‘Pokémon Sun And Moon’ Ability List: Every New Skill In The Game

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Tapu Koko and the other Tapus may change the metagame of 'Pokemon Sun and Moon' Pokemon Company

Every new main Pokémon game brings with it some new abilities to wreak havoc on the battlefield. And in Pokémon Sun and Moon , there are a lot of new abilities that trainers have to create new strategies for and strategies against.

Some of these abilities a Pokémon gets innately but some of these new skills are Hidden Abilities and are rarer to find.

There are also some older Pokémon that receive these new abilities, which can change the way trainers will use them in battle.

Here’s a list of all the new abilities in Sun and Moon, with any Hidden Ability italicized. There are spoilers below, so beware.



Powers up ally Pokémon’s special moves.

Battle Bond


Defeating an opposing Pokémon strengthens the Pokémon’s bond with its Trainer, and it becomes Ash-Greninja. Water Shuriken gets more powerful.

Beast Boost

Ultra Beasts

The Pokémon boosts its most proficient stat each time it knocks out a Pokémon.



Boosts the Pokémon’s Sp. Atk stat when it takes a hit that causes its HP to become half or less.



It’s always drowsing and will never wake up. It can attack without waking up.


Salandit and Salazzle

The Pokémon can poison the target even if it’s a Steel or Poison type.



When another Pokémon uses a dance move, it can use a dance move following it regardless of its Speed.



Surprises the opposing Pokémon, making it unable to attack using priority moves.



Once per battle, the shroud that covers the Pokémon can protect it from an attack.

Electric Surge

Tapu Koko

Turns the ground into Electric Terrain when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Emergency Exit


The Pokémon, sensing danger, switches out when its HP becomes half or less.


Stufful and Bewear

Halves the damage taken from moves that make direct contact, but doubles that of Fire-type moves.

Full Metal Body


Prevents other Pokémon’s moves or Abilities from lowering the Pokémon’s stats.


Alola Geodude, Graveler and Golem

Normal-type moves become Electric-type moves. The power of those moves is boosted a little.

Grassy Surge

Tapu Bulu

Turns the ground into Grassy Terrain when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Innards Out


Damages the attacker landing the finishing hit by the amount equal to its last HP.

Liquid Voice*

Popplio, Brionne and Primarina

All sound-based moves become Water-type moves.

Long Reach*

Rowlet, Dartrix and Decidueye

The Pokémon uses its moves without making contact with the target.



The Pokémon’s attacks become critical hits if the target is poisoned.

Misty Surge

Tapu Fini

Turns the ground into Misty Terrain when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Power Construct


Other Cells gather to aid when its HP becomes half or less. Then the Pokémon changes its form to Complete Forme.

Power of Alchemy*

Alola Grimer and Muk

The Pokémon copies the Ability of a defeated ally.

Prism Armor


Reduces the power of supereffective attacks taken.

Psychic Surge

Tapu Lele

Turns the ground into Psychic Terrain when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Queenly Majesty


Its majesty pressures the opposing Pokémon, making it unable to attack using priority moves.



The Pokémon copies the Ability of a defeated ally.

RKS System


Changes the Pokémon’s type to match the memory disc it holds.



When it has a lot of HP, the Pokémon forms a powerful school. It stops schooling when its HP is low.

Shadow Shield


Reduces the amount of damage the Pokémon takes while its HP is full.

Shields Down


When its HP becomes half or less, the Pokémon’s shell breaks and it becomes aggressive.

Slush Rush*

Alola Sandshrew, Sandslash and Cubchoo

Boosts the Pokémon’s Speed stat in a hailstorm.



Boosts its Sp. Atk stat every time a Pokémon faints.



Doubles the damage dealt to the target’s replacement if the target switches out.


Mudsbray and Mudsdale

Boosts the Defense stat when hit by an attack.



Powers up Steel-type moves.

Surge Surfer

Alola Raichu

Doubles the Pokémon’s Speed stat on Electric Terrain.

Tangling Hair

Alola Diglett

Contact with the Pokémon lowers the attacker’s Speed stat.



Gives priority to a healing move.

Water Bubble


Lowers the power of Fire-type moves done to the Pokémon and prevents the Pokémon from getting a burn.

Water Compaction


Boosts the Pokémon’s Defense stat sharply when hit by a Water-type move.

Wimp Out


The Pokémon cowardly switches out when its HP becomes half or less.

But wait, there’s more! Check out our full list of Pokémon Sun And Moon Guides below:

How To Catch Every Legendary In Alola

Munchlax Distribution: How To Download Special Snorlax With Z-Crystal

Ash-Greninja Transfer: How To Bring Special Pokémon Over From Demo

Z-Crystal Locations: Where To Find What You Need To Unleash Unstoppable Attacks

Attacks List: Every New Move And Who Can Learn Them

Mega Stone List And Locations: When Can You Get Mega Evolution In Alola?

EV Training Guide: Ally Chaining And Hyper Training Explained

Breeding Guide: Everything You Need To Customize Your Perfect Pokémon

TM Locations: Every Move And Where To Find Them In Alola

Affection Guide: How To Raise Affection And Boost XP Gain With Pokémon Refresh

Ultra Beasts: Everything You Need To Know

Battle Tree: Rules, Scouting And Everything You Need To Know

Zygarde Cell Locations: How They Work And Where To Find Them

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