Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Cover

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are the newest titles in the series of games based on the hit anime television series of the same name. Along with the new titles, there are also new abilities that Trainers can use to gain the upper hand in every Pokemon battle they participate in. If you’re only starting on your journey to becoming the best, you’ve come to the right place! Here are all the new abilities in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these so you can catch ’em all!

All new abilities in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To make your experience in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you should become acquainted with a wide variety of abilities you can use in battle. By doing so, you can form the perfect team compositions and lineups to aid you on your journey.

There are a total of 31 new abilities introduced in both titles. Some of the new abilities available to Trainers can only be used on specific Terrains so be mindful of that! Here is a brief overview of the new abilities. Scroll down to know more about each ability’s effect when used!

  • Anger Shell
  • Armor Tail
  • Beads of Ruin
  • Commander
  • Costar
  • Cud Chew
  • Earth Eater
  • Electromorphosis
  • Good as Gold
  • Guard Dog
  • Hadron Engine
  • Lingering Aroma
  • Mycelium Might
  • Opportunist
  • Orichalcum Pulse
  • Protosynthesis
  • Purifying Salt
  • Quark Drive
  • Rocky Payload
  • Seed Sower
  • Sharpness
  • Supreme Overlord
  • Sword of Ruin
  • Tablets of Ruin
  • Thermal Exchange
  • Toxic Debris
  • Vessel of Ruin
  • Well-Baked Body
  • Wind Power
  • Wind Rider
  • Zero to Hero

Anger Shell

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Anger Shell
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

If one of your Pokemon is dealt an attack that causes its HP to drop to half or less, it gets angry. In its angered state, their Defense and Sp. Def stats are lowered. On the flip side, its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats receive a significant boost.

Armor Tail

With this ability, a mysterious tail covers the Pokemon’s head. This tail makes it impossible for enemy Pokemon to use their priority moves against the Pokemon with the Armor tail and its allies.

Beads of Ruin

The Beads of Ruin ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet lowers the Sp. Def stats of all other Pokemon.

Commander

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Commander
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

For this ability, Trainers need a Dondozo on their team. With an ally Dondozo on the field, the Pokemon can then go into its mouth and issue commands from there.

Costar

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Costar
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

Pokemon with this ability can copy an ally’s stat changes.

Cud Chew

If a Pokemon with this ability consumes a Berry, it will spit the Berry out at the end of the next turn and eat it again.

Earth Eater

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Earth Eater
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

Instead of taking damage, a Pokemon restores its HP when hit by a Ground-type move.

Electromorphosis

When taking damage, Pokemon with this ability become charged. If they use an Electric-type move while they are in a charged state, it boosts the move’s power.

Good as Gold

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Good as Gold
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

A Pokemon has a body made out of solid gold that makes them immune to other Pokemon’s status moves.

Guard Dog

A Pokemon’s Attack stat is boosted during the battle when it gets intimidated. Any moves and items forcing the Pokemon out of the battle will also be unusable.

Hadron Engine

When the Pokemon with this ability joins the battle, the ground transforms into Electric Terrain. On the new terrain, the Pokemon’s Sp. Atk stat gets a boost with the help of the futuristic engine.

Lingering Aroma

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Lingering Aroma
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

If an attacker gets into contact with Pokemon using this ability, it changes their Ability to Lingering Aroma.

Mycelium Might

Pokemon with this ability will always hit the enemy Pokemon with their status moves. The only catch is that they act slower when using status moves.

Opportunist

Another new ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is the Opportunist ability. If an enemy Pokemon’s stats are boosted, Pokemon with this ability will take the opportunity to boost the same stats as well.

Orichalcum Pulse

Pokemon with this ability make the sunlight harsh once they join the battle. When this happens, their Attack stat receives a boost.

Protosynthesis

Similar to the previous ability, Protosynthesis can be activated in harsh sunlight. Additionally, if a Pokemon is holding Booster Energy, this ability is activated. The Pokemon’s most proficient stat receives a boost when this occurs.

Purifying Salt

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Purifying Salt
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, one of the abilities you can use protects you from Ghost-type moves. Using the pure salt of the Pokemon, it protects itself from status conditions and decreases any damage taken from Ghost-type hits.

Quark Drive

If the Pokemon is on Electric Terrain or if they are holding Booster Energy, its most proficient stat receives a significant boost.

Rocky Payload

Most effective for Rock-type Pokemon. This ability powers up any Rock-type moves cast.

Seed Sower

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Seed Sower
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

When a Pokemon gets hit by an attack in Scarlet and Violet, the Seed Sower ability turns the ground into Grassy Terrain.

Sharpness

When casting slicing moves, it becomes more powerful.

Supreme Overlord

Best save your Pokemon with this ability in the middle or final stretch of a battle. When a Pokemon enters a battle in Scarlet or Violet, its Attack and Sp. Atk stats receive a little boost depending on how many allies in its party have been defeated.

Sword of Ruin

With the Pokemon’s ruinous sword, it lowers the Defense stats of every Pokemon excluding itself.

Tablets of Ruin

This ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet gives a Pokemon the power to lower the Attack stats of every Pokemon aside from itself.

Thermal Exchange

If a Pokemon gets hit by a Fire-type move, its Attack stat is boosted and it cannot be inflicted with any Burning status.

Toxic Debris

When a Pokemon takes damage from physical moves, poisonous spikes will appear at the feet of the units in the enemy team.

Vessel of Ruin

Through the ruinous vessel, the Sp. Atk stats of all Pokemon aside from the one with this ability are lowered.

Well-Baked Body

Fire-type moves are ineffective against Pokemon possessing this ability. The Defense stat gets a large boost when hit by a Fire-type move.

Wind Power

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Wind Power
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

When a wind move hits a Pokemon with this ability, it becomes charged. While it is charged, any Electric-type move the affected Pokemon uses next is more powerful.

Wind Rider

If Tailwind takes effect or if the Pokemon is hit by a window move, its Attack stat is boosted. Furthermore, wind moves deal no damage to Pokemon with this ability.

Zero to Hero

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - All new abilities Explained - Zero to Hero
Screengrab Courtesy of Nintendo Unity via YouTube

If you switch out a Pokemon during a battle, it transforms into its Hero Form.

RELATED NEWS: Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet – Best Hold items List + Where to find

Which do you think is the most powerful among all the new abilities in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? Let us know in the comments below! Until then, stay with us here at Spiel Times for more content.

Make sure you subscribe to our push-notifications and never miss an update from the world of video games, cinema, and sports. You can also follow us on Twitter @spieltimes for the latest PS5 restock and drop. Stay Safe and Happy Gaming!
SOURCES: Game Freak, Serebii.net, Nintendo Unity Official YouTube Channel
Kath is just a small-time gamer with dreams of getting a simulator game that's like Sims 4, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing all rolled into one. In their spare time, Kath hosts streams with friends while playing online multiplayer games like Valorant and Call of Duty. There isn't any type of game Kath shies away from... except if it's a horror game. Make Kath choose between eating a ghost pepper or playing Outlast and they'll endure the pain that comes with eating a ghost pepper. At the moment, Kath is getting lost in the world of Teyvat with Raiden Shogun, Zhongli, and Venti on their current team. Instead of going for the meta, Kath's main goal in Genshin Impact is to have all the Archons on her roster. Ask Kath what Genshin Impact is and prepare yourself for a very lengthy and detailed conversation about the open-world RPG. Aside from gaming, Kath also likes to dabble in playing music and some creative writing. With all of these hobbies and interests, it's a surprise Kath still gets bored from time to time.