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.

Pokémon with Lightning Rod

2nd ability
Hidden ability
104 Cubone Rock Head Battle Armor
105 Marowak Rock Head Battle Armor
111 Rhyhorn Rock Head Reckless
112 Rhydon Rock Head Reckless
254 Sceptile
Mega Sceptile
309 Electrike Static Minus
310 Manectric Static Minus
464 Rhyperior Solid Rock Reckless
522 Blitzle Motor Drive Sap Sipper
523 Zebstrika Motor Drive Sap Sipper

Lightning Rod as a hidden ability

Other abilities
025 Pikachu Static
026 Raichu Static
118 Goldeen Swift Swim
Water Veil
119 Seaking Swift Swim
Water Veil
145 Zapdos Pressure
172 Pichu Static
311 Plusle Plus