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Anticipation

Description

On switch-in, the wielder shudders if any foe has a super effective or OHKO move. It does not alert the wielder to OHKO moves that cannot hit it. Counter, Metal Burst, and Mirror Coat count as attacking moves of their respective types, while Bide, Hidden Power, Judgment, Natural Gift, Techno Blast, and Weather Ball are considered Normal-type moves. Anticipation will immediately activate whenever the ability is acquired, such as through Skill Swap or Role Play.

Competitive Use

Anticipation is mediocre competitively and in-game. Unlike most other competitively useless abilities, it doesn't have an in-game benefit. Toxicroak and Whiscash have better abilities, even though in Whiscash's case, Oblivious is still pretty useless. It is Wormadam's only non-Dream World ability, but Wormadam shouldn't ever be used regardless. With OHKO moves being banned in standard play, half of Anticipation's purpose is removed. It doesn't distinguish the individual moves themselves, so it provides little information anyway.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Barboach Water / Ground LC Oblivious / Anticipation / Hydration 50 48 43 46 41 60 288
Croagunk Poison / Fighting LC Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
Toxicroak Poison / Fighting OU Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 83 106 65 86 65 85 490
Whiscash Water / Ground NU Oblivious / Anticipation / Hydration 110 78 73 76 71 60 468
Wormadam Bug / Grass NU Anticipation / Overcoat 60 59 85 79 105 36 424
Wormadam-G Bug / Ground NU Anticipation / Overcoat 60 79 105 59 85 36 424
Wormadam-S Bug / Steel NU Anticipation / Overcoat 60 69 95 69 95 36 424

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Eevee Normal LC Run Away / Adaptability / Anticipation 55 55 50 45 65 55 325