Ancient Power (move)

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Ancient Power
げんしのちから Primeval Power
Ancient Power VIII.png
Ancient Power VIII 2.png
Type  Rock
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  60
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Ups the user's condition. Helps prevent nervousness.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs last in the turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Gets the Pokémon pumped up. Helps prevent nervousness, too.

Ancient Power (Japanese: げんしのちから Primeval Power), formatted as AncientPower prior to Pokémon X and Y, is a damage-dealing Rock-type move introduced in Generation II.

Effect

In battle

Ancient Power inflicts damage and has a 10% chance of raising the user's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed by one stage each.

Generation III

This move makes contact.

Generation IV onward

This move does not make contact.

Other effects

From Generation IV onward, three Pokémon can evolve when they level up knowing Ancient Power: Tangela into Tangrowth, Piloswine into Mamoswine, and Yanma into Yanmega.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A Rock-type attack. This prehistoric move may boost all of the user's stats.
GSC
RSEColo.XD
An attack that may raise all stats.
FRLG An ancient power is used to attack. It may also raise all the user's stats.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
The user attacks with a prehistoric power. It may also raise all the user's stats at once.
SwSh The user attacks with a prehistoric power. This may also raise all the user's stats at once.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass 33 36BW
40B2W2
38 38SMUSUM 24
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 49 49 37 37 37 37SMUSUM 30
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 54 55 37 37 37 37SMUSUM 30
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 55 55 46 46 46 46SMUSUM 30
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 65 65 54 54 54 54SMUSUM 30
142   Aerodactyl
 
 
Flying Flying 29 29 25 25 25 25SMUSUM 1
144   Articuno
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 29 29 29 29SMUSUM 25
144   Articuno
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 25
145   Zapdos
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 29 29 29 29SMUSUM 25
145   Zapdos
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 25
146   Moltres
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 29 29 29 29SMUSUM 25
146   Moltres
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 25
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 8
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 50 50 50 50 50 50SMUSUM 30
175   Togepi
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 21FRLG 33 33 33 33 16
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy 21FRLG 33 33 33 33 16
193   Yanma
 
 
Bug Bug 33 33 33 33
206   Dunsparce
  Field Field 41 48BW
19B2W2
19 16SM
18USUM
20
218   Slugma
  Amorphous Amorphous 26 28 28XY
22ORAS
22
219   Magcargo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 26 28 28XY
22ORAS
22
221   Piloswine
 
 
Field Field 1 1 1 1 1
222   Corsola
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 43 45 32 32BW
20B2W2
20XY
17ORAS
17 20
222   Corsola
Galarian Form
  Water 1 Water 3 20
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 88 88 57 57 57 57 1
250   Ho-Oh
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 88 88 57 57 57 57 1
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20 20 28 28 28 28 30
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral 25 25 26BW
21B2W2
21XY
19ORAS
19 18
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral 25 25 26BW
21B2W2
21XY
19ORAS
19 18
345   Lileep
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 43 43 43 43XY
17ORAS
17 16
346   Cradily
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 48 36 36 36XY
17ORAS
17 16
347   Anorith
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 37 31 31 31XY
21ORAS
21 16
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 37 31 31 31XY
21ORAS
21 16
352   Kecleon
  Field Field 49 64DP
55PtHGSS
55 1, 55XY
21ORAS
21
369   Relicanth
 
 
Water 1 Water 2 43 43 43 1, 43XY
21ORAS
21 10
377   Regirock
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 33 33 33 33XY
31ORAS
31 12
378   Regice
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 33 33 33 33XY
31ORAS
31 12
379   Registeel
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 33 33 33 33XY
31ORAS
31 12
382   Kyogre
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 15DPPt
45HGSS
45 45XY
1ORAS
1 1
383   Groudon
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 15DPPt
45HGSS
45 45XY
1ORAS
1 1
384   Rayquaza
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 15DPPt
45HGSS
45 45XY
15ORAS
15 1
408   Cranidos
  Monster Monster 28 33 33 33
409   Rampardos
  Monster Monster 28 36 36 36
410   Shieldon
 
 
Monster Monster 28 28 28 28
411   Bastiodon
 
 
Monster Monster 28 28 28 28
422   Shellos
  Water 1 Amorphous 20
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous 20
465   Tangrowth
  Grass Grass 33 36BW
40B2W2
40 40 24
468   Togekiss
 
 
Flying Fairy 1
469   Yanmega
 
 
Bug Bug 33 33 33 33
473   Mamoswine
 
 
Field Field 1 1 1 1 1
483   Dialga
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20DPPt
10HGSS
10 10 10 16
484   Palkia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20DPPt
10HGSS
10 10 10 16
485   Heatran
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 12
487   Giratina
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20DPPt
10HGSS
10 10 10 14
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 18 18 18 12
565   Carracosta
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 18 18 18 12
566   Archen
 
