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Intimidate

Description

The wielder lowers the enemy's Attack stat one stage upon entering the battlefield. Affects adjacent opponents in multi battles. Intimidate will immediately activate whenever the ability is acquired, such as through Skill Swap or Role Play. When a Pokemon with this ability is first in the party, wild encounters have a lower chance of occurring.

Competitive Use

Intimidate is one of the best abilities in the game. It allows Pokemon such as Gyarados to switch in on normally threatening physical attackers and proceed to set up thanks to the buffer. The best effect of Intimidate is that it works immediately as the Pokemon switches in, and doesn't require the use of a turn. This makes it so that the user can bring a +1 Attack sweeping Pokemon back down to +0, and then react in the same turn. However, Intimidate is now less common in today's metagame due to the fact that most of the users have either fallen out of favor or have received better abilities. The metagame has also become more balanced in terms of attacking prowess from the physical and special side, meaning that there are less Pokemon significantly affected by Intimidate. Finally, the opponent can remove the effects of Intimidate by simply switching.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Arbok Poison NU Intimidate / Shed Skin / Unnerve 60 85 69 65 79 80 438
Arcanine Fire UU Intimidate / Flash Fire / Justified 90 110 80 100 80 95 555
Ekans Poison LC Intimidate / Shed Skin / Unnerve 35 60 44 40 54 55 288
Granbull Normal NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Rattled 90 120 75 60 60 45 450
Growlithe Fire LC Intimidate / Flash Fire / Justified 55 70 45 70 50 60 350
Gyarados Water / Flying OU Intimidate / Moxie 95 125 79 60 100 81 540
Hitmontop Fighting UU Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast 50 95 95 35 110 70 455
Krookodile Ground / Dark UU Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 95 117 70 65 70 92 509
Landorus-T Ground / Flying OU Intimidate / Sheer Force 89 145 90 105 80 91 600
Luxray Electric NU Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 80 120 79 95 79 70 523
Masquerain Bug / Flying NU Intimidate / Unnerve 70 60 62 80 82 60 414
Mawile Steel NU Hyper Cutter / Intimidate / Sheer Force 50 85 85 55 55 50 380
Mightyena Dark NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Moxie 70 90 70 60 60 70 420
Salamence Dragon / Flying OU Intimidate / Moxie 95 135 80 110 80 100 600
Sandile Ground / Dark LC Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 50 72 35 35 35 65 292
Shinx Electric LC Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 45 65 34 40 34 45 263
Snubbull Normal LC Intimidate / Run Away / Rattled 60 80 50 40 40 30 300
Stantler Normal NU Intimidate / Frisk / Sap Sipper 73 95 62 85 65 85 465
Staraptor Normal / Flying BL Intimidate / Reckless 85 120 70 50 50 100 475
Stoutland Normal NU Intimidate / Sand Rush / Scrappy 85 100 90 45 90 80 490
Tauros Normal NU Intimidate / Anger Point / Sheer Force 75 100 95 40 70 110 490

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Qwilfish Water / Poison RU Poison Point / Swift Swim / Intimidate 65 95 75 55 55 85 430
Scrafty Dark / Fighting UU Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 65 90 115 45 115 58 488
Scraggy Dark / Fighting LC Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 50 75 70 35 70 48 348