Reckless (Ability)

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Reckless すてみ
Life-Risking
Flavor text
Generation IV
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation V
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VI
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VII
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VIII
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation IX
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.

Reckless (Japanese: すてみ Life-Risking) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Hitmonlee.

Effect

In battle

Reckless increases the power of moves that have recoil or crash damage by 20%, except Struggle. Because recoil damage is proportional to damage dealt, Pokémon with Reckless will only take increased recoil damage when they do more damage.

Affected moves

The table below lists the moves affected by Reckless, as well as the Pokémon that can have Reckless and learn those moves.

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

Outside of battle

Reckless has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Reckless

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee
Fighting Fighting Limber RecklessGen IV+ Unburden
0111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
0112 Rhydon Rhydon
Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
0396 Starly Starly
Normal Flying Keen Eye None RecklessGen VI+
0397 Staravia Staravia
Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
0398 Staraptor Staraptor
Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
0464 Rhyperior Rhyperior
Ground Rock Lightning Rod Solid Rock Reckless
0500 Emboar Emboar
Fire Fighting Blaze None Reckless
0550 Basculin Basculin
Red-Striped Form
Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
0619 Mienfoo Mienfoo
Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
0620 Mienshao Mienshao
Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
0626 Bouffalant Bouffalant
Normal Normal Reckless Sap Sipper Soundproof
0862 Obstagoon Obstagoon
Dark Normal Reckless Guts Defiant
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • In the Generation V games, Starly has no Hidden Ability, but a Starly with its Hidden Ability flag set will evolve into Staravia with its Hidden Ability Reckless and can produce Starly with their Hidden Ability flag set when bred. A Starly with its Hidden Ability flag set will have its Ability changed to Reckless when transferred to Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon that formerly had Reckless

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0550 Basculin Basculin
Blue-Striped Form
Water Water RecklessBW Adaptability Mold Breaker
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, Blue-Striped Basculin have Reckless as their second standard Ability; however, a Blue-Striped Basculin with Rock Head can be obtained from an in-game trade in White. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, wild Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, but Blue-Striped Basculin bred in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have Reckless as their second standard Ability. In Generation VI, Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, and Blue-Striped Basculin with Reckless transferred to Pokémon Bank have their Ability changed to Rock Head.

Pokéstar Studios opponents with Reckless

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F-00
 Steel  Normal 
Reckless
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe
100 100 100 100 100 100

In other games

Mystery Dungeon series

In Explorers of Time and Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Reckless increases the damage of affected moves by 50%.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the damage and recoil damage (including crash damage in the case of Jump Kick missing) of these moves is increased by 20%. The Ability does not affect the moves Struggle or Final Gambit.

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Boosts the Pokémon's power with recoiling attacks but also raises self-inflicted damage.
BSL はんどうでダメージを うけるわざの はんどうダメージと あたえるダメージが おおきくなる
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD The power of moves with recoil damage, such as Take Down, and moves that cause the user to take damage if they fail, such as Jump Kick, goes up! But the damage the Pokémon takes also goes up! It has no effects on some moves, such as Struggle and Final Gambit.
MDRTDX The power of moves with recoil damage and moves that cause the user to take damage if they fail goes up–but the damage the Pokémon takes also goes up. It has no effect on some moves such as Struggle and Final Fambit.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 捨身 Sésān
Mandarin 捨身 / 舍身 Shěshēn
France Flag.png French Téméraire
Germany Flag.png German Achtlos
Italy Flag.png Italian Temerarietà
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이판사판 Ipansapan
Russia Flag.png Russian Безрассудство Bezrassudstvo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Audaz
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