Simple (Ability)

Simple たんじゅん
Simple
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Generation IV
The Pokémon is prone to wild stat changes.
Generation V
The Pokémon is prone to wild stat changes.
Generation VI
The Pokémon is prone to wild stat changes.
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Simple (Japanese: たんじゅん Simple) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Five Pokémon can have this Ability, all of which are in the Field Egg Group.

Effect

In battle

Generation IV

Simple doubles the effectiveness of stat modifiers. For example, if Defense Curl is used, the screen will display that the user's Defense has increased by one stage and the game will store the user's Defense stage as +1, but the effect of that +1 stage will be equal to the effect of two regular stages and the user's Defense will be doubled during damage calculation. Similarly, if Tail Whip is used on this Pokémon, its Defense stat will fall one stage, but the effect will be treated as two.

The effect of stat modifiers cannot exceed their usual cap. For example, a Pokémon with Simple that has obtained +3 Defense will have quadrupled their Defense stat in damage calculation (the usual effect of +6 Defense); they can still continue to use a move like Defense Curl up to three more times to boost their Defense stage to +6, but these three additional stages will have no additional effect during damage calculation. The same applies to -3 Defense.

Because the stage numbers in-game have not changed, a Pokémon that uses Psych Up on a target with Simple only copies the stored (not doubled) stat stages. If a Pokémon uses Baton Pass to switch to a target with Simple, the target's passed stat stages will essentially gain double effect; if a Pokémon with Simple uses Baton Pass to a target without Simple, the target will not obtain any doubled stages. Similarly, if a Pokémon boosts its stats and then acquires Simple through a move like Skill Swap, its pre-existing effective stat changes will be doubled (barring caps) until it loses Simple.

Generation V

Simple now directly doubles the number of stages that a stat is increased when the move, Ability or item is used. For example, if Defense Curl is used, the screen will display that the user's Defense has increased by two stages ("sharply rose") and the game will store the user's Defense stage as +2, doubling the user's Defense as expected. Similarly, Tail Whip targeting a Pokémon with Simple will cause its Defense to directly drop by two stages.

As a result, moves like Defense Curl can only be used up to three times before they will fail (as the user's Defense stage will be the maximum of +6). If Psych Up is used on a target with Simple, the doubled stages will be copied. Using Baton Pass to a recipient with Simple will not cause the recipient to receive stat stages of double effect; if a Simple Pokémon uses Baton Pass itself, it will transfer the doubled stat stages. Similarly, if a Pokémon boosts its stats and then receives Simple through a move like Skill Swap, its pre-existing stat changes will not be doubled and nothing further will happen if it loses Simple.

The move Simple Beam can change the target Pokémon's Ability to Simple.

Outside of battle

Simple has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Simple

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Numel Numel Fire Ground Oblivious Simple Own Tempo
Bidoof Bidoof Normal Normal Simple Unaware Moody
Bibarel Bibarel Normal Water Simple Unaware Moody
Woobat Woobat Psychic Flying Unaware Klutz Simple
Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying Unaware Klutz Simple
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 單純 Dānchún
France Flag.png French Simple
Germany Flag.png German Wankelmut
Italy Flag.png Italian Disinvoltura
South Korea Flag.png Korean 단순 Dansun
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Simplificar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Simple


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