Best Pokemon Abilities

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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

Wonder Guard is OP, that's all there is to it.

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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

Why is this even a question this is the most OP move

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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.

This is a pretty good ability to use, especially with the fact that you can guarantee to hit. It does comes with a downside, since it'll also apply to the Pokemon with this ability. And it doesn't effect 1hko moves, which is a good thing.
This is still a good ability nevertheless. - Yungstirjoey

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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

I used mega medicham on Pokemon showdown and I sweeped a whole team once lel.

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. 🍕 ☺

SAME THING AS HUGE POWER. HUGE POWER IS BETTER BECUASE I SAID SO

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

Even with priority moves, you can use priority moves too and yours will always be faster - SapphireDragon95

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6 Huge Power

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

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

Exactly like Pure Power. - TheStupidHobo

Swords Dance Mega-Mawile, good bye enemy team...

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7 Poison Heal

I think this abillity is to low on the list, a gliscor or breloom with this abillity and a poison orb can do massive damage to your team, especially since u can not paralyze or put them to sleep

K double battle tactic: gliscor and (-any pokemon that has toxic) roserade, toxic the gliscor (wich has poison heal) and let the gliscor have leftovers and BOOM lot of health regain every turn

Take the most popular item in the game, leftovers, then DOUBLE that amount of healing. That's how op this ability is. Paired with toxic orb, it also gives the Pokémon an immunity to status effects. Need I say more?

Here's a terrible but awesome set:
Gliscor w/ PH
Toxic Orb.
Facade.
After the turn the orb kicks in, you have a monster with a double leftovers, and a base 140 move with no letup.

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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.

This is lame because whats the point of Moxie if you get it after the battle?

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9 Shadow Tag

Just the best out there for competitive play

Mega gengar is so op with this ability it's broken.

It turns Mega Gengar into unstoppable, ESPECIALLY with Perish Song.

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10 Toxic Boost

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

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11 Scrappy

TAKE THAT YOU STUPID GHOSTS - Doggus

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

Mega Lopunny can now kick Gengar with her pantyhosed legs 🆒

No more worrying about using normal pokemon agenst ghost pokemon! 😎😀

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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.

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

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

Absolute BEAST. WITH A HACKMON. RAISE STATES MAD HIGH

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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.

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%.

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16 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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17 Intimidate

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

Cuts the opponent attack in half good on fighting types

Lol they're scared

i awesome

18 Adaptability

Turned Mega Beedrill into a monster

This deserves to be higher.

Porygon-Z with adaptability and tri-attack is deadly on its own, throw in a couple of nasty plots and this can sweep many teams

Singlehandedly brings Mega Lucario into uber tier. STAB moves do more damage? Yes, please!

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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

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