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In Pokemon Red, I have a Pidgeot and it knows the move whirlwind. But whenever I use it in a trainer battle, it doesn't affect the opponent's Pokemon! Which Pokemon species/types are affected from this move?

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Whirlwind has a different effect in trainer battles vs. wild battles. Against trainers in the first generation game, it has no effect. Starting in generation 2 trainer battles, it forces them to switch out to a new pokemon at random. If they have no other pokemon, it has no effect.

No pokemon typing will cause immunity, but the ability Suction Cup or the move Ingrain will cause it to fail.

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But in Pokemon Red, the trainers have more than one Pokemon and they still aren't affected by the move!!! – Scribblenautical Dec 1 '12 at 18:32
@JerryRox The Trainer effect was added in Generation 2 (i.e. Gold, Silver, & Crystal); Whirlwind had no effect in Trainer battles in Generation 1 games (i.e. Red, Blue, & Yellow). – Schism Dec 1 '12 at 19:17
The ability Suction Cup and the move Ingrain can counter Whirlwind. – Krazer Dec 1 '12 at 19:52
I know this is an old question, but could the gen I/II+ difference be edited into the answer? – trainer-blue Jul 26 '13 at 18:15

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