Suction Cups (Ability)

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Suction Cups きゅうばん
Suction Cups
Flavor text
Generation III
Firmly anchors the body.
Generation IV
Negates moves that force switching out.
Generation V
Negates all moves that force switching out.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Suction Cups (Japanese: きゅうばん Suction Cups) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Only three Pokémon have this Ability.


Suction Cups firmly anchors the body. This Ability prevents the opponent from forcing a switch, or in the wild ending the battle, with Roar, Whirlwind, Dragon Tail, or Circle Throw.

Outside of battle

From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with Suction Cups is in first place in the player's party bites will occur more often while fishing. Sticky Hold has the same effect.

Pokémon with Suction Cups

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Octillery Octillery Water Water Suction Cups Sniper Moody
Lileep Lileep Rock Grass Suction Cups None Storm Drain
Cradily Cradily Rock Grass Suction Cups None Storm Drain
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 other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 吸盤 Xī​pán​
France Flag.png French Ventouse
Germany Flag.png German Saugnapf
Greece Flag.png Greek Βεντούζα
Italy Flag.png Italian Ventose
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흡반 Heupban
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ventosas de Sucção
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ventosas

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