Zen Mode (Ability)
Zen Mode (Japanese: ダルマモード Daruma Mode) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Darmanitan and allows it to change form. It is exclusively obtained as a Hidden Ability.
Generation V to VI
At the start of battle or at the end of a turn, if the HP of a Standard Mode Darmanitan with the Ability Zen Mode is below half, it will change into its Zen Mode. At the end of a turn, if the HP of a Zen Mode Darmanitan with the Ability Zen Mode is above half, it will change into its Standard Mode. Darmanitan is always in Standard Mode outside of battle.
If Darmanitan loses Zen Mode or Zen Mode is suppressed with Gastro Acid, it will revert to its Standard Mode and not be able to change form. If Darmanitan gains Zen Mode, at the end of the turn it will change form if its HP is below half.
Only Darmanitan can change form with Zen Mode, even if another Pokémon gains it via Skill Swap or Transform. Role Play fails if the target has the Ability Zen Mode. Entrainment fails if the user has the Ability Zen Mode. Zen Mode cannot be copied by Trace.
Role Play, Gastro Acid, Worry Seed, Simple Beam, and Entrainment fail if the target has the Ability Zen Mode. Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has Zen Mode. Zen Mode cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. Zen Mode cannot be replaced by Mummy or suppressed by Core Enforcer. If a Pokémon other than Darmanitan obtains Zen Mode with Imposter or Transform, the Pokémon will not change Formes.
Outside of battle
Zen Mode has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Zen Mode
|#||Pokémon||Types||First Ability||Second Ability||Hidden Ability|
|Fire||Sheer Force||None||Zen Mode|
| Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
In the anime
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|Darmanitan||Bianca's father's Darmanitan||Unnamed Trainer's Darmanitan|
|Changes the Pokémon's shape when HP is halved.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Darmanitan||Darmanitan's body turns into a stone-like statue that turns it into a part Psychic-type. When Darmanitan turns back to normal, its eyebrows become covered in flames and its body changes instantly back to Standard Mode, or Darmanitan's body becomes surrounded in red-yellow flames and it changes back into Standard Mode.|
|A wild Darmanitan||Saving Darmanitan From the Bell!||Debut|
|Bianca's father's Red Flash Darmanitan||Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!||None|
|Unknown Trainer's three Darmanitan||A Maractus Musical!||None|
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
|The Pokémon changes shape when it takes damage.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Darmanitan||After taking enough damage, Darmanitan's body turns into a stone-like statue, giving it the powers of a Psychic-type.|
|Several wild Darmanitan||To Make a Musical||Debut|
|N's Darmanitan||The Lesson Ends Here||None|
- Zen Mode is the only Ability whose name begins with the letter Z.
In other languages
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