This is like one of my favorite abilities.
Magic Guard prevents all damage by ANYTHING other than a direct attack. Therefore, weather damage, status effects, item damage, and other damage from moves like Magma Storm and Whirlpool will be negated.
Awesome. Especially with item combos.
The reason I started this thread is because of a great item combo-able with Magic Guard: Life Orb. It increases the damage done by moves by 30%. So a move that would have dealt 100 HP would deal 130 HP. That's a handy bonus, but it comes at a cost. 10% of your max HP is drained every turn.
Except that Magic Guard prevents that damage.
In Gen IV, this combo was nearly impossible. Why? Because the only Pokemon with Magic Guard was Clefable. With it's lackluster stats, the only real damage it could have pulled off was a Return + Life Orb, and that was off a low Attack base. Horrible.
Gen V brings in new light. Three more Pokemon can now have the ability. Let's list them:
Reuniclus: Great combo. Much better ability than Overcoat. With a 125 Sp. Attack base, it can utilize this item well. However, with it's low speed, its more of a tank than an attacker. Sigh...
Sigilyph: My personal favorite. While having only meh Sp. Attack (103), It's speed is quite high (97), also combined with great staying power in Def and Sp. Def. It's Flying Psychic, getting STAB from both Psychic and Air Slash. And it can learn Ice Beam. Great moves!
But for those of you who want more,
Alakazam has this Ability via PDW.
Sp. Attack base: 135
Speed base: 120
Sp. Defense base: 85
Need I say more?
Alakazam #Magic Guard @Life Orb, 252 EV in Sp. Attack, Speed, 4 in Sp. Def
The last move is for either type coverage or if facing a Sp.Def tank like Blissey.
How's this build? Any more suggestions?
Thanks in Advance!