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I’m looking for a verb with the rough meaning of softening someone’s guard, leaving them more open to attack. However, it should be a verb that means to make a target soften their guard.

It’s for the name of game ability, in a cycle with similar abilities (all with one-word names).

Ideally it would be the opposite of “intimidate”, but more elegant than “unintimidate”.


For nerd context, it’s a Pokémon Ability that lowers foes’ Defense, instead of their Attack like Intimidate. So ideally it would be a verb that the user performs, instead of one that the target does.

The Ability is for Pokémon that look weak, cute, or otherwise nonthreatening, so that their opponent doesn’t take the fight as seriously, making them less wary.

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    Relax is a word you could use but it's kind of just part of that meaning. – user353675 Sep 12 '19 at 23:29
  • Disarm, regroup, lick your wounds, retrench, reduce forces, take a laundry day, lower shields. – aparente001 Sep 12 '19 at 23:37
  • What exactly does this guard mean: like a shield or an ability to dodge? – Boondoggle Sep 13 '19 at 1:57
  • @Boondoggle: I would say their wariness and alertness; it goes on Pokémon that look so unassuming or nonthreatening that the foe relaxes a bit – Tigt Sep 13 '19 at 1:59
  • Who’s point if view do you want to express? The title does not match the text. The title asks about letting one’s guard down, The text seems to ask about making another let their guard down. If it is the latter, what is wrong with soften? – Damila Sep 13 '19 at 3:32
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To lull

to give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/lull

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  • i like it.. to lull someone into a false sense of security .. – dolphin_of_france Sep 13 '19 at 15:01
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beguile definition at dictionary.com

  • to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude
  • to charm or divert
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I read this as:
- One Pokemon uses Tail Whip, lowers enemy's defense stat
- Looking for a name for the ailment/debuff on the enemy

Similar to how one Pokemon could use Thunderwave, to "Stun" an enemy, which inflicts a "Stunned" debuff

In most RPGs this kind of debuff (a stat debuff) generally doesn't have a name, but I think if you really want one, you could try "Exposed (weakness)". It best paints the image of weakened guard for me

Bulbasaur used Leer, it Exposed the Charmander!

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How about relax?

It’s listed in Merriam Webster’s definition for let one's guard down:

to relax and stop being careful and alert

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