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Sky Drop (move)

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Sky Drop
フリーフォール Freefall
Sky Drop.png
Sky Drop 2.png
Type  Flying
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  60
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone but the user
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Sky Drop (Japanese: フリーフォール Freefall) is a damage-dealing Flying-type move introduced in Generation V. It has been TM58 since Generation V.


Generation V

On the turn it is selected, Sky Drop brings the target to the air. While in the air, both the user and the target will be unable to take action and will avoid any move targeted at them except Gust, Thunder, Twister, Sky Uppercut, Hurricane, Smack Down, if the user has ensured a hit with Lock-On or Mind Reader, or any move used by a Pokémon with No Guard. If a Pokémon that is in the air has No Guard, it can be hit by any Pokémon. The next turn, the target is thrown down and receives damage. Sky Drop can hit non-adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.

Sky Drop will fail if the target has a substitute, while the target is already semi-invulnerable via moves such as Fly and Bounce or another Sky Drop, and when Gravity is in effect. Gravity will also cancel Sky Drop. Sky Drop does no damage to Flying-type Pokémon, but it will still pick them up (making them unable to move) on its first turn.

If a Pokémon in a chain of Thrash, Outrage, or Petal Dance is brought up with Sky Drop, the Pokémon will discontinue using the move when freed, but will then become confused due to fatigue at the end of the turn anyway.

Protect can guard against the initial use of the move, but the affected Pokémon cannot use any moves (including Protect) while in the air.

Sky Drop can target allies, but will fail when attempting to perform the move on them.

Sky Drop is unaffected by the Power Herb.

In a Rotation Battle, if the target Pokémon is rotated out on the second turn of Sky Drop, the Pokémon will be dropped into their new rotated position and take no damage, while the rotated in Pokémon still gets to attack.

Generation VI

Targets weighing 440.9 lbs. (200 kg) or more cannot be lifted by Sky Drop, causing the move to fail.


Games Description
The user takes the target into the sky, then drops it during the next turn. The target cannot attack while in the sky.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying 49 49
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying 50 50
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying 50 50
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying   55
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
006 Charizard Charizard Fire Flying
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
146 Moltres Moltres Fire Flying
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Flying
627 Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying
628 Braviary Braviary Normal Flying
641 Tornadus Tornadus Flying Flying
642 Thundurus Thundurus Electric Flying
701 Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Main article: Sky Drop glitch

In Pokémon Black and White, a glitch in Double and Triple Battles can cause a Pokémon to become stuck in the semi-invulnerable state when Sky Drop is used. The glitch is activated when Gravity is used while two Pokémon are in the semi-invulnerable state after the use of Sky Drop. Gravity will bring the user of Sky Drop down while the target will be stuck in the semi-invulnerable state, unable to move until it is knocked out or hit with one of the moves listed above. Because of the glitch, Sky Drop has been banned in Wi-Fi Random Matches since November 10, 2010 and all subsequent official tournaments. While it was fixed in Black 2 and White 2, it is still banned in Wi-Fi Random Matches and official tournaments using these games.

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 = 36 | Accuracy = 100% | Effect = The user carries the target into the air, and both the user and target
remain invulnerable for one turn. The targeted Pokémon will receive damage at the start of the user's next turn.
The user cannot move again that turn.
Used by : Braviary


Games Description
Conq. The user takes the target into the sky, then drops it during the next turn. The target cannot attack while in the sky.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Sky Drop V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
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


  • Sky Drop is the only move in Generation VI which causes an opponent's Pokémon to become fully immobile while in use.
  • Mew is the only non-flying Pokémon that can learn this move, due to its ability to learn every TM.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Chute Libre
Germany Flag.png German Freier Fall
Italy Flag.png Italian Cadutalibera
South Korea Flag.png Korean 프리폴 Free Fall
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Queda Livre
Spain Flag.png Spanish Caída Libre

Generation V TMs
Generation V HMs
Generation VI TMs
767778798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 959697
Generation VI HMs

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