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Intimidate (Japanese: いかく Intimidation) is an ability introduced in Generation III. Twenty-four Pokémon can have this ability.
In Mystery Dungeon, Pokémon attacking a Pokémon with this ability with a physical attack will have a 20% attack penalty.
Intimidate lowers the opponent's Attack stat by one stage upon entering the battle. It is triggered both when a battle begins and when a Pokémon with Intimidate switches into battle. In a double battle, both opponents are affected.
Intimidate's activation message reads: "[Pokémon]'s Intimidate cuts [opponent]'s attack!".
Intimidate has no effect on Pokémon who are immune to Attack stat reductions, such as Pokémon with Clear Body, Hyper Cutter, or White Smoke.
Outside of battle
From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if the Pokémon with Intimidate is leading the party, Intimidate decreases the chance of encountering a lower-level wild Pokémon by 50%. See also Keen Eye.
Pokémon with Intimidate
- Although most Pokémon with this ability have menacing physical features, some Pokémon (like Hitmontop and Staravia) do not have obvious physical attributes that would inspire fear or unease, the most notorious one being Shinx, who can even be classified as a "cute" Pokémon. Its evolutions, Luxio and Luxray, however, would have these attributes.
- Interestingly, all five Pokémon that can only have this ability are part-Template:Type2, not including hidden abilities.
In other languages
- German: Bedroher
- Greek: Εκφοβισμός
- Italian: Prepotenza
- Portuguese: Intimidar
- Spanish: Intimidación