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:

Recoil damage (e.g. Double-Edge)

Lowering the user's stats (e.g. Superpower)

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).


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. If it is holding a Life Orb, the damage will be increased from 95 to approx. 161, without the damage dealt to the user.

There are only 9 Pokémon that have this ability, one of which is Mega Evolved.

Pokémon with this Ability

Pokemon Type
555MSDarmanitan Fire
323MMSMega Camerupt FireGround
128MSTauros Normal
034MSNidoking PoisonGround
031MSNidoqueen PoisonGround
303MSMawile SteelFairy
158MSTotodile Water
159MSCroconaw Water
160MSFeraligatr Water