Imprison (move)

Imprison
ふういん Seal
Imprison VIII.png
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Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Worsens the condition of those that made appeals.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if two Pokémon raise the Voltage in a row.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Imprison (Japanese: ふういん Seal) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III. It is TM44 in Generation VII.

Effect

Generations III and IV

As long as the user remains in battle, opponents cannot use any move which is also known by the user (including Pokémon switched in after the move was used). If the user's moveset changes while Imprison is in effect (such as by Mimic, Sketch, Transform, or learning a new move by leveling up), opponents are prevented from using the new moves.

On the turn that Imprison is used, if an opposing Pokémon would move after Imprison is used and it selected a move the user knows that turn, it will be unable to use that move and make no action that turn (i.e. PP for that move is not consumed). If a Pokémon has no moves with PP other than moves prevented by Imprison, it will Struggle.

Imprison will fail if no opponent possesses a move the user knows at the time Imprison is used.

Imprison cannot be passed by Baton Pass.

Generations V to VII

Imprison will still execute even if no opponent has a move the user knows; although Imprison has no immediate effect in such a case, if the user or opponents change the moves they know (e.g. Mimic, Sketch, Transform, or learning a new move by leveling up) or a different opposing Pokémon enters the battle, it will be prevented from using the user's moves.

In Triple Battles, non-adjacent opponents are prevented from using moves that the user knows.

Imprison can now be stolen by Snatch.

If powered up by a Psychium Z into Z-Imprison, the user's Special Defense stat is raised by two stages.

Generation VIII

Even though Imprison can be used in Max Raid Battles, the raid boss is immune to Imprison's effect.

Description

Games Description
RSE Prevents foes from using moves known by the user.
FRLG Prevents foes from using any move that is also known by the user.
Colo.XD Prevents target from using moves known by the user.
DPPtHGSSPBR If the foe knows any move also known by the user, the foe is prevented from using it.
BWB2W2 If the opponents know any move also known by the user, the opponents are prevented from using it.
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
If opposing Pokémon know any move also known by the user, they are prevented from using it.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
037   Vulpix
  Field Field 25 21 21BW
18B2W2
18XY
39ORAS
39 36
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field 39 36
038   Ninetales
  Field Field 1 1 1
038   Ninetales
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1 1
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 70
234   Stantler
  Field Field 43 49 49 49
280   Ralts
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 31 32 34 34XY
29ORAS
29
281   Kirlia
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 33 36 39 39XY
33ORAS
33
282   Gardevoir
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 33 40 45 45XY
35ORAS
35
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral 43 ORAS 43 21
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral 52 ORAS 52 21
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral 12 12BW
9B2W2
9 9 12
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1, 12 1, 12 BW
1, 9 B2W2
1, 9 1, 9 12
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 1
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6 6 28
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6 6 28
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 6 6 6 6 28
517   Munna
  Field Field 13 13 13 12
518   Musharna
  Field Field 1
527   Woobat
 
 
Field Flying 19 19 19 20
528   Swoobat
 
 
Field Flying 19 19 19 20
570   Zorua
  Field Field 53 53 53 36
571   Zoroark
  Field Field 59 1, 59 1, 59 40
605   Elgyem
  Human-Like Human-Like 25 25 25 6
606   Beheeyem
  Human-Like Human-Like 25 25 25 1
607   Litwick
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 24 24 24 44
608   Lampent
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 24 24 24 46
609   Chandelure
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1
643   Reshiram
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64 8, 64SM
8USUM
72
644   Zekrom
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64 8, 64SM
8USUM
72
645   Landorus
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 7 7 1 30
646   Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 8, 64 8, 64SM
8USUM
64
646   Kyurem
White Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 B2W2 8, 64 8, 64SM
8USUM
64
646   Kyurem
Black Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 8, 64 B2W2 8, 64 8, 64SM
8USUM
64
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field 45 45 44
707   Klefki
 
 
Mineral Mineral 36 36 32
772   Type: Null
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 15 1
773   Silvally
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TM44
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy
037   Vulpix
  Field Field
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
077   Ponyta
Galarian Form
  Field Field
078   Rapidash
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
079   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
105   Marowak
Alolan Form
 
 
Monster Monster
144   Articuno
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
146   Moltres
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
163   Hoothoot
 
 
Flying Flying
164   Noctowl
 
 
Flying Flying
176   Togetic
 
 
Flying Fairy
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
178   Xatu
 
 
Flying Flying
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1
199   Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
250   Ho-Oh
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
280   Ralts
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
281   Kirlia
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
282   Gardevoir
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
350   Milotic
  Water 1 Dragon
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous
356   Dusclops
  Amorphous Amorphous
385   Jirachi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
426   Drifblim
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral
442   Spiritomb
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
468   Togekiss
 
