Best Pokemon Abilities

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

What is Wonder Guard doing at number 9? It should be number 1! Imagine an electric-type with wonder guard. Only ground types would hit! It's a shame that the only Pokemon who has the ability is Shedinja who only has 1 HP... but if other Pokemon had it that don't have 1 HP, they would automatically become over powered and everyone would use it. Instant Ubers. So come on, guys! Why isn't this number 1?

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.

How is this not first. By the way people, don't vote on other abilities because the Pokemon they are linked to, this is solely based on the ability no matter on what Pokemon. Imagine any Pokemon with wonderguard

2 Protean

WHY isn't THIS HIGHER? Greninja has a very wide movepool, and protean just complements it. STAB on every attack and no real counter to boot, its just wonderful. Something feels like thunderbolting you? Use grass know / spikes and bursg out with laughter. mits further complimented by greninja's base 122 speed, making it FASTER than starmie and alakazam, and ohkoing both with dark pulse. A fighting attack? Aerial ace/extrasensory/astonish, then laugh at that something's hi jump kick/close combat. Again, WHY ISN'T THIS HIGHER? For making greninja such a beastier 'mon, and for the general power, I feel protean belongs AT LEAST in the top 10.

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

Protean is a great move for greninja, but, since it cannot learn any fairy type moves from what I know, it will never become fairy type, but unless it's taking on a dragon type, fairy type is oberall irrelevant to a competitive greninja. All in all, it's a very good ability to have and is great for STAB.

Makes all moves stab and changes greninjas type. So you could strategically counter a move. Ampharos wants to throw a thunderbolt at you? Grass knot it up and laugh at the awaiting thunderbolt.

3 Magic Guard

Actually a pretty great ability. Gives stealth rock immunity, poison immunity, prevents recoil (including life orb) - a better rock head and overcoat. If the user gets poisoned, it can't be burned, paralyzed or put asleep, just like poison heal.

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

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

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

4 No Guard

Please No guard Machamp and Fissure is not possible
Fissure is only available from Gen 1 and 2 Virtual Console transfer. Thus is can only have its hidden ability. So anyone saying Fissure Machamp has never really tried to get fissure. Of course Dynamic Punch is a good move because you can spread confusion but Fissure No guard Machamp is not possible and I find it very annoying when someone talks about No guard Machamp

It surprises me that no one has talked about how this ability is extremely powerful with Mega Pidgeot. If the latter was an overall better Pokémon, it could have made it to Ubers with little effort. Hurricane is the most powerful non-signature Flying Type Move, especially when paired up with STAB. The only drawback is a pitiful 70% accuracy. Pair it up with No Guard, and you've got yourself a team killer. If No Guard was given to overall better Pokémon...

I agree with this as a good ability but you cannot get a Fissure Machamp. The reason is Machamp could only get fissure in gen 2. Hidden abilities weren't present in Gen 2 thus its not possible to have no guard fissure machamp

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.

5 Speed Boost

The best strat 4 this would be swords dance, baton pass onto a Pokémon with moxie and watch your enemies burn. (unless they go 4 taunt)

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.

This ability saved my life, Blaziken had just 1 HP, and since he got faster, he attacked first, then Steven's Metagross fainted! Then I won!

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

6 Magic Bounce

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

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.

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

7 Adaptability

Since you should always be trying to make use of STAB along with a super effective type, Adaptability further enhances the damage to a ridiculous degree, turning even a relatively tame attack into an OHKO.

Mega lucario can sweep anything a close combat at 120 base power with adaptability x2 and a x4 weak Pokemon the base power becomes 960!

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

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

8 Pure Power

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

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

Absolute sweep set up

Medicham is our lord and savior.

9 Skill Link

Yes exactly. In the right hands, like a Mega Heracross for example who has huge attack power plus can learn many moves that fall right into this ability... SKILL LINK JUST CAN’T LOSE. My battle strategy is to bring out a pokemon with tailwind and then use tailwind to double the speed of Heracross. Then I bring out Heracross, mega evolve it, and it’s UNSTOPPABLE (until the tailwind effect goes away :/)

This is just so broken in the right hands!

10 Huge Power

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

Azumarill with Belly Drum, Aqua Jet and Huge Power. Get it in your next playthrough, you won't regret it.

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

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

The Contenders
11 Poison Heal

This ability restores 1/8th of your heath at the end of every turn that you are poisoned. Though the only pokemon that can have this ability are the Breloom line and Gliscor it is still very useful (especially because ORAS made breloom relevant again). The toxic orb will inflict poison on the pokemon holding it, and Breloom can learn through egg moves and level up drain punch(with STAB) and leech seed respectively. Its low health and defense make pulling off the combo difficult but if you can land leech seed and spam drain punch you are immortal.

