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Synchronize (Ability)

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Not to be confused with Synchronoise (move).
Synchronize シンクロ
Synchro
Flavor text
Generation III
Passes on status problems.
Generation IV
Passes on a burn, poison, or paralysis to the foe.
Generation V
Passes a burn, poison, or paralysis to the foe.
Generation VI
Passes poison, paralyze, or burn to the Pokémon that inflicted it.

Synchronize (Japanese: シンクロ Synchro) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Fifteen Pokémon can have this Ability.

Effect

In battle

Generation III to IV

When a Pokémon with Synchronize is burned, paralyzed, or poisoned by an opponent, that opponent will be inflicted with the same status condition. When a Pokémon with Synchronize is badly poisoned by an opponent, that opponent will be inflicted with the regular poison condition. Synchronize will have no effect if the opponent has a type, Ability, or field condition (e.g. Safeguard) that prevents it from being burned, paralyzed, or poisoned. However, Synchronize does affect an opponent behind a substitute.

If Psycho Shift is used by a burned, paralyzed, poisoned, or badly poisoned opponent, Synchronize activates after Psycho Shift cures the opponent of its status condition. Therefore, Synchronize will inflict the status condition anew in such a case.

The move Toxic Spikes does not activate this Ability unless a Pokémon on the field directly causes a Pokémon with Synchronize to switch in, such as by using the moves Roar or Whirlwind.

Generation V

When a Pokémon with Synchronize is badly poisoned by an opponent, that opponent will now be inflicted with the bad poison condition, rather than the regular poison condition.

If Psycho Shift is used by a burned, paralyzed, poisoned, or badly poisoned opponent, Synchronize now activates before Psycho Shift cures the opponent of its status condition. Therefore, Synchronize will fail to inflict the status condition anew in such a case.

Outside of battle

From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with this Ability is leading the party, there is a 50% chance that wild Pokémon encountered will have the same Nature as the Pokémon with Synchronize. This does not apply to roaming or gift Pokémon. In Emerald, it does not apply to stationary Pokémon, such as Regirock or Rayquaza.

The Ability does not apply when a Pokémon with Synchronize is strolling in the Pokéwalker or when capturing Dream World Pokémon from the Entree Forest.

Pokémon with Synchronize

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Abra Abra Psychic Psychic Synchronize Inner Focus Magic Guard
Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic Synchronize Inner Focus Magic Guard
Alakazam Alakazam Psychic Psychic Synchronize Inner Focus Magic Guard
Mew Mew Psychic Psychic Synchronize None None
Natu Natu Psychic Flying Synchronize Early Bird Magic Bounce
Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying Synchronize Early Bird Magic Bounce
Espeon Espeon Psychic Psychic Synchronize None Magic Bounce
Umbreon Umbreon Dark Dark Synchronize None Inner Focus
Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Gardevoir Gardevoir Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Munna Munna Psychic Psychic Forewarn Synchronize Telepathy
Musharna Musharna Psychic Psychic Forewarn Synchronize Telepathy
Elgyem Elgyem Psychic Psychic Telepathy Synchronize Analytic
Beheeyem Beheeyem Psychic Psychic Telepathy Synchronize Analytic
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 manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 同步 Tóngbù
France Flag.png French Synchro
Germany Flag.png German Synchro
Italy Flag.png Italian Sincronismo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 싱크로 Synchro
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Sincronizar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sincronía


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