Metronome (move)

Metronome
ゆびをふる Wag Finger
Metronome VIII.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cute
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Can be repeatedly used without boring the judge.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Makes the order of contestants random in the next turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

Metronome (Japanese: ゆびをふる Wag Finger) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM35 in Generation I. It is TR14 in Generation VIII.

Effect

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Interaction with choice items and moves the user already knows aside from Generation V
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Generation I

Metronome randomly selects a move and fully executes the attack. An attack called by Metronome in this way counts as the last move used.

If Metronome successfully calls Hyper Beam or a partial trapping move and has 0 PP before the move fully executes, its PP can roll over in the same manner as the move is called, with full PP Ups applied. A Pokémon will be able to use a move that is disabled if called via Metronome.

Because Metronome has normal move priority, a move with higher or lower priority may be executed other than when it normally would. For instance, Metronome may cause Quick Attack to be used after a normal priority move or Roar to be used before a normal priority move.

Generation II

The Struggle bypassing glitch was fixed, so Metronome's PP cannot roll over.

Generations III and IV

Metronome ignores the effects of Lock-On and Mind Reader when choosing a Pokémon to target. Metronome will not prioritize any Pokémon to target; it will randomly target any opponent a move is able to target (even if the move has a positive effect, such as Heal Pulse). If the move can only target the field, a team, or the user, it will do so. If Metronome chooses Acupressure, it can target the user or an ally (in a Single Battle, it will always target the user).

Generations V and VI

If Metronome chooses Acupressure in a Rotation Battle, it will always target the user.

Pokémon that know Metronome are banned from participating in Pokéstar Studio films.

If Metronome calls a move the user knows and its user is holding a Choice Band, Choice Specs, or Choice Scarf, the move Metronome called will be locked by the Choice item. Otherwise, Metronome is the locked move. If a multi-turn move called by Metronome triggers Cursed Body, the multi-turn move will be disabled by Cursed Body, even if the user of Metronome does not know that move; otherwise, Metronome will be disabled.

Generation VII onward

If Metronome calls a multi-turn move such as Rollout or Dig and its user is holding a Choice Band, Choice Specs, or Choice Scarf, the move will activate on the first turn, but will fail and end the move on the next turn.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Metronome, the randomly selected move will become its corresponding Z-Move. If the selected move is a status move, it will not receive its Z-Power effect.

Unselectable moves

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Unselectable moves in Generation VIII, whether Shadow moves can be called, and if Dark Void can be called since, in Generation VII, it fails if use by anyone besides Darkrai.
You can discuss this on the talk page.

In all core series games except Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Metronome can select any move except itself, a Max Move, a Z-Move, or any of the moves marked with a ✓ in the following table:


In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Metronome can only select moves introduced in Generation I. It can select any move introduced in Generation I, except itself and the following moves:


Description

Games Description
StadStad2 The user waggles its finger, triggering a move. There is no telling what will happen.
GSC Randomly uses any Pokémon move.
RSEColo.XD Waggles a finger to use any Pokémon move at random.
FRLG Waggles a finger and stimulates the brain into using any move at random.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user waggles a finger and stimulates the brain into randomly using nearly any move.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The user waggles a finger and stimulates its brain into randomly using nearly any move.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy 31 34 29 31 34BW
31B2W2
31 31SMUSUM
18PE
20
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy 1 1 1 1 1 1 1SMUSUM
1, Evo.PE
1
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster 1
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 30 30 30 20 20 20 20SMUSUM
66PE
60
175   Togepi
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 7 6RSE
4FRLG
6 5 5 5 24
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy 7 6RSE
1, 4FRLG
1, 6 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 24
446   Munchlax
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 40
468   Togekiss
 
 
Flying Fairy 1
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/TR

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
TM35
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TR14
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy
056   Mankey
  Field Field
057   Primeape
  Field Field
061   Poliwhirl
  Water 1 Water 1
062   Poliwrath
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
066   Machop
  Human-Like Human-Like
067   Machoke
  Human-Like Human-Like
068   Machamp
  Human-Like Human-Like
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
106   Hitmonlee
  Human-Like Human-Like
107   Hitmonchan
  Human-Like Human-Like
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
125   Electabuzz
  Human-Like Human-Like
126   Magmar
  Human-Like Human-Like
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
173   Cleffa
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
175   Togepi
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy
186   Politoed
  Water 1 Water 1
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
241   Miltank
  Field Field
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
272   Ludicolo
 
 
Water 1 Grass
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
356   Dusclops
  Amorphous Amorphous
385   Jirachi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
440   Happiny
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
446   Munchlax
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
468   Togekiss
 
 
Flying Fairy
477   Dusknoir
  Amorphous Amorphous
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
683   Aromatisse
  Fairy Fairy
685   Slurpuff
  Fairy Fairy
719   Diancie
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
818   Inteleon
  Water 1 Field
854   Sinistea
  Mineral Amorphous
855   Polteageist
  Mineral Amorphous
859   Impidimp
 
 
Fairy Human-Like
860   Morgrem
 
 
Fairy Human-Like
861   Grimmsnarl
 
 
Fairy Human-Like
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
869   Alcremie
  Fairy Amorphous
876   Indeedee
Male
 
