In Pokémon, there are lots of different moves used by different Pokémon. Every week, we shall focus the discussion on a different move, and there will be some base questions that would help you start this off. This week, Earthquake is chosen by @Lord Clowncrete;.

Nature Power calls an attack depending on the location, and one of those moves is Earthquake. This Generation 1 move is a classic in that it is useful, even to this day, thanks to its great power with the only drawback of hitting your teammate, combined with the usefulness of Ground as an offensive type. It's a very widespread move learned by a lot of Pokémon that this list takes a lot of time to compile, meaning that there would be at least one Pokémon that could provide an essential Ground offense.

Here's the in-game description for this move:

Quote Originally Posted by Earthquake (XY)
Type: Ground (Physical)
Base Power: 100
Accuracy: 100%
PP: 10

The user sets off an earthquake that strikes every Pokémon around it.
Here are the usual possible questions about this move:
  • 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?
  • 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 battling, realistically or video game-wise?


Other questions (You could ask other critical questions beyond the listed):
  • This move is sort of a taboo in the anime due to the earthquake disasters that happen in Japan. Would it be allowed back in the anime one day? If Pokémon has a western animation, would this move be used more often?
  • Realistically, would this move be destructive in an indoor stadium?
  • Several Fighting-types learn this attack. How do they execute it? Would they find some use for this attack in conjunction with their Fighting attacks?
  • How are flying Pokémon and lightweight Pokémon able to launch an Earthquake?
  • If a Pokémon is in the middle of a Dig, Earthquake does double damage, unless they are a flying. How do flying Pokémon avoid Earthquake in this case?


Here are the current users for this move (put in Spoiler tag due to the large list):


Thanks for reading, and happy discussing!

~ The General Pokémon Forum Staff


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