 
Flying Water 3 18 18 18 12
567   Archeops
 
 
Flying Water 3 18 18 18 12
615   Cryogonal
  Mineral Mineral 21 24
643   Reshiram
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 15 15 1
644   Zekrom
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 15 15 1
646   Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 15 15 1
646   Kyurem
Black Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15B2W2 15 15 1
646   Kyurem
White Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 15B2W2 15 15 1
688   Binacle
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 28 28 20
689   Barbaracle
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 28 28 20
696   Tyrunt
 
 
Monster Dragon 26 26 8
697   Tyrantrum
 
 
Monster Dragon 26 26 1
698   Amaura
 
 
Monster Monster 26 26 8
699   Aurorus
 
 
Monster Monster 26 26 1
703   Carbink
 
 
Fairy Mineral 31 31 20
719   Diancie
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 31 27 28
774   Minior
 
 
Mineral Mineral 17
837   Rolycoly
  Mineral Mineral 20
838   Carkol
 
 
Mineral Mineral 20
839   Coalossal
 
 
Mineral Mineral 20
864   Cursola
  Water 1 Water 3 20
880   Dracozolt
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21
881   Arctozolt
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21
882   Dracovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21
883   Arctovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 21
894   Regieleki
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 12
895   Regidrago
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 12
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 Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
004   Charmander
  Monster Dragon
050   Diglett
  Field Field
050   Diglett
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
098   Krabby
  Water 3 Water 3
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
104   Cubone
  Monster Monster
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
152   Chikorita
  Monster Grass
158   Totodile
  Monster Water 1
194   Wooper
 
 
Water 1 Field
206   Dunsparce
  Field Field
220   Swinub
 
 
Field Field
231   Phanpy
  Field Field
246   Larvitar
 
 
Monster Monster
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1
303   Mawile
 
 
Field Fairy
318   Carvanha
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
322   Numel
 
 
Field Field
324   Torkoal
  Field Field
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
874   Stonjourner
  Mineral Mineral
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
DP Pt HGSS
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
098   Krabby
  Water 3 Water 3
099   Kingler
  Water 3 Water 3
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass
111   Rhyhorn
 
 
Monster Field
112   Rhydon
 
 
Monster Field
114   Tangela
  Grass Grass
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
142   Aerodactyl
 
 
Flying Flying
144   Articuno
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
145   Zapdos
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
146   Moltres
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
152   Chikorita
  Monster Grass
153   Bayleef
  Monster Grass
154   Meganium
  Monster Grass
158   Totodile
  Monster Water 1
159   Croconaw
  Monster Water 1
160   Feraligatr
  Monster Water 1
175   Togepi
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy
193   Yanma
 
 
Bug Bug
194   Wooper
 
 
Water 1 Field
195   Quagsire
 
 
Water 1 Field
206   Dunsparce
  Field Field
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
213   Shuckle
 
 
Bug Bug
218   Slugma
  Amorphous Amorphous
219   Magcargo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
220   Swinub
 
 
Field Field
221   Piloswine
 
 
Field Field
222   Corsola
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
231   Phanpy
  Field Field
232   Donphan
  Field Field
246   Larvitar
 
 
Monster Monster
247   Pupitar
 
 
Monster Monster
248   Tyranitar
 
 
Monster Monster
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
250   Ho-Oh
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1
259   Marshtomp
 
 
Monster Water 1
260   Swampert
 
 
Monster Water 1
299   Nosepass
  Mineral Mineral
303   Mawile
  Field Fairy
304   Aron
 
 
Monster Monster
305   Lairon
 
 
Monster Monster
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster
318   Carvanha
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
319   Sharpedo
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral
338   Solrock
 
 
Mineral Mineral
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3
342   Crawdaunt
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
345   Lileep
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
346   Cradily
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
347   Anorith
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
369   Relicanth
 
 
Water 1 Water 2
377   Regirock
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
378   Regice
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
379   Registeel
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
382   Kyogre
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
383   Groudon
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
384   Rayquaza
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
385   Jirachi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
408   Cranidos
  Monster Monster
409   Rampardos
  Monster Monster
410   Shieldon
 
 
Monster Monster
411   Bastiodon
 
 
Monster Monster
422   Shellos
  Water 1 Amorphous
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral
464   Rhyperior
 
 
Monster Field
465   Tangrowth
  Grass Grass
468   Togekiss
 
 
Flying Fairy
469   Yanmega
 
 
Bug Bug
473   Mamoswine
 
 
Field Field
476   Probopass
 
 
Mineral Mineral
483   Dialga
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
484   Palkia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
485   Heatran
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
486   Regigigas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
487   Giratina
Altered Forme
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
487   Giratina
Origin Forme
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
489   Phione
  Water 1 Fairy
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy
493   Arceus
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
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 III

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass Purified Shadow PokémonXD
152   Chikorita
  Monster Grass Mt. Battle ChikoritaXD
220   Swinub
 
 
Field Field Purified Shadow PokémonXD
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
114   TangelaLv. 1
  Grass Grass My Pokémon Ranch
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 Types Egg Groups Obtained with
220   Swinub
 
 
Field Field Dream World - Icy Cave
299   Nosepass
  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.


