Waterfall (move)

This article is about the move Waterfall. For the stage in Pokémon Battle Revolution, see Waterfall Colosseum.

Waterfall
たきのぼり Waterfall Climb
Waterfall VIII.png
Waterfall VIII 2.png
Type  Water
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  80
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
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 was HM07 in Generations II, III, and IV, HM05 in Generations V and VI, TM98 in Generation VII, and TM25 in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It is TR16 in Generation VIII. In Generation I, it was the signature move of Goldeen and Seaking.

Effect

In battle

Generations I to III

Waterfall does damage and has no secondary effect.

Waterfall can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if the move Rain Dance was used in the prior turn.

Generation IV onward

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

Outside of battle

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

Generation I

Waterfall is not a field move in this generation.

Generations II and III

Waterfall is now an HM that allows players to climb waterfalls. It is not required to go down waterfalls.

Generations IV to VI

Waterfall is now required to go down waterfalls.

Generation VII onward

Waterfall can no longer be used outside of battle.

Areas in which Waterfall is usable

Region Area
Kanto Cape BrinkFRLG
Icefall CaveFRLG
Tohjo FallsGSCHGSS
Johto Whirl IslandsGSC
Mt. Mortar
Route 47HGSS
Mt. Silver
Hoenn Route 114
Meteor Falls
Route 119
Hoenn Safari ZoneE
Ever Grande City
Victory Road
Sinnoh Mt. Coronet
Route 208
Route 210
Victory Road
Pokémon League
Unova Route 11
Route 14
Lostlorn Forest
Route 20B2W2
Victory RoadB2W2
Nature PreserveB2W2
Kalos Route 15
Route 16
Frost Cavern
Couriway Town
Pokémon Village
Route 22
Pokémon League

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
SwSh
The user charges at the target and may make it flinch.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
086   Seel
  Water 1 Field 32PE
087   Dewgong
 
 
Water 1 Field 32PE
116   Horsea
  Water 1 Dragon 27PE
117   Seadra
  Water 1 Dragon 27PE
118   Goldeen
  Water 2 Water 2 37 38 38 37 37 37XY
32ORAS
32SMUSUM
24PE
35
119   Seaking
  Water 2 Water 2 39 41 41 40 40 40XY
32ORAS
32SMUSUM
24PE
37
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon 31PE 21
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 Machine
I
--
II
HM07
III
HM07
IV
HM07
V
HM05
VI
HM05
VII
TM98
TM25
VIII
TR16
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1
008   Wartortle
  Monster Water 1
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1
054   Psyduck
  Water 1 Field
055   Golduck
  Water 1 Field
060   Poliwag
  Water 1 Water 1
061   Poliwhirl
  Water 1 Water 1
062   Poliwrath
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
072   Tentacool
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
073   Tentacruel
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
086   Seel
  Water 1 Field
087   Dewgong
 
 
Water 1 Field
116   Horsea
  Water 1 Dragon
117   Seadra
  Water 1 Dragon
118   Goldeen
  Water 2 Water 2
119   Seaking
  Water 2 Water 2
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
134   Vaporeon
  Field Field
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
147   Dratini
  Water 1 Dragon
148   Dragonair
  Water 1 Dragon
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
158   Totodile
  Monster Water 1
159   Croconaw
  Monster Water 1
160   Feraligatr
  Monster Water 1
170   Chinchou
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
171   Lanturn
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
183   Marill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy
184   Azumarill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy
186   Politoed
  Water 1 Water 1
194   Wooper
 
 
Water 1 Field
195   Quagsire
 
 
Water 1 Field
211   Qwilfish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
223   Remoraid
  Water 1 Water 2
224   Octillery
  Water 1 Water 2
226   Mantine
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
230   Kingdra
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
245   Suicune
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1
259   Marshtomp
 
 
Monster Water 1
260   Swampert
 
 
Monster Water 1
271   Lombre
 
 
Water 1 Grass
272   Ludicolo
 
 
Water 1 Grass
298   Azurill
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
318   Carvanha
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
319   Sharpedo
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
320   Wailmer
  Field Water 2
321   Wailord
  Field Water 2
339   Barboach
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
340   Whiscash
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3
342   Crawdaunt
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
349   Feebas
  Water 1 Dragon
350   Milotic
  Water 1 Dragon
363   Spheal
 
 
Water 1 Field
364   Sealeo
 
 
Water 1 Field
365   Walrein
 
 
Water 1 Field
366   Clamperl
  Water 1 Water 1
367   Huntail
  Water 1 Water 1
368   Gorebyss
  Water 1 Water 1
369   Relicanth
 
 
Water 1 Water 2
370   Luvdisc
  Water 2 Water 2
380   Latias
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
381   Latios
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
382   Kyogre
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
384   Rayquaza
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
393   Piplup
  Water 1 Field
394   Prinplup
  Water 1 Field
395   Empoleon
 
 
Water 1 Field
400   Bibarel
 
 
Water 1 Field
418   Buizel
  Water 1 Field
419   Floatzel
  Water 1 Field
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
456   Finneon
  Water 2 Water 2
457   Lumineon
  Water 2 Water 2
458   Mantyke
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
489   Phione
  Water 1 Fairy
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy
493   Arceus
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
501   Oshawott
  Field Field
502   Dewott
  Field Field
503   Samurott
  Field Field
515   Panpour
  Field Field
516   Simipour
  Field Field
550   Basculin
  Water 2 Water 2
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
565   Carracosta
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
592   Frillish
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
593   Jellicent
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
594   Alomomola
  Water 1 Water 2
656   Froakie
  Water 1 Water 1
657   Frogadier
  Water 1 Water 1
658   Greninja
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
690   Skrelp
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
691   Dragalge
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
692   Clauncher
  Water 1 Water 3
693   Clawitzer
  Water 1 Water 3
728   Popplio
  Water 1 Field
729   Brionne
  Water 1 Field
730   Primarina
 
 
Water 1 Field
746   Wishiwashi
  Water 2 Water 2
751   Dewpider
 
 
Water 1 Bug
752   Araquanid
 
 
Water 1 Bug
767   Wimpod
 
 
Bug Water 3
768   Golisopod
 
 
Bug Water 3
779   Bruxish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
788   Tapu Fini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
818   Inteleon
  Water 1 Field
834   Drednaw
 
 
Monster Water 1
846   Arrokuda
  Water 2 Water 2
847   Barraskewda
  Water 2 Water 2
852   Clobbopus
  Water 1 Human-Like
853   Grapploct
  Water 1 Human-Like
875   Eiscue
  Water 1 Field
882   Dracovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
883   Arctovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
892   Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
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
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon Pokémon Center Battle Championship Gyarados
160   Feraligatr
  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

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Waterfall is a move with base power of 16, 12 PP and 88% accuracy. The user attacks enemy in the front.

In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, the move can now cause target to cringe, reflecting the change in main series.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Physical 2 45 54 100% An opponent 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.

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

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 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

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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Generation II HMs
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Generation III TMs
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Generation III HMs
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Generation IV TMs
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Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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Generation V HMs
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Generation VI TMs
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798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
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Generation VII TMs
Alola
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Kanto
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Generation VIII TMs
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Generation VIII TRs
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