Pokémon can be afflicted by a variety of status conditions during battle. Generally, status conditions are caused by another Pokémon’s moves, whether as a primary or secondary effect. For example, the move Nuzzle causes paralysis in addition to damage.
As you might expect, status conditions negatively affect the Pokémon and can potentially cripple their performance. However, just like they can be caused, status conditions can be cured. This can be done by using certain items or by paying a visit to a friendly Pokémon Centre.
Common Status Conditions
|Burn||The Pokémon suffers residual damage each turn. In addition, their Attack stat is greatly reduced.||Burn Heal, Rawst Berry|
|Confuse||The Pokémon may damage itself instead. Cures naturally after a number of turns.||Persim Berry, Switch out|
|Freeze||The Pokémon cannot act. Cures naturally after a number of turns.||Ice Heal, Aspear Berry|
|Paralyse||The Pokémon occasionally cannot act. In addition, their Speed stat is reduced.||Paraylse Heal, Cheri Berry|
|Poison||The Pokémon suffers residual damage each turn. This damage increases exponentially if caused by Toxic.||Antidote, Pecha Berry|
|Sleep||The Pokémon cannot act. Cures naturally after a number of turns.||Awakening, Chesto Berry|
A Pokémon can only be afflicted by one status condition at a given time. Except for confusion, status conditions persist after battle, so it’s worth your time to cure them when a safe opportunity arises. On the other hand, your opponents during the story rarely have the means to cure their Pokémon, so don’t hesitate to give them a little “present”.