Skill Swap (move)

This article is about the move in the core games. For the Skill Swapper enhancement in Pokémon Shuffle, see Pokémon Shuffle → Enhancements.
Skill Swap
スキルスワップ Skill Swap
Skill Swap VIII.png
Skill Swap VIII 2.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • 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  Smart
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Make the appeal as good as those before it.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the move used just before it.

Skill Swap (Japanese: スキルスワップ Skill Swap) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation III. It was TM48 in Generation III and Generation IV and is TR40 in Generation VIII.

Effect

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Check Imposter in Generation V
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Skill Swap exchanges the Abilities of the user and the target. If a Pokémon affected by Skill Swap is switched out, it regains its original Ability.

Skill Swap fails if either Pokémon has the Ability Wonder Guard, Multitype, Illusion, Stance Change, Schooling, Comatose, Shields Down, Disguise, RKS System, Battle Bond, Power Construct, Ice Face, Gulp Missile, or Neutralizing Gas.

Skill Swap bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly.

Generation III

  This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Details on which Ability activates first if both Pokémon have an Ability that activates when gained
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Generation IV

Abilities such as Intimidate, that activate when they are gained, will not activate again after using Skill Swap if the Pokémon that receives the Ability has already had that Ability in some point during the battle since it was sent in.

If both Pokémon whose Abilities are being swapped have Abilities with an effect or message that activates when gained, the Abilities will activate in the same order they would upon entering the battle.

Generation V

When using Skill Swap on an opponent, it states the new Abilities of the Pokémon.

If the two Abilities being swapped both have an effect or message that activates when gained (such as Intimidate and Unnerve), the Pokémon using Skill Swap will always have its new Ability activate first.

Skill Swap fails if the target's Ability is the same as the user's.

Generation VI onward

If both Pokémon have the same Ability, Skill Swap will succeed. If it is an Ability such as Intimidate that activates when it is gained, it will activate for both Pokémon after being gained this way.

If powered up by a Psychium Z into Z-Skill Swap, the user's Speed stat is raised by one stage.

Skill Swap fails when targeting a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD The user swaps special abilities with the target.*
Switches abilities with the foe on the turn this is used.*
FRLG The user employs its psychic power to swap abilities with the foe.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user employs its psychic power to exchange abilities with the foe.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user employs its psychic power to exchange Abilities with the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying 60
577   Solosis
  Amorphous Amorphous 40 40 40 40
578   Duosion
  Amorphous Amorphous 43 43 43 46
579   Reuniclus
  Amorphous Amorphous 45 45 45 48
682   Spritzee
  Fairy Fairy 44 44 39
683   Aromatisse
  Fairy Fairy 44 44 39
700   Sylveon
  Field Field 25 25 40
703   Carbink
 
 
Fairy Mineral 40 40 40
719   Diancie
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 40 35 56
720   Hoopa
Confined
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 25 25
720   Hoopa
Unbound
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 25ORAS 25
786   Tapu Lele
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 26 70
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM/TR

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
[[|]]
II
[[|]]
III
TM48
IV
TM48
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TR40
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
079   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
092   Gastly
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
093   Haunter
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
144   Articuno
Galarian Form
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
178   Xatu
 
 
Flying Flying
196   Espeon
  Field Field
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1
199   Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field
234   Stantler
  Field Field
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
280   Ralts
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
281   Kirlia
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
282   Gardevoir
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
325   Spoink
  Field Field
326   Grumpig
  Field Field
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral
338   Solrock
 
 
Mineral Mineral
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
353   Shuppet
  Amorphous Amorphous
354   Banette
  Amorphous Amorphous
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous
356   Dusclops
  Amorphous Amorphous
358   Chimecho
  Amorphous Amorphous
385   Jirachi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
386   Deoxys
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
413   Wormadam
 
 
Bug Bug
414   Mothim
 
 
Bug Bug
425   Drifloon
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
426   Drifblim
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
429   Mismagius
  Amorphous Amorphous
433   Chingling
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous
477   Dusknoir
  Amorphous Amorphous
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
488   Cresselia
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy
494   Victini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
517   Munna
  Field Field
518   Musharna
  Field Field
527   Woobat
 
 
Field Flying
528   Swoobat
 
 
Field Flying
531   Audino
  Fairy Fairy
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous
562   Yamask
Galarian Form
 
 
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
677   Espurr
  Field Field
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field
682   Spritzee
  Fairy Fairy
683   Aromatisse
  Fairy Fairy
700   Sylveon
  Field Field
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous
709   Trevenant
 
 
Grass Amorphous
710   Pumpkaboo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
711   Gourgeist
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
719   Diancie
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
742   Cutiefly
 
 
Bug Fairy
743   Ribombee
 
 
Bug Fairy
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
786   Tapu Lele
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
805   Stakataka
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
825   Dottler
 
 
Bug Bug
826   Orbeetle
 
 
Bug Bug
856   Hatenna
  Fairy Fairy
857   Hattrem
  Fairy Fairy
858   Hatterene
 
 
Fairy Fairy
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
867   Runerigus
 
 
Mineral Amorphous
898   Calyrex
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
Ice Rider
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
898   Calyrex
Shadow Rider
 
 
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.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field
280   Ralts
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
325   Spoink
  Field Field
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous
358   Chimecho
  Amorphous Amorphous
433   Chingling
  Amorphous Amorphous
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying
605   Elgyem
  Human-Like Human-Like
742   Cutiefly
 
