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I just came across the term "HM Slave" in reference to a Pokemon character. A couple of questions such as this one reference the term but I haven't been able to find anything that defines it.

What is an HM Slave?

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How did you not find a definition? There are dozens of results in a quick Google search. Although it includes this question now, so it doesn't matter ;) –  DisgruntledGoat Jul 16 '12 at 13:59

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Though the necessity varies between generations and games, the general idea is that, especially late in the game, you cannot reach certain areas without some of the HM moves: i.e., strength, cut, surf, whirlpool, dive, etc. (Again, the actual requirements vary by game).

An HM slave, then, is a term for a pokemon that is not used for battle but knows one or more of these moves, such that the battle performance of your other 5 pokemon is not diminished by "wasting" one of your 4 attack moves with an HM move (which are generally subpar compared to other, similar, options).

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Examples of ideal HM Slave pokemon species include Kingler, Linoone, Bibarel, and so on. –  Lokathor Jul 1 '12 at 14:04
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And, of course, Mew. –  Raven Dreamer Jul 1 '12 at 15:59
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And in gen 2, Gyrados could learn Surf, Waterfall, Whirlpool, and I believe it could even learn Strength. –  Zibbobz Mar 11 at 20:26

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