Defiant (Japanese: まけんき Competitive Spirit) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.
When a stat of a Pokémon with this Ability is lowered by an opponent, its Attack is increased by two stages. Defiant will not activate if the Pokémon with this Ability lowers its own stats (such as with Close Combat) or if its stats are lowered by an ally.
If multiple stats are lowered (such as by Memento or Venom Drench), Defiant activates for each stat lowered.
Defiant activates before a held White Herb. If the Pokémon no longer has any negative stat stages after Defiant is applied, the White Herb will not have the chance to activate.
Outside of battle
Defiant has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Defiant
- In the Pokémon Legends: Arceus's internal code, Hisuian Braviary's Hidden Ability is Defiant instead of Tinted Lens.
In other games
In the manga
- This Ability can trigger a harmless text glitch when activated in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.
- This Ability originated as a TCG Poké-BODY.
In other languages
|Variations of the Ability Defiant|
|Defiant • Competitive|
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