Levitate (Ability)

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Levitate ふゆう
Floating
Flavor text
Generation III
Not hit by Ground attacks.
Generation IV
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Generation V
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Generation VI
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Generation VII
By floating in the air, the Pokémon receives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Generation VIII
By floating in the air, the Pokémon receives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Generation IX
By floating in the air, the Pokémon receives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.

Levitate (Japanese: ふゆう Floating) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.

Effect

In battle

Levitate renders the Pokémon with this Ability immune to damaging Ground-type moves (except Thousand Arrows). It also is unaffected by the effects of Arena Trap, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, Sticky Web, Rototiller, and terrain. Additionally, Poison-type Pokémon with Levitate do not remove Toxic Spikes upon switching in.

These immunities are lost during Gravity or if the Pokémon with Levitate is holding an Iron Ball, is under the effects of Ingrain, or has been hit by Smack Down or Thousand Arrows.

Pokémon with this Ability are eligible to enter Sky Battles, except Gengar because its model lands on the ground when entering the battle.

Generation V

If an opponent uses a Ground-type move that targets a Pokémon with Levitate, the message "It doesn't affect <Pokémon>..." will be displayed.

Outside of battle

Levitate has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Levitate

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0092 Gastly Gastly
Ghost Poison Levitate None None
0093 Haunter Haunter
Ghost Poison Levitate None None
0109 Koffing Koffing
Poison Poison Levitate Neutralizing GasGen VIII+ StenchGen VIII+
0110 Weezing Weezing
Poison Poison Levitate Neutralizing GasGen VIII+ StenchGen VIII+
0110 Weezing Weezing
Galarian Form
Poison Fairy Levitate Neutralizing Gas Misty Surge
0200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Ghost Ghost Levitate None None
0201 Unown Unown
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0329 Vibrava Vibrava
Ground Dragon Levitate None None
0330 Flygon Flygon
Ground Dragon Levitate None None
0337 Lunatone Lunatone
Rock Psychic Levitate None None
0338 Solrock Solrock
Rock Psychic Levitate None None
0343 Baltoy Baltoy
Ground Psychic Levitate None None
0344 Claydol Claydol
Ground Psychic Levitate None None
0355 Duskull Duskull
Ghost Ghost Levitate None FriskGen VI+
0358 Chimecho Chimecho
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0380 Latias Latias
Dragon Psychic Levitate None None
0380 Latias Latias
Mega Latias
Dragon Psychic Levitate None None
0381 Latios Latios
Dragon Psychic Levitate None None
0381 Latios Latios
Mega Latios
Dragon Psychic Levitate None None
0429 Mismagius Mismagius
Ghost Ghost Levitate None None
0433 Chingling Chingling
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0436 Bronzor Bronzor
Steel Psychic Levitate Heatproof Heavy Metal
0437 Bronzong Bronzong
Steel Psychic Levitate Heatproof Heavy Metal
0455 Carnivine Carnivine
Grass Grass Levitate None None
0479 Rotom Rotom
Electric Ghost Levitate None None
0479 Rotom Rotom
Heat Rotom
Electric Fire Levitate None None
0479 Rotom Rotom
Wash Rotom
Electric Water Levitate None None
0479 Rotom Rotom
Frost Rotom
Electric Ice Levitate None None
0479 Rotom Rotom
Fan Rotom
Electric Flying Levitate None None
0479 Rotom Rotom
Mow Rotom
Electric Grass Levitate None None
0480 Uxie Uxie
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0481 Mesprit Mesprit
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0482 Azelf Azelf
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0487 Giratina Giratina
Origin Forme
Ghost Dragon Levitate None None
0488 Cresselia Cresselia
Psychic Psychic Levitate None None
0602 Tynamo Tynamo
Electric Electric Levitate None None
0603 Eelektrik Eelektrik
Electric Electric Levitate None None
0604 Eelektross Eelektross
Electric Electric Levitate None None
0615 Cryogonal Cryogonal
Ice Ice Levitate None None
0635 Hydreigon Hydreigon
Dark Dragon Levitate None None
0738 Vikavolt Vikavolt
Bug Electric Levitate None None
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

Pokémon that formerly had Levitate

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0094 Gengar Gengar
Ghost Poison LevitateGen III-VI None None
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

Pokéstar Studios opponents with Levitate

Spr 5b2 Brycenman.png
Brycen-Man
 Dark  Psychic 
Levitate
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe
100 100 100 100 100 100
Spr B2W2 UFO.png
UFO
 Flying  Electric 
Levitate
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe
100 100 100 100 100 100
Spr B2W2 UFO.png
UFO 2
 Psychic  Electric 
Levitate
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe
100 100 100 100 100 100

In other games

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Levitate is Gengar's Ability. When the user leaves combat, its movement speed is increased by 10% for 8s.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Blocks all Ground-type moves.
MDTDS Keeps all Ground-type moves from hitting the Pokémon.
BSL じめんタイプの わざを うけない
Conq. Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
MDGtI Ground-type moves don't damage the Pokémon.*
Ground-type moves won't damage the Pokémon!*
SMD Ground-type moves won't damage the Pokémon!
MDRTDX Ground-type moves, such as Magnitude, won't damage the Pokémon.


