Zap Cannon (move)

Zap Cannon
でんじほう Electromagnetic Cannon
Zap Cannon VIII.png
Zap Cannon VIII 2.png
Type  Electric
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  120
Accuracy  50%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • 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
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Cool
Appeal  4 ♥♥♥♥
Jam  0  
A highly appealing move.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Judge's Voltage goes up.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that successfully showed their appeal.

Zap Cannon (Japanese: でんじほう Electromagnetic Cannon) is a damage-dealing Electric-type move introduced in Generation II. It was TM07 in Generation II.

Effect

Generation II

Zap Cannon has a base power of 100 and has a 255/256 (~99.6%) chance of paralyzing the target.

Generation III

Zap Cannon now paralyzes the target every time it hits.

Zap Cannon can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra four appeal points if either Charge or Lock-On was used in the prior turn.

Generation IV onwards

Zap Cannon's power was raised to 120.

Pokémon with the Bulletproof Ability are immune to Zap Cannon.

Zap Cannon can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing Hex and Smelling Salts to give extra three appeal points if used in the next turn.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 An Electric-type attack. Inaccurate but is guaranteed to cause paralysis if it hits.
GSC An attack that always paralyzes.
RSEColo.XD Powerful and sure to cause paralysis, but inaccurate.
FRLG An electric blast is fired like a cannon to inflict damage and paralyze.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
081   Magnemite
 
 
Mineral Mineral 45 50 54 59BW
57B2W2
57XY
49ORAS
49 52
082   Magneton
 
 
Mineral Mineral 53 62 60 66BW
73B2W2
1, 73XY
1, 63ORAS
1, 63 64
137   Porygon
  Mineral Mineral 44 48 62 62 62 62 60
145   Zapdos
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 92B2W2 1, 92 99 70
181   Ampharos
  Monster Field 1 1
205   Forretress
 
 
Bug Bug 31FRLG 62DP
67PtHGSS
64 1, 64 1, 60
233   Porygon2
  Mineral Mineral 44 48 62 62 1, 62 1, 62 60
243   Raikou
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 78
299   Nosepass
  Mineral Mineral 43 61DP
67PtHGSS
67BW
50B2W2
50XY
43ORAS
43
377   Regirock
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 49 65 65 1, 65XY
55ORAS
55 66
378   Regice
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 49 65 65 1, 65XY
55ORAS
55 66
379   Registeel
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 49 65 65 1, 65XY
55ORAS
55 66
386   Deoxys
Attack Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 40 81 81 81XY
61ORAS
61
462   Magnezone
 
 
Mineral Mineral 60 66BW
73B2W2
1, 73XY
1, 63ORAS
1, 63 64
474   Porygon-Z
  Mineral Mineral 62 62 1, 62 1, 62 60
476   Probopass
 
 
Mineral Mineral 61DP
67PtHGSS
67BW
50B2W2
50XY
43ORAS
43
599   Klink
  Mineral Mineral 54 54 54 44
600   Klang
  Mineral Mineral 60 60 60 48
601   Klinklang
  Mineral Mineral 66 1, 66 66 48
603   Eelektrik
  Amorphous Amorphous 69 69 69
604   Eelektross
  Amorphous Amorphous 1 1
649   Genesect
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 66 66 66 70
738   Vikavolt
 
 
Bug Bug 41 64
796   Xurkitree
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 73 70
801   Magearna
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 84
894   Regieleki
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 66
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

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
TM07
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
--
025   Pikachu
  Field Fairy
026   Raichu
  Field Fairy
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy
039   Jigglypuff
  Fairy Fairy
040   Wigglytuff
  Fairy Fairy
052   Meowth
  Field Field
053   Persian
  Field Field
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1
081   Magnemite
 
 
Mineral Mineral
082   Magneton
 
 
Mineral Mineral
088   Grimer
  Amorphous Amorphous
089   Muk
  Amorphous Amorphous
092   Gastly
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
093   Haunter
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
100   Voltorb
  Mineral Mineral
101   Electrode
  Mineral Mineral
109   Koffing
  Amorphous Amorphous
110   Weezing
  Amorphous Amorphous
111   Rhyhorn
 
 
Monster Field
112   Rhydon
 
 
Monster Field
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
122   Mr. Mime
  Human-Like Human-Like
125   Electabuzz
  Human-Like Human-Like
128   Tauros
  Field Field
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
135   Jolteon
  Field Field
136   Flareon
  Field Field
137   Porygon
  Mineral Mineral
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster
145   Zapdos
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
147   Dratini
  Water 1 Dragon
148   Dragonair
  Water 1 Dragon
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
170   Chinchou
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
171   Lanturn
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
172   Pichu
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
173   Cleffa
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
174   Igglybuff
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
175   Togepi
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy
179   Mareep
  Monster Field
180   Flaaffy
  Monster Field
181   Ampharos
  Monster Field
190   Aipom
  Field Field
196   Espeon
  Field Field
197   Umbreon
  Field Field
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field
206   Dunsparce
  Field Field
209   Snubbull
  Field Fairy
210   Granbull
  Field Fairy
216   Teddiursa
  Field Field
217   Ursaring
  Field Field
233   Porygon2
  Mineral Mineral
239   Elekid
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
241   Miltank
  Field Field
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy
243   Raikou
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
250   Ho-Oh
 
 
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 Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
151   Mew
  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 II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1 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.


Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
243   Raikou
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Shiny Crown Raikou
Shinsegae Raikou
Korean Crown Raikou
GameStop Raikou
Winter 2011 Raikou
386   DeoxysLv. 50
Normal Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 10th Movie Deoxys
GameStop Deoxys
Nintendo of Korea Deoxys
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, Zap Cannon is a move with 20 base power, 9PP and 73% accuracy. The attack travels up to 10 tiles away and hits the first Pokémon it encounters, ally or enemy, inflicting paralysis on them if possible.

In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, the move's accuracy has been reduced to 61.75%.

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Zap Cannon is a Charged Attack that has been available since February 16, 2017.

  Zap Cannon
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 140
Energy cost 100  
Duration 3.7 seconds
Damage window 3 - 3.5 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 150
Energy cost 80  
Secondary effect   1 Opponent Attack
Effect chance 100%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
             
By Elite Charged TM
 
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Trainer Battles
  • August 30, 2021
    • Secondary effect added

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It also causes paralysis, preventing any attacks or moves.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target, even at a distance. It also inflicts a Paralysis status. A Pokémon with the Paralysis status has slowed movement and is incapable of action.
BSL はなれたポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも まひじょうたいにかえる まひじょうたいの ポケモンは わざが だせない
MDGtI It damages even a faraway Pokémon. It also causes the Paralysis status condition. With the Paralysis status, the Pokémon's Travel Speed goes down and it can't attack or use moves.
SMD It damages a Pokémon, even one far away. It also causes paralysis.


In the anime

       
Regice Vikavolt Espeon Magneton
The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Alakazam Alakazam holds its spoons in front of its face and they begin to crackle with electrical energy, creating a white electric orb between them. It then fires the orb at the opponent.
Alex Davis's Alakazam Power Play! Debut
  Jolteon Jolteon releases a cyclone of yellow electricity from its body at the opponent.
Satsuki's Jolteon Trouble's Brewing Incorrectly dubbed as Thunder Wave
  Nosepass Nosepass's nose glows yellow and it fires a massive electrical blast from it at the opponent, or a yellow orb of electricity with a red center appears in front of Nosepass's nose and it fires it at the opponent.
Roxanne's Nosepass The Winner By a Nosepass Initially incorrectly dubbed as Thunder Wave
Holly's Nosepass Glory Blaze! None
Alan's Nosepass Nosing 'Round the Mountain! None
  Magneton Magneton releases a huge amount of electricity at the opponent from its magnet tips.
Wattson's Magneton Watt's with Wattson None
  Espeon The gem on Espeon's forehead glows green and it fires a yellow-green energy ball from it at the opponent.
Anabel's Espeon Second Time's the Charm! Espeon cannot legally know Zap Cannon in Generation III
  Registeel Registeel puts its hands together and creates a yellow-green ball of electricity between them. It then fires the ball at the opponent. This paralyzes the opponent on contact.
Brandon's Registeel Overjoyed! None
  Probopass Probopass creates a yellow ball with a red center in front of its nose and fires it at the opponent.
Alan's Probopass Nosing 'Round the Mountain! None
A Coordinator's Probopass Dawn of a Royal Day! None
Olivia's Probopass Trials and Determinations! None
  Deoxys Deoxys puts its tentacles together and a yellow ball of electricity forms in between them. It then fires the ball at the opponent.
A wild Deoxys Cheers on Castaways Isle! None
  Regice Regice puts its hands in front of it and creates a yellow orb of electricity with a red center in front of its hands. It then separates its hands and fires the orb at the opponent. This paralyzes the opponent on contact.
Brandon's Regice A Pyramiding Rage! None
  Regirock Regirock sticks out its arms and a yellow orb of electricity with a red center appears in front of them. It then fires the orb at the opponent.
Brandon's Regirock Pillars of Friendship! None
  Magnezone Magnezone releases a yellow beam of electricity from its red pupil at the opponent.
Belmondo's Magnezone Confronting the Darkness! None
  Vikavolt Vikavolt releases a yellow orb with a red center in front of its mouth and fires it at the opponent. This paralyzes the opponent on contact.
Sophocles's Vikavolt Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams! None


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Phantom Thief Pokémon 7


Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Although Espeon was only able to be taught Zap Cannon in Generation II, Anabel's Espeon used it in Second Time's the Charm!, an episode that is set during the time of Generation III.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 電磁炮 Dihnchìh Paau
Mandarin 電磁炮 / 电磁炮 Diàncí Pào *
放电磁 Fàng Diàncí *
  Czech Bleskové dělo
  Dutch Zapkanon
  Finnish Shokkikanuuna
  French Élecanon
  German Blitzkanone
  Greek Ηλεκτρικό Πυροβόλο
  Hindi टॉप का गोला Top Ka Gola
  Indonesian Meriam Elektromagnetik
  Italian Falcecannone
  Korean 전자포 Jeonjapo
  Polish Elektrodziało*
Atak Elektryczny*
Pocisk*
Portuguese   Brazil Canhão Zap (games, Pokémon the Series: XY-present, TCG)
Canhão Elétrico (early anime)
  Portugal Eletrocanhão
  Romanian Tunul Ucigaș
  Russian Электро Пушка Elektro Pushka
  Serbian Elektro-Top
Spanish   Latin America Super Cañón (EP171, AG170, DP058-DP128)
Cañón de Rayo (AG040)
Cañonazo (AG186)
Electrocañón (BW013)
  Spain Electrocañón
  Thai ปืนใหญ่แม่เหล็กไฟฟ้า
  Turkish Güç Topu
  Vietnamese Điện Đại Bác



Variations of the move Dynamic Punch
  Dynamic Punch
  Inferno
Formerly a variation
  Zap Cannon


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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