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When Abilities were introduced in [[Generation III]], some Pokémon only had one possible Ability. A number of these species were given a second Ability in a later generation. If a Pokémon whose species gained an Ability after Generation III is transferred to Generations IV or {{gen|V}}, it will initially retain its original Ability; upon evolving, however, its Ability slot will be recalculated and its Ability may change. When a Pokémon is transferred to Generation VI or [[Generation VII]], however, it will be locked into the appropriate slot for its current Ability.
Aside from in-battle effects, some Abilities also have effects {{cat|Abilities with field effects|outside of battle}}. In battle, a Pokémon's Ability can be affected by certain Abilities or moves, such as {{cat|Ability-changing Abilities}}, {{cat|moves that affect Abilities}}, {{cat|Abilities that ignore other Abilities}}, and {{cat|moves that ignore the target's Ability}}.
==={{anchor|Hidden Ability|Hidden Abilities}}===
* In Generation VII, Pokémon that appear as the tenth or later Pokémon in an [[SOS Battle]] have a chance of having their Hidden Ability, which increases as the chain lengthens.
* All Pokémon transferred from the [[Virtual Console]] releases of the [[Generation I]] or [[Generation II]] games via [[Poké Transporter]] have their Hidden Ability.
* In {{g|Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon}}, some {{pkmn2|Totem}}-like Pokémon have their Hidden Ability. This is to ensure the Totem Pokémon in question has only one possible Ability upon being received.
** Totem-like {{p|Gumshoos}}, {{alo|Marowak}}, and {{p|Ribombee}} in Ultra Sun.
** Totem-like {{alo|Raticate}}, {{p|Togedemaru}}, and {{p|Kommo-o}} in Ultra Moon.
Starting in {{2v2|Black|White}}, female Pokémon with [[Ability#Hidden Abilities|Hidden Abilities]] have a 60% chance of passing on the Hidden Ability to their offspring when bred with a male Pokémon from the same [[Egg Group]]. In Generation VI, this was extended so that male and genderless Pokémon with a Hidden Ability can also pass it down if they are bred with Ditto. The chance of the offspring having either non-Hidden Ability is 20% each.
Starting in {{2v2|Black|White|2}}, there is an 80% chance that the offspring's Ability slot ofis the femalesame willas beits passedmother's toif the babymother whenwas bred with a male Pokémon from the same Egg Group. Starting in Generation VI, this chance is generically applied to any non-Ditto parent.
==List of Abilities==
==In the anime==
[[File:ClemontHarrison ChespinKecleon OvergrowColor Change.png|thumb|250px|[[Clemont{{jo|Harrison}}'s Chespin]]{{p|Kecleon}} activating {{a|OvergrowColor Change}}]]
Abilities have been shown in the anime, but are usually only used in battles; however, sometimes they have an effect on the plot, such as [[Ash's Infernape]]'s {{a|Blaze}}. Abilities sometimes work differently in the anime than they would in the games, such as {{a|Mold Breaker}}, which in the anime cancels out more Abilities than it would in the games.
{{DL|Colonel Hansen|Shedinja|Colonel Hansen's Shedinja}} used {{a|Wonder Guard}} to protect itself against {{m|Spike Cannon}} by [[Misty's Corsola]] in ''[[AG044|The Princess and the Togepi]]''.
[[File:Colonel Hansen Shedinja Wonder Guard.png|thumb|250px|[[Colonel Hansen]]'s {{p|Shedinja}} activating {{a|Wonder Guard}}]]
Two Abilities were seen in ''[[AG070|Balance of Power]]'', being used by [[Ash's Pikachu]] and {{AP|Grovyle}}, using {{a|Static}} and {{a|Overgrow}} respectively.
In ''[[AG111|Eight Ain't Enough]]'', {{DL|Juan|Luvdisc|Juan's Luvdisc}} used {{a|Swift Swim}} to increase its speed.
In ''[[AG112|Showdown At Linoone]]'', a {{DL|Kimmy Shoney|Tokin|Kimmy's Tokin}} has the Abilityused {{a|Pickup}} to steal and takestake items to its private stash, including {{an|May}}'s Poké Balls.
In ''[[AG131|At the End of the Fray]]'', {{DL|Tyson (Hoenn)|Hariyama|Tyson's Hariyama}} used {{a|Thick Fat}} to half the damage it took from [[Ash's Torkoal]]'s {{m|Flamethrower}}.
