Best Pokemon Abilities

TheStupidHobo

The Top Ten

1 Wonder Guard

There is absolutely NO reason this should not be number one. (wall of text incoming)

Wonder guard is such a beast if used right... I'm serious. Lets take a look...

Okay, signature ability... hmm, the Pokemon that has it has very weak stats... mew, seems like it will be- WHAT?! IT CANCELS OUT ALL NON-SUPER EFFECTIVE MOVES?

That's right, if your Pokemon has wonder guard, it will take ABSOLUTELY NO damage from any move that isn't super effective. Now imagine this on powerful Pokemon... For example, snorlax. Snorlax is pure normal type, so moves that aren't fighting type will do NOTHING against him. Now take a look at how much of a tank snorlax is. Yup. or Sableye/Spiritomb before gen 6. They didn't take ANY DIRECT DAMAGE. It does not prevent from indirect damage, but say, if for example clefairy was hacked to have her hidden ability as Wonder guard, and put her typing to dark and ghost... before gen 6, there would be NO WAY of defeating this thing. Luckily, it's not ...more

It would be extremely overpowered if pokemon other than shedinja had it. So while it may not be the best ability in practice, theoretically it is by far one of the best defensive abilities in Pokemon.

Automatic snorlax win against it seems like every pokemon that's not a fighting type but it can work against you with the three mach pokemon

Lol I can imagine a ghost
Normal type with this with no common dark types

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2 Protean

By far the greatest offensive ability in the game. You will always have STAB and that's great. But wait. If you have a varied move pool, you can also use these moved to your advantage to get the correct type advantage against your opponent so that their attacks are always "not very effective". It might not be the absolute best but it's my absolute favorite

This ability works really well if you are faster and have a super effective move, but a weaker type. More Pokemon need this ability.

Do not use super effective moves that will be super effective to you as well, such as a ghost or dragon and using a ghost or dragon move changing into that, and then you're in a gambit position - Doggus

It's great for always dealing STAB which if you didn't know means same type attack bonus which means all the moves will be stronger so it's great offensively

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3 No Guard

Moves always hit so use dynamic punch or 1 hit ko move you win every time

I just remember my friend using dig to kill my machamp, and I used dynamic punch, I thought I would lose, but it hit and I won, that was my first experience with the No Guard ability

It makes all moves known by the Pokemon that has this ability to never miss. This isn't to be confused with WONDER guard, Shedinjas ability.

If you always hit, you can guarentee moves like hypnosis, just pair this up with some speed and instant win.

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4 Pure Power

Turns Medicham into an absolute beast and makes its Hi Jump Kick into one of the most powerful moves in the game. - TheStupidHobo

Stop talking about how you used the moove but about what is!

Madicham-mega with this is god teir.

I defeated a ratatta using my pure power azumaril. I was so happy that I bought a cheese pizza and fed it to my pet rat. 🍕 ☺

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5 Speed Boost

Attacking first in battle is very important. If you are first, you have 2 attacks on the opposing pokemon in the time it has only one attack on you. So you can knock it out before it will be able to do the same to you.

I disagree that this is the best because most Pokemon with this ability are already faster than the opponent on the first turn

Not true. The only viable users with speed boost are blaziken and ninjask. For blaziken, it has a below average base 80 speed that needs the op speed boost. For ninjask, it needs the speed boosts to baton pass it over to another pokemon. - Rayquasar

This is very useful if you like to attack on the first turn. Thank God Mega Blaziken has this ability. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I hate that when he is not on my team, he just uses protect like he wants to get his way - Doggus

It’s just amazing about mega blaziken or blaziken if it’s HA, it’s just op as hell, against mega sceptile, you know what’s going to happen


Always keep protect in your mega blaziken kids!

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6 Huge Power

Hack Huge Power (or Pure Power) onto a Slaking. See what happens.

Dude, Azumarill with Huge Power combined with Aqua Tail, Ice Punch, Iron Tail, and Play Rough is beast mode.

Exactly like Pure Power. - TheStupidHobo

When you see a pokemon with huge/pure power, you will immediatly forfeit

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7 Poison Heal

Combine this with a breloom with Spore. Now try not to laugh when your opponent flips you off

Poison heal is one of the best strategy moves.

