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Skill Swap

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Psychic - - 10 0 - Single non-user

Description

The user trades its ability with the target. Fails if either the user or the target's ability is Illusion, Multitype, or Wonder Guard, or if both have the same ability. When either Pokemon switches out or faints, the effect is lost on them only; on the other, the effect persists until it also switches out or faints. This move cannot be blocked by Substitute. If an ability would activate upon switching in, such as Intimidate, then it will activate again upon being Skill Swapped.

Competitive Use

Skill Swap has next to no use in single battles, as giving up your Pokemon's ability for the enemy's can backfire extremely badly. Not to mention that most Pokemon with Skill Swap have great abilities in the first place. However, in doubles and triples, it allows Pokemon with awful abilities like Slaking and Regigigas to sweep teams after they swap their terrible abilities with their teammate's great ones. Skill Swap also has the benefit of only taking one turn to set up, and can even give the user of Skill Swap another weapon to use against the opponent should they acquire an ability like Truant from their teammate.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Abra Psychic LC Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 25 20 15 105 55 90 310
Alakazam Psychic OU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 55 50 45 135 85 120 490
Beheeyem Psychic NU Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 75 75 75 125 95 40 485
Chimecho Psychic NU Levitate 65 50 70 95 80 65 425
Chingling Psychic LC Levitate 45 30 50 65 50 45 285
Drowzee Psychic LC Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
Duosion Psychic NU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 65 40 50 125 60 30 370
Dusclops Ghost UU Pressure 40 70 130 60 130 25 455
Dusknoir Ghost RU Pressure 45 100 135 65 135 45 525
Duskull Ghost LC Levitate 20 40 90 30 90 25 295
Elgyem Psychic LC Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 55 55 55 85 55 30 335
Exeggcute Grass / Psychic LC Chlorophyll / Harvest 60 40 80 60 45 40 325
Exeggutor Grass / Psychic NU Chlorophyll / Harvest 95 95 85 125 65 55 520
Gallade Psychic / Fighting RU Steadfast / Justified 68 125 65 65 115 80 518
Gardevoir Psychic NU Synchronize / Trace / Telepathy 68 65 65 125 115 80 518
Girafarig Normal / Psychic NU Inner Focus / Early Bird / Sap Sipper 70 80 65 90 65 85 455
Grumpig Psychic NU Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Gluttony 80 45 65 90 110 80 470
Hypno Psychic NU Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
Kadabra Psychic NU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
Kecleon Normal NU Color Change 60 90 70 60 120 40 440
Misdreavus Ghost NU Levitate 60 60 60 85 85 85 435
Mismagius Ghost UU Levitate 60 60 60 105 105 105 495
Natu Psychic / Flying NU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 40 50 45 70 45 70 320
Ralts Psychic LC Synchronize / Trace / Telepathy 28 25 25 45 35 40 198
Reuniclus Psychic OU Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 110 65 75 125 85 30 490
Sigilyph Psychic / Flying RU Wonder Skin / Magic Guard / Tinted Lens 72 58 80 103 80 97 490
Solosis Psychic LC Overcoat / Magic Guard / Regenerator 45 30 40 105 50 20 290
Spoink Psychic LC Thick Fat / Own Tempo / Gluttony 60 25 35 70 80 60 330
Venomoth Bug / Poison BL2 Shield Dust / Tinted Lens / Wonder Skin 70 65 60 90 75 90 450
Venonat Bug / Poison LC Compoundeyes / Tinted Lens / Run Away 60 55 50 40 55 45 305
Xatu Psychic / Flying UU Synchronize / Early Bird / Magic Bounce 65 75 70 95 70 95 470