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An '''HM slave''', or sometimes '''HM mule''', is a Pokémon which is in the party not to be used in {{pkmn|battle}}, but to provide the use of [[HM]] moves or other {{cat|moves usable outside of battle}} that typically are not suitable for a powerful team. An HM slave itself is usually considered to be a Pokémon that can have all four of its moves taken up by HMs, and occasionally by any move usable outside of battle.
 
Most HM slaves are incredibly common Pokémon, typically those which can be captured on the first [[routes]] of a given game. A majority of them are {{type2|Normal}}, which is fitting, considering that this type is shared with three of the eight current HMs, and {{m|Rock Smash}}, throughthough it is {{t|Fighting}}, is also usually available to them as well. {{type2|Water}} Pokémon are also common, as they also have three HM moves which share their type, and many are also able to use at least one or two of the other five. Because of these two tendencies, as well as its typing, {{p|Bibarel}} is often regarded as the ideal HM slave.
 
Due to both {{m|Fly}} and {{m|Defog}} sharing the {{type2|Flying}}, Pokémon of this type are also considered to be good HM slaves in Generation IV, especially considering Defog's effect does nothing to harm the opponent directly at all (while Flash lowered the opponent's accuracy, causing moves to sometimes miss, Defog merely lowers their evasiveness).
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