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Frisk

Description

On switch-in, the opponent's held item is displayed. In multi battles, it randomly selects an opponent, and does not tell you which opponent was selected. Frisk will immediately activate whenever the ability is acquired, such as through Skill Swap or Role Play.

Competitive Use

This ability can be a nice benefit, since it uncovers the foe's held item, putting you one step ahead of your opponent, as you can accurately predict the opponent's set from the item it is holding before it has even had a chance to move. For example, Rotom-W holding a Choice item will likely use Trick on you rather than a status move, or Latios holding Choice Specs will likely have Draco Meteor. However, the ability's distribution is rather disappointing, as the ability is more or less limited to poor Pokemon such as Stantler and Banette, and even those Pokemon have better abilities to use. The only halfway decent Pokemon to receive the move is Yanmega, through the Dream World, who already has two far better abilities to make use of instead.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Banette Ghost NU Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 64 115 65 83 63 65 455
Gothita Psychic LC Frisk / Shadow Tag 45 30 50 55 65 45 290
Gothitelle Psychic BL Frisk / Shadow Tag 70 55 95 95 110 65 490
Gothorita Psychic NU Frisk / Shadow Tag 60 45 70 75 85 55 390
Shuppet Ghost LC Insomnia / Frisk / Cursed Body 44 75 35 63 33 45 295
Stantler Normal NU Intimidate / Frisk / Sap Sipper 73 95 62 85 65 85 465

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Furret Normal NU Run Away / Keen Eye / Frisk 85 76 64 45 55 90 415
Sentret Normal LC Run Away / Keen Eye / Frisk 35 46 34 35 45 20 215
Wigglytuff Normal NU Cute Charm / Frisk 140 70 45 75 50 45 425
Yanmega Bug / Flying UU Speed Boost / Tinted Lens / Frisk 86 76 86 116 56 95 515