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Rivalry

Description

When the wielder attacks an opponent of the same gender as itself, the power of its attack increases by 25%. When the wielder attacks an opponent of the opposite gender, the power of its attack decreases by 25%. The damage is unaltered if either Pokemon has no gender.

Competitive Use

Rivalry is a good ability on simulators but generally bad on Wi-Fi or playing Pokemon on cartridges. The simple reason for this is that on nearly all simulators, the default option for gender is male, and no-one really changes it, whereas on the cartridge the gender is almost always totally random. Therefore if you want to abuse Rivalry, stick to playing on simulators and not on the DS itself. The main user of Rivalry is Haxorus, as its Attack stat is among the highest in the game, and another boost to its power will not go amiss. However, since Mold Breaker is a great asset to Haxorus, you won't see Rivalry too often even on simulators, as some of its counters are destroyed by Mold Breaker. Nidoking can also use it but Sheer Force is the more lucrative option.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Axew Dragon LC Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 46 87 60 30 40 57 320
Fraxure Dragon NU Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 66 117 70 40 50 67 410
Haxorus Dragon OU Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 76 147 90 60 70 97 540
Luxray Electric NU Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 80 120 79 95 79 70 523
Nidoking Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 81 92 77 85 75 85 495
Nidoqueen Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 90 82 87 75 85 76 495
Nidoran-F Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 55 47 52 40 40 41 275
Nidoran-M Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 46 57 40 40 40 50 273
Shinx Electric LC Rivalry / Intimidate / Guts 45 65 34 40 34 45 263

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Beautifly Bug / Flying NU Swarm / Rivalry 60 70 50 90 50 65 385
Pidove Normal / Flying LC Big Pecks / Super Luck / Rivalry 50 55 50 36 30 43 264
Unfezant Normal / Flying NU Big Pecks / Super Luck / Rivalry 80 105 80 65 55 93 478