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Bad Dreams (Ability)

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Bad Dreams ナイトメア
Nightmare
Flavor text
Generation IV
Reduces a sleeping foe's HP.
Generation V
Reduces a sleeping foe's HP.
Generation VI
Reduces the HP of sleeping opposing Pokémon.

Bad Dreams (Japanese: ナイトメア Nightmare) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. It is the signature Ability of Darkrai.

Effect

In battle

At the end of each turn, each adjacent sleeping foe loses 1/8 of its maximum HP.

Bad Dreams applies after a Pokémon drowsy due to Yawn falls asleep. Bad Dreams applies after a Pokémon has the opportunity to be woken up by Hydration, Shed Skin, or Healer.

Outside of battle

Bad Dreams has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Bad Dreams

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark Bad Dreams None None
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 the anime

None.png Darkrai Bad Dreams M10.png Darkrai Bad Dreams DP104.png None.png
Darkrai (M10) Darkrai
The user causes the opponent to have nightmares.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
491 Darkrai If the opponent falls asleep when Darkrai is near, it starts to have nightmares.
Darkrai (M10) The Rise of Darkrai Debut
A wild Darkrai Sleepless in Pre-Battle! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

None.png Darkrai Bad Dreams Adventures.png None.png None.png
Being affected
The user causes the opponent to have a nightmare.
Pokémon Method
User First Chapter Used In Notes
491 Darkrai If a person or a Pokémon is asleep near Darkrai, it suffers from horrible nightmares that can be fatal if the sleeping person or Pokémon doesn't wake up in time. The Ability is active even if Darkrai is inside of a Poké Ball.
Charon's Darkrai Startling Staraptor Debut

In the movie adaptations

None.png Darkrai Bad Dreams M10 manga.png None.png None.png
Darkrai
The user causes the opponent to have a nightmare.
Pokémon Method
User First Chapter Used In Notes
491 Darkrai If the opponent falls asleep when Darkrai is near, it starts to have nightmares.
Darkrai (M10) The Rise of Darkrai (manga) Debut

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 惡夢 Èmèng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Boze Dromen
Slechte dromen
France Flag.png French Mauvais Rêve
Germany Flag.png German Alptraum
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Mimpi Buruk
Italy Flag.png Italian Sogniamari
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나이트메어 Nightmare
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Sonhos Ruins
Spain Flag.png Spanish Mal Sueño


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