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Can Shield Dust on the defender prevent side-effects that aren't part of the move, like how Sheer Force on an attacker does? E.g. Life Orb, Rocky Helmet, Shell Bell.
Shield Dust (Japanese: りんぷん Moth Scales) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability, all of which are Bug types.
When the Pokémon is damaged by an attack, any side-effects are negated (similar to the attacker having Sheer Force, but without increasing damage). For example, Body Slam would only deal damage and not have its usual 30% chance of causing Paralysis. It does not stop moves that don't cause damage, like Thunder Wave.
Outside of battle
Shield Dust has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Shield Dust
- Shield Dust essentially prevents the Pokémon from being frozen in battle by any Pokémon (except those with Mold Breaker or one of its variants), as the Freeze status ailment is always caused as a secondary effect of an opponent's move, and the status cannot be passed to another Pokémon via Baton Pass or Synchronize.
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