Skill Link (Ability)

Skill Link スキルリンク
Skill Link
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Generation IV
Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Generation V
Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Generation VI
Increases the number of times multi-strike moves hit.
Generation VII
Maximizes the number of times multi-strike moves hit.
Generation VIII
Maximizes the number of times multistrike moves hit.

Skill Link (Japanese: スキルリンク Skill Link) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Shellder and Cloyster.

Effect

In battle

Generation IV

Skill Link enables multi-strike moves that hit 2-5 times per use to always strike five times.

Generation V onward

Even if the Ability is lost in the middle of move (such as via Mummy), the user will still hit the maximum number of times on the turn in progress.

Skill Link now affects the moves Triple Kick and Triple Axel, that can hit up to three times. When used by Pokémon with this Ability, there will be one accuracy check for all strikes instead of individual checks for each strike.

Affected moves

The table below lists the moves affected by Skill Link, as well as the Pokémon that can have Skill Link and learn those moves.

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Max strikes Learned by
Arm Thrust  Fighting  Physical 15 100% 5  
Bullet Seed  Grass  Physical 25 100% 5      
Double Slap  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5     
Fury Attack  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5     
Fury Swipes  Normal  Physical 18 80% 5   
Icicle Spear  Ice  Physical 25 100% 5   
Pin Missile  Bug  Physical 25 95% 5   
Rock Blast  Rock  Physical 25 90% 5       
Spike Cannon  Normal  Physical 20 100% 5  
Tail Slap  Normal  Physical 25 85% 5     
Triple Axel  Ice  Physical 20 90% 3   

Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Skill Link. They may, however, be called via Metronome, Mirror Move, Copycat, or Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Skill Link by an Ability like Trace or Receiver or a move such as Skill Swap or Role Play.

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Max strikes
Barrage  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 {{{6}}}
Bone Rush  Ground  Physical 25 90% 5 {{{6}}}
Comet Punch  Normal  Physical 18 85% 5 {{{6}}}
Scale Shot  Dragon  Physical 25 90% 5 {{{6}}}
Triple Kick*  Fighting  Physical 10 90% 3 {{{6}}}
Water Shuriken*  Water  Special 15 100% 5 {{{6}}}

Outside of battle

Skill Link has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Skill Link

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Shellder Water Water Shell Armor Skill Link Overcoat
  Cloyster Water Ice Shell Armor Skill Link Overcoat
  Aipom Normal Normal Run Away Pickup Skill Link
  Heracross
Mega Heracross
Bug Fighting Skill Link None None
  Ambipom Normal Normal Technician Pickup Skill Link
  Minccino Normal Normal Cute Charm Technician Skill Link
  Cinccino Normal Normal Cute Charm Technician Skill Link
  Pikipek Normal Flying Keen Eye Skill Link Pickup
  Trumbeak Normal Flying Keen Eye Skill Link Pickup
  Toucannon Normal Flying Keen Eye Skill Link Sheer Force
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 Enables the Pokémon to always attempt the top number of hits with multistrike moves.
BSL れんぞくで こうげきする わざを さいごまで だせるようになる
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD When the Pokémon uses a multistrike move such as Pin Missile  or Fury Attack, the move always strikes the maximum times!
MDRTDX When the Pokémon uses a multistrike move, such as Pin Missile or Fury Attack, the move always strikes the maximum number of times.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 連續攻擊 Lìhnjuhk Gūnggīk
Mandarin 連續攻擊 / 连续攻击 Liánxù Gōngjí / Liánxù Gōngjī
  French Multi-Coups
  German Wertelink
  Italian Abillegame
  Korean 스킬링크 Skill Link
  Portuguese Liga Habilidade
  Russian Навык Связки Navyk Svyazki
  Spanish Encadenado



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