Twister (move)

Twister
たつまき Twister
Twister IX.png
Twister IX 2.png
Type  Dragon
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  40
Accuracy  100%
Priority  0
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Range
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Many Others: Affects all adjacent opponents, but not allies
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Scrambles the order of appeals on the next turn.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Twister (Japanese: たつまき Twister) is a damage-dealing Dragon-type move introduced in Generation II.

Effect

Generation II

Twister inflicts damage and has a 20% chance of causing each target to flinch. It will hit all adjacent opponents in battles featuring multiple Pokémon.

Twister can hit a Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turns of Fly and Bounce, and if it does, will deal double the damage.

Generation III

Twister is now affected by King's Rock.

Generation IV

If Twister hits a Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turns of Fly or Bounce, its power will now be doubled instead of the damage dealt (resulting in virtually the same effect).

Generation V onwards

Twister can now hit a Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turns of Fly, Bounce and Sky Drop, and if it does, will deal double the damage (rather than double in power).

Twister will knock down Berries growing on Berry trees found in the background of battles.

Twister is no longer affected by King's Rock.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Twister targets only one Pokémon, like all other moves in this game. It lowers the target's action speed.

Category  Special
PP  25
Agile Strong
Power  40  30  50
Accuracy  100%  100%  100%
Action speed modifier
Self  0  0  +5
Target  +3  +5  +3
Additional effect
   ?  ?
   ?  ?
   ?  ?
None

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A Dragon-type attack. Has a one-in-five chance of causing the target to flinch.
GSC Whips up a tornado to attack.
RSE Whips up a vicious twister to tear at the foe.
FRLG A vicious twister attacks the foe. It may make the foe flinch.
ColoXD Whips up a vicious twister which may cause flinching.
DPPtPBR The user whips up a vicious twister to tear at the foe. It may also make the foe flinch.
HGSS The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at the foe. It may also make the foe flinch.
BWB2W2 The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at the opposing team. It may also make targets flinch.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at the opposing Pokémon. This may also make them flinch.
SwShBDSP
SV
The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at opposing Pokémon. This may also make them flinch.
LA The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0016    
 
Flying Flying 21 21 21 21 21
0017    
 
Flying Flying 22 22 22 22 22
0018    
 
Flying Flying 22 22 22 22 22
0116     Water 1 Dragon 29 29 26 26 26XY
17ORAS
17 10 10 10
0117     Water 1 Dragon 29 29 26 26 26XY
17ORAS
17 1 1 1
0130    
 
Water 2 Dragon 35 35 29 29 29 24 1 1 5 1
0147     Water 1 Dragon 15 15 11 11 11 11 5 5 5
0148     Water 1 Dragon 1, 15 1, 15 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1 1 1
0149    
 
Water 1 Dragon 1, 15 1, 15 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1 1 1
0230    
 
Water 1 Dragon 29 29 26 26 26XY
17ORAS
17 1 1 1
0350     Water 1 Dragon 25 17 17 17XY
14ORAS
14 8 8 8
0384    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0443    
 
Monster Dragon 5
0444    
 
Monster Dragon 5
0445    
 
Monster Dragon 5
0483  
Dialga
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
0484  
Palkia
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
0627    
 
Flying Flying 11
0628  
Braviary
Hisuian Form
 
 
Flying Flying 11
0641  
Tornadus
All forms
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11
0642  
Thundurus
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11
0645  
Landorus
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11
0691    
 
Water 1 Dragon 1, 67 1, Evo.
0780    
 
Monster Dragon 5 5
0841    
 
Grass Dragon 1 1
0895     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
0905  
Enamorus
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11 15
1009    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
1021    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0226    
 
Water 1 Water 1
0278    
 
Water 1 Flying
0371     Dragon Dragon
0443    
 
Monster Dragon
0458    
 
Water 1 Water 1
0495     Field Grass
0690    
 
Water 1 Dragon
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0006    
 
Monster Dragon
0012    
 
Bug Bug
0016    
 
Flying Flying
0017    
 
Flying Flying
0018    
 
Flying Flying
0021    
 
Flying Flying
0022    
 
Flying Flying
0041    
 
Flying Flying
0042    
 
Flying Flying
0049    
 
Bug Bug
0083    
 
Flying Field
0095    
 
Mineral Mineral
0116     Water 1 Dragon
0117     Water 1 Dragon
0120     Water 3 Water 3
0121    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0130    
 
Water 2 Dragon
0142    
 
Flying Flying
0144    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0145    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0146    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0147     Water 1 Dragon
0148     Water 1 Dragon
0149    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0163    
 
Flying Flying
0164    
 
Flying Flying
0169    
 
Flying Flying
0176    
 
Flying Fairy
0177    
 
Flying Flying
0178    
 
Flying Flying
0198    
 
Flying Flying
0208    
 
Mineral Mineral
0227    
 
Flying Flying
0230    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0237     Human-Like Human-Like
0249    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0250    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0267    
 
Bug Bug
0269    
 
Bug Bug
0275    
 
Field Grass
0276    
 
Flying Flying
0277    
 
Flying Flying
0278    
 
Water 1 Flying
0279    
 
Water 1 Flying
0284    
 
Water 1 Bug
0329    
 
Bug Dragon
0330    
 
Bug Dragon
0333    
 
Flying Dragon
0334    
 
Flying Dragon
0350     Water 1 Dragon
0357    
 
Monster Grass
0371     Dragon Dragon
0372     Dragon Dragon
0373    
 
Dragon Dragon
0380    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0381    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0384    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0396    
 
