Symbiosis (Ability)

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Symbiosis きょうせい
Symbiosis
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Generation VI
The Pokémon can pass an item to an ally.
Generation VII
The Pokémon passes its item to an ally that has used up an item.

Symbiosis (Japanese: きょうせい Symbiosis) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Generation VII, it was one of the signature Abilities of Flabébé's evolutionary line. This Ability is exclusively obtained as a Hidden Ability.

Effect

In battle

If a Pokémon with Symbiosis has a held item, immediately after an ally's item is consumed, the Pokémon with Symbiosis will pass its item to that ally. Symbiosis may pass an item to a non-adjacent ally in a Triple Battle.

Symbiosis triggers any time an ally Pokémon consumes its item, whether directly or through the use of Fling or Natural Gift. If a Pokémon eats another Pokémon's Berry with Bug Bite or Pluck and is not holding an item, its ally's Symbiosis will be triggered. An Air Balloon popping will trigger Symbiosis. If multiple Pokémon on the same side of a Triple Battle or Horde Encounter have Symbiosis, then Symbiosis will trigger on the faster Pokémon (even while Trick Room is in effect).

Symbiosis will not trigger if an ally's item is moved to a different Pokémon; this means that Symbiosis will not be triggered by the effect of Thief, Covet, Trick, Switcheroo, Bestow, Magician, Pickpocket, Symbiosis, or Sticky Barb. Symbiosis also will not trigger if the Pokémon's held item is destroyed by Incinerate or knocked off by Knock Off.

If a Gem was consumed in response to the start of a move and the item received through Symbiosis would normally affect the power of the triggering move, then the new item's effect will be applied immediately; however, if a Plate or Drive is given to a Pokémon using Judgment or Techno Blast after it has consumed a Gem, the move's type will not change. If a Gem was consumed in response to the start of a move and the item received through Symbiosis is another Gem, it will not also consume the new Gem. Otherwise, if a consumable item is received through Symbiosis and the Pokémon can currently consume it, it will use it immediately.

If a type-resist Berry is consumed in response to an attack, Symbiosis will not activate until after damage is received. If an item is consumed using Fling or Natural Gift, Symbiosis will not activate until after the move deals damage.

Symbiosis cannot transfer a Mega Stone to or from a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve with it, a Griseous Orb to or from Giratina, a Drive to or from Genesect, a Memory to or from Silvally, a Z-Crystal, or a Plate to a Pokémon with Multitype.

If an ally's Eject Button is consumed, Symbiosis will activate and transfer an item to that ally after it switches out but before its replacement is sent out. When this Pokémon is switched in again, the Pokémon's item will be affected by the Symbiosis Eject Button glitch, which causes certain items to apply their effect twice.

Outside of battle

Symbiosis doesn't have a known effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Symbiosis

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Flabébé Flabébé Fairy Fairy Flower Veil None Symbiosis
Floette Floette Fairy Fairy Flower Veil None Symbiosis
Florges Florges Fairy Fairy Flower Veil None Symbiosis
Oranguru Oranguru Normal Psychic Inner Focus Telepathy Symbiosis
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 共生 Guhngsāang
Mandarin 共生 Gòngshēng
France Flag.png French Symbiose
Germany Flag.png German Nutznießer
Italy Flag.png Italian Simbiosi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 공생 Gongsaeng
Spain Flag.png Spanish Simbiosis


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