Simple (ability)

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Effect

The Simple ability doubles the number of stages of all stat changes. Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each, or lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

For example, using Swords Dance would increase the Pokémon's attack by 4 stages instead of the usual 2. If Tail Whip was targeted at a Pokémon with Simple, its Defense would drop 2 stages instead of 1.

The move Simple Beam can change a Pokémon's ability to Simple.

Changes

In Generation 4, Simple doubles the effects of stat changes but does not increase the actual number of stages. Stat increases are capped at the same multiplier of ×4, as per the table below. However, the resulting effect is exactly the same as current games.

Stage Stat increase
1 ×2
2 ×3
3 ×4
4 ×4
5 ×4
6 ×4

Game descriptions

Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The Pokémon is prone to wild stat changes.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The Pokémon is prone to wild stat changes.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The Pokémon is prone to wild stat changes.
Sun/Moon The stat changes the Pokémon receives are doubled.

Pokémon with Simple

#
Name
2nd ability
Hidden ability
Numel 322 Numel Oblivious Own Tempo
Bidoof 399 Bidoof Unaware Moody
Bibarel 400 Bibarel Unaware Moody

Simple as a hidden ability

#
Name
Other abilities
Woobat 527 Woobat Klutz
Unaware
Swoobat 528 Swoobat Klutz
Unaware