Light Metal Pokemon may sound like a type, but in reality the term refers to an ability Pokémon can execute during battles. The ability has appeared in previous Pokémon generations, but it is returning once again in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here's what you need to know about the ability.

Light Metal Pokemon Sword and Shield: What You Need to Know

Light Metal first appeared in Pokémon Black and White, where it was introduced as a hidden ability certain Steel-type Pokémon could use to halve their weight. This made the Pokémon less vulnerable to Grass Knot and Low Kick, but more vulnerable to Heat Crash and Heavy Slam. It also made Heat Crash and Heavy Slam weaker.

Previous Light Metal users have included Scizor, Beldum, Metang, Metagross and Registeel, but Sword and Shield will add a new Light Metal user: Duraludon. The dual Dragon- and Steel-type Pokémon will be able to use Light Metal and its inverse, Heavy Metal, according to the latest Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer.

The rest of Duraludon's moves remain unknown.

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