Sheer Force (Ability)

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Sheer Force ちからずく
Sheer Force
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Generation V
Removes added effects to increase move damage.
Generation VI
Removes additional effects to increase move damage.
Generation VII
Removes additional effects to increase the power of moves when attacking.

Sheer Force (Japanese: ちからずく Sheer Force) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.

Effect

In battle

Sheer Force raises the base power of all damaging moves that have an additional effect by 30%, but the additional effects are ignored.

Reducing the target's stats, increasing the user's stats, inflicting a status condition or confusion to the target, and causing the target to flinch are all considered additional effects, so moves with these effects will have their power increased and their additional effect ignored.

Sheer Force does not consider recoil or decreasing the user's own stats to be additional effects. Properties of moves—such as having a high critical-hit ratio, being unable to miss, having variable power or powering up, or having a charging turn, among others—are not considered additional effects. Moves that have one of these properties in addition to an additional effect will be powered up and only the additional effect will be negated. For example, Flare Blitz inflicts recoil damage to the user, but also has an additional effect to burn; if the user has Sheer Force, Flare Blitz's damage will be boosted by 30% and the user will take recoil damage, but it cannot burn the target.

If (and only if) a move is boosted by the effect of Sheer Force, that move will no longer trigger item or Ability effects that activate after attacking. This includes the effects of Eject Button, Shell Bell, and Red Card, as well as the Abilities Color Change and Emergency Exit. If an item has two effects, only the effect(s) that activate after attacking will be negated; therefore, if a Pokémon holds a Life Orb, it will gain the passive damage boost (because it is not activated after the attack) but the user is not damaged by the Life Orb.

Affected moves

The Ability affects the following moves:

Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Sheer Force. They may, however, be called via Metronome, Mirror Move, Copycat, or Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Sheer Force by Trace or a move such as Skill Swap or Role Play.

Outside of battle

Sheer Force does not have an effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Sheer Force

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground Poison Point Rivalry Sheer Force
Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground Poison Point Rivalry Sheer Force
Krabby Krabby Water Water Hyper Cutter Shell Armor Sheer Force
Kingler Kingler Water Water Hyper Cutter Shell Armor Sheer Force
Tauros Tauros Normal Normal Intimidate Anger Point Sheer Force
Totodile Totodile Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
Croconaw Croconaw Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
Steelix Steelix Steel Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sheer Force
Makuhita Makuhita Fighting Fighting Thick Fat Guts Sheer Force
Hariyama Hariyama Fighting Fighting Thick Fat Guts Sheer Force
Mawile Mawile Steel Fairy Hyper Cutter Intimidate Sheer Force
Camerupt Camerupt
Mega Camerupt
Fire Ground Sheer Force None None
Trapinch Trapinch Ground Ground Hyper Cutter Arena Trap Sheer Force
Bagon Bagon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Sheer Force
Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Timburr Timburr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
Gurdurr Gurdurr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
Darmanitan Darmanitan
Standard Mode
Fire Fire Sheer Force None Zen Mode
Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
Rufflet Rufflet Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Hustle
Braviary Braviary Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Defiant
Landorus Landorus
Incarnate Forme
Ground Flying Sand Force None Sheer Force
Toucannon Toucannon Normal Flying Keen Eye Skill Link Sheer Force
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Trivia

  • When this Ability was first revealed in CoroCoro Comic, it was named ちからづく (Invigorate) in Japanese. In the games, it is named ちからずく (Sheer Force) in Japanese. Both have the same pronunciation, but different spelling.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 強行 Kèuhnghàahng *
用力 Yuhnglihk *
Mandarin 強行 / 强行 Qiángxíng *
用力 Yònglì *
France Flag.png French Sans Limite
Germany Flag.png German Rohe Gewalt
Italy Flag.png Italian Forzabruta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 우격다짐 Ugyeokdajim
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Força Absoluta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Potencia Bruta*
Pot. Bruta*


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