When Mawile was first introduced in Generation III, it could have one of two abilities: Hyper Cutter, which prevents the opponent from lowering its Attack stat, but it can still be reduced by one of its own moves; or Intimidate, which reduces the opponent's Attack by one stage upon entering battle, affecting both opponents in a Double Battle.
Generation V added a new Ability to Mawile available to Mawile from the Dream World, the Sheer Force Ability. This ability gives attacks that have a secondary effect a 33% increase in power, but the secondary effect of that attack is lost.
Mawile takes the appearance of a small human child that has a mix between a venus fly-trap and a Piranha Plant from the Super Mario Bros. games growing from its head.
Mawile doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.
New Forme: MegaMawile
In August 2013's issue of CoroCoro Magazine, a new Game Mechanic known as Mega Evolution was revealed, along with six Pokémon that evolve with this method. MegaMawile is the Mega Evolved version of Mawile. It is a Steel/Fairy-Type.
MegaMawile uses the Huge Power Ability, which doubles the power of its attacks.
Mawile appears at Iron Mountain with Pokémon Ruby Inserted into the Game Boy Advance slot of your Nintendo DS in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, but this won't work until the National Pokédex has been obtained. Mawile appears at Route 9 in Soul Silver.
Mawile appears in the Challenger's Cave in Black and White, an area that can be accessed once the main game is completed and the National Pokédex has been obtained. In Black 2 and White 2, the only way to obtain a Mawile is to trade for one with Yancy.
Mawile makes appearances at Secret Storage 10 & 19, Endless Level 30 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Mawile appears at Magma Caver 8F-12F and Buried Relic 68F-90F in the first Mystery Dungeon game. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Mawile appears at Quicksand Cave B8-B10 & DP B1-B5 and Final Maze at random from B1 to B48. Mawile is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3. It can be found on the Path to Treasure Valley B20-B24 and Final Mountain 18F-22F.
Mawile appears in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia at Perill Cliff, its lone appearance in the Pokémon Ranger series to date.
Mawile can be found at the Cavern Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. To obtain it you'll have to find a Crystal that belongs to an Aron. In PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Mawile appears at the Tech Area's Train Depot. Give it a gem to befriend it.
Mawile can be found at Firebreathing Mountain Factory 3-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Mawile appears in a total of eight sets. It is listed as a Common Card in the Undaunted and Call of Legends sets. Mawile appears as a Rare Card in the EX Sandstorm, EX Holon Phantoms, EX Crystal Guarddians, EX Power Keepers and Great Encounters sets.
Another trainer's Mawile falls in love with Brock's Lombre in the episode Once In A Mawile!, only for said love to go bust when Brock's Lombre pulled a Water Stone out of another trainer's backpack, triggering its evolution to Ludicolo.
Mawile has yet to appear in one of the films as of writing.
Mawile's Manga info is unknown at this time.
Mawile finds itself in the PU tier of competitive battling. It has a great typing that allows for it to check common Pokémon such as Stoutland, Cacturne, and Roselia. Mawile has very good offensive prowess thanks to Sheer Force boosting many its attacks, which when coupled with a Life Orb, can make Mawile a devastating wallbreaker that can destroy many defensive cores with its attacks. Mawile is best used as a Swords Dance sweeper that can destroy slower teams with its Sheer Force-boosted STAB attacks Play Rough and Iron Head while having a strong priority attack in Sucker Punch to hit faster foes extremely hard. Mawile is also capable of running an all-out attacker set that runs Fire Blast alongside its STABs and Sucker Punch to hit Steel and Grass-types like Metang, Gourgeist-XL, and Tangela extremely hard. Lastly, thanks to its great typing, Mawile can run a defensive set with Intimidate to further bolster its bulk while supporting a team with Stealth Rock. However, Mawile still has its flaws, as its natural bulk is rather poor as specially offensive Pokémon like Mr. Mime can 2HKO it even with resisted attacks. It is also very reliant on Sucker Punch to hit faster Pokémon, which can be exploited easily with moves like Will-O-Wisp and Substitute and makes it so that it is not that hard to revenge kill when against a Pokémon that can tank a Sucker Punch.
Mawile is a viable option in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling as well. With a great ability in Sheer Force that boosts its STABs and coverage attacks, Mawile is a very nice wallbreaker that can lure in unsuspecting defensive threats and destroy them with the appropriate move. Mawile is not worn down by Life Orb when using Sheer Force-boosted attacks, so it can be a pain for defensive teams to wear it down as they cannot easily handle Mawile's attacks. Mawile is best used as a mixed wallbreaker with its powerful STABs, Sucker Punch for strong priority, and Fire Blast to hit Steelix, Ferroseed, Vileplume, and Gourgeist-XL. Mawile is also capable of running a defensive Stealth Rock support set thanks to its great typing and Intimidate to give it nice physical bulk which acts as a solid check to Shiftry, Liepard, and Skuntank. However, Mawile is rather frail and slow, which works heavily against it when matched up against more offensive teams that can hit it hard even with resisted attacks from the special attacking side. It is reliant on Sucker Punch to hit faster Pokémon which is problematic when up against Pokémon that can easily tank a hit and revenge kill it. Mawile faces competition from other wallbreakers like Samurott and Magmortar, which boast better defensive utility and higher Speed stats. Defensive Mawile sets face heavy competition from Steelix, which has much better natural bulk which allows for it to more effectively use its resistances.
Mawile is also usable in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. With a great defensive typing, good physical bulk, and Intimidate, Mawile can act as a decent check to certain offensive threats like Mega Glalie and Sneasel. It has the unique ability to run Baton Pass + Swords Dance which can give an offensive threat the ability to power through certain defensive Pokémon easily thanks to the boosts. Mawile also has Stealth Rock in its arsenal, being a nice team supporter that can perform many different roles at the same time. However, Mawile has a low Special Defense stat that can leave it severely damaged even when taking resisted attacks. Mawile is fairly slow, which can force it out even when it has a Swords Dance boost as it will get knocked out before it can pass it to another teammate. Mawile is also weak to common attacking types in Ground and Fire.
Via Dream World
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Generation III Exclusive Moves
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Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM01: Focus Punch
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM79: Dark Pulse
- TM82: Sleep Talk
- TM83: Natural Gift
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Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Generation 6 Onward
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