Sniper (Ability)

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Sniper スナイパー
Sniper
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Generation IV
Powers up moves if they become critical hits.
Generation V
Powers up moves if they become critical hits.
Generation VI
Powers up moves if they become critical hits.
Generation VII
Powers up moves if they become critical hits when attacking.
Generation VIII
Powers up moves if they become critical hits when attacking.

Sniper (Japanese: スナイパー Sniper) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV.

Effect

In battle

Generation IV

Critical hits will do 3× damage instead of 2× damage. Sniper cannot be activated by Beat Up.

Generation V

Sniper can now be activated by Beat Up. Additionally, rather than changing the critical hit multiplier directly, Sniper now doubles the damage dealt by a move that deals a critical hit, applied last to damage as part of the "final" modifiers that get applied to the damage, resulting in virtually the same effect.

Generation VI onward

Critical hits will now effectively do only 2.25× damage, as a result of the critical hit multiplier being lowered to 1.5×.

Outside of battle

Sniper has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Sniper

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Beedrill Beedrill
Bug Poison Swarm None Sniper
Spearow Spearow
Normal Flying Keen Eye None Sniper
Fearow Fearow
Normal Flying Keen Eye None Sniper
Horsea Horsea
Water Water Swift Swim Sniper Damp
Seadra Seadra
Water Water Poison Point Sniper Damp
Spinarak Spinarak
Bug Poison Swarm Insomnia Sniper
Ariados Ariados
Bug Poison Swarm Insomnia Sniper
Remoraid Remoraid
Water Water Hustle Sniper Moody
Octillery Octillery
Water Water Suction Cups Sniper Moody
Kingdra Kingdra
Water Dragon Swift Swim Sniper Damp
Skorupi Skorupi
Poison Bug Battle Armor Sniper Keen Eye
Drapion Drapion
Poison Dark Battle Armor Sniper Keen Eye
Binacle Binacle
Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Barbaracle Barbaracle
Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Sobble Sobble
Water Water Torrent None Sniper
Drizzile Drizzile
Water Water Torrent None Sniper
Inteleon Inteleon
Water Water Torrent None Sniper
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 games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Sniper makes critical hits do 2× damage instead of 1.5× damage.

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Boosts the damage the Pokémon inflicts with critical hits.
BSL きゅうしょに こうげきを あてたときの ダメージが おおきくなる
Conq. Powers up moves if they become critical hits.
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD Damage when an attack results in a critical hit goes up!
MDRTDX This Ability increases the damage of moves that result in critical hits.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 狙擊手 Jēuigīksáu
Mandarin 狙擊手 / 狙击手 Jūjíshǒu / Jūjīshǒu
France Flag.png French Sniper
Germany Flag.png German Superschütze
Italy Flag.png Italian Cecchino
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스나이퍼 Sniper
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Franco-Atirador
Spain Flag.png Spanish Francotirador*
Francotirad.*
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Keskin Nişancı



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