Shields Down (Ability)

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Shields Down リミットシールド
Limit Shield
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Generation VII
When its HP becomes half or less, the Pokémon's shell breaks and it becomes aggressive.
Generation VIII
When its HP becomes half or less, the Pokémon's shell breaks and it becomes aggressive.

Shields Down (Japanese: リミットシールド Limit Shield) is an Ability introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature Ability of Minior.


In battle

At the start of battle or at the end of a turn, if Minior's HP is above half, it will change into its Meteor Form. At the end of the turn, if its HP is below half, it will change back to its Core Form.

While in Meteor Form, Minior cannot be afflicted by status conditions or become drowsy due to Yawn. Rest will fail when used by Minior in Meteor Form. If Core Form Minior is switched in while grounded (due to Iron Ball, Gravity, or being Baton Passed Ingrain), it will be poisoned by Toxic Spikes before Shields Down switches it to Meteor Form.

If Minior gets a status condition while in Core Form and later changes into Meteor Form, the status condition remains in effect.

Role Play, Gastro Acid, Worry Seed, Simple Beam, and Entrainment fail if the target has the Ability Shields Down. Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has Shields Down. Shields Down cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver. Shields Down cannot be replaced by Mummy or suppressed by Core Enforcer. If a Pokémon other than Minior obtains Shields Down with Imposter or Transform, the Pokémon will not change forms and will not be immune to status conditions (even if it transformed into Meteor Form Minior).

Mold Breaker, Turboblaze, and Teravolt have no effect on Shields Down. If a Pokémon with Poison Touch uses Sunsteel Strike or its variations on a Minior in Meteor Form, it will not be poisoned.

Outside of battle

Minior is always in Core Form outside of battle.

Pokémon with Shields Down

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Minior Minior
Rock Flying Shields Down None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation IX 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.
  • For Generation VIII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IX or later.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 界限盾殼 Gaaihaahn Téuhnhok
Mandarin 界限盾殼 / 界限盾壳 Jièxiàn Dùnké
France Flag.png French Bouclier-Carcan
Germany Flag.png German Limitschild
Italy Flag.png Italian Scudosoglia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 리밋실드 Limit Shield
Russia Flag.png Russian Опущенные Щиты
Spain Flag.png Spanish Escudo Limitado

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