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Sheer Force (Ability)

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Sheer Force ちからずく
Sheer Force
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Generation V
Removes added effects to increase move damage.
Generation VI
Currently unknown

Sheer Force (Japanese: ちからずく Sheer Force) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. Twenty-four Pokémon have this Ability. This is the most common Hidden Ability.


In battle

Sheer Force raises the base power of all attacking moves that have a secondary effect by 30%, but the secondary effects are ignored.

Sheer Force does not negate primary effects such as recoil, stat penalty or status condition for the user, increased critical hit rate, moves that never miss, moves that change power, two-turn moves, etc. Sheer Force will, however, negate all secondary effects, such as reducing the target's stats, increasing the user's stats, or causing a status condition to the target. Moves that have both a primary and secondary effect will have only their secondary effect negated (and gain the power boost). For example, Flare Blitz has both a primary recoil effect and a secondary chance to burn; its damage will be boosted by 30% (but not cause burn) and still inflict recoil to the user after attacking.

If (and only if) a move is boosted by the effect of Sheer Force, it will no longer trigger effects that activate after attacking. This includes the effects of Eject Button, Shell Bell, and Red Card, as well as the Ability Color Change. If an item has two effects, only the effect(s) that activate after attacking will be negated. Therefore, if a Pokémon holds a Life Orb, it will gain the passive damage boost (because it is not activated after the attack) but the recoil effect afterward will be ignored.

Affected moves

The following moves are affected by this Ability and can be learned by Pokémon with it:

