Imprison (move)

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Imprison
ふういん Seal
Imprison V.png
Imprison Japanese V.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Worsens the condition of those that made appeals.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Imprison (Japanese: ふういん Seal) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Generations III and IV

As long as the user remains in battle, opponents cannot use any move which is also known by the user (including Pokémon switched in after the move was used). If the user's moveset changes while Imprison is in effect (such as by Mimic, Sketch, Transform, or learning a new move by leveling up), opponents are prevented from using the new moves.

On the turn that Imprison is used, if an opposing Pokémon would move after Imprison is used and it selected a status move that turn, it will be unable to use that move and make no action that turn (i.e. PP for that move is not consumed). If a Pokémon has no moves with PP other than moves prevented by Imprison, it will Struggle.

Imprison will fail if no opponent possesses a move the user knows at the time Imprison is used.

Imprison cannot be passed by Baton Pass.

Generation V onward

Imprison will still execute even if no opponent has a move the user knows; although Imprison has no immediate effect in such a case, if the user or opponents change the moves they know (e.g. Mimic, Sketch, Transform, or learning a new move by leveling up) or a different opposing Pokémon enters the battle, it will be prevented from using the user's moves.

In Triple Battles, non-adjacent opponents are prevented from using moves that the user knows.

Imprison can now be stolen by Snatch.

If powered up by a Psychium Z into Z-Imprison, the user's Special Defense stat raises two stages.

Description

Games Description
RSE Prevents foes from using moves known by the user.
FRLG Prevents foes from using any move that is also known by the user.
Colo.XD Prevents target from using moves known by the user.
DPPtHGSSPBR If the foe knows any move also known by the user, the foe is prevented from using it.
BWB2W2 If the opponents know any move also known by the user, the opponents are prevented from using it.
XYORAS
SM
If opposing Pokémon know any move also known by the user, they are prevented from using it.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
037 Vulpix Vulpix
FireIC Big.png Field Field 25 21 21BW
18B2W2
18XY
39ORAS
39
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png Field Field 39
038 Ninetales Ninetales
FireIC Big.png Field Field 1 1
038 Ninetales Ninetales
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Field Field 1
234 Stantler Stantler
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 43 49 49 49
280 Ralts Ralts
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 31 32 34 34XY
29ORAS
29
281 Kirlia Kirlia
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 33 36 39 39XY
33ORAS
33
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 33 40 45 45XY
35ORAS
35
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 43 ORAS 43
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 52 ORAS 52
436 Bronzor Bronzor
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 12 12BW
9B2W2
9 9
437 Bronzong Bronzong
SteelIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1, 12 1, 12 BW
1, 9 B2W2
1, 9 1, 9
480 Uxie Uxie
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6 6
481 Mesprit Mesprit
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6 6
482 Azelf Azelf
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6 6
517 Munna Munna
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 13 13 13
527 Woobat Woobat
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Field Flying 19 19 19
528 Swoobat Swoobat
PsychicIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Field Flying 19 19 19
570 Zorua Zorua
DarkIC Big.png Field Field 53 53 53
571 Zoroark Zoroark
DarkIC Big.png Field Field 59 1, 59 1, 59
605 Elgyem Elgyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 25 25 25
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like 25 25 25
607 Litwick Litwick
GhostIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 24 24 24
608 Lampent Lampent
GhostIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 24 24 24
643 Reshiram Reshiram
DragonIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64 8, 64
644 Zekrom Zekrom
DragonIC Big.png
ElectricIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64 8, 64
645 Landorus Landorus
GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 7 7 1
646 Kyurem Kyurem
Normal Kyurem
DragonIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64 8, 64
646 Kyurem Kyurem
White Kyurem
DragonIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 B2W2 8, 64 8, 64
646 Kyurem Kyurem
Black Kyurem
DragonIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 B2W2 8, 64 8, 64
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 45 45
707 Klefki Klefki
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 36 36
772 Type: Null Type: Null
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 15
773 Silvally Silvally
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
088 Grimer Grimer
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
088 Grimer Grimer
Alola Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
302 Sableye Sableye
DarkIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like
353 Shuppet Shuppet
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
355 Duskull Duskull
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb
GhostIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous
562 Yamask Yamask
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous
577 Solosis Solosis
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous
582 Vanillite Vanillite
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
708 Phantump Phantump
GhostIC Big.png
GrassIC Big.png
Grass Amorphous
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
355 Duskull Duskull
GhostIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous Pokéwalker - Winner's Path
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
578 Duosion Duosion
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous Dream World - Spooky Manor
583 Vanillish Vanillish
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral Dream World - Icy Cave
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
575 Gothorita Gothorita
PsychicIC Big.png Human-Like Human-Like Japanese Global Link
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Imprison will afflict the target with a Paused status.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Paused status on the target, making it incapable of action.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Core series games

Imprison III.png Imprison Japanese IV.png Imprison IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Spin-off series games

Imprison Colo.png Imprison XD.png Imprison PBR.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Imprison PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • The kanji featured in Imprison's Japanese animations is , which is the first kanji of 封印 (ふういん Fūin (Seal)), which is its Japanese name.
  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it targets the user (thus it ignores accuracy and evasion checks).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 封印 Fūngyan
Mandarin 封印 Fēngyìn
France Flag.png French Possessif
Germany Flag.png German Begrenzer
Greece Flag.png Greek Επισφράγιση
Italy Flag.png Italian Esclusiva
South Korea Flag.png Korean 봉인 Bong'in
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Aprisionar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zatvaranje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cerca
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phong Ấn


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