- This article is about temporary Ability changes in battles. For the item that switches between a Pokémon's possible Abilities, see Ability Capsule.
Ability change is a mechanic available in Pokémon battles.
Some moves and Abilities cause a Pokémon's Ability to be temporarily changed in battle. The original Ability is still displayed in the Pokémon's summary. All Ability changes are undone when the Pokémon is switched out, faints, or the battle ends.
Generations III and IV
Forecast can only be copied by Trace (Generation III only), Role Play, Skill Swap, and Transform. Multitype can only be copied with Transform.
A Pokémon that transforms into Castform or Arceus can change forms with Forecast or Multitype, respectively.
Generation V onwards
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It is possible to copy Abilities from one Pokémon to another by using some moves (Doodle, Entrainment, Role Play, and Skill Swap) and Abilities (Power of Alchemy, Receiver, and Trace). Transforming into another Pokémon (via Transform or Imposter) copies its Ability as well.
Power of Alchemy, Receiver, and Trace cannot be copied by moves and Abilities, except by transforming into a Pokémon with this Ability.
Some Abilities cannot be gained or lost in battle, except by transforming into the correct Pokémon species that can use that Ability: As One, Battle Bond, Comatose, Commander, Disguise, Gulp Missile, Hadron Engine, Hunger Switch, Ice Face, Imposter, Multitype, Orichalcum Pulse, Power Construct, Protosynthesis, Quark Drive, RKS System, Schooling, Shields Down, Stance Change, Wonder Guard, Zen Mode, or Zero to Hero.
A transformed Pokémon is unable to change forms by using Abilities. For instance, a Pokémon that transforms into Aegislash will be unable to change forms with Stance Change.
Lingering Aroma and Mummy spread to other Pokémon, causing them to have the same Ability. They do not spread to Pokémon that already have either of these Abilities. If a Pokémon with Rock Head uses a contact move on a Pokémon with Lingering Aroma or Mummy, the user will be able to take recoil damage from this move.
- See also: Category:Ability-changing moves
- See also: Category:Ability-changing Abilities
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