Rough Skin (Ability)

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Rough Skin さめはだ
Flavor text
Generation III
Hurts to touch.
Generation IV
Inflicts damage to the foe on contact.
Generation V
Inflicts damage to the foe on contact.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Rough Skin (Japanese: さめはだ Sharkskin) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Six Pokémon can have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Carvanha and Sharpedo.


In battle

Generation III

When a Pokémon with Rough Skin is hit with a move that makes contact, the attacker loses 1/16 of its own maximum HP, after all turn-based damage is dealt. The damage will repeat for multi-strike moves such as Fury Swipes and Gear Grind.

Generation IV-V

The damage dealt is now equal to 1/8 of the attacking Pokémon's maximum HP.

If the user is holding a Rocky Helmet the damage will stack (dealing 7/24 of the attacker's maximum HP).

If Rough Skin causes both the user and the attacker to faint, then the attacker will faint first.

Mystery Dungeon

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and the sequel, if an enemy directly in front of the Pokémon attacks it, the attacker is damaged by half of the damage done.

Outside of battle

Rough Skin has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Rough Skin

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Carvanha Carvanha Water Dark Rough Skin None Speed Boost
Sharpedo Sharpedo Water Dark Rough Skin None Speed Boost
Gible Gible Dragon Ground Sand Veil None Rough Skin
Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground Sand Veil None Rough Skin
Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground Sand Veil None Rough Skin
Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

None.png Sharpedo Rough Skin.png None.png None.png
The user scrapes its skin against the opponent. The skin is rough enough to cause abrasion.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo scrapes its skin against the opponent, causing it to get hurt. Sharpedo can choose whether to make its skin rough or not.
A wild Sharpedo Sharpedo Attack! Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


  • Although the Japanese name of this Ability is Sharkskin, Druddigon has this Ability, despite not being based on a shark.
  • Druddigon is the only Pokémon with this Ability to also have a second Ability.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 蛇皮 Shé​pí​
France Flag.png French Peau Dure
Germany Flag.png German Rauhaut
Italy Flag.png Italian Cartavetro
South Korea Flag.png Korean 까칠한 피부 Kkaechilhan Pibu
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Pele Áspera
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piel Tosca

Variations of the Ability Rough Skin
Rough SkinIron Barbs
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