I want to know if some Pokemon that can't learn a move in a previous generation can learn it when transferred to a newer generation/game.

Does this exist?


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There are some old pokemon that learn new attacks, notably due to the introduction of new attacks (new mechanics like day/night, weather or through an entirely new type: Steel or Fairy). But it's also possible that some already existed attacks were added to the move-set of an already existed Pokemon.

Here is a little example:

  • Gyarados is a 1st generation Pokemon, but he can learn Thrash only since 2nd generation (and Thrash already existed in 1st generation, Nidoking is the best example for this attack) -> Tauros is in the same case too
  • So if i transfer a pokemon which was caught in the 1st generation to Sun/Moon it can learn all the moves added in his moveset in the later games Dec 5, 2019 at 8:30
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    yeah, but he won't be able to return to the 1rst generation
    – damadam
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:32
  • Nice find. I knew it was possible like this, just couldn't think of any examples :)
    – Mathias711
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:40
  • @Mathias711 I could had take evolution example too (eevee, electabuzz), because they learn new moves due to their new evolutions
    – damadam
    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:54
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    There's some examples from new moves within the generations as well. In Generation 1, Charizard cannot learn Fly in Red/Blue, but can learn it in Yellow. Thus, it is possible to trade Charizard from say Red to Yellow, teach it Fly, and trade it back to Red.
    – Robotnik
    Dec 10, 2019 at 0:21

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