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Zen Mode (Ability)
Zen Mode (Japanese: ダルマモード Daruma Mode) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Darmanitan.
If a Darmanitan has this Ability, it is able to change forms in battle, based on its HP. Each form has its own types, base stats, EV yield, height, and weight. This Ability has no effect on any other Pokémon, even one that transforms into Darmanitan.
At the start of battle or at the end of a turn, if the HP of a Standard Mode Darmanitan with the Ability Zen Mode is below half, it will change into its Zen Mode. At the end of a turn, if the HP of a Zen Mode Darmanitan with the Ability Zen Mode is above half, it will change into its Standard Mode. Darmanitan is always in Standard Mode outside of battle.
In Standard Mode, Unovan Darmanitan is Fire-type and Galarian Darmanitan is Ice-type; in Zen Mode, Unovan Darmanitan is dual-type Fire/Psychic and Galarian Darmanitan is dual-type Ice/Fire.
Generations V to VI
If Darmanitan loses Zen Mode or Zen Mode is suppressed with Gastro Acid, it will revert to its Standard Mode and not be able to change form. If Darmanitan gains Zen Mode, at the end of the turn it will change form if its HP is below half.
Role Play fails if the target has Zen Mode. Entrainment fails if the user has Zen Mode. Zen Mode cannot be copied by Trace.
Generation VII onward
Gastro Acid, Worry Seed, and Simple Beam fail if the target has Zen Mode. Role Play, Skill Swap, Entrainment, and Doodle fail if either Pokémon has Zen Mode. Zen Mode cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy, or Receiver, replaced by Mummy or Lingering Aroma, suppressed by Core Enforcer or Neutralizing Gas, or traded by Wandering Spirit.
Outside of battle
Zen Mode has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Zen Mode
|#||Pokémon||Types||First Ability||Second Ability||Hidden Ability|
|Fire||Sheer Force||None||Zen Mode|
|Ice||Gorilla Tactics||None||Zen Mode|
|Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation IX games.
In the anime
|Goh's Darmanitan||Bianca's father's Darmanitan||Trainer's Darmanitan|
|The Pokémon changes shape and becomes a stone-like statue. This also makes it a part Psychic type.|
|User||First Used In||Notes|
|Darmanitan||Darmanitan's body turns into a stone-like statue that turns it into a part Psychic-type. When Darmanitan turns back to normal, its eyebrows become covered in flames and its body changes instantly back to Standard Mode, or Darmanitan's body becomes surrounded in red-yellow flames and it changes back into Standard Mode.|
|A wild Darmanitan||Saving Darmanitan From the Bell!||Debut|
|Bianca's father's Red Flash Darmanitan||Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!||None|
|A Trainer's three Darmanitan||A Maractus Musical!||None|
|Five wild Darmanitan||Raid Battle in The Ruins!||None|
|Goh's Darmanitan||Raid Battle in The Ruins!||None|
In the manga
|The Pokémon changes shape when it takes damage.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Darmanitan||After taking enough damage, Darmanitan's body turns into a stone-like statue, giving it the powers of a Psychic-type.|
|Several wild Darmanitan||To Make a Musical||Debut|
|N's Darmanitan||The Lesson Ends Here||None|
In other languages
|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.|