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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Every new item, move & ability

This guide will break down all of the new items, moves, and abilities in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to get you ready for battle.

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Players looking to master Pokemon battles in Scarlet & Violet will have to fully grasp all of the new items, moves, and abilities the new titles have to offer, so here’s a guide detailing the new content.

A Pokemon‘s level and statistics often determine the outcome of a battle, but trainers have more than one way to prepare. With held items, abilities, and the right moves, trainers can change the tide of a Pokemon battle.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet delivered a ton of new Pokemon that players will have to get accustomed to. While the new Pokemon often draw the most attention, players can also expect new moves, abilities, and items to shake up the state of Pokemon battles as well.

Here’s a look at the items, abilities, and moves that debuted in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

New held items in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Pokemon in your party can each hold one item to be used in a battle. With the inclusion of held items, trainers can plan and execute complex strategies in Pokemon battles. Held items act as a hidden trick up a trainer’s sleeve, and the element of surprise in a Pokemon battle is invaluable.

Item NameEffect
Booster EnergyAn item to be held by Pokémon with certain Abilities. The energy that fills this capsule boosts the strength of the Pokémon.
Ability ShieldThis cute and rather unique-looking shield protects the holder from having its Ability changed by others.
Clear AmuletThis clear, sparkling amulet protects the holder from having its stats lowered by moves used against it or by other Pokémon’s Abilities.
Mirror HerbThis herb will allow the holder to mirror an opponent’s stat increases to boost its own stats—but only once.
Punching GloveThis protective glove boosts the power of the holder’s punching moves and prevents direct contact with targets.
Covert CloakThis hooded cloak conceals the holder, tricking the eyes of its enemies and protecting it from the additional effects of moves.
Loaded DiceThis loaded dice always rolls a good number, and holding one can ensure that the holder’s multistrike moves hit more times.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet new moves

New moves in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will also impact the flow of battles. Usually, new moves introduced in a new generation are widely used by the region’s new Pokemon. However, that’s not to say that Pokemon from previous generations will not have access to these new moves as well.

