Worst Pokemon Abilities


The Top Ten

1 Truant

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.

It doesn't have any redeeming factors: It makes you immobile doing every other turn. The opponent can just use Protect every other turn and you can't do anything.


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2 Slow Start

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

For FIVE whole turns you get decreased speed and attack! This is why Regigigas is an unpopular Pokemon. - LugiaLover87

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

Maybe if it was 2 or 3 turns...

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3 Defeatist

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

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 - Doggus

Halving stats? This is one of the worst things (after Garbodor) that Gen V introduced.

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4 Stall

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 - Doggus

It just makes you go last like useing quash it's dumb and just horrible in any type of battle unless you use payback,revenge or avalanche

5 Run Away

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

"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! "
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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


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7 Illuminate

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

Boring unless looking for rares - Doggus

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

You have Illuminate, and you go to Mt.Moon

8 Infiltrator

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

Doesn't do anything bad - Doggus

9 Weak Armor

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.

Very very bad. - Doggus

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10 Normalize

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

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

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

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The Contenders

11 Gluttony

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

Honey is bad anyway, just use sweet scent.

Completely useless for competitive

Honey is just useless outside of the Sinnoh games.

Honey..? - Doggus

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14 Wonder Guard

Who the heck put Wonder Guard on this list?


Flame orb shedinja for the win :P

15 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

16 Emergency Exit

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...

GOLISOPOD?!? Really?

17 Hustle

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.

Accuracy is EVERYTHING! Attack RELIES on accuracy!

Lower accuracy is bad very bad

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18 Pure Power

What? Why is this here? - noo7na7

19 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.

20 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

21 Delta Stream

Who put Delta Stream here?

22 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.

23 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


24 Pickpocket

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

25 Anger Point

Completely useful for fast Pokemon in double battles use storm throw

Nothing bad about this - Doggus

26 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.

27 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.

28 Swift Swim

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

29 Blaze
30 Forewarn
31 Splash
32 Parental Bond

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

Almost impossible to fight against. #frustrated #nerfmegakangaskhan

33 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

34 Magician


35 Aura Break

Just cancels the effects of auras... - Doggus

36 Soundproof

Just cancels sound moves - Doggus

37 Damp
38 Overgrow
39 Iron Fist
40 Wimp Out

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

41 Comatose
42 Inner Focus
43 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!

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.

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List Stats

300 votes
44 listings
5 years, 337 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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