Motor Drive (Ability)

Motor Drive でんきエンジン
Electric Engine
Flavor text
Generation IV
Raises Speed if hit by an Electric-type move.
Generation V
Raises Speed if hit by an Electric-type move.
Generation VI
Boosts the Speed stat when it's hit by an Electric-type move.
Generation VII
Boosts its Speed stat if hit by an Electric-type move, instead of taking damage.
Generation VIII
Boosts its Speed stat if hit by an Electric-type move instead of taking damage.

Motor Drive (Japanese: でんきエンジン Electric Engine) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Electivire.

Effect

In battle

When a Pokémon with Motor Drive is hit by an Electric-type move, its Speed is increased by one stage, and the move will have no effect on that Pokémon.

Multi-strike moves that are turned into Electric-type moves, such as by being affected by Electrify or Galvanize, will only activate this Ability once. Motor Drive will not activate if the Pokémon is protected from the Electric-type move.

If a Pokémon with Motor Drive is holding a Cell Battery, Motor Drive absorbs the move so the Cell Battery's effect is not triggered.

Outside of battle

Motor Drive has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Motor Drive

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Electivire Electric Electric Motor Drive None Vital Spirit
  Blitzle Electric Electric Lightning Rod Motor Drive Sap Sipper
  Zebstrika Electric Electric Lightning Rod Motor Drive Sap Sipper
  Emolga Electric Flying Static None Motor Drive
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.

Pokéstar Studios opponents with Motor Drive

 
Transport
 Steel 
Motor Drive
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
100 100 100 100 100 100

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Lets Pokémon avoid damage of Electric-type attacks, then boosts its Movement Speed.
BSL でんきタイプの わざをうけると ダメージがなく いどうそくどが あがる
Conq. Raises Speed if hit by an Electric-type move.
MDGtI Electric-type moves increase Travel Speed instead of damaging the Pokémon.*
Electric-type moves not work on the Pokémon, they will raise its Travel Speed!*
SMD Electric-type moves don't work on the Pokémon, and they cause the Pokémon's Travel Speed to go up!
MDRTDX The Pokémon absorbs Electric-type moves to raise its Travel Speed.

In the anime

       
Volkner's Electivire Paul's Electivire
The Pokémon absorbs Electric attacks to increase its speed.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Electivire Electivire can absorb Electric-type attacks that are sent at it. When it does, yellow sparks of electricity surround its body, and it spins its arms rapidly, giving it a golden aura. Electivire's speed then increases. However, the Ability can become overcharged by a sufficiently strong Electric move, thereby damaging Electivire.
Volkner's Electivire The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World! Debut
Paul's Electivire Battling a Thaw in Relations! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 電氣引擎 Dihnhei Yáhnkìhng
Mandarin 電氣引擎 / 电气引擎 Diànqì Yǐnqíng
  Dutch Starthulp
  Finnish Moottoriveto
  French Motorisé
  German Starthilfe
  Indonesian Mesin Listrik
  Italian Elettrorapid
  Korean 전기엔진 Jeongi Engine
  Polish Motoprędkość
Portuguese   Brazil Impulso Motor (Pokémon Journeys: The Series-present, TCG, manga)
Motor Elétrico (Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl)
  Portugal Eletromotor
Spanish   Latin America Motor Fuerte
  Spain Electromotor
  Vietnamese Động Cơ Điện



Stat raising Abilities
JustifiedLightning RodMotor DriveRattledSap SipperStorm Drain
Abilities that alter damage taken
Dry SkinFlash FireSap SipperLightning RodMotor DriveStorm DrainVolt AbsorbWater Absorb


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