Cheek Pouch (Ability)

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Cheek Pouch ほおぶくろ
Cheek Pouch
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Generation VI
Restores HP as well when the Pokémon eats a Berry.
Generation VII
Restores HP as well when the Pokémon eats a Berry.
Generation VIII
Restores HP as well when the Pokémon eats a Berry.
Generation IX
The Pokémon's HP is restored when it eats any Berry, in addition to the Berry's usual effect.

Cheek Pouch (Japanese: ほおぶくろ Cheek Pouch) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI.


In battle

Cheek Pouch restores 33% of the Pokémon's maximum HP when it consumes a Berry, after the effect of the Berry is applied.

Cheek Pouch activates even if the Pokémon eats another Pokémon's held Berry via Bug Bite, Pluck, or Fling, but only if the Berry is actually eaten for an effect (i.e. the Berry consumption animation plays). Consuming a Berry through other means (such as Natural Gift, using Fling, or its Trainer giving it a Berry from the Bag) will not trigger Cheek Pouch.

Cheek Pouch will not activate if the Pokémon is under the effect of Heal Block.

Outside of battle

It is unknown if Cheek Pouch has an effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Cheek Pouch

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0659 Bunnelby Bunnelby
Normal Normal Pickup Cheek Pouch Huge Power
0660 Diggersby Diggersby
Normal Ground Pickup Cheek Pouch Huge Power
0702 Dedenne Dedenne
Electric Fairy Cheek Pouch Pickup Plus
0819 Skwovet Skwovet
Normal Normal Cheek Pouch None Gluttony
0820 Greedent Greedent
Normal Normal Cheek Pouch None Gluttony
0925 Maushold Maushold
Normal Normal Friend Guard Cheek Pouch Technician
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 other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

When a Pokémon with this Ability eats a food item, Berry, Seed or health drink, the Pokémon will recover 25 HP. An enemy Pokémon with this Ability will spawn holding a Seed, regardless of whenever or not there are any items available on the floor. Sometimes, it may hold a Tiny Reviver Seed or a Reviver Seed, in which case, the enemy Pokémon will use it upon fainting, turning it into a Plain Seed.

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Cheek Pouch is Greedent's Ability. When the user eats a Berry, they recover HP after receiving the effects of the Berry. At the same time, the user stashes an Oran Berry in its tail. Being hit by a single attack or combination of attacks will cause an Oran Berry to drop from the user's tail. Berries stay on the ground for 10s.


Games Description
SMD When the Pokémon eats or drinks an item, some HP will be restored, too!


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 頰囊 Gaapnòhng
Mandarin 頰囊 / 颊囊 Jiánāng
France Flag.png French Bajoues
Germany Flag.png German Backentaschen
Italy Flag.png Italian Guancegonfie
South Korea Flag.png Korean 볼주머니 Boljumeoni
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Bochechões
Spain Flag.png Spanish Carrillo

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