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Acupressure (Japanese: つぼをつく Point Strike) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.
Acupressure chooses one of the target's stats at random and raises it by two stages. It can raise either the target's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, Speed, accuracy or evasion stat but will not attempt to raise a stat that is already maximized, meaning that the move will fail if all stats are maximized. Acupressure will also fail if the target is under the effects of Substitute.
Acupressure can target an adjacent ally or the user itself.
Generation V onward
Acupressure will no longer fail if the target is the user while behind a substitute; it will still fail if targeting an ally behind a Substitute.
If a Pokémon selected Acupressure as its move, but when executing the move it is in a different position (due to changing places in a Triple Battle or Ally Switch), Acupressure will be used on the Pokémon currently in the targeted position (even if it targeted itself initially); however, if the user now targets itself but did not initially, Acupressure fails.
Acupressure will fail if used on an ally that is protected by Crafty Shield, but not if used on the user.
| The user applies pressure to stress points, sharply boosting one of its stats.
|| The user applies pressure to stress points, sharply boosting one of its or its allies' stats.
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