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[[File:Ability VIII.png|thumb|200px|Gyarados lowering Hydreigon's Attack stat with its ability.]]
An '''Ability''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|特性|とくせい}}''' ''ability'') is a game mechanic introduced in [[Generation III]] that provides a passive effect in battle or in the overworld. Individual Pokémon may have only one Ability at a time. Prior to [[Generation VI]], an Ability could not be changed after a Pokémon was obtained except by [[Evolution]]—where the new Ability is determined by the former Ability—and [[List of Pokémon with form differences|form change]]. Not every Ability is enitrelyentirely beneficial; {{cat|Abilities with negative effects|some of them are hindering}}.
 
==Mechanics==