Waterfall (move)

Waterfall
たきのぼり Waterfall Climb
Waterfall IX.png
Waterfall IX 2.png
Type  Water
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  80
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
  • Usable outside of battle
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
The appeal works great if performed last.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
A basic performance using a move known by the Pokémon.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Quite an appealing move.

Waterfall (Japanese: たきのぼり Waterfall Climb) is a damage-dealing Water-type move introduced in Generation I.

It is:

Prior to Generation II, it was the signature move of Goldeen and Seaking.

Effect

In battle

Generation I to III

Waterfall does damage and has no secondary effect.

Waterfall can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 2 bonus appeal points if Rain Dance was used in the previous turn.

Generation IV

Waterfall now has a 20% chance of causing the target to flinch.

Generation V onwards

Waterfall is no longer affected by King's Rock.

Outside of battle

Main article: Waterfall (obstacle)

Waterfall is usable outside of battle, allowing the player to climb waterfalls. In several games, this move is needed to travel past certain points where waterfalls block the player's path.

The player is required to be surfing on water and facing a waterfall when using this move. They can either use Waterfall from the party screen or simply press A to interact with the waterfall.

All the waterfalls climbable with this move flow from north to south (from the top to the bottom of the game screen).

In certain games, using Waterfall outside of battle requires a specific badge; the Volcano BadgeFRLG, Rising BadgeGSCHGSS, Rain BadgeRSEORAS, Beacon BadgeDPPtBDSP, or Iceberg BadgeXY.

Generation I

Waterfall is not a field move in this generation.

Generations II and III

Waterfall is now an HM move which allows the player to climb waterfalls. This move is not required to go down waterfalls.

Generations IV to VI

Waterfall is now required to go down waterfalls.

In Pokémon Platinum, there is a waterfall in the Distortion World that can be climbed without having the move Waterfall or the Beacon Badge. This is likely due to the fact that gravity is not normal in this world; the player appears to be "surfing" on the waterfall's surface.

Generation VII

Waterfall can no longer be used outside of battle.

Generation VIII

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Waterfall cannot be used outside of battle. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, it can again and functions as it did in Generations IV to VI, aside from being accessed through the Pokétch rather than being taught to a Pokémon.

Generation IX

Waterfall can no longer be used outside of battle.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 The target is hit with a blow packing the power of fish traveling up waterfalls.
GSC An aquatic charge attack.
RSE Attacks the foe with enough power to climb waterfalls.
FRLG A powerful charge attack. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
Colo.XD Charges the target with speed to climb waterfalls.
DPPt The user charges the foe at an awesome speed. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
PBR The user charges the foe at an awesome speed.
HGSS The user charges at the foe rapidly, and may make it flinch. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.*
The user charges the foe at an awesome speed. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.*
BWB2W2 The user charges at the target and may make it flinch. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.*
The user charges the target at an awesome speed. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.*
XYORAS The user charges at the target and may make it flinch. This can also be used to climb a waterfall.
SMUSUMPE
SwShLA
SV
The user charges at the target and may make it flinch.
BDSP The user charges at the target and may make it flinch. It’s also one of the Pokétch’s hidden moves.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0086     Water 1 Field - - - - - - - 32 - -
0087    
 
Water 1 Field - - - - - - - 32 - -
0116     Water 1 Dragon - - - - - - - 27 - - -
0117     Water 1 Dragon - - - - - - - 27 - - -
0118     Water 2 Water 2 37 38 38 37 37 37XY
32ORAS
32 24 35 35
0119     Water 2 Water 2 39 41 41 40 40 40XY
32ORAS
32 24 37 37
0130    
 
Water 2 Dragon - - - - - - - 31 21 21 21
0418     Water 1 Field - - - - 35 -
0419     Water 1 Field - - - - 41 -
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM/HM/TR

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0007     Monster Water 1 -
0008     Monster Water 1 -
0009     Monster Water 1 -
0054     Water 1 Field
0055     Water 1 Field
0060     Water 1 Water 1
0061     Water 1 Water 1
0062    
 
Water 1 Water 1
0072    
 
Water 3 Water 3 - -
0073    
 
Water 3 Water 3 - -
0079    
 
Monster Water 1 - - - - - - - - -
0079  
Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1 -
0080    
 
Monster Water 1 - - - - - - - - -
0080  
Slowbro
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1 -
0086     Water 1 Field
0087    
 
Water 1 Field
0090     Water 3 Water 3 - - - - - - - - -
0091    
 
Water 3 Water 3 - - - - - - - - -
0116     Water 1 Dragon
0117     Water 1 Dragon
0118     Water 2 Water 2
0119     Water 2 Water 2
0120     Water 3 Water 3
0121    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0130    
 
Water 2 Dragon
0131    
 
Monster Water 1 -
0134     Field Field
0138    
 
Water 1 Water 3 -
0139    
 
Water 1 Water 3 -
0140    
 
Water 1 Water 3 -
0141    
 
Water 1 Water 3 -
0147     Water 1 Dragon
0148     Water 1 Dragon
0149    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0158     Monster Water 1 -
0159     Monster Water 1 -
0160     Monster Water 1 -
0170    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0171    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0183    
 
