Pokémon abilities

Each ability from the latest generation of Pokémon games is listed below, along with a short description and how many Pokémon can have that ability. Click an ability name to see the Pokémon that can learn it.

About Pokémon abilities

Abilities, introduced in Generation 3 (Ruby/Sapphire), are special attributes given to each Pokémon that can aid them in battle. Many abilities act as a power-up by increasing a move or stat; others introduce a third-party effect like a weather condition. Some abilities can even hinder a Pokémon battle.

Each Pokémon can have only one ability, however, some have the option of two different abilities. The choice is random and each ability is equally likely. There are 308 single-ability Pokémon and 355 dual-ability Pokémon.

In Pokémon Black & White, a third hidden ability was introduced. The third ability is only available when a Pokémon is returned from the Dream World, a new online feature that is part of the Pokémon Global Link. 568 Pokémon have a Dream World ability.

Interesting questions

A selection of related questions from PokéBase:

The ability list