Pressure (Ability)

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Pressure プレッシャー
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Generation III
Raises the foe's PP usage.
Generation IV
The Pokémon raises the foe's PP usage.
Generation V
The Pokémon raises the foe's PP usage.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Pressure (Japanese: プレッシャー Pressure) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Twenty-five Pokémon can have this Ability, a majority of them legendary.


In battle

Pressure increases the foe's PP usage by one for every successful hit. This Ability works even if the Pokémon is immune to the attack's type, for example, using Earthquake against a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

Starting in Generation IV, Pressure also affects ally Pokémon in a double battle when using moves such as Earthquake, Surf, Lava Plume, Discharge or any other move which affect all Pokémon engaged in battle.

As of Generation IV, one is alerted to the presence of Pressure by the message "<name> is exerting its Pressure!"

Outside of battle

From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if the Pokémon with Pressure is leading the party, then Pressure increases the chance of battling a higher-leveled wild Pokémon by 50%. See also Hustle and Vital Spirit.

Pokémon with Pressure

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying Rock Head Pressure Unnerve
Articuno Articuno Ice Flying Pressure None Snow Cloak
Zapdos Zapdos Electric Flying Pressure None Lightningrod
Moltres Moltres Fire Flying Pressure None Flame Body
Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic Pressure None Unnerve
Raikou Raikou Electric Electric Pressure None Volt Absorb
Entei Entei Fire Fire Pressure None Flash Fire
Suicune Suicune Water Water Pressure None Water Absorb
Lugia Lugia Psychic Flying Pressure None Multiscale
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh Fire Flying Pressure None Regenerator
Wailmer Wailmer Water Water Water Veil Oblivious Pressure
Wailord Wailord Water Water Water Veil Oblivious Pressure
Dusclops Dusclops Ghost Ghost Pressure None None
Absol Absol Dark Dark Pressure Super Luck Justified
Deoxys Deoxys Psychic Psychic Pressure None None
Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying Pressure None Unnerve
Spiritomb Spiritomb Ghost Dark Pressure None Infiltrator
Weavile Weavile Dark Ice Pressure None Pickpocket
Dusknoir Dusknoir Ghost Ghost Pressure None None
Dialga Dialga Steel Dragon Pressure None Telepathy
Palkia Palkia Water Dragon Pressure None Telepathy
Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon Pressure None Telepathy
Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel Defiant Inner Focus Pressure
Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel Defiant Inner Focus Pressure
Kyurem Kyurem Dragon Ice Pressure None None
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

Pokémon Adventures


In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pression
Germany Flag.png German Erzwinger
Greece Flag.png Greek Πίεση
Italy Flag.png Italian Pressione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 프레셔 Pressure
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Pressão
Spain Flag.png Spanish Presión

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