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Reckless (Ability)

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Reckless すてみ
Life-Risking
Flavor text
Generation IV
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation V
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VI
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.

Reckless (Japanese: すてみ Life-Risking) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Twelve Pokémon can have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Hitmonlee.

Effect

In battle

Reckless increases the base power of moves which cause recoil or crash damage by 20%, except Struggle.

Outside of battle

Reckless has no effect outside of battle.

Mystery Dungeon

Reckless doubles the base power of any move which is affected.

Affected moves

The Ability affects the following moves:

Move Type Cat. Pokémon learned by*
Brave Bird  Flying  Physical StarlyStaraviaStaraptor
Double-Edge  Normal  Physical Hitmonlee*Rhyhorn*Rhydon*Rhyperior*StarlyStaravia
StaraptorBasculinBasculin
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical Emboar
Head Charge  Normal  Physical Bouffalant
Head Smash  Rock  Physical Emboar
High Jump Kick  Fighting  Physical HitmonleeMienfooMienshao
Jump Kick  Fighting  Physical HitmonleeMienfooMienshao
Submission  Fighting  Physical 000
Take Down  Normal  Physical RhyhornRhydonRhyperiorStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
EmboarBasculinBasculin
Volt Tackle  Electric  Physical 000
Wood Hammer  Grass  Physical 000
Wild Charge  Electric  Physical EmboarBouffalant

Pokémon with Reckless

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting Limber Reckless Unburden
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
Starly Starly Normal Flying Keen Eye None Reckless
Staravia Staravia Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock Lightning Rod Solid Rock Reckless
Emboar Emboar Fire Fighting Blaze None Reckless
Basculin Basculin
Red-Striped Form
Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
Mienfoo Mienfoo Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
Mienshao Mienshao Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
Bouffalant Bouffalant Normal Normal Reckless Sap Sipper Soundproof
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 Pokémon Black and White, Blue-Striped Basculin have Reckless as their second standard Ability; however, a Blue-Striped Basculin with Rock Head can be obtained from an in-game trade in White. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, wild Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, but Blue-Striped Basculin bred in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have Reckless as their second standard Ability. In Pokémon X and Y, Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, and Blue-Striped Basculin with Reckless transferred to Pokémon X and Y have their Ability changed to Rock Head.
  • In Generation V games, Starly has no Hidden Ability, but a Starly with its Hidden Ability flag set will evolve into Staravia with its Hidden Ability Reckless and can produce Starly with their Hidden Ability flag set when bred. A Starly with its Hidden Ability flag set will have its Ability changed to Reckless when transferred to Generation VI.

Pokéstar Studios opponents with Reckless

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
F-00 F-00 Steel Normal Reckless 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.

Trivia

  • Hitmonlee is the only Pokémon with Reckless that can use all moves affected by Reckless, as it can use them via Mimic. However, Hitmonlee can only have Mimic by learning it from the Move Tutor in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald. To have Mimic and Reckless at the same time, Hitmonlee must either use an Ability Capsule in Generation VI, or learn Mimic as a Tyrogue then evolve in a Generation IV or V game (in this case, Hitmonlee has a 50% chance of having Reckless, depending on its personality value).
  • Although Submission, Volt Tackle, and Wood Hammer are all affected by Reckless, they cannot be naturally learned by any Pokémon that has this Ability. Therefore, these moves can only be affected by Reckless through a Hitmonlee using Mimic or if a Pokémon used Role Play.
  • Emboar may utilize this Ability more than any other Pokémon without using Mimic or Role Play, being able to learn four recoil-dealing moves.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 捨身 Shěshēn
France Flag.png French Téméraire
Germany Flag.png German Achtlos
Italy Flag.png Italian Temerarietà
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이판사판 Ipansapan
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Imprudência
Spain Flag.png Spanish Audaz


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