Worst Pokemon Abilities


The Top Ten

1 Truant

Giga Impact isn't that bad anymore when you combine it with a Slaking, now is it?
Uh oh! It missed! *Loafs around the next turn* - Crazy_Regalia

Slaking is loafing around. - Vancedapurpleguy


Um, guys! Feint goes through protect/other moves! Guess who can learn feint... Slaking himself! If you ask me, defeatist is the worst, cause you can cripple teams by swapping slow start onto them. Plus, no one expects feint!

2 Slow Start

See what you did! You took a perfectly good Legendary and made it useless!

They made a perfect OP legendary the most hated legendary pokemon ever

Worse than truant. Not even a good pokemon to begin with.

Maybe if it was 2 or 3 turns...

3 Defeatist

More like DISability...

It's just bad

I think this is worse then truant I don't know cause truant u have spam hyper beam / giga impact this one there's no way to get past it

I love Archeops, but this made me question putting him on my team.

4 Stall

The fact that Sableye was mediocre and they gave it an ability that makes it more mediocre harms Sableye.

The issue here is that Sableye was mediocre to begin with. - KalloFox34

Slow Start and Truant are given to Pokemon that would be broken otherwise, but THIS is just bad. I mean, really bad. And I know, Payback, but that doesn't stop it from being terrible.

The thing about Sableye. Would you rather have the ability that makes your Status moves go first or the one that kills your Speed stat?

5 Run Away

"You met a Shiny Entei in this cave! " really all I met is Zubats yes now's my chance (accidently pressed the run away button) "You ran away successfully with Run Away! "
Sh t

Run away is an ability that lets you run away. That's pretty much it. This ability is worthless in battle and is just a waste of an ability slot

Not competitive at all - Doggus

No competitive purposes

6 Klutz

Nothing can be held and used... - Doggus

I voted only to say that it's not good, but not terrible. You know how many times I've battled Lopunny w/ Switcheroo Flame Orb/Iron Ball? Annoying.

No held item? Really

You can not use the item equiptd to the Pokemon except mega stones

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7 Illuminate

Thankfully, an already useless early-game Pokemon is the only Pokemon to actually have it. - KalloFox34

You have Illuminate, and you go to Mt.Moon

It makes encounter rate higher why would unless your are hunting shiny Pokemon?

Boring unless looking for rares - Doggus

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8 Infiltrator

How is this bad? It ignores the godly magic bounce dual screen espeon

Doesn't do anything bad - Doggus

9 Weak Armor

This is a great ability! Run Skarmory with swords dance and you sweep for free. Also Lord Helix with shell smash or custle

Weak Armor is mainly used by defensive Pokemon with barely any speed, this ability is so backwards that it turns a physical tank into a failure, Thus it should be higher.

This is actually a pretty good ability. Skarmory can troll with Guard Swap while keeping the Speed boost without keeping the Defense drop, and meanwhile, it can also force switches. It's also a pretty good ability on Vanilluxe. - EminemXLilKim

Truant is the worst in my opinion, but I voted Weak Armor to get it into the top ten.

10 Normalize

Can be okay under some circumstances, but if you're up against a ghost type you're screwed. - sandycheeks

Whyy? ghost types will wreck you

Actually not that bad because it can be used to do moves that a pokemon would normally be immune to (think thunder wave)

Makes all abilities the Pokemon uses Normal-Type. This is useless as Normal is the worst of all types, being super effective against nothing. If it turned all moves into moves of a better type such as Ice, it may be better. Well, actually, it wouldn't, since your coverage is still pathetic. - EminemXLilKim


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11 Gluttony

Only works with certain berries, and depending on your remaining HP, Sitrus Berries are often better anyway. - KalloFox34

So, whats your point? - Doggus

12 Frisk

How is this bad? Helps scouting, which is great in competitive play. - EminemXLilKim

An ok move if you want to be predictive - Doggus

I love Frisk! She like meets Sans I think :D

What's the point of this ability?
Every pokemon with this ability, have other, A LOT better ability.
Alolan Exeggutor have Harvest.
Yanma have Speed Boost.
Stantler - Sap Sipper.
Duskull have levitate.
Even Noivern's telepathy is more usefull.

13 Honey Gather

Sweet scent

Honey is bad anyway, just use sweet scent.

Completely useless for competitive

Honey is just useless outside of the Sinnoh games.

14 Wonder Guard

Who the heck put Wonder Guard on this list?

Flame orb shedinja for the win :P


15 Hustle

It’s not so bad if you have an accuracy boosting move or an X accuracy, but other than that, easily the worst non negative ability of all time. Nice, physical attacks hit harder, but you can't land them anymore. This should be in 5th place, as in just below the intentionally bad abilities. - PageEmperor

If an ability has the original Japanese name allude to seppuku and its French name literally as "agitation", you would be better off without it. And it's especially unnecessary for strictly special attackers like Togekiss.

I mean, it may boost your attack, but it's still pretty bad. Especially with moves that already have 70% or 80% accuracy. And Dynamic Punch? Forget it.

