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Skill Link (Ability)

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Skill Link スキルリンク
Skill Link
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Generation IV
Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Generation V
Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Generation VI
Increases the number of times multi-strike moves hit.

Skill Link (Japanese: スキルリンク Skill Link) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Shellder and Cloyster.

Effect

In battle

Generation IV

Skill Link enables multi-strike moves that hit 2-5 times per use to always strike five times.

Generation V

If the Ability is lost in the middle of move (such as via Mummy), the user will still hit the maximum number of times on the turn in progress.

Skill Link now affects Triple Kick. When used by Pokémon with this Ability, there will be one accuracy check for all strikes instead of individual checks for each strike.

Affected moves

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Max strikes Learned*
Arm Thrust  Fighting  Physical 15 100% 5 Heracross
Barrage  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 000
Bone Rush  Ground  Physical 25 90% 5 000
Bullet Seed  Grass  Physical 25 100% 5 HeracrossCinccino
Comet Punch  Normal  Physical 18 85% 5 000
Double Slap  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 AipomAmbipomMinccinoCinccino
Fury Attack  Normal  Physical 15 85% 5 Heracross
Fury Swipes  Normal  Physical 18 80% 5 AipomAmbipom
Icicle Spear  Ice  Physical 25 100% 5 ShellderCloyster
Pin Missile  Bug  Physical 25 95% 5 Heracross
Rock Blast  Rock  Physical 25 90% 5 ShellderCloysterHeracrossCinccino
Spike Cannon  Normal  Physical 20 100% 5 Cloyster
Tail Slap  Normal  Physical 25 85% 5 MinccinoCinccino
Triple Kick*  Fighting  Physical 10 90% 3 000
Water Shuriken  Water  Physical 15 100% 5 000

Outside of battle

Skill Link has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Skill Link

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Shellder Shellder Water Water Shell Armor Skill Link Overcoat
Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice Shell Armor Skill Link Overcoat
Aipom Aipom Normal Normal Run Away Pickup Skill Link
Heracross Heracross
Mega Heracross
Bug Fighting Skill Link None None
Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal Technician Pickup Skill Link
Minccino Minccino Normal Normal Cute Charm Technician Skill Link
Cinccino Cinccino Normal Normal Cute Charm Technician Skill Link
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.

Trivia

  • If a Pokémon with this Ability holds a King's Rock or Razor Fang and uses a move that can hit five times, the target has a 40.951% chance of flinching, due to each hit having its own chance to flinch the target.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 連續攻擊 Liánxù Gōngjí
France Flag.png French Multi-Coups
Germany Flag.png German Wertelink
Italy Flag.png Italian Abillegame
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스킬링크 Skill Link
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ligação de Habilidade
Spain Flag.png Spanish Encadenado


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