Mold Breaker (Ability)

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Mold Breaker かたやぶり
Flavor text
Generation IV
Moves can be used regardless of abilities.
Generation V
Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Generation VI
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.
Generation VII
Currently unknown
Generation VIII
Currently unknown

Mold Breaker (Japanese: かたやぶり Mold-Breaking) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Eighteen Pokémon can have this Ability.


In battle

Mold Breaker ignores the effects of Abilities that could potentially weaken or negate moves (or side-effects of moves) that its user executes; for example, a Pokémon with Mold Breaker can hit opponents that possess Levitate by using Earthquake. Mold Breaker applies regardless of target Pokémon, but only to moves executed by its user (so if two Pokemon in a Double Battle both know Earthquake, only the Pokémon with Mold Breaker can hit a Levitating opponent).

Unlike Gastro Acid, which completely negates a target's Ability, the opponents' Abilities otherwise remain in effect: Abilities that protect against status conditions (Immunity, Insomnia, etc.) will not protect the Pokémon from receiving the status condition, but (with the exception of Leaf Guard) will immediately cure it of the status inflicted. Abilities that draw attacks to the user, such as Lightning Rod and Storm Drain, will still divert attacks in double or triple battles regardless of Mold Breaker, but will not prevent the attacks from landing (or landing with 100% accuracy) or inflicting damage on the Pokémon.

In Generation IV, when a Pokémon with Mold Breaker is brought out, the message "<name> has Mold Breaker!" is displayed. In Generation V onwards, when a Pokémon with Mold Breaker is brought out, the message "<name> breaks the mold!" is displayed.

Abilities affected

Mold Breaker ignores the following Abilities, even in situations where the Ability could boost the power of a move (such as using Low Kick on a Pokemon with Heavy Metal):

Generation Ability
Generation IV onwards Battle Armor, Clear Body, Damp, Dry Skin, Filter, Flash Fire, Flower Gift, Heatproof, Hyper Cutter, Immunity, Inner Focus, Insomnia, Keen Eye, Leaf Guard, Levitate, Lightning Rod, Limber, Magma Armor, Marvel Scale, Motor Drive, Oblivious, Own Tempo, Sand Veil, Shell Armor, Shield Dust, Simple, Snow Cloak, Solid Rock, Soundproof, Sticky Hold, Storm Drain, Sturdy, Suction Cups, Tangled Feet, Thick Fat, Unaware, Vital Spirit, Volt Absorb, Water Absorb, Water Veil, White Smoke, Wonder Guard
Generation V onwards Big Pecks, Contrary, Friend Guard, Heavy Metal, Light Metal, Magic Bounce, Multiscale, Sap Sipper, Telepathy, Wonder Skin
Generation VI Aroma Veil, Bulletproof, Flower Veil, Fur Coat, Sweet Veil

Outside of battle

Mold Breaker has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Mold Breaker

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug Hyper Cutter Mold Breaker Moxie
Gyarados Gyarados
Mega Gyarados
Water Dark Mold Breaker None None
Ampharos Ampharos
Mega Ampharos
Electric Dragon Mold Breaker None None
Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock Mold Breaker None Sheer Force
Drilbur Drilbur Ground Ground Sand Rush Sand Force Mold Breaker
Excadrill Excadrill Ground Steel Sand Rush Sand Force Mold Breaker
Throh Throh Fighting Fighting Guts Inner Focus Mold Breaker
Sawk Sawk Fighting Fighting Sturdy Inner Focus Mold Breaker
Basculin Basculin
Red-Striped Form
Water Water Reckless Adaptability Mold Breaker
Basculin Basculin
Blue-Striped Form
Water Water Rock Head Adaptability Mold Breaker
Axew Axew Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
Fraxure Fraxure Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
Haxorus Haxorus Dragon Dragon Rivalry Mold Breaker Unnerve
Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
Pancham Pancham Fighting Fighting Iron Fist Mold Breaker Scrappy
Pangoro Pangoro Fighting Dark Iron Fist Mold Breaker Scrappy
Hawlucha Hawlucha Fighting Flying Unburden Limber Mold Breaker
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 the anime

None.png Roark Cranidos Mold Breaker.png Roark Rampardos Mold Breaker.png None.png
Cranidos Rampardos
The user cancels out the opponent's Ability when it activates.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
408 Cranidos When the opponent's Ability activates, Cranidos cancels it out.
Roark's Cranidos Shapes of Things to Come! Debut
409 Rampardos When the opponent's Ability activates, Rampardos cancels it out.
Roark's Rampardos O'er the Rampardos we Watched! None


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 革新 Géxīn
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schimmelbreker
France Flag.png French Brise Moule
Germany Flag.png German Überbrückung
Italy Flag.png Italian Rompiforma
South Korea Flag.png Korean 틀깨기 Teulkkaegi
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Destruidor de Molde
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rompemoldes

Variations of the Ability Mold Breaker
Mold BreakerTurboblazeTeravolt
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