Gamer Guides logo

Pokémon: Sword & Shield
Strategy Guide

First Published: 15-11-2019 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 28-01-2020 / 15:53 GMT
Version: 0.1 (????) 29-01-2020 / 17:45 GMT

Pokémon: Sword & Shield Guide

yesterday · Guide Information · Version History

Pokémon Battles

Status Conditions

Being burned will drastically weaken your Pokémon's physical moves.

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

Name Symptom Cure(s)
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 Cure-All

In addition to the aforementioned items, you can also use Lum Berries, Pewter Crunchies, Full Heals and Full Restores to cure your Pokémon’s status condition.

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".


Some Pokémon are immune to certain status conditions. Fire-type Pokemon cannot be burned, Electric-types cannot be paralysed, Ice-types cannot be frozen, while Poison and Steel-types cannot be poisoned. Certain Pokémon Abilities can also confer or nullify immunities.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    28 January 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author

Share this free guide:

Get a Gamer Guides Premium account:

Discord logo

Remove this ad
Subscribe to Premium