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Pokemon Who Can Learn Thunderbolt (TR08)

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Pokemon Sword and Shield - Thunderbolt

This is an article for the move Thunderbolt (TR08) and the Pokemon who can learn it and its location in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Isle of Armor, and the Crown Tundra DLC. Read on to see the Power, Accuracy, PP, and Effect, and see how to use it competitively.

Thunderbolt (TR08) - Type and Effect

Type Pokemon Electric Image
Category Pokemon Special Image
Power 90
Accuracy 100
PP 15
Effect A strong electric blast crashes down on the target. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
Max Move Max Lightning
Power: 130
TM / TR TR08

Pokemon That Learn Thunderbolt (TR08)

By Default

RaichuRaichu Alolan RaichuAlolan Raichu HelioliskHeliolisk

By Level Up

PikachuPikachu ElectabuzzElectabuzz ElekidElekid
ElectivireElectivire ZekromZekrom HelioptileHelioptile
XurkitreeXurkitree RegielekiRegieleki

By TM / TR

PikachuPikachu RaichuRaichu Alolan RaichuAlolan Raichu
Nidoran♀Nidoran♀ NidorinaNidorina NidoqueenNidoqueen
Nidoran♂Nidoran♂ NidorinoNidorino NidokingNidoking
ClefairyClefairy ClefableClefable JigglypuffJigglypuff
WigglytuffWigglytuff MeowthMeowth Alolan MeowthAlolan Meowth
Galarian MeowthGalarian Meowth PersianPersian Alolan PersianAlolan Persian
MagnemiteMagnemite MagnetonMagneton GastlyGastly
HaunterHaunter GengarGengar Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak
LickitungLickitung KoffingKoffing WeezingWeezing
Galarian WeezingGalarian Weezing RhyhornRhyhorn RhydonRhydon
ChanseyChansey KangaskhanKangaskhan StaryuStaryu
StarmieStarmie Mr. MimeMr. Mime Galarian Mr. MimeGalarian Mr. Mime
ElectabuzzElectabuzz TaurosTauros GyaradosGyarados
LaprasLapras JolteonJolteon PorygonPorygon
SnorlaxSnorlax ZapdosZapdos DratiniDratini
DragonairDragonair DragoniteDragonite MewtwoMewtwo
MewMew ChinchouChinchou LanturnLanturn
PichuPichu DunsparceDunsparce Porygon2Porygon2
ElekidElekid MiltankMiltank BlisseyBlissey
RaikouRaikou TyranitarTyranitar LugiaLugia
Ho-ohHo-oh ZigzagoonZigzagoon Galarian ZigzagoonGalarian Zigzagoon
LinooneLinoone Galarian LinooneGalarian Linoone RaltsRalts
KirliaKirlia GardevoirGardevoir AggronAggron
ElectrikeElectrike ManectricManectric AbsolAbsol
RegirockRegirock RegiceRegice RegisteelRegisteel
LatiasLatias LatiosLatios KyogreKyogre
GroudonGroudon RayquazaRayquaza JirachiJirachi
ShinxShinx LuxioLuxio LuxrayLuxray
DrifloonDrifloon DrifblimDrifblim BunearyBuneary
LopunnyLopunny Mime Jr.Mime Jr. MunchlaxMunchlax
MagnezoneMagnezone LickilickyLickilicky RhyperiorRhyperior
ElectivireElectivire MagmortarMagmortar Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
GalladeGallade FroslassFroslass RotomRotom
Heat RotomHeat Rotom Wash RotomWash Rotom Frost RotomFrost Rotom
Fan RotomFan Rotom Mow RotomMow Rotom UxieUxie
MespritMesprit AzelfAzelf DialgaDialga
PalkiaPalkia RegigigasRegigigas GiratinaGiratina
Giratina (Origin Forme)Giratina (Origin Forme) VictiniVictini LillipupLillipup
HerdierHerdier StoutlandStoutland AudinoAudino
GarbodorGarbodor MinccinoMinccino CinccinoCinccino
GothitaGothita GothoritaGothorita GothitelleGothitelle
EmolgaEmolga JoltikJoltik GalvantulaGalvantula
FerroseedFerroseed FerrothornFerrothorn KlinkKlink
KlangKlang KlinklangKlinklang ElgyemElgyem
BeheeyemBeheeyem StunfiskStunfisk GolurkGolurk
ThundurusThundurus Thundurus (Therian Forme)Thundurus (Therian Forme) ZekromZekrom
GenesectGenesect EspurrEspurr MeowsticMeowstic
SpritzeeSpritzee AromatisseAromatisse SwirlixSwirlix
SlurpuffSlurpuff InkayInkay MalamarMalamar
SkrelpSkrelp DragalgeDragalge HelioptileHelioptile
HelioliskHeliolisk AmauraAmaura AurorusAurorus
DedenneDedenne GoomyGoomy SliggooSliggoo
GoodraGoodra XerneasXerneas GrubbinGrubbin
CharjabugCharjabug VikavoltVikavolt OranguruOranguru
SilvallySilvally TogedemaruTogedemaru MimikyuMimikyu
DrampaDrampa Tapu KokoTapu Koko Tapu LeleTapu Lele
SolgaleoSolgaleo LunalaLunala NihilegoNihilego
XurkitreeXurkitree MagearnaMagearna NaganadelNaganadel
ZeraoraZeraora MeltanMeltan MelmetalMelmetal
YamperYamper BoltundBoltund ToxtricityToxtricity
ObstagoonObstagoon PerrserkerPerrserker Mr. RimeMr. Rime
PincurchinPincurchin MorpekoMorpeko DracozoltDracozolt
ArctozoltArctozolt DuraludonDuraludon DrakloakDrakloak
DragapultDragapult RegielekiRegieleki

By Egg Move

There are no Pokemon who learn this move by this method.

By Move Tutor

There are no Pokemon who learn this move by this method.

Competitive Analysis

Thunderbolt is considered as the primary weapon among all Electric-type moves. This move has 100 accuracy, a chance to deal paralysis, and can be used as Max Lightning when the user is Dynamaxed or Gigantamaxed.

Thunderbolt vs Thunder

A common question encountered when choosing moves for Pokemon is which Electric-type attack should be used: Thunderbolt or Thunder?

The most striking difference between these two moves is the accuracy difference. Thunderbolt, the weaker move, will always hit its target while Thunder, the stronger move, depends on the active weather in play.

It is better to use Thunderbolt for general purposes as it does not need rain to guarantee the move will land. As for rain-centric teams, Thunder is the better choice to take advantage of the move having perfect accuracy in the rain.

Do take note that Thunder can be the better choice when choosing an Electric-type move for coverage, especially for Rock and Ground-type Pokemon, as long as it will only be used as Max Lightning during Dynamax.

List of Moves that Inflict Status Conditions

Thunderbolt (TR08) Locations

Purchase from the Wild Area Trader

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Watt Trader.png
Thunderbolt (TR08) is available to purchase from the Watt Traders in the Wild Area for 5000 Watts.

The Watt Traders' selection of TM and TRs changes everyday so make sure to check what's in stock!

How to Farm Watts Quickly

A Possible Drop from Max Raids

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Max Raid Battle.png
It's also possible to get Thunderbolt (TR08) from Electric-type Max Raid dens as a reward for defeating or catching the resident Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokemon.

How to Max Raid With Friends

Get from the Cram-o-Matic

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Cram-o-Matic.png
It's also possible to get Thunderbolt (TR08) from the Cram-o-Matic, although the chances are still low even when using the right items.

How to Use the Cram-o-Matic

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