{{a|Blaze}} returned in ''[[DP081|Chim - Charred!]]'' when Ash's Chimchar became enraged during a battle with [[Paul's Ursaring]]. It took considerable effort for Ash to return Chimchar to normal after it defeated Ursaring, causing Paul to leave the battle a draw. Paul told Ash that they would only battle again when and if Ash and Chimchar learned to control Blaze.
[[File:Ash Monferno Blaze.png|thumb|250px|[[Ash's Monferno]] activating {{a|Blaze}}]]
In ''[[DP095|Battling the Generation Gap!]]'', {{DL|Lila|Delcatty|Lila's Delcatty}} activated his {{a|Cute Charm}} Ability while battling [[Dawn's Ambipom]] in the final round of the {{to|Celestic}} {{pkmn|Contest}}.
An {{p|Arceus}} used {{a|Multitype}} in ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]''.
In ''[[DP141|Challenging a Towering Figure!]]'', {{DL|Tower Tycoon Palmer|Rhyperior|Palmer's Rhyperior}} used {{a|Solid Rock}}.
A wild {{p|Trapinch}} used its {{a|Arena Trap}} Ability in ''[[DP145|A Rivalry to Gible On!]]''.
In ''[[BW034|Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!]]'', {{an|Iris}} pointed out that {{AP|Roggenrola}} had the Ability Sturdy, implying that Roggenrola would receive less damage than a Pokémon normally would.
[[File:Alder Bouffalant Sap Sipper.png|thumb|250px|[[Alder]]'s {{p|Bouffalant}} activating {{a|Sap Sipper}}]]
[[Luke's Zorua]] often used {{a|Illusion}} to help [[Luke]] in making his movies. It was first seen in ''[[BW038|Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!]]''.
===In the {{series|XY}}===
[[File:Olympia Meowstic Prankster.png|thumb|250px|[[Olympia]]'s {{p|Meowstic}} activating {{a|Prankster}}]]
[[Clemont's Chespin]] used its Ability {{a|Overgrow}} in ''[[XY015|An Appetite for Battle!]]'' battling against a {{p|Delphox}}.
[[Ash's Fletchinder]] used its {{a|Flame Body}} Ability in ''[[XY076|A Not-So-Flying Start!]]'' to help hatch an [[Ash's Noibat|Egg]] that his {{AP|Hawlucha}} found.
Both {{DL|Olympia|Meowstic|Olympia's Meowstic}} were seen using their respective Abilities in ''[[XY093|All Eyes on the Future!]]'', with the male Meowstic having itshis Hidden Ability {{a|Prankster}} and the female one having {{a|Keen Eye}}.
Two Abilities were seen in ''[[SS035|Mega Evolution Special IV]]'', both in battle against [[Alain's Charizard]]. A {{me|Venusaur}} used {{a|Thick Fat}} to half the damage it took from a {{m|Flamethrower}}. [[Malva]]'s {{p|Houndoom}} later used {{a|Flash Fire}} to absorb another Flamethrower.
===In the {{series|Sun & Moon}}===
[[Sophocles's Togedemaru]] used her Ability {{a|Lightning Rod}} in ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]'', absorbing [[Ash's Pikachu]]'s {{m|Thunderbolt}} to increase her {{m|Zing Zap}}.
[[Jessie's Mimikyu]] used the ability [[Disguise]] frequently during battles in the series to absorb damage from the first blow taken, first seen in ''[[SM003|Loading the Dex!]]''.
[[File:Nanu Krookodile Intimidate.png|thumb|250px|[[Nanu]]'s {{p|Krookodile}} activating {{a|Intimidate}}]]
A wild {{p|Palossand}} activated its Ability {{a|Water Compaction}} in ''[[SM022|A Shivering Shovel Search!]]'' when it was hit by {{an|Lana}}'s {{p|Popplio}}'s {{m|Bubble Beam}}, allowing it to repair the damage done to its body by the attack.
[[DJ Leo]]'s {{alo|Dugtrio}} used its special ability {{a|Tangling Hair}} in ''[[SM023|Getting the Band Back Together!]]'' where it was able to grab and bind [[Jessie's Mimikyu]] and [[James's Mareanie]].
A[[Gladion's wild {{p|Palossand}}Silvally]] activated its Ability {{a|WaterRKS CompactionSystem}} in ''[[SM022SM049|AMission: ShiveringTotal Shovel SearchRecall!]]'', whenchanging itinto was hit bya {{OPt|Lana|PopplioDark}}'s {{m|Bubble Beam}}, allowing it totype repairwith the damage[[Dark done to its body by the attackMemory]].
