Role Play (move)

Role Play
なりきり Change Appearance
Role Play VIII.png
Role Play VIII 2.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
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
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as those before it.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Earn +3 if the Pokémon gets the lowest score.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Role Play (Japanese: なりきり Change Appearance) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Check (for both user and target) Imposter in Generation V
Check whether a Pokémon with the Ability Wonder Guard can use Role Play in Generation III (requires Mimic)
Check Gulp Missile, Hunger Switch, or Ice Face in Generation VIII

You can discuss this on the talk page.

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, Battle Bond, Ice Face, Gulp Missile, or Neutralizing Gas.

Role Play fails if the user's Ability is Multitype, Zen Mode, Stance Change, Schooling, Comatose, Shields Down, Disguise, RKS System, Power Construct, Battle Bond, Ice Face, or Gulp Missile. 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.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FRLG The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe's ability.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe's natural ability.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target's natural Ability.
SwSh The user mimics the target completely, copying the target's Ability.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like 33 36 42 42XY
41ORAS
41 40
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like 40
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 41RSE
40FRLG
43 43 43 43 16
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1
234   Stantler
  Field Field 31FRLG 33 33 33 33
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 43 43 43 43 16
648   Meloetta
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 71 71 71
655   Delphox
 
 
Field Field 1 1
658   Greninja
 
 
Water 1 Water 1 1 1
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field 43 43 29
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field 43 43 29
802   Marshadow
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 30 9
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
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
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
238   Smoochum
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
511   Pansage
  Field Field
513   Pansear
  Field Field
515   Panpour
  Field Field
676   Furfrou
  Field Field
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD DP Pt HGSS BW B2W2 XY ORAS SM USUM PE
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy
037   Vulpix
  Field Field
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
  Field Field
038   Ninetales
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
039   Jigglypuff
 
 
Fairy Fairy
040   Wigglytuff
 
 
Fairy Fairy
054   Psyduck
  Water 1 Field
055   Golduck
  Water 1 Field
056   Mankey
  Field Field
057   Primeape
  Field Field
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
066   Machop
  Human-Like Human-Like
067   Machoke
  Human-Like Human-Like
068   Machamp
  Human-Like Human-Like
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
106   Hitmonlee
  Human-Like Human-Like
107   Hitmonchan
  Human-Like Human-Like
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
128   Tauros
  Field Field
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
173   Cleffa
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
174   Igglybuff
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral
190   Aipom
  Field Field
228   Houndour
 
 
Field Field
229   Houndoom
 
 
Field Field
234   Stantler
  Field Field
236   Tyrogue
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
237   Hitmontop
  Human-Like Human-Like
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
257   Blaziken
 
 
Field Field
296   Makuhita
  Human-Like Human-Like
297   Hariyama
  Human-Like Human-Like
302   Sableye
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
307   Meditite
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
308   Medicham
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
325   Spoink
  Field Field
326   Grumpig
  Field Field
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like
332   Cacturne
 
 
Grass Human-Like
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
353   Shuppet
  Amorphous Amorphous
354   Banette
  Amorphous Amorphous
359   Absol
  Field Field
380   Latias
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386   Deoxys
Normal Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
386   Deoxys
Attack Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
386   Deoxys
Defense Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
386   Deoxys
Speed Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
390   Chimchar
  Field Human-Like
391   Monferno
 
 
Field Human-Like
392   Infernape
 
 
Field Human-Like
424   Ambipom
  Field Field
438   Bonsly
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
441   Chatot
 
 
Flying Flying
447   Riolu
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
448   Lucario
 
 
Field Human-Like
453   Croagunk
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
454   Toxicroak
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
459   Snover
 
 
Monster Grass
460   Abomasnow
 
 
Monster Grass
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
494   Victini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
509   Purrloin
  Field Field
510   Liepard
  Field Field
511   Pansage
  Field Field
512   Simisage
  Field Field
513   Pansear
  Field Field
514   Simisear
  Field Field
515   Panpour
  Field Field
516   Simipour
  Field Field
531   Audino
  Fairy Fairy
549   Lilligant
  Grass Grass
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous
563   Cofagrigus
  Mineral Amorphous
574   Gothita
  Human-Like Human-Like
575   Gothorita
  Human-Like Human-Like
576   Gothitelle
  Human-Like Human-Like
577   Solosis
  Amorphous Amorphous
578   Duosion
  Amorphous Amorphous
579   Reuniclus
  Amorphous Amorphous
605   Elgyem
  Human-Like Human-Like
606   Beheeyem
  Human-Like Human-Like
619   Mienfoo
  Field Human-Like
620   Mienshao
  Field Human-Like
624   Pawniard
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
625   Bisharp
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
641   Tornadus
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
642   Thundurus
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
645   Landorus
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
648   Meloetta
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
655   Delphox
 
 
Field Field
656   Froakie
  Water 1 Water 1
657   Frogadier
  Water 1 Water 1
658   Greninja
 
 
Water 1 Water 1
676   Furfrou
  Field Field
677   Espurr
  Field Field
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field
686   Inkay
 
 
Water 1 Water 2
687   Malamar
 
 
Water 1 Water 2
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous
709   Trevenant
 
 
Grass Amorphous
710   Pumpkaboo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
711   Gourgeist
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
720   Hoopa
Confined
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720   Hoopa
Unbound
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
741   Oricorio
 
 
Flying Flying
759   Stufful
 
 
Field Field
760   Bewear
 
 
Field Field
764   Comfey
  Grass Grass
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
777   Togedemaru
 
 
Field Fairy
781   Dhelmise
 
 
Mineral Mineral
793   Nihilego
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
802   Marshadow
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
805   Stakataka
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral Dream World - Pleasant Forest
441   Chatot
 
 
Flying Flying Dream World - Windswept Sky
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 Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Role Play s a move with 17PP with 100% accuracy. The user targets enemy in front, replacing user's Abilities with target's (including removing the second Ability if the target has only one). It will fail if one of the Abilities about to be copied is Wonder Guard. The move is affected by Taunt.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Copies the target's Special Ability. The user regains its own Special Ability when it leaves the floor.
MDTDS Copies the target's ability. The user regains its usual ability when it leaves the floor.
BSL 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
MDGtI
SMD
MDRTDX
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

Pokémon Adventures


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

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 扮演 Baahnyín *
角色扮演 Goksīk Baahnyín *
Mandarin 扮演 Bànyǎn *
角色扮演 Jiǎosè Bànyǎn *
  French Imitation
  German Rollenspiel*
Rollentausch*
  Greek Υπόδυση
  Italian Giocodiruolo
  Korean 역할 Yeokhal
  Brazilian Portuguese Jogo Teatral
  Serbian Gluma
  Spanish Imitación
  Vietnamese Nhập Vai



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