 
Fairy Fairy
876   Indeedee
Female
 
 
Fairy Fairy
898   Calyrex
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
Ice Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
Shadow Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
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 Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
173   Cleffa
  Fairy Fairy
209   Snubbull
  Field Fairy
440   Happiny
  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 Types Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy
056   Mankey
  Field Field
057   Primeape
  Field Field
061   Poliwhirl
  Water 1 Water 1
062   Poliwrath
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
066   Machop
  Human-Like Human-Like
067   Machoke
  Human-Like Human-Like
068   Machamp
  Human-Like Human-Like
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
106   Hitmonlee
  Human-Like Human-Like
107   Hitmonchan
  Human-Like Human-Like
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
122   Mr. Mime
  Human-Like Human-Like
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
173   Cleffa
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
175   Togepi
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy
186   Politoed
  Water 1 Water 1
190   Aipom
  Field Field
209   Snubbull
  Field Fairy
210   Granbull
  Field Fairy
216   Teddiursa
  Field Field
217   Ursaring
  Field Field
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
241   Miltank
  Field Field
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
272   Ludicolo
 
 
Water 1 Grass
296   Makuhita
  Human-Like Human-Like
297   Hariyama
  Human-Like Human-Like
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
307   Meditite
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
308   Medicham
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
311   Plusle
  Fairy Fairy
312   Minun
  Fairy Fairy
313   Volbeat
  Bug Human-Like
314   Illumise
  Bug Human-Like
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
354   Banette
  Amorphous Amorphous
356   Dusclops
  Amorphous Amorphous
385   Jirachi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
173   Cleffa
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Pokéwalker - Amity Meadow
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered Pokémon Center Mystery Egg #1
New York City Pokémon Center
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

In Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team, Metronome is a move with 22PP. The user picks a random move from eligible pool, and performs it in the direction it is currently facing.

In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, the move is now affected by Taunt.

The pool of selectable moves is noticeably smaller than in main series; out of all moves in the games, only the following can be called:

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Status 1 —% Uses one of several moves at random.

In-depth description

The several moves are as follows:

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: What are the odds of these moves happening?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Super Smash Bros. series

In Super Smash Bros., if Clefairy is released from a Poké Ball, it will use Metronome to copy a move done by another Poké Ball Pokémon. It returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but its options are reduced to Explosion, Blizzard, Fire Spin, and Gust.

Togepi is another Pokémon in Melee that will use Metronome when released from a Poké Ball. It can call up Sleep Powder, Leech Seed, Magnitude, Powder Snow, or Night Shade. It reappears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with SmokeScreen replacing Night Shade and Hypnosis replacing Sleep Powder. Togepi uses this new moveset in every game after Brawl.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Randomly looses a move from among all the moves known to Pokémon.
MDTDS Causes the user to unleash a random move drawn from the vast number of moves that Pokémon can know.
BSL たくさんのわざのなかから ランダムで ひとつえらんで わざを くりだす
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD
MDRTDX
You can use a randomly selected move. Some moves aren't available, so be careful!


In the anime

       
Clefairy Togepi Munchlax Clefable
The Pokémon waves its arms back and forth until they glow. The Pokémon then performs a random move.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Clefairy Clefairy points its index fingers out and starts to wave them back and forth until the fingertips glow white. Clefairy then performs a random move.
Multiple wild Clefairy Clefairy and the Moon Stone Debut
Multiple wild Clefairy Pikachu's Rescue Adventure None
Whitney's Clefairy A Goldenrod Opportunity None
Multiple wild Clefairy A Real Cleffa-Hanger None
  Drowzee Drowzee waves its arms back and forth until its fingertips begin to glow white. Drowzee then performs a random move.
Butch and Cassidy's Drowzee Pikachu Re-Volts None
  Togepi Togepi begins to wave its arms back and forth until they begin to glow white or Togepi dances. Togepi then performs a random move.
Misty's Togepi Pikachu Re-Volts None
Multiple wild Togepi A Togepi Mirage! None
A wild Togepi The Power of Us None
  Cleffa Cleffa waves its arms back and forth until they start to glow white. Cleffa then performs a random move.
Multiple wild Cleffa A Real Cleffa-Hanger None
  Clefable Clefable sticks its fingers in the air and waves them back and forth until its fingertips begin to glow white. Clefable then performs a random move.
Multiple wild Clefable A Real Cleffa-Hanger None
A Coordinator's Clefable New Plot, Odd Lot! None
  Munchlax Munchlax raises its hands and waves its fingertips back and forth until they start to glow white. It then uses a random move.
May's Munchlax A Real Cleffa-Hanger None


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Magical Pokémon Journey


The Electric Tale of Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • The move's Japanese name refers to the wagging finger associated with the move, implying the user is randomly deciding a move from a list. The move's English name refers to the regular ticks associated with the move, which sound like the device it is named after.
  • In the Pokémon anime, Splash has been the most common result of Metronome.
  • The move description was incorrect in Generations II and III, as they stated that the Metronome user can use any move (in reality, there are some unusable moves). This was fixed from Generation IV onwards, stating "nearly any move" instead.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 揮指 Fāijí
Mandarin 揮指 / 挥指 Huīzhǐ *
揮指功 / 挥指功 Huīzhǐ-gōng *
彈指功 Tánzhǐ-gōng *
摇手指 Yáo Shǒuzhǐ *
  Czech Metronom
  Danish Metronom
  Dutch Metronoom
  Finnish Metronomi
  French Métronome
  German Metronom
  Greek Μετρονόμος Metronómos
  Italian Metronomo
  Korean 손가락흔들기 Songarakheundeulgi
  Norwegian Metronom
  Polish Metronom
Portuguese   Brazil Metrônomo
Metronome (PS033)
  Portugal Metrónomo
  Russian Метроном Metronom
  Spanish Metrónomo
  Swedish Metronom
  Vietnamese Vẫy Ngón Tay



Generation I TMs
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Generation I HMs
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Generation VIII TMs
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75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation VIII TRs
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