Copycat (move)

Copycat
まねっこ Imitate
Copycat.png
Copycat 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
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
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Receives voltage points if previous Pokémon reaches maximum voltage
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the moved used just before it.

Copycat (Japanese: まねっこ Imitate) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV.

Effect

Generation IV

Copycat causes the user to use the last move that was used in the battle (even if the last move was by the user). If no move has been made, Copycat fails. If the copied move's target is not the user, an appropriate target is randomly chosen.

The last-used move is updated whenever any Pokémon attempts to use a move.

  • If a move successfully executes (generally, if the text "<Pokémon> used <move>!" is shown), that move becomes the last-used move. This is regardless of the move's result—whether it hit or missed or its effect was successful or failed (such as a Light Screen that fails because the previous Light Screen has not expired).
    • Some moves that require multiple turns to execute do not count as valid moves in all of their turns. If Copycat executes after a turn when a move was not considered valid, Copycat will fail.
      • Charging moves: the initial turn does not count as a valid move.
      • Recharging moves: the recharge turn does not count as a valid move.
      • Bide: the final turn does not count as a valid move.
    • If any move calls another, the calling move is counted as the last move used instead of the called move.
      • However, this only applies to the turn when the calling move was selected to be used. If a called move requires multiple turns to execute in full (such as Bide, Dig, or Thrash), it may vaildly become the last-used move in subsequent turns.
  • If a Pokémon tries to use a move but is prevented by a status condition or effect (such as sleep, paralysis, or flinching), the last-used move becomes invalid and Copycat will fail if it executes next.

Copycat will fail if any of the following moves are the last move:


Generation V

If any move successfully calls another, the called move now counts as the last move used instead of the calling move.

The last move used is now unaffected if a Pokémon tries to use a move but is prevented by a status condition or effect. In other words, the last-used move remains what it was before the Pokémon's turn.

Charging moves, recharging moves, and Bide no longer have invalid turns that will cause Copycat to fail. Instead, charging moves and Bide can be copied on any turn, while recharging moves are ignored on their recharge turn (the last move used remains whatever it was before the recharge message appeared).

Copycat will fail if any of the following moves are the last move:

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Reason: Check ban list; probably similar to Assist.

Generation VI

Copycat will fail if any of the following moves are the last move:

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Reason: Check ban list; probably similar to Assist, but some (such as Dig) is definitely different.

Description

Games Description
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XY
The user mimics the move used immediately before it. The move fails if no other move has been used yet.
PMDTDS Causes the user to unleash the same move as the last one used by the facing enemy. Some moves can't be copied.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy 4 4 4
173 Cleffa Cleffa Fairy Fairy 13 13 13
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff Normal Fairy 17 17 17
11
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock 1 1 1
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic 38 41 41
300 Skitty Skitty Normal Normal 11 18 18 18
19
311 Plusle Plusle Electric Electric 24 24 24
22
312 Minun Minun Electric Electric 24 24 24
22
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal 10 10 10
5
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock 1 1 1
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy 4 4 4
440 Happiny Happiny Normal Normal 5 5 5
447 Riolu Riolu Fighting Fighting 29 29 19 19
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic 61 61 1, 61
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 Type Father
II III IV V VI
298 Azurill Azurill Normal Fairy     SkittyPlusleMinun
427 Buneary Buneary Normal Normal   Mr. MimeSkittySpinda Mr. MimeSkittySpinda
501 Oshawott Oshawott Water Water   SkittySpinda SkittySpinda
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark     SkittySpinda
570 Zorua Zorua Dark Dark     SkittySpinda
669 Flabébé Flabébé Fairy Fairy     SkittyPlusleMinun
684 Swirlix Swirlix Fairy Fairy     SkittyPlusleMinun
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In the anime

Cameron Riolu Copycat Leaf Blade.png Cameron Riolu Copycat.png Cameron Lucario Copycat.png Cameron Riolu Copycat Air Cutter.png
Riolu;
copying Leaf Blade
Riolu;
copying a Fire-type move
Lucario;
copying a Steel-type move
Riolu;
copying Air Cutter
The user copies the opponent's last move and uses it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
447 Riolu After the opponent has used a move, Riolu becomes surrounded in a waving aura of light. It then recalls how the opponent used the move, one of its eyes twinkles, and it uses the same move as the opponent just used. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Riolu is copying.
Cameron's Riolu Mission: Defeat Your Rival! Debut
448 Lucario When it sees its opponent about to use an attack, Lucario becomes surrounded in a waving aura of light. It then recalls how the opponent is using the move, and it uses the same move as the opponent is using. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Lucario is copying.
Cameron's Lucario A Unova League Evolution! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Copycat IV.png Copycat V.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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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 仿造 Fǎngzào
France Flag.png French Photocopie
Germany Flag.png German Imitator
Greece Flag.png Greek Αντιγραφή Antigrafí
Italy Flag.png Italian Copione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 흉내쟁이 Hyungnaejaeng'i
Poland Flag.png Polish Imitacja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Copiar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Copión


Variations of the move Mirror Move
Status Mirror MoveCopycat


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