| Effect Spore
| Generation V
| Contact may poison or cause paralysis or sleep.
| Generation VII
| Contact with the Pokémon may inflict poison, sleep, or paralysis on its attacker.
Effect Spore (Japanese: ほうし Spore) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. All Pokémon that have this Ability are Grass types.
Generations III to V
When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, there is a 30% chance that the attacking Pokémon will become poisoned, paralyzed or asleep: there is a 9% chance of poison, 10% chance of paralysis, and 11% chance of sleep.
If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact (such as Fury Swipes), each hit has an independent chance to activate this Ability.
Generation VI onward
Grass-type Pokémon, Pokémon with Overcoat, and Pokémon holding the Safety Goggles are now immune to Effect Spore.
Outside of battle
Effect Spore has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Effect Spore
- Of the four Abilities that may inflict a non-volatile status condition upon contact, Effect Spore is the only one that has not yet been activated in the Pokémon anime.
- Effect Spore is the only Ability that can cause sleep.
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