Libero (Ability)

Libero リベロ
Flavor text
Generation VIII
Changes the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's about to use.
Generation IX
Changes the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's about to use. This works only once each time the Pokémon enters battle.

Libero (Japanese: リベロ Libero) is an Ability introduced in Generation VIII. It is the signature Ability of Scorbunny's evolutionary line.


In battle

Generation VIII

Immediately before using any move (except Struggle), a Pokémon with Libero as its Ability will change its type to be the same type as the move it is using. Libero always causes the user to become a single-type Pokémon.

Because Libero activates prior to executing a move, the user will receive same-type attack bonus on every move it uses (except Struggle) regardless of the move's type and will always hit with the move Toxic.

When using a move that calls another move (such as Nature Power), the type of the called move will be considered. When using a move that can change type or if the move has been affected by Electrify, the type it changes to will be considered. When using a move that changes the user's type, such as Reflect Type, first Libero changes the user's type to the type of the move, then the move will either fail or change the user's type again. When using Curse (unless its type is changed by Electrify), if the user is not already Ghost-type prior to the activation of Libero, Libero will change the user to Ghost-type, then the user will use the Ghost-type effect of Curse on itself (regardless of Crafty Shield and Follow Me or Rage Powder).

Libero will not activate if the move fails (unless it fails due to the activation of Libero), if the execution is interrupted entirely (such as by the effect of infatuation or confusion), if the user is already the same single type as the move being used, or if the move is prevented by heavy rain or extremely harsh sunlight. Libero will activate even if the move misses, is blocked by a protection move, or fails to affect the opponent. Libero will still change the user's type when using Roar, Whirlwind, Trick-or-Treat, and Forest's Curse, regardless of whether the move successfully executes or not.

The user's new type remains in effect until changed again or until the user is switched out; negating or replacing the Ability does not change the user back to their original type.

Generation IX

Libero only activates once per switch in. If the user Terastallizes, the effects of Libero will be nullified.

Outside of battle

Libero has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Libero

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0813   Scorbunny
Fire Fire Blaze None Libero
0814   Raboot
Fire Fire Blaze None Libero
0815   Cinderace
Fire Fire Blaze None Libero
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.

In the anime

Reverting to normal
The Pokémon's type changes to the type of the move it's about to use.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  When Cinderace is about to use a move, its type changes to match the move's type and the tuft of hair on its head starts glowing in a color that represents said type. If Cinderace uses a move matching its original type, the tuft of hair will stop glowing.
Leon's Cinderace A Flood of Torrential Gains! Debut


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 自由者 Jihyàuhjé
Mandarin 自由者 Zìyóuzhě
  Czech Libero
  French Libéro
  German Libero
  Italian Libero
  Korean 리베로 Libero
  Polish Libero
  Portuguese Líbero
  Spanish Líbero

Variations of the Ability Protean

  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.