This is best vote retards

Breloom:
toxic orb
spore
leech seed
mach punch
facade
you lose

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8 Moxie

Can be very effective if many Pokemon need to be taken out however you should watch out for strong attacks against you

Kind of lame that it rewards you AFTER you knock out a pokemon, then they switch in with a pokemon you are weak to - Doggus

Moxie ia a great ability with a beneficial attribute. Imagine killing a Pokemon and suddenly increasing a level in Attack? Ever kill makes you stronger, potentially making you invincible.

It is just So Nice to get a lot of attack boosts in a battle. Just amazing

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9 Shadow Tag

My friends or other players ALWAYS get mad at me whenever I use Mega Gengar. I simply just enjoy it for some reason. - Ohno

Just the best out there for competitive play

Wobbuffet and Mega Gengar both op with this ability

Annoying people with shadow tag is great. Hypnosis, then attack you can’t switch. Mega gengar is so good.

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10 Scrappy

Us ghost trainers are screwed now. What if a normal/fighting knows dark pulse? Okay I'm out now. - Ohno

TAKE THAT YOU STUPID GHOSTS - Doggus

Finally,my Machamp is hitting my friend's Haunter (with evoilite)! KO is mine >

Ghost isn’t as good as it might be able to be because of Scrappy.

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The Contenders

11 Toxic Boost

This is an excellent sweeping ability. Basically Guts but with poison. This ability makes my Zangoose really op. Toxic Boost + Facade sweeps everything.

I don't get this ability but if it's in the top ten it should be good

Can use burn instead - Doggus

Sucks lolipops

12 Immunity

Bad ability to be honest, there are other ways to cripple your foe in a similar way to poison, like leech seed, rocky helmet, spikes, burn, hail, etc. - Decitronal

Can use burn - Doggus

13 Contrary

I took down a level 100 mega Rayquaza with a Serperior after having 4x's special attack with Contrary and using dragon pulse. I also have swept so many teams. Along with Serperior's speed it basically becomes unstoppable unless you have a fast fire, ice, poison, flying or bug type.

Awesome in the early game, as a lot of pokemon use silly moves like "growl" or "leer". Also AMAZING on Serperior

It is AWESOME! When your enemies in a battle Lower your stats, they end up raising them instead! Amazing! - ThunderdrumsRule

Serperior's Contrary is the best

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14 Magic Guard

A poisoned Clefairy with MAGIC GUARD and FACADE. Hyper Beam every attack and doesn't take damage.

It even makes my clefairy immune to poison or burn damage.

A pokemon with a life orb will not take any damage!

Just love to set Life orbs on magic guard users. With Calm Mind, I could ev a reuniclus into a wall, that still hitted hard as hell

15 Guts

Luxray may not be the best Physical attacker, but Give it Guts, a Flame Orb, and Facade, and watch it sweep whole teams without breaking a sweat! (Crunch, of course, for Ghost types).

Guts is an ability where if your Pokemon has any status condition, it's attack goes up 50%.

Guts ignores Burn's Attack drop. Plus Burn damage got nerfed so even better! Throw a Flame Orb on your favorite Guts user and watch them wreck house!

Guts is a great ability, just get Facade and any dark physical move for ghosts, maybe a fighting move for rock types, and you can clean house with ease ;D

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16 Intimidate

It's a good ability when used in triple battles.

It's useless if the opponent is a special attacker. - Ohno

Cuts the opponent attack in half good on fighting types

i awesome

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17 Adaptability

Turned Mega Beedrill into a monster

Yo yo yo this makes mega bedroll a speedy physical sweeper wow this is a great ability

This deserves to be higher.

Tried it, amazing

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18 Technician

Technician is an ability that boosts attacks with base 60 power or less by 50% percent. So basically moves like hidden power, bullet seed and mach punch hit harder than ever. Technician is a very versatile ability and makes pokemon like breloom and scissor into beasts

Breloom and Scizor have priority attacks that boosted to 90 power. That is more powerful than extreme speed.

Powers up weak moves and can turn weak Pokemon into decent ones

Hidden Power is viable at last!