Sub-punch breloom. I've been against ENTIRE TEAMS of this pokèmon and while I'm poisoned, Breloom gets its dang health back. I'm not mentally prepared for fighting any pokèmon with this ability, but knowing my luck the next time I battle someone it will be a Sub-punch breloom. Thanks Nintendo! I hate it.

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?

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

12 Contrary

Super useful against abilities and move lowering your stats. Like if you use a move that lowers your stats, instead of lowering, it makes it higher. It's so useful!

It opposites the effect on your stats. It kinda sucks that when your stats raise by a move of so, instead of going higher, it lowers it.

On its own this ability is outright broken, makes spells with massive drawbacks into set-up damage dealing nightmares. Imagine this on a hackmon with V-create.

Contrary simply makes any pokemon amazing. Serperior gets +2 after Leafstorm, Malamar gets a boost to attack and defense after Superpower. If a mon like Heracross ever got the ability, Close Combat would turn them into the bulky beast.

My Malamar with contrary used the move superpower which is a strong fighting-type move that normally reduces your Pokemon's attack and defense stat by one stage. However, with contrary, it raised my attack and defense stat by one and it dealt massive damage! I literally destroyed everyone with it! The only downside is that it only has 5 PP. Anyway, this ability is amazing!

13 Moxie

My Gyarados (on my dream team) has moxie and destroys teams without mercy. I think I'll try something like salamence and scrafty to try out more moxie madness to manipulate (wow a lot of m's) my enemy's

My scrafty has it in Pokémon sword. Didn’t think I would use him but when I saw what moxie did, I kept him on my team. Saggs the Scrafty now in the hall of fame

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.

I like Moxie, but I also like Beast Boost. That boosts your highest stat, and if you use something like Celesteela, it will boost your special attack after each kill

14 Serene Grace

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


TWO WORDS- GENTLEMAN DUN. Also, Togekiss is the absolute bane of my existence.

15 Shadow Tag

Well, turns wynaut and wobbuffet into a crud to defeat.
Basically... it prevents escape and switching.
Ugh... the fact that the Pokemon that can learn it are the incarnation of karma makes it worse ;-;.
Yup... shdaow tag. Screwing you over when trying to farm since the release of G&S.

Originally limited twynud wobbuffet, shadow tag is a noteworthy ability. Wobbuffet switches on something? Ifits not ghost ordoesnt have shadow tag itself, it can't get out. Mega gengsr loves to spam it with perish song, switching on the last turn andohkoing the opposing mon. Shadow tag is quite powerful, and it should be higher than just 6.

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

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

16 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

I'm suprised this is not nomber 1! Like dude! Tynamo is an elecric type, so its only weak to ground. well, this is where levitate kicks in. it keeps ground from even hitting! Talk about a great abbility! If you want a Pokemon with no weakness get a tynamo! A strong Pokemon with no weakness is electross! And its all made possible by levitate! Vote for levitate!

It was very helpful on Gengar, making it immune to the overused earthquake.. Until Gamefreak decided it was OP or something like that.

Tynamo oes seems to be the strongest Pokemon till date but again moves like worry seed can also bring weaknesss in them.

17 Illusion

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

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

Its as good as a slice of pizza

Put a Gengar at the back of your team, send out Zoroark and watch your opponent wonder why their mewtwo isn’t affecting you

18 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

Sucks lolipops

19 Scrappy

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

Finally I can spam swords dance and return/highjumpkick

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.

20 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.

Can use burn

21 Aftermath

Helps when you are in a close battle, but the users aren't too good other than drifblim

Aftermath always hits the foe after dying. Great! That makes

22 Flash Fire

Immunity to fire type moves

23 Technician

This thing. This thing. THIS THING.

Holy crud, technician is good.
On a certain Pokemon...

Bullet punch. Priority, but 40 base power. Now, scizor has STAB, which multiplies power to 1.5... So 60 base power. But then, Technician kicks in! And that 60 becomes 90.

So... Let me get this straight.
Scizor, a Pokemon with 130 base attack, and fantastic boosting moves, gets... A 90 base power, priority attack... At least it only deals super effective against fairy, ice, and rock.
Then, there's *shudder* bug bite from ORAS tutors. 60 base power. With technician, it's 90. Throw in STAB, and we have a terryfying 120 base power move. Ok fine bug is not a good attacking type, but still!

Technician turns your weak moves into strong things... As seen by scizor and co.

Safely to say, technician is OP

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.

Getting a gg on scyther with bullet punch is one of the strongest combination I've faced.

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

Burn reduces your atack by half :P

25 Intimidate

Great for allowing easier switchins. Doesn't half, but is enough to let defensive lando-t to survive Ice punch from Lopunny.

Cuts the opponent attack in half good on fighting types

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

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

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