Lightning Rod (ability)


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.

Other languages

English Lightning Rod
Japanese ひらいしん (Hiraishin)
German Blitzfänger
French Paratonnerre
Italian Parafulmine
Spanish Pararrayos

Pokémon with Lightning Rod

Lightning Rod as a hidden ability

No Pokémon have Lightning Rod as a hidden ability.