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Early Bird

Description

If the wielder is asleep, its sleep counter decreases by two every turn before it attacks rather than the usual one, allowing the wielder to either wake up immediately or after a single turn, depending on the randomly generated sleep counter. This effect also applies to user-induced sleep caused by moves such as Rest.

Competitive Use

Despite being a decent ability, many of the Pokemon who get this ability cannot utilize it well, either because they get a better secondary ability, or because they are just not very good themselves. Sleep-inducing moves are also not very common; the most common is Spore, making this ability fairly unreliable without using Rest. Many Pokemon who do get this ability however are not bulky enough to take a hit to make this an effective strategy.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Dodrio Normal / Flying NU Run Away / Early Bird / Tangled Feet 60 110 70 60 60 100 460
Doduo Normal / Flying LC Run Away / Early Bird / Tangled Feet 35 85 45 35 35 75 310
Girafarig Normal / Psychic NU Inner Focus / Early Bird / Sap Sipper 70 80 65 90 65 85 455
Houndoom Dark / Fire UU Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 75 90 50 110 80 95 500
Houndour Dark / Fire LC Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 45 60 30 80 50 65 330
Kangaskhan Normal NU Early Bird / Scrappy / Inner Focus 105 95 80 40 80 90 490
Ledian Bug / Flying NU Swarm / Early Bird / Iron Fist 55 35 50 55 110 85 390
Ledyba Bug / Flying LC Swarm / Early Bird / Rattled 40 20 30 40 80 55 265
Natu Psychic / Flying NU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 40 50 45 70 45 70 320
Seedot Grass LC Chlorophyll / Early Bird / Pickpocket 40 40 50 30 30 30 220
Shiftry Grass / Dark NU Chlorophyll / Early Bird / Pickpocket 90 100 60 90 60 80 480
Xatu Psychic / Flying UU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 65 75 70 95 70 95 470

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Sunflora Grass NU Chlorophyll / Solar Power / Early Bird 75 75 55 105 85 30 425
Sunkern Grass LC Chlorophyll / Solar Power / Early Bird 30 30 30 30 30 30 180