Vital Spirit (Ability)

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Vital Spirit やるき
Willingness
Flavor text
Generation III
Prevents sleep.
Generation IV
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation V
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation VI
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation VII
The Pokémon is full of vitality, and that prevents it from falling asleep.

Vital Spirit (Japanese: やるき Willingness) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. It is one of three Abilities that prevent sleeping, the others being Insomnia and Sweet Veil.

Effect

In battle

Vital Spirit prevents the Pokémon from being afflicted by sleep and Yawn. Rest will fail when used by the Pokémon.

A Pokémon with this Ability will wake up if it is asleep in battle (such as if it gains the Ability outside of battle or by an effect like Skill Swap, or is put to sleep by a Pokémon with an Ability like Mold Breaker).

If a Pokémon with this Ability is drowsy due to Yawn, when it would fall asleep the Ability activates and keeps it awake.

Generation III

If a sleeping Pokémon with Vital Spirit is sent into battle as one of the lead Pokémon or to replace a fainted Pokémon, or gains Vital Spirit due to Trace, it will not be cured of sleep until after a Pokémon takes its turn (uses a move, switches out, etc.). It will be cured of sleep if it is switched in to replace a switched out Pokémon.

If a sleeping Pokémon has Vital Spirit as its original Ability but not its current Ability, it will remain asleep when switched out.

If the Pokémon with this Ability is asleep and is holding a Chesto or Lum Berry, Vital Spirit will cure the Pokémon of sleep before the Berry has a chance to be consumed.

Generation IV

When a sleeping Pokémon with Vital Spirit enters battle, it will be cured of sleep.

If a sleeping Pokémon has Vital Spirit as its original Ability but not its current Ability, if it is one of the active Pokémon at the end of the battle or switched out, it will be cured of sleep (with no message).

Generation V onward

If a sleeping Pokémon has Vital Spirit as its original Ability but not its current Ability, it will remain asleep when switched out.

If the Pokémon with this Ability is asleep and is holding a Chesto or Lum Berry, the Berry will be eaten and cure the Pokémon of sleep before Vital Spirit has a chance to activate.

Outside of battle

If a sleeping Pokémon gains Vital Spirit by evolution or the Ability Capsule, it will not wake up until sent into battle. Pokémon with Vital Spirit will not be put to sleep by the Gentleman's Kirlia in the Battle Pike nor the Battle Arcade's game board.

From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with Vital Spirit is in the first place in the party (even if fainted), the chance of encountering a higher-leveled wild Pokémon increases by 50%. It shares this effect with Hustle and Pressure.

In Generation V, Vital Spirit also prevented a Pokémon from visiting the Dream World before it was shut down.

Pokémon with Vital Spirit

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting Vital Spirit Anger Point Defiant
Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting Vital Spirit Anger Point Defiant
Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric Static None Vital Spirit
Magmar Magmar Fire Fire Flame Body None Vital Spirit
Delibird Delibird Ice Flying Vital Spirit Hustle Insomnia
Tyrogue Tyrogue Fighting Fighting Guts Steadfast Vital Spirit
Elekid Elekid Electric Electric Static None Vital Spirit
Magby Magby Fire Fire Flame Body None Vital Spirit
Vigoroth Vigoroth Normal Normal Vital Spirit None None
Electivire Electivire Electric Electric Motor Drive None Vital Spirit
Magmortar Magmortar Fire Fire Flame Body None Vital Spirit
Lillipup Lillipup Normal Normal Vital Spirit Pickup Run Away
Rockruff Rockruff Rock Rock Keen Eye Vital Spirit Steadfast
Lycanroc Lycanroc
Midnight Form
Rock Rock Keen Eye Vital Spirit No Guard
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 anime

None.png Marcel Vigoroth Vital Spirit.png None.png None.png
Vigoroth
The Pokémon cannot fall asleep, and nullifies moves that cause sleep.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth attacks and destroys moves that would cause it to fall asleep with its claws.
Marcel's Vigoroth The Garden of Eatin' Debut

Trivia

  • Vital Spirit is the only variation of Limber that has been seen in the anime so far.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 幹勁 Gongihng *
元氣 Yuánqì *
過動 Gwoduhng *
Mandarin 幹勁 / 干劲 Gànjìng *
元氣 Yùhnhei *
過動 Guòdòng *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Vitale kracht
Finland Flag.png Finnish Elohenki
France Flag.png French Esprit Vital
Germany Flag.png German Munterkeit
Italy Flag.png Italian Spiritovivo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 의기양양 Yigiyang'yang
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Espírito Vital
Russia Flag.png Russian Душевный Подъём Dushevnyy Podyom
Spain Flag.png Spanish Espíritu Vital*
Espír. Vital*


Variations of the Ability Limber
LimberObliviousInsomniaImmunityOwn TempoInner FocusMagma ArmorWater VeilVital Spirit


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