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Shadow Tag (Ability)

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Shadow Tag かげふみ
Stepping on Shadows
Flavor text
Generation III
Prevents the foe's escape.
Generation IV
Prevents the foe from escaping.
Generation V
Prevents the foe from escaping.
Generation VI
Prevents opposing Pokémon from escaping.

Shadow Tag (Japanese: かげふみ Stepping on Shadows) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Six Pokémon can have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Wynaut and Wobbuffet.

Effect

In battle

Shadow Tag prevents all foes from fleeing or switching out as long as the user remains in battle.

Using Baton Pass, U-turn or Volt Switch, or holding a Shed Shell will allow the Pokémon to switch out under all circumstances. Run Away and the Smoke Ball will circumvent its effect to prevent fleeing and teleporting, but not to prevent switching. This Ability has no effect in the Safari Zone.

From Generation IV on, if two Pokémon with Shadow Tag face one another, both may switch out or flee.

From Generation VI on, this Ability does not affect Ghost-type Pokémon.

In Double and Triple Battles, Shadow Tag does not affect allies.

Outside of battle

Shadow Tag has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Shadow Tag

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Gengar Gengar
Mega Gengar
Ghost Poison Shadow Tag None None
Wobbuffet Wobbuffet Psychic Psychic Shadow Tag None Telepathy
Wynaut Wynaut Psychic Psychic Shadow Tag None Telepathy
Gothita Gothita Psychic Psychic Frisk Competitive Shadow Tag
Gothorita Gothorita Psychic Psychic Frisk Competitive Shadow Tag
Gothitelle Gothitelle Psychic Psychic Frisk Competitive Shadow Tag
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
Mandarin Chinese 影子遊戲 Yǐngzǐ Yóuxì
France Flag.png French Marque Ombre
Germany Flag.png German Wegsperre
Italy Flag.png Italian Pedinombra
South Korea Flag.png Korean 그림자 밟기 Geurimja Balgi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Fio de Sombra
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Sombra Trampa*
Sombratrampa*


Variations of the Ability Magnet Pull
Magnet PullArena TrapShadow Tag
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