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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.

Contents

Effect

151Mew.png 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

151Mew.png This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Uncallable moves in Generation VIII
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Copycat will 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 Clefairy
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1
036 Clefable Clefable
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy 1
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Fairy 1
113 Chansey Chansey
NormalIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 4 4 4 4SMUSUM 1
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Human-Like Human-Like 1
133 Eevee Eevee
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 30
134 Vaporeon Vaporeon
WaterIC Big.png Field Field 1
135 Jolteon Jolteon
ElectricIC Big.png Field Field 1
136 Flareon Flareon
FireIC Big.png Field Field 1
173 Cleffa Cleffa
FairyIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 13 13 13 13 1
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 17 17 17XY
11ORAS
11 1
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
196 Espeon Espeon
PsychicIC Big.png Field Field 1
197 Umbreon Umbreon
DarkIC Big.png Field Field 1
238 Smoochum Smoochum
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 38 41 41 41
242 Blissey Blissey
NormalIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 1
300 Skitty Skitty
NormalIC Big.png Field Fairy 11DP
18PtHGSS
18 18XY
19ORAS
19
311 Plusle Plusle
ElectricIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 24 24 24XY
22ORAS
22
312 Minun Minun
ElectricIC Big.png Fairy Fairy 24 24 24XY
22ORAS
22
327 Spinda Spinda
NormalIC Big.png Field Human-Like 10 10 10XY
5ORAS
5
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1 1 1 1
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
PsychicIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 4 4 4 4 1
440 Happiny Happiny
NormalIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 5 5 5 5 1
447 Riolu Riolu
FightingIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 29 29BW
19B2W2
19 19 48
448 Lucario Lucario
FightingIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Human-Like 1
470 Leafeon Leafeon
GrassIC Big.png Field Field 1
471 Glaceon Glaceon
IceIC Big.png Field Field 1
481 Mesprit Mesprit
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 61 61 1, 61 1, 61
700 Sylveon Sylveon
FairyIC Big.png Field Field 1
778 Mimikyu Mimikyu
GhostIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1
802 Marshadow Marshadow
FightingIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20 1
831 Wooloo Wooloo
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 8
832 Dubwool Dubwool
NormalIC Big.png Field Field 1
866 Mr. Rime Mr. Rime
IceIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
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 Marill
WaterIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Water 1 Fairy
298 Azurill Azurill
NormalIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Water 1 Fairy
427 Buneary Buneary
NormalIC Big.png Field Human-Like
501 Oshawott Oshawott
WaterIC Big.png Field Field
509 Purrloin Purrloin
DarkIC Big.png Field Field
570 Zorua Zorua
DarkIC Big.png Field Field
669 Flabébé Flabébé
FairyIC Big.png Fairy Fairy
684 Swirlix Swirlix
FairyIC Big.png 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 IconKanji2MD.pngUNUSED
SMD You counter the enemy by mimicking the enemy's last 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 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 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
185 Sudowoodo When Sudowoodo sees its opponent about to use a move, it uses the same move the opponent is using.
Callahan's Sudowoodo The Power of Us Incorrectly referred to as Mimic in the English dub

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 仿效 Fónghaauh *
仿造 Fóngjouh *
Mandarin 仿效 Fǎngxiào *
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
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Imitador
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Copiar-Colar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Copión
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Sao Chép


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