Insomnia (Ability)

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Insomnia ふみん
Insomnia
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Generation III
Prevents sleep.
Generation IV
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation V
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation VI
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation VII
The Pokémon is suffering from insomnia and cannot fall asleep.

Insomnia (Japanese: ふみん Insomnia) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. It is one of three Abilities that prevent sleeping, the others being Vital Spirit and Sweet Veil.

Effect

In battle

Insomnia prevents the Pokémon from being afflicted by sleep and Yawn. Rest will fail when used by the Pokémon.

A Pokémon with this Ability will wake up if it is asleep in battle (such as if it gains the Ability outside of battle or by an effect like Skill Swap, or is put to sleep by a Pokémon with an Ability like Mold Breaker).

If a Pokémon with this Ability is drowsy due to Yawn, when it would fall asleep the Ability activates and keeps it awake.

The move Worry Seed can change the target Pokémon's Ability to Insomnia.

Generation III

If a sleeping Pokémon with Insomnia is sent into battle as one of the lead Pokémon or to replace a fainted Pokémon, or gains Insomnia due to Trace, it will not be cured of sleep until after a Pokémon takes its turn (uses a move, switches out, etc.). It will be cured of sleep if it is switched in to replace a switched out Pokémon.

If a sleeping Pokémon has Insomnia as its original Ability but not its current Ability, it will remain asleep when switched out.

If the Pokémon with this Ability is asleep and is holding a Chesto or Lum Berry, Insomnia will cure the Pokémon of sleep before the Berry has a chance to be consumed.

Generation IV

There is no known way for a sleeping Pokémon with Insomnia to enter battle.

If a sleeping Pokémon has Insomnia as its original Ability but not its current Ability, if it is one of the active Pokémon at the end of the battle or switched out, it will be cured of sleep (with no message).

Generation V onward

When a sleeping Pokémon with Insomnia enters battle, it will be cured of sleep.

If a sleeping Pokémon has Insomnia as its original Ability but not its current Ability, it will remain asleep when switched out.

If the Pokémon with this Ability is asleep and is holding a Chesto or Lum Berry, the Berry will be eaten and cure the Pokémon of sleep before Insomnia has a chance to activate.

Outside of battle

If a sleeping Pokémon gains Insomnia by evolution or the Ability Capsule, it will not wake up until sent into battle. Pokémon with Insomnia will not be put to sleep by the Gentleman's Kirlia in the Battle Pike nor the Battle Arcade's game board.

Pokémon with Insomnia

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic Insomnia Forewarn Inner Focus
Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic Insomnia Forewarn Inner Focus
Mewtwo Mewtwo
Mega Mewtwo Y
Psychic Psychic Insomnia None None
Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying Insomnia Keen Eye Tinted Lens
Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying Insomnia Keen Eye Tinted Lens
Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison Swarm Insomnia Sniper
Ariados Ariados Bug Poison Swarm Insomnia Sniper
Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying Insomnia Super Luck Prankster
Delibird Delibird Ice Flying Vital Spirit Hustle Insomnia
Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost Insomnia Frisk Cursed Body
Banette Banette Ghost Ghost Insomnia Frisk Cursed Body
Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying Insomnia Super Luck Moxie
Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo Ghost Grass Pickup Frisk Insomnia
Gourgeist Gourgeist Ghost Grass Pickup Frisk Insomnia
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

Pokéstar Studios opponents with Insomnia

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Humanoid Humanoid Normal Normal Insomnia None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 不眠 Bātmìhn *
失眠 Sātmìhn *
Mandarin 不眠 Bùmián *
失眠 Shī​mián​ *
France Flag.png French Insomnia
Germany Flag.png German Insomnia
Italy Flag.png Italian Insonnia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 불면 Bulmyeon
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Insônia
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Insónia
Spain Flag.png Spanish Insomnio


Variations of the Ability Limber
LimberObliviousInsomniaImmunityOwn TempoInner FocusMagma ArmorWater VeilVital Spirit


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