New Abilities

As with all new Pokémon generations, Pokémon Sword & Shield introduce a variety of new abilities. This page is to list all of the new abilities introduced in Pokémon Sword & Shield .

List of New Abilities

Name Effect
Ball FetchIf the Pokémon is not holding an item, it will fetch the Poké Ball from the first failed throw of the battle.
Cotton DownWhen the Pokémon is hit by an attack, it scatters cotton fluff around and lowers the Speed stat of all Pokémon except itself.
Curious MedicineWhen the Pokémon is brought into battle, any stat alterations of allies are removed
Dauntless ShieldBoosts the Pokémon's Defense stat when the Pokémon enters a battle.
Dragon's MawIncreases the damage inflicted by Dragon-type moves by 50%
Gorilla TacticsBoosts the Pokémon's Attack stat but only allows the use of the first selected move.
Gulp MissileWhen the Pokémon uses Surf or Dive, it will come back with prey. When it takes damage, it will spit out the prey to attack.
Hunger SwitchThe Pokémon changes its form, alternating between its Full Belly Mode and Hangry Mode after the end of each turn.
Ice FaceThe Pokémon's ice head can take a physical attack as a substitute, but the attack also changes the Pokémon's appearance. The ice will be restored when it hails.
Ice ScalesThe Pokémon is protected by ice scales, which halve the damage taken from special moves.
Intrepid SwordBoosts the Pokémon's Attack stat when the Pokémon enters a battle.
LiberoChanges the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's about to use.
MimicryChanges the Pokémon's type depending on the terrain.
Mirror ArmorBounces back only the stat-lowering effects that the Pokémon receives.
Neutralizing GasIf the Pokémon with Neutralizing Gas is in the battle, the effects of all Pokémon's Abilities will be nullified or will not be triggered.
Pastel VeilProtects the Pokémon and its ally Pokémon from being poisoned.
Perish BodyWhen hit by a move that makes direct contact, the Pokémon and the attacker will faint after three turns unless they switch out of battle.
Power SpotJust being next to the Pokémon powers up moves.
Propeller TailIgnores the effects of opposing Pokémon's Abilities and moves that draw in moves.
Punk RockBoosts the power of sound-based moves. The Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.
Quick DrawAt the start of each turn, this Pokémon has a 30% chance of moving first in the Speed Priority Bracket
RipenRipens Berries and doubles their effect.
Sand SpitThe Pokémon creates a sandstorm when it's hit by an attack.
Screen CleanerWhen the Pokémon enters a battle, the effects of Light Screen, Reflect, and Aurora Veil are nullified for both opposing and ally Pokémon.
StalwartIgnores the effects of opposing Pokémon's Abilities and moves that draw in moves.
Steam EngineBoosts the Pokémon's Speed stat drastically if hit by a Fire- or Water-type move.
Steely SpiritPowers up ally Pokémon's Steel-type moves.
TransistorIncreases the damage inflicted by Electric-type moves by 50%
Unseen FistThe Pokémon can deal damage with moves that make physical contact, even if the target is protected.
Wandering SpiritThe Pokémon exchanges Abilities with a Pokémon that hits it with a move that makes direct contact.