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Pokémon Go Legacy Moves explained, with all current, former, event and legacy Event Moves listed

Every Legacy Move and Community Day Move you can find in Pokémon Go for collectors.

Legacy Moves is the generic term given to the hidden Fast and Charged moves that Pokémon can learn in Pokémon Go, but aren't part of the normal move pool.

There are several reasons why something could be a Legacy move, and there are more Legacy Moves in Pokémon Go than are worth counting. Mewtwo with Psystrike, Gengar with Shadow Punch, Dragonite with Draco Meteor are all Legacy Moves.

These days, Legacy Moves are perhaps better known as Community Day moves – the moves Pokémon can learn by evolving on Community Day. However, technically, Legacy Moves also include Event Moves (think Community Day, but for other events), and actual legacy Legacy Moves.

Legacy Move Pokémon are incredibly valuable within the Pokémon Go community and, thanks to their rarity, are highly sought after by collectors. While some are natually are better than others — and some, believe it or not, are downright awful – they’re always worth getting hold of if you can. You never know when a move rebalance will turn your Pokémon from utterly useless to a force to be reckoned with!

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What are Legacy Moves in Pokémon Go?

Legacy Moves fit into three broad categories: legacy Legacy Moves, Community Day Moves and Event Moves. While there is some overlap, they aren’t quite the same thing.

First, we have the reason why they’re called Legacy Moves. Each move has two attack values, which you’ll see when you inspect a Pokémon in your Storage. Sometimes these are the same — Psystrike has a base attack of 90 in both the 'Gyms & Raids' and 'Trainer Battles' tab. However, Confusion only deals 16 damage in PVP, while it does a more impressive 20 in Raids.

Back in 2016, before PVP battling and Go Battle League were added to the game, this split didn’t matter. However, in trying to balance the game, certain attacks that were deemed too powerful had to be either watered down or effectively removed from the game. Instead of simply removing the move and replacing it with something else, Niantic decided to remove these moves from the 'move pool' – the list of moves that a Wild Pokémon can learn, and learn using a TM.

And thus 'Legacy Moves' were born.

Community Day Moves, form the other side of the coin, in that they provide an opportunity to aqcuire a move that isn’t normally part of the move pool. You can’t get them with a Charged TM or Fast TM, so they function in the same way as a legacy Legacy Move. The key difference is that Niantic can effectively make new Legacy Moves this way, and we get a new one (almost every month) — so while they're not legacy with a lower-case 'l', they’re basically the same thing.

Event Moves, are similar to Community Day Moves, but apply to events outside of Community Day. This is an important distinction only in that Community Day Moves are added when you evolve a Pokémon to its final stage — Event Moves can be learned simply by catching the Pokémon in the wild or after a raid!


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How to find Legacy Move Pokémon in your Pokémon Storage in Pokémon Go

Have you ever spent a dozen TMs, trying desperately to find a move that simply doesn’t want to be found? If so, there’s a good chance it’s a Legacy Move you were looking for.

There’s no way to filter your entire storage by Legacy Moves; however, there is a way to find which Pokémon know a certain Legacy Move, which is incredibly useful when trying to build a Pokémon for PVP.

Does this Mewtwo know Psystrike?

First need to know which move you’re looking for. Taking Psystrike Mewtwo as an example again, Psystrike isn’t part of the normal move pool, which means you can’t learn it with the average Charged TM. So, rather than searching Mewtwo and then manually checking each Pokémon, you can simply search for the move.

To search for a move in Pokémon Go, simply type @[move name] into the search bar, replacing the [box brackets] and everything within them with the move you’re looking for. @[psystrike] will show you all of the Pokémon that know that move!

You can combine search terms using an ampersand, so if you’re looking for a Seaking that knows Poison Jab, Drill Run and Icy Wind – all three of which are Legacy Moves – you would search for: seaking&poison jab&drill runи wind. You can add spacs around the ampersands if you want, but make sure there’s no space after the @ symbol or this won’t work!

