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Old February 5th, 2013 (9:41 PM).
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    Gen 1 it was funny/cute. Then they kept it in the rest of the gens. Yes I know Magikarp uses it well, but it can just have tackle.

    Does anyone know why Splash is still in this?
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      There is no point. Mainly just for fun.
      Was actually useful in Cute constests, but it does jack-squat in battle.
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        Old February 5th, 2013 (10:47 PM).
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          The point was so that Magikarp, which is stated in all of his Pokédex entries to be very weak, could not attack his opponents at all (at least before level... what, 15?) , thus justifying the Pokédex entries.
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          Old February 5th, 2013 (11:30 PM).
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          In my opinion, Splash could indicate that the user Pokemon is frail and weak and without much power. Look at Magikarp and Hoppip, for example. Both of them learn Splash by default. Magikarp is, of course, Magikarp, and Hoppip gets blown away by the slightest breeze.

          In the spinoff games such as PMD however, Splash does 5 damage to both the user and the opponent, so it's essentially both somewhat useful and useless at the same time. xD
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            Splash is overpowered. That is all.
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            It's a joke move. Can't Pokemon be a little fun and games after all? I mean, Present's also a joke move but at least that does damage most times lol
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            I always thought Splash as a novelty move, kind of like Corvidae said. It's the most useless move ever and only really meant to be silly and it's become pretty iconic to Pokemon games and therefore they choose to keep it in the games.
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            The pokemon that usually learn Splash evolve into something pretty cool so it could be considered a "test" or grind while you train it.

            What makes no sense is the fact that we're able to pass "Splash" as an egg move!
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              The point was so that Magikarp, which is stated in all of his Pokédex entries to be very weak, could not attack his opponents at all (at least before level... what, 15?) , thus justifying the Pokédex entries.
              This is exactly what I thought the only reason for it was. But yeah I just started playing black 2 today and I have already come across it! Oh dear...
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                I like to believe it has a 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000002% chance of 1-KO the enemy. But like AWSquared said. I would be devastated if they were to remove it.
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                Doesn't "splash" have an actual meaning in its Japanese interpretation? It literally means something else over there, and it made more sense. I swear I saw a topic like that on this forum before. Where are those guys to explain it when you need em?
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                  Doesn't "splash" have an actual meaning in its Japanese interpretation? It literally means something else over there, and it made more sense. I swear I saw a topic like that on this forum before. Where are those guys to explain it when you need em?
                  Its Japanese name is Hop.

                  Dunno if that was what you meant, but seriously Bounce and Hop aren't that different name wise. Splash is still useless as it was made to be XD
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                    Magikarp is not the only Pokemon that only knows Splash for awhile you know. Hoppip was like that too. In fact, you could call it the Magikarp of generation 2. Azurill, Spoink, Feebas, Wailmer, Wynaut, and Buneary are also Pokemon that use this.
                    Why it is there however, is pretty obvious. For some of these Pokemon it's to make them less easy to train since that's the only move they can know for awhile and discourages people from using them even though they may be much more powerful then they seem. Pokemon that can know other moves as well as splash ether have it so it can take up a move slot or it serves as making them weaker targets to help train your Pokemon. Splash can also be useful in battle in several cases. For instance, if an opponent uses Metronome, Mimic, Bide, Counter, etc, using Splash (or having Splash as move that exists) can make it more difficult to pull off such maneuvers.
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                      I wonder the same thing. I also wonder why its a Normal-type move and not a Water-type move, seeing as water is needed to splash.
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                        I wonder the same thing. I also wonder why its a Normal-type move and not a Water-type move, seeing as water is needed to splash.
                        In the Japanese versions, the move has no connection to water and is called "Hop". Hence the Normal type. It was only translated as "Splash" because back then Magikarp was the only Pokémon to use it, so that worked.
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                        Right-o, that was it. It doesn't make it less useless, but it did make more sense in context as to why other Pokemon used it.

                        That localization, man. Can't live without it, but sometimes you can certainly question it.
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                          Splash is mainly in the games/anime as a "flavor" move; it was originally introduced to emphasize Magikarp's uselessness.
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                            Not sure what I would do without Splash. Probably stop using Protect when I suspect it's coming.
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                              It was made simply for showing how useless Magikarp is. That is until people found out Magikarp isn't useless.
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                                Im not gonna lie, I once used Splash to win a battle...
                                It was one of the random battles on Pokemon Showdown, I had a magikarp at 1hp (Focus sash) who was faster than their absol who had sucker punch

                                I used splash instead of flail twice in a row making both sucker punches fail and when I assumed he would say screw it and use night slash I unleashed the flail instead.

                                It was a glorious match.
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                                  The only reason they made Splash a move in the first place was just so they could give Magikarp a move without forcing it to always resort to Struggle until level 15 (which it does anyway once the PP runs out, assuming it doesn't faint beforehand.)
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                                    The point of splash is explained by the same reasoning as Shedinja knowing double edge.

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                                      Gen 1 it was funny/cute. Then they kept it in the rest of the gens. Yes I know Magikarp uses it well, but it can just have tackle.

                                      Does anyone know why Splash is still in this?
                                      You might as well ask why they "still" evolve into Gyarados.

                                      Magikarp Splash. That's just what they do.
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