Lower accuracy is bad very bad

16 Emergency Exit

Do you hate setting up with swords dance? Were you too slow and the other Pokémon hit you for half health? Do you hate winning? This is the ability for you.

Golisopod has to low speed and sp def to be useful with this ability. I mean stealth rocks does 1/4 damage. and then a fast powerful move by the opponent and then it activates. when it comes out again, the same stuff happens only now it is defeated.

Just made an awesome Pokémon really bad!
Do I need to say more?

I don't think so. Just don't raise his stats, and you get to use First Impression twice. I think I win. - ckets4769

Playing against a baton pass golisopod. Max stats and everything.


...Emergency exit...

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17 Heavy Metal

Why this is bad? Low kick and grass knot require weight to deal heavy damage, making this bad if you do not predict it - Doggus

Autotomize halves the weight, but wastes a move - Doggus

18 Pure Power


What? Why is this here? - noo7na7

This ability is actually really good - KalloFox34

19 Damp

No one uses explosion after gen 5

Ever heard of scarf Lando-T?!

20 Zen Mode

...it's only on special Darmanitans... - Crazy_Regalia

Darmanitan is a good Pokemon with high attack and good physical moves. It also has belly drum, which maximizes attack. Why should it turn into a special attacker psychic type. This mode doesn't suit it's moveset. It's Only good special move is Overheat, which lowers SpA by two stages, so it's a one time use. Some use special TMs. But this ability doesn't activate until Darmanitan has reached 50% health. So, Darmanitan's special moves are useless until it has reached half health. And it will be quickly KOd because of low speed.
Zen mode increases Darmanitan's stats to 540, but it's still quite useless.

21 Water Absorb

It's bad! Do you know what it does? Heals the Pokemon with that ability if hit by a Water Type Move! I hate it! Unless it's my Pokemon who has that ability! - AngusMacdonaldMii

22 Delta Stream

This isn't a bad ability. - KalloFox34

Who put Delta Stream here?

23 No Guard

so? - Doggus

Dynamic Punch Machamp with No Guard
Your argument is invalid

I probably am using this for one or max 2 moves with low accuracy and meanwhile my opponent swaps to bull horn driller and takes me out. Yay.

24 Skill Link

Mega heracross can also learn arm thrust

Its actually not bad. mega heracross has it and can learn pin missile, bullet seed, and rock blast


25 Pickpocket

It requires you to not have an item for this ability to work, stupid ability

26 Swift Swim

Then just make it rain with a drizzle user idiot, this ability is great

Raises Speed when raining, but most of the time its never raining, #useless

27 Blaze
28 Splash

This is not an ability. It’s a move. - PageEmperor

29 Anger Point

Completely useful for fast Pokemon in double battles use storm throw

Nothing bad about this - Doggus

30 Aura Break

Just cancels the effects of auras... - Doggus

31 Magma Armor

It's a really good field though, for hatching eggs.

Magma Armor prevents freezing
All the Pokemon that get it are fire types
Why would someone use an ice move on a fire type
Even if a non-fire type had Magma Armor, the only moves that can freeze only have a 30% chance at BEST.

32 Keen Eye

Prevents your accuracy from being lowered; very rarely do you get your accuracy lowered and when you do it isn't a big deal.

33 Forewarn
34 Shadow Shield

For Lunala,this ability is useless.Raises defense when hp is full.WHATS THE POINT! IT ONLY WORKS ONE TURN THEN! WHY WOULD GAMEFREAK DO that! FOR GODS SAKE ITS LUNALA!

35 Parental Bond

It's the worst to fight against, but it's great if you have it. - KalloFox34

Its decent with seismic toss and great with power up punch.

Almost impossible to fight against. #frustrated #nerfmegakangaskhan

36 Pressure

No. It's actually a pretty useful ability to PP-Stall moves like Stone Edge. - EminemXLilKim

People couldn't think of an ability so they put this on legendaries. Not bad, but not good either.

Very useful - Doggus

37 Magician


38 Soundproof

Just cancels sound moves - Doggus

39 Overgrow

Any starter ability (excluding hidden abilities) is next to useless. - KalloFox34

40 Iron Fist
41 Wimp Out

I mean, unless you would happen to keep a dumb wimpod, this is not a good ability.

42 Comatose

Actually, it's a good ability with Sleep Talk and a Choice Scarf/Band. - KalloFox34

43 Inner Focus
44 Colour Change

It swaps your type to the move the opponent used on you, this makes it easy for the opponent to use a super effective move.

45 Sturdy

This isn't a bad ability, but it's unnecessary on Shuckle, whose defenses are so good that it doesn't really need it - KalloFox34

46 Mirror Coat

Tastes Like Chicken

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List Stats

400 votes
47 listings
6 years, 242 days old

Top Remixes

1. Slow Start
2. Truant
3. Run Away
1. Illuminate
2. Truant
3. Stall
1. Truant
2. Defeatist
3. Slow Start


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