Game move errors

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In the games, there will occasionally be a Pokémon that knows a move it cannot know when owned by the player. It is unknown whether most of these are actual mistakes on the part of the developers.

Pokémon with unobtainable movesets in the core series games

Unobtainable for the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Lance's Dragonite Barrier Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue
Pokémon Red and Blue
Dragonite cannot know Barrier until Generation VI, in which a Dragonite based on Lance's that knows Barrier was distributed.
  Lance's Aerodactyl Rock Slide Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Aerodactyl could not learn Rock Slide until Generation III.
  Cooltrainer Dianne's Lanturn (Victory Road) Earthquake Pokémon Emerald
  Battle Hall Totodile Brine Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver  
  Battle Hall Roselia Sludge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver  
  Battle Hall Anorith Stone Edge Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Anorith's evolution, Armaldo, can learn Stone Edge.  
  Ace Trainer Nick's Squirtle (Union Cave B2F) Curse Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Squirtle can only learn Curse in Generation II, however, Pokémon from Generation II games cannot be transferred to Generation IV. This error is likely due to Nick's Squirtle retaining its moveset from Pokémon Gold and Silver, in which it could learn Curse.
  School Kid Ann's Sandy Cloak Wormadam Leaf Storm Pokémon Black and White Only Plant Cloak Wormadam can learn Leaf Storm. Due to learning the move at the same level, this Wormadam should instead know Fissure.  
  En's Moltres (PWT) Leer Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Moltres could only learn Leer in Generation I, and starting in Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, both of which cannot be transferred to Generation V.  
  Abel's Metagross Ice Beam Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 From November 18 to 20, 2012, Metagross knew Ice Beam. After that, it was replaced with the correct move, Ice Punch.

This has been officially confirmed as an error, due to being based on a real-world Trainer.

 
  Totem Wishiwashi's Ally Alomomola (Brooklet Hill) Water Gun Pokémon Sun and Moon The Totem Wishiwashi can summon an ally Alomomola which knows Water Gun.
  Battle Royal Shuckle Stockpile Pokémon Sun and Moon (v1.0) Starting in v1.1, this Shuckle instead knows Double Team.
  Battle Tree Kommo-o Shell Smash Pokémon Sun and Moon (v1.0) Starting in v1.1, this Kommo-o instead knows Draco Meteor.
  Hiker Jim's Onix (Underground Path (Kanto Routes 7-8)) Wrap Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! It was likely intended to be Bind, a move which Onix can know.
 
 
Wild Area NewsDrilburExcadrill Hydro Pump Pokémon Shield (Available directly)

Pokémon Sword (Available if raid was hosted from a player with Shield)

For a portion of the first day of this round of the Wild Area News for April 28 to May 11, 2020, ★ Drilbur raids originating from Shield came with the illegal move Hydro Pump. The same raids for the rest of the event's duration, or from Sword, come with the correct move, Scratch. Players who caught a Drilbur with Hydro Pump cannot trade or battle online with it unless that move is deleted.
These erroneous Drilbur otherwise function like other Drilbur, and can evolve into Excadrill with Hydro Pump.
  Psychic Corbin's Banette (Route 228) Shadow Force Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl It was likely intended to be Phantom Force, a move which Banette can know.  
  Dawn's Mr. Mime Power Whip Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Second battle with Dawn (only used if the player picked Chimchar as their starter Pokémon). It was likely intended to be Power Swap, which Mr. Mime can know.
  Lucas's Milotic Calm Mind Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl First battle with Lucas (only used if the player picked Chimchar or Piplup as their starter Pokémon).
  Morimoto's Flareon Superpower Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Morimoto's Flareon knows Superpower, a move Flareon cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Morimoto's Ambipom Ice Punch Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Morimoto's Ambipom knows Ice Punch, a move Aipom cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Roark's Tyranitar Ice Punch, Fire Punch and/or Low Kick Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Roark may use a Tyranitar with at least one of these moves, which Tyranitar cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Volkner's Jolteon Reflect Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In Volkner's rematch Gym battle, his Jolteon knows Reflect, a move Jolteon cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Roark's Torkoal Earth Power Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Roark may use a Torkoal with Earth Power, a move Torkoal cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Gardenia's Venusaur Earth Power Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Roark may use a Venusaur with Earth Power, a move Venusaur cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Gardenia's Roserade Swift Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Gardenia may use a Roserade with Swift, a move Roserade cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Maylene's Lucario Ice Punch Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Maylene may use a Lucario with Ice Punch, a move Lucario cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Crasher Wake and Byron's Scizor Superpower Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Crasher Wake and Byron may use a Scizor with Superpower, a move Scizor cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Crasher Wake's Kingdra Hurricane Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Crasher Wake may use a Kingdra with Hurricane, a move Kingdra cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Fantina's Shedinja Leech Life Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Fantina may use a Shedinja with Leech Life, a move Shedinja cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Fantina's Gengar Icy Wind Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Fantina may use a Gengar with Icy Wind, a move Gengar cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Byron's Moltres Mystical Fire Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Byron may use a Moltres with Mystical Fire, a move Moltres cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Byron's Bronzong Zen Headbutt Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Byron may use a Bronzong with Zen Headbutt, a move Bronzong cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.
  Byron's Metagross Ice Punch Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In the Battle Tower, during a Master Class challenge, Byron may use a Metagross with Ice Punch, a move Metagross cannot know in these games due to movesets being erased when transferred from Pokémon HOME.

