Raises the holder's Special Defense by 50%, but also prevents the holder from selecting any status move except Me First.
The Assault Vest only prevents the Pokémon from choosing status moves, not from using them. If a Pokémon has selected a status move to use, but obtains an Assault Vest before executing the move, the move can still be executed successfully. A Pokémon holding an Assault Vest can still use status moves via Instruct or Dancer.
If the holder can only use status moves (due to Encore, Torment, knowing no non-status moves that have PP, etc.), it is forced to use Struggle. Unlike Choice items, such as the Choice Band, the Assault Vest is not temporarily negated by Dynamax or Gigantamax.
|An item to be held by a Pokémon. This offensive vest raises Sp. Def but prevents the use of status moves.