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Intimidate (Ability)

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Intimidate いかく
Menace
Flavor text
Generation III
Lowers the foe’s Attack.
Generation IV
Lowers the foe’s Attack stat.
Generation V
Currently unknown
Generation VI
Currently unknown

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.

Effect

In battle

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

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Ekans Ekans Poison Poison Intimidate Shed Skin Unnerve
Arbok Arbok Poison Poison Intimidate Shed Skin Unnerve
Growlithe Growlithe Fire Fire Intimidate Flash Fire Righteous Heart
Arcanine Arcanine Fire Fire Intimidate Flash Fire Righteous Heart
Tauros Tauros Normal Normal Intimidate Anger Point Sheer Force
Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying Intimidate None Moxie
Snubbull Snubbull Normal Normal Intimidate Run Away Jitter
Granbull Granbull Normal Normal Intimidate Quick Feet Jitter
Stantler Stantler Normal Normal Intimidate Frisk Sap Sipper
Hitmontop Hitmontop Fighting Fighting Intimidate Technician Steadfast
Mightyena Mightyena Dark Dark Intimidate Quick Feet Moxie
Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying Intimidate None Unnerve
Mawile Mawile Steel Steel Hyper Cutter Intimidate Sheer Force
Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying Intimidate None Moxie
Staravia Staravia Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Shinx Shinx Electric Electric Rivalry Intimidate Guts
Luxio Luxio Electric Electric Rivalry Intimidate Guts
Luxray Luxray Electric Electric Rivalry Intimidate Guts
Herdier Herdier Normal Normal Intimidate Sand Rush Scrappy
Murando Murando Normal Normal Intimidate Sand Rush Scrappy
Sandile Sandile Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Waruvile Waruvile Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Waruvial Waruvial Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Zuruggu Zuruggu Dark Fighting Shed Skin Moxie Intimidate
Zuruzukin Zuruzukin Dark Fighting Shed Skin Moxie Intimidate
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

Trivia

  • 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


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