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Vital Spirit (Ability)

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Vital Spirit やるき
Flavor text
Generation III
Prevents sleep.
Generation IV
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation V
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.
Generation VI
Prevents the Pokémon from falling asleep.

Vital Spirit (Japanese: やるき Willingness) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Twelve Pokémon can have this Ability. It is one of three Abilities that prevent sleeping, the others being Insomnia and Sweet Veil.


In battle

Vital Spirit prevents the Pokémon from being afflicted by sleep and Yawn. Rest will fail when used by the Pokémon.

A Pokémon with this Ability will wake up if it is asleep in battle (such as if it gains the Ability outside of battle or by an effect like Skill Swap, or is put to sleep by a Pokémon with an Ability like Mold Breaker). If the Pokémon is holding a Chesto Berry or a Lum Berry, it will be eaten before Vital Spirit wakes up the Pokémon.

If a Pokémon with this Ability is drowsy due to Yawn, when it would fall asleep the Ability activates and keeps it awake.

Outside of battle

If a sleeping Pokémon gains Vital Spirit by evolution or the Ability Capsule, it will not wake up until sent into battle. Pokémon with Vital Spirit will not be put to sleep by the Gentleman's Kirlia in the Battle Pike nor the Battle Arcade's game board.

From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with Vital Spirit is leading the party, the chance of encountering a higher-leveled wild Pokémon increase by 50%. It shares this effect with Hustle and Pressure.

In Generation V, Vital Spirit also prevents a Pokémon from visiting the Dream World.

Pokémon with Vital Spirit

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting Vital Spirit Anger Point Defiant
Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting Vital Spirit Anger Point Defiant
Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric Static None Vital Spirit
Magmar Magmar Fire Fire Flame Body None Vital Spirit
Delibird Delibird Ice Flying Vital Spirit Hustle Insomnia
Tyrogue Tyrogue Fighting Fighting Guts Steadfast Vital Spirit
Elekid Elekid Electric Electric Static None Vital Spirit
Magby Magby Fire Fire Flame Body None Vital Spirit
Vigoroth Vigoroth Normal Normal Vital Spirit None None
Electivire Electivire Electric Electric Motor Drive None Vital Spirit
Magmortar Magmortar Fire Fire Flame Body None Vital Spirit
Lillipup Lillipup Normal Normal Vital Spirit Pickup Run Away
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 anime

None.png Marcel Vigoroth Vital Spirit.png None.png None.png
The user cannot fall asleep, and nullifies moves that causes sleep.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth attacks and destroys moves that would cause it to fall asleep with its claws.
Marcel's Vigoroth The Garden of Eatin' Debut


  • Vital Spirit is the only variation of Water Veil that has been seen in the anime so far.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 元氣 Yuánqì
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Vitale kracht
Finland Flag.png Finnish Elohenki
France Flag.png French Esprit Vital
Germany Flag.png German Munterkeit
Italy Flag.png Italian Spiritovivo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 의기양양 Yigiyang'yang
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Espírito Vital
Spain Flag.png Spanish Espíritu Vital*
Espír. Vital*

Variations of the Ability Limber
LimberObliviousInsomniaImmunityOwn TempoInner FocusMagma ArmorWater VeilVital Spirit

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