Unobtainable combinations of moves

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves from Generation VI onward, all Egg Move combinations are possible from Generation VI onward.

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
  Battle Hall Spearow Quick Attack and Scary Face Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver The only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than Spearow or Fearow, that can learn Scary Face is Aerodactyl, which cannot learn Quick Attack.

Due to Archen and Archeops learning both Quick Attack and Scary Face by level-up in Generation V, this combination is possible from Generation V onward.

  Battle Frontier Drowzee (except in the Battle Hall) Assist and Barrier Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver The only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than Drowzee or Hypno, that can learn Assist are Spinda and the Chimchar family, which cannot learn Barrier.
  Battle Frontier Gligar (except in the Battle Hall) Sand Tomb and Metal Claw Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver The only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than Gligar or Gliscor, that can learn Metal Claw are the Nincada family and the Paras family, which cannot learn Sand Tomb, and Scizor, which could not learn Sand Tomb until Generation VIII.
  Battle Subway Kangaskhan Double-Edge and Circle Throw Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 The only Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than Kangaskhan, that can learn Circle Throw are the Whismur family, which cannot know both Double-Edge and Circle Throw simultaneously; the Whismur family can only learn Circle Throw as an Egg Move from Generation V onward, whereas they can only learn Double-Edge from a Generation III Move Tutor.
  Battle Subway Gothitelle Mirror Coat and Miracle Eye Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 The only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Gothitelle family, that can learn Mirror Coat is Lopunny, which cannot learn Miracle Eye.
  Walter's Parasect Bullet Seed and Leech Seed Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Parasect can only learn Leech Seed as an Egg Move from Generation V onward, whereas it can only learn Bullet Seed as a Generation III or IV TM.

Due to the TM for Bullet Seed returning in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Parasect retaining Leech Seed as an Egg Move, this combination is legal from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl onwards.

  Janine's Crobat (Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments) Hypnosis and Brave Bird Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 The only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Crobat family, that can learn Hypnosis are the Hoothoot family, Sigilyph, and the Pidove family, which cannot learn Brave Bird.
  Byron's Aggron (Type Expert and World Leaders Tournaments) Head Smash and Dragon Rush Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 The only Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Aggron family, that can learn Dragon Rush are the Charmander family, the Gible family and the Rhyhorn family, which cannot learn Head Smash.
  Winona's Tropius Leaf Blade and Curse Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 The only Grass and Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than Tropius, that can learn Leaf Blade are Victreebel, Bellossom, Grovyle and Sceptile, and the Snivy family, which cannot learn Curse. The Turtwig evolutionary family could learn Curse, but could not learn Leaf Blade until Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
  Burgh's Accelgor (Unova Leaders Tournament) Guard Split and Spikes Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 The only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than Shelmet or Accelgor, that can learn Guard Split is Shuckle, which cannot learn Spikes.

Unobtainable combinations of moves and Abilities

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
  Battle Royal Dome Zapdos Air Cutter and Static Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon All Zapdos in the Battle Royal Dome know Air Cutter and have a chance to have the Ability Static. Static is its Hidden Ability, and it can only learn Air Cutter from a Gen IV Move Tutor, before Hidden Abilities existed.

Due to the introduction of the Ability Patch in Generation VIII and the ability to transfer Zapdos that know Air Cutter to Gen VIII, this combination is legal from Gen VIII onwards.

Moves known at an early level

Because the Move Reminder allows moves to be taught at any level in Generation VII, all Pokémon can know any of their Generation VII level-up moves at any level. Unless explicitly mentioned otherwise, all examples from Generation VI or earlier are legal at any level in Generation VII.

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Pryce's Piloswine Fury Attack Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pryce's Piloswine knows Fury Attack at level 31, although Piloswine does not learn this move until level 33. Swinub cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
  Sidney's Shiftry Extrasensory Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Sidney's Shiftry knows Extrasensory at level 48, although Shiftry does not learn this move until level 49 as a Nuzleaf. Seedot cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Nuzleaf learning Extrasensory at level 36 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Shiftry can know Extrasensory at level 48 from Generation VI onward.

  Winona's Altaria Dragon Dance Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald During the initial battle, Winona's Altaria knows Dragon Dance at level 33, although Altaria does not learn this move until level 40. Swablu cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Altaria learning Dragon Dance at level 30 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Altaria can know Dragon Dance at level 33 from Generation VI onward.

