Last modified on 19 December 2014, at 04:15

Thunderbolt (move)

Thunderbolt
10まんボルト 100,000 Volts
Thunderbolt.png
Thunderbolt 2.png
Type  Electric
Category  Special
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  90
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
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
A highly appealing move.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs first in the turn.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Thunderbolt (Japanese: 10まんボルト 100,000 Volts) is a damage-dealing Electric-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM24 in Generation I before losing its status in Generation II. It returned to being TM24 from Generation III onwards.

Effect

Generations I to V

Thunderbolt does damage and has a 10% chance of paralyzing the target.

Generation VI

Thunderbolt's power changed from 95 to 90. It can no longer paralyze Electric-type Pokémon.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 An Electric-type attack. Has a one-in-ten chance of paralyzing the target.
GSC An attack that may cause paralysis.
RSE A strong electrical attack that may paralyze the foe.*
A powerful electric attack that may cause paralysis.*
FRLG A strong electrical attack that may also leave the foe paralyzed.
Colo.XD A strong electrical attack. It may paralyze the target.*
A powerful electric attack that may cause paralysis.*
PMDRB Damages all foes around the user. It may also cause paralysis and prevent any attacks or moves.
DPPtHGSS A strong electric blast is loosed at the foe. It may also leave the foe paralyzed.
BWB2W2Conq A strong electric blast is loosed at the target. It may also leave the target with paralysis.
XYORAS A strong electric blast crashes down on the target. This may also leave the target with paralysis.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
025 Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric   26 26 26 26 29 29
42
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric   -- -- -- -- --
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric   47 47 43 50 49 49
239 Elekid Elekid Electric Electric   41 41 37 46 40 40
466 Electivire Electivire Electric Electric       43 50 49 49
603 Eelektrik Eelektrik Electric Electric         44 44
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk Ground Electric         45 45
644 Zekrom Zekrom Dragon Electric         22 22
694 Helioptile Helioptile Electric Normal           49
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
II III IV V VI
179 Mareep Mareep Electric Electric PikachuRaichu      
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Type Machine
I
TM24
II
--
III
TM24
IV
TM24
V
TM24
VI
TM24
019 Rattata Rattata Normal Normal
020 Raticate Raticate Normal Normal
025 Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison
033 Nidorino Nidorino Poison Poison
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
035 Clefairy Clefairy Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable Fairy Fairy
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff Normal Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Normal Fairy
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
081 Magnemite Magnemite Electric Steel
082 Magneton Magneton Electric Steel
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison
089 Muk Muk Poison Poison
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
100 Voltorb Voltorb Electric Electric
101 Electrode Electrode Electric Electric
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal
109 Koffing Koffing Poison Poison
110 Weezing Weezing Poison Poison
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
113 Chansey Chansey Normal Normal
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
120 Staryu Staryu Water Water
121 Starmie Starmie Water Psychic
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric
128 Tauros Tauros Normal Normal
130 Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying
131 Lapras Lapras Water Ice
135 Jolteon Jolteon Electric Electric
137 Porygon Porygon Normal Normal
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
147 Dratini Dratini Dragon Dragon
148 Dragonair Dragonair Dragon Dragon
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
161 Sentret Sentret Normal Normal
162 Furret Furret Normal Normal
170 Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric
171 Lanturn Lanturn Water Electric
172 Pichu Pichu Electric Electric
179 Mareep Mareep Electric Electric
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy Electric Electric
181 Ampharos Ampharos Electric Electric
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Ghost
203 Girafarig Girafarig Normal Psychic
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce Normal Normal
209 Snubbull Snubbull Fairy Fairy
210 Granbull Granbull Fairy Fairy
233 Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal
234 Stantler Stantler Normal Normal
239 Elekid Elekid Electric Electric
241 Miltank Miltank Normal Normal
242 Blissey Blissey Normal Normal
243 Raikou Raikou Electric Electric
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon Normal Normal
264 Linoone Linoone Normal Normal
280 Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy
281 Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Fairy
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir Psychic Fairy
287 Slakoth Slakoth Normal Normal
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth Normal Normal
289 Slaking Slaking Normal Normal
299 Nosepass Nosepass Rock Rock
300 Skitty Skitty Normal Normal
301 Delcatty Delcatty Normal Normal
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock
309 Electrike Electrike Electric Electric
310 Manectric Manectric Electric Electric
311 Plusle Plusle Electric Electric
312 Minun Minun Electric Electric
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug
314 Illumise Illumise Bug Bug
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal
351 Castform Castform Normal Normal
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal
353 Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost
354 Banette Banette Ghost Ghost
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark
377 Regirock Regirock Rock Rock
378 Regice Regice Ice Ice
379 Registeel Registeel Steel Steel