 
Bug Fairy
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
BW B2W2 XY ORAS SM USUM PE
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug
049   Venomoth
 
 
Bug Bug
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like
064   Kadabra
  Human-Like Human-Like
065   Alakazam
  Human-Like Human-Like
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1
092   Gastly
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
093   Haunter
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
094   Gengar
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
096   Drowzee
  Human-Like Human-Like
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like
102   Exeggcute
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
 
 
Grass Grass
103   Exeggutor
Alolan Form
 
 
Grass Grass
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
124   Jynx
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
150   Mewtwo
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
177   Natu
 
 
Flying Flying
178   Xatu
 
 
Flying Flying
196   Espeon
  Field Field
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1
200   Misdreavus
  Amorphous Amorphous
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field
234   Stantler
  Field Field
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
251   Celebi
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
280   Ralts
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
281   Kirlia
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
282   Gardevoir
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
325   Spoink
  Field Field
326   Grumpig
  Field Field
327   Spinda
  Field Human-Like
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral
338   Solrock
 
 
Mineral Mineral
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
352   Kecleon
  Field Field
353   Shuppet
  Amorphous Amorphous
354   Banette
  Amorphous Amorphous
355   Duskull
  Amorphous Amorphous
356   Dusclops
  Amorphous Amorphous
358   Chimecho
  Amorphous Amorphous
385   Jirachi
 
 
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
413   Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
413   Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug
414   Mothim
 
 
Bug Bug
425   Drifloon
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
426   Drifblim
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
429   Mismagius
  Amorphous Amorphous
433   Chingling
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral
437   Bronzong
 
 
Mineral Mineral
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
475   Gallade
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
477   Dusknoir
  Amorphous Amorphous
480   Uxie
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
482   Azelf
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
488   Cresselia
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy
494   Victini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
517   Munna
  Field Field
518   Musharna
  Field Field
527   Woobat
 
 
Field Flying
528   Swoobat
 
 
Field Flying
531   Audino
  Fairy Fairy
561   Sigilyph
 
 
Flying Flying
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
648   Meloetta
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
654   Braixen
  Field Field
655   Delphox
 
 
Field Field
677   Espurr
  Field Field
678   Meowstic
Male
  Field Field
678   Meowstic
Female
  Field Field
682   Spritzee
  Fairy Fairy
683   Aromatisse
  Fairy Fairy
700   Sylveon
  Field Field
703   Carbink
 
 
Fairy Mineral
708   Phantump
 
 
Grass Amorphous
709   Trevenant
 
 
Grass Amorphous
710   Pumpkaboo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
711   Gourgeist
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
719   Diancie
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720   Hoopa
Confined
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720   Hoopa
Unbound
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
742   Cutiefly
 
 
Bug Fairy
743   Ribombee
 
 
Bug Fairy
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
786   Tapu Lele
 
 
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
048   Venonat
 
 
Bug Bug Dream World - Dream Park
063   Abra
  Human-Like Human-Like Dream World - Spooky Manor
122   Mr. Mime
  Human-Like Human-Like Dream World - Spooky Manor
203   Girafarig
 
 
Field Field Dream World - Pleasant Forest
234   Stantler
  Field Field Dream World - Pleasant Forest
238   Smoochum
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered Dream World - Spooky Manor
325   Spoink
  Field Field Dream World - Spooky Manor
352   Kecleon
  Field Field Dream World - Dream Park
425   Drifloon
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous Dream World - Windswept Sky
436   Bronzor
 
 
Mineral Mineral Dream World - Spooky Manor
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered Ultra Space Wilds (Water World)UM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered Legendary Pokémon Celebration LugiaS
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, Blue Rescue Team, Skill Swap s a move with 17PP with 100% accuracy. The user targets enemy in front, exchanging Abilities with them. The move will exchange both Abilities if a Pokémon has two, possibly leaving them with just one. It will fail if one of the Abilities about to be swapped is Wonder Guard. The move is affected by Taunt.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's PP has been decreased to 14.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Switches the user's Special Ability with that of the target.
MDTDS Switches the user's ability with that of the target.
BSL てきポケモンと じぶんの とくせいを こうかんしてしまう
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD
MDRTDX
It trades your Ability with the Ability of a Pokémon in front of you. You regain your usual Ability when you go to the next floor or faint.


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!


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 特性互換 Dahksing Wuhwuhn *
交換絕招 Gāauwuhn Jyuhtjīu *
Mandarin 特性互換 / 特性互换 Tèxìng Hùhuàn *
交換絕招 / 交换绝招 Jiāohuàn Juézhāo *
  Dutch Vaardigheidsruil
  French Échange
  German Fähigkeitstausch*
Wertewechsel*
  Greek Ανταλλαγή Δεξιοτήτων Antallagí Dexiotíton
  Italian Baratto
  Korean 스킬스웹 Skill Swap
  Norwegian Ferdighetsbytte
  Brazilian Portuguese Troca de Habilidade
  Serbian Zamena veština
  Spanish Intercambio
  Vietnamese Hoán Đổi Đặc Tính



Variations of the move Skill Swap
  Skill SwapHeart SwapPower SwapGuard SwapSpeed Swap


Generation III TMs
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Generation III HMs
0102030405060708RSE
Generation IV TMs
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2425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
4748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869
7071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation VIII TMs
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75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation VIII TRs
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