opponent.
Lola's Marill A Family That Battles Together Stays Together! None
340 Whiscash Whiscash creates a huge wave and rides on it.
Juan's Whiscash Eight Ain't Enough None
226 Mantine Mantine creates a huge wave and rides on it.
A Coordinator's Mantine May, We Harley Drew'd Ya! None
320 Wailmer Wailmer's eyes glow blue it creates a huge wave of water. Wailmer rides on top of it and the wave crashes down on the opponent.
A Coordinator's Wailmer Pruning a Passel of Pals! None
342 Crawdaunt The star on Crawdaunt's head glows yellow and Crawdaunt creates a wave of water. Crawdaunt rides on top of the wave and it crashes down on the opponent.
Kyle's Crawdaunt Strategy With a Smile! None
502 Dewott Dewott creates a wave of water and rides on top of it before crashing down on the opponent.
Cadbury's Caesar Crowning the Scalchop King! None

In Pokémon Origins

None.png Giovanni Nidoqueen Surf PO.png Red Lapras PO.png None.png
Nidoqueen Lapras
The user attacks the foe with a powerful burst of water. It can also be used to surf across waters.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen pulls back its hand, forming an orb of water in front of it. It then thrusts its hand forward, slamming the orb into the opponent.
Giovanni's Nidoqueen File 3: Giovanni Debut
131 Lapras Lapras carries its Trainer across waters on its back.
Red's Lapras File 3: Giovanni None

In the manga

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga


In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga


In other generations

In battle

Surf I.png Surf II.png Surf III.png Surf IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI 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
Surf V.png Surf PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI 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
Surf Stad.png Surf Stad2.png Surf Colo.png Surf XD.png Surf PBR.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI 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
050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Images of Serena (default), Brendan (ORAS), and May (ORAS) surfing..

Outside of battle

Surf I OW.png Surf II OW.png Surf III OW.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI 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
Surf DPPt OW.png Surf HGSS OW.png Surf V OW.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE DPPt Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI 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


RBY
RBY Surf.png 025 I Surfing OD.png
GSC
GSC Surf M.png C Surf F.png Doll Surf Pikachu II.png
RS
RS Surf M.png RS Surf F.png
FRLG
FRLG Surf M.png FRLG Surf F.png
E
E Surf M.png E Surf F.png
DP
DP Surf M.png DP Surf F.png
Pt
Pt Surf M.png Pt Surf F.png
HGSS
HGSS Surf M.png HGSS Surf F.png
BW
BW Surf M.png BW Surf F.png
B2W2
B2W2 Surf M.png B2W2 Surf F.png
XY
XY Surf M.png File:XY Surf F.png

Used by Lapras

Surf Lapras OW.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI 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


Trivia

  • Surf is the only former HM move that no Pokémon learns via leveling up.
  • Some of the Pokémon that can learn Surf, like Barboach, appear to lack the physique required to transport a human being at sea.
  • Junichi Masuda revealed in an interview that Surf is his favorite move.[1]
  • Surf and Fly are the only HM moves that become event-exclusive moves on certain Pokémon, both on Pikachu.
  • In Generation VI, Surf and Fly are tied for having the highest base power of all HM moves. Prior to Generation VI, Surf had the highest base power.
  • If Secret Power is used in the ocean in Generation III, it will have the animation of Surf.
  • There is an unused item allowing players to cross water, identical to Surf in Red, Blue, and Yellow. It has been fan-named as "surfboard".
  • Muddy Water has the same animation as Surf, except it uses a brown coloring instead.
  • In console 3D games, when Pikachu uses this move, a surfboard appears underneath it; and when Raichu uses this move in these games, it surfs on its tail. This does not occur in any handheld games.
  • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, a glitch causes the game to freeze if the player is surfing on a Wailmer and it evolves while the player is fishing.

References

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 衝浪 Chūnglohng *
滑浪 Waahtlohng
Mandarin 衝浪 / 冲浪 Chōnglàng *
乘風破浪 Chéngfēng Pòlàng *
洪水 Hóngshuǐ *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Surf
Finland Flag.png Finnish Surffaus
France Flag.png French Surf
Germany Flag.png German Surfer
Greece Flag.png Greek Πλεύση
India Flag.png Hindi पानी की लहर Pani Ki Lehr
Italy Flag.png Italian Surf
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파도타기 Padotagi
Poland Flag.png Polish Serfer (DP078-DP079)
Fala (DP050, BW126)
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Surfar (HeartGold & SoulSilver, Plasma Blast-present, manga)
Surfe (Unleashed-Next Destinies)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Surf
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Surfovanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Surf
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Sörf
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Lướt Sóng


Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
0102030405
Generation II TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation II HMs
01020304050607
Generation III TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708RSE
Generation IV TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 959697
9899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100


Variations of the move Surf
Physical Petal Blizzard
Special Surf


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