380 Latias Latias Dragon Psychic
381 Latios Latios Dragon Psychic
382 Kyogre Kyogre Water Water
383 Groudon Groudon Ground Ground
384 Rayquaza Rayquaza Dragon Flying
385 Jirachi Jirachi Steel Psychic
386 Deoxys Deoxys Psychic Psychic
399 Bidoof Bidoof Normal Normal
400 Bibarel Bibarel Normal Water
403 Shinx Shinx Electric Electric
404 Luxio Luxio Electric Electric
405 Luxray Luxray Electric Electric
408 Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock
409 Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock
410 Shieldon Shieldon Rock Steel
411 Bastiodon Bastiodon Rock Steel
417 Pachirisu Pachirisu Electric Electric
424 Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal
425 Drifloon Drifloon Ghost Flying
426 Drifblim Drifblim Ghost Flying
427 Buneary Buneary Normal Normal
428 Lopunny Lopunny Normal Normal
429 Mismagius Mismagius Ghost Ghost
431 Glameow Glameow Normal Normal
432 Purugly Purugly Normal Normal
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy
446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Normal
462 Magnezone Magnezone Electric Steel
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky Normal Normal
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock
466 Electivire Electivire Electric Electric
467 Magmortar Magmortar Fire Fire
474 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z Normal Normal
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting
476 Probopass Probopass Rock Steel
478 Froslass Froslass Ice Ghost
479 Rotom Rotom Electric Ghost
480 Uxie Uxie Psychic Psychic
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic
482 Azelf Azelf Psychic Psychic
483 Dialga Dialga Steel Dragon
484 Palkia Palkia Water Dragon
486 Regigigas Regigigas Normal Normal
487 Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark
493 Arceus Arceus Normal Normal
494 Victini Victini Psychic Fire
504 Patrat Patrat Normal Normal
505 Watchog Watchog Normal Normal
506 Lillipup Lillipup Normal Normal
507 Herdier Herdier Normal Normal
508 Stoutland Stoutland Normal Normal
522 Blitzle Blitzle Electric Electric
523 Zebstrika Zebstrika Electric Electric
531 Audino Audino Normal Normal
569 Garbodor Garbodor Poison Poison
572 Minccino Minccino Normal Normal
573 Cinccino Cinccino Normal Normal
574 Gothita Gothita Psychic Psychic
575 Gothorita Gothorita Psychic Psychic
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle Psychic Psychic
587 Emolga Emolga Electric Flying
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel
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
605 Elgyem Elgyem Psychic Psychic
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem Psychic Psychic
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk Ground Electric
623 Golurk Golurk Ground Ghost
642 Thundurus Thundurus Electric Flying
644 Zekrom Zekrom Dragon Electric
648 Meloetta Meloetta Normal Psychic
649 Genesect Genesect Bug Steel
677 Espurr Espurr Psychic Psychic
678 Meowstic Meowstic Psychic Psychic
682 Spritzee Spritzee Fairy Fairy
683 Aromatisse Aromatisse Fairy Fairy
684 Swirlix Swirlix Fairy Fairy
685 Slurpuff Slurpuff Fairy Fairy
686 Inkay Inkay Dark Psychic
687 Malamar Malamar Dark Psychic
690 Skrelp Skrelp Poison Water
691 Dragalge Dragalge Poison Dragon
694 Helioptile Helioptile Electric Normal
695 Heliolisk Heliolisk Electric Normal
698 Amaura Amaura Rock Ice
699 Aurorus Aurorus Rock Ice
702 Dedenne Dedenne Electric Fairy
704 Goomy Goomy Dragon Dragon
705 Sliggoo Sliggoo Dragon Dragon
706 Goodra Goodra Dragon Dragon
716 Xerneas Xerneas Fairy Fairy
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 Type Game
C
020 Raticate Raticate Normal Normal
025 Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison
033 Nidorino Nidorino Poison Poison
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
035 Clefairy Clefairy Normal Normal
036 Clefable Clefable Normal Normal
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff Normal Normal
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Normal Normal
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
081 Magnemite Magnemite Electric Steel
082 Magneton Magneton Electric Steel
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison
089 Muk Muk Poison Poison
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
100 Voltorb Voltorb Electric Electric
101 Electrode Electrode Electric Electric
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal
109 Koffing Koffing Poison Poison
110 Weezing Weezing Poison Poison
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
113 Chansey Chansey Normal Normal
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
120 Staryu Staryu Water Water
121 Starmie Starmie Water Psychic
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Psychic
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric
128 Tauros Tauros Normal Normal
130 Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying
131 Lapras Lapras Ice Water
135 Jolteon Jolteon Electric Electric
137 Porygon Porygon Normal Normal
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal
145 Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying
147 Dratini Dratini Dragon Dragon
148 Dragonair Dragonair Dragon Dragon
149 Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Flying
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
170 Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric
171 Lanturn Lanturn Water Electric
172 Pichu Pichu Electric Electric
179 Mareep Mareep Electric Electric
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy Electric Electric
181 Ampharos Ampharos Electric Electric
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Ghost
203 Girafarig Girafarig Normal Psychic
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce Normal Normal
209 Snubbull Snubbull Normal Normal
210 Granbull Granbull Normal Normal
233 Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal
239 Elekid Elekid Electric Electric
241 Miltank Miltank Normal Normal
242 Blissey Blissey Normal Normal
243 Raikou Raikou Electric Electric
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark
249 Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying
250 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying
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 Mystery Dungeon series

