In Pokémon, there are lots of different moves used by different Pokémon. However, there are certain moves we don't normally see being used, heard about, or used in a meaningful manner. On the other hand, there are moves we see that are famous or used often. In this type of discussion, we shall discuss the ins-and-outs of the move of the topic, and there will be some base questions that will help you. Every Saturday, a different move will be discussed.
For this week's move-of-the-week, we asked users to vote for a move that's a Hidden Machine. Because Waterfall received the most votes (only two, but it's still the most), the next move shall be Waterfall!
Originally Posted by In-game Description (Move)That's right: this move has two descriptions! However, despite that, the move was not a HM at first. In the first Generation, this move was exclusive to Goldeen and Seaking, which was something to know. This move began to become a HM from Generation 2 onwards, so many more Pokémon began learning it. However, Goldeen and Seaking are still the only ones to learn the move normally.Originally Posted by In-game Description (HM)
This move is notable for being a Physical Water attack. Before Generation 4, it was Special, and as such, was inferior to Surf due to the latter's higher power and ability to hit both foes without hitting your teammate. However, Waterfall received some attention now because it's got something to differentiate from Surf. Despite being a HM, not every Water-type learns it!
Here are the usual possible questions about this move (though you could ask other critical questions beyond the listed):
- How does certain Pokémon (who knows it) use this move?
- What kind of purpose would this move have for them (in the Pokémon World)?
- How could this move be used to aid a profession in the Pokémon World?
- Realistically, would there be any advantage or disadvantage associated with using this move? If yes, what kind of advantage/disadvantage would they have when they use it?
- Could this move realistically be used by any Pokémon who doesn't learn it normally? If yes, please explain your choices.
- How would this move be used in competitive battling, realistically or video game-wise?
- Why isn't it possible for some Water-types to learn or use Waterfall?
- If a Pokémon is able to learn a stronger Physical Water attack (Crabhammer, Aqua Tail or Razor Shell (due to its secondary effect)), would it be feasible to replace Waterfall with that move?
- Due to the way Waterfall works in-game (carry the player over a waterfall), if a Pokémon is able to Fly and Surf but not Waterfall (like Swanna and Pelipper), should they be able to achieve the same purpose?
Here are the current users of this move (put in Spoiler since there are so many to list):
Thanks for reading, and happy discussing!
~ The Pokémon World Forum Staff
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