Volt Switch (move)

Volt Switch
ボルトチェンジ Volt Change
Volt Switch.png
Volt Switch 2.png
Type  Electric
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  70
Accuracy  100%
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Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation V
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes the audience quickly grow bored when an appeal move has little effect.

Volt Switch (Japanese: ボルトチェンジ Volt Change) is a damage-dealing Electric-type move introduced in Generation V. It is TM72 as of Generation V.


Volt Switch deals damage and then switches the user out. The user will not be switched out if the user is the only Pokémon in the party that is able to battle, if Volt Switch fails to hit the target, if using Volt Switch ends the battle, if the opponent's Ability prevents damage from Volt Switch, or if the opponent is Ground type. If Volt Switch faints a foe Trainer's Pokémon, the next Pokémon sent out by the user will not be counted for additional experience (although if it is holding the Amulet Coin or Luck Incense, it will be counted for that).

If the foe Pokémon uses Pursuit on the same turn Volt Switch is used, Pursuit will deal normal damage if the foe is faster, or double damage if the foe is slower than the user.

Volt Switch may be used to switch out of Ingrain, but Ingrain's effects will not be passed on. Volt Switch can also be used to switch out even if the user is under the effect of Arena Trap, Magnet Pull, Shadow Tag, Mean Look, Spider Web, or Block. Volt Switch will not force a switch if the user is holding a Red Card.


Games Description
After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
587 Emolga Emolga Electric Flying 42 42
694 Helioptile Helioptile Electric Normal   40
702 Dedenne Dedenne Electric Fairy   26
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


# Pokémon Type Machine
025 Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric
081 Magnemite Magnemite Electric Steel
082 Magneton Magneton Electric Steel
100 Voltorb Voltorb Electric Electric
101 Electrode Electrode Electric Electric
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric
135 Jolteon Jolteon Electric Electric
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
151 Mew Mew Psychic Electric
170 Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric
171 Lanturn Lanturn Water Electric
172 Pichu Pichu Electric Electric
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy Electric Electric
181 Ampharos Ampharos Electric Electric
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel
239 Elekid Elekid Electric Electric
243 Raikou Raikou Electric Electric
299 Nosepass Nosepass Rock Rock
309 Electrike Electrike Electric Electric
310 Manectric Manectric Electric Electric
311 Plusle Plusle Electric Electric
312 Minun Minun Electric Electric
403 Shinx Shinx Electric Electric
404 Luxio Luxio Electric Electric
405 Luxray Luxray Electric Electric
417 Pachirisu Pachirisu Electric Electric
462 Magnezone Magnezone Electric Steel
466 Electivire Electivire Electric Electric
476 Probopass Probopass Rock Steel
479 Rotom Rotom Electric Ghost
522 Blitzle Blitzle Electric Electric
523 Zebstrika Zebstrika Electric Electric
587 Emolga Emolga Electric Flying
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric
599 Klink Klink Steel Steel
600 Klang Klang Steel Steel
601 Klinklang Klinklang Steel Steel
603 Eelektrik Eelektrik Electric Electric
604 Eelektross Eelektross Electric Electric
638 Cobalion Cobalion Steel Fighting
642 Thundurus Thundurus Electric Flying
644 Zekrom Zekrom Dragon Electric
694 Helioptile Helioptile Electric Normal
695 Heliolisk Heliolisk Electric Normal
702 Dedenne Dedenne Electric Fairy
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

Pokémon Conquest

Table assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.
Power = 41 | Accuracy = 100% | Effect = The user will switch places with any Pokémon one tile behind it when the move is used.
Used by : Emolga


Games Description
Conq. After making its attack, the user will switch places with another Pokémon

In the anime

None.png Iris Emolga Volt Switch.png None.png None.png
The user releases a ball of electricity.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
587 Emolga Emolga puts its arms together in front of it and a yellow orb of electricity appears in front of it. It then opens its arms and fires the orb of electricity at the opponent. When the orb hits the opponent, the opponent's body becomes surrounded by yellow electricity, or Emolga raises its arm into the air and a yellow orb of electricity with yellow electricity around it forms above it. It then hits the opponent with it, causing a flash of bright light. Then, Emolga rushes past a nearby Trainer and another Pokémon comes out of its Poké Ball and onto the battlefield. Sometimes, Emolga can choose not to send out another Pokémon when the attack is used.
Iris's Emolga Emolga the Irresistible! Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Volt Switch V.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


  • In the anime, Volt Switch can bring out a Pokémon that does not belong to the user's Trainer.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 交換伏特 Jiāohuàn Fútè
France Flag.png French Change Éclair*
Germany Flag.png German Voltwechsel
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Saklar Tegangan
Italy Flag.png Italian Invertivolt
South Korea Flag.png Korean 볼트체인지 Volt Change
Poland Flag.png Polish Elektrozmiana
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Troca Elétrica
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Troca Elétrica
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Cambia Voltaje
Spain Flag.png Spain Voltiocambio

Variations of the move U-turn
Physical U-turn
Special Volt Switch

Generation V TMs
Generation V HMs
Generation VI TMs
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Generation VI HMs

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