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.
Draws in all Electric-type moves to boost its Sp. Atk stat.
Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
The Pokémon draws in all Electric-type moves. Instead of being hit by Electric-type moves, it boosts its Sp. Atk.

Pokémon with Lightning Rod

2nd ability
Hidden ability
Cubone 104 Cubone Rock Head Battle Armor
Marowak 105 Marowak Rock Head Battle Armor
Alolan Marowak 105 Marowak
Alolan Marowak
Cursed Body Rock Head
Rhyhorn 111 Rhyhorn Rock Head Reckless
Rhydon 112 Rhydon Rock Head Reckless
Mega Sceptile 254 Sceptile
Mega Sceptile
Electrike 309 Electrike Static Minus
Manectric 310 Manectric Static Minus
Rhyperior 464 Rhyperior Solid Rock Reckless
Blitzle 522 Blitzle Motor Drive Sap Sipper
Zebstrika 523 Zebstrika Motor Drive Sap Sipper
Togedemaru 777 Togedemaru Iron Barbs Sturdy

Lightning Rod as a hidden ability

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