This Ability inverts all changes to the stat stages of a Pokémon with this Ability; if an effect would lower a stat, it is increased instead, and if an effect would increase a stat, it is decreased instead. Effects that change a Pokémon's stats without affecting stat stages, such as burn and paralysis, are not affected by Contrary.
This also applies to self-inflicted changes, such as Curse and Leaf Storm. This Ability only inverts the changes when they are applied; it does not passively cause all existing changes to reverse; therefore, if the Ability Contrary is no longer in effect or the stats are passed by Baton Pass, all existing stat stage changes remain the same. Stats passed by Baton Pass onto a Pokémon with Contrary are not reversed.
Mist (including from Guard Spec.) takes into account Contrary's inversion before determining whether to block the stat change. For example, if a Pokémon with Contrary is targeted by String Shot while protected by Mist, it will gain Speed; if a Pokémon with Contrary is targeted by Swagger while protected by Mist, its Attack will not be changed.
If a Pokémon with Contrary uses Belly Drum, its Attack will be lowered to -6 stages (although the message will still say that the user maximized its Attack); if the user's Attack is already at -6 stages, Belly Drum will still deduct HP. Even if the user has Contrary, Belly Drum fails if the user's Attack is already at +6.
Flower Veil takes into account Contrary's inversion before determining whether to block the stat change.
Stat boosts granted by O-Powers used by other players are still inverted.
If a Pokémon with Contrary is affected by Strength Sap, even if its Attack stat is at +6 stages, Strength Sap will restore the user's HP.
If a Pokémon with Contrary is hit with a Max Move that would lower stats, or uses a Max Move that would raise stats, the change will be inverted, but the message describing the stat change will not be displayed.
Outside of battle
Contrary has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Contrary
|#||Pokémon||Types||First Ability||Second Ability||Hidden Ability|
|Spinda||Normal||Own Tempo||Tangled Feet||Contrary|
|Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII games.
In other games
In the manga
|The effects of stat-changing moves on the Pokémon are reversed.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Malamar||When Malamar is hit by a stat-changing move, the move's effect is reversed.|
|Xerosic's Malamar||Chesnaught Protects||Debut|
In other languages
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