Water 1 Fairy
0184    
 
Water 1 Fairy
0186     Water 1 Water 1
0194    
 
Water 1 Field -
0194  
Wooper
Paldean Form
 
 
Water 1 Field
0195    
 
Water 1 Field -
0199    
 
Monster Water 1 - - - - - - - -
0199  
Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1 -
0211    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0211  
Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
0223     Water 1 Water 2 -
0224     Water 1 Water 2 -
0226    
 
Water 1 Water 1
0230    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0245     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0249    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0258     Monster Water 1
0259    
 
Monster Water 1
0260    
 
Monster Water 1
0271    
 
Water 1 Grass
0272    
 
Water 1 Grass
0278    
 
Water 1 Flying - - - - - - -
0279    
 
Water 1 Flying - - - - - - -
0283    
 
Water 1 Bug - - - - - -
0284    
 
Water 1 Bug - - - - - -
0298    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0318    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0319    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0320     Field Water 2
0321     Field Water 2
0339    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0340    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0341     Water 1 Water 3
0342    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0349     Water 1 Dragon
0350     Water 1 Dragon
0363    
 
Water 1 Field
0364    
 
Water 1 Field
0365    
 
Water 1 Field
0366     Water 1 Water 1
0367     Water 1 Water 1
0368     Water 1 Water 1
0369    
 
Water 1 Water 2
0370     Water 2 Water 2
0380    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0381    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0382     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0384    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0393     Water 1 Field
0394     Water 1 Field
0395    
 
Water 1 Field
0400    
 
Water 1 Field
0418     Water 1 Field
0419     Water 1 Field
0422  
Shellos
All forms
  Water 1 Amorphous - - - - - -
0423  
Gastrodon
All forms
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
0456     Water 2 Water 2
0457     Water 2 Water 2
0458    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0484  
Palkia
All available forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered - - - - - -
0489     Water 1 Fairy
0490     Water 1 Fairy
0493  
Arceus
All available forms
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0501     Field Field
0502     Field Field
0503     Field Field
0503  
Samurott
Hisuian Form
 
 
Field Field
0515     Field Field
0516     Field Field
0550  
Basculin
Red- and
Blue-Striped Forms
  Water 2 Water 2
0550  
Basculin
White-Striped Form
  Water 2 Water 2
0564    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0565    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0592  
Frillish
All forms
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0593  
Jellicent
All forms
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0594     Water 1 Water 2
0656     Water 1 Water 1
0657     Water 1 Water 1
0658  
Greninja
All available forms
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
0690    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0691    
 
Water 1 Dragon
0692     Water 1 Water 3
0693     Water 1 Water 3
0728     Water 1 Field
0729     Water 1 Field
0730    
 
Water 1 Field
0746     Water 2 Water 2
0751    
 
Water 1 Bug
0752    
 
Water 1 Bug
0767    
 
Bug Water 3
0768    
 
Bug Water 3
0779    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0788    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0816     Water 1 Field -
0817     Water 1 Field -
0818     Water 1 Field
0833     Monster Water 1 -
0834    
 
Monster Water 1
0846     Water 2 Water 2
0847     Water 2 Water 2
0852     Water 1 Human-Like
0853     Water 1 Human-Like
0875     Water 1 Field
0882    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0883    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0892  
Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0902  
Basculegion
All forms
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
0904    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0963     Field Water 2
0964     Field Water 2
0976    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0977     Water 2 Water 2
0980    
 
Water 1 Field
1009    
 
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.


By event

Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0130    
 
Water 2 Dragon Pokémon Center Battle Championship Gyarados
0160     Monster Water 1 Hidden Ability Pokémon Bank Feraligatr
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

Waterfall inflicts damage. From the Explorers series, the move can now cause the target to flinch.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 16 - 12 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS 16 - 12 - 88% - Front Enemy No
BSL 16 - 12 - 88% - Front Enemy No
MDGtI 15 99 15 50 95% 98% Front Enemy No
SMD 15 99 15 30 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Super Smash Bros. series

 
Squirtle using Waterfall

Waterfall is Squirtle's Up Special move. It can be used by Squirtle as a recovery move and offers high knockback at the very end of the move.

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Waterfall is a Fast Attack that has been available since December 8, 2017.

  Waterfall
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 16
Energy boost 8
Duration 1.2 seconds
Damage window 0.95 - 1.1 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 12
Energy boost 8
Turns 3
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                      
By Elite Fast TM
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Trainer Battles
  • January 31, 2019
    • Power: 10 → 12

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Physical 2 45 54 100% An opponent Has a chance (20%) of making the target flinch. Crasher Wake & Floatzel
Hilbert & Oshawott/Dewott/Samurott
Kris & Totodile/Croconaw/Feraligatr
Sygna Suit Grimsley & Sharpedo
(Before Mega Evolving only; direct link)
Silver & Feraligatr (Direct link)
Scottie/Bettie & Tech Goldeen/Seaking Egg
Scottie/Bettie and Tech Gyarados Egg
  • Description prior to Version 2.10.0*: Has a small chance of making the target flinch.

