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Illuminate はっこう
Luminescence
Flavor text
Generation III
Encounter rate increases.
Generation IV
Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon.
Generation V
Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon.
Generation VI
Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon.
Generation VII
Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon by illuminating the surroundings.

Illuminate (Japanese: はっこう Luminescence) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.

Contents

Effect

In battle

Illuminate has no effect during battle.

Outside of battle

If a Pokémon with Illuminate is in the first place in the party (even if fainted), the wild Pokémon encounter rate increases by 100%. From Pokémon Emerald onwards, it shares this trait with Arena Trap and Swarm.

Pokémon with Illuminate

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Staryu Staryu Water Water Illuminate Natural Cure Analytic
Starmie Starmie Water Psychic Illuminate Natural Cure Analytic
Chinchou Chinchou Water Electric Volt Absorb Illuminate Water Absorb
Lanturn Lanturn Water Electric Volt Absorb Illuminate Water Absorb
Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug Illuminate Swarm Prankster
Watchog Watchog Normal Normal Illuminate Keen Eye Analytic
Morelull Morelull Grass Fairy Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
Shiinotic Shiinotic Grass Fairy Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
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 other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Prior to Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, a Pokémon with Illuminate "blinks" after a turn in which it was damaged. The "blink" summons a hostile Pokémon somewhere on the floor.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the Pokémon obtains the Decoy status after using an illuminating move. The Decoy status makes enemies preferentially attack the Pokémon instead of other allies.

Affected moves

The table below lists the moves affected by Illuminate, as well as the Pokémon that can have Illuminate and learn those moves.

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Learned by
Confuse Ray  Ghost  Status 100 StaryuStarmieChinchouLanturnVolbeatWatchog {{{6}}}
Dazzling Gleam  Fairy  Special 80 100 StaryuStarmieChinchouLanturnVolbeat {{{6}}}
Flash  Normal  Status 100 StaryuStarmieChinchouLanturnVolbeatWatchog {{{6}}}
Light Screen  Psychic  Status StaryuStarmieVolbeatWatchog {{{6}}}
Luster Purge  Psychic  Special 70 100 000 {{{6}}}
Moonlight  Fairy  Status Volbeat {{{6}}}
Morning Sun  Normal  Status 000 {{{6}}}
Solar Beam  Grass  Special 120 100 Volbeat {{{6}}}
Shock Wave  Electric  Special 60 ChinchouLanturnVolbeatWatchog {{{6}}}
Spark  Electric  Physical 65 100 ChinchouLanturn {{{6}}}
Tail Glow  Bug  Status Volbeat {{{6}}}
Volt Tackle  Electric  Physical 120 100 000 {{{6}}}

Description

Games Description
MDRB If damaged, a wild Pokémon appears on the dungeon floor.
MDTDS Causes a wild Pokémon to appear on a dungeon floor if the Pokémon is attacked.
BSL こうげきされると フロアの どこかに ポケモンが あらわれる
MDGtI When the Pokémon is attacked, an enemy Pokémon appears somewhere on the current floor.*
When this Pokémon is attacked, an enemy appears somewhere on the floor.*
SMD If the Pokémon uses an illuminating move such as Confuse Ray or Light ScreenIconCutsCornersSMD.png, it will be a decoy!

In the anime

None.png Lenora Watchog Illuminate.png None.png None.png
Watchog
Things hiding in the shadows are revealed.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
505 Watchog Watchog holds out its arms and the yellow parts of its eyes and all the yellow stripes on its body flash yellow extremely brightly. The light then dies down a little, causing any invisible things to appear.
Lenora's Watchog A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! Debut
120 Staryu Staryu is able to lure in nearby Pokémon.
Toren's Staryu The Power of Us None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

None.png Monta Watchog Illuminate.png None.png None.png
Watchog
The Pokémon glows bright, attracting wild Pokémon.
Pokémon Method
User First Chapter Used In Notes
505 Watchog Watchog glows bright, attracting wild Pokémon.
Monta's Watchog Let's Master Pokémon Capturing! Debut

Trivia

  • Every Pokémon with this Ability can learn the move Flash and Confuse Ray.
  • Out of the three abilities that are exclusively used outside of battle, Illuminate is the only one that shares its external effect with other abilities.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 發光 Faatgwōng
Mandarin 發光 / 发光 Fāguāng
Finland Flag.png Finnish Valaisu
France Flag.png French Lumiattirance
Germany Flag.png German Erleuchtung
Italy Flag.png Italian Risplendi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 발광 Balgwang
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Iluminar
Iluminação (TCG)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Iluminar
Russia Flag.png Russian Освещение Osveshcheniye
Spain Flag.png Spanish Iluminación


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