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| Generation VII
| The Pokémon intimidates opposing Pokémon upon entering battle, lowering their Attack stat.
Intimidate (Japanese: いかく Intimidation) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.
When a Pokémon with Intimidate enters the battle, it lowers the Attack stat of all adjacent opponents by one stage.
In Generations III and IV, Intimidate's activation message reads, "<Pokémon>'s Intimidate cuts <opponent>'s attack!" In Generation V, the message changed to "<Opponent>'s Attack fell!"
Intimidate has no effect on Pokémon who are immune to Attack stat reductions, such as Pokémon with Clear Body, Hyper Cutter, or White Smoke. This Ability will not affect a target with a substitute.
Generation IV onward
Intimidate now also activates when a Pokémon gains the Ability, such as via Skill Swap or Mega Evolution.
In a Triple Battle, Intimidate does not affect non-adjacent Pokémon.
Intimidate does not affect Pokémon with the Full Metal Body Ability.
Wild Pokémon are more likely to call for help when facing a Pokémon with Intimidate. It shares this effect with Pressure and Unnerve.
If a Pokémon holding an Adrenaline Orb is affected by Intimidate, the item will be consumed and increase the holder's Speed by one stage.
Outside of battle
From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with Intimidate is in the first place in the party (even if fainted), there is a 50% chance that a Pokémon that would be encountered will not appear if its level would be 5 levels or more below the leading Pokémon's. It shares this effect with Keen Eye.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
In the Mystery Dungeon series, Pokémon attacking a Pokémon with this Ability with a physical attack will have a 20% attack penalty.
Pokémon with Intimidate
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga
| The opponent's attack is lower when the user is sent out.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Luxio makes an intimidating face that decreases the opponent's attack.
| Hareta's Luxio
|| A Novel Test!!
In other languages