Copycat (move)

Copycat
まねっこ Imitate
Copycat VIII.png
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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 Mirror Move
  • 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 move used just before it.

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

Effect

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: What effects do the Choice items have from Generation V on?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

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 validly 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.

Generations V and VI

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).

Generation VII onward

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Copycat, the user's accuracy rises one stage. Additionally, if the move to be copied isn't a status move, then it will become its corresponding Z-Move.

Copycat fails if the most recently used move is a Z-Move, regardless of whether Copycat was powered up into Z-Copycat or not.

If the most recently used move is a Max Move, the user will copy the base move that was powered up. For example, if a Dynamax Pokémon used Max Guard by selecting a move slot that originally contained Trick Room, and the next Pokémon to move used Copycat, it would copy Trick Room, rather than copying Max Guard or failing entirely.

Uncallable moves

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Uncallable moves in Generation VIII
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Copycat cannot call itself and will also fail if any of the following moves are the last move.


Description

Games Description
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user mimics the move used immediately before it. The move fails if no other move has been used yet.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy 1
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy 1
039   Jigglypuff
 
 
Fairy Fairy 1
040   Wigglytuff
 
 
Fairy Fairy 1
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy 1
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 4 4 4 4SMUSUM 1
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1
133   Eevee
  Field Field 30
134   Vaporeon
  Field Field 1
135   Jolteon
  Field Field 1
136   Flareon
  Field Field 1
173   Cleffa
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 13 13 13 13 1
174   Igglybuff
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17XY
11ORAS
11 1
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
196   Espeon
  Field Field 1
197   Umbreon
  Field Field 1
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 38 41 41 41 8
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy 1
300   Skitty
  Field Fairy 11DP
18PtHGSS
18 18XY
19ORAS
19
311   Plusle
  Fairy Fairy 24 24 24XY
22ORAS
22
312   Minun
  Fairy Fairy 24 24 24XY
22ORAS
22
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like 10 10 10XY
5ORAS
5
438   Bonsly
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 4 4 4 4 1
440   Happiny
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 5 5 5 5 1
447   Riolu
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 29 29BW
19B2W2
19 19 48
448   Lucario
 
 
Field Human-Like 1
470   Leafeon
  Field Field 1
471   Glaceon
  Field Field 1
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 61 61 1, 61 1, 61 70
700   Sylveon
  Field Field 1
778   Mimikyu
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1
802   Marshadow
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20 1
831   Wooloo
  Field Field 8
832   Dubwool
  Field Field 1
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1
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
II III IV V VI VII VIII
183   Marill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy
298   Azurill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy
427   Buneary
  Field Human-Like
501   Oshawott
  Field Field
509   Purrloin
  Field Field
570   Zorua
  Field Field
669   Flabébé
  Fairy Fairy
684   Swirlix
  Fairy Fairy
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 Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Copycat is a move with 19PP that ignores accuracy and evasion checks. The user targets enemy in front of it, copying the last move they used. Copycat cannot copy itself, Encore, Sketch, Assist, Metronome, Mirror Move or Mimic. This move is affected by Taunt.

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Causes the user to unleash the same move as the last one used by the facing enemy. Some moves can't be copied.
BSL しょうめんの てきポケモンが さいごに くりだしたわざと おなじ わざをくりだす いくつか まねっこできないわざも ある
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD You counter the enemy by mimicking the enemy's last move.
MDRTDX You counter the enemy by mimicking the enemy's last move. There are some moves that can't be used in this way.


In the anime

       
Riolu;
copying Leaf Blade
Eevee;
copying a Water-type move
Lucario;
copying a Steel-type move
Eevee;
copying Heal Pulse
The user copies the opponent's last move and uses it.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  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 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
  Lucario When it sees its opponent about to use a move, 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 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
  Sudowoodo When Sudowoodo sees a Pokémon about to use a move, it uses the same move the Pokémon is using.
Callahan's Sudowoodo The Power of Us Incorrectly referred to as Mimic in the English dub
  Eevee When Eevee sees a Pokémon about to use a move, its body becomes surrounded by an aura and it uses the same move the Pokémon is using. The color of the aura depends on which type of move Eevee is copying.
Chloe's Eevee To Train, or Not to Train! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 仿效 Fónghaauh *
仿造 Fóngjouh *
Mandarin 仿效 Fǎngxiào *
仿造 Fǎngzào *
  French Photocopie
  German Imitator
  Greek Αντιγραφή Antigrafí
  Italian Copione
  Korean 흉내쟁이 Hyungnaejaeng'i
  Polish Imitacja
Portuguese   Brazil Imitador
  Portugal Copiar-Colar
  Spanish Copión
  Vietnamese Sao Chép



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