Assault Vest

The Assault Vest (Japanese: とつげきチョッキ Assault Vest) is a type of held item introduced in Generation VI.

Assault Vest
Assault Vest
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Assault Vest
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation VI
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Power 80

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A $500
SV $50,000 $12,500


Raises the holder's Special Defense by 50%, but also prevents the holder from selecting any status moves except Me First.

The Assault Vest only prevents the Pokémon from choosing status moves, not from using them; a Pokémon holding an Assault Vest can still be made to use status moves via Instruct or Dancer. If a Pokémon has selected a status move to use but obtains an Assault Vest before executing the move, such as by Trick, the move can still be executed successfully for that turn.

If the holder can only select status moves (due to Encore, Torment, knowing no non-status moves that have PP, etc.), it is forced to use Struggle. Dynamax does not negate the effects of this item, so it prevents the use of Max Guard.


Games Description
An item to be held by a Pokémon. This offensive vest raises Sp. Def but prevents the use of status moves.
SV An item to be held by a Pokémon. This offensive vest boosts the holder's Sp. Def stat but prevents the use of status moves.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
XYORAS Battle Maison (48 BP)
SMUSUM Battle Tree (48 BP)
SwSh Lake of Outrage Battle Tower (25 BP)
SwShIA Cram-o-matic (Steel: 82-90 points)
SwShCT Giant's Bed
SV Porto Marinada Delibird Presents (Mesagoza Branch, after completing the main storyline)


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SV Summer training support sets Japan July 22 to September 30, 2023
As a held item
Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
OR Shigeki Morimoto's Malamar PAL August 5, 2015 to January 22, 2016
ORAS Hyadain's Landorus Japanese May 24 to June 30, 2016
Helen Volcanion PAL October 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017
Helen Volcanion American October 9, 2016 to January 31, 2017
SV Marco Silva's Iron Hands All April 5 to 8, 2024



Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

In the spin-off games

Assault Vest in Pokémon UNITE

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, the Assault Vest is a held item that grants the user shield against Sp. Attack damage after leaving combat and increases their HP and Sp. Defense. After 5s out of combat, the user receives a shield equal to 9/12/15% of max HP, at grades 1, 10, and 20 respectively; this effect does not apply if the user has an existing Assault Vest shield. HP and Sp. Defense is increased by 18 and 0 at Grade 1, and by 270 and 51 at Grade 30.

In the TCG

Assault Vest
Main article: Assault Vest (BREAKthrough 133)

Assault Vest was introduced as an Pokémon Tool card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the Japanese XY BREAK Era. It was first released in the Japanese Red Flash expansion before debuting in English in the BREAKthrough expansion. When this Pokémon Tool card is attached to a Pokémon, any damage done to that Pokémon by attacks from an opponent's Pokémon that have any Special Energy attached to them is reduced by 40 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 突擊背心 Dahtgīk Buisām
Mandarin 突擊背心 / 突击背心 Tújí Bèixīn / Tújī Bèixīn
  French Veste de Combat
  German Offensivweste
  Italian Corpetto assalto
  Korean 돌격조끼 Dolgyeok Jokki
  Brazilian Portuguese Colete de Ataque
  Russian Штурмовой Жилет Shturmovoy Zhilet
  Spanish Chaleco Asalto

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