Switcheroo (move)

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すりかえ Secret Switch
Type  Dark
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles Pokémon that used a move of the same type.

Switcheroo (Japanese: すりかえ Secret Switch) is a non-damaging Dark-type move introduced in Generation IV.


Generation IV

The user switches held items with the target. It fails if neither has a held item, if either Pokémon is holding a Griseous Orb or Mail, if the target is behind a substitute, or if the target has Sticky Hold (even if it has no held item). It also fails if either Pokémon has Multitype and either of the swapped items is a Plate.

Generation V

Switcheroo will now succeed with a Griseous Orb as long as neither the user nor the target is Giratina.

Switcheroo cannot exchange a Drive if the user or the target is a Genesect.

Generation VI

Switcheroo fails if the user or the target is holding a Mega Stone or a colored orb that either of them can use to Mega Evolve or undergo Primal Reversion.


Games Description
DPPtHGSS The user trades held items with the foe faster than the eye can follow.
The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
053 Persian Persian
Field Field 1 1 1 1
053 Persian Persian
Alola Form
Field Field 1
097 Hypno Hypno
Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1
264 Linoone Linoone
Field Field 1 1 1 1
312 Minun Minun
Fairy Fairy 13ORAS 13
655 Delphox Delphox
Field Field 1 1
686 Inkay Inkay
Water 1 Water 2 23 23
687 Malamar Malamar
Water 1 Water 2 23 23
781 Dhelmise Dhelmise
Mineral Mineral 1
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
019 Rattata Rattata
Alola Form
Field Field
023 Ekans Ekans
Field Dragon HGSS
190 Aipom Aipom
Field Field
309 Electrike Electrike
Field Field HGSS
331 Cacnea Cacnea
Human-Like Grass
336 Seviper Seviper
Field Dragon HGSS
341 Corphish Corphish
Water 1 Water 3
361 Snorunt Snorunt
Fairy Mineral
418 Buizel Buizel
Water 1 Field
427 Buneary Buneary
Field Human-Like
546 Cottonee Cottonee
Grass Fairy
566 Archen Archen
Water 3 Flying
688 Binacle Binacle
Water 3 Water 3
707 Klefki Klefki
Mineral Mineral
714 Noibat Noibat
Flying Flying
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

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Switcheroo fails if either Pokémon is not holding an item.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Switcheroo IV.png Switcheroo V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
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
Chinese Cantonese 掉包 Diuhbāau
Mandarin 掉包 Diàobāo
France Flag.png French Passe-Passe
Germany Flag.png German Wechseldich
Greece Flag.png Greek Υποχθόνια Αλλαγή
Italy Flag.png Italian Rapidscambio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 바꿔치기 Bakkweochigi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Troca Secreta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Trapicheo

Variations of the move Trick
Status TrickSwitcheroo

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