Pokemon Egg Moves, Explained

When participating in competitive pokemon matches, Pokemon typing, stats, held items, and moves are all equally important. Some teams rely on certain moves to set up their entire combat strategy, and while most moves can be learned or learned, some have more complex methods, such as Egg Moves.


Egg Moves have been around since Generation II in pokemon and are often what leads a Pokemon into exceptional territory. With proper planning, players can fill all of their Pokemon’s moveslots with these special moves if they wish. Here’s everything there is to know about Egg Moves.

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What are egg movements?

Egg Moves are special moves that Pokemon can only learn through breeding. These moves are passed from the parent Pokemon to the child. In most cases, Pokemon cannot obtain these moves through Leveling Up, TM/HM, or Move Tutors. In addition, parents can’t just pass on any move to their child because their offspring will only get moves they’ve learned through leveling or other Egg Moves.

Egg movements are incredibly useful in competitive pokemon as players can create uniquely strong teams built around different movesets. Since they’re somewhat hard to come by, it’s an excellent opportunity to mix things up in the Meta by equipping surprise moves.

Breed Pokemon for Egg Moves

Players gain Egg Moves by breeding specific Pokemon species. Breeding Pokemon requires the following:

  • 1 male Pokemon
  • 1 female Pokemon
  • Or Ditto instead of either

Leave the two Pokemon at a nursery or nursery. Players can find these in various locations in every generation except Gen I. Talk to the woman inside, and she’ll ask players if they have any Pokemon they’d like to keep under her care. Then choose two compatible and breedable Pokemon. Make sure at least one of them has an Egg Move in their moveset. If both parents have one (or more), their offspring will have both Egg Moves when they hatch. After leaving the Pokemon, walk around for a while, and once back, the Nursery of Day Care will hand over the Egg. To hatch the egg, just walk around and explore it as it requires a certain number of steps to hatch.

Before Generation IV, Egg Moves can only be passed on by a male parent. From Gen V it can be the mother or father.

Keep in mind that the hatched Pokemon will be the same species as its mother when bred. In practice, this means that players wanting a Torkoal with the Ancient Power attack must breed a female Torkoal and a male Dunsparce, Piloswine, Kecleon, or Mamoswine who already knows the move.

Egg groups

Although players can breed different species, they must belong to the same egg group to produce an egg. The physical properties of a Pokemon largely determine its egg groups. Some Pokemon can be in multiple egg groups. For example, Togekiss is in the Flying and Fairy Egg Group, so sometimes typing counts too. If two Pokemon are not compatible, they will not produce an egg. Certain Pokemon like Ditto and Legendary Pokemon have different rules when it comes to breeding Pokemon.

Ditto can breed with almost any Pokemon, regardless of species or gender. The main exception is Legendary Pokemon, which cannot be bred. Other Pokemon that cannot be bred include Unown, Baby Pokemon, and many others, which belong to the “Undiscovered” Egg Group. Legendaries fall into the Undiscovered Egg Group and are often sexless, so they can’t even breed within their species. Ditto cannot breed Pokemon in this category.

Chain breeding

Chain Breeding is a term that describes the passing of Egg Moves through multiple generations. This means that you have to breed a Pokemon to get an Egg Move and then use that Pokemon to breed another Pokemon that can also learn the Egg Move, but was not compatible with the original parent. This method works well with Pokemon that are in more than one Egg Group. However, chain breeding in pokemon can get very complex and the length of the chain depends on the moves players want their Pokemon to know.

An example is Wish’s move chain grown on an Eevee. Eevee can learn Wish as an Egg Move from Togedemaru, Pikachu, or Raichu. However, those three can only learn Wish through breeding. So, if players want to have an Eevee (Field Egg Group) with the move Wish, they must first breed a male Pokemon that Wish knows with a compatible female Pokemon. So players would start by breeding a female Pikachu (Field + Fairy Egg Group) with a male Togekiss (Fairy + Flying Egg Group) who knows Wish until they get a male Pichu with Wish. Once Pichu evolves into Pikachu, he can be bred with a female Eevee to get an Eevee or Eeveelution that Wish knows.

Togekiss passes Wish to child Pichu/Pikachu, and that Pikachu passes it to child Eevee.

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