Talk:Thunder Wave (move)

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If I have a 4th generation game pic of this (don't worry, it's a good one), should I replace the current pic? --Theryguy512 20:47, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Let's see it. TTEchidna 22:04, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Here it is:

What do you think? --Theryguy512 22:47, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Move's Accuracy

I forget where, but I was informed (maybe wrongly) that if this move is use against an electric-type, it's accuracy is reduced by 3%. Does anyone know if this is true? I highly doubt it, but if it's a possibility... - unsigned comment from Dark Boye (talkcontribs)

I haven't noticed that when playing, and I doubt it anyway. Also, remeber to sign your comments with ~~~~, but don't go back and sign, because that will put the wrong timestamp on. Werdnae 22:49, 9 May 2009 (UTC)


Are we sure that the Joltik used Thunderwave and not thunderbolt? It looked like thunderbolt to me? Emeraldben 11:52, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Sanshirō's Joltik used Thunderbolt and it looked different. And IMO wild Joltik's move didn't look like Thunderbolt at all.--Den Zen 11:57, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
  • It did to me, all it done was shock the opponent? we don't know for sure though?Emeraldben 11:59, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
I don't think we should be assuming it's a move at all. Remember what happened here? --ケンジガール 12:02, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Maybe I'm just weird, but I've always sort of thought Pokémon could just use their abilities (as in controlling electricity or breathing fire; not the actual Abilities) however they wanted without actually generating a move. Like when a Pokémon eats, it isn't using Bite on the food. Or if two Pokémon fall in love, it wasn't because of Attract. I don't see why Joltik had to use anything. It stores electricity, it let some of it out to warn Oshawott. Besides, doesn't Thunder Wave paralyze but not do any damage? It sure looked like Oshawott was getting hurt. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 18:57, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, obvious things like Bite, Dig, etc. probably wouldn't be the move. However, I personally think it could be an attack. You said that it was warning Oshawott, but it was still hurting it? Plus, games=/=anime, right? Thunder Wave has been used as an attack move before (Thunder Wave included, like Chinchou, Magnemite, Dragonite, Nosepass (kinda), Manectric, and Plusle). Another arguement I have is it formed a cage around Oshawott's body, preventing it from barely moving its arms around too much without getting shocked. Many Pokemon have done this using Thunder Wave in the anime (Clair's Dragonair, the two Magneton and Magnemite that were holding Ash's Torkoal hostage?). Also, you mention not to assume moves, but then again, no one said that Simisear was using Flamethrower, or that the Galvantula was using Discharge in BW024? Finally, as said above, it cannot be Thunderbolt, since it looks much different, as does Electro Ball and Electroweb (I actually considered this an option because it formed a net around Oshawott, but it looks completely different), and Discharge is a damaging move that damages everyone on the field, and it only (kinda) damaged Oshawott. Littlmiget123 00:33, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
I have one last arguement as well. ^-^' Since it was just Ash with them when Joltik appeared, he probably wouldn't have said the move anyways, because the show shows him to be unknown to all the Unova Pokemon. Cilan is usually the one to say the attack the move was. Littlmiget123 00:35, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Actually, the move that Galvantula used in BW024 was said to be Discharge. As for Simisear's Flamethrower, that is obviously what it is. All Flamethrowers look like that without variation.
As I said before, the Galvantula attacked Ash's Scraggy with its stingy hairs. It ended up causing a lot of conflict on Bulbapedia over what move was when it was not a move at all. I don't want the same happening here. But who knows. Perhaps it is a move. You say it's impossible to be Thunderbolt or Discharge because of its size and power. But Joltik is a little Pokémon. And as Pikachu showed countless times, Thunderbolt's power can be decreased at will.
If it is not blatantly obvious what it is, don't try to guess is all I'm trying to say. --ケンジガール 00:48, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Ah, was it? I wasn't sure if it was or not. ^-^' I do see what you mean, however, but I narrowed down the possibilities. Thunderbolt was actually used in the Don George Tournament by a Joltik, and Joltik physically shocked Langley's Beartic instead of the electricity going around it. Usually with evolutions, moves tend to stay around the same method (Chimchar - Monferno - Infernape Mach Punch, but no other example are coming to me atm). And while you're right that even though Joltik's little, the electricity curved itself around Oshawott. I suggest that we put it up, and if it is later confirmed to be a different move, we get rid of it, as simple as that. I just don't understand why when a move isn't said aloud, it isn't the move unless it's obvious like Flamethrower. *shrugs* I'm not bragging at all when I say this, but I've put up some reasonable reasons to why it could be Thunder Wave and minused other possibilities, since Joltik doesn't learn any other Electric-type moves. When I put a move entry in the anime section, I do some extensive research before I deduce what the move is, comparing it to the other moves that it can learn. Please know I'm just stating my reasons, and not trying to be difficult in any way. ^-^' Littlmiget123 01:10, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Not trying to sound annoying, but is anyone going to debate against this? Littlmiget123 01:59, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

Murkrow SM038

I added Murkrow to the list of anime Pokémon that have used Thunder Wave, but it has since been removed. I know about the policy for anime moves and understand moves like Hydro Pump and Bite have to be explicitly stated, but in this case the exact same animation used for Thunder Wave in the XY series was used in the episode. Also, no other move has an animation similar to this one and therefore can't be mistaken with another move (like with Hydro Pump and Water Gun), so there should be no uncertainty about which move was used. Satsjoe (talk) 17:51, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

I was unsure at first but I rewatched the Olympia battle- it defiantly is Thunder Wave. Diamond Lanturn CodeName: 05308 20:48, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
I agree. I can see why similar moves like Bite/Hyper Fang or Water Gun/Hydro Pump can look too similar to be 100% confirmable without being outright named, but there's no doubt about this one. The animation is identical, even the hitting animation is the same. --FinnishPokéFan92 (talk) 04:21, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
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