Imprison (move)

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Imprison
ふういん Seal
Imprison V.png
Imprison Japanese V.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Worsens the condition of those that made appeals.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Imprison (Japanese: ふういん Seal) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Generations III and IV

As long as the user remains in battle, opponents cannot use any move which is also known by the user (including Pokémon switched in after the move was used). If the user's moveset changes while Imprison is in effect (such as by Mimic, Sketch or Transform), opponents are prevented from using the new moves.

Imprison will fail if no opponent possesses a move the user knows at the time Imprison is used.

If the target of this move runs out of PP of the rest of its usable moves, it will Struggle.

Generation V

Imprison will still execute even if no opponent has a move the user knows; though it has no immediate effect in such a case, if the opponent is able to change its moveset (e.g. Mimic, Sketch, or Transform) or switches out for a different Pokémon, it will be prevented from using the user's moves.

In Triple Battles, non-adjacent opponents are prevented from using moves that the user knows.

Imprison can now be stolen by Snatch.

Description

Games Description
RSE Prevents foes from using moves known by the user.
FRLG Prevents foes from using any move that is also known by the user.
Colo.XD Prevents target from using moves known by the user.
DPPtHGSS If the foe knows any move also known by the user, the foe is prevented from using it.
BWB2W2 If the opponents know any move also known by the user, the opponents are prevented from using it.
XYORAS If opposing Pokémon know any move also known by the user, they are prevented from using it.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Field Field 25 21 21BW
18B2W2
18XY
39ORAS
038 Ninetales Ninetales
Field Field 1
234 Stantler Stantler
Field Field 43 49 49
280 Ralts Ralts
Amorphous Amorphous 31 32 34 34XY
29ORAS
281 Kirlia Kirlia
Amorphous Amorphous 33 36 39 39XY
33ORAS
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
Amorphous Amorphous 33 40 45 45XY
35ORAS
343 Baltoy Baltoy
Mineral Mineral 43ORAS
344 Claydol Claydol
Mineral Mineral 52ORAS
436 Bronzor Bronzor
Mineral Mineral 12 12BW
9B2W2
9
437 Bronzong Bronzong
Mineral Mineral 1, 12 1, 12BW
1, 9B2W2
1, 9
480 Uxie Uxie
Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6
481 Mesprit Mesprit
Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6
482 Azelf Azelf
Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6
517 Munna Munna
Field Field 13 13
527 Woobat Woobat
Field Flying 19 19
528 Swoobat Swoobat
Field Flying 19 19
570 Zorua Zorua
Field Field 53 53
571 Zoroark Zoroark
Field Field 59 1, 59
605 Elgyem Elgyem
Human-Like Human-Like 25 25
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
Human-Like Human-Like 25 25
607 Litwick Litwick
Amorphous Amorphous 24 24
608 Lampent Lampent
Amorphous Amorphous 24 24
643 Reshiram Reshiram
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64
644 Zekrom Zekrom
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64
645 Landorus Landorus
Undiscovered Undiscovered 9 7
646 Kyurem Kyurem
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
Field Field 45
707 Klefki Klefki
Mineral Mineral 36
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous
302 Sableye Sableye
Human-Like Human-Like
353 Shuppet Shuppet
Amorphous Amorphous
355 Duskull Duskull
Amorphous Amorphous
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb
Amorphous Amorphous
562 Yamask Yamask
Mineral Amorphous
577 Solosis Solosis
Amorphous Amorphous
582 Vanillite Vanillite
Mineral Mineral
708 Phantump Phantump
Grass Amorphous
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation IV

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
355 Duskull Duskull
Amorphous Amorphous Pokéwalker - Winner's Path
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation V

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
578 Duosion Duosion
Amorphous Amorphous Dream World - Spooky Manor
583 Vanillish Vanillish
Mineral Mineral Dream World - Icy Cave
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation V

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
575 Gothorita Gothorita
Human-Like Human-Like Japanese Global Link
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Imprison will afflict the target with a Paused status.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Paused status on the target, making it incapable of action.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Imprison III.png Imprison Japanese IV.png Imprison IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Imprison Colo.png Imprison XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Imprison PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • The kanji featured in Imprison's Japanese animations is , which is the first kanji of 封印 (ふういん Fūin (Seal)), which is its Japanese name.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 封印 Fēngyìn
France Flag.png French Possessif
Germany Flag.png German Begrenzer
Greece Flag.png Greek Επισφράγιση
Italy Flag.png Italian Esclusiva
South Korea Flag.png Korean 봉인 Bong'in
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Aprisionar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zatvaranje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cerca


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