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Lightning Rod (Ability)

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Lightning Rod ひらいしん
Lightning Rod
Flavor text
Generation III
Draws electrical moves.
Generation IV
The Pokémon draws in all Electric-type moves.
Generation V
Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Sp. Attack.
Generation VI
Draws in all Electric-type moves to boost its Sp. Atk stat.

Lightning Rod (Japanese: ひらいしん Lightning Rod), formatted as Lightningrod prior to Pokémon X and Y, is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Fifteen Pokémon can have this Ability.


In battle

Generations III and IV

Lightning Rod forces all single-target Electric-type attacks and Thunder Wave to strike the Pokémon with this Ability in Double Battles, including those used by allies. In a Single Battle, it will cause the Pokémon with this Ability to always be hit by Electric-type moves. Lightning Rod cannot redirect Electric-type Hidden Power or Judgment.

If another Pokémon becomes the center of attention, Electric-type moves will be directed to it instead of the Pokémon with Lightning Rod.

Generation V

Along with its previous effects, Lightning Rod also gives the Pokémon immunity to all Electric-type attacks, along with the paralyzing effect of Thunder Wave, and raises the Pokémon's Special Attack by one stage whenever they are hit by one. If the Pokémon is Ground-type, its type-granted immunity will take place before the activation of the Ability's new effect and the Special Attack will not be raised unless it is holding a Ring Target.

Lightning Rod can now redirect Electric-type Hidden Power.

Generation VI

Unlike other Electric-type moves, using Eerie Impulse or Electrify on a Ground-type Pokémon with Lightning Rod will give it a Special Attack boost. Lightning Rod does not redirect Electric Terrain or Ion Deluge.

Outside of battle

In Pokémon Emerald, Trainers registered with the PokéNav's Match Call function will call more often if a Pokémon with Lightning Rod leads the party.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, a Pokémon with Lightning Rod draws in all Electric-type attacks used within the same floor, and (like Generation V) takes no damage or side effects from the attack. Unlike the main series, Lightning Rod will attract and neutralize the effect of multi-target Electric-type attacks.

Dungeon enemies that have the Ability Lightning Rod can also negate the Lightning Rod of the player's team member(s).

Pokémon with Lightning Rod

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Pikachu Pikachu Electric Electric Static None Lightning Rod
Raichu Raichu Electric Electric Static None Lightning Rod
Cubone Cubone Ground Ground Rock Head Lightning Rod Battle Armor
Marowak Marowak Ground Ground Rock Head Lightning Rod Battle Armor
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
Goldeen Goldeen Water Water Swift Swim Water Veil Lightning Rod
Seaking Seaking Water Water Swift Swim Water Veil Lightning Rod
Pichu Pichu Electric Electric Static None Lightning Rod
Sceptile Sceptile
Mega Sceptile
Grass Dragon Lightning Rod None None
Electrike Electrike Electric Electric Static Lightning Rod Minus
Manectric Manectric Electric Electric Static Lightning Rod Minus
Plusle Plusle Electric Electric Plus None Lightning Rod
Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock Lightning Rod Solid Rock Reckless
Blitzle Blitzle Electric Electric Lightning Rod Motor Drive Sap Sipper
Zebstrika Zebstrika Electric Electric Lightning Rod Motor Drive Sap Sipper
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 Generation V games, Zapdos has Lightning Rod as its Hidden Ability, but it cannot be obtained by any legitimate means. It is replaced with Static as its Hidden Ability in Generation VI.
  • Plusle does not have a Hidden Ability in Generation V.

In the anime

None.png Rhydon Lightningrod.png None.png None.png
The user draws in Electric attacks.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
112 Rhydon When Rhydon's opponent uses an electric attack, the attack changes direction and hits Rhydon's horn instead.
Unknown Trainer's Rhydon Tag! We're it...! Debut

In the manga

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


  • In Riddle Me This, Pikachu is able to defeat Blaine's Rhydon by aiming its electric attack at the Rhydon's horn, with it being stated that the horn acts as a lightning rod, apparently allowing Pikachu to overcome Rhydon's normal immunity to Electric attacks, ironically working exactly the opposite way that the later Lightning Rod Ability would.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 避雷針 Bìléizhēn
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ukkosenjohdatin
France Flag.png French Paratonnerre
Germany Flag.png German Blitzfänger
India Flag.png Hindi Bijli Ka Rod
Italy Flag.png Italian Parafulmine
South Korea Flag.png Korean 피뢰침 Piroechim
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Para-Raio
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pararrayos

Move-drawing Abilities
Lightning RodStorm Drain
Stat raising Abilities
JustifiedLightning RodMotor DriveRattledSap SipperStorm Drain
Abilities that alter type effectiveness
Dry SkinFlash FireHeatproofSap SipperLevitateLightning RodMotor DriveThick FatStorm DrainVolt AbsorbWater Absorb

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