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Shield Dust


The wielder is unaffected by secondary effects of moves. This includes 100% occurrences, such as from DynamicPunch and Inferno. Shield Dust prevents the flinching effects of Stench, King's Rock, and Razor Fang, as well as the potential secondary effects from using Fling with certain items. It does not prevent effects from moves where the move is dedicated to that effect, such as Thunder Wave. It does not prevent secondary effects from moves used by this Pokemon, such as Close Combat and AncientPower.

Competitive Use

This is actually a really good ability, but you cannot expect to see it very much when the five Pokemon that have it are Caterpie, Weedle, Venomoth, Wurmple, and Dustox. Venomoth is somewhat usable nowadays but would always much prefer Tinted Lens or Wonder Skin to Shield Dust. The other four are just awful, and this is a shame, because this ability could be really good on the right Pokemon.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Caterpie Bug LC Shield Dust / Run Away 45 30 35 20 20 45 195
Dustox Bug / Poison NU Shield Dust / Compoundeyes 60 50 70 50 90 65 385
Venomoth Bug / Poison BL2 Shield Dust / Tinted Lens / Wonder Skin 70 65 60 90 75 90 450
Weedle Bug / Poison LC Shield Dust / Run Away 40 35 30 20 20 50 195
Wurmple Bug LC Shield Dust / Run Away 45 45 35 20 30 20 195

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST