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| 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 Safety Goggles are now immune to Effect Spore.
Outside of battle
Effect Spore has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Effect Spore
In other games
|| Attackers are poisoned, paralyzed, or put to sleep.
|| Poisons, paralyzes, or puts to sleep any attacker who lands a direct-contact attack.
|| Poisons, paralyzes, or causes sleep in attackers who land direct-contact attacks.
|| こうげきしてきた ポケモンを どく まひ すいみん じょうたいの どれかにする
|| May inflict a bad status condition on the attacker who hits it with a direct attack.*|
When the Pokémon is hit with a direct attack like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is sometimes afflicted with the Poisoned, Paralysis, or Sleep status condition!*
|| When the Pokémon is hit with a contact move like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is sometimes afflicted with the poisoned, paralysis, or sleep status condition!
In the anime
Effect Spore played a major role in The Power of Us. Team Rocket attempted to raid Fula City's Pokémon Research Pavilion, but only got away with a solution of Effect Spore made by Toren. They later dropped it on accident, which released a toxic gas that in turn triggered a devastating fire. Both disasters endangered Fula City, but Ash and the citizens worked together to successfully combat both.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- Whitley's Foongy is revealed to have Effect Spore as his Ability.
- 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.
In other languages