Bulbapedia:List of moves with unique animations

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This is a list of moves that have been deemed to have a consistent and uniquely identifiable animation in the anime. If a move is on this list, it can be positively identified in the anime even if no verbal or other explicit identification is made. Any move not on this list must be explicitly acknowledged by the characters or script, per the speculation policy.

Basic guidelines

The contents on this page are judged on a case-by-case basis by staff. If you think a move has a unique animation, please create a new section on this page's talk page asking for it to be considered. Below are some guidelines about what moves are eligible for being unique.

For an animation to be considered unique, its animation must be distinct enough to set it apart from the rest (as in the case of Solar Beam's charge). A move should be used more than once to verify a consistent animation across uses and, as appropriate, users. In most cases, a move must be explicitly identified at least once in the current anime series before it can be considered. However, if a Pokémon with a signature move uses a move that is unidentified but has animation consistent with the in-game animation or description of that species' signature move (such as Blacephalon’s Mind Blown), the move can be taken under consideration without needing verbal identification.

Moves

Generation I

Move Type Animation description Series
OS AG DP BW XY SM JN
Fire Punch   The user's fists becomes engulfed in flames and punches the opponent   Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire     Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY    
Ice Punch   The user's fists becomes engulfed in ice or blue energy and punches the opponent           Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon  
Thunder Punch   The user's fists becomes engulfed in electricity and punches the opponent              
Vine Whip
(must be used offensively)
  The user attacks the opponent with a green vine              
Surf
(must be used offensively)
  The user creates a large wave and rides it. It then crashes it down on the target.         Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY    
Seismic Toss   The user grabs the opponent, jumps into the air and spins them around before throwing them towards the ground.         Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Leech Seed
(only if it has made contact)
  Vines comes out of the seed and absorbs the opponent's HP           Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Solar Beam   The user absorbs sunlight before firing a bright beam of light.            
Poison Powder   The user scatters poisonous purple dust towards the opponent, poisoning them Move was not used during the Original series          
Stun Spore   The users scatters yellow or orange dust towards the opponent, paralyzing them              
Sleep Powder   The user scatters blue or green dust towards the opponent, causing them to sleep              
Petal Dance   The user unleashes a storm of pink petals towards the opponent, causing confusion upon contact Move was not used during the Original series          
String Shot
(must be used offensively)
  The user fires a string of silk towards the opponent              
Metronome   The user wags its fingers and summons a random move  
 
 
 
Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Black & White Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Fire Blast   The user fires a flame that takes the shape of the kanjī 大 (Dai)              
Swift   The user fires multiple golden colored stars towards the opponent              
Transform   The user transforms into the opponent       Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Black & White Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY    
Rock Slide   The user manifests a cluster of rocks and drops them onto the opponent   Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire          
Tri Attack   The user fires three multicolored beams simultaneously   Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl   Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY    

Generation II

Move Type Animation description Series
OS AG DP BW XY SM JN
Rollout   The user curls into a ball and rolls towards the opponent at high speed.           Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon  
Attract   The user winks at the opponent, as hearts are released from its body and towards the opponent. The opponent then becomes infatuated with the user. Move was not used during the Original series Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire       Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon  
Dragon Breath   The user inhales air and releases a blue or white beam towards the opponent       Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon  
Sweet Scent   The user releases pink powder towards the opponent, making them more relaxed.            
Rain Dance   The user summons dark clouds which causes rain.          
 
 
Shadow Ball   The user fires a black or purple ball of darkness towards the opponent.              
Whirlpool   The user creates a fast, vicious whirlpool and traps the opponent in it.     Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Black & White Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: XY    

Generation IV

Move Type Animation description Series
DP BW XY SM JN
Thunder Fang   The user's mouth is engulfed in electricity and it bites the opponent.       Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Ice Fang   The user's mouth is engulfed in ice and it bites the opponent. Alternatively, the user creates a set of blue teeth and the teeth bites the opponent.       Move was not used in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon  
Fire Fang   The user's mouth is engulfed in fire and it bites the opponent.          

Generation VII

Move Type Animation description Series
SM JN
Mind Blown   Blacephalon grabs its head and tosses it in the air. It then starts to glow and explodes in midair into something resembling fireworks  
 
Sunsteel Strike   The user jumps into the air and an image like the sun appears behind them while they transform into the Radiant Sun phase, and they fire a large beam of energy which they also travel through to attack the target  
 
Moongeist Beam   A circle of solid blue energy glows around the user and several lines of energy spiral towards the center until they meet and a large beam of energy is fired