Color Change (Ability)

Color Change へんしょく
Color Change
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Generation III
Changes type to foe's move.RSEFRLG
Changes type to target's move.ColoXD
Generation IV
Changes the Pokémon's type to the foe's move.
Generation V
Changes the Pokémon's type to the foe's move.
Generation VI
The Pokémon's type becomes the type of the move used on it.
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Color Change (Japanese: へんしょく Color Change) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. It is the signature Ability of Kecleon.


In battle

Generations III and IV

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a damage-dealing move (except Struggle and Shadow moves), Color Change will change the Pokémon's own type to the type of the move that it was hit by. Color Change does not activate if the Pokémon's substitute is hit.

Even if the Pokémon with Color Change has two types, it will only have a single type after the effect is applied. If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by Weather Ball during shadowy aura, it will become Normal-type.

Color Change will activate after the first hit of a multi-strike move. Future Sight and Doom Desire do not activate Color Change.

Status conditions are inflicted before Color Change activates. As a result, even if Color Change would make the Pokémon become a type that is immune to the status condition, the Pokémon can still be afflicted with the status condition; for example, a Pokémon with Color Change that is hit by Poison Sting has a chance to be poisoned before it becomes Poison-type.

Generation V

Color Change now activates after the last hit of a multi-strike move.

Future Sight and Doom Desire now activate Color Change when they hit (they do not activate Color Change when used).

Outside of battle

Color Change has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Color Change

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal Color Change None Protean
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

None.png Harrison Kecleon Color Change.png Angela Kecleon Color Change.png None.png
Harrison's Kecleon Angela's Kecleon
The user turns invisible to match its surroundings.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
352 Kecleon Kecleon's body turns invisible to blend in with its surroundings. The only thing visible after it changes is the red stripe on the center of its stomach.
Madison's Reddy The Kecleon Caper Debut
Alexa's Greeny The Kecleon Caper Debut
A wild Kecleon Pikachu's Pikaboo None
Harrison's Kecleon Playing With Fire! None
Unknown Trainer's Kecleon Now That's Flower Power! None
Angela's Kecleon From Cradle to Save None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


  • Color Change shares its Japanese name with a Pokémon Power which has a similar effect.
  • Color Change was the first Ability demonstrated in the anime.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 變色 Biàn​sè​
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kleur verandering
France Flag.png French Déguisement
Germany Flag.png German Farbwechsel
Italy Flag.png Italian Cambiacolore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 변색 Byeonsaek
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Troca de Cor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cambio Color

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