Dancer (Ability)

Dancer おどりこ
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Generation VII
When another Pokémon uses a dance move, it can use a dance move following it regardless of its Speed.
Generation VIII
When another Pokémon uses a dance move, it can use a dance move following it regardless of its Speed.
Generation IX
Whenever a dance move is used in battle, the Pokémon will copy the user to immediately perform that dance move itself.

Dancer (Japanese: おどりこ Dancer) is an Ability introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature Ability of Oricorio.


In battle

Whenever another Pokémon uses a dance move, a Pokémon with the Ability Dancer will immediately use that move as well. Using a move through Dancer is a separate action to using the move originally selected. Dancer will not activate for a move copied by another Pokémon with Dancer, but it will activate on an instructed dance move.

Dancer is able to copy a status dance move that has been powered up into its corresponding Z-Move (e.g. Z-Feather Dance), but the Pokémon with Dancer copies the regular version of the move and does not gain the additional Z-Power effect.

Dancer will not activate if all of the move's targets are protected from it, if the move fails to affect any Pokémon (e.g. Teeter Dance if all of the targets are already confused or have Own Tempo), or if all targets are immune (e.g. Electric-type Revelation Dance if the target is Ground-type). Dancer will not activate if the move is stolen by Snatch or if the Pokémon with Dancer is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move like Fly.

If multiple Pokémon have Dancer when a dance move is used, the slowest Pokémon will move first (Lagging Tail and Full Incense are ignored), even during Trick Room.

If the Pokémon with Dancer is confused, it may hurt itself instead of copying the move, even if it is protected by a move like Protect or Mat Block. If a Pokémon has flinched, this also applies to moves it subsequently tries to copy with Dancer. A Pokémon with Dancer that is locked into a consecutively executed move (such as Petal Dance) or any move by Encore or a held Choice item will still try to copy the move, but will fail unless it is locked into that same dance move; if a Pokémon uses Petal Dance via Dancer while locked into Petal Dance, this usage does not count towards the 2-3 turn duration. If a Pokémon with Dancer is holding an Assault Vest, it can still successfully copy status dance moves.

Lunar Dance is copied after the original user faints. If a Pokémon copies Petal Dance via Dancer, it will not be locked into the move. If Feather Dance is reflected by Magic Bounce or Magic Coat, Dancer will not activate for either the initial usage of the move or its reflected use. If the Pokémon with Dancer is under the effect of Taunt, it will still try to copy a status dance move, but will fail.

Moves used via Dancer can be stolen by Snatch and reflected by Magic Bounce and Magic Coat. Moves used via Dancer are not considered the move used most recently (such as for the purpose of Instruct, Mimic or Mirror Move), but damage dealt by them is considered for the purpose of Counter, Mirror Coat, Metal Burst, and Comeuppance.

In a Double Battle, if an ally uses a single-target dance move on an opponent, then the copied move will target the same opponent when copied by Dancer. Otherwise, a copied single-target dance move will target the user of the dance move.

In a Tera Raid Battle, Dancer will not activate if an ally uses a dance move.

Dance moves

The Ability affects the following moves:

Move Type Cat.
Aqua Step  Water  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Clangorous Soul  Dragon  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Dragon Dance  Dragon  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Feather Dance  Flying  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Fiery Dance  Fire  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Lunar Dance  Psychic  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Petal Dance  Grass  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Revelation Dance  Normal  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Quiver Dance  Bug  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Swords Dance  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Teeter Dance  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Victory Dance  Fighting  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Outside of battle

Dancer has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Dancer

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0741   Oricorio
Baile Style
Fire Flying Dancer None None
0741   Oricorio
Pom-Pom Style
Electric Flying Dancer None None
0741   Oricorio
Pa'u Style
Psychic Flying Dancer None None
0741   Oricorio
Sensu Style
Ghost Flying Dancer None None
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.


  • Rain Dance is not classified as a dance move, because its Japanese name does not reference dancing—it translates to "Rain Prayer" instead.
    • Regardless, Dancer copying Rain Dance would be ineffective, as Rain Dance fails when used while it is already raining.
  • Clangorous Soul and Aqua Step are the only moves classified as dance moves that do not have "Dance" in their names.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 舞者 Móuhjé
Mandarin 舞者 Wǔzhě
  French Danseuse
  German Tänzer
  Italian Sincrodanza
  Korean 무희 Muhui
  Russian Танцор Tantsor
  Spanish Pareja de Baile

  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.