Sheer Force (Ability)
Sheer Force raises the base power of all damaging moves that have any additional effects by 30%, but their additional effects are ignored.
Reducing the target's stats, increasing the user's stats, inflicting a status condition on the target (volatile or otherwise, but excluding bound), and causing the target to flinch are all considered additional effects, so damaging moves that have a chance (up to and including a 100% chance) to cause these effects will have their power increased, in exchange for ignoring whatever chance they had to cause these effects. Furthermore, Anchor Shot, Eerie Spell, Genesis Supernova, Secret Power, Sparkling Aria, and Spirit Shackle are explicitly considered to have added effects that can be removed by Sheer Force. However, Thousand Waves, whose effect is otherwise identical to Anchor Shot and Spirit Shackle, is not.
Sheer Force does not consider recoil or decreasing the user's own stats to be additional effects. Properties of moves—such as having a high critical-hit ratio, being unable to miss, having variable power or powering up, or having a charging turn, among others—are not considered additional effects. Moves that have one of these properties in addition to an additional effect will be powered up and only the additional effect will be negated. For example, Flare Blitz inflicts recoil damage to the user, but also has an additional effect to burn; if the user has Sheer Force, Flare Blitz's damage will be boosted by 30% and the user will take recoil damage, but it cannot burn the target. Effects of Fling caused by holding specific items are not considered additional effects for the purposes of Sheer Force.
If (and only if) a move is boosted by the effect of Sheer Force, several effects that normally happen after attacking will be skipped. This includes the effects of Eject Button, Red Card, Shell Bell, Kee Berry, and Maranga Berry; the recoil damage from Life Orb; the Abilities Color Change, Pickpocket, Wimp Out, Emergency Exit, and Berserk; as well as Meloetta's opportunity to switch forms if it acquires Sheer Force and uses Relic Song. Other effects are not negated this way; therefore, if a Pokémon with Sheer Force holding a Life Orb uses a move boosted by Sheer Force, it will gain the passive damage boost (because it isn't a secondary effect of the move nor is it on the list of skipped effects), but the Pokémon will not be damaged by the Life Orb.
Sheer Force does not affect Max Moves, neither powering them up nor removing their secondary effects.
The table below lists the moves affected by Sheer Force, as well as the Pokémon that can have Sheer Force and learn those moves.
Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Sheer Force. They may, however, be called via Metronome, Mirror Move, Copycat, or Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Sheer Force by an Ability like Trace or Receiver or a move such as Skill Swap or Role Play.
Outside of battle
Sheer Force does not have an effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Sheer Force
|#||Pokémon||Types||First Ability||Second Ability||Hidden Ability|
|Nidoqueen||Poison||Ground||Poison Point||Rivalry||Sheer Force|
|Nidoking||Poison||Ground||Poison Point||Rivalry||Sheer Force|
|Krabby||Water||Hyper Cutter||Shell Armor||Sheer Force|
|Kingler||Water||Hyper Cutter||Shell Armor||Sheer Force|
|Tauros||Normal||Intimidate||Anger Point||Sheer Force|
|Steelix||Steel||Ground||Rock Head||Sturdy||Sheer Force|
|Makuhita||Fighting||Thick Fat||Guts||Sheer Force|
|Hariyama||Fighting||Thick Fat||Guts||Sheer Force|
|Mawile||Steel||Fairy||Hyper Cutter||Intimidate||Sheer Force|
|Trapinch||Ground||Hyper Cutter||Arena Trap||Sheer Force|
|Bagon||Dragon||Rock Head||None||Sheer Force|
|Cranidos||Rock||Mold Breaker||None||Sheer Force|
|Rampardos||Rock||Mold Breaker||None||Sheer Force|
|Timburr||Fighting||Guts||Sheer Force||Iron Fist|
|Gurdurr||Fighting||Guts||Sheer Force||Iron Fist|
|Conkeldurr||Fighting||Guts||Sheer Force||Iron Fist|
|Fire||Sheer Force||None||Zen Mode|
|Druddigon||Dragon||Rough Skin||Sheer Force||Mold Breaker|
|Rufflet||Normal||Flying||Keen Eye||Sheer Force||Hustle|
|Braviary||Normal||Flying||Keen Eye||Sheer Force||Defiant|
|Psychic||Flying||Keen Eye||Sheer Force||Defiant|
|Ground||Flying||Sand Force||None||Sheer Force|
|Toucannon||Normal||Flying||Keen Eye||Skill Link||Sheer Force|
|Cufant||Steel||Sheer Force||None||Heavy Metal|
|Copperajah||Steel||Sheer Force||None||Heavy Metal|
|Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII games.
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