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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
Currently unknown

Effect Spore (Japanese: ほうし Spore) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. All Pokémon that have this Ability are Grass types.

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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.

Generations IV and V

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is now a 30% chance that the attacking Pokémon will become poisoned, paralyzed or asleep: there is a 9% chance of poison, 10% chance of paralysis, and 11% chance of sleep.[1]

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 Vileplume Grass Poison Chlorophyll None Effect Spore
Paras Paras Bug Grass Effect Spore Dry Skin Damp
Parasect Parasect Bug Grass Effect Spore Dry Skin Damp
Shroomish Shroomish Grass Grass Effect Spore Poison Heal Quick Feet
Breloom Breloom Grass Fighting Effect Spore Poison Heal Technician
Foongus Foongus Grass Poison Effect Spore None Regenerator
Amoonguss Amoonguss Grass Poison Effect Spore None Regenerator
Morelull Morelull Grass Fairy Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
Shiinotic Shiinotic Grass Fairy Illuminate Effect Spore Rain Dish
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII 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.

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!

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

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

  • Whitley's Foongy is revealed to have Effect Spore as his Ability.

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
Finland Flag.png Finnish Itiövaikutus
France Flag.png French Pose Spore
Germany Flag.png German Sporenwirt
Italy Flag.png Italian Spargispora
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포자 Poja
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Esporo de Efeito (TCG)
Efeito Esporo
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Efeito Esporo
Russia Flag.png Russian Эффект Споры Effekt Spory
Spain Flag.png Spanish Efecto Espora*
Efec. Espora*


Variations of the Ability Cute Charm
Cute CharmEffect SporeFlame BodyPoison PointStatic

References


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