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19 Quick Feet

What is this doing here? Sure, a speed boost is nice but the status effect still cripples you:
- Poison, reduces health and worsens with bad poison
- Burn, reduces health and lowers attack
- Paralysis, has a chance that the Pokémon won't move and possibly keeps your speed more or less equal to what you had
- Sleep, makes you helpless. And no, Sleep Talk won't help here
- Freezing... Do I even have to mention it?

Prankster should be here instead.

20 Sheer Force

It Removes additional effects to increase move damage

Dude my darmanitan is a nightmare

Feraligatr. Sheer Force. Life Orb. enough said

But actually its really good because feraligatr can learn a lot of moves that are affected by sheer force (water fall, ice punch, crunch, etc)

21 Levitate

I strongly agree, I raised a tynamo with levitate and made a KILLING MACHINE! It swept a team of a few ARCEUS! They all kept on using earthquake on me it was such a good Pokemon I definitely suggest it

SO op. Rotom is a beast with it. And because of it he is immune to 3 types.

Ground type moves wont hit

Why is this just 21?
It's great ability, like Sap Sipper!
Sure, some pokemon with this ability have resistances to ground type (Carnivine).
But still, isn't free immunity great?

Unless it's Fan Rotom.

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22 Truant

More like a DISability...

Very bad, not allowing you to attack every 2 turns - Doggus

If This Is Good Klutz Should Be Here

Durant + Choice scarf + entrainment
swap out to Gothitelle, protect every other turn. You win.

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23 Magic Bounce

Easily more OP than a good 50% of the abilities above it, any competitive player would agree that magic bounce is amazing. The reason it doesn't get as much recognition as it should is because Mega Sableye is the only mon who can use it viably, but the concept is outstandingly overpowered.

Better safe than sorry, so, is best have a pokemon with Magic Bounce in the team than use Defog or Rapid Spin. The ability prevents every stall or entry hazards based teams. If the opponent uses a non-damaging move is like you have 2 moves in a turn, and he loses the turn. Perfect.

Deflects physical attacks back to user. This is op when you have a dusknoir and froslass and your opponent has a mega sableye and probopass in Pokemon X. Then your dusknoir uses role play on their mega sableye and then takes its magic bounce ability and then dusknoir uses disable to stop it from shrouding itself with magic coat and then when mega sableye uses Hyper beam dusknoir's thanks to role play magic bounce will send it back to sableye and one hit ko it! Do same thing w

My shiny mega absol destroys with this. I don't even have to set up entry hazards and all that the opposing Pokemon does it all for me

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24 Prankster

This ability is great for everything- setting up hazards, increasing stats, acting as a check for sweepers by para/will o wisp. Most OP ability of all time

This should be in a higher position guys!

Meowstic, Sableye and Mega Banette. All op prankster users.

Prankster is the one thing that keeps volbeat (or sometimes Illumise) on my team, even up to UU.

25 Gale Wings

My talonflame is like what you faster than me? Too bad priority brave bird!

Sadly, it was nerfed in gen 7. Before that, it was great to boost your speed; now, it only works when you have all your hp... Near useless.

Hacksmons Value: Swords Dance, Gale Wings Oblivion Wing from Mega Rayquaza.

Any Other Value: Put a Focus Sash on a Talonflame. Swords Dance, Fly. See what happens.

26 Sturdy

The only way to get sturdy is by hacking. Or focus sash.

Shedinja with sturdy and weather goggles = auto win

27 Parental Bond

This Ability is better than Pure/Huge Power as attacking twice per turn is effectively the same thing as doubling attack, but has the added benefit of activating secondary effects twice and breaking substitutes. I also believe this ability works with special attacks as well, and may even roll for a critical a second time, so yeah, it is ridiculously good.

It breaks substitutes. While not as much pure damage as Pure/Huge Power, it can work with special and physical damage, and breaks substitutes.

Best there is - Doggus

So OP

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28 Lightning Rod

Preety good ability have it in a muti or double battle it will take the electric attack in sun and moon. Have and water type and a pokemon with lighting rod those electric types can come at you

29 Teravolt
30 Trace

Extremely useful in a lot of situations. I use Mega Alakazam and here are times when I copy an ability like lightning rod and they use an electric move right after. You can also copy beast boost which makes Alakazam an extremely good sweeper.

