Reckless (Ability)

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Reckless すてみ
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Generation IV
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation V
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

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


In battle

Reckless increases the base power of moves which cause recoil or crash damage by 20%.

Outside of battle

Reckless has no effect outside of battle.

Mystery Dungeon

Reckless doubles the base power of any move which is affected.

Affected moves

The Ability affects the following moves:

Move Type Cat. Pokémon learned by*
Brave Bird  Flying  Physical StarlyStaraviaStaraptor {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Double-Edge  Normal  Physical Rhyhorn*Rhydon*Rhyperior*StarlyStaraviaStaraptor
{{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical Emboar {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Head Charge  Normal  Physical Bouffalant {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Head Smash  Rock  Physical Emboar {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hi Jump Kick  Fighting  Physical HitmonleeMienfooMienshao {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Jump Kick  Fighting  Physical HitmonleeMienfooMienshao {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Submission  Fighting  Physical 000 {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Take Down  Normal  Physical RhyhornRhydonRhyperiorStarlyStaraviaStaraptor
{{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Volt Tackle  Electric  Physical 000 {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Wood Hammer  Grass  Physical 000 {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Wild Charge  Electric  Physical EmboarBouffalant {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Pokémon with Reckless

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting Limber Reckless Unburden
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightningrod Rock Head Reckless
Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock Lightningrod Rock Head Reckless
Staravia Staravia Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock Lightningrod Solid Rock Reckless
Emboar Emboar Fire Fighting Blaze None Reckless
Basculin Basculin Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
Mienfoo Mienfoo Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
Mienshao Mienshao Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
Bouffalant Bouffalant Normal Normal Reckless Sap Sipper Soundproof
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.


  • Hitmonlee is the only Pokémon that can use all moves affected by Reckless, as it can use them via Mimic. However, Hitmonlee can only have both Mimic and Reckless at the same time if it is taught Mimic as a Tyrogue in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, is then sent to a Generation IV or V game, then evolved into Hitmonlee in that game. This Hitmonlee then has a 50% chance of having Reckless, depending on its personality value.
  • Although Submission, Volt Tackle, and Wood Hammer are all affected by Reckless, they cannot be naturally learned by any Pokémon that has this Ability. Therefore, these moves can only be affected by Reckless through a Hitmonlee using Mimic or if a Pokémon used Role Play.
  • Emboar may utilize this ability more than any other Pokémon, being able to learn four recoil-dealing moves.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 捨身 Shěshēn
France Flag.png French Téméraire
Germany Flag.png German Achtlos
Greece Flag.png Greek Απερισκεψία
Italy Flag.png Italian Temerarietà
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이판사판 Ipansapan
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Imprudência
Spain Flag.png Spanish Audaz

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