Effect Spore (Ability)

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Effect Spore ほうし
Flavor text
Generation III
Leaves spores on contact.
Generation IV
Contact may paralyze, poison, or cause sleep.
Generation V
Contact may poison or cause paralysis or sleep.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Effect Spore (Japanese: ほうし Spore) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability, all of them Grass-type.


In battle

Effect Spore may inflict the foe with a status problem if they make contact. It has a 30% chance of inducing either Paralysis, Sleep or Poison on the opponent when hit with a move that makes contact.

The chance of inflicting a given status is not the same for each status. Overall, Effect Spore has a 9% chance of inducing Poison, 10% chance of inducing Paralysis, and 11% chance of inducing Sleep.[1]

Outside of battle

Effect Spore has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Effect Spore

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Vileplume Vileplume Grass Poison Chlorophyll None Effect Spore
Paras Paras Bug Grass Effect Spore Dry Skin Damp
Parasect Parasect Bug Grass Effect Spore Dry Skin Damp
Shroomish Shroomish Grass Grass Effect Spore Poison Heal Quick Feet
Breloom Breloom Grass Fighting Effect Spore Poison Heal Technician
Foongus Foongus Grass Poison Effect Spore None Regenerator
Amoonguss Amoonguss Grass Poison Effect Spore None Regenerator
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.


  • Out of the four Abilities that may inflict a non-volatile status ailment upon contact, Effect Spore is the only one that has not yet activated in the Pokémon anime.
  • All of the Pokémon that have Effect Spore without having it as its Hidden Ability have the species name "Mushroom Pokémon".
  • Effect Spore is the only Ability that can cause Sleep.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 孢子 Bāozǐ
France Flag.png French Pose Spore
Germany Flag.png German Sporenwirt
Italy Flag.png Italian Spargispora
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포자 Poja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Efeito Esporos
Spain Flag.png Spanish Efec. Espora

Variations of the Ability Effect Spore
Effect SporeFlame BodyPoison PointStatic


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