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Waterfall
★★★★
Attack power 29.11208
Charge time 1.26 seconds
Range type Dash
Number of hits 3
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect May flinch the foe

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Cringe status condition, which makes its actions fail.
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して わざや こうげきを だせなくする
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Cringe status condition, which makes the enemy unable to attack or use moves.
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also make the enemy flinch.


In the anime

 
Eyes glowing
 
Finneon
The user charges the foe at an awesome speed. It can also be used to climb a waterfall.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Finneon's eyes glow light blue and a column of water rises from the water, and Finneon swims up the column in a fast, spiraling motion.
Zoey's Finneon Staging a Heroes' Welcome! Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom


In other generations

In battle

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Outside of battle

Trivia

  • The English name "Waterfall" leaves out the part about climbing, as opposed to the Japanese name "たきのぼり" (Waterfall Climb). Some in-game descriptions (starting in the Japanese Pokémon Stadium) further clarify that the user is charging with enough force to climb waterfalls.
    • In the English version of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, there is no indication that this move involves climbing waterfalls, because these games do not include move descriptions.
    • In the Japanese version of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the act of "charging with enough force to climb waterfalls" is mentioned in the move description. In the English translation, this was shortened to simply "An aquatic charge attack." (leaving out again the part about climbing). However, Clair explains the move after being defeated: "RisingBadge will enable your Pokémon to use the move for climbing waterfalls."
    • In several games, a waterfall appears when this move is used in-battle. This may incorrectly suggest that the user is summoning a waterfall. While this is most notable in the side series games such as the Pokémon Stadium games, Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness, the attack has been correctly depicted by Squirtle in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Waterfall was the first move to gain HM status in a generation after it was introduced, doing so in Generation II. Only Rock Smash shares this trait, although it does not remain an HM in all subsequent generations.
  • Waterfall is the only HM move that was never exclusively taught by HM.
  • Waterfall is the only former signature move to later become an HM move.
  • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Wallace gives out HM05 (Waterfall) instead of a TM. This is the only time a Gym Leader gives out an HM instead of a TM.
  • In Generation II only, the surfing Pokémon spins quickly when it is climbing a waterfall.
  • In Generation VI, if the player uses Waterfall to go up or down a waterfall while riding on a Pokémon with a unique Surfing model (like Lapras), the screen will briefly be covered in a splash of water and then show the player at the other end of the waterfall, instead of showing the entire process.
  • In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, on Battle CD 38, Anorith knows Waterfall, although it cannot learn the move.
  • Waterfall is the only Water-type move capable of making the target flinch.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 攀瀑 Pāanbuhk *
魚躍龍門 Yùh Yeuhk Lùhngmùhn *
Mandarin 攀瀑 Pānpù *
魚躍龍門 / 鱼跃龙门 Yú Yuè Lóngmén *
逆流而上 Nìliú ér Shàng *
  Danish Vandfald*
  Dutch Waterval
  French Cascade
  German Kaskade
  Greek Καταρράκτης
  Italian Cascata
  Korean 폭포오르기 Pokpo-oreugi
  Polish Wodospad
Portuguese   Brazil Cachoeira (games, TCG, manga)
Cascata (anime)
Queda de Água (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Cascata
Queda de Água*
  Russian Водопад
  Serbian Vodopad
  Spanish Cascada
  Swedish Vattenfall*
  Thai ปีนน้ำตก
  Vietnamese Vượt Thác



Variations of the move Waterfall
  WaterfallPoison JabIron HeadZing Zap
  ExtrasensoryDark PulseScald


Generation II TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation II HMs
01020304050607
Generation III TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708RSE
Generation IV TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223
2425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
4748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869
7071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819
20212223242526272829303132333435363738
39404142434445464748495051525354555657
58596061626364656667686970717273747576
77787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223242526
2728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849505152
5354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778
798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
SMUSUM
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
PE
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
Generation VIII TMs
SwSh
0001020304050607080910111213141516171819
2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
BDSP
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VIII TRs (SwSh)
0001020304050607080910111213141516171819
2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation IX TMs
SV
001002003004005006007008009010011012013014015016017018019
020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038
039040041042043044045046047048049050051052053054055056057
058059060061062063064065066067068069070071072073074075076
077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095
096097098099100101102103104105106107108109110111112113114
115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133
134135136137138139140141142143144145146147148149150151152
153154155156157158159160161162163164165166167168169170171
Added in SV 2.0.1
172173174175176177178179180181182183184185186
187188189190191192193194195196197198199200201
Added in SV 3.0.0
202203204205206207208209210211212213214215216
217218219220221222223224225226227228229


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