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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.

Sheer Force (Japanese: ちからずく Sheer Force) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. Twenty-four Pokémon can have this Ability.

Effect

In battle

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

Sheer Force does not negate primary effects such as recoil, stat penalty or status condition for the user, increased critical hit rate, moves that never miss, moves that change power, two-turn moves, etc. Sheer Force will, however, negate all secondary effects, such as reducing the target's stats, increasing the user's stats, or causing a status condition to the target. Moves that have both a primary and secondary effect will have only their secondary effect negated (and gain the power boost). For example, Flare Blitz has both a primary recoil effect and a secondary chance to burn; its damage will be boosted by 30% (but not cause burn) and still inflict recoil to the user after attacking.

If (and only if) a move is boosted by the effect of Sheer Force, it 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 Ability Color Change. 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 recoil effect afterward will be ignored.

Affected moves

The Ability affects the following moves:

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 Guts Thick Fat Sheer Force
Hariyama Hariyama Fighting Fighting Guts Thick Fat 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
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

  • More Pokémon have Sheer Force as a Hidden Ability than any other Ability.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Sans Limite
Germany Flag.png German Rohe Gewalt
Italy Flag.png Italian Forzabruta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 우격다짐 Ukyeokdajim
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Força Absoluta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Potencia Bruta*
Pot. Bruta*


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