Switcheroo (move)

Switcheroo redirects here. For the facility involving the Battle Agency, see Festival Plaza.

すりかえ Secret Switch
Switcheroo VIII.png
Type  Dark
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
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
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles Pokémon that used a move of the same type.

Switcheroo (Japanese: すりかえ Secret Switch) is a non-damaging Dark-type move introduced in Generation IV.


Generation IV

The user switches held items with the target. If only one of them is holding an item, the item is moved to the other.

Switcheroo fails if neither Pokémon has a held item, the user is a wild Pokémon, if either Pokémon is holding Griseous Orb or Mail, if the target is behind a substitute, or if the target has Sticky Hold (even if it has no held item). It also fails if either Pokémon has Multitype.

In link battles, battle facilities, Secret Bases, and the Trainer House, items stolen will be returned at the end of the battle.

Generation V onwards

Switcheroo no longer switches a Trainer's Pokémon's items permanently; however, items switched in wild battles are permanently switched.

Switcheroo fails if either the user or target holds:

Switcheroo can now exchange a Griseous Orb as long as neither the user nor the target is Giratina. Switcheroo can now exchange items with a Pokémon that has Multitype (but still cannot exchange Plates with Arceus).

Generation VII

If powered up by a Darkinium Z into Z-Switcheroo, the user's Speed is raised two stages, then the move itself will fail after obtaining the Z-Power since it won't be possible to exchange its own Z-Crystal.

Generation VIII

Switcheroo will always fail when used in a Max Raid Battle, regardless of the items or target. (It works as normal against Dynamax Pokémon in other battles.)

Due to a presumed glitch in accounting for the removal of colored orbs, Switcheroo would fail in versions 1.2.0 through 1.3.1 if it was used by or against Groudon or Kyogre and either the user or the target was not holding an item. This behavior was corrected in version 1.3.2.


Games Description
DPPtHGSSPBR The user trades held items with the foe faster than the eye can follow.
The user trades held items with the target faster than the eye can follow.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
053   Persian
  Field Field 1 1 1 1 1
053   Persian
Alolan Form
  Field Field 1 1
097   Hypno
  Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1BDSP
264   Linoone
  Field Field 1 1 1 1 1
264   Linoone
Galarian Form
Field Field 1
312   Minun
  Fairy Fairy 13ORAS 13 13BDSP
386   Deoxys
Normal Forme
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 37BDSP
386   Deoxys
Defense Forme
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 37BDSP
655   Delphox
Field Field 1 1
686   Inkay
Water 1 Water 2 23 23 31
687   Malamar
Water 1 Water 2 23 23 33
742   Cutiefly
Bug Fairy 36
743   Ribombee
Bug Fairy 40
781   Dhelmise
Mineral Mineral 1 24
862   Obstagoon
Field Field 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
019   Rattata
Alolan Form
Field Field
023   Ekans
  Field Dragon HGSS BDSP
190   Aipom
  Field Field BDSP
309   Electrike
  Field Field HGSS
331   Cacnea
  Grass Human-Like BDSP
336   Seviper
  Field Dragon HGSS BDSP
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3
361   Snorunt
  Fairy Mineral
418   Buizel
  Water 1 Field BDSP
427   Buneary
  Field Human-Like
546   Cottonee
Grass Fairy
566   Archen
Flying Water 3
688   Binacle
Water 3 Water 3
707   Klefki
Mineral Mineral
714   Noibat
Flying Dragon
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 Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Switcheroo is a move with 16 PP that ignores accuracy and evasion checks. The user targets enemy in the front, cutting corners, swapping user's and enemy's held items. This move fails if at least one of the Pokémon is not holding an item. This move is affected by Taunt.


Games Description
MDTD Switches the user's hold item with the target's hold item. It works only if both Pokémon are holding items.
MDS Switches the user's held item with the target's held item. It works only if both Pokémon are holding items.
BSL てきポケモンのどうぐと じぶんの どうぐを いれかえる じぶんと てきポケモンの りょうほうが どうぐを もっていないと せいこうしない
It swaps your held item with a target's held item. The move succeeds even if either you or the target doesn't have an item.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 掉包 Diuhbāau
Mandarin 掉包 Diàobāo
  French Passe-Passe
  German Wechseldich
  Greek Υποχθόνια Αλλαγή
  Italian Rapidscambio
  Korean 바꿔치기 Bakkweochigi
  Spanish Trapicheo
  Vietnamese Đánh Tráo

Variations of the move Trick

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