Role Play (move)

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Move data

Type Psychic
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Role Play copies the opponent's ability, replacing its own with that of the target's.

Role Play does not work on Pokemon with Wonder Guard or Multitype.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Mimics the target and copies its special ability.
FireRed/LeafGreen The user mimics the foe completely and copies the foe’s ability.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user mimics the foe completely, copying the foe’s natural ability.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s natural Ability.
X/Y The user mimics the target completely, copying the target’s natural Ability.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Role Play at the level specified. The level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page for details.

Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Level 42
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 43
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Level 33
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Level 43
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Level 71
Delphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
Level 1
Greninja
#658 / Water · Dark
Level 1
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 43
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 43

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Role Play as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Human-Like
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Human-Like
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Field, Human-Like
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Field
Simisage
#512 / Grass
Field
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Field
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Field
Panpour
#515 / Water
Field
Simipour
#516 / Water
Field
Furfrou
#676 / Normal
Field

Learnt by move tutor

These Pokémon can learn Role Play by the various move tutors in the games.

Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Machop
#066 / Fighting
Machoke
#067 / Fighting
Machamp
#068 / Fighting
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Meditite
#307 / Fighting · Psychic
Medicham
#308 / Fighting · Psychic
Spoink
#325 / Psychic
Grumpig
#326 / Psychic
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Latias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Monferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
Infernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Mesprit
#481 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic
Victini
#494 / Psychic · Fire
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Simisage
#512 / Grass
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Panpour
#515 / Water
Simipour
#516 / Water
Audino
#531 / Normal
Lilligant
#549 / Grass
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Gothita
#574 / Psychic
Gothorita
#575 / Psychic
Gothitelle
#576 / Psychic
Solosis
#577 / Psychic
Duosion
#578 / Psychic
Reuniclus
#579 / Psychic
Elgyem
#605 / Psychic
Beheeyem
#606 / Psychic
Mienfoo
#619 / Fighting
Mienshao
#620 / Fighting
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic

Learnt by Move Tutor (Generation 4)

Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Machop
#066 / Fighting
Machoke
#067 / Fighting
Machamp
#068 / Fighting
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Meditite
#307 / Fighting · Psychic
Medicham
#308 / Fighting · Psychic
Spoink
#325 / Psychic
Grumpig
#326 / Psychic
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Shuppet
#353 / Ghost
Banette
#354 / Ghost
Absol
#359 / Dark
Latias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Monferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
Infernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Chatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Uxie
#480 / Psychic
Mesprit
#481 / Psychic
Azelf
#482 / Psychic