Z-Moves


Artwork from Pokémon's official Sun and Moon website

Z-Moves are a special type of move being introduced in the upcoming titles Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. They are performed when a Pokémon and its Trainer's wishes are unified, and they both bring forth their full power with a specific pose.

Although these moves are very powerful and don't take up any of a Pokémon's four move slots, they can only be unleashed once per battle. In order for a Pokémon to use a Z-Move, it must be holding the corresponding Z-Crystal, and its Trainer must possess a Z-Ring as well as the same Z-Crystal.

There are two different kinds of Z-Moves: 18 of them correspond to a specific type, and then several others are specific to a certain Pokémon. They all draw their power from a move the Pokémon knows, using PP of that move in the process.

Type-specific

Each type has a corresponding Z-Move that any Pokémon can use, as long as it knows a move of the same type. For example, any Pokémon that knows an Electric-type move can use the Electric-type Z-Move, Gigavolt Havoc. The base power for these moves, and whether they are physical or special, depends on whatever move the Pokémon knows that is the same type. 

In the case of Gigavolt Havoc, if the Pokémon knows Nuzzle (20 power), Gigavolt Havoc will be physical and have 100 power. If the Pokémon instead knows Thunderbolt (90 power), Gigavolt Havoc will be special and have 175 power. If the Pokémon knows multiple moves of that type, you'll be able to choose which to draw power from.

Not all of these Z-Moves have been revealed or even shown, but all that have are listed below.

Name

Type

Z-Crystal

Image 

Breakneck Blitz Normal  Normalium Z
Bloom Doom Grass Grassium Z
Inferno Overdrive Fire Firium Z
Hydro Vortex Water Waterium Z
Gigavolt Havoc Electr Electrium Z
All-Out Pummeling Fight Fightinium Z
Never-Ending Nightmare Ghost Ghostium Z
Continental Crush Rock Rockium Z
Tectonic Rage Ground  Groundium Z  
 Savage Spin-Out Bug Bugium Z   
 Supersonic Skystrike FLYING  Flyinium Z
 Shattered Psyche Psychic Psychium Z 
Subzero Slammer ICE Icium Z  
Black Hole Eclipse Dark  Darkium Z
Corkscrew Crash Steel Steelium Z  
Devastating Drake Dragon Dragonium Z  
Twinkle Tackle Fairy Fairium Z

 

Pokémon-specific

Other Z-Moves are specific to certain Pokémon, or a related group of Pokémon. They have specific required moves that the Pokémon must know in order to perform them.

Name

Pokémon

Required Move

Z-Crystal

Image

Catastropika Pikachu Volt Tackle Pikanium Z
Stoked Sparksurfer Alolan Raichu Thunderbolt Aloraichium Z
Extreme Evoboost Eevee Last Resort Eevium Z
Pulverizing Pancake Snorlax Giga Impact Snorlium Z
Guardian of Alola Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini Nature's Madness Tapunium Z
Sinister Arrow Raid Decidueye Spirit Shackle Decidium Z
Malicious Moonsault Incineroar Darkest Lariat Incinium Z
Oceanic Operetta Primarina Sparkling Aria Primarium Z
Genesis Supernova Mew Psychic Mewnium Z

 

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