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Anticipation is an Ability introduced in Generation IV.

Anticipation
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Senses a foe's dangerous moves.

Effect

In battle

Generation IV

When a Pokémon with Anticipation enters the battle or a Pokémon gains the Ability Anticipation, it causes the Pokémon to "shudder" if any opponent has a damaging move that is super effective against the Pokémon with Anticipation, a one-hit knockout move, or Selfdestruct or Explosion. Hidden Power, Judgment, Weather Ball, and Natural Gift are treated as Normal-type moves. Counter, Metal Burst, and Mirror Coat do not trigger Anticipation.

Generation V

The moves Selfdestruct and Explosion are now treated like all other Normal-type moves, and thus no longer trigger Anticipation. Counter, Metal Burst, and Mirror Coat are counted as attacking moves of their types, so can trigger Anticipation. Techno Blast is treated as a Normal-type move.

Generation VI onward

Hidden Power is now treated as its effective type rather than Normal-type. Revelation Dance and Multi-Attack are treated as Normal-type moves. Normal-type moves (including Self-Destruct and Explosion) can trigger Anticipation in Inverse Battles, if the Pokémon is weak to Normal-type moves. Anticipation ignores strong winds.

Outside of battle

Anticipation has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Adaptability

Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
NapkidMini Napkid Ghost Ghost Shadow Tag None Anticipation
PhansheetMini Phansheet Ghost Ghost Shadow Tag None Anticipation
ToxidonMini Toxidon Poison Ground Rough Skin Poison Point Anticipation
SnapikeMini Snapike Poison Ground Rough Skin Poison Point Anticipation
SnoozeeMini Snoozee Ghost Fairy Telepathy No Guard Anticipation
GhoullowMini Ghoullow Ghost Fairy Telepathy No Guard Anticipation
HuskpupMini Huskpup Ice Ice Snow Cloak Moxie Anticipation
HuskoldMini Huskold Ice Ice Snow Cloak Moxie Anticipation
 

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