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Does Close Combat activate Defiant?

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I'm hoping that primape can be a huuuuge threat.

asked Feb 23 by mechacharizard

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Nope

Defiant only activates when the holder's stats are lowered by the opponent, which can be done by moves like Icy Wind or Sticky Web or the ability Intimidate, and as such, moves that lower the user's stats like Close Combat do not activate Defiant.

However, the ability Contrary inverse stat changes, so Close Combat would boost both defenses if the user had Contrary. Contrary Superpower is Malamar's gimmick for example.

Source: Experience

Hope this helps

answered Feb 23 by Ludicobro
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