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Pokémon Sword and Shield are finally here, and they’ve brought along with them plenty of new features, new Pokémon, and brand-new moves. All of these new Pokémon have also brought along some new Abilities, switching things up a bit in the battle department.

Altogether, Pokémon Sword and Shield have 25 brand-new Abilities, several of which are exclusive to just one Pokémon or evolution line. 18 of these Abilities are basic Abilities that Pokémon found and caught normally in the wild can have, while the other seven are Hidden Abilities, only able to be obtained on their respective Pokémon through special means. Pokémon caught from Max Raid Battles have a chance of having their Hidden Ability, but Sword and Shield’s other methods of obtaining Hidden Abilities, if any, have not come to light yet.


List of new Abilities


Here’s a list of all 25 new Abilities in Pokémon Sword and Shield along with their effects, what Pokémon can have them, and if they’re a Hidden Ability or not. The entire row will be highlighted orange if the Ability is Hidden, as well.


Ability NameEffectPokémon That Can Have AbilityHidden Ability?
Ball FetchIf the Pokémon is not holding an item, it will fetch the Poké Ball from the first failed throw of the battle.YamperNo
Cotton DownWhen the Pokémon is hit by an attack, it scatters cotton fluff around and lowers the Speed stat of all Pokémon except itself.Gossifleur, EldegossNo
Dauntless ShieldBoosts the Pokémon's Defense stat when the Pokémon enters a battle.ZamazentaNo
Gorilla TacticsBoosts the Pokémon's Attack stat but only allows the use of the first selected move.Galarian DarmanitanNo
Gulp MissileWhen the Pokémon uses Surf or Dive, it will come back with prey. When it takes damage, it will spit out the prey to attack.CramorantNo
Hunger SwitchThe Pokémon changes its form, alternating between its Full Belly Mode and Hangry Mode after the end of each turn.MorpekoNo
Ice FaceThe Pokémon's ice head can take a physical attack as a substitute, but the attack also changes the Pokémon's appearance. The ice will be restored when it hails.EiscueNo
Ice ScalesThe Pokémon is protected by ice scales, which halve the damage taken from special moves.Snom, FrosmothYes
Intrepid SwordBoosts the Pokémon's Attack stat when the Pokémon enters a battle.ZacianNo
LiberoChanges the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's about to use.Scorbunny, Raboot, CinderaceYes
MimicryChanges the Pokémon's type depending on the terrain.Galarian StunfiskNo
Mirror ArmorBounces back only the stat-lowering effects that the Pokémon receives.CorviknightYes
Neutralizing GasIf the Pokémon with Neutralizing Gas is in the battle, the effects of all Pokémon's Abilities will be nullified or will not be triggered.Koffing, Weezing, Galarian WeezingNo
Pastel VeilProtects the Pokémon and its ally Pokémon from being poisoned.Galarian Ponyta, Galarian RapidashNo
Perish BodyWhen hit by a move that makes direct contact, the Pokémon and the attacker will faint after three turns unless they switch out of battle.CursolaYes
Power SpotJust being next to the Pokémon powers up moves.StonjournerNo
Propeller TailIgnores the effects of opposing Pokémon's Abilities and moves that draw in moves.Arrokuda, BarraskewdaYes
Punk RockBoosts the power of sound-based moves. The Pokémon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves.ToxtricityNo
RipenRipens Berries and doubles their effect.Applin, Flapple, AppletunNo
Sand SpitThe Pokémon creates a sandstorm when it's hit by an attack.Silicobra, SandacondaNo
Screen CleanerWhen the Pokémon enters a battle, the effects of Light Screen, Reflect, and Aurora Veil are nullified for both opposing and ally Pokémon.Galarian Mr. Mime, Mr. RimeNo
StalwartIgnores the effects of opposing Pokémon's Abilities and moves that draw in moves.DuraludonYes
Steam EngineBoosts the Pokémon's Speed stat drastically if hit by a Fire- or Water-type move.Rolycoly, Carkol, CoalossalNo
Steely SpiritPowers up ally Pokémon's Steel-type moves.PerrserkerYes
Wandering SpiritThe Pokémon exchanges Abilities with a Pokémon that hits it with a move that makes direct contact.Galarian Yamask, RunerigusNo


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