Copies any ability so you can get anything your opponent has but with a better Pokemon (gardevoir)

31 Pickup

This shouldn't be here. It has NO effect in battle.

It does have effect in battle. Its like having the move 'recycle' happen automatically. Most common use with berries.

Good ability because if you don't have any money and you have Poke Balls catch a Zigzagoon it helps.

32 Water Absorb

Hack it onto a fire type and it such a fun troll to use.

The ability takes in ALL water type moves and converts them into HP. What more could you want?!

33 Blaze
34 Serene Grace

Togekiss: I see I outspeed you. Wouldn't it be a shame if you FLINCHED.

On a fast Pokemon, Serene Grace can make opponents non stop flinch (Togekiss, Air Slash) paralyze extremely quicky (Body Slam) and way more just from one ability. This deserves to be in the top 10.

Yeah how can u forget shaymin sky form and air slash

THE BEST FOR STATUS POKEMON AND PARALYSIS - Doggus

35 Rock Head

You can use Head Smash with this ability and have a 150 damage move that now has no drawbacks, its insane

Rock Head is a ability that makes it so that when you use a move that usually damages you (double-edge,flare-blitz) it does no recoil.

Tyrantrum+Head Smash. Duh.

I had this on my Steelix.And boy it was fun.My tactic? Spam Double Edge.No recoil,nothing.Amazing.And since its super bulky that's handy too.I still can't get over the fact that you are given a Steelix before the second gym for a LUVDISC! A LUVDISC!

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36 Mold Breaker

Moves ignore ABILITIES.

A Pokemons ability makes it imune to you attacks use mold breaker and that's no longer a problem cancels out most other abilitys

Moves can be used, regardless of abilities on the field!
It deserves way higher than this.

37 Shed Skin

Should be higher. If a competitively viable Pokemon had it, everybody would talk about it. If we're strictly talking abilities, it's one of the best.

Shed skin gets rid of all status effects every couple of turns... ALL of them. Even confusion. The only things it does not get rid of is leech seed/etc. - GREATEST

Its good doh it can take pretty long for shed skin to activate and no last evolution can have this abillity (no powerful last evo) so unless you don't evolve your dragonair... this abillity isn't that usefull

Dragonair shed its skin to cure its parlyz problem and to become 14.872d/dxy²log(e¼) faster

38 Competitive
39 Pixilate

Turns Hyper Voice Gardevoir into a complete nuke

Use this onto a hacked Mega Diancie with Boomburst. BOOM

40 Moody

Its completely banned in pro play why is this not number one no other ability has achieved this feat come on guys! Okay it makes Bidoof better then Mega Rayquaza if used properly.

Can lead to highly overpowered creatures, if they can hang in there.

When used with acupressure it is OP!

Yes it lowers one stat but it raises another one by two.every turn!

41 Illusion

Super troll, hack it on something with absorb and you have something OP - Doggus

This is super OP. Lets say you have a zoroark/zorua and then you have a fighting type and it illusions it so the trainer will switch to s PSYCHIC poke and you could send out a Pokemon that's super effective against it. also, THIS SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 10 NOT TOP 40

42 Multiscale

Have a lugia with multiscale and leftovers

Dragonite with multiscale & weakness policy

very good - Doggus

43 Bad Dreams

If your enemy is asleep it deals damage

You can kill Pokemon in their sleep.

Darkest literally kills you by haunting your nightmares

dark void - Doggus

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44 Defiant

GOod for physical attackers - Doggus

Defiant Boosts Atk by 2x whenever the user's pokemon gets a stat reduction. Bravairy Hidden Ability.

45 Pressure

HOW IS THIS BAD - Doggus

46 Sand Stream
47 Snow Warning

If you have a Pokemon with blizzard it hits 100% and does damage by causing hail

Abomasnow with Blizzard, you'll be wrecking teams

Abomasnow has 7 weaknesses - Doggus

48 Stance Change

A good player knows how to use this ability well
enough said

49 Infiltrator

Good against substitute Pokemon like Whimsicott and annoying Light Screen and Reflect Claydols.

50 Volt Absorb

It helped me a lot

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