Anticipation (Ability)

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Anticipation きけんよち
Danger Premonition
Flavor text
Generation IV
Senses the foe's dangerous moves.
Generation V
Senses a foe's dangerous moves.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Anticipation (Japanese: きけんよち Danger Premonition) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Six Pokémon can have this Ability.


In battle

Generation IV

Anticipation causes the Pokémon to "shudder" upon entering battle against opponents with super-effective attacks, one-hit knockout moves, or the moves Selfdestruct or Explosion.

It will not notify the Pokémon in the case of a super-effective Hidden Power, Judgment, Weather Ball, or Natural Gift, as they are normally Normal-type. Counter, Metal Burst, and Mirror Coat are also not detected despite having the potential to one-hit knock out the opponent.

Generation V

The moves Selfdestruct and Explosion no longer trigger Anticipation.

Outside of battle

Anticipation has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, a Pokémon detects super-effective moves by hitting the opponent with a regular attack.

Pokémon with Anticipation

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Eevee Eevee Normal Normal Run Away Adaptability Anticipation
Barboach Barboach Water Ground Oblivious Anticipation Hydration
Whiscash Whiscash Water Ground Oblivious Anticipation Hydration
Wormadam Wormadam Bug Grass Anticipation None Overcoat
Wormadam Wormadam Bug Ground Anticipation None Overcoat
Wormadam Wormadam Bug Steel Anticipation None Overcoat
Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting Anticipation Dry Skin Poison Touch
Toxicroak Toxicroak Poison Fighting Anticipation Dry Skin Poison Touch
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 anime

None.png Brock Croagunk Anticipation.png None.png None.png
The user predicts the movement of a stronger opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
453 Croagunk Croagunk can sense when a strong opponent is nearby. It can also sense the opponent inside its own Poké Ball.
Brock's Croagunk Losing Its Lustrous! Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 預知危險 Yùzhī Wēixiǎn
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Anticipatie
France Flag.png French Anticipation
Germany Flag.png German Vorahnung
Italy Flag.png Italian Presagio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 위험예지 Wiheom Yeji
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Antecipação
Spain Flag.png Spanish Anticipación

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