Flying Flying
0397    
 
Flying Flying
0398    
 
Flying Flying
0414    
 
Bug Bug
0430    
 
Flying Flying
0441    
 
Flying Flying
0443    
 
Monster Dragon
0444    
 
Monster Dragon
0445    
 
Monster Dragon
0456     Water 2 Water 2
0457     Water 2 Water 2
0468    
 
Flying Fairy
0483  
Dialga
All available forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0484  
Palkia
All available forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0487  
Giratina
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0493  
Arceus
All available forms
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0278    
 
Water 1 Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0120     Water 3 Water 3 New York 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.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Twister deals damage and may cause the target to flinch. The move can damage enemies in the air due to moves such as Fly or Bounce, and if it does, will deal double the damage.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 8 - 15 - 90% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS 8 - 15 - 90% - Front Enemy No
BSL 8 - 15 - 90% - Front Enemy No
SMD 4 99 16 40 90% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon GO

  Twister
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 45
Energy cost 33
Duration 2.8 seconds
Damage window 0.95 - 2.6 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 45
Energy cost 45
Secondary effect ?
Effect chance ?%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
         
By Elite Charged TM
  
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 15 → 25
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 25 → 45
    • Energy cost: 20 → 33
    • Duration: 2.7 → 2.8 seconds

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Twister
Attack power 35.66979
Charge time 0.78 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May flinch the foe

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
(uses)
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Twister Special 2 45 54 100% All opponents Has a chance (20%) of making the target flinch. Lisia & Altaria (only before Mega Evolving)
Raihan (Anniversary 2022) & Flygon
Clair (New Year's 2024) & Drampa
Scottie/Bettie & Dratini/Dragonair/DragoniteEgg (Tech role only)

Notes:

  • The chance of applying a status change from this move is calculated for each target individually.
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Has a small chance of making the target flinch.

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Twister is Dragonite's first move as Dratini. The move creates a twister and releases it in the designated direction, dealing damage to enemies hit and decreases their movement speed for a short time. After evolving into Dragonair at level 5 it is replaced by either Dragon Dance or Extreme Speed.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also cause the target to cringe, making it incapable of action. Doubles damage on a flying or bouncing Pokémon.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Cringe status condition, which makes its actions fail. It will inflict double damage on a Flying or Bouncing target.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで ひるみじょうたいにかえる そらをとぶじょうたいと とびはねじょうたいの ポケモンには 2ばいのダメージをあたえる
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy. It can hit an enemy that is in the air using a move such as Fly. It could also cause the enemy to flinch.


In the anime

 
Dragonair
 
Rayquaza
 
Drampa
 
Milotic
The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at the target.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Kingdra points its head up and spins around quickly, making itself into a twister. If Kingdra is in the water, it creates a water tornado and the opponent becomes trapped in the tornado; or, Kingdra moves its back fins and a twister appears. Kingdra can also control where the Twister can go.
Christopher's Kingdra Dueling Heroes Debut
Clair's Kingdra Fangs for Nothin' None
  Dragonite creates a tornado by flapping its wings or by spinning its body. The tornado then hits the opponent.
Lance's Dragonite Rage of Innocence None
Professor Oak's Dragonite The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon None
  The orbs on Dragonair's tail glow. It then waves its tail and creates a tornado from it, sending it at the opponent.
Clair's Dragonair Beauty is Skin Deep None
  An orb of wind appears in front of the end of Milotic's tail. A tornado is released from the orb and hits the opponent; or, Milotic spins its tailfins like a fan and a tornado comes out at the opponent; or, Milotic floats into the air and starts to spin its body, creating a twister around itself.
Robert's Milotic Win, Lose or Drew! None
Juan's Milotic The Great Eight Fate! None
Lucy's Milotic Queen of the Serpentine! None
Wallace's Milotic Our Cup Runneth Over! None
Jinny's Feeby The Cuteness Quotient! None
  Rayquaza points its tail at the opponent and creates a twister from its tail that shoots at the opponent.
An illusion created by Mismagius Malice in Wonderland! None
  Arceus raises its head and light purple wind is gathered into a small tornado above its head. It then lowers its head and fires a larger twister at the opponent from its face.
Arceus (M12) Arceus and the Jewel of Life None
  Mega Rayquaza soars high into the sky and starts rapidly flying in a circular motion, creating a massive tornado that surrounds the opponent.
A Rayquaza summoned by Hoopa Hoopa and the Clash of Ages None
  Drampa roars at the opponent, generating wind and creating a massive tornado that surrounds the opponent.
Grandpa Forest Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet! None
  Regidrago spins its body around, creating a massive tornado that surrounds the opponent.
Gary's Regidrago Chasing to the Finish! None


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Movie adaptations


Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl


Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • The Japanese name of Twister, たつまき (竜巻) Tatsumaki, literally means "dragon spiral", and refers to the belief that dragons spiral around themselves to form the shapes of twisters.
  • At 40 base power, Twister has the second lowest base power of all Dragon-type moves after Scale Shot.
  • In French, the Lake of Outrage is named after this move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 龍捲風 Lùhnggyúnfūng
Mandarin 龍捲風 / 龙卷风 Lóngjuǎnfēng
  Dutch Cycloon
  Finnish Pyörre
Kierre (AG123)
  French Ouragan
  German Windhose
  Greek Κυκλώνας
  Indonesian Angin Puyuh
Puting Beliung
  Italian Tornado
  Korean 회오리 Hoe-ori
  Polish Tornado
  Brazilian Portuguese Twister (games, AG110AG158, M18–present, TCG, manga)
Tornado (DP043DP075)
Ciclone (EP216AG035)
  Serbian Uragan
Spanish   Latin America Tornado*
  Spain Ciclón
  Thai พายุหมุน
  Vietnamese Vòi Rồng


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