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Contrary (Ability)

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Contrary あまのじゃく
Devil's Advocate
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Generation V
Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.
Generation VI
Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.

Contrary (Japanese: あまのじゃく Devil's Advocate) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability.


In battle

This Ability causes all effects that would lower a stat to increase it instead, and all effects that would increase a stat to decrease it instead.

This also applies to self-inflicted moves, such as Curse and Leaf Storm. This Ability only reverses the changes when they are applied; it does not passively cause all existing changes to reverse; therefore, if the Ability Contrary is no longer in effect or the stats are Baton Passed, all existing stat modifications remain the same. Stats Baton Passed onto a Pokémon with Contrary are not reversed.

If a move used by a Pokémon with Mold Breaker, Teravolt, or Turboblaze would induce a stat modification in a Pokémon with Contrary, the stat modification will not reverse.

Outside of battle

Contrary has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Contrary

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock Sturdy Gluttony Contrary
Spinda Spinda Normal Normal Own Tempo Tangled Feet Contrary
Snivy Snivy Grass Grass Overgrow None Contrary
Servine Servine Grass Grass Overgrow None Contrary
Serperior Serperior Grass Grass Overgrow None Contrary
Inkay Inkay Dark Psychic Suction Cups Contrary Infiltrator
Malamar Malamar Dark Psychic Suction Cups Contrary Infiltrator
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV 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
France Flag.png French Contestation
Germany Flag.png German Umkehrung
Italy Flag.png Italian Inversione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 심술꾸러기 Simseul Kkureogi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Contrariar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Respondón

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