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Sheer Force

Description

When the wielder uses an attack with a secondary effect, the power of that attack is multiplied by 5325/4096 (about 130%) and the secondary effect is ignored. Recoil, user stat penalties, increased critical hit ratio, perfect accuracy, and variable-power attacks are primary effects and so moves with these effects are not boosted by Sheer Force. Moves with both a primary and secondary effect (such as Flare Blitz) will still gain the power increase, but the secondary ability is negated and the primary ability still takes place (in the case of Flare Blitz, the 10% burn rate is negated, but the user still takes recoil from increased power).

Sheer Force has a load of strange side-effects and interesting quirks. For example, Meloetta cannot transform with Relic Song if it has Sheer Force (via an ability-changing effect, such as Skill Swap). Sheer Force also negates the effects of items that occur after damage, such as Red Card or Eject Button on the defending Pokemon, and Shell Bell or Life Orb recoil on the attacking Pokemon, so long as the attack used has a secondary effect. It also negates the effects of the ability Color Change on the defending Pokemon, so long as the attack used has a secondary effect.

Competitive Use

The negation of Life Orb recoil has turned Sheer Force into a destructive ability. Boosting common moves such as Flamethrower, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Fire Blast, Crunch, Earth Power, Focus Blast, Sludge Wave, and Waterfall, Sheer Force can turn previously unimpressive Pokemon into powerhouse sweepers. Nidoking has a wide movepool and Rampardos has sky-high Attack, just to give some examples of what can use Sheer Force effectively.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Braviary Normal / Flying NU Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Defiant 100 123 75 57 75 80 510
Conkeldurr Fighting OU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 105 140 95 55 65 45 505
Darmanitan Fire UU Sheer Force / Zen Mode 105 140 55 30 55 95 480
Darmanitan-Z Fire / Psychic Limbo Sheer Force / Zen Mode 105 30 105 140 105 55 540
Druddigon Dragon RU Rough Skin / Sheer Force / Mold Breaker 77 120 90 60 90 48 485
Gurdurr Fighting NU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 85 105 85 40 50 40 405
Rufflet Normal / Flying LC Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Hustle 70 83 50 37 50 60 350
Timburr Fighting LC Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 75 80 55 25 35 35 305

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Bagon Dragon LC Rock Head / Sheer Force 45 75 60 40 30 50 300
Cranidos Rock LC Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 67 125 40 30 30 58 350
Feraligatr Water RU Torrent / Sheer Force 85 105 100 79 83 78 530
Hariyama Fighting RU Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 144 120 60 40 60 50 474
Kingler Water NU Hyper Cutter / Shell Armor / Sheer Force 55 130 115 50 50 75 475
Krabby Water LC Hyper Cutter / Shell Armor / Sheer Force 30 105 90 25 25 50 325
Landorus Ground / Flying Uber Sand Force / Sheer Force 89 125 90 115 80 101 600
Landorus-T Ground / Flying OU Intimidate / Sheer Force 89 145 90 105 80 91 600
Makuhita Fighting LC Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 72 60 30 20 30 25 237
Mawile Steel NU Hyper Cutter / Intimidate / Sheer Force 50 85 85 55 55 50 380
Nidoking Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 81 92 77 85 75 85 495
Nidoqueen Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 90 82 87 75 85 76 495
Rampardos Rock NU Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 97 165 60 65 50 58 495
Steelix Steel / Ground RU Rock Head / Sturdy / Sheer Force 75 85 200 55 65 30 510
Tauros Normal NU Intimidate / Anger Point / Sheer Force 75 100 95 40 70 110 490
Totodile Water LC Torrent / Sheer Force 50 65 64 44 48 43 314
Trapinch Ground LC Hyper Cutter / Arena Trap / Sheer Force 45 100 45 45 45 10 290