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Like will it listen or will it do stuff like “take a nap”?

When Pokémon don't listen to you it's because you're not far enough in your game (traded Pokémon listen to depending on how far you are in your game). Game Freak didn't want new players to peacefully use powerful Pokémon from their friends who finished the game, so these powerful Pokémon get programmed to use random moves, not do anything, or fall asleep, only when they're traded to weak trainers. If you have finished the main story all Pokémon will listen to you. Also, I could go and test this for you, when I have time. I'm pretty sure it won't listen to you without completing the main story, but that's only if it's at a high level, if it's at a low level, it will listen to you because it's like your other Pokémon, until it isn't.
Frustration works like any other move when your Pokémon exceeds the "obedience cap". It makes a slight difference if you're just over the cap or well beyond, but there are set probabilities for using the move, doing nothing, falling asleep, and hurting itself in confusion, depending on the generation.

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An outsider Pokémon will often not obey the player's commands if its level is too high and the player does not have the appropriate Badge, Stamp, or number of Badges.


If you are traded a Pokemon, it will disobey you if it is too high a level for where are you in the game. For example, if you don’t have any gym badges, a Level 20 Pokemon won’t always obey you, and will only occasionaly attack.

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