Twister (move)

Twister
たつまき Twister
Twister VIII.png
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Type  Dragon
Category  Special
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  40
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all adjacent foes, 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

Generations II and III

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 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 onward

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.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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.
Colo.XD 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
SMUSUM
The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at the opposing Pokémon. This may also make them flinch.
SwShBDSP 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
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
016   Pidgey
 
 
Flying Flying 21 21 21 21SMUSUM 21BDSP
017   Pidgeotto
 
 
Flying Flying 22 22 22 22SMUSUM 22BDSP
018   Pidgeot
 
 
Flying Flying 22 22 22 22SMUSUM 22BDSP
116   Horsea
  Water 1 Dragon 29 29 26 26 26XY
17ORAS
17SMUSUM 10
117   Seadra
  Water 1 Dragon 29 29 26 26 26XY
17ORAS
17SMUSUM 1
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon 35 35 29 29 29 24SMUSUM 1SwShBDSP
5LA
147   Dratini
  Water 1 Dragon 15 15 11 11 11 11SMUSUM 5
148   Dragonair
  Water 1 Dragon 1, 15 1, 15 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11SMUSUM 1
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon 1, 15 1, 15 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11SMUSUM 1
230   Kingdra
 
 
Water 1 Dragon 29 29 26 26 26XY
17ORAS
17 1
350   Milotic
  Water 1 Dragon 25 17 17 17XY
14ORAS
14 8
384   Rayquaza
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1 1 1 1 1
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon 5LA
444   Gabite
 
 
Monster Dragon 5LA
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon 5LA
483   Dialga
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1LA
484   Palkia
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1LA
627   Rufflet
 
 
Flying Flying 11LA
628   Braviary
Hisuian Form
 
 
Flying Flying 11LA
641   Tornadus
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11LA
642   Thundurus
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11LA
645   Landorus
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11LA
691   Dragalge
 
 
Water 1 Dragon 1, 67 1, Evo.
780   Drampa
 
 
Monster Dragon 5 5
841   Flapple
 
 
Grass Dragon 1
895   Regidrago
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
905   Enamorus
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 11LA
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
226   Mantine
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
278   Wingull
 
 
Water 1 Flying
371   Bagon
  Dragon Dragon
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon
458   Mantyke
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
495   Snivy
  Field Grass
690   Skrelp
 
 
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.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
DP Pt HGSS
006   Charizard
 
 
Monster Dragon
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug
016   Pidgey
 
 
Flying Flying
017   Pidgeotto
 
 
Flying Flying
018   Pidgeot
 
 
Flying Flying
021   Spearow
 
 
Flying Flying
022   Fearow
 
 
Flying Flying
041   Zubat
 
 
Flying Flying
042   Golbat
 
 
Flying Flying
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug
083   Farfetch'd
 
 
Flying Field
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
116   Horsea
  Water 1 Dragon
117   Seadra
  Water 1 Dragon
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon
142   Aerodactyl
 
 
Flying Flying
144   Articuno
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
145   Zapdos
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
146   Moltres
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
147   Dratini
  Water 1 Dragon
148   Dragonair
  Water 1 Dragon
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
151   Mew
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
163   Hoothoot
 
 
Flying Flying
164   Noctowl
 
 
Flying Flying
169   Crobat
 
 
Flying Flying
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
178   Xatu
 
 
Flying Flying
198   Murkrow
 
 
Flying Flying
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
227   Skarmory
 
 
Flying Flying
230   Kingdra
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like
249   Lugia
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
250   Ho-Oh
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
267   Beautifly
 
 
Bug Bug
269   Dustox
 
 
Bug Bug
275   Shiftry
 
 
Field Grass
276   Taillow
 
 
Flying Flying
277   Swellow
 
 
Flying Flying
278   Wingull
 
 
Water 1 Flying
279   Pelipper
 
 
Water 1 Flying
284   Masquerain
 
 
Water 1 Bug
329   Vibrava
 
 
Bug Dragon
330   Flygon
 
 
Bug Dragon
333   Swablu
 
 
Flying Dragon
334   Altaria
 
 
Flying Dragon
350   Milotic
  Water 1 Dragon
357   Tropius
 
 
Monster Grass
371   Bagon
  Dragon Dragon
372   Shelgon
  Dragon Dragon
373   Salamence
 
 
Dragon Dragon
380   Latias
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
381   Latios
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
384   Rayquaza
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
396   Starly
 
 
Flying Flying
397   Staravia
 
 
Flying Flying
398   Staraptor
 
 
Flying Flying
414   Mothim
 
 
Bug Bug
430   Honchkrow
 
 
Flying Flying
441   Chatot
 
 
Flying Flying
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon
444   Gabite
 
 
Monster Dragon
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon
456   Finneon
  Water 2 Water 2
457   Lumineon
  Water 2 Water 2
468   Togekiss
 
 
Flying Fairy
483   Dialga
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
484   Palkia
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
487   Giratina
Altered Forme
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
487   Giratina
Origin Forme
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
493   Arceus
  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.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
278   Wingull
 
 
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.


By event

Generation II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
120   Staryu
  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.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Twister is a move with 8 base power, 90% accuracy and 15 PP. The user damages enemy in the front, doubling the damage if they're in middle of Fly or Bounce, and might make cause them to cringe.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Special 2 45 54 100% All opponents Has a chance (20%) of making the target flinch.*

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Has a small chance of making the target flinch.

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

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

       
Milotic Rayquaza Drampa Dragonair
The user hurls a tornado at the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Kingdra Kingdra points its head up and spins around quickly, making itself into a twister. If the user 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 Dragonite creates a tornado by flapping its wings. The tornado then hits the opponent.
Lance's Dragonite Rage of Innocence None
Professor Oak's Dragonite The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon None
  Dragonair The orbs on Dragonair's tail glow. Then it waves its tail and creates a tornado from it, sending it at the opponent.
Clair's Dragonair Beauty is Skin Deep None
  Milotic 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 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 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
  Rayquaza 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 Drampa roars at the opponent, generating wind, creating a massive tornado that surrounds the opponent.
Grandpa Forest Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet! None


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Movie adaptations


Pokémon Adventures


Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl


Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure


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 lowest base power of all Dragon-type moves.
  • 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*
Wirowanie*
Wir*
Wiry*
Twister*
  Brazilian Portuguese Twister (games, TCG, manga)
Ciclone (early anime)
  Serbian Uragan
Spanish   Latin America Tornado*
  Spain Ciclón
  Thai พายุหมุน
  Vietnamese Vòi Rồng



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