Pokémon Emerald Version screenshot of Pikachu using Thunder on a Weedle
|First appearance||Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (1996)|
|Secondary effect||May cause paralysis|
Thunder is a powerful Electric-type special move which first appears in Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions. Despite its name, the move mainly involves the Pokémon attacking its target with a large lightning bolt.
Super Smash Bros. series
Upon using the move, Pikachu or Pichu calls down a bolt of lightning that strikes any opponents in its path to damage them. If the bolt strikes Pikachu or Pichu, any nearby opponents are damaged by this as well. In Super Smash Bros. the lightning falls from the top of the screen, but in Super Smash Bros. Melee a cloud appears above the player at a fixed height relative to their position. In addition, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward, the move sends Pikachu into the air if it strikes Pikachu while in midair, and in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U the move can meteor smash at a certain point in addition to the shockwave being able to now damage opponents.
Unlike Pikachu's Thunder, Pichu's version is able to hit multiple times, making the full strike stronger than Pikachu's, though the bolt hitting Pichu deals less damage to opponents and instead damages Pichu itself.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U this move has been given two customizable variants. The first one is Thunder Burst, which instead of bringing down a bolt of lightning causes Pikachu to discharge electricity from itself to damage opponents for multiple hits. The second one is Distant Thunder, which causes the cloud to appear at a higher distance, increasing the duration of the move and dealing more damage closer to the cloud.
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