Terrain

This article is about the field effects caused by moves and Abilities. For the battle background mechanic, see Environment.

Terrain (Japanese: フィールド field) is a type of field effect in the Pokémon games that affects Pokémon on the ground. The mechanic was introduced in Generation VI. In battle, there is often no initial terrain, but it can be changed by Pokémon's moves and Abilities. Only one type of terrain may be present at a time, with any new terrain put in place overwriting the previous terrain.

In the core series games

Effects

Once activated, a terrain affects all Pokémon on the ground, and it normally lasts for 5 turns regardless of how it is created, but if the Pokémon who activated it held a Terrain Extender when the terrain was put into effect, it lasts 8 turns. Terrain that occurs naturally (e.g. Misty Terrain due to fog) lasts until it is replaced or removed.

Pokémon that are in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move are considered to not be on the ground for the purposes of terrain.

Natural objects disappear and cannot be destroyed while terrain is in effect.

Terrain Image Description Details
Electric Terrain   For five turns, Pokémon on the ground won't fall asleep. The power of Electric-type moves is boosted.

Increases the power of Electric-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground by 30% (50% prior to Generation VIII).
Prevents Pokémon on the ground from falling asleep and being afflicted by Yawn.

Grassy Terrain   For five turns, Pokémon on the ground will have a little HP restored at the end of each turn. The power of Grass-type moves is boosted.

Increases the power of Grass-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground by 30% (50% prior to Generation VIII).
Restores 1/16 HP to all Pokémon on the ground each turn.
Halves the power of Bulldoze, Earthquake, and Magnitude.

Misty Terrain   For five turns, Pokémon on the ground won't get any status conditions. Damage from Dragon-type moves is halved.

Halves the damage taken by Pokémon on the ground from Dragon-type moves.
Prevents Pokémon on the ground from being afflicted with non-volatile status conditions and (from Generation VII onward) confusion.

Psychic Terrain   For five turns, Pokémon on the ground won't be hit by priority moves. The power of Psychic-type moves is boosted.

Increases the power of Psychic-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground by 30% (50% prior to Generation VIII).
Prevents Pokémon on the ground from being hit by moves with increased priority.

Causing terrain

Each terrain has a corresponding move, Max Move, and Ability that will create it. A certain Z-Move and certain other Abilities may summon terrain as well.

Electric Terrain Grassy Terrain Misty Terrain Psychic Terrain
Terrain move Electric Terrain Grassy Terrain Misty Terrain Psychic Terrain
Z-Move /
Max Move
Max Lightning Max Overgrowth Max Starfall Genesis Supernova
Max Mindstorm
Ability Electric Surge
Hadron Engine
Grassy Surge
Seed Sower*
Misty Surge Psychic Surge

Moves that remove terrain

A terrain can be removed using any of the following moves.

Move Type Category Power Accuracy Notes
Defog Flying Status —% Generation VIII onwards only. Lowers the target's evasion one stage. Also removes the effects of fog, screen-creating moves, and entry hazards
G-Max Wind Rage Flying Varies —% Exclusive G-Max Move of Gigantamax Corviknight
Also removes the effects of screen-creating moves and entry hazards
Ice Spinner Ice Physical 80 100%
Splintered Stormshards Rock Physical 190 —% Exclusive Z-Move of Lycanroc
Steel Roller Steel Physical 130 100% Fails when there is no terrain

Moves affected by terrain

Some moves can have their effects changed depending on the terrain.

Move Type Category Power Accuracy Notes
Expanding Force Psychic Special 80 100% Power is increased and hits all opposing Pokémon if used on Psychic Terrain
Floral Healing Fairy Status 100% Restores up to ⅔ of the target's maximum HP if used on Grassy Terrain
Grassy Glide Grass Physical 55 100% Increased priority if used on Grassy Terrain
Misty Explosion Fairy Special 100 100% Base power is increased by 50% if used on Misty Terrain
Psyblade Psychic Physical 80 100% Base power is increased by 50% if used on Electric Terrain
Rising Voltage Electric Special 70 100% Power doubles when the target is on Electric Terrain
Terrain Pulse Normal Special 50 100% Power doubles and changes type depending on the terrain

Environment-based moves

Terrain causes moves that vary with environment to ignore the current location and determine their effect based on the terrain, regardless of whether the move's user is on the ground.

Electric Terrain Grassy Terrain Misty Terrain Psychic Terrain
Nature Power Thunderbolt Energy Ball Moonblast Psychic
Secret Power May cause paralysis
(Thunder Shock animation)
May cause sleep
(Vine Whip animation)
May lower Special Attack one stage
(Fairy Wind animation)
May lower Speed one stage
(Confusion animation)
Camouflage Electric Grass Fairy Psychic

Abilities affected by terrain

Certain Abilities are activated under certain terrains.

Name Effect Generation
introduced
Grass Pelt While Grassy Terrain is active, the Defense of the Pokémon with this Ability is increased by 50%. VI
Hadron Engine Turns the ground into Electric Terrain when the Pokémon enters a battle. The futuristic engine within the Pokémon also boosts its Sp. Atk stat on Electric Terrain. IX
Mimicry Changes the Pokémon's type depending on the terrain. VIII
Quark Drive Boosts the Pokémon's most proficient stat on Electric Terrain or if the Pokémon is holding Booster Energy. IX
Surge Surfer While Electric Terrain is active, doubles the Speed of Pokémon with this Ability. VII

Items that interact with terrain

If a Pokémon is holding one of these four held items when the appropriate terrain is created, or switches in while the appropriate terrain is in effect, the item will be consumed and boost one of the holder's stats by one stage. The item will activate regardless of whether or not the Pokémon is grounded.

Electric Terrain Grassy Terrain Misty Terrain Psychic Terrain
 
Electric Seed
 
Grassy Seed
 
Misty Seed
 
Psychic Seed
boosts Defense boosts Special Defense

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

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Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Terrain (Masters)

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 場地 Chèuhngdeih *
Mandarin 場地 / 场地 Chǎngdì *
  Dutch Veld
  French Champ
  German Feld
  Italian Campo
  Korean 필드 Field
Portuguese   Brazil Terreno
  Portugal Campo
  Russian Поле Pole
  Spanish Campo


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