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Intimidate (Ability)

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Intimidate いかく
Intimidation
Flavor text
Generation III
Lowers the foe’s Attack.
Generation IV
Lowers the foe’s Attack stat.
Generation V
Lowers the foe's Attack stat.
Generation VI
Lowers the opposing Pokémon's Attack stat.

Intimidate (Japanese: いかく Intimidation) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Twenty-nine Pokémon can have this Ability.

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. It affects all opponents in Double Battles but will only affect adjacent opponents in Triple Battles.

In Generations III and IV, Intimidate's activation message reads: "[Pokémon]'s Intimidate cuts [opponent]'s attack!". In Generation V, the message changed to "[opponent]'s Attack fell!".

Intimidate has no effect on Pokémon who are immune to Attack stat reductions, such as Pokémon with Clear Body, Hyper Cutter, or White Smoke. This Ability will not affect a target with a substitute.

In Mystery Dungeon, Pokémon attacking a Pokémon with this Ability with a physical attack will have a 20% attack penalty.

Outside of battle

From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with Intimidate is leading the party, Intimidate decreases the chance of encountering a lower-level wild Pokémon by 50%. It shares this effect with 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 Justified
Arcanine Arcanine Fire Fire Intimidate Flash Fire Justified
Tauros Tauros Normal Normal Intimidate Anger Point Sheer Force
Gyarados Gyarados Water Flying Intimidate None Moxie
Snubbull Snubbull Fairy Fairy Intimidate Run Away Rattled
Granbull Granbull Fairy Fairy Intimidate Quick Feet Rattled
Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison Poison Point Swift Swim Intimidate
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
Manectric Mega Manectric Electric Electric Intimidate None None
Mawile Mawile Steel Fairy 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
Stoutland Stoutland Normal Normal Intimidate Sand Rush Scrappy
Sandile Sandile Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Krokorok Krokorok Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Scraggy Scraggy Dark Fighting Shed Skin Moxie Intimidate
Scrafty Scrafty Dark Fighting Shed Skin Moxie Intimidate
Landorus Landorus Ground Flying Intimidate 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 manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 威嚇 Wēi​hè​
France Flag.png French Intimidation
Germany Flag.png German Bedroher
Italy Flag.png Italian Prepotenza
South Korea Flag.png Korean 위협 Wihyeop
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Intimidar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Intimidación


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