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Imprison (Japanese: ふういん Seal) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.
Imprison prevents all opponents from using any move which is also known by the user. The effect of Imprison lasts until the user switches out or faints. If the user's moveset changes while Imprison is in effect (such as by Mimic, Sketch or Transform), opponents are prevented from using the new moves.
If the target of this move runs out of PP of the rest of its usable moves, it will Struggle.
In Double Battles, the move targets the user and affects both opponents.
Imprison will fail if no opponent possesses a move the user knows at the time Imprison is used.
Imprison will still execute even if no opponent has a move the user knows; though it has no immediate effect in such a case, if the opponent is able to change its moveset (e.g. Mimic, Sketch or Transform) or switches out for a different Pokémon, it will be prevented from using the user's moves.
Imprison can now be affected by Snatch.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, Imprison will afflict the target with a Paused status.
|| Prevents foes from using moves known by the user.
|| Prevents foes from using any move that is also known by the user.
|| Prevents target from using moves known by the user.
|| If the foe knows any move also known by the user, the foe is prevented from using it.
|| If the opponents know any move also known by the user, the opponents are prevented from using it.
|| If opposing Pokémon know any move also known by the user, they are prevented from using it.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| The user creates a forcefield around the enemies' body that prevents it from moving.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Kirlia creates a forcefield around its body that prevents it from moving.
| Ruby's Rara
|| Rayquaza Redemption I
In other generations
- The kanji featured in Imprison's Japanese animations is 封, which is the first kanji of 封印 (ふういん Fūin (Seal)), which is its Japanese name.
In other languages