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Drought (Ability)

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Drought ひでり
Flavor text
Generation III
Summons sunlight in battle.
Generation IV
The Pokémon makes it sunny if it appears in battle.
Generation V
Turns the sunlight harsh if it is in battle.
Generation VI
Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Drought (Japanese: ひでり Drought) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Four Pokémon can have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Groudon.


In battle

Generation III-V

Drought summons sunlight in battle as soon as a Pokémon with Drought enters the battle. Its effects almost are the same as Sunny Day's; the only difference is that instead of lasting for five turns, it lasts for the whole battle until a different weather condition replaces it. If a Pokémon with Drought is sent out in the same turn as another Pokémon whose Ability creates a different weather condition, the slower Pokémon's Ability will override the faster Pokémon's Ability.

Generation VI

In Generation VI, the sunlight will last only for five turns instead. This can be extended to eight turns if the Pokémon is holding a Heat Rock.

Outside of battle

Drought has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Drought

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Charizard Charizard
Mega Charizard Y
Fire Flying Drought None None
Vulpix Vulpix Fire Fire Flash Fire None Drought
Ninetales Ninetales Fire Fire Flash Fire None Drought
Groudon Groudon Ground Ground Drought None None
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 the anime

None.png Groudon Drought.png Groudon Drought effect.png None.png
Groudon Effect activating
The user's body glows white and it fires a pillar of white light into the sky. The sky then becomes clear and sunny.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
383 Groudon Groudon's body glows white and it fires a pillar of white light from it into the sky. The sky then becomes sunny and clear, and no clouds can be seen.
A wild Groudon The Scuffle of Legends Debut

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 旱災 Hànzāi
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Droogte
France Flag.png French Sécheresse
Germany Flag.png German Dürre
Italy Flag.png Italian Siccità
South Korea Flag.png Korean 가뭄 Gamum
Poland Flag.png Polish Susza
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Sêca
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sequía

Variations of the Ability Drizzle
DrizzleDroughtSand StreamSnow Warning

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