  Norman's Linoone Slash Pokémon Emerald Norman's Linoone knows Slash at level 29, although Linoone does not learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
  Bertha's Rhyperior Rock Wrecker Pokémon Platinum During the initial battle, Bertha's Rhyperior knows Rock Wrecker at level 55, although Rhyperior does not learn this move until level 61. Rhyhorn cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Rhyperior learning Rock Wrecker at level 1 in Pokémon X and Y, Rhyperior can know Rock Wrecker at level 55 from Generation VI onward.

  Wulfric's Cryogonal Confuse Ray Pokémon X and Y In the first rematch in the Battle Chateau, Wulfric's Cryogonal knows Confuse Ray at level 40, although Cryogonal does not learn this move until level 45. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because it is gender unknown.
  Gym Challenger Corvin's Dracozolt Bolt Beak Pokémon Sword and Shield In the Champion tournaments, Corvin's Dracozolt knows Bolt Beak at level 58, although Dracozolt does not learn this move until level 63. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because it is in the No Eggs Discovered Egg Group.

Unobtainable at the game's release

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Veteran Brenden's Hippowdon Dig Pokémon Platinum In Victory Road after collecting the National Pokédex, Brenden's Hippowdon knows Dig, a move Hippowdon could not know until Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  Lysandre's Gyarados Iron Head Pokémon X and Y In all three battles with Lysandre in Pokémon X and Y, his Gyarados knows Iron Head, a move Gyarados could not know in these games until the release of Poké Transporter.

Moves known at an early level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Brock's Onix Bind Pokémon Yellow Brock's Onix knows Bind at level 12, although Onix does not learn this move until level 15. Because breeding did not exist in the Generation I games, it was not possible to know this move at an early level in Generation I.

In Generation II, Onix learns Bind at level 10. Due to trading being possible between the Generation I and II games via Time Capsule, an Onix from Generation II at level 12 (or lower) that knows Bind can be traded to Pokémon Yellow.

  Viola's Masquerain Air Slash Pokémon X and Y In the first rematch in the Battle Chateau, Viola's Masquerain knows Air Slash at level 40. However, in Pokémon X and Y, Masquerain does not learn this move until level 47; Surskit cannot learn this move, so it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Masquerain learns Air Slash at level 38, making it possible to trade a Masquerain that knows Air Slash at level 40 (or lower) to Pokémon X and Y.

  Gym Challenger Terry's Dracovish Fishious Rend and Dragon Rush Pokémon Sword and Shield In the Champion tournaments, Terry's Dracovish knows Fishious Rend and Dragon Rush at level 57, although Dracovish does not learn these moves until level 63 and level 77, respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding because it is in the No Eggs Discovered Egg Group. However, an event Dracovish that knows Fishious Rend and Dragon Rush at Level 50 was later distributed.

Errors in promotional material

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Gardevoir Fairy Wind Pokémon X and Y In the E3 trailer for Pokémon X and Y, Gardevoir used Fairy Wind.  
  Lapras Scald Pokémon X and Y In the banner of Summer 2013 World Hobby Fair for Pokémon X and Y promotion, Lapras was seen using Scald.  
  Mega Blaziken Ice Punch Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire In pre-release screenshots for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire posted on the official Pokémon website, Mega Blaziken used Ice Punch. As a result, the official Japanese Pokémon site posted an apology and the images were removed.  
  Pikachu Return Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl In a trailer for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl shown during a Pokémon Presents, a Pikachu can be seen that knows Return, a move which cannot be used in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.  

Unusable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Ace Trainer Meagan's Delcatty (Route 228) Feint Attack Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Starting in 1.1.3, this Delcatty instead knows Covet.
  Fantina's Banette Snatch Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Only in rematches. Starting in 1.1.3, this Banette instead knows Payback.

Pokémon with unobtainable movesets in the side series games

Unobtainable for the generation

Single unobtainable moves

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Juggler's Slowbro Metronome Pokémon Stadium Fuchsia Gym's Juggler's Slowbro knows Metronome in the Round 1 battle.
 