Move Type Cat. Pokémon learned by*
Air Slash  Flying  Special RuffletBraviary
AncientPower  Rock  Special KrabbyKinglerTotodileCroconawFeraligatrMawile
Astonish  Ghost  Physical Mawile
Bite  Dark  Physical NidoqueenTotodileCroconawFeraligatrMawileTrapinch
Blizzard  Ice  Special NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Body Slam  Normal  Physical Nidoqueen
Bubble  Water  Special KrabbyKingler
BubbleBeam  Water  Special KrabbyKingler
Bulldoze  Ground  Physical NidoqueenNidokingTaurosSteelixMakuhitaHariyama
Charge Beam  Electric  Special MawileDruddigon
Confusion  Psychic  Special Nidoking
Crunch  Dark  Physical NidoqueenTotodileCroconawFeraligatrSteelixMawile
Crush Claw  Normal  Physical DruddigonRuffletBraviary
Dark Pulse  Dark  Special SteelixMawileDruddigon
Dragon Rush  Dragon  Physical Bagon
DragonBreath  Dragon  Special SteelixBagon
DynamicPunch  Fighting  Physical TimburrGurdurrConkeldurr
Earth Power  Ground  Special NidoqueenNidokingSteelixTrapinchCranidosRampardos
Ember  Fire  Special Bagon
Extrasensory  Psychic  Special Landorus
Fake Out  Normal  Physical MakuhitaHariyama
Fire Blast  Fire  Special NidoqueenNidokingTaurosMawileBagonCranidos
Fire Fang  Fire  Physical SteelixMawileBagonDarmanitanDruddigon
Fire Punch  Fire  Physical NidoqueenNidokingMakuhitaHariyamaCranidosRampardos
Flame Charge  Fire  Physical Darmanitan
Flame Wheel  Fire  Physical Darmanitan
Flamethrower  Fire  Special NidoqueenNidokingTaurosMawileBagonCranidos
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical Darmanitan
Flash Cannon  Steel  Special SteelixMawileDruddigon
Focus Blast  Fighting  Special NidoqueenNidokingFeraligatrMakuhitaHariyamaMawile
Force Palm  Fighting  Physical MakuhitaHariyamaTimburrGurdurrConkeldurr
Gunk Shot  Poison  Physical Druddigon
Headbutt  Normal  Physical BagonCranidosRampardosDarmanitan
Heat Wave  Fire  Special DarmanitanDruddigonRuffletBraviary
Ice Beam  Ice  Special NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Ice Fang  Ice  Physical SteelixTotodileCroconawFeraligatrMawile
Ice Punch  Ice  Physical NidoqueenNidokingTotodileCroconawFeraligatrMakuhita
Icy Wind  Ice  Special NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Iron Head  Steel  Physical TaurosSteelixHariyamaMawileCranidosRampardos
Iron Tail  Steel  Physical NidoqueenNidokingTaurosTotodileCroconawFeraligatr
Low Sweep  Fighting  Physical MakuhitaHariyamaTimburrGurdurrConkeldurr
Metal Claw  Steel  Physical KrabbyKinglerTotodileCroconawFeraligatrDruddigon
Mud Shot  Ground  Special KrabbyKinglerTrapinchLandorus
Mud-Slap  Ground  Special Trapinch
Muddy Water  Water  Special KrabbyKingler
Poison Fang  Poison  Physical NidoqueenMawile
Poison Jab  Poison  Physical NidoqueenNidokingMakuhitaHariyamaTimburrGurdurr
Poison Sting  Poison  Physical NidoqueenNidoking
Poison Tail  Poison  Physical NidoqueenNidokingDruddigon
Psychic  Psychic  Special DarmanitanLandorus
Rock Climb  Normal  Physical Tauros*SteelixDruddigon
Rock Slide  Rock  Physical NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Rock Smash  Fighting  Physical NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Rock Tomb  Rock  Physical NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Scald  Water  Special KrabbyKinglerTotodileCroconawFeraligatr
Secret Power  Normal  Physical Krabby*Kingler*
Shadow Ball  Ghost  Special NidoqueenNidokingMawile
Signal Beam  Bug  Special Trapinch
Sky Attack  Flying  Physical Braviary
Sludge Bomb  Poison  Special NidoqueenNidokingMawileDruddigonLandorus
Sludge Wave  Poison  Special NidoqueenNidokingLandorus
Snarl  Dark  Special Druddigon
Snore  Normal  Special NidoqueenNidokingKrabbyKinglerTaurosTotodile
Stomp  Normal  Physical TaurosKrabbyKinglerCranidosRampardos
Struggle Bug  Bug  Special Trapinch
Thunder  Electric  Special NidoqueenNidokingTaurosCranidosRampardos
Thunder Fang  Electric  Physical SteelixMawileDruddigon
Thunderbolt  Electric  Special NidoqueenNidokingTaurosCranidosRampardos
ThunderPunch  Electric  Physical NidoqueenNidokingMakuhitaHariyamaMawileCranidos
Twister  Dragon  Special Bagon
Water Pulse  Water  Special TotodileCroconawFeraligatr
Waterfall  Water  Physical TotodileCroconawFeraligatr
Zen Headbutt  Psychic  Physical TaurosBagonCranidosRampardosDarmanitan

Although these moves are affected by the Ability, they currently can't be learned by any Pokémon with Sheer Force:

Outside of battle

Sheer Force does not have an effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Sheer Force

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground Poison Point Rivalry Sheer Force
Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground Poison Point Rivalry Sheer Force
Krabby Krabby Water Water Hyper Cutter Shell Armor Sheer Force
Kingler Kingler Water Water Hyper Cutter Shell Armor Sheer Force
Tauros Tauros Normal Normal Intimidate Anger Point Sheer Force
Totodile Totodile Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
Croconaw Croconaw Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
Steelix Steelix Steel Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sheer Force
Makuhita Makuhita Fighting Fighting Guts Thick Fat Sheer Force
Hariyama Hariyama Fighting Fighting Guts Thick Fat Sheer Force
Mawile Mawile Steel Steel Hyper Cutter Intimidate Sheer Force
Trapinch Trapinch Ground Ground Hyper Cutter Arena Trap Sheer Force
Bagon Bagon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Sheer Force
Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Timburr Timburr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
Gurdurr Gurdurr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
Darmanitan Darmanitan Fire Fire Sheer Force None Zen Mode
Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Hustle
Braviary Braviary Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Defiant
Landorus Landorus Ground Flying Sand Force None Sheer Force
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.

In other languages

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Italy Flag.png Italian Forzabruta
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Força Absoluta
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