An Ability is a special trait possessed by a Pokémon that has a (usually beneficial) effect in battle. Each Pokémon can possess one Ability at a time; the Ability it possesses is normally determined by its species. While every species of Pokémon has at least one Ability listed, many species can have one of two. These Pokémon have an equal chance of knowing either Ability. Which of the two it knows is determined by the Pokémon's Personality Value, and thus cannot be switched.

Occasionally, a Pokémon's evolution will have different Abilities than its current stage. If the evolution has one Ability, then the Pokémon's Ability becomes that after evolution. If the Pokémon has one Ability and the evolution has two, then the Pokémon has an equal chance of knowing either Ability (as determined by its Personality Value) after evolution. If both the Pokémon and the evolution have two abilities, then it will know the evolution's first Ability if it knows its first Ability, and the evolution's second Ability if it knows its second.

While each Pokémon can only know one or two Abilities naturally, certain skilled trainers are capable of teaching a Pokémon an alternate Ability. These Abilities are retained even after the Pokémon evolves, and can be passed down by breeding.

List of abilitiesEdit

Each Ability listed here is linked to an article containing a list of Pokémon that can have that Ability. For those lists:

  • Pokémon listed under 'Single Ability' can only have that Ability naturally.
  • Pokémon listed under 'Dual Ability' can naturally have that Ability or another, based on the Pokémon's Personality Value.
  • Pokémon listed under 'Special Ability' do not know it naturally, but can be taught that Ability. An asterisk means the Ability must be taught to a prior evolution and then retained when the Pokémon evolves.
Name Description Single Dual Special
Aftermath Damages the attacker landing the finishing hit. ???MS ???MS ???MS
Analytic Strengthens moves when acting after the target. ???MS
Anticipation Senses the foe’s dangerous moves. ???MS
Arena Trap Prevents a grounded foe from fleeing. ???MS ???MS ???MS
Bad Dreams Gradually reduces a sleeping foe’s HP. ???MS ???MS
Battle Armor Protects against critical hits.
Blaze Powers up Fire-type moves in a pinch. Pyrant Thermant Fusilant
Chlorophyll Doubles the Pokémon’s Speed in sunshine. ???MS ???MS Cattail Cattail2
Clear Body Prevents the Pokémon’s stats from being lowered. ???MS
Critical Mass Raises Attack and Special Attack when at low health. ???MS ???MS ???MS
Compoundeyes Increases the Pokémon’s accuracy. ???MS ???MS ???MS Glimph Photorch Luminire
Decoy Copies the foe's appearance. Fotolo
Defiant Sharply raises Attack upon having any stat lowered. Eirie Falcyrie Falhalla
Download Boosts stat according to the foe’s lowest defensive stat. Fotolo
Early Bird Quickly awakens the Pokémon from sleep. ???MS
Flame Body Occasionally burns foes that make contact. Photorch
Flash Fire Powers up the user's Fire-type moves if hit by the same. ???MS ???MS
Gluttony Encourages the early use of a held Berry. Glimph
Guts Boosts Attack if there is a status problem. Urshido Pandurai
Harvest Restores any held Berry after each turn. ???MS
Heat Sink Draws in all Fire-type moves. Photorch
Heavy Metal Doubles the Pokémon's weight. ???MS
Hustle Boosts the Attack stat, but decreases Accuracy. Eirie ???MS
Hyper Cutter Prevents the Attack stat from being lowered. Sauraptor
Ice Body Gradually regains HP in a hailstorm. BrontoFossil BrontoFossil2
Illuminate Lowers the foe's Accuracy. Glimph Photorch Luminire
Infiltrator Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes. Nutriark3
Intimidate Lowers the foe’s Attack. ???MS ???MS
Iron Fist Increases power of punching moves. ???MS
