Mirror Move (move)

Mirror Move
オウムがえし Parrot Mimicry
Mirror Move PE.png
Mirror Move PE 2.png
Type  Flying
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 Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as the one before it.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earns double the score on the final performance.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Mirror Move (Japanese: オウムがえし Parrot Mimicry) is a non-damaging Flying-type move introduced in Generation I.


Generation I to VII

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Test if in Stadium 2 (much like in GSC), Mirror Move always fails when used by a transformed Pokémon. Account for moves that Mirror Move's "memory" ignores, such as Role Play, in each generation (refer to Smogon for Gen IV). And any other things Smogon mentions that aren't accounted here.
Also, check whether this line applies to both Pokémon Stadium (Japanese) and the international Pokémon Stadium: "In Pokémon Stadium, Mirror Move will copy multi-turn moves during either of the turns they take to execute."

You can discuss this on the talk page.

Mirror Move uses the last move targeted at the user by a Pokémon still on the field. A move called by Mirror Move in this way counts as the last move used. Moves that target multiple Pokémon count as long as the user of Mirror Move is one of the targets.

Mirror Move will fail if no moves were targeted at the user (by a Pokémon still on the field) before the use of Mirror Move, if the user of the move that would be called by Mirror Move switches out during the turn Mirror Move is used, or if Mirror Move would call itself or a Z-Move. In Generation II only, Mirror Move will also always fail when used by a transformed Pokémon.

Paralysis, confusion, recharging, and building up for a multi-turn move have no effect on the last move used; if Mirror Move is used against a target that was fully paralyzed, hurt itself in confusion, or executed the first part of a multi-turn move right before its use, Mirror Move will not count this as using a move. In Pokémon Stadium, Mirror Move will copy multi-turn moves during either of the turns they take to execute.

A Pokémon will be able to use a move that is disabled if it is called via Mirror Move.

Mirror Move can be also used on teammates. If used on a move like Rock Slide that can only target opponents, Mirror Move will use it without hurting allies.

If powered up by a Flyinium Z into Z-Mirror Move, the user's Attack stat rises by two stages. Additionally, the copied move will become its corresponding Z-Move. If the copied move is a status move, it will not receive its Z-Power effect.

Generation VIII onwards

Mirror Move cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
Stad A move that strikes back with the opponent's last move. This move comes after the enemy's move.
Stad2 A move that strikes back with the opponent's last move. It comes after the enemy's move.
GSC Counters with the same move.
RSE Counters the foe's attack with the same move.
FRLG The user counters the move last used by the foe with the same move.
Colo.XD Counters an attack with the same move.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user counters the foe by mimicking the move last used by the foe.
The user counters the target by mimicking the target's last move.
This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0016   Pidgey
Flying Flying 44 47 47 45 45 45 45SMUSUM
0017   Pidgeotto
Flying Flying 49 55 52 52 52 52 52SMUSUM
0018   Pidgeot
Flying Flying 54 61 62 56 56 56 56SMUSUM
0021   Spearow
Flying Flying 22 31 31 21 21 21 18SMUSUM
0022   Fearow
Flying Flying 25 32 32 23 23 23 18SMUSUM
0083   Farfetch'd
Flying Field 1PE
0085   Dodrio
Flying Flying 1PE
0255   Torchic
  Field Field 37 37 37 37XY
0256   Combusken
Field Field 43 43 43 43XY
0257   Blaziken
Field Field 49
0333   Swablu
Flying Dragon 38 36 36BW
0441   Chatot
Flying Flying 9 9 9 9
0561   Sigilyph
Flying Flying 34 34 34
0629   Vullaby
Flying Flying 64 64 64
0630   Mandibuzz
Flying Flying 70 1, 70 1, 70
0741   Oricorio
Flying Flying 43
0785   Tapu Koko
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 38
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 Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
0083   Farfetch'd
Flying Field
0084   Doduo
Flying Flying
0163   Hoothoot
Flying Flying
0175   Togepi
  Flying Fairy
0198   Murkrow
Flying Flying
0276   Taillow
Flying Flying
0396   Starly
Flying Flying
0580   Ducklett
Water 1 Flying
0731   Pikipek
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.

Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0276   Taillow
Flying Flying Dream World - Pleasant Forest
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

In the Rescue Team, Explorers and Adventure Squad series, Mirror Move gives the user the Mirror Move status, which causes all enemy moves targeting it to be reflected back at the attacker instead, without being affected by them. Mirror Move only reflects the effect the move would have on the user, rather than its usage; for example, moves with multiple targets will still hit the other original targets. Mirror Move does not return regular attacks, if the attacker is not adjacent, if the move has already been bounced back, or if it was cutting a corner. The status lasts for 2-5 turns.

From Gates to Infinity onward, Mirror Move instead targets an enemy in front and uses the enemy's last used move against them. Mirror Move fails if there is no move to copy.

Game Base
Range Target Cuts
MDRB - - 7 - —% - User User -
MDTDS - - 15 - —% - User User -
BSL - - 15 - —% - User User -
MDGtI - - 20 99 —% - Front Enemy No
SMD - - 20 99 —% - Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:


Games Description
MDRB The user gains the Mirror Move status. Any move used against the user is countered with the same move.
MDTDS Gives the Pokémon that uses this move the Mirror Move status, which enables the Pokémon to bounce a move back at its attacker.
BSL じぶんを オウムがえしじょうたいにかえる うけたわざを そのまま てきポケモンへ かえす
MDGtI You counter the enemy by mimicking the enemy's last move.
You counter the enemy by mimicking its last move. Your move fails if there's no move to mimic.

In the anime

using Thunderbolt
Pom-Pom Style Oricorio;
using Tackle
The user waits for the opponent to make a move. It then copies the opponent's attack.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  After the opponent's attack, Sigilyph creates a black portal outlined in white in front of itself and fires the same attack back at the opponent from it.
A wild Sigilyph Explorers of the Hero's Ruin! Debut
  Pom-Pom Style Oricorio copies the opponent's attack.
Hobbes's Oricorio Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge! None

In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games


  • Despite being unusable as of Generation VIII, moves are still programmed to be affected by Mirror Move in later games.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鸚鵡學舌 Yīngmóuh Hohksit
Mandarin 鸚鵡學舌 / 鹦鹉学舌 Yīngwǔ Xuéshé *
學舌術 / 学舌术 Xuéshéshù *
  Czech Zrcadlový let
  Danish Spejltræk
  Dutch Spiegelzet
  French Mimique
  German Spiegeltrick
  Greek Ψιττακισμός
  Italian Speculmossa
  Korean 따라하기 Ttarahagi
  Polish Lustrzane Odbicie
Portuguese   Brazil Ataque Espelhado (SM008-present, TCG, manga)
Espelho (early anime)
Onda de Espelho* (EToP)
Movimento de Espelho (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Espelho
Ataque Espelhado
  Russian Отраженное движение Otrazhennoe dvizhenie
  Serbian Potez iz ogledala
  Spanish Espejo*
Mov. Espejo*
  Vietnamese Bắt Chước

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.