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.


Generation I

A minimized Pokémon in Generations I and II

Minimize raises the user's evasion stat by one stage and replaces the user's sprite with a tiny, generic image. However, the user is not replaced by this tiny image if the battle animations are off, or if the move fails because the user's evasion has already been raised six stages.

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 II

Minimize now causes certain moves to double their damage.

Generation III

Pokémon that have used Minimize no longer have their sprite replaced with a tiny generic image.

Generation IV

Minimize now causes the boosted moves to double their power instead of damage, which results in virtually the same effect.

Generation V

Minimize now raises the user's evasion by two stages, instead of one.

Minimize's move boost is now applied to damage instead of power, which mimics its behavior from Generations II and III.

Generation VI onwards

Minimize's PP changed from 20 to 10.

If a boosted move hits a Pokémon that has used Minimize, it now bypasses accuracy and evasion checks. This effect is reverted when the Pokémon undergoes Dynamax after using Minimize.

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.
RSEColo.XD 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
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy 24 19 21 19 19BW
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy 1 1 1 1 1 1SMUSUM 1SwShBDSP
040   Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy 1PE
088   Grimer
  Amorphous Amorphous 33 23 19 17 17BW
21BDSP 21
088   Grimer
Alolan Form
Amorphous Amorphous 21SMUSUM
089   Muk
  Amorphous Amorphous 33 23 19 17 17BW
1, 12PE
21BDSP 21
089   Muk
Alolan Form
Amorphous Amorphous 21SMUSUM
1, 12PE
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy 38 23 23 20 23 23 23SMUSUM
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3 37 37 33 33 33BW
121   Starmie
Water 3 Water 3 1
211   Qwilfish
Water 2 Water 2 10 10RSE
9 9 9 9 16 16
211   Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
Water 2 Water 2 16
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy 18 18 20 23 23 23 1SwShBDSP
425   Drifloon
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1 1 1SwShBDSP 1
426   Drifblim
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1 1 1 1SwShBDSP 1
440   Happiny
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1SwShBDSP
607   Litwick
Amorphous Amorphous 3 3 3 8SwSh
608   Lampent
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1SwSh
609   Chandelure
Amorphous Amorphous 1SwSh
843   Silicobra
  Field Dragon 5SwSh 5
844   Sandaconda
  Field Dragon 1SwSh 1
904   Overqwil
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.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team, Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Minimize is a move with 27PP. The user raises its evasiveness by one stage. This move is affected by Snatch and Taunt.

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 Chansey shrunk
The user compresses its body to become smaller, allowing it to avoid attacks.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Chansey 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.

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
  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

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