| Effect Spore
| Generation V
| Contact may poison or cause paralysis or sleep.
Effect Spore (Japanese: ほうし Spore) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability, all of them Grass types.
Generations III to V
When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is a 30% chance that the attacking Pokémon will be become paralyzed, asleep or poisoned.
Effect Spore has a 9% chance of inducing poison, 10% chance of inducing paralysis, and 11% chance of inducing sleep.
If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact, each hit has an independent chance to activate this Ability.
Grass-type Pokémon, Pokémon with Overcoat, and Pokémon holding the Safety Goggles are now immune to Effect Spore.
Outside of battle
Effect Spore has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Effect Spore
- Of the four Abilities that may inflict a non-volatile status condition upon contact, Effect Spore is the only one that has not yet been activated in the Pokémon anime.
- All of the Pokémon with Effect Spore as a non-Hidden Ability have the species name "Mushroom Pokémon".
- Effect Spore is the only Ability that can cause sleep.
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