Thunderbolt hits any enemy on an adjacent tile.

Pokémon Conquest

Thunderbolt is the only move of Pikachu and Jolteon. It has a chance to paralyze. It shares this attack shape with Venoshock.

     
     
     
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Power ★★★★
Orange squares indicate hit area.
Blue squares indicate area Pokémon the Pokémon will need to move to perform the move.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
Table assumes the Pokémon is in the square marked by ^.

In the anime

In the main series


In Pokémon Origins


In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga


In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the movie adaptations


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master manga


In the Pokémon Colosseum Snatchers manga


In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga


In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In the Pokémon Zensho manga


In other generations

Thunderbolt I.png Thunderbolt II.png Thunderbolt III.png Thunderbolt IV.png
RGB RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Thunderbolt V.png Thunderbolt 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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Thunderbolt Stadium.png Thunderbolt Battrio.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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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

  • In some copies of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, using Thunderbolt or Thunder may cause the game to freeze during the moves' animation sequences. This can be remedied by turning off the Battle effects in the options menu.
  • In the console games, Thunderbolt is shown going straight forward to the foes' Pokémon, while in the handheld games it is shown going straight down.
  • Because of Ash's Pikachu using this move since some of the earliest episodes of the anime, it is one of the most featured moves throughout the entire series.
  • Thunderbolt's Japanese name (10まんボルト) corresponds with Raichu's Pokédex entries which state that its Electric attacks can reach up to 100,000 volts of electricity.
  • In Pokémon Red and Green, the battle effect for Thunderbolt contains several more, shorter flashes compared to the animation in the international Pokémon Red and Blue. The move animation was likely toned down to prevent epileptic seizures.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 十萬伏特 Shíwàn Fútè
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Bliksemstraal
Donderschok
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ukkosisku*
Salamaisku (original series)
Salamapallo (M05-M07)
France Flag.png French Tonnerre
Germany Flag.png German Donnerblitz
Greece Flag.png Greek 100,000 Βόλτ
Israel Flag.png Hebrew מכת ברק Macat barack
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Seratus Ribu Volt
Italy Flag.png Italian Fulmine
Superfulmine (anime, season 1-10)
South Korea Flag.png Korean 백만볼트 Baekman-bolt
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Tordenkile
Poland Flag.png Polish Atak Piorunem (original series)
Piorun (DP onward)
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Choque do Trovão
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Relâmpago
Romania Flag.png Romanian Trăznet
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Munja
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Atactrueno
Rayo (Get your Rotom Running!)
Spain Flag.png Spain Rayo


Variations of the move Flamethrower
Special FlamethrowerIce BeamThunderbolt


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


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