Minimize (move)

ちいさくなる Shrink
Minimize IX.png
Type  Normal
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
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others once.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

Minimize (Japanese: ちいさくなる Shrink) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.


Minimize raises the user's evasion stat.

Gen I Gen II Gen III Gen IV Gen V Gen VI onwards
PP 20 10
Evasion raised 1 stage 2 stages
Minimized Pokémon replaced by
a tiny generic image
Minimized Pokémon
vulnerable to certain moves
damage power 2× damage
Boosted moves bypass
accuracy and evasion

Generations I and II

A minimized Pokémon in Generations I and II

In Generations I and II, the user's sprite is replaced by a tiny, generic image if this move raises the user's evasion successfully.

In Generation I only, it is only replaced by the tiny generic image if the battle animations are active.

If a Pokémon uses Transform on a minimized target, the user copies the target's regular sprite (rather than the tiny sprite). Similarly, if a minimized Pokémon uses Transform, its own tiny sprite is replaced by the target's regular sprite.

If a Pokémon's sprite has disappeared because it used Acid Armor, using Minimize will make it visible again as the tiny generic image.

Generation III onwards

If a Pokémon undergoes Dynamax after using Minimize, then boosted moves will not bypass accuracy and evasion.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Minimize, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Vulnerability to moves

Specific moves will hit with double power (Generation IV) or have their damage doubled (Generations II, III, and V onward) against targets that have used Minimize at least once. Additionally, from Generation VI onward, these moves also bypass accuracy and evasion checks in this case. If a Pokémon undergoes Dynamax after using Minimize, these moves will revert to dealing their usual damage.


Games Description
StadStad2 Reduces the user's size and makes it harder to hit. Can normally be used up to six times.
GSC Heightens evasiveness.
RSEColoXD Minimizes the user's size to raise evasiveness.
FRLG The user compresses all the cells in its body to raise its evasiveness.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user compresses its body to make itself look smaller. The user's evasion stat is boosted.
The user compresses its body to make itself look smaller, which sharply raises its evasiveness.
SV The user compresses its body to make itself look smaller, which sharply boosts its evasiveness.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0035     Fairy Fairy 24 19 21 19 19BW
25 25 10 8 8
0036     Fairy Fairy 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Fairy Fairy 1
0088     Amorphous Amorphous 33 23 19 17 17BW
21 12 21 21
Alolan Form
Amorphous Amorphous 21 12 21
0089     Amorphous Amorphous 33 23 19 17 17BW
21 1, 12 21 21
Alolan Form
Amorphous Amorphous 21 1, 12 21
0113     Fairy Fairy 38 23 23 20 23 23 23 20 1 1
0120     Water 3 Water 3 37 37 33 33 33BW
31 18 16 16
Water 3 Water 3 1 1
Water 2 Water 2 10 10RSE
9 9 9 9 16 16 16
Hisuian Form
Water 2 Water 2 16
0242     Fairy Fairy 18 18 20 23 23 23 1 1
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0440     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
Amorphous Amorphous 3 3 3 8 8
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1 1
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1
0843     Field Dragon 5 5
0844     Field Dragon 1 1
Water 2 Water 2 16
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Minimize raises the user's evasiveness. Evasiveness is raised by one stage in the Rescue Team, Explorers and Adventure Squad series. From Gates to Infinity onward, Minimize raises the user's evasiveness by two stages.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB - - 27 - —% - User User -
MDTDS - - 27 - —% - User User -
BSL - - 27 - —% - User User -
MDGtI - - 17 50 —% - User User -
SMD - - 17 40 —% - User User -
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokkén Tournament

Minimize appears as one of Chandelure's Pokémon moves. Chandelure temporarily shrinks in size, rendering it immune to attacks until it reverts. While shrunken, Chandelure can also move to reposition itself to keep distance from the opponent.


Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Evasion by one level.
MDTDS Boosts the user's evasiveness by 1 level.
BSL じぶんの かいひを 1だんかいあげる
MDGtI It sharply boosts your evasiveness. (The stat change returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.)
SMD It sharply boosts your evasiveness. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.

In the anime

Chansey shrunk
The user compresses its body to become smaller, allowing it to avoid attacks.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Chansey glows a pinkish-purple color and shrinks down to avoid an attack. Afterwards, she regains her original size.
Nurse Joy's Chansey DPS02 Debut

In the manga

Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


  • In Generation I games, if the player used Minimize, then looked at the stats of a Pokémon in their party and then exited the menu, the opponent's Pokémon sprite would change to a glitchy version of the Pokémon that was just viewed.
  • Minimize is one of three moves that have been used in a completed anime series, but not been seen in the English dub. The other two are Conversion and Ion Deluge.
  • Despite Legends: Arceus stating that all Pokémon share the ability to shrink, and this ability can be triggered by a Poké Ball as well, the pool of Pokémon who learn Minimize is small.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 變小 Bin Síu
Mandarin 變小 / 变小 Biàn Xiǎo *
縮小 Suōxiǎo *
  Czech Zmenšení
  Danish Minimere
  Dutch Verklein
  French Lilliput[1]
  German Komprimator
  Greek Σμίκρυνση
  Italian Minimizzato
  Korean 작아지기 Jagajigi
  Polish Minimalizacja
  Brazilian Portuguese Minimizar
  Serbian Umanjenje
  Spanish Reducción
  Vietnamese Thu Nhỏ

Variations of the move Acid Armor
  Acid ArmorAmnesiaAutotomizeBarrierIron DefenseNasty PlotRock PolishSwords Dance
Formerly a variation

  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.