Intimidate(JP) is a Pokémon ability introduced in the third generation. It causes the opposing Pokémon's attack to be lowered at the start of the battle.


When a Pokémon with Intimidate 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 IV, 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 do this.

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.

Outside of battle, if a Pokémon with this ability 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.

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

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 Intimidate

As a Hidden Ability

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