 
Chaser Emok's GulpinSwalot (Pyrite Town) Thief Pokémon Colosseum
 
 
 
Chaser Maiz's Koffing, Kirlia, and Shroomish (Pyrite Cave) Pound Pokémon Colosseum During the rematch.
  Bandana Guy Noxy's Lotad (Pyrite Cave) Fake Out Pokémon Colosseum During the rematch.
  Hunter Zalo's Lombre (Pyrite Cave) Fury Attack Pokémon Colosseum
  Hunter Meli's Zigzagoon (Pyrite Cave) Fury Swipes Pokémon Colosseum Zigzagoon's evolution, Linoone, can learn Fury Swipes.
  Bodybuilder Rapoz's Pikachu (Mt. Battle Area 1 Battle Mode Singles, Battle Now) Tackle Pokémon Colosseum
  Area Leader Crayal's Murkrow (Mt. Battle Area 5 Battle Mode Singles, Battle Now) Mirror Coat Pokémon Colosseum
  Cooltrainer Cruik's Muk (Mt. Battle Area 10 Battle Mode Singles, Battle Now) Shadow Ball Pokémon Colosseum Muk could not know Shadow Ball until Generation IV.
  "Healing status conditions" Battle Sim opponent's Paras Sleep Powder Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Paras could not know Sleep Powder until Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.  
  "Single Battle Combos" Battle Sim player's Tropius Rain Dance Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
  Battle CD 02 Habtel's Drowzee Strength Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness 256px
  Battle CD 05 player's Blissey Reflect Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Blissey cannot learn Reflect in Generation III, but it was possible to teach Chansey Reflect in Generation I and evolve it in Generation II.  
  Battle CD 07 player's Machamp Swords Dance Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness  
  Battle CD 38 Burg's Anorith Waterfall Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness On Battle CD 39, which is Battle CD 38 with swapped Pokémon on either side, this Anorith instead knows Brick Break.
  Gonzap's Nuzleaf (Snagem Hideout) Aerial Ace Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
  Gonzap's Skarmory (Snagem Hideout) Hyper Beam Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
  Cipher Peon Grason's Sandslash (Citadark Isle) Safeguard Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
  Supertrainer Libal's Electrode (Mt. Battle Area 10) Reflect Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Electrode can only learn Reflect in Generation I and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

Unobtainable combinations of moves

Due to mothers being able to pass down Egg Moves from Generation VI onward, all Egg Move combinations are possible from Generation VI onward.

Artwork Name Moves Game Notes
  Picnicker Stacy's Bulbasaur Razor Wind and Skull Bash Pokémon Stadium 2 Picnicker Stacy, the second Trainer in the Little Cup R-2 has a Bulbasaur that knows both Razor Wind and Skull Bash. Bulbasaur can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Grass Egg Group or Monster Egg Group Pokémon that can learn Razor Wind, other than the Bulbasaur family, is the Totodile family, which cannot learn Skull Bash.
  Cooltrainer Vince's Wartortle Mirror Coat and Reflect Pokémon Stadium 2 Cooltrainer Vince, the second opponent in Blackthorn Gym R-2, has a Wartortle that knows both Mirror Coat and Reflect. Wartortle can only learn the Generation II move Mirror Coat as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Reflect as a Generation I TM.

Due to Pokémon of the same species being able to pass Egg Moves to each other in the Pokémon Nursery in Generation VIII and Wartortle that know Reflect being able to be transferred to the Generation VIII games from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I games or Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, this combination is possible from Generation VIII onward.

  Psychic Mason's Blastoise Mirror Coat and Haze Pokémon Stadium 2 Psychic Mason, the eighth Trainer in the Poké Cup Ultra Ball R-2, has a Blastoise that knows both Mirror Coat and Haze. Blastoise can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Water 1 Egg Group and Monster Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Blastoise family, that can learn Mirror Coat is Corsola, which cannot learn Haze.
  Youngster Wyatt's Fearow Tri Attack and Scary Face Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Wyatt, the second Trainer in the Poké Cup Master Ball R-2, has a Fearow that knows both Tri Attack and Scary Face. Fearow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Fearow family, that can learn Scary Face is Aerodactyl, which cannot learn Tri Attack.
  Lt. Surge's Raichu Surf and Reversal Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 battle, Lt. Surge has a Raichu that knows both Surf and Reversal. Raichu can only learn the Generation II move Reversal as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Surf as a Move Tutor move as a Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium (Japanese) or international versions of Pokémon Stadium (English).

Due to Raichu and its evolutionary relatives being made compatible with Surf and Reversal when they became TRs in Pokémon Sword and Shield, this combination is possible in Generation VIII.

  Chuck's Sandslash Metal Claw and Rock Slide Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 Battle, Chuck has a Sandslash that knows both Metal Claw and Rock Slide. Sandslash can only learn the Generation II move Metal Claw as an Egg Move in Pokémon Crystal, whereas it can only learn Rock Slide as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Rock Slide in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Sandslash maintaining Metal Claw as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

  Twins Min and Lyn's Nidorina Charm and Body Slam Pokémon Stadium 2 Twins Min and Lyn, the second opponents in the Azalea Gym R-2, have a Nidorina that knows both Charm and Body Slam. Nidorina can only learn the Generation II move Charm as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Body Slam as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Body Slam in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Nidorina maintaining Charm as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

  Boarder Claude's Clefable Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick Pokémon Stadium 2 Boarder Claude, the seventh opponent in the Poké Cup Poké Ball R-2, has a Clefable that knows Charm, Mega Punch, and Mega Kick. Clefable can only learn the Generation II move Charm as a Cleffa, whereas it can only learn Mega Punch and Mega Kick as Generation I TMs.