[[DJ Leo]]Lusamine's [[Regional variant|AlolanClefable]] {{p|Dugtrio}} used its special abilityactivated {{a|TanglingMagic HairGuard}} in ''[[SM023SM054|Getting10,000,000 theReasons Band Backto TogetherFight!]]'' where it was able to grabcross anda bindfield [[Jessie'sof Mimikyu]]poison andwithout [[James'staking Mareanie]]damage.
[[GladionNanu]]'s {{p|SilvallyKrookodile}} activated {{a|RKSIntimidate}} Systemin both of its battles against {{Ash}}'s {{AP|Lycanroc}} in ''[[SM049SM074|Mission:Tough TotalGuy RecallTrials!]]'', changing into a {{type|Dark}} with theand ''[[DarkSM077|Guiding Memoryan Awakening!]]''.
[[LusamineHapu]]'s {{p|ClefableMudsdale}} activated {{a|Magic GuardStamina}} in ''its battle against [[SM054|10Tupp]],000,000 Reasons[[Rapp]], toand Fight![[Zipp]] in ''[[SM104|That's toSome crossSpicy a field ofIsland poison without taking damageResearch!]]''.
[[NanuGuzma]]'s {{p|KrookodileGolisopod}} activated {{a|IntimidateEmergency Exit}} in aits battle against {{Ash}}'s {{AP|Lycanroc}}Pikachu in [[SM074SM115]].
==In the TCG==
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Abilities under the name of Abilities did not appear in the {{pkmn|Trading Card Game}} until the {{TCG|Black & White}} expansion kicking off [[Generation V]]. However, this was merely a renaming of the longstanding [[Pokémon Power]]s. Pokémon Powers were very similar to Abilities, but were introduced much earlier, appearing in the very first {{TCG|Base Set}} during [[Generation I]]. In fact, some Abilities from the games originally appeared as Pokémon Powers.
Parallel to their introduction in [[Generation III]] of the video games, Abilities were first introduced in the ''Ruby & Sapphire'' chapter of [[Pokémon Adventures]].
During {{adv|Sapphire}}'s battle with [[Roxanne]] in ''[[PS190|Blowing Past Nosepass I]]'', [[Roxanne's Nosepass]] proved superior to [[Rono]]. Worried that Rono would be defeated, {{adv|Sapphire}} attempted to switch Rono out for [[Chic]] but was unable to. Roxanne explained that because her {{p|Nosepass}} has {{a|Magnet Pull}}, {{ttype|Steel}}-type Pokémon cannot switch out.
{{adv|Ruby}}'s first encounter with Abilities arrived in ''[[PS193|Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt II]]'' when he and [[Mr. Briney]] were attacked by a wild {{p|Crawdaunt}}. [[Peeko]] tried to defeat it with {{m|Quick Attack}}, but the Crawdaunt's {{a|Shell Armor}} prevented it from doing much damage at all. After Mr. Briney fell unconscious, Ruby had [[Kiki]] use {{m|Double-Edge}} and infatuate Crawdaunt with its Ability {{a|Cute Charm}}.
Sapphire later struggled against a potent counter Ability when she faced [[Brawly]] in ''[[PS195|Mashing Makuhita]]''. After Rono was quickly defeated by [[Brawly's Makuhita]], Chic used {{m|Flamethrower}} against {{p|Makuhita}}, but it had little effect due to its {{a|Thick Fat}}.
While on their way to [[Slateport City]], Ruby and Sapphire were attacked by {{FB|Magma Admin|Courtney}} and [[Tabitha]] at the [[Abandoned Ship]] during ''[[PS199|Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun II]]''. They escaped with the help of a wild {{pTP|Ruby|Plusle}} and {{pTP|Sapphire|Minun}} after Ruby realized that their complimentary Abilities {{a|Plus}} and {{a|Minus}} greatly amplified their power when they fought together.
After [[Wattson]] is captured by the [[New Mauville]] generator, Sapphire devised a double battle strategy using his {{TP|Wattson|Electrike}} in ''[[PS205|Plugging Past Electrike II]]''. While Electrike did not have the moves to defeat the generator itself, and the wild {{p|Donphan}} that Wattson and the [[Trick Master]] had originally intended to capture would be quickly eradicated by its powerful attacks, Electrike's Ability {{a|Lightning Rod}} would allow it to redirect the bolt away from Donphan, buying Donphan enough time to destroy the generator with {{m|Rollout}}.