Justified Raises Attack when hit by Dark-type moves. Falcyrie Falhalla
Leaf Guard Prevents persistent status in sunny weather.
Lightningrod Draws in all Electric-type moves. Luminire
Mold Breaker Ignores target's abilities when using Physical moves. Sauraptor Chrysalloy* Ferraptor
Motor Drive Raises Speed if hit by an Electric-type move. Speedah Velocelot
Moxie Raises Attack upon KOing a Pokémon. Ferraptor ???MS
Multiscale Halves damage taken from full HP. ???MS
Natural Cure Heals all status problems upon switching out. ???MS ???MS
No Guard Ensures the Pokémon and its foe’s attacks land. Falcyrie Falhalla
Oblivious Prevents the Pokémon from becoming infatuated. ???MS ???MS
Overcoat Protects against damage from weather. Pyrant Thermant Fusilant
Overgrow Powers up Grass-type moves in a pinch. Ursprout Urshido Pandurai
Pickpocket Steals attacking Pokémon's held item on contact. Squirrel2
Pickup Picks ups items during and after battle. Squirrel Squirrel2
Poison Touch Occasionally poisons a foe that was contacted. ???MS
Quick Feet Boosts Speed if there is a status problem. Eirie Falcyrie* Falhalla*
Rattled Raises Speed upon being hit by a Dark, Ghost, or Bug move. ???MS
Regenerator Heals some HP upon leaving battle. Cattail Cattail2
Rivalry Strengthens moves against the same gender, but weakens against the opposite.
Rock Head Increases power of punching moves. ???MS
Rough Skin Reduces the foe's HP on contact. Nutriark Nutriark2 Nutriark3
Run Away Enables sure getaway from other Pokémon. Squirrel Squirrel2
Sand Force Strengthens Rock, Ground, and Steel moves during a sandstorm. ???MS ???MS
Sand Rush Doubles Speed during a sandstorm. ???MS ???MS*
Sand Stream Summons a sandstorm in battle. ???MS
Serene Grace Doubles the likelihood of added effects appearing. ???MS
Shadow Tag Prevents the foe from escaping. ???MS ???MS
Shed Skin Heals status problems occasionally after a turn. Chrysalloy ???MS ???MS
Sheer Force Strengthens moves with extra effects, but prevents those effects. ???MS ???MS
Snow Cloak Increases evasion in a hailstorm. ???MS ???MS
Snow Warning Summons a hailstorm in battle. ???MS ???MS
Solar Power Boosts Sp. Atk and gradually reduces HP in sunshine. ???MS ???MS
Solid Rock Reduces damage from super-effective moves. BrontoFossil BrontoFossil2 ???MS
Speed Boost Boosts Speed after each turn. Speedah Velocelot
Static Occasionally paralyzes foes that make contact. Luminire Speedah Velocelot
Storm Drain Draws in all Water-type moves. Larva Mosquito
Sturdy Protects against 1-hit KO attacks. ???MS Chrysalloy Ferraptor
Swarm Powers up Bug-type moves in a pinch. Larva Mosquito
Swift Swim Doubles the Pokémon’s Speed in rain. Larva Mosquito
Synchronize Passes on a special condition to the foe. Cattail Cattail2
Technician Powers up the Pokémon’s weaker moves. Squirrel Squirrel2
Tendrils Gradually drains health from all Grass-type Pokémon. ???MS
Thick Fat Halves damage from Fire- and Ice-type moves. Ursprout Urshido Pandurai
Tinted Lens Doubles power of resisted moves. Larva Mosquito
Torrent Powers up Water-type moves in a pinch. Nutriark Nutriark2 Nutriark3
Trace Copies the foe’s Ability. ???MS
Truant Can only act every other turn. ???MS
Turboblaze Ignores target's abilities when using Fire-type moves. ???MS
Unaware Ignores the opponent's stat boosts. ???MS ???MS*
Unnerve Prevents opponents from eating held Berries. ???MS ???MS
Vital Spirit Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep. ???MS ???MS ???MS ???MS
Weak Armor Raises Speed and lowers Defense when hit by a Physical move. ???MS ???MS ???MS BrontoFossil BrontoFossil2
White Smoke Prevents the Pokémon’s stats from being lowered. Pyrant Thermant Fusilant

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