Due to the Move Tutors for Mega Punch and Mega Kick in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Cleffa maintaining Charm as a level-up move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

  Pryce's Tentacruel Mirror Coat and Reflect Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 Battle, Pryce has a Tentacruel that knows both Mirror Coat and Reflect. Tentacruel can only learn the Generation II move Mirror Coat as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Reflect as a Generation I TM.

Due to Tentacruel learning Mirror Coat at level 1 and learning Reflect as a TM move in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, this combination is possible from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! onward.

  Youngster Bernie's Exeggcute Mega Drain and AncientPower Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup R-2 has an Exeggcute that knows both Mega Drain and AncientPower. Exeggcute can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Grass Egg Group Pokémon that can learn Ancient Power, other than the Exeggcute family, are the Chikorita family and the Bulbasaur family, but the Chikorita family cannot learn Mega Drain and the Bulbasaur family cannot know both moves simultaneously—they can only know the Generation II move Ancient Power as an event Pokémon, but can only learn Mega Drain from a Generation I TM. This combination did not becone possible in Generation IV due to Exeggcute not maintaining Mega Drain as an Egg move.

Due to Exeggcute learning Mega Drain by leveling up in Generation VIII and maintaining Ancient Power as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation VIII onward.

  Bruno's Exeggutor AncientPower and Explosion Pokémon Stadium 2 During his R-2 battle, Bruno has an Exeggutor that knows both AncientPower and Explosion. Exeggutor can only learn the Generation II move AncientPower as an Egg Move, whereas it can only learn Explosion as a Generation I TM.

Due to the Move Tutor for Explosion in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Exeggutor maintaining AncientPower as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation III onward.

  Sabrina's Scizor Reversal and Light Screen Pokémon Stadium 2 Durring her R-2 battle, Sabrina has a Scizor that knows both Reversal and Light Screen. Scizor can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Bug Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Scizor family, that can learn Reversal are Heracross and Yanma, which cannot learn Light Screen.

Due to being made compatible with the TM for Light Screen in Generation V and Scizor maintaining Reversal as an Egg Move, this combination is possible from Generation V onward.

  St. Performer Shuf's Murkrow Confuse Ray and Perish Song Pokémon Colosseum In Under Colosseum in the Story Mode, Shuf has a Murkrow that knows both Confuse Ray and Perish Song. Murkrow can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Flying Egg Group Pokémon, other than Murkrow, that can learn Perish Song are the Swablu family, which cannot learn Confuse Ray.
  Bodybuilder Okona's Machamp Encore and Rolling Kick Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness In Quick Battle, Okona has a Machamp that knows both Encore and Rolling Kick. Machamp can only learn these moves as Egg Moves, but the only Human-Like Egg Group Pokémon, other than the Machamp family, that can learn Rolling Kick are Hitmonlee and Hitmontop, which cannot learn Encore.

Moves known at an early level

Because the Move Reminder allows moves to be taught at any level in Generation VII, all Pokémon can know any of their Generation VII level-up moves at any level. Unless explicitly mentioned otherwise, all examples from Generation VI or earlier are legal at any level in Generation VII.

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Pika Cup Rental Gyarados Hydro Pump, Leer, and Bite Pokémon Stadium The rental Gyarados available for the Pika Cup knows Hydro Pump, Leer, and Bite at level 15. Although Gyarados can learn these moves at level 1 in Red, Green, and Blue, it can only be obtained at level 15 in Pokémon Yellow or in Generation II, where it learns these moves at a later level. Because no Move Reminder exists in Pokémon Red, Green, or Blue, it cannot be taught these moves.
  Little Cup Rental Magnemite Supersonic and Lock-On Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Magnemite available for the Little Cup knows Supersonic and Lock-On at level 5, although Magnemite does not learn these moves until level 11 (29 in Generation I) and level 27, respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.

Due to Magnemite learning Supersonic at level 4 in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Magnemite can know Supersonic at level 5 from Generation V onward.

  PokéFan Janet's Magnemite Lock-On Pokémon Stadium 2 PokéFan Janet, the fourth Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Magnemite that knows Lock-On at level 5, although Magnemite does not learn this move until level 27. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.
  Little Cup Rental Voltorb Mirror Coat Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Voltorb available for the Little Cup knows Mirror Coat at level 5, although Voltorb does not learn this move until level 41. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.
  Youngster Bernie's Voltorb Mirror Coat Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Voltorb that knows Mirror Coat at level 5, although Voltorb does not learn this move until level 41. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.
  Little Cup Rental Staryu Light Screen Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Staryu available for the Little Cup knows Light Screen at level 5, although Staryu does not learn this move until level 43 (42 in Generation I). It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.

