Color Change (Ability)

Color Change へんしょく
Color Change
Flavor text
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
The Pokémon's type becomes the type of the move used on it.
Generation VIII
The Pokémon's type becomes the type of the move used on it.

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

Effect

In battle

Generations III and IV

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a damage-dealing move (except for 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 is hit by a move of the same type as itself, even if the Pokémon is dual-typed. 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, Doom Desire and Pain Split 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 onward

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).

Color Change will not activate when the Pokémon is hit by a typeless Revelation Dance. It will also not activate if the Pokémon is affected by Forest's Curse or Trick-or-Treat and is hit by a Grass or Ghost-type move, respectively.

Outside of battle

Color Change has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Color Change

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

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Changes the Pokémon's type to that of the move that hit it last.
MDTDS Changes the Pokémon's type to match that of the move that hit it last.
BSL うけたわざと おなじタイプに なる
MDGtI When the Pokémon is damaged by a move, its type changes to match the type of that move.*
When it's damaged by a move, the Pokémon's type changes to the type of the move that damaged it!*
SMD When it's damaged by a move, the Pokémon's type changes to the type of the move that damaged it!
MDRTDX When it's damaged by a move, the Pokémon changes type to the type of the move that damaged it. The Pokémon will return to its original type when it goes to a different floor.


In the anime

       
Harrison's Kecleon Angela's Kecleon Gizmo's Kecleon
The Pokémon turns invisible to match its surroundings.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  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.
Alexa's Greeny The Kecleon Caper Debut
Madison's Reddy The Kecleon Caper Debut
A wild Kecleon Pikachu's Pikaboo None
Harrison's Kecleon Playing With Fire! None
A Trainer's Kecleon Now That's Flower Power! None
Angela's Kecleon From Cradle to Save None
Gizmo's Kecleon Detective Drizzile! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 變色 Binsīk
Mandarin 變色 / 变色 Biànsè
  Dutch Kleur verandering
  French Homochromie*
Déguisement*
  German Farbwechsel
  Italian Cambiacolore
  Korean 변색 Byeonsaek
  Portuguese Troca de Cor
  Spanish Cambio Color
  Vietnamese Đổi Màu



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