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| Rough Skin
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.
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.
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.
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
In the anime
| The user scrapes its skin against the opponent. The skin is rough enough to cause abrasion.
|| First Used In
|| 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!
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
| Variations of the Ability Rough Skin
| Rough Skin • Iron Barbs