Rage glitch

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The Rage glitch is a glitch in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. If a Pokémon uses Rage, then subsequently changes to a different move, it removes all volatile status conditions from that Pokémon, except Rage.

Most significantly, this causes a transformed Pokémon to no longer be considered transformed. If this happens, the Pokémon retains its transformed moveset after battle.

Mechanics

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In the Generation IV games, using the move Rage gives the Pokémon a volatile status condition that causes its Rage to build whenever it is hit by an attack. If the Pokémon uses a move other than Rage, it is supposed to lose the Rage status; however, due to an oversight, the Pokémon instead loses every volatile status except Rage.

This affects the following volatile statuses:


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Transform

Removing Transform in particular has significant implications, as it allows the transformed Pokémon keep its transformed moveset permanently after the end of the battle.

The glitch allows any Pokémon capable of learning Transform, Mimic, Copycat, Assist or Metronome to learn any move (other than Chatter or Struggle) due to the possible incorporation of Smeargle. Performing this glitch allows Ditto to earn Super Contest Ribbons.

One application of this is to teach Ditto another Pokémon's Egg Moves, then breed it with a female Pokémon to pass down the Egg Moves to the hatched Pokémon.

Performing the glitch

Basic

The glitch occurs after a Pokémon uses Transform, then uses the move Rage while transformed until the "Rage is building" message is shown. Afterward, either the opponent must be caught, or the enemy Pokémon must be defeated by a move other than Rage. If the Pokémon trying to change its moves faints or switches out before the battle ends, the glitch will not work.


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Extended

This glitch can also be exploited by using Transform through Mimic, Copycat, Metronome and Assist. However, it can only be performed within a Double Battle (unless the foe happens to be a Ditto). After the "Rage is building" message is displayed, the Pokémon that will change its moves must defeat the enemy. Additionally, the opponent cannot be defeated with Rage. If the Pokémon trying to change its moves faints or switches out before the battle ends, the glitch will not work.


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Multiple
generations
Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
--0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchDual-type damage misinformation
Experience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflow
Mew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchRival twins glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super Glitch
Time Capsule exploitWalking through wallsZZAZZ glitch
Generation II GlitchesBattle glitches
Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III GlitchesBattle glitches
Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitchRage glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Frozen Zoroark glitchSky Drop glitch
Generation VI GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII Glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Generation IX Glitches
Glitch effects Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists Glitches (GOTCG GBSpin-off)
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIII)
Glitch moves (Gen I) • Glitch types (Gen IGen II)


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