Generation VIII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
103   Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass Regina's Exeggutor (The Isle of Armor)
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 II

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
001   Bulbasaur
 
 
Monster Grass Pokémon Center Mystery Egg #3
New York Pokémon Center
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

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Ancientpower is a move with 12 base power, 88% accuracy, and 12 PP. The user attacks enemy in the front and might raise user's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defenae and Movement Speed by one level.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move now cuts corners.

In Gates to Infinity, AncientPower hits nearby enemies in a 1 tile range around the user when used by a Gigantic Pokémon.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Special 2 47 56 100% An opponent Has a chance (10%) of raising the user's Attack, Defense, Speed, Sp. Atk, and Sp. Def, and Speed by one stat rank.

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): Has a very small chance of raising the user's Attack, Defense, Speed, Sp. Atk, and Sp. Def, and Speed.

Pokémon GO

  Ancient Power
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 70
Energy cost 33  
Duration 3.5 seconds
Damage window 2.85 - 3.1 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 45
Energy cost 45  
Secondary effect   2 Attack
  2 Defense
Effect chance 10%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                                     
By Elite Charged TM
 
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • July 30, 2016
    • Power: 30 → 35
  • February 16, 2017
    • Power: 35 → 70
    • Energy cost: 25 → 33
    • Duration: 3.6 → 3.5 seconds
    • Damage window: 2.9 - 3.25 → 2.85 - 3.1 seconds
Trainer Battles
  • February 15, 2019
    • Secondary effect added
  • April 2, 2020
    • Power: 70 → 45

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also simultaneously raise by one level Attack, Special Attack, Defense, Special Defense, and Movement Speed.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also boost the user's Attack, Special Attack, Defense, Special Defense, and Movement Speed by 1 level.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる いっていのかくりつで じぶんの こうげき ぼうぎょ とくこう とくぼう いどうそくどが すべて 1だんかいあがる
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also boost your Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Travel Speed. (The stat changes return to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.)
It damages nearby Pokémon. It could also boost the user's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Travel Speed. (The stat changes return to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.)*
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also boost your Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Travel Speed. The stats return to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.


In the anime

       
Piloswine Carracosta Yanmega Tirtouga
The user forms a glowing ball of energy in front of its body and shoots it at foe.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Yanma Yanma's body glows white and it creates a see-through afterimage of itself. The afterimage then spins quickly and creates a silver ball in front of Yanma's body. Yanma then launches the ball at the opponent.
Jessie's Yanma The Thief That Keeps on Thieving! Debut
  Yanmega Yanmega's body glows white and it creates a silver energy ball in front of its body. It then launches the ball at the opponent.
Jessie's Yanmega The Thief That Keeps on Thieving! None
  Piloswine Piloswine's body glows white and it creates a silver energy ball in front of its nose. It then fires the ball at the opponent.
Dawn's Piloswine A Breed Stampede! None
  Mamoswine Mamoswine's body glows white and the glow comes off its body and forms a silver ball on the end of its tusks. It then fires the ball at the opponent.
Dawn's Mamoswine Trials and Adulations! None
  Tirtouga Tirtouga's body glows white and it creates a see-through afterimage of itself. The afterimage then spins quickly and creates a silver ball with a green core in front of Tirtouga's body. Tirtouga then fires the ball at the opponent.
A wild Tirtouga A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1 None
  Carracosta Carracosta's body glows white and it creates a see-through afterimage of itself. The afterimage then spins quickly and forms in its flipper as a silver ball with a green core. It then hurls the ball at the opponent.
Four wild Carracosta A Restoration Confrontation! Part 2 None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 原始之力 Yùhnchí-jī Lihk
Mandarin 原始之力 Yuánshǐ-zhī Lì
  Czech Pravěká síla
  Dutch Oeroude kracht
  French Pouvoir Antique*
Pouv.Antique*
  German Antik-Kraft
  Greek Αρχαία Δύναμη Archaía Dýnami
  Hebrew כוח עתיק Kohakh Atik
  Indonesian Kekuatan Purba
Tenaga Purba
Kekuatan Primitif
  Italian Forzantica
  Korean 원시의힘 Wonsi-yi Him
  Polish Starożytna Moc
Portuguese   Brazil Poder Ancestral (games, TCG, manga)
Poder Antigo (early anime)
  Portugal Poder Antigo
  Romanian Puterea Antică
  Russian Древняя сила Drevnyaya sila
  Serbian Drevna moć
Spanish   Latin America Poder Antiguo
Poder Pasado (DP171)
  Spain Poder Pasado
  Thai พลังโบราณ
  Turkish Antik Güç
  Vietnamese Sức Mạnh Nguyên Thủy




Variations of the move Ancient Power
  Ancient PowerSilver WindOminous Wind


  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.