Illuminate (Ability)

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Illuminate はっこう
Flavor text
Generation III
Encounter rate increases.
Generation IV
Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon.
Generation V
Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Illuminate (Japanese: はっこう Luminescence) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Six Pokémon can have this Ability, all of which can learn the move Flash.


In battle

Illuminate has no effect during battle.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and the sequel, a Pokémon with Illuminate "blinks" after a turn in which it was damaged. The "blink" summons a hostile Pokémon somewhere on the floor.

Outside of battle

If a Pokémon with Illuminate is leading the party, the wild Pokémon encounter rate is increased to 200%.

Pokémon with Illuminate

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Staryu Staryu Water Water Illuminate Natural Cure Analytic
Starmie Starmie Water Psychic Illuminate Natural Cure Analytic
Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric Volt Absorb Illuminate Water Absorb
Lanturn Lanturn Water Electric Volt Absorb Illuminate Water Absorb
Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug Illuminate Swarm Prankster
Watchog Watchog Normal Normal Illuminate Keen Eye Analytic
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 Lenora Watchog Illuminate.png None.png None.png
Things hiding in the shadows are revealed.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
505 Watchog Watchog holds out its arms and the yellow parts of its eyes and all the yellow stripes on its body flash yellow extremely brightly. The light then dies down a little, causing any invisible things to appear.
Lenora's Watchog A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! Debut

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 發光 Fāguāng
France Flag.png French Lumiattirance
Germany Flag.png German Erleuchtung
Italy Flag.png Italian Risplendi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 발광 Balgwang
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Iluminar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Iluminación

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