Inner Focus (Ability)
|Force of Will|
Inner Focus (Japanese: せいしんりょく Force of Will) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.
Generations III to VII
Inner Focus prevents the Pokémon from flinching. However, Pokémon with this Ability can still flinch to a Pokémon with Mold Breaker, Teravolt, or Turboblaze.
While some descriptions state that the user flinches, Focus Punch failing due to taking damage is not flinching, so the move is unaffected by Inner Focus.
If the Pokémon is hit by a move that always causes flinching, the message "<Pokémon>'s Inner Focus prevents flinching!" (Generation III) or "<Pokémon> won't flinch because of its Inner Focus!" (Generation IV) will appear.
Generation VIII onward
Inner Focus now also blocks Intimidate.
Outside of battle
Inner Focus has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Inner Focus
- In Generation V and VI, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune have Volt Absorb, Flash Fire, and Water Absorb, respectively, instead of Inner Focus as their Hidden Ability. However, it is impossible to obtain them with their Hidden Abilities in Generations V and VI.
In other games
In the anime
|The Pokémon's intensely focused, and that protects the Pokémon from flinching.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Lucario||Lucario's incredible willpower protects it from flinching.|
|Ash's Lucario||Valor: A Strategic Part of Battling!||Debut|
In the manga
- In Gotcha Where I Wantcha, Glalie, the rental Glalie that Noland used during his Battle Factory match against Emerald was revealed to have Inner Focus as its Ability by Emerald's Pokédex.
- Blue's Alakazam is revealed to have Inner Focus as his Ability.
- Koga's Golbat is revealed to have Inner Focus as his Ability.
- Janine's Crobat is revealed to have Inner Focus as his Ability.
- Giovanni's Crobat is revealed to have Inner Focus as his Ability.
- Lance's Dragonite is revealed to have Inner Focus as its Ability.
- Glacia's Glalie is revealed to have Inner Focus as his Ability.
- Maylene's Riolu is revealed to have Inner Focus as his Ability.
- Marshal's Mienshao is revealed to have Inner Focus as its Ability.
In other languages
|Variations of the Ability Limber|
|Limber • Oblivious • Insomnia • Immunity • Own Tempo • Inner Focus • Magma Armor • Water Veil • Vital Spirit|
|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.|