NameTypeCategoryBase PowerAccuracyEffect
Tera BlastNormalSpecial80100If the user has Terastallized, it unleashes energy of its Tera Type. This move inflicts damage using the Attack or Sp. Atk stat, whichever is higher for the user.
Silk TrapBugStatus100The user spins a silken trap, protecting itself from damage while lowering the Speed stat of any attacker that makes direct contact.
Axe KickFightingPhysical12090The user attacks by kicking up into the air and slamming its heel down upon the target. This may also confuse the target. If it misses, the user takes damage instead.
Last RespectsGhostPhysical50100The user attacks to avenge its allies. The more defeated allies there are in the user’s party, the greater the move’s power.
Lumina CrashPsychicSpecial80100The user attacks by unleashing a peculiar light that even affects the mind. This also harshly lowers the target’s Sp. Def stat.
Order UpDragonPhysical80100The user attacks with elegant poise. If the user has a Tatsugiri in its mouth, this move boosts one of the user’s stats based on the Tatsugiri’s form.
Jet PunchWaterPhysical60100The user summons a torrent around its fist and punches at blinding speed. This move always goes first.
Spicy ExtractGrassStatus100The user emits an incredibly spicy extract, sharply boosting the target’s Attack stat and harshly lowering the target’s Defense stat.
Spin OutSteelPhysical100100The user spins furiously by straining its legs, inflicting damage on the target. This also harshly lowers the user’s Speed stat.
Population BombNormalPhysical2090The user’s fellows gather in droves to perform a combo attack that hits the target one to ten times in a row.
Ice SpinnerIcePhysical80100The user covers its feet in thin ice and twirls around, slamming into the target. This move’s spinning motion also destroys the terrain.
Glaive RushDragonPhysical120100The user throws its entire body into a reckless charge. Attacks from opposing Pokémon during the next turn cannot miss and will inflict double damage.
Revival BlessingNormalStatus100The user bestows a loving blessing, reviving a party Pokémon that has fainted and restoring half that Pokémon’s max HP.
Salt CureRockPhysical40100The user salt cures the target, inflicting damage every turn. Steel and Water types are more strongly affected by this move.
Triple DiveWaterPhysical3095The user performs a perfectly timed triple dive, hitting the target with splashes of water three times in a row.
Mortal SpinPoisonPhysical30100The user performs a spin attack that can also eliminate the effects of such moves as Bind, Wrap, and Leech Seed. This also poisons opposing Pokémon.
DoodleNormalStatus100The user captures the very essence of the target in a sketch. This changes the Abilities of the user and its ally Pokémon to that of the target.
Fillet AwayNormalStatus100The user sharply boosts its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats by using its own HP.
Kowtow CleaveDarkPhysical85100The user slashes at the target after kowtowing to make the target let down its guard. This attack never misses.
Flower TrickGrassPhysical70100The user throws a rigged bouquet of flowers at the target. This attack never misses and always lands a critical hit.
Torch SongFireSpecial80100The user blows out raging flames as if singing a song, scorching the target. This also boosts the user’s Sp. Atk stat.
Aqua StepWaterPhysical80100The user toys with the target and attacks it using light and fluid dance steps. This also boosts the user’s Speed stat.
Raging BullNormalPhysical90100The user performs a tackle like a raging bull. This move’s type depends on the user’s form. It can also break barriers, such as Light Screen and Reflect.
Make It RainSteelSpecial120100The user attacks by throwing out a mass of coins. This also lowers the user’s Sp. Atk stat. Money is earned after the battle.
RuinationDarkSpecial90The user summons a ruinous disaster. This cuts the target’s HP in half.
Collision CourseFightingPhysical100100The user transforms and crashes to the ground, causing a massive prehistoric explosion. This move’s power is boosted more than usual if it’s a supereffective hit.
Electro DriftElectricSpecial100100The user races forward at ultrafast speeds, piercing its target with futuristic electricity. This move’s power is boosted more than usual if it’s a supereffective hit.
Shed TailNormalStatus100The user creates a substitute for itself using its own HP before switching places with a party Pokémon in waiting.
Chilly ReceptionIceStatus100The user tells a chillingly bad joke before switching places with a party Pokémon in waiting. This summons a snowstorm lasting five turns.
Tidy UpNormalStatus100The user tidies up and removes the effects of Spikes, Stealth Rock, Sticky Web, Toxic Spikes, and Substitute. This also boosts the user’s Attack and Speed stats.
SnowscapeIceStatus100The user summons a snowstorm lasting five turns. This boosts the Defense stats of Ice types.
PounceBugPhysical50100The user attacks by pouncing on the target. This also lowers the target’s Speed stat.
TrailblazeGrassPhysical50100The user attacks suddenly as if leaping out from tall grass. The user’s nimble footwork boosts its Speed stat.
Chilling WaterWaterSpecial50100The user attacks the target by showering it with water that’s so cold it saps the target’s power. This also lowers the target’s Attack stat.
Hyper DrillNormalPhysical100100The user spins the pointed part of its body at high speed to pierce the target. This attack can hit a target using a move such as Protect or Detect.
Twin BeamPsychicSpecial40100The user shoots mystical beams from its eyes to inflict damage. The target is hit twice in a row.
Rage FistGhostPhysical50100The user converts its rage into energy to attack. The more times the user has been hit by attacks, the greater the move’s power.
Armor CannonFireSpecial120100The user shoots its own armor out as blazing projectiles. This also lowers the user’s Defense and Sp. Def stats.
Bitter BladeFirePhysical90100The user focuses its bitter feelings toward the world of the living into a slashing attack. The user’s HP is restored by up to half the damage taken by the target.
Double ShockElectricPhysical120100The user discharges all the electricity from its body to perform a high-damage attack. After using this move, the user will no longer be Electric type.
Gigaton HammerSteelPhysical160100The user swings its whole body around to attack with its huge hammer. This move can’t be used twice in a row.
ComeuppanceDarkPhysical100The user retaliates with much greater force against the opponent that last inflicted damage on it.
Aqua CutterWaterPhysical70100The user expels pressurized water to cut at the target like a blade. This move has a heightened chance of landing a critical hit.
Blazing TorqueFirePhysical80100This move is only used by a Starmobile. It may Burn the opponent
Wicked TorqueDarkPhysical80100This move is only used by a Starmobile.
Noxious TorquePoisonPhysical100100This move is only used by a Starmobile. It may Poison the opponent
Combat TorqueFightingPhysical100100This move is only used by a Starmobile. It may lower the opponent’s Defense
Magical TorqueFairyPhysical100100This move is only used by a Starmobile. It may confuse the opponent

Every new ability in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

New abilities have also been introduced in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, further shuffling the deck and adding yet another layer of strategy to battles.

