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Shadow Tag


Opposing Pokemon cannot switch out while the wielder is on the field, unless both Pokemon have Shadow Tag. Opposing Pokemon can escape by using Baton Pass, U-turn, or Volt Switch (as long as the wielder isn't immune to Volt Switch), or by holding the item Shed Shell. Shadow Tag does not prevent the effect of Eject Button. In multi battles, Shadow Tag does not affect your partner Pokemon, nor does it affect non-adjacent opponents.

Competitive Use

Shadow Tag is still an awfully good ability, it's just that now Wobbuffet has had one of its main tools, Encore, become heavily nerfed in single battles, its relative value has reduced somewhat. Therefore, although Wobbuffet is still seen, you won't see it very often. However, do not underestimate this ability, as the power of trapping an opposing Pokemon especially with something threatening like Wobbuffet is not to be underestimated. Gothitelle, as well as Gothorita in the lower tiers, can make use of Shadow Tag from the Dream World to enable them to revenge kill almost anything, as well as potentially to set up Calm Mind, although they are typically too slow and weak to outright sweep teams. Even so, the worst Shadow Tag has to offer is yet to come, since Chandelure gets this as a Dream World ability, and has been proven to be horrible to face with the combination of Shadow Tag and its monstrous attacking power, not to mention the ability to freely set up Calm Mind. As far as abilities go, Shadow Tag is easily one of the best.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Wobbuffet Psychic BL Shadow Tag / Telepathy 190 33 58 33 58 33 405
Wynaut Psychic LC Shadow Tag / Telepathy 95 23 48 23 48 23 260

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Chandelure Ghost / Fire UU Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 60 55 90 145 90 80 520
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
Lampent Ghost / Fire NU Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 60 40 60 95 60 55 370
Litwick Ghost / Fire LC Flash Fire / Flame Body / Shadow Tag 50 30 55 65 55 20 275