AOTW: Weak Armor,
This week’s Ability is… interesting, Abiliteers. I thought that I had already plumbed the depths of the most potent of pokémon passive powers, but there seems to be at least one more diamond in the rough waiting for us to discuss. This particular Ability could be a bit risky to work with, but could potentially work as an unpleasant surprise for your foes! Get your sleeping caps ready, because we’ll be heading out to the Dream World for this one, in this installment of Ability of the Week: Weak Armor!
Weak Armor is a self-sacrificial Ability, introduced to us in Pokémon Black and White Versions. Inside the cartridge-only experience, Weak Armor is the signature Ability of a certain favorite of SBJ’s:
But once we venture into the Dream World, Garbodor finds a host of Weak Armor contemporaries, including the likes of Skarmory, Kabutops, and Mandibuzz. The effect of Weak Armor is to increase Speed and decrease Defense by one stage for each hit from a physical move. In this way, you can turn a pokémon with the Ability into a surprise sweeper!
From where I’m standing, Weak Armor will be right at home on a doubles team, particularly when paired with a pokémon with Skill Link. You see, every hit from a swipe move counts towards Weak Armor’s stat adjustment, so have your partner poke at you with something like Fury Swipes or Pin Missile, and crank your speed through the roof! Out of the sixteen pokémon with access to Weak Armor, I most highly recommend Garbodor, Skarmory, Kabutops, and Vanilluxe. Oh dear, I’ve sent appreciation to one of Travis’ favorites, too!
Because Weak Armor is somewhat finicky, you should really breed specifically for it. Aim for either a Hasty nature (increased Speed, decreased Defense), or a Lonely or Mild nature (increased Attack/Special Attack, decreased Defense). These natures will play to Weak Armor’s purpose and help to give you and edge with it.
Purposefully creating a defensive deficit will be scary, but if you play it right, you’ll leave your opponent in the dust, their pokémon crumpled in a pool of their own bruises! I guess sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Later, trainers!