Pokemon Sword and Shield - New Abilities

Details on New Abilities in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Included are an overview and a list of abilities, their effects, and the Pokemon that acquire them.


An ability is a feature that allows a Pokemon to gain an additional passive effect. The ability can have an effect in battle, in the overworld, or both. A certain Pokemon can have one of a maximum of three different abilities. Normally, after capturing a Pokemon, it can have one of two abilities. In rare cases, a Pokemon can also be caught with its hidden ability through special means. Among them, there are also never-before-seen abilities which may share the same effect with already existing ones or showcase new effects that revolutionize the way a trainer interacts with the overworld or in battle.

Currently, the listed abilities cover those that were revealed in past trailers. We will update this when the games come out.

List of new abilities

Ability Effect Pokemon with this ability
Gulp Missile When the Pokemon uses Surf or Dive, it will come back with prey. When it takes damage, it will spit out the prey to attack. Cramorant
Neutralizing Gas When this Pokemon is sent out, it nullifies the abilities of all active Pokemon on the battlefield. Galarian Weezing
Steam Engine When this Pokemon is hit by a fire or water type attack, its speed increases by three stages. Rolycoly
Ball Fetch If the Pokemon is not holding an item, it will fetch the ball from the first failed throw of the battle. Yamper
Hunger Switch The Pokemon changes its form, alternating between its Full Belly Mode and Hangry Mode after the end of each turn. Morpeko
Cotton Down Lowers the speed of the Pokemon that attacked it. Gossifleur, Eldegoss
Mirror Armor The Pokemon with this ability reflects any stat lowering effects back to its foe. Corviknight
Pastel Veil Protects the Pokemon and its ally Pokemon from being poisoned. Ponyta, Rapidash
Gorilla Tactics Boosts the Pokemon’s Attack stat but only allows the use of the first selected move. Darmanitan
Wandering Spirit The Pokemon exchanges Abilities with a Pokemon that hits with a move that makes direct contact. Yamask, Runerigus
Perish Body When hit by a move that makes direct contact, the Pokemon and the attack will faint after three turns unless they switch out of battle. Cursola
Steely Spirit Powers up ally Pokemon’s Steel-type moves. Perrserker
Screen Cleaner When the Pokemon enters a battle, the effects of Light Screen, Reflect, and Aurora Veil are nullified for both opposing and ally Pokemon. Mr. Mime, Mr. Rime
Mimicry Changes the Pokemon’s type depending on the terrain. Stunfisk
Power Spot Just being next to the Pokemon powers up moves. Stonjourner
Ice Face The Pokemon’s ice head can take a physical attack as a substitute, but the attack also changes the Pokemon’s appearance. The ice will be restored when it hails. Eiscue
Ripen Ripens Berries and doubles their effect. Applin
Ice Scales The Pokemon is protected by ice scales, which halve the damage taken from special moves. Snom, Frosmoth
Sand Spit The Pokemon creates a sandstorm when it’s hit by an attack. Silicobra, Sandaconda
Punk Rock Boosts the power of sound-based moves. The Pokemon also takes half the damage from these kinds of moves. Toxtricity
Stalwart Ignores the effects of opposing Pokemon’s Abilities and moves that draw in moves. Duraludon
Propeller Tail Ignores the effects of opposing Pokemon’s Abilities and moves that draw in moves. Arrokuda, Barraskewda
Libero Changes the Pokemon’s type to the type of the move it’s about to use. Scorbunny
Intrepid Sword Boosts the Pokemon’s attack stat when the Pokemon enters a battle. Zacian
Dauntless Shield Boosts the Pokemon’s defense stat when the Pokemon enters a battle. Zamazenta

Pokemon Sword and Shield Recommended Article List

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Expansion Pass All Diglett Locations Gen 8 Starters
Galar Dex Pokemon Battles Walkthroughs
Beginner Guides Strategy Guides Game Database
Strategy Guides Post-Game TM Locations
TR List Evolution Stones Evolution Methods

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