Prankster (Ability)

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Prankster いたずらごころ
Prank Desire
Flavor text
Generation V
Gives priority to a status move.
Generation VI
Gives priority to a status move.
Generation VII
Gives priority to a status move.
Generation VIII
Gives priority to a status move.
Generation IX
Gives priority to the Pokémon's status moves.

Prankster (Japanese: いたずらごころ Prank Desire) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.


In battle

Generation V

Prankster increases the priority of status moves by one. A move having its priority increased by Prankster does not cause it to be blocked by Quick Guard.

Generation VI

Any status moves used by Pokémon with Prankster now can be blocked by Quick Guard.

Generation VII onward

Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to opposing Pokémon's moves that gain priority due to Prankster, including moves called by moves that call other moves (such as Assist and Nature Power) and excluding moves that are repeated as a result of Prankster-affected Instruct or moves that occur earlier than their usual order due to Prankster-affected After You. Ally Dark-type Pokémon are still affected by the user's status moves.

Dark-type Pokémon can still bounce moves back with Magic Bounce or Magic Coat; moves that have increased priority due to Prankster which are reflected by Magic Bounce or Magic Coat can affect Dark-type Pokémon, unless the Pokémon that bounced the move with Magic Coat also has Prankster. Moves that target all Pokémon (except Perish Song and Rototiller, which cannot affect Dark-type opponents if boosted by Prankster) and moves that set traps are successful regardless of the presence of Dark-type Pokémon.

Status Z-Moves (including Extreme Evoboost) have their priority increased.

Affected moves

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The table below lists the moves affected by Prankster, as well as the Pokémon that can have Prankster and learn those moves.

Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Prankster. They may, however, be used after a Pokémon with Prankster learns the move via Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Prankster due to an Ability changing Ability or move.

Outside of battle

Prankster has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Prankster

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0198 Murkrow Murkrow
Dark Flying Insomnia Super LuckGen IV+ Prankster
0302 Sableye Sableye
Dark Ghost Keen Eye StallGen IV+ Prankster
0313 Volbeat Volbeat
Bug Bug Illuminate Swarm Prankster
0314 Illumise Illumise
Bug Bug Oblivious Tinted LensGen IV+ Prankster
0354 Banette Banette
Mega Banette
Ghost Ghost Prankster None None
0447 Riolu Riolu
Fighting Fighting Steadfast Inner Focus Prankster
0509 Purrloin Purrloin
Dark Dark Limber Unburden Prankster
0510 Liepard Liepard
Dark Dark Limber Unburden Prankster
0546 Cottonee Cottonee
Grass Fairy Prankster Infiltrator Chlorophyll
0547 Whimsicott Whimsicott
Grass Fairy Prankster Infiltrator Chlorophyll
0641 Tornadus Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
Flying Flying Prankster None Defiant
0642 Thundurus Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying Prankster None Defiant
0678 Meowstic Meowstic
Psychic Psychic Keen Eye Infiltrator Prankster
0707 Klefki Klefki
Steel Fairy Prankster None Magician
0859 Impidimp Impidimp
Dark Fairy Prankster Frisk Pickpocket
0860 Morgrem Morgrem
Dark Fairy Prankster Frisk Pickpocket
0861 Grimmsnarl Grimmsnarl
Dark Fairy Prankster Frisk Pickpocket
0944 Shroodle Shroodle
Poison Normal Unburden Pickpocket Prankster
0945 Grafaiai Grafaiai
Poison Normal Unburden Poison Touch Prankster
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 status move is used by a Pokémon with Prankster, it will use the move twice in a row on a single turn. This will only consume 1 PP.

In Rescue Team DX, moves affected by Prankster have no effect on Dark-type Pokémon.


Games Description
MDGtI When the Pokémon uses a status move, it's used 2 times at once for only 1 PP.*
When the Pokémon uses a status move, it uses it 2 times at once but only consumes PP for 1 use!*
SMD When the Pokémon uses a status move, it uses it 2 times at once but only consumes PP for 1 use!
MDRTDX When the Pokémon uses a status move, it uses it 2 times at once but only consumes PP for 1 use! The move won't work if the target is a Dark-type Pokémon, though.

In the anime

Olympia Meowstic Prankster.png

The Pokémon's support moves always go first.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Meowstic Meowstic's support moves always outspeed the opponent's moves.
Olympia's Meowstic All Eyes on the Future! Debut

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 惡作劇之心 Okjokkehk-jī sām *
玩心 Wàahnsām *
Mandarin 惡作劇之心 / 恶作剧之心 Èzuòjù-zhī xīn *
玩心 Wánxīn *
Denmark Flag.png Danish Spilopmager
Finland Flag.png Finnish Keppostelija
France Flag.png French Farceur
Germany Flag.png German Strolch
Italy Flag.png Italian Burla
South Korea Flag.png Korean 짓궂은마음 Jitguch-eun Ma'eum
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Prankster
Poland Flag.png Polish Psotnik
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Travesso (UNITE)
Travessura (anime)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Malandro
Spain Flag.png Spanish Bromista
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Skämtare
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đùa Nghịch

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