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Pokemon - Scrappy Ability

Updated on March 26, 2012

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Pokemon Abilities

In competitive battling abilities can be all important, causing what would be a mid range Pokemon to become a star, as in the case of the Speed Boost Blaziken, or allowing a team to be created around it, as with a Swift Swim team.

Equally there are many abilities that are close to pointless, or even if they do add something, they don't add that much.

With that in mind, where does the Scrappy ability come into things with regards competitive Pokemon battling?

Kangaskhan - a Scrappy Pokemon

Kangaskhan is one of only 2 Pokemon that can get the Scrappy ability without the Dream World
Kangaskhan is one of only 2 Pokemon that can get the Scrappy ability without the Dream World

The Scrappy Ability

The scrappy ability is pretty straightforward as abilities go. It allows Pokemon to hit Ghost type Pokemon with Normal and Fighting type moves. This is pretty useful as usually Ghost types are completely immune to Normal and Fighting moves.

But is it useful enough to be a viable ability in Pokemon battles?

Yes and no. There are plenty of more useful abilities out there, but scrappy certainly is useful, especially for Normal type Pokemon.

The typing system in Pokemon means that, normally, Ghost Pokemon can't be hit by Normal and Fighting moves, and Normal and Fighting Pokemon can't be hit by Ghost moves. This can stop Normal and Fighting type Pokemon hitting Ghosts with powerful STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) moves, which is certainly a disadvantage.

But the Scrappy ability bypasses that, so that those powerful, STAB boosted attacks can be of use. Obviously this ability isn't all encompassing, it is limited to just when facing Ghost types, so you need to put some thought into whether you select this.

This comes down to team balance. Does your team have a weakness to Ghost Pokemon, or at the very least have trouble dealing with Ghosts such as Gengar? If so then the Scrappy ability will be useful. But if you are already well versed in taking down Ghost Pokemon then you may be better looking at what other abilities that Pokemon can have rather than Scrappy.

Pokemon that Can Have the Scrappy Ability

A list of all the Pokemon that can have the scrappy ability

  • Kangaskhan
  • Miltank

Pokemon that can have the Scrappy ability from the Dream World (note, not all Dream World abilities are released, check this Dream World ability chart to see what are available)

  • Taillow
  • Swellow
  • Loudred
  • Exploud
  • Herdier
  • Stoutland

The Scrappy Ability in Action


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