Commander (Ability)

If you were looking for the Trainer Class, see Commander (Trainer class).
Commander しれいとう
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Generation IX
When the Pokémon enters a battle, it goes inside the mouth of an ally Dondozo if one is on the field. The Pokémon then issues commands from there.

Commander (Japanese: しれいとう Commander) is an Ability introduced in Generation IX. It is the signature Ability of Tatsugiri.


In battle

When a Tatsugiri with Commander is on the same side of the field as a Dondozo, it will enter the Dondozo's mouth and the Dondozo will have its Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed raised by two stages each. While Tatsugiri is inside Dondozo's mouth, the latter will be unable to switch out (even if Tatsugiri faints) and cannot be forced out. A held Red Card can still be consumed, but will have no effect.

The Trainer will not be able to select moves for Tatsugiri, and any opponent's moves (even if it has No Guard) will miss if Tatsugiri is targeted. Tatsugiri will continue to take damage from sandstorms, as well as status conditions (such as poison) if it has already gained one prior to entering Dondozo's mouth, and the effect of Perish Song will continue normally. If Dondozo is switched in when Tatsugiri is already on the field, Commander will immediately activate and cancel Tatsugiri's selected move; any moves targeting Tatsugiri that turn will also miss. When Dondozo faints, Tatsugiri returns to its normal position in battle. Commander will not reactivate if Tatsugiri faints and is replaced with another Tatsugiri with Commander; however, Commander can reactivate if Dondozo is revived after fainting.

The move Order Up will give Dondozo a stat boost when used, based on the form of Tatsugiri inside its mouth:

  • Curly Form Tatsugiri increases Attack by one stage.
  • Droopy Form Tatsugiri increases Defense by one stage.
  • Stretchy Form Tatsugiri increases Speed by one stage.

Commander does not activate in Multi Battles and Tera Raid Battles.

Gastro Acid and Worry Seed fail if the target has the Ability Commander. Role Play, Skill Swap, Entrainment, and Doodle fail if either Pokémon has Commander. Commander cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. It can however be replaced by Simple Beam. Commander cannot be replaced by Mummy or Lingering Aroma, or traded by Wandering Spirit. Imposter can successfully Transform into a Tatsugiri in Dondozo's mouth.

Outside of battle

Commander has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Commander

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0978   Tatsugiri
Curly Form
Dragon Water Commander None Storm Drain
0978   Tatsugiri
Droopy Form
Dragon Water Commander None Storm Drain
0978   Tatsugiri
Stretchy Form
Dragon Water Commander None Storm Drain
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 發號施令 Faathouh-Sīlihng
Mandarin 發號施令 / 发号施令 Fāhào-Shīlìng
  French Commandant
  German Kommandant
  Italian Torre di Comando
  Korean 사령탑 Siryeongtap
  Spanish Comandar

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