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Vital Spirit

Description

The wielder cannot be put to sleep. Rest will fail when used by the wielder. If the wielder is sleeping, it is instantly cured of sleep. A Pokemon with Mold Breaker can target the wielder with Yawn and make it drowsy, but the wielder will fail to fall asleep (unless it no longer has Vital Spirit the next turn).

Outside of battle, if the wielder of Vital Spirit is leading the party, then Vital Spirit increases the chance to encounter a higher-level wild Pokemon by 50%.

Competitive Use

Up to DPP, the only fully evolved Pokemon with access to Vital Spirit were Delibird (which is absolutely useless) and Primeape. In the latter's case, it was the better option over the unreliable Anger Point.

With the advent of the Dream World, Magmortar and Electivire received Vital Spirit, and Primeape, Defiant. Electivire will still use the much better Motor Drive, but Magmortar can take advantage of being able to switch in a sleep-inducing move and fire off powerful attacks. In Primeape's case, Defiant can be a tempting option, but frail as it is, it will appreciate being able to switch in more often.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Delibird Ice / Flying NU Vital Spirit / Hustle / Insomnia 45 55 45 65 45 75 330
Lillipup Normal LC Vital Spirit / Pickup / Run Away 45 60 45 25 45 55 275
Mankey Fighting LC Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Electabuzz Electric NU Static / Vital Spirit 65 83 57 95 85 105 490
Electivire Electric RU Motor Drive / Vital Spirit 75 123 67 95 85 95 540
Elekid Electric LC Static / Vital Spirit 45 63 37 65 55 95 360
Magby Fire LC Flame Body / Vital Spirit 45 75 37 70 55 83 365
Magmar Fire NU Flame Body / Vital Spirit 65 95 57 100 85 93 495
Magmortar Fire RU Flame Body / Vital Spirit 75 95 67 125 95 83 540
Tyrogue Fighting LC Guts / Steadfast / Vital Spirit 35 35 35 35 35 35 210