The Pokémon intimidates opposing Pokémon upon entering battle, lowering their Attack stat.
Intimidate (Japanese: いかく Intimidation) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.
When a Pokémon with Intimidate enters the battle, it lowers the
Attack stat of all adjacent opponents by one stage.
III and IV, Intimidate's activation message reads, "<Pokémon>'s Intimidate cuts <opponent>'s attack!" In Generation V, the message changed to "<Opponent>'s Attack fell!"
Intimidate has no effect on Pokémon who are immune to Attack stat reductions, such as Pokémon 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 Pokémon gains the Ability, such as via
Skill Swap or Mega Evolution.
Triple Battle, Intimidate does not affect non-adjacent Pokémon.
Intimidate does not affect Pokémon with the
Full Metal Body Ability.
Wild Pokémon are more likely to
call for help when facing a Pokémon with Intimidate. It shares this effect with Pressure and Unnerve.
If a Pokémon holding an
Adrenaline Orb is affected by Intimidate, the item will be consumed and increase the holder's Speed by one stage.
Outside of battle
Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with Intimidate is in the first place in the party (even if fainted), there is a 50% chance it will prevent a random wild encounter that would have occurred if the wild Pokémon would be at least 5 levels lower than the Pokémon with Intimidate. It shares this effect with Keen Eye.
Pokémon with Intimidate In other games
When an adjacent enemy Pokémon attacks a Pokémon with the Ability Intimidate, the power of
physical moves are reduced by 20%.
MD R B Lowers the Physical Attack power of attackers.
MD T D S Reduces the Physical Attack power of attackers.
B S L こうげきしてきた ポケモンの ぶつりこうげきの いりょくを さげてしまう
Conq. Reduces nearby enemies' Attack.
MD GtI Reduces damage from physical moves used by attackers next to the Pokémon. * It reduces damage from physical moves of attackers who are next to it! *
S MD It reduces damage from physical moves of attackers who are next to it!
In the anime
Lowers the attack of all adjacent opponents upon entering battle.
First Used In
Krookodile Krookodile emits a shadowy purple and black aura that lowers the attack of its opponent and enrages it.
Tough Guy Trials! Debut
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga
The opponent's attack is lower when the user is sent out.
First Chapter Used In
Luxio Luxio makes an intimidating face that decreases the opponent's attack.
A Novel Test!! Debut
Trivia In other languages