Trace (Ability)

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Trace redirects here. For the anime character who sometimes goes by this nickname, see Tracey Sketchit.

Trace トレース
Flavor text
Generation III
Copies special ability.
Generation IV
The Pokémon copies the foe's ability.
Generation V
The Pokémon copies a foe's Ability.
Generation VI
The Pokémon copies an opposing Pokémon's Ability.
Generation VII
When it enters a battle, the Pokémon copies an opposing Pokémon's Ability.

Trace (Japanese: トレース Trace) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.


In battle

Trace changes into the Ability of the opponent. Trace cannot copy Trace, Multitype, Illusion, Flower Gift, Imposter, or Stance Change; however, Trace can copy Wonder Guard. In Double and Triple Battles as well as Horde Encounters, Trace will randomly copy an adjacent opponent's Ability.

If all opponents have Abilities that cannot be traced, then Trace will activate when next exposed to an opponent that has a traceable Ability.

Outside of battle

Trace has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Trace is only activated when the Pokémon is attacked, and one Ability chosen at random is copied.

Pokémon with Trace

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Alakazam Alakazam
Mega Alakazam
Psychic Psychic Trace None None
Porygon Porygon Normal Normal Trace Download Analytic
Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal Trace Download Analytic
Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Gardevoir Gardevoir Psychic Fairy Synchronize Trace Telepathy
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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The user changes the opponent's Ability.
Pokémon Method
User First Chapter Used In Notes
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir changes the opponent's Ability.
Diantha's Gardevoir X & Y chapter Debut

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 追踪 Zhuīzōng
France Flag.png French Calque
Germany Flag.png German Fährte
Italy Flag.png Italian Traccia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 트레이스 Trace
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Traçar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rastro
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Kopyalama
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Theo dấu

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