Bulletproof (Ability)

Bulletproof ぼうだん
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Generation VI
Protects the Pokémon from some ball and bomb moves.
Generation VII
Protects the Pokémon from some ball and bomb moves.
Generation VIII
Protects the Pokémon from some ball and bomb moves.
Generation IX
Protects the Pokémon from ball and bomb moves.

Bulletproof (Japanese: ぼうだん Bulletproof) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Generation VII, it was the signature Ability of Chespin's evolutionary line.


In battle

Pokémon with Bulletproof are not affected by ball and bomb moves. This even prevents being healed by an ally's Pollen Puff.

Affected moves

Move Type Cat. VI VII VIII IX
Acid Spray  Poison  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Aura Sphere  Fighting  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Barrage  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Beak Blast  Flying  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Bullet Seed  Grass  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Egg Bomb  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Electro Ball  Electric  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Energy Ball  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Focus Blast  Fighting  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Gyro Ball  Steel  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Ice Ball  Ice  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Magnet Bomb  Steel  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mist Ball  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mud Bomb  Ground  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Octazooka  Water  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Pollen Puff  Bug  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Pyro Ball  Fire  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Rock Blast  Rock  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Rock Wrecker  Rock  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Searing Shot  Fire  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Seed Bomb  Grass  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Syrup Bomb  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Shadow Ball  Ghost  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Sludge Bomb  Poison  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Weather Ball  Normal  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Zap Cannon  Electric  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Outside of battle

Bulletproof has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Bulletproof

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0650   Chespin
Grass Grass Overgrow None Bulletproof
0651   Quilladin
Grass Grass Overgrow None Bulletproof
0652   Chesnaught
Grass Fighting Overgrow None Bulletproof
0782   Jangmo-o
Dragon Dragon Bulletproof Soundproof Overcoat
0783   Hakamo-o
Dragon Fighting Bulletproof Soundproof Overcoat
0784   Kommo-o
Dragon Fighting Bulletproof Soundproof Overcoat
0831   Wooloo
Normal Normal Fluffy Run Away Bulletproof
0832   Dubwool
Normal Normal Fluffy Steadfast Bulletproof
0840   Applin
Grass Dragon Ripen Gluttony Bulletproof
0901   Ursaluna
Ground Normal Guts Bulletproof Unnerve
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.


  • Due to their English names differing from their Japanese names, the English names of several ball and bomb moves obscure why they are categorized as such.
    • Acid Spray is known as アシッドボム Acid Bomb in Japanese.
    • Aura Sphere is known as はどうだん Wave Bomb in Japanese.
    • Barrage is known as たまなげ Ball Throw in Japanese.
    • Beak Blast is known as くちばしキャノン Beak Cannon in Japanese.
    • Focus Blast is known as きあいだま Fighting Spirit Bullet in Japanese.
    • Octazooka is known as オクタンほう Okutank Cannon in Japanese.
    • Pollen Puff is known as かふんだんご Pollen Ball in Japanese.
    • Rock Wrecker is known as がんせきほう Rock Cannon in Japanese.
    • Searing Shot is known as かえんだん Flame Bomb in Japanese.
  • Despite some moves affected by this Ability having "cannon" in both their English and Japanese names, Spike Cannon, Flash Cannon, Hydro Cannon, Fleur Cannon, Dynamax Cannon, and Armor Cannon are unaffected by it.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 防彈 Fòhngdáan
Mandarin 防彈 / 防弹 Fángdàn
  French Pare-Balles
  German Kugelsicher
  Italian Antiproiettile
  Korean 방탄 Bangtan
  Brazilian Portuguese Blindado
  Russian Бронежилет Bronezhilet
  Spanish Antibalas
  Vietnamese Chống Đạn
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