Defiant (Ability)

Defiant まけんき
Competitive Spirit
Flavor text
Generation V
When its stats are lowered its Attack increases.
Generation VI
Boosts the Pokémon's Attack stat when its stats are lowered.
Generation VII
Boosts the Pokémon's Attack stat sharply when its stats are lowered.
Generation VIII
Boosts the Pokémon's Attack stat sharply when its stats are lowered.

Defiant (Japanese: まけんき Competitive Spirit) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.

Effect

In battle

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

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Mankey Fighting Fighting Vital Spirit Anger Point Defiant
  Primeape Fighting Fighting Vital Spirit Anger Point Defiant
  Farfetch'd Normal Flying Keen Eye Inner Focus Defiant
  Zapdos
Galarian Form
Fighting Flying Defiant None None
  Piplup Water Water Torrent None Defiant
  Prinplup Water Water Torrent None Defiant
  Empoleon Water Steel Torrent None Defiant
  Purugly Normal Normal Thick Fat Own Tempo Defiant
  Pawniard Dark Steel Defiant Inner Focus Pressure
  Bisharp Dark Steel Defiant Inner Focus Pressure
  Braviary Normal Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Defiant
  Braviary
Hisuian Form
Psychic Flying Keen Eye Sheer Force Defiant
  Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
Flying Flying Prankster None Defiant
  Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying Prankster None Defiant
  Passimian Fighting Fighting Receiver None Defiant
  Obstagoon Dark Normal Reckless Guts Defiant
  Falinks Fighting Fighting Battle Armor None Defiant
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDGtI When the Pokémon's stats are lowered, its Attack goes up.*
When the Pokémon's stats are lowered, its Attack goes way up!*
SMD When the Pokémon's stats are lowered, the Pokémon's Attack goes up sharply!


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 不服輸 Bāt-Fuhksyū
Mandarin 不服輸 / 不服输 Bù-Fúshū
  French Acharné
  German Siegeswille
  Italian Agonismo
  Korean 오기 Ogi
  Portuguese Desafiar
  Spanish Competitivo
  Vietnamese Hiên Ngang



Variations of the Ability Defiant
DefiantCompetitive


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