Illusion (Ability)

Illusion イリュージョン
Flavor text
Generation V
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in back.
Generation VI
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in the party's last spot.
Generation VII
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in the party's last spot.
Generation VIII
Comes out disguised as the Pokémon in the party's last spot.

Illusion (Japanese: イリュージョン Illusion) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. It is the signature Ability of Zorua and Zoroark.


In battle

When a Trainer's Pokémon with Illusion enters battle, Illusion changes the appearance of the Pokémon to that of the last conscious, non-Egg Pokémon in its Trainer's party.

Illusion replicates the appearance (including species, form, and Shininess), nickname (or species name if none), Poké Ball, and gender of the Pokémon it is masquerading as; however, it does not replicate the level of the masqueraded Pokémon. The effect is only aesthetic—effects such as Attract still use the Pokémon's actual gender. On the user interface, an opponent's Pokémon disguised by Illusion will appear to be the type of the Pokémon it is disguised as (even if it is affected by a move such as Soak).

The illusion disappears if the Pokémon has its Ability changed or suppressed or if it takes damage from a damaging move. Indirect damage (such as from a Life Orb, weather, status conditions, recoil, etc.) will not break the illusion. If the Pokémon with Illusion is hit by a multi-strike move, the illusion will be broken after the first hit. If a Pokémon with Illusion uses a Z-Move, the illusion wears off immediately before using the Z-Move.

Role Play fails if the target has the Ability Illusion. Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has Illusion. Illusion cannot be copied by Trace, Power of Alchemy or Receiver. If a Pokémon obtains this Ability with Imposter or Transform, it will not disguise itself. Pokémon cannot transform into a Pokémon that is disguised by Illusion.

Additionally, wild Pokémon can disguise themselves with Illusion under certain circumstances.

Generation V

If Illusion would disguise the Pokémon as another Pokémon of the same species, it fails to disguise the Pokémon at all.

Generations VI-VII

Illusion can now disguise itself as another Pokémon with Illusion of the same species.

Generation VIII

If the Pokémon Dynamaxes while disguised as a Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor, it will Dynamax into the standard form of the Pokémon - not the Gigantamax form. If disguised as Zacian, Zamazenta, or Eternatus, the Pokémon will not be able to Dynamax.

Outside of battle

Illusion has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Illusion

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Zorua Dark Dark Illusion None None
  Zoroark Dark Dark Illusion None None
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

Illusion activating in Super Mystery Dungeon

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the Ability functions similar to the main series games for foe Pokémon. A Pokémon with this Ability can transform into another Pokémon that can be found on the same floor of a Mystery Dungeon. For partner Pokémon, this Ability becomes nonexistent.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, leader or ally Pokémon with this Ability transform into Kecleon. An enemy Pokémon with this Ability disguises as another enemy Pokémon that can be found on the same floor. As long as the illusion stays up, the Pokémon receives a 40% increase in the power of its moves.

The illusion wears off when the Pokémon with this Ability is directly damaged by a damaging move or when Illusion is negated or replaced, causing the Pokémon with this Ability to appear as its true self. Indirect damage or loss of HP (such as through Substitute, weather, status conditions, traps and so on) will not break Illusion.


Games Description
Conq. Appears disguised as an allied Pokémon.
MDGtI Appears disguised as a different foe. This Ability has no effect for the Pokémon or a teammate.*
The Pokémon appears disguised as a different foe! This Ability doesn't do anything when*
SMD The Pokémon appears disguised as a strong enemy and actually becomes a little bit stronger! If an enemy Pokémon uses it, it disguises itself as another enemy Pokémon!

In the anime

Zoroark Zorua Transformed Zoroark using a move
while disguised as Lycanroc
The Pokémon can either change its shape into a human or Pokémon, or it creates illusions for everyone to see.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Zoroark Zoroark's eyes glow light blue and its outlines start to glow pink. Then, a magenta wave of energy appears by its face and moves down to its feet. As the wave moves down, its body changes its shape into the opponent, or Zoroark causes the opponent to see illusions of its choosing (sometimes with its eyes glowing red), or Zoroark glows purple and it transforms into another Pokémon. If Zoroark takes damage, it returns to normal.
Zoroark (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions Debut
A wild Zoroark The Island of Illusions! None
Gladion's Zoroark Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams! None
  Zorua Zorua jumps up high into the air and spins its body while in the air. As it spins, its body starts to glow pink and it changes its shape into the opponent. Sometimes, Zorua's eyes glow light blue before it transforms.
Zorua (M13) Zoroark: Master of Illusions As a human, its tail is visible, and when the tail is touched, Zorua returns to its normal form.
Luke's Zorua Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Pocket Monsters


  • In Generation V, if Entrainment is used on a Pokémon with Illusion while it is disguised as another Pokémon, when its Ability activates the banner will state that the Ability belongs to the Pokémon that was used as the disguise. If the Pokémon's Ability is changed again, these messages will correctly state the Pokémon who the Ability belongs to when it activates.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 幻覺 Waahngok
Mandarin 幻覺 / 幻觉 Huànjué
  Dutch Illusie
  Finnish Illuusio
  French Illusion
  German Trugbild
  Indonesian Ilusi
  Italian Illusione
  Korean 일루전 Illusion
  Polish Iluzja
  Portuguese Ilusão
  Spanish Ilusión
  Vietnamese Ảo ảnh

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