Volt Tackle (move)

Volt Tackle
ボルテッカー Volteccer
Volt Tackle VIII.png
Volt Tackle VIII 2.png
Type  Electric
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  120
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Cool
Appeal  6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
After this move, the user is more easily startled.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +3 if the Pokémon that just went hit max Voltage.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
A very appealing move, but after using this move, the user is more easily startled.

Volt Tackle (Japanese: ボルテッカー Volteccer) is a damage-dealing Electric-type move introduced in Generation III. It is the signature move of Pikachu's evolutionary line. It can be upgraded to the special Z-Move Catastropika by Pikachu holding Pikanium Z.

Effect

Generation III

Volt Tackle inflicts damage, and the user receives recoil damage equal to ⅓ of the damage done to the target.

Volt Tackle can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra six appeal points if Charge was used in the prior turn.

Generation IV onward

Volt Tackle now also has a 10% chance of paralyzing the target.

Volt Tackle can be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if Charge was used in the prior turn.

Description

Games Description
RSE A life-risking tackle that slightly hurts the user.
FRLG The user throws an electrified tackle. It hurts the user a little.
Colo.XD A life-risking tackle that also hurts the user.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user electrifies itself, then charges at the foe. It causes considerable damage to the user as well.
BWB2W2 The user electrifies itself, then charges. It causes considerable damage to the user and may leave the target with paralysis.
XYORAS The user electrifies itself, then charges. This also damages the user quite a lot. This may leave the target with paralysis.
SMUSUM The user electrifies itself, then charges. It also damages the user quite a lot. This may leave the target with paralysis.
SwSh The user electrifies itself and charges the target. This also damages the user quite a lot. This attack may leave the target with paralysis.


Learnset

By breeding

From Pokémon Emerald onward, if either parent of a baby Pichu holds a Light Ball when the Egg is produced, the Pichu will know Volt Tackle when it hatches. However, Volt Tackle is not an Egg Move, and cannot be passed down by simply breeding with a parent that knows the move. The only way for Pichu to hatch knowing Volt Tackle is for one of the parents to hold a Light Ball.

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
172   Pichu
  Field Fairy E
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
SM USUM PE
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy Secret GiftPBR
Pokéwalker - Yellow Forest
172   Pichu
Spiky-eared
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Spiky-eared Pichu - Ilex ForestHGSS (requires Pikachu-colored Pichu)
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
172   Pichu
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Red and Green Anniversary Pichu
Shokotan Pikachu-colored Pichu
Mikena Pichu
GameStop Pichu
Spring 2010 Pichu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy Pikachu Festival Pikachu
Pika Pika Carnival Pikachu
Summer 2012 Pikachu
Summer Carnival Pikachu
Pokémon Center 15th Anniversary Pikachu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy PGL Pikachu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
Sinnoh Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu
025   Pikachu
Unova Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VIII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
025   Pikachu
Gigantamax Factor
  Field Fairy Wild Area News
025   Pikachu
Original Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
Partner Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
Hoenn Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
Sinnoh Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
Unova Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
Kalos Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
Alola Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
025   Pikachu
World Cap
  Field Fairy Ash's Pikachu (Move Reminder)
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, Volt Tackle has 24 base power, 12PP and 84% accuracy. The attack travels up to 10 tiles away and hits the first Pokémon it encounters, ally or enemy. The user receives recoil damage equal to ⅛ of their maximum HP.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, the move's PP has been decreased to 8. The user now attacks enemy in the front, from up to 2 tiles away, even if there's an ally inbetween.

In Gates to Infinity and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the recoil damage is instead 20% of the user's max HP.

Since Volt Tackle can only be learnt as an Egg Move in the core series games, it is taught differently in the Mystery Dungeon games:

Pokémon Conquest

 
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Stars: ★★★★★
Power: 58
Accuracy: 100%
Effect: Lowers the user's Defense and limits range to 1 on its next turn, regardless of any Abilities or items that would normally increase range. Has a 10% chance to paralyze each target.
Users:  
Grid assumes the user is in the square marked by > facing to the right.
Orange squares indicate spaces that are hit.
Red squares indicate the knockback on hit Pokémon.
A blue square indicates the user's position after performing the move.