Due to Staryu learning Light Screen via TM16 in Generation III, Staryu can know Light Screen at level 5 from Generation III onward.

  Little Cup Rental Porygon Sharpen Pokémon Stadium 2 The rental Porygon available for the Little Cup knows Sharpen at level 5, although Porygon does not learn this move until level 24 in Generation II. While it can learn this move at level 1 in Generation I, it cannot be taught to a low enough level Porygon because no Move Reminder exists in Generation I. It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.

Due to Porygon learning Sharpen at level 1 in Generation IV, Porygon can know Sharpen at level 5 from Generation IV onward.

  Poké Fan Rex's Porygon Recover Pokémon Stadium 2 Poké Fan Rex, the eighth Trainer in the Little Cup R-2, has a Porygon that knows Recover at level 5, although Porygon does not learn this move until level 20 in Generation II (28 in Generation I). It cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.
  Bandana Guy Noxy and Hunter Valen's Lombre Uproar Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, the Lombre owned by Bandana Guy Noxy and Hunter Valen each know Uproar at level 34 and level 37 respectively, although Lombre does not learn this move until level 43. Its pre-evolution, Lotad, cannot learn this move until Generation IV.

Due to Lotad and Lombre being able to learn Uproar via Move Tutor in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Lombre can know Uproar at level 34 and level 37 from Generation IV onward.

  Cipher Peon Kass and Hunter Drovic's Baltoy Cosmic Power Pokémon Colosseum In the Relic Cave and in Mt. Battle during the Cipher invasion, the Baltoy owned by Cipher Peon Kass and Hunter Drovic each know Cosmic Power at level 35 and level 36 respectively, although Baltoy does not learn this move until level 37. Baltoy cannot learn this move at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.

Due to Baltoy learning Cosmic Power at level 31 in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Baltoy can know Cosmic Power at level 35 and level 36 from Generation V onward.

  Hunter Meli's Linoone Slash Pokémon Colosseum In Pyrite Cave during the rematch, Meli's Linoone knows Slash at level 39, although Linoone does not learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Linoone learning Slash at level 32 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Linoone can know Slash at level 39 from Generation VI onward.

  Hunter Doken's Linoone Slash Pokémon Colosseum In the Pyrite Building during the rematch, Doken's Linoone knows Slash at level 37, although Linoone does not learn this move until level 41. Zigzagoon cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Linoone learning Slash at level 32 in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Linoone can know Slash at level 37 from Generation VI onward.

  Dakim's Marshtomp Muddy Water Pokémon Colosseum During the first battle, Dakim's Marshtomp knows Muddy Water at level 36, although Marshtomp does not learn this move until level 37. Mudkip cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
  Cipher Peon Dioge's Masquerain Silver Wind Pokémon Colosseum At Realgam Tower during the first battle, Dioge's Masquerain knows Silver Wind at level 42, although Masquerain does not learn this move until level 47. Surskit cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Masquerain learning Silver Wind at level 40 and via TM62 in Generation IV, Masquerain can know Silver Wind at level 42 from Generation IV onward.

  Bodybuilder Lona's Masquerain Stun Spore and Whirlwind Pokémon Colosseum In The Under during the first battle, Lona's Masquerain knows Stun Spore and Whirlwind at level 39, although Masquerain does not learn these moves until level 40 and level 53 respectively. Surskit cannot learn these moves, which means it cannot know them at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Masquerain learning Stun Spore at level 33 in Generation IV, Masquerain can know Stun Spore at level 39 from Generation IV onward. Due to Masquerain learning Whirlwind at level 1 in Generation VI, Masquerain can know Whirlwind at level 39 from Generation VI onward.

  Cipher Peon Nore's Masquerain Whirlwind Pokémon Colosseum At the Snagem Hideout during the rematch, Nore's Masquerain knows Whirlwind at level 52, although Masquerain does not learn this move until level 53. Surskit cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Masquerain learning Whirlwind at level 1 in Generation VI, Masquerain can know Whirlwind at level 39 from Generation VI onward.

  Chaser Trus's Magneton Zap Cannon and Tri Attack Pokémon Colosseum Trus's Magneton knows Tri Attack and Zap Cannon at level 40, although Magneton does not learn these moves until level 44 and level 62 respectively. It cannot learn these moves at a lower level due to breeding because its gender is unknown.

Due to Magneton learning Tri Attack at level 1 in Generation IV and Zap Cannon at level 1 in Generation VI, Magneton can know these moves at level 40 from those respective generations onward.

  Hunter Aline's Metang Iron Defense Pokémon Colosseum Aline's Metang knows Iron Defense at level 39, although Metang does not learn this move until level 44. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, could not learn this move at the time.

Due to Beldum and Metang being able to learn Iron Defense via Move Tutor in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Metang can know Iron Defense at level 39 from Generation IV onward.