How to learn Legacy Moves in Pokémon Go

So, what if you only just started playing Pokémon Go, and don’t have a time machine to go back and catch an ultra-rare Mewtwo with both Psystrike and Shadow Ball for Master League? Elite TMs are the way forward.

These special TMs were added to Pokémon Go as a way to gain access to the full move pool, with all of the Legacy Moves that a Pokémon could learn. The bonus is that while regular TMs work on RNG, Elite TMs actually let you pick which move you want to learn, meaning that each Elite TM is a guaranteed Legacy Move, if you use them properly.

The issue, of course, is that these items are relatively rare, and aren’t always available.

Elite TMs can either be bought as part of a box of goodies in the store, or earned as part of Special Research — usually during Community Day. It’s important to note, however, that this tends to be paywalled behind the event ticket and aren’t always included as one of the rewards. If you have an Elite TM, make sure you use it wisely!

All Legacy Moves in Pokémon Go

Here is a list of all of the Legacy Moves in Pokémon Go, as of February 2023:

PokémonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
Venusaur
Frenzy Plant
Charmeleon
Scratch
Charizard
Dragon Breath
Ember
Wing Attack
Blast Burn
Flamethrower
Blastoise
Hydro Cannon
Butterfree
Bug Bite
Beedrill
Bug BiteDrill Run
Pidgeot
Gust
Wing Attack
Air Cutter
Spearow
Twister
Fearow
Twister
Ekans
Gunk Shot
Pikachu
PresentSurf
Thunder
Raichu
Thunder
Sandshrew
Rock Tomb
Sandslash
Night Slash
Alolan Sandslash
Shadow Claw
Nidoking
Fury Cutter
Clefable
Pound
Ninetales
EmberFire Blast

Flamethrower
Jigglypuff
Body Slam
Play Rough
Zubat
Sludge Bomb
Golbat
Ominous Wind
Parasect
Bug Bite
Venomoth
Bug Bite
Diglett
Mud Shot
Dugtrio
Mud Shot
Meowth
Body Slam
Persian
Night Slash
Primeape
Karate ChopCross Chop
Arcanine
BiteBulldoze
Poliwhirl
Scald
Poliwrath
Submission
Alakazam
CounterDazzling Gleam
Psychic
Machop
Low Kick
Machoke
Cross Chop
Machamp
Karate ChopPayback
Stone Edge
Submission
Weepinbell
Razor Leaf
Graveler
Mud ShotRock Slide
Golem
Mud Shot
Alolan Golem
Rollout
Ponyta
Fire Blast
Rapidash
Ember
Farfetch'd
Cut
Doduo
Swift
Dodrio
Air Cutter
Seel
Water GunAqua Jet
Dewgong
Ice ShardAqua Jet
Icy Wind
Grimer
Acid
Muk
Acid
Lick
Cloyster
Blizzard
Gastly
Sucker PunchOminous Wind
Haunter
Lick
Gengar
LickDark Pulse
Psychic
Shadow Punch

Sludge Wave
Onix
Iron Head
Rock Slide
Hypno
Psyshock
Kingler
Mud Shot
Voltorb
Signal Beam
Electrode
Tackle
Exeggutor
Zen Headbutt
Alolan Marowak
Shadow Bone
Hitmonlee
Brick Break

Stomp
Hitmonchan
Rock SmashBrick Break
Lickitung
Body Slam
Koffing
Acid
Weezing
Acid
Rhydon
Megahorn
Chansey
Psybeam
Tangela
Power Whip
Kangaskhan
Brick Break

