Commander (Ability)

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Commander しれいとう
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Generation IX
When the Pokémon enters a battle, it goes inside the mouth of an ally Dondozo if one is on the field. The Pokémon then issues commands from there.

Commander (Japanese: しれいとう Commander) is an Ability introduced in Generation IX. It is the signature Ability of Tatsugiri.


In battle

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When a Tatsugiri with Commander is on the same side of the field as a Dondozo, it will enter the Dondozo's mouth and the Dondozo will have its Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed raised by two stages each. While Tatsugiri is inside Dondozo's mouth, the latter will be unable to switch out (even if Tatsugiri faints) and cannot be forced out. A held Red Card can still be consumed, but will have no effect.

The Trainer will not be able to select moves for Tatsugiri, and any opponent's moves (even if it has No Guard) will miss if Tatsugiri is targeted. Tatsugiri will continue to take damage from sandstorms, status conditions (such as poison) if it has already gained one prior to entering Dondozo's mouth, and the effect of Perish Song will continue normally. When Dondozo faints, Tatsugiri returns to its normal position in battle. Commander will not reactivate if Tatsugiri faints and is replaced with another Tatsugiri with Commander; however, Commander can reactivate if Dondozo is revived after fainting.

The move Order Up will give Dondozo a stat boost when used, based on the form of Tatsugiri inside its mouth:

  • Curly Form Tatsugiri increases Attack by one stage.
  • Droopy Form Tatsugiri increases Defense by one stage.
  • Stretchy Form Tatsugiri increases Speed by one stage.

Commander does not activate in Multi Battles and Tera Raid Battles.

Gastro Acid and Worry Seed fail if the target has the Ability Commander. Role Play, Skill Swap, Entrainment, and Doodle fail if either Pokémon has Commander. Commander cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. Commander cannot be replaced by Mummy or Lingering Aroma, or traded by Wandering Spirit. Imposter can successfully Transform into a Tatsugiri in Dondozo's mouth.

Outside of battle

Commander has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Commander

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Tatsugiri Tatsugiri
Curly Form
Dragon Water Commander None Storm Drain
Tatsugiri Tatsugiri
Droopy Form
Dragon Water Commander None Storm Drain
Tatsugiri Tatsugiri
Stretchy Form
Dragon Water Commander None Storm Drain
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation IX 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 or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.
  • For Generation VIII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IX or later.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 發號施令 Faathouh-Sīlihng
Mandarin 發號施令 / 发号施令 Fāhào-Shīlìng
France Flag.png French Commandant
Germany Flag.png German Kommandant
Italy Flag.png Italian Torre di Comando
South Korea Flag.png Korean 사령탑 Siryeongtap
Spain Flag.png Spanish Comandar

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