Mold Breaker (Ability)

Mold Breaker かたやぶり
Mold-Breaking
Flavor text
Generation IV
Moves can be used regardless of abilities.
Generation V
Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Generation VI
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.
Generation VII
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.
Generation VIII
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.

Mold Breaker (Japanese: かたやぶり Mold-Breaking) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV.

Effect

In battle

When a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses a move, the effects of all ignorable Abilities (i.e. Abilities that could potentially negatively affect the success, damage, or effects of a move if possessed by the target of a move or its allies) are ignored for the execution of that move. For example, a Pokémon with Mold Breaker that uses Earthquake can hit opponents that have Levitate.

Mold Breaker ignores all ignorable Abilities, not only the targets'—including the user's allies'. For example, if a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses Spore on a Pokémon whose ally has Sweet Veil, the target will still fall asleep. Likewise, if a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses Thunderbolt targeting an opponent while its own ally has Lightning Rod, it will still use the move on its original target.

The Abilities are only ignored while the move is being executed. They take effect again immediately after its execution.

  • Abilities that prevent status conditions (such as Immunity and Oblivious) will not protect the Pokémon from receiving the status condition. However, many of these Abilities also have effects to cure the Pokémon of the status condition if afflicted, which will activate immediately after being inflicted with the status condition, even if it was inflicted by a Pokémon with Mold Breaker.
  • If a Pokémon with Own Tempo consumes a held Berry that may cause confusion in response to the move of a Pokémon with Mold Breaker, it will become confused if it dislikes the flavor. However, Own Tempo will then activate and cure it of confusion.

In Generation IV, when a Pokémon with Mold Breaker is brought out, the message "<name> has Mold Breaker!" is displayed. From Generation V onward, when a Pokémon with Mold Breaker is brought out, the message "<name> breaks the mold!" is displayed.

Generation IV

Flower Gift will increase the Attack of allies with Mold Breaker, even when they are attacking the ally with Flower Gift.

Generation V onward

If a Pokémon with Mold Breaker forces a Pokémon to switch in by using a move that switches the target out (such as Roar or Dragon Tail), ignorable Abilities are ignored when applying entry hazards. For example, a Pokémon with Levitate switched in this way will be affected by Spikes and Toxic Spikes (unless it is also ungrounded for other reasons); if a Poison-type Pokémon with Levitate is switched in this way, it will remove Toxic Spikes from its side of the field (unless it is also ungrounded for other reasons).

If a Pokémon with Mold Breaker attacks, it does not gain Attack due to an ally's Flower Gift.

Abilities affected

Mold Breaker ignores the following Abilities, even in situations where the target's Ability could increase the power of a move if it weren't ignored (such as using Low Kick on a Pokémon with Heavy Metal or using a Fire-type move on a Pokémon with Dry Skin):

Generation Ability
Generation IV onwards Battle Armor, Clear Body, Damp, Dry Skin, Filter, Flash Fire, Flower Gift, Heatproof, Hyper Cutter, Immunity, Inner Focus, Insomnia, Keen Eye, Leaf Guard, Levitate, Lightning Rod, Limber, Magma Armor, Marvel Scale, Motor Drive, Oblivious, Own Tempo, Sand Veil, Shell Armor, Shield Dust, Simple, Snow Cloak, Solid Rock, Soundproof, Sticky Hold, Storm Drain, Sturdy, Suction Cups, Tangled Feet, Thick Fat, Unaware, Vital Spirit, Volt Absorb, Water Absorb, Water Veil, White Smoke, Wonder Guard
Generation V onwards Big Pecks, Contrary, Friend Guard, Heavy Metal, Light Metal, Magic Bounce, Multiscale, Sap Sipper, Telepathy, Wonder Skin
Generation VI onwards Aroma Veil, Bulletproof, Flower Veil, Fur Coat, Overcoat, Sweet Veil
Generation VII onwards Dazzling, Disguise, Fluffy, Queenly Majesty, Water Bubble
Generation VIII Mirror Armor, Punk Rock, Ice Scales, Ice Face, Pastel Veil


Mold Breaker does not ignore the effects of Aura Break, Magic Guard, Comatose, Shields Down, Full Metal Body, Shadow Shield, and Prism Armor.

Outside of battle

Mold Breaker has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Mold Breaker

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Pinsir Bug Bug Hyper Cutter Mold Breaker Moxie
  Gyarados
Mega Gyarados
Water Dark Mold Breaker None None
  Ampharos
Mega Ampharos
Electric Dragon Mold Breaker None None
  Cranidos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
  Rampardos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
  Drilbur Ground Ground Sand Rush Sand Force Mold Breaker
  Excadrill Ground Steel Sand Rush Sand Force Mold Breaker
  Throh Fighting Fighting Guts Inner Focus Mold Breaker
  Sawk Fighting Fighting Sturdy Inner Focus Mold Breaker
  Basculin
Red-Striped Form
Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
  Basculin
Blue-Striped Form
Water Water Rock Head Adaptability Mold Breaker
  Axew Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
  Fraxure Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
  Haxorus Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
  Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
  Pancham Fighting Fighting Iron Fist Mold Breaker Scrappy
  Pangoro Fighting Dark Iron Fist Mold Breaker Scrappy
  Hawlucha Fighting Flying Limber Unburden Mold Breaker
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
MDTDS Prevents the foe's ability from activating when the Pokémon attacks.
BSL こうげきしたときに あいての とくせいのこうかを うけない
MDGtI Damage dealt by the Pokémon's moves or items is not influenced by the target's Ability.*
The Pokémon's moves are not influenced by the target's Ability! For example, it could make a Pokémon with Sturdy faint in one hit!*
SMD The Pokémon's moves are not influenced by the target's Ability! For example, it could make a Pokémon with the Sturdy Ability faint in one hit!
MDRTDX The Pokémon can deal damage and inflict status conditions on targets regardless of their Abilities. For example, this Pokémon can make a Pokémon with the Sturdy Ability faints in one hit!


In the anime

       
Cranidos Rampardos
The Pokémon cancels out the opponent's Ability when it activates.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Cranidos When the opponent's Ability activates, Cranidos cancels it out.
Roark's Cranidos Shapes of Things to Come! Debut
  Rampardos When the opponent's Ability activates, Rampardos cancels it out.
Roark's Rampardos O'er the Rampardos we Watched! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 破格 Pogaak *
革新 Gaaksān *
Mandarin 破格 Pògé *
革新 Géxīn *
  Dutch Schimmelbreker
  French Brise Moule
  German Überbrückung
  Italian Rompiforma
  Korean 틀깨기 Teulkkaegi
  Polish Niszczyciel
Portuguese   Brazil Quebra-Molde
Destruidor de Molde (manga)
  Portugal Quebra-Molde
  Spanish Rompemoldes
  Vietnamese Phá Vỡ Khuôn Mẫu



Variations of the Ability Mold Breaker
Mold BreakerTurboblazeTeravolt


  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.