Super Smash Bros. series

Since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Volt Tackle has been Pikachu's Final Smash. When used, Pikachu will be enveloped by a blue ball of electricity. The ball does major damage and can even pass through platforms, though it is very hard to control. Despite it taking damage from Volt Tackle in the core series, Pikachu takes no damage from the move when used in the Super Smash Bros. series.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Volt Tackle is led by a smaller orb of light the player controls, making it easier to track. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the returning fighter Pichu also gains Volt Tackle as its Final Smash; like Pichu's other electrical moves, it deals damage to it after use. Like many other Final Smashes in Ultimate, Volt Tackle has been made fully automatic and faster, making it easier to execute and allowing players to return to fighting faster.

Trophy information

"Pikachu, transformed into a ball of light that can slam into foes. It can also fly to chase down those who try to jump out of range. Sparks get stronger when you press the attack button. However, its increased inertia makes midair movement tough. If you get carried away flying, the effect will end, and you'll destroy yourself. Be careful it doesn't happen to you."

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. However, it also hurts the user.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance of 2 tiles. But it also hurts the user.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえるが じぶんも ダメージをうけてしまう 2マスまで とどく
Conq. Charge the target while shrouded in electricity, with a potential to inflict paralysis. The user is weakened for 1 turn.
MDGtI It damages an enemy, but you receive recoil damage, too. It could also cause the Paralysis status condition to the enemy.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Fly around and shock foes. Press A/B to surge.*
SMD It damages an enemy, but you'll receive recoil damage, too. It reaches up to 2 tiles away. It could also inflict paralysis on the enemy.


In the anime

Main series

       
Volt Tackle collision Pikachu Raichu Ditto transformed as Pikachu
The Pokémon runs at the opponent while engulfed in electricity. It then tackles the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Pikachu Pikachu runs at the opponent. Its body then becomes surrounded by golden electricity, and it tackles the opponent. While covered in electricity, Pikachu's body looks black and white. When hit by recoil damage, its body becomes surrounded by yellow sparks of electricity. On occasion, this will paralyze the opponent.
Ash's Pikachu May's Egg-Cellent Adventure Debut
Mastered in The Green Guardian
Aura Guardian's Pikachu The Keystone Pops! None
Volkner's Pikachu Flint Sparks the Fire! None
Narissa's Ditto 1 in the form of Pikachu Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama! Used via Transform
Pikala's Boss A Plethora of Pikachu! None
  Raichu Raichu runs at the opponent. Its body then becomes surrounded by golden electricity, and it tackles the opponent. While covered in electricity, Raichu's body looks black and white.
Sho's Raichu Pika and Goliath! None
Volkner's Raichu Flint Sparks the Fire! None
Visquez's Raichu Destination: Coronation! None


Pokémon Generations

       
Pikachu
The Pokémon runs at the opponent while engulfed in electricity. It then tackles the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Pikachu Pikachu gathers electricity into its body then surrounds itself with it. It then tackles the opponent. While covered in electricity, Pikachu's body looks black and white.
Red's Pikachu The Adventure Debut


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Movie adaptations


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!


Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 伏特攻擊 Fuhkdahk Gūnggīk *
高壓電 Gōuaatdihn *
Mandarin 伏特攻擊 / 伏特攻击 Fútè Gōngjí
  Czech Voltový útok
  Dutch Volttackle
  Finnish Voltti-isku
  French Électacle*
Electacle*
  German Volttackle
  Greek Εφόρμηση Ηλεκτρικής Τάσης Efórmisi Elektrikís Tásis
  Hebrew מכת וולט Makat Volt
  Indonesian Volt Tackle
Api Listrik
  Italian Locomovolt
  Korean 볼트태클 Volt Tackle
  Polish Elektroakcja
Portuguese   Brazil Investida Trovão
  Portugal Investida Elétrica
  Romanian Atacul Electric
  Serbian Voltažno Rušenje
Spanish   Latin America Tacleada de Voltios*
  Spain Placaje Eléctrico*
  Swedish Volttackling
  Turkish Volt Vuruşu
  Vietnamese Tấn Công Điện



Variations of the move Double-Edge
  Double-EdgeVolt TackleBrave BirdFlare BlitzWood Hammer


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