Mold Breaker (Ability)

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Mold Breaker かたやぶり
Mold-Breaking
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
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.
Generation VIII
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.

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

Effect

In battle

When a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses a move, the effects of all ignorable Abilities (i.e. Abilities that could potentially affect the damage or effects of a move that its user executes) are ignored for the execution of that move. For example, a Pokémon with Mold Breaker that uses Earthquake can hit opponents that have Levitate.

Mold Breaker ignores all ignorable Abilities, not only the targets'—including the user's allies'. For example, if a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses Spore on a Pokémon whose ally has Sweet Veil, the target will still fall asleep. Likewise, if a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses Thunderbolt targeting an opponent while its own ally has Lightning Rod, it will still use the move on its original target.

The Abilities are only ignored while the move is being executed. They take effect again immediately after its execution.

  • Abilities that prevent status conditions (such as Immunity and Oblivious) will not protect the Pokémon from receiving the status condition. However, many of these Abilities also have effects to cure the Pokémon of the status condition if afflicted, which will activate immediately after being inflicted with the status condition, even if it was inflicted by a Pokémon with Mold Breaker.
  • If a Pokémon with Own Tempo consumes a held Berry that may cause confusion in response to the move of a Pokémon with Mold Breaker, it will become confused if it dislikes the flavor. However, Own Tempo will then activate and cure it of confusion.

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

Generation IV

Flower Gift will increase the Attack of allies with Mold Breaker, even when they are attacking the ally with Flower Gift.

Generation V onward

If a Pokémon with Mold Breaker forces a Pokémon to switch in by using a move that switches the target out (such as Roar or Dragon Tail), ignorable Abilities are ignored when applying entry hazards. For example, a Pokémon with Levitate switched in this way will be affected by Spikes and Toxic Spikes (unless it is also ungrounded for other reasons); if a Poison-type Pokémon with Levitate is switched in this way, it will remove Toxic Spikes from its side of the field (unless it is also ungrounded for other reasons).

If a Pokémon with Mold Breaker attacks, it does not gain Attack due to an ally's Flower Gift.

Abilities affected

Mold Breaker ignores the following Abilities, even in situations where the target's Ability could increase the power of a move if it weren't ignored (such as using Low Kick on a Pokémon with Heavy Metal or using a Fire-type move on a Pokémon with Dry Skin):

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 onwards Aroma Veil, Bulletproof, Flower Veil, Fur Coat, Overcoat, Sweet Veil
Generation VII onwards Dazzling, Disguise, Fluffy, Queenly Majesty, Water Bubble
Generation VIII Mirror Armor, Punk Rock, Ice Scales, Ice Face, Pastel Veil


Mold Breaker does not ignore the effects of Aura Break, Magic Guard, Comatose, Shields Down, Full Metal Body, Shadow Shield, and Prism Armor.

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 Limber Unburden Mold Breaker
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII 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 or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Prevents the foe's ability from activating when the Pokémon attacks.
BSL こうげきしたときに あいての とくせいのこうかを うけない
MDGtI Damage dealt by the Pokémon's moves or items is not influenced by the target's Ability.*
The Pokémon's moves are not influenced by the target's Ability! For example, it could make a Pokémon with Sturdy faint in one hit!*
SMD The Pokémon's moves are not influenced by the target's Ability! For example, it could make a Pokémon with the Sturdy Ability faint in one hit!

In the anime

None.png Roark Cranidos Mold Breaker.png Roark Rampardos Mold Breaker.png None.png
Cranidos Rampardos
The Pokémon 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 the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 破格 Pogaak *
革新 Gaaksān *
Mandarin 破格 Pògé *
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
Poland Flag.png Polish Niszczyciel
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Quebra-Molde
Destruidor de Molde (manga)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Quebra-Molde
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rompemoldes
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phá Vỡ Khuôn Mẫu


Variations of the Ability Mold Breaker
Mold BreakerTurboblazeTeravolt


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