Sheer Force (ability)

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Effect

Sheer Force increases the power of moves that have beneficial secondary effects by 30%, but removes those additional effects.

Beneficial effects are defined as those that are positive for the user, such as:

  • Causing a status condition on the opponent (e.g. Thunderbolt)
  • Reducing the opponent's stats (e.g. Crunch)
  • Increasing the user's stats (e.g. AncientPower)

Non-beneficial effects, that Sheer Force will not activate for, include:

If the user is holding a Life Orb and uses an attack that activates Sheer Force, it will not receive the 10% damage from Life Orb, but it gets boosts from both Life Orb and Sheer Force (total of 69% base power increase).

Example

Flamethrower normally has a 10% chance to burn the opponent. With Sheer Force, Flamethrower's base power is boosted from 95 to 124, but it will never cause a burn.

Note that if a move has an advantageous and disadvantageous side-effect, Sheer Force still boosts the move but only the advantageous effect is removed. For example, Flare Blitz may cause a burn but also has recoil damage. A Pokemon with Sheer Force using the move would gain the power increase and still receive recoil damage, but it would never cause a burn.

Moves affected

Here are the 131 moves that increase in power under Sheer Force, listed alphabetically:

  • Acid
  • Acid Spray
  • Air Slash
  • AncientPower
  • Astonish
  • Aurora Beam
  • Bite
  • Blaze Kick
  • Blizzard
  • Blue Flare
  • Body Slam
  • Bolt Strike
  • Bone Club
  • Bounce
  • Bubble
  • BubbleBeam
  • Bug Buzz
  • Bulldoze
  • Charge Beam
  • Chatter
  • Confusion
  • Constrict
  • Cross Poison
  • Crunch
  • Crush Claw
  • Dark Pulse
  • Discharge
  • Dizzy Punch
  • Dragon Rush
  • DragonBreath
  • DynamicPunch
  • Earth Power
  • Electroweb
  • Ember
  • Energy Ball
  • Extrasensory
  • Fake Out
  • Fiery Dance
  • Fire Blast
  • Fire Fang
  • Fire Punch
  • Flame Charge
  • Flame Wheel
  • Flamethrower
  • Flare Blitz
  • Flash Cannon
  • Focus Blast
  • Force Palm
  • Freeze Shock
  • Glaciate
  • Gunk Shot
  • Headbutt
  • Heart Stamp
  • Heat Wave
  • Hurricane
  • Hyper Fang
  • Ice Beam
  • Ice Burn
  • Ice Fang
  • Ice Punch
  • Icicle Crash
  • Icy Wind
  • Inferno
  • Iron Head
  • Iron Tail
  • Lava Plume
  • Leaf Tornado
  • Lick
  • Low Sweep
  • Luster Purge
  • Metal Claw
  • Meteor Mash
  • Mirror Shot
  • Mist Ball
  • Moonblast
  • Mud Bomb
  • Mud Shot
  • Mud-Slap
  • Muddy Water
  • Needle Arm
  • Night Daze
  • Octazooka
  • Ominous Wind
  • Play Rough
  • Poison Fang
  • Poison Jab
  • Poison Sting
  • Poison Tail
  • Powder Snow
  • Psybeam
  • Psychic
  • Razor Shell
  • Relic Song
  • Rock Climb
  • Rock Slide
  • Rock Smash
  • Rock Tomb
  • Rolling Kick
  • Sacred Fire
  • Scald
  • Searing Shot
  • Secret Power
  • Seed Flare
  • Shadow Ball
  • Signal Beam
  • Silver Wind
  • Sky Attack
  • Sludge
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Sludge Wave
  • Smog
  • Snarl
  • Snore
  • Spark
  • Steamroller
  • Steel Wing
  • Stomp
  • Struggle Bug
  • Thunder
  • Thunder Fang
  • Thunderbolt
  • ThunderPunch
  • ThunderShock
  • Tri Attack
  • Twineedle
  • Twister
  • Volt Tackle
  • Water Pulse
  • Waterfall
  • Zap Cannon
  • Zen Headbutt

Game descriptions

Black/White
Black 2/White 2
Removes added effects to increase move damage.
X/Y Removes additional effects to increase move damage.