===={{chap|FireRed & LeafGreen}}====
[[File:Aero Rock Head.png|thumb|200px|{{adv|Red}}'s [[Aero]] activatedactivating {{a|Rock Head}} while using {{m|Take Down}} in ''[[PS274|DoublePokémon Dealing with DeoxysAdventures]]''. In the same chapter, {{adv|Blue}}'s {{p|Rhydon}} activated {{a|Lightning Rod}}.
{{adv|Red}}'s [[Gyara]] activated {{a|Intimidate}} at the start of Red and {{adv|Blue}}'s battle in ''[[PS273|Red and Blue Make Purple Opponents]]''.
Red's [[Aero]] activated {{a|Rock Head}} while using {{m|Take Down}} in ''[[PS274|Double Dealing with Deoxys]]''. In the same chapter, [[Blue's Rhydon]] activated {{a|Lightning Rod}}.
Red's [[Poli]] activated {{a|Damp}} in ''[[PS278|Put Your Beast Foot Forward]]''. It was {{m|Skill Swap}}ped by {{DL|Deoxys (Adventures)|Organism No. 2}} in ''[[PS301|Storming the Forretress]]''.
The {{DLgdis|Battle Frontier (Generation Factory|III)|Battle Factory}}'s {{p|Golem}} was revealed to have {{a|Rock Head}} in ''[[PS306|Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming]]''.
{{adv|Emerald}}'s borrowed {{p|Phanpy}} had {{a|Pickup}} in ''[[PS311|A Dust-Up With Dusclops]]''.
[[Cyrus]]'s {{p|Magnezone}} had {{a|Magnet Pull}} in ''[[PS369|Problematic Probopass and Mad Magnezone II]]''.
[[File:Cyrus Magnezone Magnet Pull Adventures.png|thumb|200px|[[Cyrus]]'s {{p|Magnezone}} activating {{a|Magnet Pull}} in Pokémon Adventures]]
Diamond's {{p|Lickilicky|[[Kit}}]] was revealed to have {{a|Own Tempo}} as its Ability in ''[[PS392|Well Met, Weepinbell]]'' but couldn't activate it since {{adv|Sebastian}}'s {{p|Weepinbell}} cancelled it out with {{m|Gastro Acid}}.
[[Platinum's Lopunny]] used her {{a|Cute Charm}} Ability in ''[[PS420|Getting the Drop on Gallade II]]'' to help her defeat a{{FB|Castle Valet|Darach}}'s {{p|Gallade}}.
A {{p|Tyranitar}} belonging to the {{gdis|Battle Factory|IV}} had {{a|Sand Stream}} in ''[[PS428|Outlasting Ledian]]''.
[[Diamond's Rotom]] was confirmed to have {{a|Levitate}} in ''[[PS430|Unplugging Rotom (Heat, Wash, Mow, Fan, Frost)]]''.
===={{chap|X & Y}}====
[[File:Elec Lightning Rod.png|thumb|200px|{{adv|X}}'s [[Élec]] activating {{a|Lightning Rod}} in Pokémon Adventures]]
{{adv|X}}'s {{p|Gengar}}, Garma, activated his {{a|Shadow Tag}} Ability as a Mega Gengar in ''[[PAXY20|Changing Gengar]]''.
In ''[[PAXY24|Pyroar Breathes]]'', X's {{p|Manectric}}, [[Élec]], used his {{a|Lightning Rod}} Ability to drain [[Lysandre]]'s machine's energy.
===={{chap|Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon}}====
{{adv|Sun}}'s {{p|Wishiwashi}}, BahtQuarter, activated its {{a|Schooling}} Ability in ''[[PASM10|Defeat and the Commander of the School of Fish]]''.
{{adv|Sun}}'s {{p|Mimikyu}}, Franc, activated its {{a|Disguise}} Ability in the {{chap|Sun & Moon}}<!--[[PASM16]]-->.
===In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga===
* The unused Ability {{a|Cacophony}} was included in the coding for third-generation games as Ability #076 ({{a|Air Lock}} was #077). From the fourth generation, Cacophony was removed and Air Lock was renumbered as #076, with the new Abilities positioned from #077 onward.
* [[Generation III]] introduced the most Abilities, with 76. [[Generation VI]] introduced the fewest, with 27.
* In Generation III, there is an unused Ability placeholder labeled as "-------" with the description "No special ability".
==In other languages==
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==See also==
* [[List of Abilities in other languages]]
* [[Ability Capsule]]