  Hunter Zalo's Metang Meteor Mash Pokémon Colosseum During the rematch, Zalo's Metang knows Meteor Mash at level 39, although Metang does not learn this move until level 50. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move.
  Bodybuilder Givern's Wigglytuff Hyper Voice Pokémon Colosseum Givern's Wigglytuff knows Hyper Voice at level 43, although Wigglytuff does not learn this move until level 44 as a Jigglypuff. Its pre-evolved form, Igglybuff, cannot learn this move until Generation V.

Due to Igglybuff, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff being able to learn Hyper Voice via Move Tutor in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Wigglytuff can know Hyper Voice at level 43 from Generation V onward.

  Fun Old Man Berlo's Espeon Morning Sun Pokémon Colosseum In Mt. Battle Area 8 in Battle Mode Singles, Berlo's Espeon knows Morning Sun at level 50 minimum although Espeon does not learn this move until level 52. Eevee cannot learn this move, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.

Due to Espeon learning Morning Sun at level 33 in Black 2 and White 2, Espeon can know Morning Sun at level 50 from Generation V onward.

  Cipher Peon Petro's Metang Iron Defense Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Petro's Metang knows Iron Defense at level 39, although Metang does not learn this move until level 44. Its pre-evolution, Beldum, cannot learn this move until Generation IV.

Due to Beldum and Metang being able to learn Iron Defense via Move Tutor in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Metang can know Iron Defense at level 39 from Generation IV onward.

  Cooltrainer Noxon's Articuno Sheer Cold Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Noxon's Articuno knows Sheer Cold at level 64, although Articuno does not learn this move until level 85. It cannot know it at a lower level due to it being a Legendary Pokémon.

Due to Articuno learning Sheer Cold at level 1 in Generation VI, Articuno can know Sheer Cold at level 64 from Generation VI onward.

Unobtainable combinations of moves for the current level

Artwork Name Move Game Notes
  Youngster Bernie's Machop Vital Throw and Counter Pokémon Stadium 2 Youngster Bernie, the first Trainer in the Little Cup Round 2, has a level 5 Machop that knows both Vital Throw and Counter. While Machop can know both of these moves simultaneously if it is taught Counter as a TM in Generation I and transferred forward to Generation II to learn Vital Throw at level 31, this combination is impossible at level 5 because the only way Machop would be able to know Vital Throw at level 5 is by breeding, and Generation II moves cannot be traded back to Generation I for it to then learn Counter by TM.

Due to Machop being able to learn Counter as an Egg Move in Generation III and from the Move Tutor for Counter in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, and Machop maintaining Vital Throw as a level-up move, this combination is possible at level 5 from Generation III onward.

Discrepancies in spin-off games

In spin-off games, sometimes Pokémon will know moves they wouldn't be able to know in the core games.

Super Smash Bros. series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Goldeen Splash Super Smash Bros. series In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Goldeen that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Splash.  
  Pichu Skull Bash and Agility Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pichu's side special is Skull Bash and its up special is Agility. Both moves are cloned from Pikachu, which can learn both moves in Generation I.  
  Unown Take Down Super Smash Bros. Melee In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Unown that may emerge from a Poké Ball use Take Down.
  Celebi Fly Super Smash Bros. Melee,
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Celebi that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Fly.  
  Rayquaza Dig Super Smash Bros. Brawl In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of Rayquaza's attacks is Dig.  
  Jirachi Fly Super Smash Bros. Brawl In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Jirachi that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Fly.  
  Bonsly Tackle Super Smash Bros. Brawl In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Bonsly that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Tackle.  
  Snivy Razor Leaf Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Snivy that may emerge from a Poké Ball uses Razor Leaf.  

Moves that were possible at one point in the core series games

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Pikachu Skull Bash Super Smash Bros. Brawl,
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
From Super Smash Bros. Melee onward, Pikachu's side special is Skull Bash. Although Pikachu cannot know this move from Generation III to VI, it was available to teach Pikachu via TM40 in Generation I, making it a possible move at the release of Melee (during Generation II).  
  Mewtwo Teleport Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U From its debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee onward, Mewtwo's up special is Teleport. Although Mewtwo cannot know this move from Generation III to VI, it was available to teach Mewtwo via TM30 in Generation I, making it a possible move at the release of Melee (during Generation II).  

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Team Meanies Gengar Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team When this Gengar is being escorted through Mt. Freeze and Murky Cave with the player, it knows Leer, Scratch, and Quick Attack, as well as the legitimate move Taunt. These moves are the first four level-up moves of Absol or Sneasel in these games, the former being a Pokémon that helps the player in the journey up Mt. Freeze after defeating Articuno for the first time in Frosty Forest.

This was changed in the remake; it now has Shadow Ball, Sucker Punch, Hypnosis, and Dream Eater.