In the anime

Fantina Gengar Levitate.png
Gengar
Liza Lunatone Levitate.png
Lunatone
The Pokémon can float in the air. It can also dodge Ground-type attacks by floating into the air.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Lunatone Lunatone has the ability to float through the air. It is also unaffected by Ground-type attacks while floating.
Liza's Lunatone It's Still Rocket Roll to Me! Debut
Gengar Gengar has the ability to float through the air.
Fantina's Gengar A Shield with a Twist! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!


In the TCG

Levitate debuted as a Poké-BODY in the Pokémon Trading Card Game with Vibrava from the EX Dragon expansion. If a Pokémon with Levitate as a Poké-BODY or Ability has any Energy attached to it, it has no Retreat Cost. At its debut on EX Dragon Vibrava, the Poké-BODY only worked with Basic Energy cards instead of any Energy cards.

The following is a list of Pokémon cards with the Levitate Poké-BODY or Ability.

Pokémon cards with Levitate
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type Mark English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Vibrava Colorless EX Dragon SetSymbolDragon.png Rarity Uncommon.png 46/97 Flygon Constructed Starter Deck SetSymbolFlygon Constructed Starter Deck.png   009/019
Beldum Metal EX Hidden Legends SetSymbolHidden Legends.png Rarity Uncommon.png 28/101 Metagross Constructed Starter Deck SetSymbolMetagross Constructed Starter Deck.png   011/019
Metang Metal EX Hidden Legends SetSymbolHidden Legends.png Rarity Uncommon.png 43/101 Metagross Constructed Starter Deck SetSymbolMetagross Constructed Starter Deck.png   012/019
Claydol Fighting EX Emerald SetSymbolEmerald.png Rarity Uncommon.png 24/106 Deoxys Half Deck SetSymbolDeoxys Half Deck.png   006/019
Flygon Fighting POP Series 4 SetSymbolPOP Series 4.png Rarity Rare.png 3/17 PCG-P Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png   125/PCG-P
Weezing Psychic XY Black Star Promos SetSymbolPromo.png   XY163 XY-P Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png   240/XY-P
Tynamo Lightning D Vivid Voltage SetSymbolVivid Voltage.png Rarity Common.png 057/185 Amazing Volt Tackle SetSymbolAmazing Volt Tackle.png Rarity C.png 038/100
McDonald's Collection 2022 SetSymbolMcDonalds Collection 2022.png   10/15        

Trivia

  • Many non-Flying-type Pokémon that have been seen to be capable of floating or flying, such as Beedrill or Miraidon, cannot have this Ability.
  • Despite the fact that its descriptions from Generation IV on state that Levitate gives immunity to all Ground-type moves, Pokémon with Levitate are affected by the status move Sand Attack.
  • Fan Rotom is the only Pokémon with this Ability to be naturally immune to Ground-type moves due to being Flying-type in Generation V and onward.
  • This is the most common Ability among the winning Video Game World Championships teams.
  • This is the most common Ability in Generation VII, with 40 different cases of it, including Mega Evolution and Pokémon with alternate forms.
  • This is the most common Ability to be a Pokémon's only Ability option.
  • Levitate is the only Ability that provides immunity to an attack type to not restore HP or alter the stats or damage output of the Pokémon when hit by the attack.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 飄浮 Pīufàuh *
漂浮 Pīufàuh *
浮游 Fàuhyàuh *
Mandarin 飄浮 / 飘浮 Piāofú *
漂浮 Piāofú *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Levitatie
France Flag.png French Lévitation
Germany Flag.png German Schwebe
Italy Flag.png Italian Levitazione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 부유 Buyu
Poland Flag.png Polish Lewitacja
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Levitação
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Levitar
Romania Flag.png Romanian Levitație
Russia Flag.png Russian Левитация Levitatsiya
Spain Flag.png Spanish Levitación
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Havalanma
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Lơ lửng


Abilities that alter damage taken
Dry SkinFlash FireSap SipperLightning RodMotor DriveStorm DrainVolt AbsorbWater AbsorbLevitate
Wild Pokémon type-influencing Abilities
Flash FireHarvestLightning RodMagnet PullStaticStorm Drain


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