Reckless (Ability)

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Reckless すてみ
Life-Risking
Flavor text
Generation IV
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation V
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VI
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VII
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Generation VIII
Powers up moves that have recoil damage.

Reckless (Japanese: すてみ Life-Risking) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Hitmonlee.

Effect

In battle

Reckless increases the power of moves that have recoil or crash damage by 20%, except Struggle. It does not directly affect the power of the recoil damage, but as the move's base power is risen, the resulting recoil also increases.

Affected moves

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

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Learned by
Brave Bird  Flying  Physical 120 100     {{{6}}}
Double-Edge  Normal  Physical 120 100  * * * *  
   *  
{{{6}}}
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical 120 100   {{{6}}}
Head Charge  Normal  Physical 120 100   {{{6}}}
Head Smash  Rock  Physical 150 80    {{{6}}}
High Jump Kick  Fighting  Physical 130 90     {{{6}}}
Jump Kick  Fighting  Physical 100 95     {{{6}}}
Light of Ruin  Fairy  Special 140 90   {{{6}}}
Submission  Fighting  Physical 80 80  * *   {{{6}}}
Take Down  Normal  Physical 90 85       
   *  
{{{6}}}
Volt Tackle  Electric  Physical 120 100   {{{6}}}
Wood Hammer  Grass  Physical 120 100   {{{6}}}
Wild Charge  Electric  Physical 90 100    {{{6}}}

Outside of battle

Reckless has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Reckless

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting Limber Reckless Unburden
  Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
  Rhydon Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
  Starly Normal Flying Keen Eye None Reckless
  Staravia Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
  Staraptor Normal Flying Intimidate None Reckless
  Rhyperior Ground Rock Lightning Rod Solid Rock Reckless
  Emboar Fire Fighting Blaze None Reckless
  Basculin
Red-Striped Form
Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
  Mienfoo Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
  Mienshao Fighting Fighting Inner Focus Regenerator Reckless
  Bouffalant Normal Normal Reckless Sap Sipper Soundproof
  Obstagoon Dark Normal Reckless Guts Defiant
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII 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 or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, Blue-Striped Basculin have Reckless as their second standard Ability; however, a Blue-Striped Basculin with Rock Head can be obtained from an in-game trade in White. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, wild Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, but Blue-Striped Basculin bred in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have Reckless as their second standard Ability. In Generation VI, Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, and Blue-Striped Basculin with Reckless transferred to Pokémon Bank have their Ability changed to Rock Head.
  • In the Generation V games, Starly has no Hidden Ability, but a Starly with its Hidden Ability flag set will evolve into Staravia with its Hidden Ability Reckless and can produce Starly with their Hidden Ability flag set when bred. A Starly with its Hidden Ability flag set will have its Ability changed to Reckless when transferred to Pokémon Bank.

Pokéstar Studios opponents with Reckless

 
F-00
 Steel  Normal 
Reckless
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
100 100 100 100 100 100

In other games

Mystery Dungeon series

In Explorers of Time and Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Reckless increases the damage of affected moves by 50%.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the damage and recoil damage (including crash damage in the case of Jump Kick missing) of these moves is increased by 20%. The Ability does not affect the moves Struggle or Final Gambit.

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Boosts the Pokémon's power with recoiling attacks but also raises self-inflicted damage.
BSL はんどうでダメージを うけるわざの はんどうダメージと あたえるダメージが おおきくなる
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD The power of moves with recoil damage, such as Take Down, and moves that cause the user to take damage if they fail, such as Jump Kick, goes up! But the damage the Pokémon takes also goes up! It has no effects on some moves, such as Struggle and Final Gambit.
MDRTDX The power of moves with recoil damage and moves that cause the user to take damage if they fail goes up–but the damage the Pokémon takes also goes up. It has no effect on some moves such as Struggle and Final Fambit.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

  • Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Rhyperior, and Hitmonlee are the only Pokémon with Reckless that can use all moves affected by Reckless, as they can use them via Mimic. However, Hitmonlee can only have this combination by learning Mimic from the Move Tutor in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, then gaining Reckless by using an Ability Capsule in Generation VI or VII, or by learning Mimic as a Tyrogue and evolving in a Generation IV or V game (in this case, Hitmonlee has a 50% chance of having Reckless, depending on its personality value).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 捨身 Sésān
Mandarin 捨身 / 舍身 Shěshēn
  French Téméraire
  German Achtlos
  Italian Temerarietà
  Korean 이판사판 Ipansapan
  Portuguese Imprudência
  Russian Безрассудство Bezrassudstvo
  Spanish Audaz



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