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. Effects that change a Pokémon's stats without affecting stat stages, such as burn and paralysis, are not affected by Contrary.

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they are applied; it does not passively cause all existing changes to reverse; therefore, if the Ability Contrary is no longer in effect or the stats are passed by Baton Pass, all existing stat stage changes remain the same. Stats passed by Baton Pass onto a Pokémon with Contrary are not reversed.

Stat stage increases caused by the Z-Power effects of status Z-Moves are not inverted by Contrary. However, the stat stage increases as a result of Extreme Evoboost are inverted.

Mist (including from Guard Spec.) and Flower Veil take into account Contrary's inversion before determining whether to block the stat change. For example, if a Pokémon with Contrary is targeted by String Shot while protected by Mist, it will gain Speed; if a Pokémon with Contrary is targeted by Swagger while protected by Mist, its Attack will not be changed.

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 VII 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 or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 唱反調 Cheungfáandiuh
Mandarin 唱反調 / 唱反调 Chàngfǎndiào
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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