What Pokemon Move is represented by Pikachu's Counter-Attack in Pokken Tournament? Does it reference a move from a game in the main Pokemon series?

When Pikachu performs its Counter-Attack in Pokken Tournament, it levitates two large rocks out of the ground and hovers them above its head while charging, before throwing them forward.


Is this based off any sort of Pokemon Move from the main series? I don't believe Pikachu has access to any sort of Ground or Rock type moves of this nature. Some sort of magnetism-based electric move, perhaps?

The game does explain in its lore that Pokemon can use non-Pokemon-Move attacks in this game due to the existence of Synergy, allowing them to do things such as basic punches and kicks. However, the unusual and elaborate nature of this attack leads me to believe that it is a reference to something.

  • @DanmakuGrazer I believe it is appropriate to keep the Pokemon Series tag in my question. It specifically asks about moves from the Pokemon Series, and references "the Pokemon Series" multiple times. Experts on the main series would be better equipped to answer this question than anyone. – Southpaw Hare Dec 2 '16 at 18:19
  • Even so, it's not about the main series itself. It's a little tricky, but I don't believe it's needed here. – Wrigglenite Dec 2 '16 at 18:22
  • @DanmakuGrazer The import point is that the tag is useful for getting the attention of people who could help answer the question. It is for the functional reason of grabbing attention for the sake of finding the best answer possible. – Southpaw Hare Dec 2 '16 at 18:24
  • Which button combination triggers that move? There are different counter attacks. – pinckerman Dec 2 '16 at 18:26
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    @SouthpawHare Those questions are about developer intention and as such off topic here. – Wrigglenite Dec 2 '16 at 18:38

The move that most closely resembles this attack is Ancient Power, which Pikachu cannot learn. Alternatively, it might be based on the animation for Rock Slide in first generation games, which Pikachu also cannot learn, although it's hard to tell if the Pokémon is supposed to be lifting rocks or levitating them.

Whether this Pikachu can use Ancient Power, Rock Slide or just something that looks like them is anyone's guess.

  • Or Rock Slide, who knows... – pinckerman Dec 2 '16 at 18:31
  • @pinckerman It doesn't look like Rock Slide at all to me. The animation for Rock Slide is always rocks being made to fall on the target(s) from above, while Ancient Power has consistently been about levitating rocks in place before throwing them at the target. – Wrigglenite Dec 2 '16 at 18:33
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    I know, but from a nostalgic point of view in first gen Rock Slide was similar to your Ancient Power description. – pinckerman Dec 2 '16 at 18:38
  • @pinckerman That's actually a good point about the gen 1 animation, I couldn't remember it. – Wrigglenite Dec 2 '16 at 18:43

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