Shield Dust (Ability)

Shield Dust りんぷん
Scales
Flavor text
Generation III
Prevents added effects.
Generation IV
Blocks the added effects of attacks taken.
Generation V
Blocks the added effects of attacks taken.
Generation VI
Blocks the additional effects of attacks taken.
Generation VII
This Pokémon's dust blocks the additional effects of attacks taken.
Generation VIII
This Pokémon's dust blocks the additional effects of attacks taken.

Shield Dust (Japanese: りんぷん Scales) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.

Effect

In battle

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Pokémon with Shield Dust are unaffected by the additional effects of damaging moves, including additional effects provided by Poison Touch, Stench, or King's Rock.

For example, a Pokémon with Shield Dust cannot be frozen by Blizzard or made to flinch by Fake Out.

Shield Dust has no effect on status moves, such as Thunder Wave or Leech Seed, or on moves that force the target to switch out, such as Dragon Tail.

Certain "beneficial" effects may be unaffected by Shield Dust; for example, a Pokemon with Shield Dust hit by False Swipe will be prevented from fainting as usual, but being hit by Sparkling Aria will not cure its burn.

Unlike Sheer Force, Shield Dust does not remove additional effects applied to the move's user, such as stat increases or HP draining.

Outside of battle

Shield Dust has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Shield Dust

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Caterpie Bug Bug Shield Dust None Run Away
  Weedle Bug Poison Shield Dust None Run Away
  Venomoth Bug Poison Shield Dust Tinted Lens Wonder Skin
  Wurmple Bug Bug Shield Dust None Run Away
  Dustox Bug Poison Shield Dust None Compound Eyes
  Scatterbug Bug Bug Shield Dust Compound Eyes Friend Guard
  Vivillon Bug Flying Shield Dust Compound Eyes Friend Guard
  Cutiefly Bug Fairy Honey Gather Shield Dust Sweet Veil
  Ribombee Bug Fairy Honey Gather Shield Dust Sweet Veil
  Snom Ice Bug Shield Dust None Ice Scales
  Frosmoth Ice Bug Shield Dust None Ice Scales
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 Blocks the added effects of moves.
MDTDS Blocks the added effects from any moves that hit the Pokémon.
BSL わざの ついかこうかを うけない
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD It blocks additional effects when the Pokémon is hit by an attacking move!
MDRTDX This Ability blocks additional effects when the Pokémon is hit by an attacking move.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

  • Shield Dust effectively prevents the Pokémon from being frozen in battle by any Pokémon (except those with Mold Breaker or one of its variants), as the Freeze status ailment is always caused as a secondary effect of an opponent's move, and the status cannot be passed to another Pokémon via Baton Pass or Synchronize.
    • Similarly, Shield Dust prevents the Pokémon from flinching as it is always caused as a secondary effect of an opponent's move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鱗粉 Lèuhnfán
Mandarin 鱗粉 / 鳞粉 Línfěn
  French Écran Poudre
  German Puderabwehr
  Italian Polvoscudo
  Korean 인분 Inbun
  Portuguese Escudo de Pó
  Russian Пылевой Щит Pylevoy Shchit
  Spanish Polvo Escudo
  Vietnamese Lớp Vảy Bụi



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