Contrary (Ability)

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Contrary あまのじゃく
Devil's Advocate
Flavor text
Generation V
Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.
Generation VI
Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.
Generation VII
Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.

Contrary (Japanese: あまのじゃく Devil's Advocate) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.

Effect

In battle

This Ability inverts all changes to the stat stages of a Pokémon with this Ability; if an effect would lower a stat, it is increased instead, and if an effect would increase a stat, it is decreased instead.

This also applies to self-inflicted changes, such as Curse and Leaf Storm. This Ability only inverts the changes when they are applied; it does not passively cause all existing changes to reverse; therefore, if the Ability Contrary is no longer in effect or the stats are Baton Passed, all existing stat stage changes remain the same. Stats Baton Passed onto a Pokémon with Contrary are not reversed.

If a Pokémon with Contrary uses Belly Drum, its Attack will be lowered to -6 stages (although the message will still say that the user maximized its Attack); if the user's Attack is already at -6 stages, Belly Drum will still deduct HP. Even if the user has Contrary, Belly Drum fails if the user's Attack is already at +6.

If a move used by a Pokémon with Mold Breaker, Teravolt, or Turboblaze would change a stat stage of a Pokémon with Contrary, the change will not be inverted.

Outside of battle

Contrary has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Contrary

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock Sturdy Gluttony Contrary
Spinda Spinda Normal Normal Own Tempo Tangled Feet Contrary
Snivy Snivy Grass Grass Overgrow None Contrary
Servine Servine Grass Grass Overgrow None Contrary
Serperior Serperior Grass Grass Overgrow None Contrary
Inkay Inkay Dark Psychic Suction Cups Contrary Infiltrator
Malamar Malamar Dark Psychic Suction Cups Contrary Infiltrator
Fomantis Fomantis Grass Grass Leaf Guard None Contrary
Lurantis Lurantis Grass Grass Leaf Guard None Contrary
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Contestation
Germany Flag.png German Umkehrung
Italy Flag.png Italian Inversione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 심술꾸러기 Simsul Kkureogi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Contrário
Spain Flag.png Spanish Respondón


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