Shadow Force (move)

Shadow Force
シャドーダイブ Shadow Dive
Shadow Force VIII.png
Shadow Force VIII 2.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Physical
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  120
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +3 if the Pokémon that just went hit max Voltage.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

Shadow Force (Japanese: シャドーダイブ Shadow Dive) is a Ghost-type move introduced in Generation IV. It is the signature move of Giratina.

Effect

Generations IV and V

Shadow Force causes the user to "vanish instantly" on the turn it is selected, rendering it semi-invulnerable, and then reappear the next turn to cause damage.

Shadow Force hits the target even if it is protected by a protection move, and removes the effects of protection moves from the target for the remainder of the turn; if it hits an opponent that is protected by protection move that affects its whole side of the field, it removes the protection move from the opponent's entire side of the field (even if the protection move would not affect Shadow Force, such as Wide Guard). Shadow Force cannot remove the effects of protecting moves if it does not affect the target (such as if the target is Normal-type).

If Yawn is used the turn before Shadow Force is used, the user will fall asleep and the move will be stopped before it hits (unless Uproar, Insomnia, or Vital Spirit prevents the user from falling asleep). In addition, a foe who has just used Lock-On or Mind Reader can still strike through Shadow Force, as well as if the Ability No Guard is possessed by the foe or the user of Shadow Force.

Wild Pokémon cannot be caught during the semi-invulnerable stage of Shadow Force.

If a Power Herb is held by the user, Shadow Force can be executed in one turn.

Generation VI

If the target has used Minimize, Shadow Force now deals double its regular damage and bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly.

If Shadow Force hits a target that is protected by protection move that affects its whole side of the field, it removes the protection move from that entire side of the field (even if the protection move does not affect Shadow Force, such as Wide Guard), regardless of whether the target is an opponent or an ally. If Shadow Force hits a Pokémon protected by a move with a negative effect (such as Spiky Shield), the user will not suffer the negative effect of the protection move.

Generation VII

Shadow Force no longer bypasses accuracy checks nor deals double its regular damage if the target has used Minimize.

Generation VIII

In Versions 1.0 to 1.2.1 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Shadow Force cannot be selected in a battle. Starting with Version 1.3.0, it is usable and functions the same as it did in the previous generation.

Shadow Force cannot bypass Max Guard nor lift its effects.

Description

Games Description
DPPtPBR The user disappears, then strikes the foe on the second turn. It hits even if the foe used Protect.
HGSS The user disappears, then strikes the foe on the second turn. It hits even if the foe protects itself.
BWB2W2 The user disappears, then strikes the target on the second turn. It hits even if the target protects itself.
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user disappears, then strikes the target on the next turn. This move hits even if the target protects itself.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
487   Giratina
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 40DPPt
46HGSS
46 46 46 77
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
493   Arceus
  Undiscovered Undiscovered Cinema Arceus
Michina Arceus
Toys "R" Us Arceus
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 Explorers of Time and Darkness and Sky, Shadow Force is a move with 50 base power, 100% accuracy, and 6 PP. This attack hits enemy in the front, hitting through Protect status condition and ending it early. This move's damage is doubled at the end of damage calculation. Being a two-turn move, this move cannot be linked.

Description

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Games Description
MDTDS Gives the user a Shadow Force status, which causes the Pokémon to charge power for 1 turn, then try a powerful attack on the next. An enemy's Protect status will not block the attack. You can't link this move.
BSL シャドーダイブじょうたいになり ちからをため つぎのこうどうで いりょくのたかい こうげきを くりだす まもりじょうたいを うちやぶり てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる このわざは ポケモンタワーでは くりだせない
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD You'll get the Shadow Force status condition, which lets you charge power to try a powerful attack on the next turn. It breaks through the enemies' Protect, Wide Guard, or Quick Guard to damage them.


In the anime

       
Head crest glows blue Disappears Reappears Altered Forme Giratina
The user disappears and reappears behind the opponent to strike.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Giratina The middle of Origin Forme Giratina's head crest glows light blue and Origin Forme Giratina's body turns black and disappears as soon as an attack is about to hit it. Seconds later, it reappears behind the opponent and attacks it.
Giratina (movie) Giratina and the Sky Warrior Debut
  Giratina The middle of Giratina's head crest glows light blue and Giratina's body turns black and disappears as soon as an attack is about to hit it. Seconds later, it reappears behind the opponent and attacks it.
Giratina (movie) Arceus and the Jewel of Life None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 暗影潛襲 Amyíng Chìhmjaahp *
Mandarin 暗影潛襲 / 暗影潜袭 Ànyǐng Qiánxí *
影子潛水 Yǐngzǐ Qiánshuǐ *
  Dutch Schaduwkracht
  French Revenant
  German Schemenkraft
  Greek Σκοτεινή Ισχύς
  Italian Oscurotuffo
  Korean 섀도다이브 Shadow Dive
  Norwegian Skyggekraft
  Portuguese Força Sombria
  Spanish Golpe Umbrío
  Vietnamese Bóng Đen Ẩn Mình



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