Anticipation (Ability)

Anticipation きけんよち
Danger Premonition
Flavor text
Generation IV
Senses the foe's dangerous moves.
Generation V
Senses a foe's dangerous moves.
Generation VI
Senses an opposing Pokémon's dangerous moves.

Anticipation (Japanese: きけんよち Danger Premonition) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability.


In battle

Generation IV

When a Pokémon with Anticipation enters the battle or a Pokémon gains the Ability Anticipation, it causes the Pokémon to "shudder" if any opponent has a damaging move that is super-effective against the Pokémon with Anticipation, a one-hit knockout move, or Selfdestruct or Explosion.

Hidden Power, Judgment, Weather Ball, and Natural Gift are treated as Normal-type moves. Counter, Metal Burst, and Mirror Coat do not trigger Anticipation.

Generation V

The moves Selfdestruct and Explosion no longer trigger Anticipation by default.

Counter, Metal Burst, and Mirror Coat are counted as attacking moves of their types, so can trigger Anticipation. Techno Blast is treated as a Normal-type move.

Generation VI onward

The moves Self-Destruct and Explosion can trigger Anticipation in Inverse Battles, if the Pokémon is weak to Normal-type moves.

Anticipation ignores a mysterious air current.

Outside of battle

Anticipation has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, a Pokémon detects super-effective moves by hitting the opponent with a regular attack.

Pokémon with Anticipation

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Eevee Eevee Normal Normal Run Away Adaptability Anticipation
Barboach Barboach Water Ground Oblivious Anticipation Hydration
Whiscash Whiscash Water Ground Oblivious Anticipation Hydration
Wormadam Wormadam
Plant Cloak
Bug Grass Anticipation None Overcoat
Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
Bug Ground Anticipation None Overcoat
Wormadam Wormadam
Trash Cloak
Bug Steel Anticipation None Overcoat
Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting Anticipation Dry Skin Poison Touch
Toxicroak Toxicroak Poison Fighting Anticipation Dry Skin Poison Touch
Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel Iron Barbs None Anticipation
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

None.png Brock Croagunk Anticipation.png None.png None.png
The user predicts the movement of a stronger opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
453 Croagunk Croagunk can sense when a strong opponent is nearby. It can also sense the opponent inside its own Poké Ball.
Brock's Croagunk Losing Its Lustrous! Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 預知危險 Yùzhī Wēixiǎn
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Anticipatie
France Flag.png French Anticipation
Germany Flag.png German Vorahnung
Italy Flag.png Italian Presagio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 위험예지 Wiheom Yeji
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Antecipação
Spain Flag.png Spanish Anticipación

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