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.
The table below lists the moves affected by Reckless, as well as the Pokémon that can have Reckless and learn those moves.
Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Reckless. They may, however, be called via Metronome, Mirror Move, Copycat, or Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Reckless by an Ability like Trace or Receiver or a move such as Skill Swap or Role Play.
Outside of battle
Reckless has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Reckless
- 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.
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In other games
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.
||Boosts the Pokémon's power with recoiling attacks but also raises self-inflicted damage.
||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
||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.
||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
- 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).
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