Color Change (Ability)
Color Change (Japanese: へんしょく Color Change) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. It is the signature Ability of Kecleon.
When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a damage-dealing move (with some exceptions mentioned below), the Pokémon's types will be changed to the type of the move that it was hit by. Even if the Pokémon with Color Change has two types, it will only have a single type after the effect is applied.
Color Change does not activate if the Pokémon is hit by a move of the same type as itself, even if the Pokémon has two or three types (the latter from Forest's Curse or Trick-or-Treat). Color Change does not activate if the Pokémon's substitute is hit.
If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by Weather Ball during shadowy aura, it will become Normal-type.
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.
Color Change is not activated by Struggle, Shadow moves, Pain Split or 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.
Generations III and IV
Color Change will activate after the first hit of a multi-strike move. Future Sight and Doom Desire do not activate Color Change.
Generation V onwards
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|
|Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation IX games.
In other games
In the anime
|Harrison's Kecleon||Angela's Kecleon||Gizmo's Kecleon|
|The Pokémon turns invisible to match its surroundings.|
|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
|The Pokémon turns invisible to blend in with its surroundings.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Kecleon||Kecleon turns invisible to match its surroundings.|
|Wally's Kecleon||Tongue-Tied Kecleon||Debut|
- 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, as well as the only one seen in the original series.
In other languages
|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.|