Lightning Rod (ability)

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Lightning Rod forces all single-target Electric-type moves - used by any other Pokémon on the field - to target this Pokémon, and with 100% accuracy. This includes the status move Thunder Wave. The ability is most useful in double/triple battles.

When hit by the move, it deals no damage to the ability-bearer but raises its Special Attack by one stage. Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each.

Lightning Rod will activate for an Electric-type Hidden Power, but not Electric-type Judgment.

The ability is overridden by other Pokémon becoming the center of attention from the moves Follow Me or Rage Powder.


In Generations 3-4, Lightning Rod did not increase Special Attack nor give immunity to Electric-type attacks. It also did not activate for Hidden Power.

In Generations 3-5, this ability's name was formatted as Lightningrod.

Game descriptions

Draws electrical moves.
The Pokémon draws in all Electric-type moves.
Black 2/White 2
Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Sp. Attack.
X/Y Draws in all Electric-type moves to boost its Sp. Atk stat.