Masquerain using Whirlwind by Altarior



“The target is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. In the wild, the battle ends.”


Whirlwind was a pretty unusual move in the first Pokémon games and was used to end a battle with a wild Pokémon abruptly.   The move got buffed up in Gen II and now forced the opponent to switch places with another random Pokémon from its trainer’s party. It deals no damage at all and also does not reduce any stats of the targets.

Masquerain can learn it via level up, but the level depends on the game – 53 in Generation III, 54 from Generation IV and currently 48 from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.




Bug Buzz

“The user vibrates its wings to generate a damaging sound wave. It may also lower the target’s Sp. Def stat.”

Bug Buzz is a bug-type attack move introduced in Generation IV.  It has a power rating of 90 and an accuracy rating of 100%.  If the move hits, there’s also a 10% chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense stats by one stage – but it won’t work if the target has the Soundproof ability.

Masquerain can learn it by level up – originally at level 61, then changed to 42 since ORAS.


#284 Masquerain

“It intimidates foes with the large eye-like patterns on its antennae. Because it can’t fly if its wings get wet, it shelters itself from rain under large trees and leaves.”

Masquerain is a dual bug / flying type Pokémon and one of the rarest non-Legendaries in the original Generation III games.  It evolves from Surskit starting at level 22 and live near the water’s edge.

Masquerain’s most notable feature is its antennae, which have an “angry eyes” look on them to ward off their foes.  Their position means a lot – if straight on, they’re hostile and attempting to scare away their opponents, but if they’re drooped and look sad, it indicates the arrival of heavy rainfall.  Its four wings allow it to move around in all directions as if it’s a helicopter, but rain would impede its ability to do so, leaving it to take shelter either under tree branches or in their hollows.  Once the rain stops, it faces towards the sun to dry off.

The main Masquerain seen in the animé was owned by Drew, May’s main rival.  It was first seen training for the Rubello Town Pokémon Contest, which it won handily and gave Drew his fourth ribbon.  Its regular participation in contests was a huge part to him becoming the runner-up for for Hoenn Grand Festival and his top 8 finish for the Kanto Grand Festival.

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