 

Pokémon Rumble series

Artwork Name Move Game Notes Picture
  Gift Togepi Draining Kiss Pokémon Rumble World A Togepi acquired via a password knows Draining Kiss, although Togepi could not learn this move this move at the time.

Due to Draining Kiss being a TM in Pokémon Sword and Shield that Togepi can learn, this is now possible in the Generation VIII core series games.

 
  Gift Froakie Water Shuriken Pokémon Rumble World A Froakie acquired via a password knows Water Shuriken.  

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, several Pokémon may learn moves that they cannot learn in the core series games. While it is possible to transfer some Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, their moves are not transferred.

As part of the August 19, 2016 server update, all moves of that type were removed from their respective Pokémon's move pools. However, later updates introduced additional cases where Pokémon can have moves that they cannot know in the core series games.

The following table lists moves that have been removed from the Pokémon's permanent move pools. Unlike most other legacy moves, and with the exception of Stomp for Hitmonlee, these moves cannot be learned using an Elite Fast TM or Elite Charged TM.

Pokémon Move Notes
  Diglett Mud Shot Diglett obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack.
  Dugtrio Mud Shot Dugtrio obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack.
  Graveler Mud Shot Graveler obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack.
  Golem Mud Shot Golem obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Mud Shot as a Fast Attack.
  Grimer Acid Grimer obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack.
  Muk Acid Muk obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack.
  Hitmonlee Stomp Hitmonlee obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Stomp as a Charged Attack.
Currently, Hitmonlee can learn Stomp using an Elite Charged TM.
  Koffing Acid Koffing obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack.
  Weezing Acid Weezing obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Acid as a Fast Attack.
  Chansey Psybeam Chansey obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Psybeam as a Charged Attack.
  Staryu Quick Attack Staryu obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack.
  Starmie Quick Attack Starmie obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack.
  Porygon Quick Attack Porygon obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack.
  Shedinja Bite Due to an oversight, Shedinja obtained early on November 1, 2018 could have Bite as a Fast Attack. Shedinja's Fast Attack pool was changed shortly after its official release.

Moves that were possible in previous generations

The following lists moves that could be learned in Generation I or II, but were not possible in the Generation VI games (the most recent games at the time of Pokémon GO's release).

Pokémon Move Notes
  Seel Water Gun Seel obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Water Gun as a Fast Attack.
Currently, Seel can only learn this move using an Elite Fast TM.
  Gyarados Dragon Breath Gyarados can have Dragon Breath as a Fast Attack.

Former errors

Pokémon Move Notes
  Jigglypuff Play Rough Jigglypuff obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Play Rough as a Charged Attack, but could not know this move in core series games prior to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
Currently, Jigglypuff can only learn this move in Pokémon GO using an Elite Charged TM.
  Starmie Psybeam Starmie obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Psybeam as a Charged Attack, but could not know this move in the core series games prior to The Isle of Armor Expansion.
  Omastar Rock Throw Omastar obtained prior to August 19, 2016 can have Rock Throw as a Fast Attack, but could not know this move in Generation III onward prior to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Omastar had previously been able to know Rock Throw through an event in Generation II, which is not transferable to later generations.
Currently, Omastar can only learn this move in Pokémon GO using an Elite Fast TM.
  Pichu Quick Attack Pichu obtained prior to February 16, 2017 can have Quick Attack as a Fast Attack, but could not know this move in the core series games prior to Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Currently, Pichu has no way of learning this move in Pokémon GO.

Shadow and Purified Pokémon

Due to the mechanics behind Shadow Pokémon, the listed Pokémon will have Frustration as their Charged Attack as Shadow Pokémon and Return as their Charged Attack once purified, but these cannot learn either of these moves in the core series games.

As Frustration and Return have been traditionally moves that are available to all TM-compatible Pokémon and were TMs from Generation II to VII, all of the following Pokémon are Pokémon that are incompatible with TMs in the core series games. Because all Shadow Pokémon are currently Pokémon from Generation I to IV, the fact that Return and Frustration are no longer TMs in Generation VIII does not affect this list at present.

Pokémon Moves
  Weedle Frustration
Return
  Kakuna
  Magikarp
  Wobbuffet
  Beldum

Pokémon Quest

As most of these moves can be obtained by the player, the errors also apply to their evolved forms as well.

Artwork Name Move Picture
  Caterpie Take Down and Lunge  
 
  Weedle Lunge  
  Abra Psybeam  
  Slowpoke Ice Punch  
  Koffing Lava Plume  
  Goldeen Splash  
  Scyther Lunge  
  Magikarp
(Happenstance Island boss)
Hyper Beam  
  Moltres Lava Plume  
  Mew Recover  
Move errors in various Pokémon canons
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