This is really disappointing. XY ended, but Pikachu did not use Volt Tackle a single time in the whole series, not even once. Did Ash start using Electro Ball so often that he forget about such an important move of Pikachu?


According to some users in this thread, Ash's Pikachu forgot Volt Tackle to learn Electro Ball, which makes sense, as the series seems to follow the games with Pokemon only knowing 4 moves at a time.

Because they just had to have him learn a Gen V move. He forgot it so he could learn Electro Ball.

According to the wikia page for Ash's Pikachu, this checks out.

The last instance of Pikachu using Volt Tackle was in BW013 (Minccino - Neat and Tidy!).

As Pikachu headed forwards he got hit by Pignite's Take Down, followed up by a powerful Heat Crash. Pikachu managed to get up and countered Pignite's Flame Charge with Volt Tackle.

The first instance of Pikachu using Electro Ball is in BW020 (Dancing with the Ducklett Trio!). The synopsis for this episode even states:

After unintentionally shocking himself with Thunderbolt, because he was stuck in a beach umbrella, Pikachu couldn't use Electric-type attacks. Eventually his anger caused him to learn Electro Ball.

After this point, it appears that Pikachu no longer knows Volt Tackle.

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    Volt tackle is also a move that can't be learned by Pikachu in the games. A Pikachu has to be specially bred to have the move. This may have given some extra incentive to the shows' creators to sweep the move under the rug and forget about it. (pure speculation, of course) – Shaymin Gratitude Nov 3 '16 at 21:13
  • That is not at all true! Pokemon in the anime know more than 4 moves. The only reason why they don't in the game is because it's too much for the game's programming to handle plus there isn't a big enough screen for all the moves to fit. However; my personal opinion is i think that gamefreak is also trying to keep things simple. – Ricky Woods Nov 17 '16 at 20:45
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    @RickyWoods, why do you say that? The only instance I've seen of a Pokemon knowing more than 4 was (I think) Lance's Dragonite who knew 10 to seem OP. – Vemonus Nov 17 '16 at 20:57

I was watching Pokemon Sun and Moon season 1 episode 34 (subbed). In the middle of the episode, the subtitle said that Ash told Pikachu to use Volt Tackle. Either this was a mistranslation or that he can use more than 4 moves now.

  • No that was thunderbolt – John D Oct 7 '17 at 20:13

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