Some new abilities require special circumstances like certain Terrains to activate, while others will drastically increase your Pokemon’s stats, so it’s worthwhile to have a look at the list below.

Ability nameEffect
Anger ShellWhen an attack causes its HP to drop to half or less, the Pokémon gets angry. This lowers its Defense and Sp. Def stats but boosts its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.
Armor TailThe mysterious tail covering the Pokémon’s head makes opponents unable to use priority moves against the Pokémon or its allies.
Beads of RuinThe power of the Pokémon’s ruinous beads lowers the Sp. Def stats of all Pokémon except itself.
CommanderWhen the Pokémon enters a battle, it goes inside the mouth of an ally Dondozo if one is on the field. The Pokémon then issues commands from there.
CostarWhen the Pokémon enters a battle, it copies an ally’s stat changes.
Cud ChewWhen the Pokémon eats a Berry, it will regurgitate that Berry at the end of the next turn and eat it one more time.
Earth EaterIf hit by a Ground-type move, the Pokémon has its HP restored instead of taking damage.
ElectromorphosisThe Pokémon becomes charged when it takes damage, boosting the power of the next Electric-type move the Pokémon uses.
Good as GoldA body of pure, solid gold gives the Pokémon full immunity to other Pokémon’s status moves.
Guard DogBoosts the Pokémon’s Attack stat if intimidated. Moves and items that would force the Pokémon to switch out also fail to work.
Hadron EngineTurns the ground into Electric Terrain when the Pokémon enters a battle. The futuristic engine within the Pokémon also boosts its Sp. Atk stat on Electric Terrain.
Lingering AromaContact with the Pokémon changes the attacker’s Ability to Lingering Aroma.
Mycelium MightThe Pokémon will always act more slowly when using status moves, but these moves will be unimpeded by the Ability of the target.
OpportunistIf an opponent’s stat is boosted, the Pokémon seizes the opportunity to boost the same stat for itself.
Orichalcum PulseTurns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle. The ancient pulse thrumming through the Pokémon also boosts its Attack stat in harsh sunlight.
ProtosynthesisBoosts the Pokémon’s most proficient stat in harsh sunlight or if the Pokémon is holding Booster Energy.
Purifying SaltThe Pokémon’s pure salt protects it from status conditions and halves the damage taken from Ghost-type moves.
Quark DriveBoosts the Pokémon’s most proficient stat on Electric Terrain or if the Pokémon is holding Booster Energy.
Rocky PayloadPowers up Rock-type moves.
Seed SowerTurns the ground into Grassy Terrain when the Pokémon is hit by an attack.
SharpnessPowers up slicing moves.
Supreme OverlordWhen the Pokémon enters a battle, its Attack and Sp. Atk stats are slightly boosted for each of the allies in its party that have already been defeated.
Sword of RuinThe power of the Pokémon’s ruinous sword lowers the Defense stats of all Pokémon except itself.
Tablets of RuinThe power of the Pokémon’s ruinous wooden tablets lowers the Attack stats of all Pokémon except itself.
Thermal ExchangeBoosts the Attack stat when the Pokémon is hit by a Fire-type move. The Pokémon also cannot be burned.
Toxic DebrisScatters poison spikes at the feet of the opposing team when the Pokémon takes damage from physical moves.
Vessel of RuinThe power of the Pokémon’s ruinous vessel lowers the Sp. Atk stats of all Pokémon except itself.
Well-Baked BodyThe Pokémon takes no damage when hit by Fire-type moves. Instead, its Defense stat is sharply boosted.
Wind PowerThe Pokémon becomes charged when it is hit by a wind move, boosting the power of the next Electric-type move the Pokémon uses.
Wind RiderBoosts the Pokémon’s Attack stat if Tailwind takes effect or if the Pokémon is hit by a wind move. The Pokémon also takes no damage from wind moves.
Zero to HeroThe Pokémon transforms into its Hero Form when it switches out.

For more, check out how to catch a special Charizard in the next Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battle.

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