Stomp
Seadra
Blizzard
Seaking
Poison JabDrill Run
Icy Wind
Staryu
Quick Attack
Starmie
Quick Attack
Tackle
Psybeam
Scyther
Steel WingBug Buzz
Jynx
PoundIce Punch
Pinsir
Submission
Gyarados
Dragon TailAqua Tail
Dragon Pulse
Lapras
Ice ShardDragon Pulse
Ice Beam
Eevee
Body Slam
Last Resort
Vaporeon
Last Resort
Scald
Jolteon
Last Resort
Zap Cannon
Flareon
Last Resort
Heat Wave
Superpower
Porygon
Quick Attack
Tackle
Zen Headbutt
Discharge
Psybeam
Signal Beam
Omanyte
Brine
Rock Tomb
Omastar
Rock ThrowRock Slide
Kabutops
Fury Cutter
Snorlax
Yawn
Articuno
Hurricane
Zapdos
Thunder Shock
Moltres
Sky Attack
Dragonite
Draco Meteor
Dragon Pulse
Mewtwo
Hyper Beam
Psystrike
Shadow Ball
Armored MewtwoPsystrike
Meganium
Frenzy Plant
Typhlosion
Blast Burn
Feraligatr
Water GunHydro Cannon
Pichu
Quick Attack
Cleffa
Body Slam
Psychic
Igglybuff
Body Slam
Togepi
Zen Headbutt
Togetic
Steel Wing
Zen Headbutt
Ampharos
Dragon Pulse
Politoed
Earthquake
Jumpluff
Acrobatics
Espeon
Last Resort
Shadow Ball
Umbreon
Last Resort
Psychic
Kingdra
Water Gun
Smoochum
Frost Breath
Elekid
Thunderbolt
Magby
Flamethrower
Suicune
Hidden Power
Tyranitar
Smack Down
Lugia
Aeroblast
Ho-Oh
Earthquake
Sacred Fire
Sceptile
Frenzy Plant
Blaziken
Blast Burn
Stone Edge
Swampert
Hydro Cannon
Shiftry
Bullet Seed
Kirlia
Draining Kiss
Gardevoir
Synchronoise
Breloom
Grass Knot
Slaking
Body Slam
Shedinja
Struggle Bug
Bite
Flygon
Earth Power
Altaria
Moonblast
Lileep
Bullet Seed
Walrein
Powder SnowIcicle Spear
Salamence
Outrage
Metagross
Meteor Mash
Regirock
Earthquake
Regice
Thunder
Registeel
Zap Cannon
Latias
Mist Ball
Latios
Luster Purge
Groudon
Fire Punch
Rayquaza
Hurricane
Torterra
Frenzy Plant
Infernape
Blast Burn
Empoleon
Hydro Cannon
Staraptor
Gust
Bidoof
Ice Beam
Shadow Ball
Superpower
Thunderbolt
Luxray
Psychic Fangs
Roserade
Bullet SeedFire Weather Ball
Gastrodon
Earthquake
Garchomp
Earth Power
Lickilicky
Body Slam
Rhyperior
Rock Wrecker
Electivire
Flamethrower
Magmortar
Thunderbolt
Leafeon
Bullet SeedLast Resort
Glaceon
Last Resort
Water Pulse
Mamoswine
Ancient Power
Porygon-Z
Tri Attack
Gallade
Synchronoise
Dusknoir
Shadow Ball
Giratina (Altered)
Shadow Force
Giratina (Origin)
Shadow Force
Cresselia
Grass Knot
Darkrai
Sludge Bomb
Serperior
Frenzy Plant
Emboar
Blast Burn
Samurott
Hydro Cannon
Gigalith
Meteor Beam
Chandelure
Poltergeist
Hydreigon
Brutal Swing
Cobalion
Sacred Sword
Terrakion
Sacred Sword
Virizion
Sacred Sword
Reshiram
Fusion Flare
Zekrom
Fusion Bolt
Kyurem
Glaciate
Genesect
Techno Blast
Chesnaught
Frenzy Plant
Talonflame
Incinerate
Sylveon
Last Resort
Psyshock
Noivern
Boomburst
Bewear
Drain Punch
Obstagoon
Obstruct
Ursaluna
High Horsepower

Good luck collecting the Legacy moves!

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