Worst Pokemon Abilities

The Top Ten


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*

Slow start halves 2 stats. Truant pretty much halves ALL stats

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!

Um, this was made to balance Slaking. If he didn't have this, Norman's Slaking probably wouldn't be possible.

Slow Start

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

At least with Truant, you can use recharge moves for that turn you miss. Slow Start on the other hand...

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

Please buff regigigas, it needs it! Maybe do 3 quarters of attack and speed... Oh yeah, and regigigas can learn substitute. You could do substitute-heal pulse, and infiltrator isn't that common. Just beware of taunt, but u can switch


My friend loves Archeops, I think I'll just use one surf and set up like 20 swords dances and then hit it when I'm bored

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

Why would any Pokemon have an ability that halves it's own stats... Game Freak does odd things sometimes.

Doesn't do anything clutch, just harms you for getting hurt

Run Away

At least this has some use in game (but definitely not competitive)

HM slave with Run Away is decent for getting though caves...although you could just use repels or lead your fastest pokemon.

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

No competitive purposes


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

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?

If paired with analytic, this may work greatly


Ok, sure, put this on random Pokemon to severely cripple them so you have to get another one

Nothing can be held and used...

No held item? Really

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.

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.

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


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

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

Boring unless looking for rares

No effect in battle, horribly annoying effect outside of battle.


On the upside, now you can paralyze Ground-types!
On the downside, you're screwed if you go up against any Ghost-types

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

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.

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


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

Doesn't do anything bad

The Contenders


So, whats your point?

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


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

An ok move if you want to be predictive

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.

Honey Gather

Honey is bad anyway, just use sweet scent.

Completely useless for competitive

Honey is just useless outside of the Sinnoh games.

Come on!

Wonder Guard

Who the heck put Wonder Guard on this list?


Flame orb shedinja for the win :P

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

Autotomize halves the weight, but wastes a move


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.

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.

Lowers accuracy, by 20%? HOW IS THIS GOOD

Accuracy is EVERYTHING! Attack RELIES on accuracy!

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.

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.

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.

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


...Emergency exit...


No one uses explosion after gen 5

Ever heard of scarf Lando-T?!

Pure Power

What? Why is this here?


This ability is actually really good

No Guard

This move is Great and Terrible all at once.


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.

Zen Mode

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.

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

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!

Delta Stream

Who put Delta Stream here?

This isn't a bad ability.

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

Good for slow bulky water types


Not very great on the Pokemon that get access to it, but still can be useful

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