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