Effect Spore (Ability)

Effect Spore ほうし
Spore
Flavor text
Generation III
Leaves spores on contact.
Generation IV
Contact may paralyze, poison, or cause sleep.
Generation V
Contact may poison or cause paralysis or sleep.
Generation VI
Contact may poison or cause paralysis or sleep.
Generation VII
Contact with the Pokémon may inflict poison, sleep, or paralysis on its attacker.
Generation VIII
Contact with the Pokémon may inflict poison, sleep, or paralysis on its attacker.

Effect Spore (Japanese: ほうし Spore) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.

Effect

In battle

Generation III

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is a 10% chance that the attacking Pokémon will become either poisoned, paralyzed, or asleep, with a 3.3% probability each.

If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact (such as Fury Swipes), each hit has an independent chance to activate this Ability.

If a Pokémon is immune to some of the status conditions, then the chance of inflicting each of the remaining conditions is constant, so the total chance of successfully inflicting a condition decreases.

Generation IV

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is a 30% chance that the attacking Pokémon will become either poisoned, paralyzed, or asleep, with a 10% probability each.[1]

Generation V

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is a 9% chance of poison, 10% chance of paralysis, and 11% chance of sleep.[2]

Generation VI onward

Grass-type Pokémon, Pokémon with Overcoat, and Pokémon holding Safety Goggles are now immune to Effect Spore.

Outside of battle

Effect Spore has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Effect Spore

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Vileplume Grass Poison Chlorophyll None Effect Spore
  Paras Bug Grass Effect Spore Dry Skin Damp
  Parasect Bug Grass Effect Spore Dry Skin Damp
  Shroomish Grass Grass Effect Spore Poison Heal Quick Feet
  Breloom Grass Fighting Effect Spore Poison Heal Technician
  Foongus Grass Poison Effect Spore None Regenerator
  Amoonguss Grass Poison Effect Spore None Regenerator
  Morelull Grass Fairy Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
  Shiinotic Grass Fairy Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
  Gossifleur Grass Grass Cotton Down Regenerator Effect Spore
  Eldegoss Grass Grass Cotton Down Regenerator Effect Spore
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
MDRB Attackers are poisoned, paralyzed, or put to sleep.
MDTD Poisons, paralyzes, or puts to sleep any attacker who lands a direct-contact attack.
MDS Poisons, paralyzes, or causes sleep in attackers who land direct-contact attacks.
BSL こうげきしてきた ポケモンを どく まひ すいみん じょうたいの どれかにする
MDGtI May inflict a bad status condition on the attacker who hits it with a direct attack.*
When the Pokémon is hit with a direct attack like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is sometimes afflicted with the Poisoned, Paralysis, or Sleep status condition!*
SMD When the Pokémon is hit with a contact move like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is sometimes afflicted with the poisoned, paralysis, or sleep status condition!
MDRTDX When the Pokémon is hit with a contact move, like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is sometimes afflicted with the Poisoned, Paralysis, or Sleep status condition.

In the anime

Effect Spore played a major role in The Power of Us. Team Rocket attempted to raid Fula City's Pokémon Research Pavilion, but only got away with a solution of Effect Spore made by Toren. They later dropped it on accident, which released a toxic gas that in turn triggered a devastating fire. Both disasters endangered Fula City, but Ash and the citizens worked together to successfully combat both.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

  • Of the four Abilities that may inflict a non-volatile status condition upon contact, Effect Spore is the only one that has not yet been activated in the Pokémon anime.
  • Effect Spore is the only Ability that can cause sleep.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 孢子 Bāaují
Mandarin 孢子 Bāozǐ
  Finnish Itiövaikutus
  French Pose Spore
  German Sporenwirt
  Hebrew נבגי השפעה Nivagei Hashpa'ha
  Italian Spargispora
  Korean 포자 Poja
  Polish Efekt Pyłu
Portuguese   Brazil Esporo de Efeito (M21-present, TCG)
Efeito Esporo
  Portugal Efeito Esporo
  Russian Эффект Споры Effekt Spory
  Spanish Efecto Espora*
Efec. Espora*
  Vietnamese Bào Tử



Variations of the Ability Cute Charm
Cute CharmEffect SporeFlame BodyPoison PointStatic

References


  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.