Can a Pokemon learn an attack move that doesn't correspond to its type? For example, in the regular games Charizard can learn the move earthquake despite it being a Fire and Flying type Pokemon.


Each Pokemon have specific sets of moves that it may come with. A Reddit user curated a handy guide with almost all known move sets for each Pokemon. Moves cannot otherwise be taught.

Some Pokemon do have moves of a different type. For example, Nidorina, a Poison-type Pokemon, can come with Dig, a Ground-type move. Charizard, a Fire/Flying-type Pokemon only has one move set: Wing Attack (Flying) and Fire Blast (Fire).

It is worth noting that these moves will not benefit from STAB, a bonus that provides 25% increased damage for moves that share the same type as the Pokemon using them.

  • Pokemon Go DB also shows the possible moves any given pokemon can learn. Whether or not this list is exhaustive, I don't know. But pokemon can definitely learn off-type moves (My friend has a Snorlax with Zen Headbutt- Psychic). – KizTrap Jul 29 '16 at 11:05
  • @Thebluefish Thanks for that list it's great. Just to make sure that dig from Nidorina, will it still register as a super effective hit on a fire type Pokemon or any type that's weak to ground? – user3308258 Jul 29 '16 at 17:04
  • @user3308258 yes, effectiveness comes from types of moves, not types of Pokémon. Also, it should be noted that super effectiveness only gives 125% damage, and not very effective does 80% damage. There are no type immunities. – Dragonrage Jul 29 '16 at 17:08
  • Thanks everyone there is enough information here to consider this question fully answered – user3308258 Jul 29 '16 at 17:12

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