Role Play (move)

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Role Play
なりきり Change Appearance
Role Play V.png
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Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as those before it.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Role Play (Japanese: なりきり Change Appearance) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Role Play replaces the user's Ability with the target's Ability. Role Play cannot copy Zen Mode, Wonder Guard, Multitype, Imposter, Illusion or Stance Change.

Role Play bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the opponent is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. It is not affected by Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FRLG The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe's ability.
DPPtHGSS The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe's natural ability.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target's natural Ability.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
064 Kadabra Kadabra
Human-Like Human-Like 33 36 42 42XY
41ORAS
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Human-Like Human-Like 40RSE
41FRLG
43 43 43
234 Stantler Stantler
Field Field 31FRLG 33 33 33
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
Undiscovered Undiscovered 43 43 43
648 Meloetta Meloetta
Undiscovered Undiscovered 71 71
655 Delphox Delphox
Field Field 1
658 Greninja Greninja
Water 1 Water 1 1
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
Field Field 43
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Female
Field Field 43
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
096 Drowzee Drowzee
Human-Like Human-Like
327 Spinda Spinda
Field Human-Like
511 Pansage Pansage
Field Field
513 Pansear Pansear
Field Field
515 Panpour Panpour
Field Field
676 Furfrou Furfrou
Field Field
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD DP Pt HGSS BW B2W2 XY ORAS
035 Clefairy Clefairy
Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable
Fairy Fairy
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Field Field
038 Ninetales Ninetales
Field Field
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Fairy Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy
054 Psyduck Psyduck
Water 1 Field
055 Golduck Golduck
Water 1 Field
056 Mankey Mankey
Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
Field Field
063 Abra Abra
Human-Like Human-Like
064 Kadabra Kadabra
Human-Like Human-Like
065 Alakazam Alakazam
Human-Like Human-Like
066 Machop Machop
Human-Like Human-Like
067 Machoke Machoke
Human-Like Human-Like
068 Machamp Machamp
Human-Like Human-Like
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous
096 Drowzee Drowzee
Human-Like Human-Like
097 Hypno Hypno
Human-Like Human-Like
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee
Human-Like Human-Like
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
Human-Like Human-Like
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Human-Like Human-Like
124 Jynx Jynx
Human-Like Human-Like
128 Tauros Tauros
Field Field
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
Undiscovered Undiscovered
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
173 Cleffa Cleffa
Undiscovered Undiscovered
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
Undiscovered Undiscovered
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
190 Aipom Aipom
Field Field
228 Houndour Houndour
Field Field
229 Houndoom Houndoom
Field Field
234 Stantler Stantler
Field Field
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue
Undiscovered Undiscovered
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop
Human-Like Human-Like
238 Smoochum Smoochum
Undiscovered Undiscovered
257 Blaziken Blaziken
Field Field
296 Makuhita Makuhita
Human-Like Human-Like
297 Hariyama Hariyama
Human-Like Human-Like
302 Sableye Sableye
Human-Like Human-Like
307 Meditite Meditite
Human-Like Human-Like
308 Medicham Medicham
Human-Like Human-Like
325 Spoink Spoink
Field Field
326 Grumpig Grumpig
Field Field
327 Spinda Spinda
Field Human-Like
331 Cacnea Cacnea
Human-Like Grass
332 Cacturne Cacturne
Grass Human-Like
352 Kecleon Kecleon
Field Field
353 Shuppet Shuppet
Amorphous Amorphous
354 Banette Banette
Amorphous Amorphous
359 Absol Absol
Field Field
380 Latias Latias
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Normal Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Attack Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Defense Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386 Deoxys Deoxys
Speed Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered
390 Chimchar Chimchar
Field Human-Like
391 Monferno Monferno
Field Human-Like
392 Infernape Infernape
Field Human-Like
424 Ambipom Ambipom
Field Field
438 Bonsly Bonsly
Undiscovered Undiscovered
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
Undiscovered Undiscovered
441 Chatot Chatot
Flying Flying
447 Riolu Riolu
Undiscovered Undiscovered
448 Lucario Lucario
Field Human-Like
453 Croagunk Croagunk
Human-Like Human-Like
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak
Human-Like Human-Like
459 Snover Snover
Monster Grass
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow
Monster Grass
480 Uxie Uxie
Undiscovered Undiscovered
481 Mesprit Mesprit
Undiscovered Undiscovered
482 Azelf Azelf
Undiscovered Undiscovered
494 Victini Victini
Undiscovered Undiscovered
509 Purrloin Purrloin
Field Field
510 Liepard Liepard
Field Field
511 Pansage Pansage
Field Field
512 Simisage Simisage
Field Field
513 Pansear Pansear
Field Field
514 Simisear Simisear
Field Field
515 Panpour Panpour
Field Field
516 Simipour Simipour
Field Field
531 Audino Audino
Fairy Fairy
549 Lilligant Lilligant
Grass Grass
562 Yamask Yamask
Mineral Amorphous
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus
Mineral Amorphous
574 Gothita Gothita
Human-Like Human-Like
575 Gothorita Gothorita
Human-Like Human-Like
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle
Human-Like Human-Like
577 Solosis Solosis
Amorphous Amorphous
578 Duosion Duosion
Amorphous Amorphous
579 Reuniclus Reuniclus
Amorphous Amorphous
605 Elgyem Elgyem
Human-Like Human-Like
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
Human-Like Human-Like
619 Mienfoo Mienfoo
Field Human-Like
620 Mienshao Mienshao
Field Human-Like
624 Pawniard Pawniard
Human-Like Human-Like
625 Bisharp Bisharp
Human-Like Human-Like
641 Tornadus Tornadus
Undiscovered Undiscovered
642 Thundurus Thundurus
Undiscovered Undiscovered
645 Landorus Landorus
Undiscovered Undiscovered
648 Meloetta Meloetta
Undiscovered Undiscovered
655 Delphox Delphox
Field Field
656 Froakie Froakie
Water 1 Water 1
657 Frogadier Frogadier
Water 1 Water 1
658 Greninja Greninja
Water 1 Water 1
676 Furfrou Furfrou
Field Field
677 Espurr Espurr
Field Field
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Male
Field Field
678 Meowstic Meowstic
Female
Field Field
686 Inkay Inkay
Water 1 Water 2
687 Malamar Malamar
Water 1 Water 2
708 Phantump Phantump
Amorphous Grass
709 Trevenant Trevenant
Amorphous Grass
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo
Amorphous Amorphous
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist
Amorphous Amorphous
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Egg Groups Obtained with
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral Dream World - Pleasant Forest
441 Chatot Chatot
Flying Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Copies the target's Special Ability. The user regains its own Special Ability when it leaves the floor.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


Trivia

  • Role Play can be considered a move counterpart to the ability Trace, as they both have the same effect. However, Trace can copy Wonder Guard, whereas Role Play cannot.

In other generations

Role Play III.png Role Play IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Role Play PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Role Play Colo.png Role Play XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 角色扮演 Jiǎo​sè​ Bànyǎn
France Flag.png French Imitation
Germany Flag.png German Rollentausch
Greece Flag.png Greek Υπόδυση
Italy Flag.png Italian Giocodiruolo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 역할 Yeokhal
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Jogo Teatral
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Gluma
Spain Flag.png Spanish Imitación


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