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Skill Link

Description

Multi-hit moves used by the wielder will always hit the maximum number of times. The number of hits is determined before the move is executed, so even if the wielder loses Skill Link mid-attack (via Mummy), it will still hit the maximum number of times. When Triple Kick is used by the wielder, it has only one accuracy check instead of three; if it hits the first kick, it will hit all three.

Competitive Use

Skill Link is most commonly seen on Cloyster, who is definitely a Pokemon to prepare for. After a Shell Smash, an effective 125 Base Power Icicle Spear due to Skill Link is going to hurt everything that doesn't resist it. Cloyster also has Rock Blast to watch out for as well. It allows multi-hit moves to become viable and moves such as Icicle Spear to become extremely powerful without any drawbacks, besides possibly accuracy. The only other notable user is Cinccino, who possesses monstrous power in RU thanks to its combination of high Speed, decent Attack, and Tail Slap, Rock Blast, and Bullet Seed, all of which are maximized by Skill Link.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Cloyster Water / Ice OU Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 50 95 180 85 45 70 525
Shellder Water LC Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 30 65 100 45 25 40 305

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Aipom Normal LC Run Away / Pickup / Skill Link 55 70 55 40 55 85 360
Ambipom Normal UU Technician / Pickup / Skill Link 75 100 66 60 66 115 482
Cinccino Normal RU Cute Charm / Technician / Skill Link 75 95 60 65 60 115 470
Minccino Normal LC Cute Charm / Technician / Skill Link 55 50 40 40 40 75 300