Intimidate(JP) is a Pokémon ability introduced in the third generation.


When the ability holder enters the battle, it lowers the Attack stat of adjacent opponents by one stage. Intimidate has no effect on Pokémon with Clear Body, Hyper Cutter, White Smoke or Full Metal Body or those with a substitute, Starting in generation four, it also activates when the Pokémon gains the Ability like through Skill Swap or Power of Alchemy.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Wild Pokémon are more likely to call for help when facing a Pokémon with Intimidate. Pressure and Unnerve also have this effect.

If a Pokémon holding an Adrenaline Orb is affected by Intimidate, the item will be consumed and increase the holder's Speed by one stage.

As of generation eight, Intimidate no longer affect Pokémon with the abilities, Inner Focus, Oblivious, Scrappy and Own Tempo. It also activates the effects of Rattled.

Outside of Battle

If the ability holder is first in the party, there is a 50% chance that a Pokémon that which would be encountered won't if their level is 5 levels or more higher than the encountered. It shares this effect with Keen Eye.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In the Mystery Dungeon series, Pokémon attacking a Pokémon with this Ability with a physical attack will have a 20% attack penalty.

Pokémon with the Ability

Ekans Arbok Growlithe Arcanine Tauros
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Gyarados Snubbull Granbull Stantler Hitmontop
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Mightyena Masquerain Mawile Mega Manectric Salamence
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Staravia Staraptor Shinx Luxio Luxray
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Herdier Stoutland Sandile Krokorok Krookodile Therian Landorus
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As a Hidden Ability

Qwilfish Scraggy Scrafty Litten Torracat Incineroar
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