Mold Breaker (Ability)
When a Pokémon with Mold Breaker uses a move, the effects of all ignorable Abilities (i.e. Abilities that could potentially negatively affect the success, damage, or effects of a move if possessed by the target of a move or its allies) 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 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.
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 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|
Outside of battle
Mold Breaker has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Mold Breaker
In other games
In the anime
|The Pokémon cancels out the opponent's Ability when it activates.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Cranidos||When the opponent's Ability activates, Cranidos cancels it out.|
|Roark's Cranidos||Shapes of Things to Come!||Debut|
|Rampardos||When the opponent's Ability activates, Rampardos cancels it out.|
|Roark's Rampardos||O'er the Rampardos we Watched!||None|
In the manga
|Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Haxorus||Haxorus's moves aren't affected by the opponent's Ability.|
|Iris's Haxorus||One Way or Another||Debut|
- Roark's Rampardos used its Mold Breaker Ability to stop the paralysis caused by Ash's Pikachu and Paul's Elekid triggering their mutual Ability, Static, in the anime, even though Static is not affected by Mold Breaker in the games.
In other languages
|Variations of the Ability Mold Breaker|
|Mold Breaker • Turboblaze • Teravolt|
|This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.|