Intimidate (Ability)

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Effect

In battle

Generation III

When a Pokemon 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, "<Pokemon>’s Intimidate cuts <opponent>’s attack!" In Generation V, the message changed to "<Opponent>’s Attack fell!"

Intimidate has no effect on Pokemon who are immune to Attack stat reductions, such as Pokemon 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 Pokemon gains the Ability, such as via Skill Swap or Mega Evolution.

In a Triple Battle, Intimidate does not affect non-adjacent Pokemon.

Outside of battle

From Pokemon Emerald onwards, if a Pokemon with Intimidate is leading the party, there is a 50% chance that a Pokemon that would be encountered will not appear if its level would be 5 levels or more below the leading Pokemon’s. It shares this effect with Keen Eye.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

In Mystery Dungeon, Pokemon attacking a Pokemon with this Ability with a physical attack will have a 20% attack penalty.

Pokemon with Intimidate

MS
Pokemon
Types
Ability 1
Ability 2
Hidden
Ekans Poison Intimidate Shed Skin Unnerve
Arbok Poison Intimidate Shed Skin Unnerve
Growlithe Fire Intimidate Flash Fire Justified
Arcanine Fire Intimidate Flash Fire Justified
Tauros Normal Intimidate Anger Point Sheer Force
Gyarados Water Flying Intimidate None Moxie
Snubbull Fairy Intimidate Run Away Rattled
Granbull Fairy Intimidate Quick Feet Rattled
Qwilfish Water Poison Poison Point Swift Swim Intimidate
Stantler Normal Intimidate Frisk Sap Sipper
Hitmontop Fighting Intimidate Technician Steadfast
Mightyena Dark Intimidate Quick Feet Moxie
Masquerain Bug Flying Intimidate None Unnerve
Manectric Manectric
Mega Manectric
Electric Intimidate None None
Mawile Steel Fairy Hyper Cutter Intimidate Sheer Force
Salamence Dragon Flying Intimidate None Moxie
Staravia Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Staraptor Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
Shinx Electric Rivalry Intimidate Guts
Luxio Electric Rivalry Intimidate Guts
Luxray Electric Rivalry Intimidate Guts
Herdier Normal Intimidate Sand Rush Scrappy
Stoutland Normal Intimidate Sand Rush Scrappy
Sandile Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Krokorok Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Krookodile Ground Dark Intimidate Moxie Anger Point
Scraggy Dark Fighting Shed Skin Moxie Intimidate
Scrafty Dark Fighting Shed Skin Moxie Intimidate
Landorus Landorus
Therian Forme
Ground Flying Intimidate None None

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