It was my understanding, and from past experience, that the move "Swift" was the only move that could hit you when using "Fly". Kind of like Earthquake being able to hit me when using Dig. But I was recently playing Heart Gold and I was taken out with Thunder when I was flying.

So what all moves can hit you when using Fly? And did the types of moves that can hit you change throughout the different generations?

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Yes, the moves that can hit you have changed over time:

  • In Generation I, Bide, Swift and Transform were all able to connect (however, starting with Pokémon Stadium, Bide lost this ability again).
  • Generation II replaces this list with Gust, Thunder, Twister and Whirlwind. Additionally, Gust and Twister do double damage against a flying opponent, and any move can hit if Lock-On or Mind Reader was used the previous turn.
  • Generation III adds Sky Uppercut to the list of unavoidable moves.
  • Generation IV lets all Pokémon with the No Guard ability hit a flying Pokémon with any move.

Presumably, the Generation I list was actually a bug which caused the "semi-invulnerable" check to get skipped (with Bide getting fixed for Stadium); the list used for Generation II and on were selected because it makes sense that these moves can still hit while the opponent is flying.

  • Couldn't Blizzard hit Fly back in the day? I'm just going off of the top of my head
    – Samjus
    Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 20:16
  • @Samjus: I certainly don't recall that ever happening in any of the generations, but again, the mechanics have changed over time, so the answer might depend on when "back in the day" was. It certainly wouldn't have been the case in Generation I, at least; Blizzard was just an ordinary move and had no reason to trigger the bug which allowed Swift to hit. Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 20:35
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    Looks like i'm going to have to pull out the bag of nostalgia and play some POKEMON
    – Samjus
    Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 20:40

I am not sure, but I think smack down makes you fly down in gen. 6 I don't know anything about the other generations.

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