Skill Link (Ability)

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Skill Link スキルリンク
Skill Link
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Generation IV
Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Generation V
Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Skill Link (Japanese: スキルリンク Skill Link) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Six Pokémon have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Shellder and Cloyster.


In battle

Skill Link causes multi-strike moves to always strike their maximum number of times. See multi-strike moves for a full list of multi-strike moves. This Ability does not affect moves with a fixed number of strikes like Double Kick.

Moves affected by Skill Link

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Max strikes Learned*
Arm Thrust  Fighting  Physical 15 100% 5 000
Barrage  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 000
Bone Rush  Ground  Physical 25 90% 5 000
Bullet Seed  Grass  Physical 25 100% 5 Cinccino
Comet Punch  Normal  Physical 18 85% 5 000
DoubleSlap  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 AipomAmbipomMinccinoCinccino
Fury Attack  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 000
Fury Swipes  Normal  Physical 18 80% 5 AipomAmbipom
Icicle Spear  Ice  Physical 25 100% 5 ShellderCloyster
Pin Missile  Bug  Physical 14 85% 5 000
Rock Blast  Rock  Physical 25 90% 5 ShellderCloysterCinccino
Spike Cannon  Normal  Physical 20 100% 5 Cloyster
Tail Slap  Normal  Physical 25 85% 5 MinccinoCinccino

Outside of battle

Skill Link has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Skill Link

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Shellder Shellder Water Water Shell Armor Skill Link Overcoat
Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice Shell Armor Skill Link Overcoat
Aipom Aipom Normal Normal Run Away Pickup Skill Link
Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal Technician Pickup Skill Link
Minccino Minccino Normal Normal Cute Charm Technician Skill Link
Cinccino Cinccino Normal Normal Cute Charm Technician Skill Link
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.


  • Cinccino is the Pokémon with the most multi-strike moves, learning four.
    • In Generation V, due it gaining STAB of each Icicle Spear strike, increases its power to 250.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 連續攻擊 Liánxù Gōngjí
France Flag.png French Multi-Coups
Germany Flag.png German Wertelink
Italy Flag.png Italian Abillegame
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스킬링크 Skill Link
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ligação de Habilidade
Spain Flag.png Spanish Encadenado

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