Sheer Force (Ability)

Sheer Force ちからずく
Sheer Force
Flavor text
Generation V
Removes added effects to increase move damage.
Generation VI
Removes additional effects to increase move damage.
Generation VII
Removes additional effects to increase the power of moves when attacking.
Generation VIII
Removes additional effects to increase the power of moves when attacking.

Sheer Force (Japanese: ちからずく Sheer Force) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.

Effect

In battle

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.

Affected moves

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 Water Hyper Cutter Shell Armor Sheer Force
  Kingler Water Water Hyper Cutter Shell Armor Sheer Force
  Tauros Normal Normal Intimidate Anger Point Sheer Force
  Totodile Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
  Croconaw Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
  Feraligatr Water Water Torrent None Sheer Force
  Steelix Steel Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sheer Force
  Makuhita Fighting Fighting Thick Fat Guts Sheer Force
  Hariyama Fighting Fighting Thick Fat Guts Sheer Force
  Mawile Steel Fairy Hyper Cutter Intimidate Sheer Force
  Camerupt
Mega Camerupt
Fire Ground Sheer Force None None
  Trapinch Ground Ground Hyper Cutter Arena Trap Sheer Force
  Bagon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Sheer Force
  Cranidos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
  Rampardos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
  Timburr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
  Gurdurr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
  Conkeldurr Fighting Fighting Guts Sheer Force Iron Fist
  Darmanitan
Standard Mode
Fire Fire Sheer Force None Zen Mode
  Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
  Rufflet Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Hustle
  Braviary Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Defiant
  Landorus
Incarnate Forme
Ground Flying Sand Force None Sheer Force
  Toucannon Normal Flying Keen Eye Skill Link Sheer Force
  Cufant Steel Steel Sheer Force None Heavy Metal
  Copperajah Steel Steel Sheer Force None Heavy Metal
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 other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Sheer Force raises the power of all damaging moves that have any additional effects by 20%SMD, but their additional effects are ignored.

Description

Games Description
MDGtI The Pokémon's moves are more powerful, but the additional effects are lost.*
The power of the Pokémon's moves goes up, but additional effects are lost! That means Crush Claw won't lower the target's Defense anymore, but the move will deal more damage.*
SMD The power of the Pokémon's moves goes up, but additional effects are lost! That means Crush Claw won't lower the target's Defense anymore, but the move will deal more damage.
MDRTDX The power of the Pokémon's moves goes up, but additional effects are lost. For example, Crush Claw won't lower the target's Defense anymore, but the move will deal more damage.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

  • When this Ability was first revealed in CoroCoro Comic, it was named ちからづく (Invigorate) in Japanese. In the games, it is named ちからずく (Sheer Force) in Japanese. Both have the same pronunciation, but different spelling.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 強行 Kèuhnghàahng *
用力 Yuhnglihk *
Mandarin 強行 / 强行 Qiángxíng *
用力 Yònglì *
  French Sans Limite
  German Rohe Gewalt
  Italian Forzabruta
  Korean 우격다짐 Ugyeokdajim
  Portuguese Força Absoluta
  Spanish Potencia Bruta*
Pot. Bruta*
  Vietnamese Toàn Lực



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