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'''Chain breeding''' is the process of {{pkmn|breeding}} a [[move]] to a {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} that can only learn it as an [[Egg Move]], then in turn using that Pokémon to pass down the move to another Pokémon that can learn the move as an Egg Move, but cannot breed with the original Pokémon.
 
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Many moves must be chain bred, with these moves being more prevalent in earlier generations, as more Pokémon with larger learnsets and different [[Egg Group]] combinations continue to be introduced. What follows is a list of the steps needed to get an Eevee with {{m|-Wish}} in [[Generation VIII]] from a male {{p|Togekiss}} though {{p|Pichu}} that needs to evolve into {{p|Pikachu}} to be able to align="center"breed:
! width="20%" class="roundyleft" style="background:#{{normal color light}}" | Grandparents
| width="20%" style="background:#FFF" | [[File:176Togetic.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Togetic}}{{male}}<br>(knows {{m|Wish}})
| width="20%" style="background:#FFF" | [[File:025Pikachu.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Pikachu}}{{female}}
| width="40%" |
|- align="center"
! class="roundyleft" style="background:#{{normal color light}}" | Parents
| colspan="2" style="background:#FFF" | [[File:172Pichu.png|96px]]&nbsp;→&nbsp;[[File:025Pikachu.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Pichu}}{{male}} → {{p|Pikachu}}{{male}}<br>(knows {{m|Wish}})
| width="20%" style="background:#FFF" | [[File:196Espeon.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Espeon}}{{female}}
|- align="center"
! class="roundyleft" style="background:#{{normal color light}}" | Child
| class="roundybr" colspan="3" style="background:#FFF" | [[File:133Eevee.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Eevee}}{{male}}<br>(knows {{m|Wish}})
|}
 
It can also be used to pass on entire movesets, even if individual moves are able to be passed down without an intermediary. For example, taking the child Eevee with Wish and leveling it up so that it will learn {{m|Baton Pass}} at level 36, it can pass down '''''both''''' moves to a child {{p|Spinda}},class="roundy" whichstyle="margin:auto; cannottext-align:center; learnbackground:#FFF6DE; eitherborder:5px ofsolid them#9CCD83" normally.cellpadding=5px
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{| class="roundy"! style="background:#D5CDA4; {{normal colorroundytl|5px}};" border:colspan="2" 2px| solid#{{normal color dark}}"Parents
|-! alignstyle="centerbackground:#D5CDA4" | Offspring
! width="20%" class="roundyleft" style="background:#{{normal color light}}" | Parents-
| width="20%"! style="background:#FFFD5CDA4" |colspan="4" [[File:133Eevee.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Eevee}}{{male}}<br>(knows {{m|Wish}} and {{m|BatonFirst Pass}})step
| class="roundytr" width="20%"- style="background:#FFF83B46A" | [[File:327Spinda.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Spinda}}{{female}}
|- align[[File:026Raichu.png|96px|link="center"Raichu (Pokémon)]]
!| class="roundyleft" style="background[[File:#{{normal color light}}" 468Togekiss.png|96px|link=Togekiss Child(Pokémon)]]
| class="roundybr" colspan="2" style="background:#FFF" | [[File:327Spinda172Pichu.png|96px]]<br>{{p|Spinda}}{{male}}<br>link=Pichu (knows {{m|Wish}} and {{m|Baton Pass}}Pokémon)]]
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| {{pcolor|Raichu|000}}{{color|e82010|♀}}
| {{pcolor|Togekiss|000}}{{color|0070f8|♂}}
| {{pcolor|Pichu|000}}{{color|0070f8|♂}}
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Electric color light}}" | {{mcolor|Discharge|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Wish|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Wish|000}}'''
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Charm|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Charm|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Charm|000}}'''
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Electric color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Thunder Wave|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Flying color light}}" | {{mcolor|Air Slash|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Electric color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Thunder Wave|000}}'''
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Dark color light}}" | {{mcolor|Nasty Plot|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | {{mcolor|Dazzling Gleam|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Electric color light}}" | {{mcolor|Thunder Shock|000}}
|-
! style="background:#D5CDA4" colspan="4" | Second step
|- style="background:#83B46A"
| [[File:134Vaporeon.png|96px|link=Vaporeon (Pokémon)]]
| [[File:025Pikachu.png|96px|link=Pikachu (Pokémon)]]
| [[File:133Eevee.png|96px|link=Eevee (Pokémon)]]
|-
| style="background:#9CCD83" | {{pcolor|Vaporeon|000}}{{color|e82010|♀}}
| style="background:#9CCD83" | {{pcolor|Pikachu|000}}{{color|0070f8|♂}}
| style="background:#9CCD83" | {{pcolor|Eevee|000}}
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Water color light}}" | {{mcolor|Scald|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Wish|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Wish|000}}'''
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Charm|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Charm|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Fairy color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Charm|000}}'''
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Helping Hand|000}}'''
| style="background-color: #{{Electric color light}}" | {{mcolor|Thunder Wave|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | '''{{mcolor|Helping Hand|000}}'''
|- style="background:#9CCD83"
| style="background-color: #{{Ice color light}}" | {{mcolor|Aurora Beam|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Electric color light}}" | {{mcolor|Thunder Shock|000}}
| style="background-color: #{{Normal color light}}" | {{mcolor|Covet|000}}
|}
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Many breeding chains, however, are far longer than the Wish chain, and breeding chains can get longer still if a specific set of four moves is wanted on a specific Pokémon. Most chains that begin in the {{egg3|Field}} are made easier by {{p|Smeargle}}'s ability to learn any move through {{m|Sketch}}, and some, especially in early generations, explicitly ''require'' that a Smeargle Sketch a move that is otherwise exclusive to an all-female or genderless species, such as {{m|Heal Bell}} in [[Generation II]] (exclusive to {{p|Miltank}} and {{p|Celebi}}).
 
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