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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.
Reckless increases the base power of moves which cause recoil or crash damage by 20%.
Outside of battle
Reckless has no effect outside of battle.
Reckless doubles the base power of any move which is affected.
The Ability affects the following moves:
Pokémon with Reckless
- 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.
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| 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.
- Hitmonlee is the only Pokémon 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 then evolved into Hitmonlee in that game (Hitmonlee then 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.
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