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Thunder Wave
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でんじは Electromagnetic Wave
Generation: I
Battle Data
Type: Type Electric.gif
Category Status
Power: -
Accuracy: 100%
PP: 20
Affects: Anyone but user
Secondary Effect:
Contact: No
Affected by
Magic Coat: Yes
Magic Bounce: Yes
Bright Powder: Yes
Protect/Detect: Yes
Snatch: No
Mirror Move: Yes
King's Rock: No
Contest Data
Contests (RSE)
Type: Cool
Appeal: 2 ♥♥
Jam: 1
Super Contests (DPPt)
Type: Cool
Appeal: 2 ♥♥
Contest Spectaculars (ORAS)
Type: Cool

Thunder Wave is an Electric-type move introduced in Generation I that many Electric-type Pokémon can learn. It paralyzes the opponent with a jolt of electricity. Its type for Pokemon contest is Cool.


  • Thunder Wave is the only status move that takes type immunities into account, as all other status moves ignore type immunities.
    • This also makes it the only status move that is incapable of hitting a certain type of Pokémon (not taking into account Abilities or other factors other than typing).


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