 
Flying Fairy
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
477   Dusknoir
  Amorphous Amorphous
478   Froslass
 
 
Fairy Mineral
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
517   Munna
  Field Field
518   Musharna
  Field Field
527   Woobat
 
 
Flying Field
528   Swoobat
 
 
Flying Field
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous
562   Yamask
Galarian Form
 
 
Mineral Amorphous
563   Cofagrigus
  Mineral Amorphous
570   Zorua
  Field Field
571   Zoroark
  Field Field
576   Gothitelle
  Human-Like Human-Like
577   Solosis
  Amorphous Amorphous
578   Duosion
  Amorphous Amorphous
579   Reuniclus
  Amorphous Amorphous
582   Vanillite
  Mineral Mineral
583   Vanillish
  Mineral Mineral
582   Vanilluxe
  Mineral Mineral
592   Frillish
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
593   Jellicent
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
605   Elgyem
  Human-Like Human-Like
606   Beheeyem
  Human-Like Human-Like
607   Litwick
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
608   Lampent
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
609   Chandelure
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
622   Golett
 
 
Mineral Mineral
623   Golurk
 
 
Mineral Mineral
643   Reshiram
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
644   Zekrom
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
645   Landorus
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
646   Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
646   Kyurem
White Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
646   Kyurem
Black Kyurem
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field
707   Klefki
 
 
Mineral Mineral
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous
709   Trevenant
 
 
Grass Amorphous
710   Pumpkaboo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
711   Gourgeist
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
724   Decidueye
 
 
Flying Flying
742   Cutiefly
 
 
Bug Fairy
743   Ribombee
 
 
Bug Fairy
765   Oranguru
 
 
Field Field
772   Type: Null
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
773   Silvally
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
800   Necrozma
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
800   Necrozma
Dusk Mane
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
800   Necrozma
Dawn Wings
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
801   Magearna
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
825   Dottler
 
 
Bug Bug
826   Orbeetle
 
 
Bug Bug
854   Sinistea
  Mineral Amorphous
855   Polteageist
  Mineral Amorphous
856   Hatenna
  Fairy Fairy
857   Hattrem
  Fairy Fairy
858   Hatterene
 
 
Fairy Fairy
867   Runerigus
 
 
Mineral Amorphous
869   Alcremie
  Fairy Amorphous
873   Frosmoth
 
 
Bug Bug
874   Stonjourner
  Mineral Mineral
876   Indeedee
Male
 
 
Fairy Fairy
876   Indeedee
Female
 
 
Fairy Fairy
888   Zacian
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
889   Zamazenta
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
Ice Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
Shadow Rider
 
 
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
088   Grimer
  Amorphous Amorphous
088   Grimer
Alolan Form
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
353   Shuppet
  Amorphous Amorphous
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous
442   Spiritomb
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous
577   Solosis
  Amorphous Amorphous
582   Vanillite
  Mineral Mineral
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous
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 IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous Pokéwalker - Winner's Path
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
578   Duosion
  Amorphous Amorphous Dream World - Spooky Manor
583   Vanillish
  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.


By event

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
575   Gothorita
  Human-Like Human-Like Japanese Global Link
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 and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Imprison is a move with 15PP. The user targets enemy in front, and inflicts Paused status condition on target for 5-12 turns, making them incapable of action. This move is affected by Taunt.

From Gates to Infinity onward, all enemy Pokémon on the floor cannot use any move which is also known by the user.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts the Paused status on the target, making it incapable of action.
MDTDS Afflicts the targeted enemy with a Paused status condition. A Pokémon with the Paused status is incapable of action.
BSL てきポケモンを ようすみじょうたいにかえる ようすみじょうたいの ポケモンは こうどうできない
MDGtI If enemies on the same floor know any moves also known by you, it seals them and prevents all enemies from using the moves.
SMD If enemies on the same floor know any moves you also know, it has them sealed, preventing all enemies from using the moves.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • The kanji featured in Imprison's Japanese animations is , which is the first kanji of 封印 (ふういん Fūin (Seal)), which is its Japanese name.
  • In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it targets the user (thus it ignores accuracy and evasion checks).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 封印 Fūngyan
Mandarin 封印 Fēngyìn
  French Possessif
  German Begrenzer
  Greek Επισφράγιση
  Italian Esclusiva
  Korean 봉인 Bong'in
  Brazilian Portuguese Aprisionar
  Serbian Zatvaranje
  Spanish Sellar*
Cerca*
  Vietnamese Phong Ấn



Generation VIII TMs
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Generation VIII TRs
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