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Role Play replaces the user's
Ability with the target's Ability.
Role Play bypasses
accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly. It is not affected by Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield.
Role Play fails if the target's Ability is
Trace (Generation V onward), Wonder Guard, Forecast (Generation V onward), Flower Gift (Generation V onward), Multitype, Illusion, Zen Mode, Imposter, Stance Change, Power of Alchemy, Receiver, Schooling, Comatose, Shields Down, Disguise, RKS System, Power Construct, or Battle Bond.
Role Play fails if the user's Ability is
Multitype, Zen Mode, Stance Change, Schooling, Comatose, Shields Down, Disguise, RKS System, Power Construct or Battle Bond. If the user is under the affect of Illusion, using Role Play will cause its illusion to wear off. If the user has changed form due to Forecast or Flower Gift, it will change back to its original form upon the successful use of the move.
Generation III to IV
If the target has the same Ability as the user, Role Play will succeed, but Abilities such as
Intimidate that activate when they are gained will not activate at this time.
Generation V onward
Role Play now displays the Ability the user had before using Role Play.
Role Play now fails if the target has the same Ability as the user.
If powered up by a
Psychium Z into Z-Role Play, the user's Speed stat is raised by one stage.
R S E Colo.
XD Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FR LG The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe's ability.
D P Pt HG SS
P B R The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe's natural ability.
B W B2 W2 X Y OR AS
S M US UM The user mimics the target completely, copying the target's natural Ability.
Learnset In other games
MD R B Copies the target's Special Ability. The user regains its own Special Ability when it leaves the floor.
MD T D S Copies the target's ability. The user regains its usual ability when it leaves the floor.
B S L てきポケモンの とくせいを コピーして じぶんの とくせいにする つぎのフロアにいくと もとの とくせいに もどる
S MD It copies the Ability of a Pokémon in front of you. You regain your usual Ability when you go to the next floor.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
The user copies the opponent's Ability.
First Chapter Used In
Alakazam Alakazam's face starts to glow brightly and the top half of its face morphs to look like the opponent. It then uses the opponent's Ability.
Secrets from Sneasel Debut
In other generations
Core series games
Side series games
Spin-off series games Trivia
In Generation III, the status screen erroneously states that the move has 100% accuracy, even though it ignores accuracy and evasion checks. In other languages